It’s Thanksgiving in NYC. Turkey time! Come at me bro!

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Here we are at another Thanksgiving holiday. Travel nightmares. Family follies. Stuffing ourselves to the point of gastronomic failure. Waistlines pushing maximum expansion. Then usually passing out on the couch for a while in a tryptophanic turkey coma until the aroma of fresh coffee and pumpkin pie is in the air. Hey now, no matter how full we are there’s always room for dessert! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays mainly because I get to feast and engorge myself on delicious food prepared by relatives who can cook their asses off. No Shake N Bake chicken here, just real down home comfort food and stuffing galore. I will admit to a guilty pleasure during this meal – canned cranberry sauce! I can’t help myself, as I love it. The shape of the can it plops out as. You can slice it. It’s gelatinous wiggle. It’s not as sour as fresh cranberry sauce. Drool.

Hey, don’t judge me! We all have our shameful little fetishes. Continue reading

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Retail therapy and saying hello to Miss America in Atlantic City!

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Atlantic City Tanger Outlets – more than just gambling here!

Well, hello Miss America! Looking good!

During our recent pilgrimage to Atlantic City as part of a weekend DO AC media junket we were afforded a variety of activities to partake in. If anyone thinks that AC is just about gambling they need to expand their minds and head down here for a few days to explore all the things one can do. Sure, I love gambling as much as the next guy. You can usually find me at a blackjack table or video poker machine plotting my strategy. Or demise! Yet, there is only so much gambling you can do with a limited budget. The golden rule – only gamble with a set bankroll that you are comfortable with. That being said, you have to be sure to make it last the whole time you’re here. Unless you’re hitting some good payouts to keep you going. I normally enjoy gambling during the evening which leaves open the whole afternoon for other things. If you love some shopping or just need to pick up a few things then AC is a perfect destination. Here’s a few suggestions based on just what we experienced. Continue reading

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Buffalo Snow, Elf on a Shelf, Cocaine – All kinds of crazy stuff!

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Am I the only one that loathes the bombardment of Christmas commercials and decorations that we are subjected to these weeks before Thanksgiving? It’s already been one of those weeks here in NYC and I feel as if I’m being abused by the Elf on the Shelf. Now let’s be real here for a moment. That damn thing is creepy. No way do I want a psychopath elf in my house. I don’t know why this strange tradition was started anyway. It’s supposed to be moved to a different spot each night or something. Yeah, let’s traumatize our kids. No, let’s terrorize me because if that little bastard shows up in a different spot other than where I left him I’m burning down the damn house! I freak out a bit when I can’t find my keys and swear something moved them. Anyone remember that evil little Zuni fetish doll in the movie Trilogy of Terror? Yeah THAT evil effing thing that chased Karen Black around and attacked her. I just know that damn elf is the reincarnation of that crazy little shit. Waiting. Plotting. He’s as bad as a creepy clown.

Almost. Clowns suck too. And dolls. They also suck. Nope. Nope. Noppity Nope. Continue reading

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Learn to chef at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City NJ!

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Atlantic City is one of those places that most everyone associates with gambling and not much else. With the recent negative news this past year of the multiple casino closings many have been wondering if AC was on the verge of closing shop. Let me tell you this as a person who has and continues to enjoy an occasional weekend getaway to the area this is furthest from the truth. One of the problems and misconceptions that the general public has is that there is not much else to do in Atlantic City other than sitting in front of a slot machine or a blackjack table. If you can’t find something else to do here you’re not looking hard enough! There are many things to do in this town for couples and groups alike. One fun activity would be taking a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School located at the Harrahs Resort and Casino. It’s actually a terrific way to spend an afternoon, and a great way to spend some quality time with your significant other, or friends and family that you are in town with. If you’re looking to brush up on your cooking skills, or a company performing team building exercises, then check out a class here. My gal and I had walked by the cooking school many times and always wondered what it would be like. Well, we finally had the chance to put on our aprons and get in front of the stove as part of a media junket invited to experience what Atlantic City has to offer.

You know what? We had a blast! Continue reading

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Cobblescote on the Lake – pure Americana in Upstate NY.

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Sometimes you just stumble upon a gem of a place. Absolutely one of the most enjoyable vacation spots we have stayed at. Back in July when I took a week off to run a Tough Mudder in upstate NY we swung by Cooperstown for a few days as we were looking for a nice place to stay. Searching the internet I found Cobblescote on the Lake. It was just what I was looking for. An old school kind of place with character that represented the lakeside outdoors area. During our week’s vacation we had stayed in a few modern chain hotels and were super pleased to find a place such as this that was the total opposite. Right on Otsego Lake in a picturesque setting among the woods. As we drove up both of us were blown away. This place was something out of a Norman Rockwell painting he did for the Saturday Evening Post back in the day. We immediately wished we were staying there longer than a three day weekend. Continue reading

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Enduring the Meat Sweats at Fogo de Chao in NYC!

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I went home with the meat sweats. I sat on my couch in the sweet pain of a food coma after this meal of gastronomic proportions. I woke up with the meat sweats. My bed smells like a pastrami sandwich. My belly looks like I have a food baby. I can barely drink a glass of water right now. Can’t breathe. It is the risk one takes when feasting at a rodizio style Brazilian Steakhouse such as Fogo de Chao in NYC.

I never knew I could fit that much meat in my mouth! Wait, what?

Just so happened that I was one of the lucky ones who received an invitation to this special Yelp Elite dining event. It’s not too often that a real sit down dinner is scheduled and I certainly wanted to be a part of this one. Honestly, I think they should have handed everyone a pair of Yelp sweat pants at the door when entering. This was one of the most epic, and filling, Yelp Elite meal events EVERRRR!!!! Seriously, if you nitpicked on anything here and gave less than a 5 star rating something is really wrong. In a private party room packed full with about 100 Yelpers in it receiving what was like a whole zoo full of animals to eat the servers did an outstanding job trying to take care of us all. At our table we had great service with water glasses constantly refilled, wine flowing freely, and meat being carved onto our plates non-stop. Just ridiculous. I almost felt guilty. Almost.

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Ride the conveyor belt of life at East Japanese Restaurant NYC!

 

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I so wanted to jump up on the conveyor belt and ride around for a few spins. Definitely a fun way to eat sushi, but be aware that the cost can pile up! If you’re anything like me just a few plates won’t do. As each plate moves along a conveyor belt you grab what you want. Each selection is priced according to dish color. After around five plates and a soda I realized I was hitting the $15 mark. Did I stop? Hell no! Pile on those plates of tasty fish. East Japanese Restaurant over in the Kips Bay section of NYC is one of the spots I hit up for an occasional meal during my work lunch break.

This is a solid place to get affordable eats. The sushi is fresh and I am able to sit close to the kitchen and watch them prepare then place the plates on the belt. Watching the food roll by is kind of mesmerizing. Service is pretty much non-existent as it is more like a do-it-yourself deal, which is fine by me when sitting up by the sushi belt counter. Staff will come by to bring you something to drink and remove all the plate covers piling up. There are charts in front of you listing the prices for each color plate. Usually in the $1.75 – $6.00 range. So when the plates pile up be sure to keep a tab on how much it all adds up to. There is a chef hanging out in the middle that can also make rolls on request if you want something different. Be nice and make friends. He is handling your food! Continue reading

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Really? Christmas, the Flu, NYC Road Rage. What is going on?

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Really, wasn’t it Halloween just less than a week ago? I literally still have the taste of this holiday in my mouth as there are plastic buckets full of candy and chocolates strewn about the office I work in and I just can’t keep my hands out of them. Chocolate drool down my chin. This time of year really tests my resolve which is disappearing as the days go on. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving, which then leads to Christmas and New Years. There are only 47 days until Christmas! Only 7 weeks. Just 7 weekends to get all that horrendous shopping done. Hold on now, let’s backtrack a bit. Halloween just ended. What gets me all riled up is that we are already getting bombarded with holiday commercials and Christmas merchandise in the stores. What the eff??? Really, can we just enjoy each holiday first before having the next one shoved down our throats and ripped through our buttholes? Why am I seeing ads for toys and gifts at the major retailers on October 28th? Why does my local Duane Reade already have boxes of Christmas wrap in the windows on November 5th? This lunacy needs to end right now! What’s next? July 4th sales the day after New Years? How about Christmas ads for 2015 the day after Easter? Makes me want to go all Bigfoot on these places and start throwing poop everywhere. Continue reading

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