The Times They Are A-Changin’ in NYC and Across the Land

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It’s been quite a week here in NYC and across the good ol’ USA, right?

As Bob Dylan wrote and sang so many years ago  – The Times They Are A-Changin’. Those lyrics are so appropriate for what has been happening lately. Especially in light of the Supreme Court’s decision which now legalizes gay marriage across all 50 United States. Now, as many of you know, I never, ever like to really discuss politics and religion unless it’s to poke fun. Most politicians are idiots no matter what party they are in anyway, so they are an easy target. I’m not an overly religious person to begin with. To me, it’s an evil subject matter, unless you pen a blog or column devoted to them. Then more power to you. I just see both as a subject that causes more pain, anger, and arguments than any other across the globe. So I usually steer clear.

Yet, when it comes to this I feel different. I feel as if this is a momentous decision, and one that has such a profound affect on not just this country, but the world. I want to write about it. There has been a shift in humanity. A shift in reasoning. A cause for celebration. After all, more than for political or religious reasons this is a human rights decision. One that should have been made long ago. I have always said “Live and Let Live”. It still boggles me as to why so many people get so uptight and freaked out over two people of the same sex marrying. Who cares? They aren’t hurting anyone. They aren’t hurting you. They want love, compassion, and happiness just like anyone else. No matter who they sleep with, live with, kiss, or hold hands with. No matter what a legally binding piece of paper says with their names on it. Gay or straight don’t we all want the same thing? To be happy and live in peace? Continue reading

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Tippling a brew at Gun Hill Brewery in Da Bronx, NYC!

 

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Yay local craft beer in Da Bronx! Mmmm……beeeeeer.

Seems like craft beer brewing is all the rage nowadays, and I’m all for it! Why drink some sort of plain light beer that resembles barely yellow water with little flavor when you can enjoy a full-bodied flavorful brew? Just to save a few calories? Really, that’s no reason to sacrifice your taste buds when you can be sipping a cold Cherry Tree Ale, Thunder Dog Stout, Schuyler’s American Wheat, Indian Field Pale Ale, or Void of Light among the rotation of seasonal offerings at Gun Hill Brewing Company in the Bronx, NYC.

It’s a bit of a hike to get up here but if you’re willing to make the journey you will be well rewarded with some terrific tasty quaffing. I have noticed breweries and distilleries popping up all around the NYC area from Brooklyn to the Bronx. Each with its own unique personality and offerings. It harkens back to the golden age when New York City was the mecca for beer breweries. Ruppert Brewery, Schaefer, and Rheingold, among others across the boroughs used to rule here. As a beer lover it’s heartwarming to see the success of businesses such as Gun Hill, Brooklyn Brewery, Six Point and their like doing well here. As a guy who lives in the Yorkville area of NYC which used to be known for an abundance of German beer bars back in the days before gentrification and high rises on every corner I appreciate the history, and also look forward to this new generation of breweries. Continue reading

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Be Fancy with Pinkies Up at King’s Carriage House in NYC.

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Yeah, sometimes I can be a bit fancy enjoying a spot of tea. (pic not taken at King’s but pinkies up anyway)

Yeah, we fancy. Or, at least we pretend to be once in a while. Most normally we have champagne wishes and caviar dreams to go along with our all too real beer bottle budget. That being said, I have no shame with using a Groupon for afternoon high tea in a fanciful quaint place featuring old world charm on the UES!

Even though we have lived in the neighborhood for many years we had never checked out King’s Carriage House on the Upper East Side of NYC. We decided to be a bit froo-froo one day and partake in their weekend afternoon tea here when I found a Groupon for it that was actually quite a good offer. Yeah, I can clean up a bit and be a bit fancy when it’s a good deal! Continue reading

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Up in the air at 30,000 feet with a demon child!

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Well, here we go again. Off on a biz trip and jet-setting to wonderfully fabulous glitzy Las Vegas! Yeah, I wish. I’m actually sitting on a crowded flight on my way to steamy hot humid Florida to attend a convention and then spend a few days with the parental units. Accompanying us on this plane is the demon child from Hades. I need a stiff drink already.

You know, Florida, the clown car of a state that if the Jerry Springer show had invented it would be a perfect setting for the next Sharnado movie. Heck, I like the cheesy Sharknado movies. The next one should be based in Disney World, and have flying sharks and zombies attacking and eating the tourists. B-list guest stars like Shaq, Snoop Dog, the Olsen Twins, the crew of The Love Boat, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills all get devoured or help save the day. Even a drunken John Stamos shows up in a cameo to get pulled over with another DUI, and gets swallowed whole by a Great White as he is doing the drunk “walk the line” test. Yet, I kid Florida. I kid. Hey, if not for Florida and Vegas the show COPS would have never existed. That there’s quality programming folks. Continue reading

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Having Dinner With The Boys off-Broadway in NYC!

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The cast posing for a pic with us after the show. We’re now part of the family!

Man, does this play bring back memories…..

Growing up in an extended Italian family, on my mom’s Calabrese side, that all lived on or around our street in Brooklyn, and then followed us to Long Island, I was regaled with so many stories. My great aunts and uncles told us tales of the mob, ghosts, and what old NYC was all about. They are all gone now, and I miss those days in their kitchens eating wonderful homemade Italian food while also dealing with the good-natured arguing and bickering among them. As you have heard Italians can be very loud and passionate. It was all in love, and to this day I can still hear their voices inside my head. The yelling. The screaming. The laughing. I miss all of it.

Suffice to say, I was extremely pleased to be invited to a blogger event to view a recent performance of Dinner With The Boys. This off-Broadway play was written and performed by Dan Lauria/Charlie (The Wonder Years), and along with Richard Zavaglia/Dom (Donnie Brasco), and Ray Abruzzo/Big Anthony Jr ( The Sopranos) put on a terrific show!  Continue reading

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Riding Hell in a Handbasket all the way to NYC

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You ever go through a day and wonder where has all the time gone?

It’s become one of those days that even if I cloned myself there would still not be enough time to get everything done. I am sitting here taking a breather while wolfing down lunch just to type this while on another window trying to answer all my emails. It’s a repetitive vicious cycle that never seems to end. On one side I feel as if I’m all caught up and raring to go as if I’m pumped up on Viagra and Red Bull, and then on the other I’m all limp as a wet noodle running in quicksand and just can’t get invigorated enough to jump over the hump. My brain feels like a bowl of jello, and not one of the good flavors. More like that green lime monstrosity that no one really seems to like. Maybe I need a mental health day soon. A day to chill out with a few drinks and lay in the sun. I really don’t take enough days off. Maybe it’s just me but I feel that if I take a well deserved day off now and now everything will end up as “Hell in a Handbasket”. Then it’s more of a shit show to deal with when I get back. I need a day soon.

Even then, as I close my eyes and let that warm sun drench my face the bluebird of happiness would probably take a seagull sized dump on my head. Isn’t life swell? Continue reading

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Au Jus – A tiny spot that offers a dippers delight in NYC!

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This tiny little spot off of 1st Avenue and 91st street serves up some surprisingly delicious roast beef sandwiches and dinner platters!

Sometimes I just have to give it up and offer props to these tiny joints that rock my taste buds. Especially when a place like Au Jus opens up shop right around the corner from me on the Upper East Side of NYC.

Small menu of items to choose from but everything I have had here is really good. Clean and bright shop with a helpful staff that takes pride in the biz. Only a few stools to sit and dine at though so it’s basically take out or delivery.

The roast beef sandwich au jus is just a dippers delight! Tasty slow roasted beef, soft bread with a crispy outer surface, and flavorful juice to dip it into. One of the best sandwiches around these parts. It can become an addiction if I don’t monitor myself. Continue reading

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