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
Posted in 2015, Bars, Beer, Bronx, Cool Stuff, New York living, New York State, NYC, Uncategorized, Yelp, Yorkville
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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
Posted in 2015, Adult, Date Spot, Dessert, Dining, Food, Foodie, Gluttony, Gluttony Files, Manhattan, New York living, NYC, NYC Dining, Restaurant, Restaurant Review, Sandwich, Tea, UES, Uncategorized, Yelp, Yorkville
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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
Posted in 2015, Adult, Broadway, Brooklyn, Celebrities, Comedy, Cool Stuff, Events, Funny, Humor, Manhattan, New York living, NYC, Show Review, Uncategorized
Tagged Acorn Theater, blogger, blogger event, Broadway, brooklyn, cool stuff, Dan Lauria, dark comedy, dark humor, Dinner With The Boys, Donnie Brasco, entertainment, event, funny, humor, Italian, Manhattan, meatballs, mob, mobster, New Jersey, nyc, NYC events, NYC Life, off Broadway, play, Ray Abruzzo, Richard Zavaglia, sauce, Show Review, the family, the mob, The Sopranos, The Wonder Years, Theater Row NYC
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
Posted in 2015, Atlantic City, Celebrities, Day Trip, Dining, Douchebaggery, Entertainment, Events, Fun, Gambling, Humor, Life, Manhattan, Meme, Music, New Jersey, New York living, New York State, NYC, NYC Dining, Party, People, Rock n Roll, Television, TV, TV Shows, Uncategorized, Weekend Getaway
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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
Posted in 2015, Dining, Food, Food Porn, Foodie, Gluttony, Gluttony Files, Manhattan, NYC, NYC Dining, Restaurant, Restaurant Review, Sandwich, UES, Uncategorized, Yelp, Yorkville
Tagged Au Jus, Au Jus NYC, Dining, dinner, eating, Food, food porn, foodie, gluttony, Gluttony Files, lunch, Manhattan, nyc, NYC Dining, restaurant, restaurant review, roast beef, sandwich, tiny, UES, Upper East Side, Yelp, Yorkville