Category Archives: Cool Stuff

Little Branch NYC – take a trip into the rabbit hole Neo.

lNeo – the choice is yours. Swallow the blue pill and all will remain the same. Your life will go on in the same light beer, frat boy, and rack liquor drink existence. Swallow the red pill and escape into the real world of high-end quality cocktails in adult surroundings reminiscent of an old 1930’s speakeasy. Be forewarned that once you stumble down into the rabbit hole you might just want to stay with Alice for awhile and buy her a few luscious libations.

Yes, I took the red pill as I always do when it comes to Speakeasies. Happily I might add, as there is just something that tingles the senses to have your mind and taste buds think that you are entering a secret denizen of prohibited cocktail enjoyment. Hey, we all know that the cat is out of the bag when it comes to these spots here in NYC, but the drink connoisseurs among us still appreciate a well made cocktail, even if it means shelling out a few more clams for it. From the nondescript hidden entranceways, to the dimly lit rooms, to the small spaces, to the pressed tin roof, to the bartenders wearing bow ties and suspenders, to the unusual liquor lists, to the old-timey music playing quietly in the background, those of us who appreciate a place like Little Branch can sip on an expertly mixed drink in an atmosphere that throws one back to another time and place. It’s the civilized way to drink. Oh, and go into the bathroom and read the list of rules on the wall and adhere to them. Continue reading Little Branch NYC – take a trip into the rabbit hole Neo.

Sweaty men playing with balls? Red Bull Arena in NJ!

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GOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!

Not too long ago I was able to experience my first pro soccer game, and even though I have never been a big fan, I was surprised at how much fun I had at the new Red Bull Arena. Who knew that I would enjoy watching sweaty men run around playing with balls?

Wait, what?

Even though a few years old now the 25,000 seat arena itself is still shiny and new. Walking around you almost expect to suddenly breathe in that brand new car smell. Bathrooms are large and very clean. Concessions are everywhere. Also, there are many beer stands that feature “beers of the world” and other domestic brews. Why spend $9 on a Coors or Bud when you can get a Stiegl Lager, Stella, Red Stripe, Blue Moon, Landshark, Becks, Heineken, and Newcastle among others. Food is the basic hamburger, hot dog, chicken finger variety with a few stands around for tacos, nachos, and other specialty foods. French fries are quite tasty though and seasoned. Since soccer is such an international game you would think they would offer a bit more worldly delicacies than the standard stadium dreck fare, right? Continue reading Sweaty men playing with balls? Red Bull Arena in NJ!

Big Gay Ice Cream Truck – the NYC Salty Pimp!

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All praise the Salty Pimp! Photo credit – Paul H – Yelp

The “SALTY PIMP” SMACKED me around like the HO that I am, and demanded that I get my man-gina out there and bring him more money! WRAP YOUR LIPS around that cone! You better work!

Now that I had the pimp-hand smack me around a bit I was ready for my first Big Gay Ice Cream truck experience. Waiting on line in anticipation I was contemplating which creative concoction to try – the Salty Pimp, Bea Arthur, Gobbler, CoCoCone, Wasabi Cone, or the Monday Sundae. All have really inventive toppings and flavorings added to the wonderfully creamy and airy vanilla ice cream. There is no real way to describe this ice cream. It is worlds apart from Mr Softee, crazily better then many gelato stands, and beats the heck out of Pinkeberry and Tasti D-Lite. If there is one ice cream truck you should bring visiting friends and family to on a hot summer day it is this one. Hands down. Continue reading Big Gay Ice Cream Truck – the NYC Salty Pimp!

Free Ice Cream in Bryant Park June 27 – Share The Love NYC!

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With the oppressive heat and humidity that has hit the city since Summer started just less than a week ago one of the best treats to cool off with is ice cream. Well, here is a perfect chance to chill out for free courtesy of Good Humor!

Come and enjoy a delicious ice cream bar with former New York Mets relief pitcher, John Franco, at the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck on Thursday, June 27 at Bryant Park. As the first stop of Good Humor’s “Share the Love” campaign this summer, John will hand out free classic and new Good Humor ice cream bars to hundreds of New Yorkers. People will also receive the opportunity to win fun prizes through games and activities. The event will be about from 11 AM – 1 PM.

Photo credit - http://www.stjohns.edu/
Former Mets pitcher John Franco – Photo credit – http://www.stjohns.edu/

NYC residents can also capture meaningful moments of joy at the animated gif photo booth available at the truck. They can send the gifs directly to their social media channels from the booth, sharing the experience with their friends and family. The Good Humor Ice Cream Truck will continue to surprise and delight The Big Apple with free frozen treats throughout the summer.

Additional information on scheduled stops and surprise locations can be found on www.goodhumor.com , www.facebook.com/goodhumor and www.twitter.com/goodhumor

There’s no way better to Share the Love” in NYC than with free frozen treats!