Damn, it’s been a while since I have cracked open the computer to scribble down my thoughts and meanderings of life. Seems as good a time as any considering the elements outside have projectile vomitedeverything in Mother Nature’s stomach at us!
Let’s get real. It’s a weather disaster of a night here in the Northeast. Snow and icy wet conditions have made the evening commute a living Hell for many. 3 + hours trapped in cars crawling along at what is normally a 45 minute trek. Subways and mass transit facing sporadic massive delays. Accidents everywhere. Trees down. It’s really not a great night to go outside and do anything. I bet even Mayor Dumblasio is whining about not being able to go to his gym all the way in Brooklyn tomorrow because he actually has to run the city during a snowstorm. Hey, great job Mr Mayor at doing the crappiest job possible and being totally unprepared for this storm. Of course, he blames the weather forecast. Thumbs up! Continue reading Hey, where have you been?→
Walked by this place many times and we finally decided to try it out on one of those evenings when we could not make up our minds on what to eat. Could never really tell what was inside as the outside is understated and windows have thick lace curtains on them. Walking inside I was greeted by a wonderful dark wood bistro with candles all around, terrific lighting accents, mid-eighties Euro type paintings on the walls, and a warm welcoming little bar. Definitely more of an older adult crowd that gathers here at Peri Ela on the Upper East Side of NYC.
Even though we did not have reservations the hostess was very kind and offered us a table by a window that seated four. Happy to get it as many people piled in after us and all tables were taken. We were handed the menus, and wow, what a selection of food. Obviously, very Turkish inspired selections with a touch of Greek/Mediterranean to it. Since we wanted to try out a few things, but were not totally starving, we went with the “Meze and Wine For Two”. For $30 you get a bottle of Turkish wine (red or white) and a plate with hummus, smoked eggplant, red beans, ezme (chopped veggies and walnuts), and fried eggplant. Great deal! It is kind of tapas style so you get a sampling of each. I thought this might not be enough food so we also added the cheese cigar borak ( lightly fried phyllo stuffed with feta cheese – YUM ) and it was served as four pieces on a plate. A basket of warm fluffy bread was also served, along with a small plate of olives in oil. Continue reading Olives! Hummus! Babaganoush! Peri Ela on the UES of NYC.→
I finally popped my Maoz cherry! So many times I walked by this place down in Union Square NYC, saw all the rave reviews on Yelp, but did not drop in to try it out. It was my first time yesterday for lunch and discovered a terrific falafel sandwich and sweet potato fries! Hot damn this was good. My taste buds approved of this healthier option that I was putting into my mouth. Yummers!
Sure, it’s not too often that I write about the healthier eats in and around NYC but at times I need to give my overtaxed digestive system a break. A meatless lunch. No bacon. No nitrates. Nothing that moos or oinks. Consider it a sort of cleansing. My body thanks me. My intestinal tract thanks me. My butthole thanks me.
Sometimes while walking the streets in this city you can still be surprised by what you will find when going down a block rarely visited. Such was the case not too long ago when I was on my way to a wine tasting event at a local store. As I was hurrying down 78th street towards York Ave I noticed this quaint little storefront with an old set of table and chairs having flowers and lights adorning them. I did a double take as I walked by, stopped in my path, and walked a few steps backwards to take a peek inside. Turns out, it was a very small wine bar. I grabbed a business card from the table outside and went to the event.
Heidi’s House By The Side Of The Road. I had not seen anything like this spot up here on the UES / Yorkville area I live in.