Hope you all are taking it slow and enjoying a day off from work. If your company is open today and they are forcing you to slave away for “the man” then I must say I feel sorry for you. Those companies are un-American! Close the damn biz for a day and let everyone enjoy a holiday of debauchery and reckless abandon. Or, just so many can actually get some sleep and be a lazy sloth for the day. It’s all good either way. This is Amurrica! Slap some hotdogs and burgers on the grill. Devour those carcinogens! Hit the beach in wildly inappropriate bathing suits that show off those jelly rolls. Skin cancer be damned! Drink until you puke. After holiday hangovers are special! Go see Guardians of the Galaxy again. After all, DC comics can’t seem to come out with a movie lately and Marvel is kicking their ass! Bring your kids to the mall to let them run wild like obnoxious brats and annoy the crap out of everyone else while you shop in blissful ignorance. Well, actually, we hate these parents. What I’m trying to say is go out and enjoy the day off if you can, as Labor Day is meant to be a day of relaxation from the daily grind of the rat race we live in. Continue reading Labor Day, disgusting sights, celebrities, and NYC life.→
It is with a heavy heart that I pen this post. Most of the time I wax poetic here on subjects near and dear to me such as food gluttony, craft beer discoveries, athletic pursuits, along with assorted observations of NYC living with the occasional rant thrown in. I try to keep it light and humorous. This is not one of those times as my mood is mixed and melancholy. My grandmother passed away last week. It was one of those things that came on suddenly and I found myself on a last minute flight down to Florida just to make it in time to say goodbye. The week was a whirlwind of emotions as we quickly set up the wake and burial. She lived a long life at almost 95 years, and was with us all the time growing up as she helped raise my sister and I. In fact, she lived with us her whole life as my mom and dad took her in. She was always there. Loved and cared for us. I have been to enough family passings over my years but this one shook me to the core. My grandmother had a large family with six other siblings that were all my great aunts and uncles. Many lived on the same street as us, and all from the old Brooklyn neighborhood I was born in. Now, they are all gone. She was the last one. This is the first time in my life I can recall not having one of them around. It’s a strange and unknown feeling for me. I know she is in a better place now, hopefully reunited with her siblings, and much beloved parents. I’ll always love her and have so many great memories of my grandmother in my life. Yes, I’ll miss her as the tears are still fresh. It’s a part of life that we all have to accept, sad most times, but as they say life does go on. Keep those memories close to your heart and remember the good times. As hard as it is we need to keep living and honor them. Love ya’ Grandma.
Finally Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and dreams of a four day weekend is blurring up my brain as I try to get through this work week. It’s here in a matter of hours, and the nice comfortable sunny weather that’s forecast invites us to enjoy some good wine and tasty eats al fresco in NYC. Really, it’s just too nice out to eat inside as the weather has been wonderful lately, as it has been for most of the Summer season. Enjoy it now before another bone chilling Winter hits us. Il Vino Wine Baris just steps from our building and an easy choice to grab a table outside with a bottle of wine to cap off the long work week.
Il Vino is an intimate and cozy little wine bar on the Upper East Side in Yorkville. Nice selection of wines, many from Italy, but also from Spain-USA-Australia, etc. Prices are decent and they also feature happy hour deals on select wines during the week. Also offered is a small tapas style menu. Cheese and fruit plates, olives, puff pasty, along with some terrific pizzas to share, among others. The margherita pizza we had during our last visit was delicious, and prepared so fresh. Definitely a relaxing spot for conversation and chilling out over a glass of good wine. Perfect spot to take a date as a nightcap, or to meet up and start the evening. As for me, it’s all so tempting to drop in for a glass of vino on the way home from a long day at work. Every day. So close to our place it’s dangerous!Continue reading Labor Day Weekend dreams of wine and pizza in NYC.→