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Oh My God! That thing is huge! Junior’s Cheesecake NYC.

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Yeah, I know this is a touristy type of place buried smack dab in the hustle and bustle of Times Square. Yeah, it’s normally the kind of spot that those of us who actually live here try to avoid. I just couldn’t help myself. After attending a recent Broadway show right down the street from it the allure of cheesecake was just to much for my withering resistance.

The outcome? Junior’s Cheesecake is all that! And a bag of chips!

Since we had not eaten dinner yet I figured maybe we could grab a bite to eat there. The place was packed and there was a wait list but I was surprised at how big the dining area is and how much plentiful seating was available. We were seated after only about a ten minute wait. It is a fun and festive atmosphere here. Loud and boisterous with holiday decorations around the bar area. Our waiter, Stalin (yes, Stalin), came over with menus and a plate of pickles, beet salad, and cole slaw for the table. He offered a few suggestions and we went for it – the Corned Beef and Pastrami Combo on Twin Onion Rolls and potato salad, a slice of Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake, and a slice of Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. Now, I thought the prices here would be a wallet buster, but for NYC standards they were not bad. The sandwich platter was $15.95 and the cheesecake was $6.75 a slice. Sodas came with free refills. Plus, this was actually a lot of food and we were pretty content, fat, and happy when we left here. Continue reading Oh My God! That thing is huge! Junior’s Cheesecake NYC.

I’m just a freaking ray of Sunshine Award aren’t I?

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Somehow every once in a while it seems that someone out there likes what I pen on this blog. I guess it depends on one’s reading taste – or lack of it! (I kid – don’t hate on me John!) Not too long ago I was nominated for the Sunshine Award. It’s an award given by bloggers to other bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”, or something to that gist. To think that I actually have that kind of influence is both rewarding and a bit laughingly twisted! Could you just imagine if I decided to try my hand at politics? Then again, there is no way in heck I would want the skeletons in my past exposed, so that is out of the question. It’s bad enough that I now have to expose some of myself here as part of this award acceptance. No, I am not putting up any nude pics of myself either so don’t get your hopes up. (I charge a fee for those.) No, this exposure is more of the personality quirks kind. I’m not sure anyone wants to know these things about me but since you’ve read this far you might as well stick around for the torment. Continue reading I’m just a freaking ray of Sunshine Award aren’t I?

Times Square NYC – Are You Frickin’ Kidding Me?

Photo credit - www.timessquarenyc.org
Photo credit – www.timessquarenyc.org

NYC offers up so many great places to see, explore, and experience. There are a multitude of spots to eat a fabulous meal, take in entertainment, enjoy a delicious cocktail, view culture, and revel in history among others. As a long time resident of this gotham we call home I have yet to really hit up all the things I want to see and do. There is just always something going on here and not enough time to be a part of it. Yet, there is one dreaded place in NYC that “real New Yorkers” refuse to go on a normal bases – Times Square. This Disneyfied version of what use to be grungy and grimy Times Square is a beacon for people from all over the world to visit when arriving here on vacation. In 2012 NYC had a record breaking 52 million tourists visit the city, and I could swear all of them were in the Times Square area! This part of town becomes a frickin’ nightmare for the local New Yorker to navigate, and we all get a bit nauseaus just thinking about having to be there. Unless we head there to take in a show on Broadway we never, ever, really want to venture there. Even then, it’s a quick escape onto the subway or in a cab as soon as the show ends. “FLEE” is the first thing we think of, as this tourist trap hell hole frays every nerve in our bodies.

It’s strange, as even though I still love seeing Times Square all lit up at night like a Christmas tree, I just can’t fathom ever really hanging out in that part of town for any amount of time. Annoying tourists, bad eateries, and lame street performers all add up to avoiding the area like Lindsey Lohan avoiding a jail sentence.
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