The Lunch Rundown

June 27, 2009

We checked out two Japanese restaurants in our neighborhood this past week which pitted the lunch specials at Picasso against those of Oshima.

It was close, but Oshima pulled out the victory.

For roughly $10 per person, you get salad, soup, a few pieces of California roll and shumai plus the main entree (I got chicken teriyaki) while Picasso offered salad OR soup, gyoza and the main entree at about the same price point.

In other lunch news, we also stopped by the latest incarnation of Press 195. They added quite a bit to their menu and did some remodeling. Their lunch special (at $10 per person) includes: Any 1/2 sandwich (there are over 40 to choose from), side order of Belgian fries (or salad or soup), and a drink (we got the Strawberry lemonade). The fries were tasty, the lemonade too, and the sandwiches were terrific. My wife got the prosciutto de parma, sliced pears, fontina, arugula, and extra virgin olive oil sandwich while I got the one with turkey, monterey jack, fresh cilantro and honey jalapeno mustard.

Check out their menu here.


A Night at Citi

June 26, 2009

On Wednesday, I made my way to Queens to visit my friend BC. We had a quick bite to eat at Neptune Diner and then were off to Citi Field for the Mets/Cards game.

We met up with my other friend and walked around the new stadium. It’s definitely nicer than Shea though the absence of Mets memorabilia and inclusion of an homage to Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers seems curious.  The famed dining options of Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Blue Smoke are nice touches but the lines were ridiculous so we passed on them. 

We took our seats and watched many a plane fly out of LaGuardia.


We also saw a home run fly out of the ballpark and the emergence of the Apple, though I was a little late in capturing the picture and only got it with the Apple returning to its home.


We were also graced by the presence of Cow-Bell Man.


In the end, the Mets clobbered the Cardinals 11-0. It was a fun time and the Mets have a great new home but I have to admit that I like the minor league experience better.

What the what?

June 24, 2009



I typically fancy myself as someone who has his finger on the pulse of pop culture. So it came as a surprise when I had no idea what an “Ed Hardy” shirt was. From what I gather, it’s a clothing line based on the work of tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy. What I’m not sure is why these t-shirts can run upwards of over $100 a piece.

Also, who is the target demographic for this shirt? I’ve seen images of celebs like Madonna and David Beckham wearing this clothing but all the first-hand associations I’ve gotten preliminarily have been related to more trashy folk. For example:

  • During the improv comedy show at UCB Theatre, one of the skits poked fun at an Italian meathead and in the comedian’s description of this character, he said they “wore Ed Hardy shirts and Cool Water cologne”;
  • We saw a hip-hop type guy on the subway platform the other day wearing an Ed Hardy shirt;
  • Jon “Mid-life Crisis” Gosselin of Jon & Kate fame has been sporting Ed Hardy duds lately

High-brow? Low-brow? Or high-end trash?


June 24, 2009


Yesterday, we headed to Coney Island for some afternoon fun. We walked down the boardwalk, played some skee ball and a couple other arcade games and got a hot dog at Nathan’s. I don’t know if it was the bun or the ketchup-saturated onions but something was off and these dogs were not good. Pretty disappointing since we usually look forward to Nathan’s dogs and they usually deliver. Also, service at Nathan’s was horrendous! The lines weren’t long but the service was inefficient and slow (seemingly a prerequisite for NYC).

We had some time to kill (it was only about 4pm) before the game so decided to get some drinks before the Cyclones game at nearby Peggy O’Neills. We settled in for our drinks but noticed that a line was already forming to enter KeySpan Park – over an hour and a half before gates open and over three hours before the first pitch! The line continued to grow and grow as it became clear the “Baracklyn Cyclones” promotional night was getting people to show up early so that the first 2,500 fans would get their Barack Bobblehead


My hand was forced – I could not sit there casually drinking my beer and be shut out of the damn bobblehead when I had already been in Coney for an hour. Eventually, I downed my beer and got in line with the rest of these suckers. Damn groupthink! The line began to snake around the corner and yes, we stood there for nearly an hour before the gates opened just to get that dumb bobblehead. It was also interesting to see the awful behavior exhibited by some – such as a couple of adult men (with their kids I assume) who totally cut in line! Way to teach your kids that cheating is wrong!

In any event, we got in, got the bobblehead, and the rest of the evening was pleasant.


It looked like it was going to rain, but it never did. The promotional night was fun – besides the bobbleheads, the players wore special “Baracklyn” jerseys which they raffled off.


Another nice touch was the inclusion of a Barack Obama impersonator who took part in the festivities by throwing out the first pitch and starring in some taped segments that aired on the jumbotron. 



We left after 5 innings with the Cyclones up 6-0. They ended up winning 7-3


Where I’ve Been

June 24, 2009


Sunday – Walked the dog through the 7th Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope (pictured above).

Later that evening, we headed to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre for some improv. I was a big fan of the UCB team back in the day (before Amy Poehler hit it big). I’ve got their short-lived Comedy Central show on DVD and saw them perform live a couple times when we lived in Chicago. I’ve also been a fan of improv comedy, going to shows at Chicago’s Second City, Improv Olympic and the Chicago Improv Festival.

I couldn’t believe the line at 7:00pm that was forming for the free 9:30 show (we had pre-purchased tix for the 7:30 show). Thankfully we got in before too long and settled in our seats to watch Asssscat 3000 – their Sunday night improv show. The format was a tad different from what we’ve been used to – using a bit of suggestion from the crowd combined with a longer stand-up like monologue from another comedian that the group would then play off of for their performance. The show got off to a slower start with some less than funny material but got better as the evening progressed. 

Afterwards, we had a late night snack at Shake Shack – a burger and strawberry shake that were pretty darn good.

Viral Saget?

June 21, 2009

I’ve noticed a bunch of Bob Saget images plastered across Park Slope (see pic below). What gives? Probably just some kids having fun but it reminds me of the Andre the Giant street art campaign.


A Visit to the Bronx Zoo

June 21, 2009

The other day my wife and I rode the #2 train all the way up to the Bronx Zoo.

We had a good time and it was a pretty nice zoo but not as nice as I thought it would be. My wife said it wasn’t as good as the San Diego Zoo and I would argue that the Lincoln Park Zoo back in Chicago (though smaller) could even be better and it was free! 

I didn’t like that the Bronx Zoo charged extra fees for some of the attractions over and above the $15 entrance fee. Plus, some of the exhibits weren’t maintained that well. Nevertheless, it was good to check it out.







Movie Time

June 20, 2009

HelveticaI watched this film about typography and graphic design the other day and really liked it. Apparently, it was designed back in 1957 by Max Miedinger to “create a neutral typeface that had great clarity, no intrinsic meaning, and could be used on a wide variety of signage.”

Helvetica is pretty ubiquitous with some of its uses including: the logos for American Airlines, American Apparel, AT&T, Microsoft, Apple, BMW and the NYC Transit Authority.

Before SunriseI didn’t like it as much as I used to. Have I just gotten unromantic and jaded?

One Scary Fish

June 17, 2009


Saw this at a seafood store in Chelsea Market…

The High Line and A Salt and Battery

June 17, 2009

Today, we met up with our friends B&L for some lunch at A Salt and Battery – a fish and chips place in the Village.

Afterwards, we checked out the High Line, the new park built on old elevated tracks. Here are some pics.