Monthly Archives: May 2013

#465: Il Bambino

Bet you didn’t think a restaurant could get 4.5 stars from 514 reviews on yelp and exist in Astoria.

Enter Il Bambino.  Order a panini filled with meat and cheese.  If you’re a fan of sweet with meat (and you should be), get the proscuitto, which includes gorgonzola and fig.

Then: enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Food/Drink


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#464: Return to a former company

They say you can’t go home again.  They’re wrong–of course you can.  You totally can.

I suppose what they mean (I haven’t asked them, nor have I done any amount of research so that I can confidently speculate) is that even if you return home, it won’t be the same.  And, okay, I will agree with that. You can never recreate the exact same moment no matter how many circumstances may be the same because there will always be an infinite number of circumstances that will be different.

Still, if I had started a new job at a company I’d willingly left at an earlier time in my life, if this had happened only a few years ago, I would have lamented the fact that I was right back where I’d been before.  You see, I didn’t always understand the obvious concept that despite your best efforts to remain in one spot, you are always–always, without fail, even if it’s impossible to tell by looking–moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in NYC


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#463: The Strangers Project

People like the idea of telling stories anonymously.  I don’t.  I’m a writer.  My writing is always connected to me, whether you know my name or not.  But for those who claim they’re not writers (though they are because anyone who writes is a writer, but for the sake of this post, let’s give the “non-writers” the benefit of the doubt and pretend they don’t belong to the writer label), anonymity allows certain feelings and thoughts to get out onto the page that might never have made it there if written under a byline.

The Strangers Project takes advantage of that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in People


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#462: Molly’s Cupcakes


Better than Crumbs (which isn’t hard to be, obviously), better than Magnolia (ditto, though slightly more difficult), bigger than Sugar Sweet Sunshine (though not as good), and about on par with Two Little Red Hens (though they still win for best cheesecake). Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Food/Drink


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#461: LoftOpera

I’ve done a lot of cool things in New York.  Last night’s LoftOpera would immediately get a place in the top 7, if I actually kept a list.

It was opera (Don Giovanni) performed by super talented people (both singers and musicians) in a loft (in Gowanus). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Theater


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#460: Join

At the overeager encouragement of my newly engaged friend–and with the aid of a deal, of course–I signed up for  I’d been resisting it over the years because at first I refused to pay for a dating site, and then, later, when I got more lonely and less proud, I just didn’t think the guy for me would be on OkCupid, while crowded with creeps and hipsters, was at least familiar territory.  I’m used to dealing with men who think an appropriate first message is simply, “Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.”  I’m not used to encountering men who say they’re looking for nice women for serious relationships.  And to be honest, I don’t entirely like it.

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Computers


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#459: Practice Krav Maga

The point of Krav Maga is to respond to force with force.  For a person who has no interest in fighting anyone (that’s me), it’s supposed to make you confident so that if someone attacked you, you’d know what to do.

For me, it just made me more afraid. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Sports


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