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#945: Cry over spilled beer

When I was younger, my parents gave me a beautifully designed book for Easter. I brought it to school one day and I don’t remember the exact circumstances–whether I had it out in the rain, or dropped it in a puddle, or both–but it got soaked.

My mom dried it out, but the pages were forever crinkled, the cover a bit warped. I treasured it even more after that because I felt so terrible that it had gone through such an ordeal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 15, 2017 in Books


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#838: Vanderbilt Market

As I was walking to and from this indoor market with food vendors and not enough seating, I passed by a bar with a “beer garden.” (Quotes are necessary when the only thing that distinguishes your beer garden from regular outdoor seating is the words on a sign.)

It was nice weather–exceedingly nice weather for early November–and the beer garden was ridiculously crowded, and absurdly loud. Give people in suits in Midtown a couple of beers and you’ve created an equation for VERY LOUD TALKING.

As I passed by, both times, I couldn’t help looking at all of these people as if they were in a different world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in NYC


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#835: Big Alice Brewing

Judging solely by my love for rare things, I should adore this brewery, considering finding it close to empty is probably pretty rare, at least based on the crowd there on a Sunday afternoon during perfect fall weather.

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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in NYC


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#784: Staten Island Brewfest

One of the things that irritates me the most (in the category of events, let’s be clear) is poorly run events.  When I attend an event that in theory could be great and in reality is logistically a nightmare, it makes me want to go home and sit on my couch and watch Netflix because at least I won’t be disappointed with re-runs of Gilmore Girls.

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Food/Drink


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#766: Bronx Alehouse

One of the reasons this winter seems so bitter–nothing like the snow in Boston or the cold in Cleveland, but bad enough for fragile New Yorkers–is because the MTA is under practically system-wide construction every weekend.

So a trip to Bronx Alehouse that should have entailed an hour ride on 2 trains from my place actually took an hour and a half on 2 trains, one of which was running local and also auditioning for a Speed spin-off where a bomb will go off if the train goes above 15 mph, and then an Uber ride since the train with a stop right next to the bar wasn’t running at all.

Normally I’m not someone who shies away from experimenting with just how far you can go on the subway, but when there’s construction and snow on a Saturday, staying home is a tempting option. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Food/Drink


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#758: Queens Brewers Night

Queens may be the #1 place to visit in 2015, but I’m glad that so far, it doesn’t seem like Manhattanites are buying it.

The evidence?  Yesterday’s Queens Brewers Night, which was a beer-tasting event at a Long Island City hostel. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in NYC


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#701: Twist and Smash’d

A-year-ago-me would have been very disappointed in me yesterday.  That’s because a-year-ago-me was dating someone preparing for the marathon, and he would often turn down food and drink if they weren’t healthy.  A-year-ago-me swore never to be like that, even if I ever prepared for a marathon, which a-year-ago-me didn’t think was a possibility anyway.

Yesterday, there was an open bar event at Twist and Smash’d (I don’t get the apostrophe either), and all I had was:

  • 4 mini soft pretzels
  • 2 mini empanadas
  • 1 mini spring roll
  • 4 chicken wings
  • 1 corndog
  • 2 sliders
  • 2 glasses of beer

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Food/Drink


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