Jason’s Rooftop

Jason's Rooftop

One of my favorite views of the New York City skyline just happens to be from my friend’s rooftop in Hell’s Kitchen. He’s moving in a few weeks and since I was already in NYC we made a day of it and visited some of the old haunts.

Hallo Berlin
Pony Bar
West Side Steakhouse
Perdition

A fun evening and one last view from an amazing spot. Cheers!

Sievers and the City

New York City in the Spring is a wonderful thing.  The first flowers are blooming, the first leaves are starting to appear, and everyone seems to have a spring in their step as they walk down the street.  We were lucky enough to experience a few of these amazing springtime days with our friends from Colorado.

The trip turned out to be an epicurean feast and we hit the following restaurants and bars:

Q2 Thai – A great little Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen.
Basilica – A tiny Italian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen.
Valhalla – My favorite beer bar in the city!
Hummus Kitchen – Hell’s Kitchen Israeli restaurant.
Sushi of Gari 46 – Our favorite sushi restaurant.
La Sirene – An amazing BYOB French restaurant in SoHo.
McSorley’s Ale House – The city’s oldest bar.
Caracas Arepa Bar – An awesome Venezuelan restaurant in the East Village.
And of course, don’t forget a delicious Halal Cart meal on the day of their departure!

We also hit various places around the city such as Wall Street, Battery Park, 5th Avenue, Central Park, Times Square, and more!  While the girls were out shopping at H&M and Zara, we were riding bicycles around the full loop in Central Park.  It was simply a beautiful day to be outside and moving.

Another highlight of the trip was when we all went to see West Side Story on Broadway.

Here are some photo highlights:

The Dudes @ Valhalla:

The Ladies:

The Happy Couple in Times Square:

All of us in Times Square:

West Side Story:

And finally… the morning wake up call at our house is when the dog comes in and starts licking your head:

Grilling in the Snow – Another Weekend in the Poconos

After four weeks without leaving the city, we were desperate to get out to the Poconos and have a little breathing room.  When we arrived in Long Pond we were shocked to see the amount of snow still on the ground.  There was over 3 feet of snow in many places, with 6′ tall drifts around the house and 10′  tall plowed piles on the sides of the road.  It was insane.

One of the delicious meals we had this weekend was a pesto-stuffed chicken breast recipe that my mom made.  It was served over wild rice and topped with a tomato relish.   With that we had a side of baked butternut squash and roasted asparagus.  We even used the official “Hotel Hübner” plates.  It was a lovely start to a great weekend.

The weather had warmed up significantly by Sunday morning and I was adamant about using the grill for the lunch that we were going to make for our friend Scarlett.  Although I had to shovel a ton (literally) of snow off the deck, it was finally starting to dry in the sun by midday.  The next step was to prepare lunch.  The previous day we had run up to Wegmans and picked up 4 pounds of NY Strip Steak, some bell peppers, gigantic white mushrooms, and some pearl onions with the thought that we could make some kebabs and put them on the grill.  Luckily, the weather had worked out and a bit later we had another fantastic meal.

We weren’t the only ones that were eating well this weekend.  On Friday night we looked out on to the patio and saw this awesome porcupine, dubbed “Prickles” by my parents, munching down on an ear of corn.  The photo isn’t the best, but he’s a cute little bugger:  What a great weekend!

New York City – President’s Day Weekend with Friends

The President’s Day three-day weekend is a much-needed reprieve in the middle of February.  My friends, Ian and Mike, came out to NYC for a few days to blow off some steam and enjoy the offerings of the city.  As always, by the time they left I thought my liver was going to explode and my lack of sleep was catching up with me.  Here are the highlights:

Thursday:

Friday:

Saturday:

  • A walking exploration of Chinatown.
  • Had some tea at Mr. Tea, a small little tea and snack shop on a side street in Chinatown.
  • Basilica – a great little Italian place in Hell’s Kitchen.  I had the squid ink pasta with shrimp and a side of garlic toast.  Brie and I split a bottle of Montepulciano.

Sunday:

  • Coney Island The classic getaway for New Yorker’s.  Everything from the boardwalk and the beach to Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and the Cyclone.
  • NYC Aquarium A decent aquarium, but I would have expected more for a city such as NYC.
  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.  There’s something awesome about a classic hot dog that snaps when you bite into it.  NOTE: Try and not pay attention to the calorie postings.
  • A return trip to Valhalla with some Sacco Pizza.  The beauty of this bar (in addition to the beer selection) is the fact you can bring in your own food.

Monday:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
  • Halal Cart – Street vendors that sell things such as Falafel and Gyro sandwiches.  Our delicious Gyro sandwiches (half lamb, half chicken) were smothered in white sauce and hot sauce.

In addition to the major events listed above, we watched the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and played drinking games while watching Three Sheets.  As always, it was a great time and we made the most out of the short time and bad weather.  Until next time!

I am also including some of the pieces that struck a chord with me while at the MoMA and Met.

Monet, Hopper, Warhol, Braque, Picasso, Miro, Klee