Archive | September, 2009

Thirteen days to the Equality March

29 Sep

Frank and I are going to Washington for the march. I’m looking forward to this, but honestly it’s as much a trip out of town somewhere we haven’t been (DC) and the experience of seeing all those LGBT people as it is about thinking it’s going to change anything.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of media coverage we get.

Amber Asian cuisine on Third Avenue – three and a half yums

25 Sep

We met Bob from Los Angeles at Amber on Third Avenue. It’s just a few block from the apartment. We’ve been there a times and I like it. A sort of Asian fusion kind of place with two floors. We were upstars this time. I had the teriaki salmon. Frank had sushi and Bob had steak (not really an Asian food type, so it’s good there was something on the menu for him). The food is good, the decor more interesting than most. Three and a half yums.

Sammy's Noodle Shop Greenwich Village – two and a half yums

24 Sep

I had dinner last night with my friends Gerry and Sean. I hadn’t seen Sean in a dim sum’s age (they’re a couple) and it was nice to see him, even though he’s still in great shape and I’ve become a pear. But I’m working on it! I had steamed vegetables and chicken. I also walked there from my office in Times Square. Thirty-two blocks.

Sammy’s has been around longer than I’ve been in New York, and that’s sixteen years. I’ve eaten there before but not in a couple years. It’s always been popular in the neighborhood, although I’ve been there when it was packed, which it wasn’t last night.

Not much on decor, but more than most Chinese restaurants. I’ve wondered if dull interiors is just a Chinese thing. Sometimes they have aquariums (water is good luck), but nothing in the way of wall hangings or color schemes. At least Sammy’s isn’t a dull green or suspicious yellow.

I had the hot and sour soup – good and spicy. Then the steamed vegetables. Sean had the same dish but done in a wok with sauce. Gerry had sesame chicken with too many sesame seeds in it – and we shared a dim sum appetizer. MadeMarkTravel rating – two and a half yums. Better than takeout, but not the Beijing Hilton. Video here.

Sammy’s Noodle Shop Greenwich Village – two and a half yums

24 Sep

I had dinner last night with my friends Gerry and Sean. I hadn’t seen Sean in a dim sum’s age (they’re a couple) and it was nice to see him, even though he’s still in great shape and I’ve become a pear. But I’m working on it! I had steamed vegetables and chicken. I also walked there from my office in Times Square. Thirty-two blocks.

Sammy’s has been around longer than I’ve been in New York, and that’s sixteen years. I’ve eaten there before but not in a couple years. It’s always been popular in the neighborhood, although I’ve been there when it was packed, which it wasn’t last night.

Not much on decor, but more than most Chinese restaurants. I’ve wondered if dull interiors is just a Chinese thing. Sometimes they have aquariums (water is good luck), but nothing in the way of wall hangings or color schemes. At least Sammy’s isn’t a dull green or suspicious yellow.

I had the hot and sour soup – good and spicy. Then the steamed vegetables. Sean had the same dish but done in a wok with sauce. Gerry had sesame chicken with too many sesame seeds in it – and we shared a dim sum appetizer. MadeMarkTravel rating – two and a half yums. Better than takeout, but not the Beijing Hilton. Video here.

Old St. Mary's Cemetery, Philadelphia

14 Sep

We were going to ride this bus/boat that tours around the area then goes into the water, but we didn’t have time. I’d planned to get my video on that, which would have been fun, but settled for a stop at Old St. Mary’s Cemetery instead. I love cemeteries with headstones, not these awful modern ones where my mother’s buried beneath a flat brass plaque in the ground. Who needs a cemetery that looks like someone’s lawn. Boring!

Old St. Mary’s Cemetery, Philadelphia

14 Sep

We were going to ride this bus/boat that tours around the area then goes into the water, but we didn’t have time. I’d planned to get my video on that, which would have been fun, but settled for a stop at Old St. Mary’s Cemetery instead. I love cemeteries with headstones, not these awful modern ones where my mother’s buried beneath a flat brass plaque in the ground. Who needs a cemetery that looks like someone’s lawn. Boring!

Sunny Sunday in Philly

14 Sep

Frank’s friend Tom (aka Jammer) from New Orleans was in Philly Sunday to see a Phillies game and visit family. We drove there noonish, it’s just an hour from the Jersey house, and met him at the Holiday Inn.

I’ve never been to Philadelphia, just seen it from an Amtrak train or a distance driving through. We went to South Street, drove around a bit, then parked and walked for two hours. What a terrific city! I’d like to spend more time there. The cobblestone streets. The historical sites, of which there are enough to spend a couple days seeing. (The line at the Liberty Bell was so long we didn’t go in.) Independence Hall. You name it, the beginnings of our country can be found there.

We didn’t get cheesesteak, which, along with baseball, is a Philadelphia passion. There are cheesestake places every other block, but only a handful of really famous ones, like Geno’s in the photo. The lines there were about as long as the one for the Liberty Bell.

I’d like to go back sometime and spend a full day there, maybe even two. I had no real idea of what Philly was like, and probably still don’t with just a few hours to see it.

More Philly pix here.

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