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Sunday, April 15, 2012

New York, New York

I needed to get away and New York was the perfect place to go. I stayed in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, not too far from the subway and made trips to Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan to do some shopping. I also took time to visit some museums - Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art ("MOMA"). It was great to see so many people there, browsing around, looking at the art work and reading about the artists some of which I found rather interesting like Francesca Woodman (1958 - 1981) - an artist way before her time in terms of how she viewed sexuality and they way she photograped it. I also enjoyed the works of John Chamberlain - his car designs were very interesting.

While I enjoyed the sightseeing, I also took time to check out a karaoke bar and laughed so hard my belly hurt when I saw some of the performers. Some were really bad but I admired their courage to get on stage and give the performance of their lives while the audience cheered them on. At end of the karaoke contest, it became a dance fest - musice blaring from the speakers and the videos playing on the big screens. I really had a wonderful time.

What's New York without great places to eat? Well, I enjoyed breakfast at Tal Bagels and while the food was good, the service was not the best with the some servers giving customers major attitude. There was one instance where a lady bought a bagel, eggs on the side and coffee. Simple order right? Not at all. The eggs were served on the bagel, and had to be redone only to be burnt and then the customer had no bagel. It was a total mess to the point where the lady shouted out, "They don't like me here." And my thought was, well why do you keep coming back. I left hoping that they would get her order right.

I also dined at Uno Chicago Grill, Sotto Cinque, and Sarabeth's. Uno - typical American fare, however, the wait staff was awesome and I had some of the best Raspberry Ice Tea that I've had in a long time. Sotto Cinque, an Italian restaurant had the best shrimp scampi. I've always heard of Sarabeth's for brunch, and while it was pricey, the omellette's were great and the ambience was very nice - I'd definitely go back.

So, I had a great time in New York and then headed back to reality but it was worth taking a break to start afresh!

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