I <3 New York

I don’t have much in the way of foodie pictures from yesterday. Bobby and I got a quick lunch from a street vendor… Last time I lived in New York we called this “street meat”, but I don’t know if that’s a common nickname.

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Street meat is actually really good. Yesterday I got a chicken kebab ($3) which came with some veggies on the kebab. Bobby got the chicken and rice dish ($5), which comes with some salad too. We both shared a little.

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It’s probably not the best thing for you, but it’s not the worst. The meat is fresh and you watch the guy cook it right in front of you. Ours were not very oily and honestly – pretty yummy. I’d never gotten the kebab before; usually I go for a chicken gyro on a pita (lunch on Wednesday, actually). This is from the place next to Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, but I’ve gone to the one outside of JPMorgan on 45th (ish?) and also one on the lower west side – maybe around 26th and 7th Ave?

Yesterday I discovered the amazing world of laundry delivery services. I called up Jeffrey’s Cleaners around 11:45am. He came and got my clothes in less than 15 minutes. After we spent the day walking around, we called him again around 6:15pm to inquire about our clothes (I didn’t really know the process) – again, he delivered them in about 15 minutes. They were perfectly pressed and smelled fresh and clean. They were folded better than I could ever fold them (and I worked at Gap!). And it was cheap! We tipped him but I’m not sure if people normally do; he seemed surprised when we said, “keep the change.”


Last night we went out to see The Blind Side, which was so so good. Usually, I hate movies. I fall asleep during them. I can’t follow the plot. I get distracted. This movie was completely different. It had Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Kathy Bates – all great. The story was  touching and captivating. I didn’t look at my watch once. What made it even better was the fact that it was based on a true story. Go see it!

Another thing I did yesterday was scope out grocery stores. Then I christened our apartment with 2 nice squash – a butternut and a kabocha.

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Tonight is my high school reunion… I have to figure out what to wear. Any ideas?

Is there something unique or special about where you live? Or habits that people in your area all seem to have? (Like laundry service – which I now love – or a specialty food dish, or a way of dressing.)

OR – what was the last good movie you saw?

27 Replies to “I <3 New York”

  1. I’m ridiculously jealous that you get to have street food in NYC. I’ve been known to beg my mom to drive us up to NYC from NC for a weekend so I could pig out! 😉 I like the chicken gyros from the guy right outside of Grand Central b/c he goes crazy w/ the veggies!

    I cooked kabocha last night and thought of you! I roasted half and steamed half. Johnny or I couldn’t decide which we liked better – we just couldn’t stop eating both! hehe

    Habits ppl seem to have in this area are referring to N, S, E, W when giving directions and I have no idea which way is which, but they all do. There’s also a lot of Italian beef places, sweet peppers on sandwiches (yum!) and for some odd reason, tamales as side options on a lot of menus that are serving nothing to do w/ Mexican food! hehe

  2. I too am so picky when it comes to movies. Maybe I have ADD, but I just cannot stay entertained for more than about 30 minutes. I agree though, The Blind Side was excellent. Such a great movie to get that holiday spirit (the real one, not the Black Friday version…).

  3. “Usually, I hate movies. I fall asleep during them. I can’t follow the plot. I get distracted.” You just described CD. He hates movies, we’ve seen a total of 4 in the 4 years we’ve been together, the 4th one being Full Moon on Thanksgiving Day. I don’t think he will ever see another movie with me again. He he.

    I’m so jealous of your laundry service. I do all the laundry, and I never get tips either. 😉

    It’s so exciting to hear you talking about life in NYC. Do hope I get to visit, and it’s about time you brought some kabocha back into your life!

  4. I have never seen street food like that in my life! definitely puts the pitiful franks and jumbo pretzels I always get in the city to shame!

    I want to see Blind Side so badly, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews!

  5. I like kebab very much, you should try that lamb one. They are really yum with the cumins.
    5 dollar for that much food in NY is well worth it! 😀 it looks not oily at all.
    The good movie I saw? oh yeah, Julie and Julia, I just watch it yesterday! They talk about blog girls 😀

  6. You are so New York already! I love it. I never got street meat but it always smells so great. Did you get from a Halal vendor? Halal restrictions ensure that the animal was treated well. I want to see that movie now! I am like you, bad at movies (worse at home than in theatres though).

  7. I love movies but I hate movie theater prices. Plus I like to watch movies from home so I can pause them whenever I want. My family went to see The Blind Side on Thanksgiving Day and we all loved it. Great story!

  8. I’ve heard great things about that movie! Can’t wait to see it.
    Wow, HS reunion! Haven’t had mine yet but I’m looking forward to it! How about wearing that cute black dress and dressing that up? I loved that on you!

  9. oh… kabocha is back! was it a ripped one? I hope so!
    I can’t remember last movie that i saw, maybe julie and Julia? it was on my flight back from SF! 🙂

  10. Hmm, perhaps I’ll go see The Blind Side now? I just watched American Gangster last night on DVD, and that was pretty good. There’s no real “character” to the people where I live, other than the old-town feel if you go into that area. No food specialties, really :/ Have fun at your reunion!

  11. Love street meat! There used to be a guy in Chicago that had the best tacos I’ve ever had.

    Have fun at your reunion! I want to see that movie, and although my husband loves football, he deemed this a chick flick so I will see it with my daughter!

  12. i’ve never had street food..here in socal you’d be too afraid it’s poisoned/rotten. boo.

    and i totally want to see that movie now. everyone is talking about it!

  13. We also saw The Blind Side this weekend. It was fabulous.

    The one thing I was really impressed with when we moved here was the cheapness of the dry cleaners. In Oklahoma, they were 3 times as expensive and not as good. Since I dry clean almost all of my work clothes, I’m one happy camper.

    As for food, there is a lot of good BBQ here in Texas, but I can’t eat most of it. I did eat a lot of it growing up, though, so I can speak for its awesomeness.

    Congrats again on the job 🙂

  14. thanks for the movie review!!!

    hs reunion?! so fun! we had a mini ones on wednesday and friday night!!!

    love the kebab!! those are so yummy!!

    take care Maggie!!!!!!! 🙂

  15. wow! laundry service! Im jealous=) I wish someone would come and do mine for me! haha. The kabobs looks great! We have alot of taco trucks where i live. Some are good, some not so good. I guess you just learn which ones to hit up. Have fun at the reunion.

  16. Aw, I’m glad you enjoyed the movie! We watched “Boy in the Striped Pajamas” on Netflix and it was really incredible.

    Yay for cristening squashes!

  17. Oh, I just heard about that movie today! My friend said it was really good. I definitely want to see it now! And laundry service sounds so awesome right now. I am awful about doing my laundry! I’d rather buy new clothes than wash the dirty ones 😉 I’m especially bad about that with socks! haha

  18. I don’t have a dog but I do have a cat and he is my all in all. He is energetic, independent, naughty, cuddly and more. He is my reason for getting up everyday. He does not have a nasty navicular inside his body yet he and I are vilified by means of others exactly where I stay. I am so defensive of him it seems he is the child I never ever have.He and I already have brief chats and I vow he is aware what I am announcing. He is ecstatic to come house to.

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