April 1, 2014

New York City Photo Diary

What intrigues me about New York is that it can be so pretentious and yet so ghetto fabulous at the same time. One direction you see a run-down corner store, the other you see women decked out in designer clothing, and the other you see a woman driving in a white Lexus SUV- with duct tape holding the bumper in place. A meal could cost as much as your first born or less than $10. And there's IchiUmi, all you can eat fresh oysters, clams and sushi for $35. To take the elevator to the observatory deck at the Empire State Building is $27, even on a rainy day where there is absolutely no view.

While New York can offer a ton of fun, in my opinion a lot of places in New York are over-hyped for the amount of time you have to wait. We went to a Korean BBQ place with a massive line up and impossible to get a reservation until 10:30pm. Instead of regular meat like other Korean BBQ places, this place specialized in serving all sorts of over-priced organs. It included the sweet bread, in which “sweet bread” turned out not sweet and not bread. It’s another name for Thymus. Thymus is a gland inside the throat. The disconcerting part is that it oozed a milky substance when you bite into it, making it feel like you’re eating brains. “Look, don’t even think about it and just swallow.” I said to Eric, who was having a tough time with the taste of the sweet bread. “Ugh, I can’t!”, “You will never make it as a female porn star.” I said, I just had to.

The dessert was a homemade ice cream with edible gold. Edible gold. The edible gold tasted nothing more like a thin sheet of tin foil. While I ate it I Imagined myself trying to explain this to a starving kid in a third world country: “We are so rich and so bored with regular food that we put gold in our dessert and eat it!”.

I also went to my first Speakeasy this weekend in New York. The concept of Speakeasy is it’s a hidden bar behind a passage. It’s exclusive and you would only know about it through word of mouth. Eric was excited for it. “What’s so great about Speakeasy?” I asked. “Because it’s a Speakeasy!” he said. I still don’t understand. But hey, if you want to go somewhere exclusive with no one else around, just come over to my house and I’ll charge you $15 for a drink. This offer goes out to anyone reading this.

The Speakeasy entrance was a telephone booth inside a ghetto hot dog joint. The joint was hot and the place was a dive. If you were to touch something and then rub your eye you would probably catch pink eye. Their washroom make Chinese restaurant washrooms look upper class.

Eventually we got in after an hour wait and the Speakeasy was the opposite of the hot dog joint above. It had Air condition, leather booths and taxidermy with accessories as décor. The one above our booth was two toads having intercourse in the missionary position. The servers were hipster pretentious and the cocktails were all $15 with hipster pretentious names. But all in all, what impressed me the most was the bathroom, which looked like the inside of a giant disco ball. I’ve never seen my butt in so many different angles when I sit on the toilet.

Back at the table we asked for the bill. Then I remembered how in Ottawa one can die waiting to pay for their meal, which is something I’ve never understood “Don’t you want my money and me out of here?” I’ll think. But not New York, they bill you right away and want you to get out for others in line.

I’ll say that for eating in New York, as crowded and annoyed you can be while waiting to eat, within a minute when you’ve walked out of the restaurant looking at the high rises, you’re already unconsciously planning on when and what to eat next.


  1. you hit the nail right on the head.

    you ate gold? how...weird. not something I'd ever eat. but hey, yolo?

  2. awwwwww!!!!! sooooo cool picz!!!!!! nyc is my big dream... ur sooooo lucky)))) tnx 4 sharing dis amazin picz)))) xoxo)))

  3. New York sure brings nostalgia, my last time is like
    almost 5 years ago. I remember I went to this Korean
    restaurant and everything was overpriced as well with
    small portions... Oh well.
    Lets melt the golden foils for cash and donate it :P

  4. New York is such a beautiful city! Your orange hat is cute as hell, btw! :'D

  5. WOW you packed a lot in... I have seen so many of these sights from TV shows and movies... it must be interesting to be right there... I agree some things can be so overpriced and not worth it at all :)

    Thank you for your comment... I am not able to sleep... believe me, if I could I would... I desperately want to sleep... it eludes me... oh well...

  6. Wish I could visit New York! Love the photos. And yeah, I heard, New York is very expensive to visit and tour around. I guess I need to save a lot of money when I work as a lawyer (in God's time) so that I could visit there.

  7. Awesome photo recap of your trip to New York.
    Haha, I'll never understand eating gold flakes. I'd rather have extra pepperoni on mine, thanks.
    One of the perks of being in New York for me was being able to roll out of bed, walk down half a block, and get a bagel w/ cream cheese and a cup of coffee for $2 from one of the carts. I wish I could go back!

  8. NY sounds like HK much methinks.
    You two look cute together :)

  9. awh.. but the city view looks amazing though! haha…
    but if you could recommend fabulous places & restaurants that serve scrumptious food, which ones are they? :)

  10. I'm not sure if I would try an animals different organs. Haha, but that's because I get freaked anytime my dad wants to eat tripe.

    xxDenysia Yu

  11. Oh, that article is really interesting:) I must admit I like your writing style. The photographs are also lovely, it gives such a positive impression. You look really great in that orange hat by the way:)
    Have a fabulous time!

  12. I read once that organ meat is bad for certain medical conditions...so I just assume I have those conditions (and don't know it yet) and tell people I'm not allowed to eat that stuff. :)
    Great pictures--I like your description of New York. I think the original Speakeasy joints had at least one big advantage over the modern ones--no hipsters.

  13. While I'm intrigued to once try out a food with gold in it, I don't think I could handle the taste of metal in my food :D But everything in this post sounds and looks so interesting, I can't wait to visit New York some day. ♥

  14. That orange beanie must have helped spot you in a crowd if you guys every got separated.

    Haha, I've never been to a speakeasy but I'm not sure if I'd want to pay that much and wait that long to be surrounded by everything hipster pretentious. That's the worst kind of pretentious.

  15. I'm going to New York soon and may be moving there soon. I'm kind of scared about the cold weather, but on the other hand, your post reminded me of how wonderful the city can be.

  16. God I have to agree with you on NYC. There are so many over-hyped places but there are some truly amazing ones too. I've never been to the hot dog joint Speakeasy. I've been to the one in Chinatown that has an apothecary theme and a law library one in the West Village. Both are pretty nice.

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