Birthday weekend

After some prodding from me, Missus H. organised a birthday dinner for me on Saturday this year. Bunch of my friends came and we ate lots of delicious food cooked by Missus H. herself. The cherry coca cola ham was soft and sweet, the roasted potatoes disappeared within minutes, so were the creamed spinach. Dan, my fellow TWer, bought me a bottle of port as birthday gift and we all enjoyed it from the blue plastic cups!
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Then on Sunday, Missus H. decided that I was 'allowed' to have my birthday present from her a day early. It turned out she bought me a iPhone 3G! So without further ado, we got out of bed, had breakfast, hopped onto the PATH train and visited Apple SoHo store to pick up my new phone.
Finally, last night we went to see David Sedaris at the Lincoln Center. He was as funny in person as he was in This American Life. He was not the skinny guy that I imagined him to be from listening to his voice alone, which proves the power of the radio.

A bit of contrast from last year when I was working in London and all I did on my birthday was to go to the Race of Champions at Wembley in below freezing temperature! I thoroughly enjoyed the racing but would much prefer to be not frozen solid in the process. And by the time I got back to central London, almost all the restaurants (i.e. not pub, Italian/pizza, or Subway) that I wanted to go were shut. Closed at the weekend by 9PM!

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The food Usual Suspects

Due to the crappy business practice in the food industry here in the UK, I've been dying to get back to New York and enjoy great food at reasonable price, at reasonable hours. (Wagamama closed at 8PM on Sunday in central London near Victoria Station? No fish & chips? No sushi? Pizza Hut delivery costs $30+? WTF?)

So here is the list of NYC restaurants that Missus H. and/or I frequent, and I'll make a point of visiting in Jan:

  • Les Halles – best French fries there is! The steaks are great too!
  • Blue Ribbon Sushi – smaller portion than usual but fresh fish.
  • Johnny Rockets – Burger + fries + milk shakes = heart attack. But I'll die happy!
  • Sapporo – Best Japanese noddles in Midtown. Try the curry beef soap ramen and you will be nice and warm for the cold winter NYC walk. You know it is authentic when the staff is not faux-Japanese (i.e. Chinese).
  • Alfama – our favorite restaurant. Great seasonal Portuguese food with fantastic wine list. I prefer Port though and they have plenty of great ones 🙂
  • Congee Village – Where else can you get authentic Chinese food (not takeout variety) at really cheap price?
  • Blue Smoke – decent BBQ. Not proper BBQ triangle stuff but good for the NE.
  • L'Express – good French snack food. Always very busy on the weekend or week day lunch time.
  • Baluchis – decent Indian food. Not authentic like from Bangalore but hey that's OK.
  • Dos Cominos – nice Mexican food. Freshly made guacamole right in front of you. What can beat that!?
  • Pylos – fantastic Greek food. Best desert, EVER!

Actually the list can goes on forever but I think I've made my point! Don't think that I am dissing UK's restaurants in general, just that I think more should be opened on Sunday evening! And of course London is the only city where there are more than one Gordon Ramsay restaurants for us to eat at!

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