Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SWEET: Penelope’s













Quaint country meets New York’s palate - Penelope’s offers awesome food at an affordable price.

Have you ever waken up on a weekend morning - headed to the local diner, order whatever – only to leave feeling disappointed with your meal? Well I have. In fact, pretty much every time.

Well, Penelope’s combines upscale diner with a little bit of country love providing the perfect cure to your weekend diner blues. The d├ęcor inside consists of rustic white and baby blue French country – the menu is filled with “diner” favorites like burgers, salads, mac and cheese, egg sandwiches, pancakes – and the best part about the menu? If you are a meat lover – great. They’ve got you covered. But if not they have soy-sage, fakin’ bacon and veggie burgers – definitely a crowd pleaser. And with the exception of the Pot Pie – everything runs around $10.

My favorites to-date are the veggie burger, Penny Egg Sandwich with basil olive oil – (sets this over the top and I NEVER order eggs out) – and for dessert old fashioned cupcakes, ginger carrot cake and/or (who says you have to get just one) warm Nutella with strawberries.

This cash only establishment located on Lex and 30th – delivers – ummm awesome – and is never disappointing.

Unfortunately this place isn’t a “little known secret” so be prepared to wait at least an hour for weekend brunch.

PS - I HEART Penelope’s

Thursday, February 26, 2009

SWEET: President’s Address to Congress

So I was watching the president’s address to congress on Tuesday night, and I have one comment – What is up with standing up and clapping after every time he says something? I understand it’s all moving and full of important issues that need to be dealt with, but come on people, after every single sentence? Let’s keep it to the really select statements or really moving issues. I mean – I think some of the older people were getting motion sickness. And quite frankly – it was pissing me off. I mean – let him get out a full idea before you start clapping every 3 words.

Obama: Kids today need our help
Clap Clap Clap
Obmaba: they are important parts of our society
Clap Clap Clap
Obama: and more importantly they are our future
CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!!
Obama: so lets move boldly and swiftly
CLAP CLAP CLAP!!!!

That address was like 60 % talking 40 % clapping and standing. You can think of it like the word “innovative” or “awesome” once you start using it to describe everything – it starts to loose its relevance and impact. What do you think?

Friday, February 20, 2009

SWEET: Overheard entry

I just entered this conversation to overheard.com -

Starbucks on Madison and 40th:

starbucks employee to disheveled looking woman: ...because it is a federal offense maam

disheveled looking woman: did you just call me a bitch?

starbucks employee: no I said it is a federal offense

disheveled looking woman: no you called me a bitch

That was the last we heard since we were walking out

Just incase it doesnt make it, I still wanted to share it. If you don't know what overheard it, I suggest you visit the site to find out. Its totally worth it.

Link to Overheard.com

Thursday, February 19, 2009

SWEET: PC Commercial

I have an extremely cold hearth when it comes to children. I am not easily won over. Unless you are a close friend, I don’t want to see the pictures of your grandkid’s first day of school, the drawing your little cousin made for you or your best friend’s kid’s b-day party. Another reason I hate seeing pictures of kids because I feel almost pressured to say, “oohhhh how cute!” when many, many, MANY times I do not feel that way. It’s almost like I am lying. The same goes for b-days. I mean family or friends HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!, but a random co-workers I only pass in the hallways, I really don’t want to wish you a happy b-day. Not saying I wish you a bad birthday, I just don’t care. So going out of my way to say it feels fake.

So I am sure by now, every one has seen PCs counter commercial to the Mac commercials, “I’m a PC”…in the commercials they showed a variety of home videos from people around the world saying “I’m a PC.” Pretty smart, connects the people in the commercials to everyday people watching the commercials and shows you how all over the world all different types of people, including the MAC creative types, use PCs. WELL follow-up to those commercials, PC put out a commercial that sold-SOLD me 100% using the cuteness child to market their product. This is hard to do because usually I am extra critical of any AD, TV show, movie, PR or marketing effort trying to use children or love to sell me.

It’s a new commercial with the goal show how easy it is to maneuver and use a PC. So a little girl shows viewers how she uploads her photos, enhances them and emails them to her parents and at the end she declares “I’m a PC and I’m 4 and a half!”

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her. I want to stunt her growth and adopt her. She is adorable. Then a week later or so they began airing a similar type commercial with an older girl. Ehhhh. Its not that she isn’t cute, it’s that the 4-year-old is the cutest ever so she kind of stole kid #2’s thunder. I mean, if you weren’t going to put the older kid’s commercial out first, honestly, why even bother. It was a waste of money. Burn the reel and move on.

PC – 1 Mac - 0

Below please find a link to the commercial

I'm a PC and I'm 4 Link

SALTY for TH – SWEET for us: Tappas Party - Part 2

So as we are all hanging out, laughing, prepping to play “Celebrity” the most awesome game ever –TH is missing. Rewind 10 mins – TH and I went to use the bathroom at the same time – so I was waiting for her to come out. She didn’t. 10 mins go by, 15 mins go by – I am now dreading using the bathroom after her. Fast forward about 5 mins and some deliberation amongst the guests. I am chosen to go check on her. We are cousin’s after all. From that moment here is a recount of how the night progressed:

Knock, knock
“TH are you okay?”
“I’m locked in!”
I laugh out loud
“Oh it happens all the time. You just have to jiggle it”
This is my BFFs place and I too have gotten “locked” in the bathroom I think I can totally be the hero and get her out. I cant. Hmmmm…..
“uh…hold on”
Not trying to draw any attention to the situation, I quietly return with BB. She cannot open the door.
BB’s BF comes in.
He cannot open the door.
We get BB’s brother, no joke kind of guy
HE CANNOT open the door.
At this point, we know this is a situation – were we worried? sort of. Were we giggling? hells-ya. I mean we knew we would get her out, we just didn’t know the extremes it might take to get her out.
On the other side of the wall – we are later told that Guns is in there, telling everyone something is going on in the bedroom and they all have go and check it out.
Now everyone is in the bedroom, outside the bathroom laughing and taking in the free entertainment.
We offer TH mookies (a brilliant combo of muffins and cookies) through the bottom of the door. She declines. Hey we offered.
BB calls her super.
All I can say from here is that is was like the Christine of doors. This thing did not want to open. At multiple points we suggested calling the fire department to get her out. Goggles were worn, movie style kicks that may have damaged someone’s foot where done – springs, screws, and whatever else constitutes of a door knob were flying every where. At one point BB yelled to TH “TH GET IN THE SHOWER” TH later told us it was like poltergeist inside the bathroom.

After probably about an hour and a half, she finally emerges. WE all clap – she’s free and we can get back to what is really important. Celebrity and the cinnamon blintzes.