Party of 5 for a NY Holiday

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My siblings and I did a trip to New York as a Christmas present to ourselves. To me NY represents the pageantry of Christmas, probably the only other place that could surpass it would be London, which I plan to do at Christmastime in the near future.

We kept the budget low, but the calories high in between the sights of Rockefeller Center, The Union Square Christmas Bazaar, The Neapolitan Baroque Creche at the Met, and countless creatively decorated storefront windows. Max Brenner, Chocolate By the Bald Man on Urbanspoon

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r 841 Broadway (14th street/Union Square) was our first break from the cold. If everything chocolate is your pleasure than this is a must, they even have chocolate pizza! American Grill style menu offerings also available, so as not to get a sugar overload. The hot chocolate menu features two kinds of cocoa delight, many flavors of each, but two different consistencies. The Chocolat is a traditional hot chocolate, the Classic Chocolate Beverage is a really thick, creamy hot chocolate. Needless to say, I had and prefer the latter. One of my sisters felt it was too rich. But I in fact added to the adventure by ordering the Mexican Spicy with red chili, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper - Yum! Best of all it comes in a cozy cup they call a hug a mug. (pic above) Hot Chocolate Rating:Pretty Big Toe -- Service Rating:Pretty 4th Toe: the wait for seating was intolerably long, we witnessed a party of 5 with the chill still hovering on their coats get seated ahead of us, due to poor communication between the hostess and the waitstaff, none of which were over the age of 25.

Jackson Hole on Urbanspoon

After leaving the Met we were near my brother-in-law's new favorite spot - Jackson Hole 1270 Madison Avenue & 91st Street (other NY locations too) It's what you'd probably classify as a joint; a cross between a diner, an old five and dime and a neighborhood pub -Fun! Their claim to fame- home of the 7oz burger and these burgers are MAJOR and cheap by NY standard. They recently added sweet potato fries to the menu, frankly, I can't imagine how they previously got along without them. Rating: Pretty Index Toe

Penthouse 808 on Urbanspoon

New York has a great "What to do" type magazine called Time Out, the December issue featured the best places to go for Winter Cocktails. It gave a rave to Penthouse 808 atop the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City. The description of retractable glass roof, several wood-burning fireplaces and lush decor, had us traipsing through the blizzard, 10 long Long Island City blocks from the subway, only to find a very moderate hotel and a modestly attractive Penthouse 808 with only one inaccessible fireplace that I would swear was gas burning; and incongruent, bottle service of $300 for Tanqueray and $600 Johnny Walker Blue. Our waitress, a costume-less Lady Gaga look-a-like, must have been snow blinded, she was just in another world. I asked her what was in their hot toddy and she just kinda stared at me blankly, so I said "well, whatever it is I'll have one". The other 4 ordered a Gramercy Park off the drink menu, it consisted of hot chocolate, Baileys and rum. When the drinks arrived, mine was a luke warm tea, bag still present, with some unknown alcohol, nothing sweet, or lemony to speak of. My sisters, brother and bother-in-law all complained their drinks tasted like hot chocolate - why? because it was only hot chocolate. LG told the bartender 4 hot chocolates instead of 4 Gramercy Parks. The bartender apologized and said he'd be back with the real drinks shortly. 35 min later, snow getting so thick outside we're starting to panic about getting back to Tribeca, he comes back with stone cold Gramercy Parks. Needless to say, we had to complain to management and the tab was cleared, but still not worth the trip - Rating: Suck My Pinky Toe

Junior's Restaurant on Urbanspoon

I've had Junior's Cheesecake, but this was my first time at the restaurant. I love that it's a Cocktail Lounge. Wonderfully big portions and Bloody Mary's that will knock you on your ass! Look at the cornbread that is layed before you! If you imagine catfish, greens and mashed potatoes to accompany this moist, spongy, goldenest, than you'd be imagining exactly what I ordered and devoured.
Pretty Big Toe

For all the walking we did we figure we didn't burn off more than a morsel or two, but look at us stuffed and happy- a perfect Christmas card.

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Philadelphia Film Festival PFF23 - October 16-26, 2014

STAY TUNED FOR RECAP OF THE FEST. If you're visiting the site because I interviewed you on closing night, you'll be posted to facebook and the recap soon! Mini reviews and pics of filmmakers were posted to T&T Social Media Throughout the Festival:facebook, twitter, instagram, google+ and tumblr

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Chris Rock's trailer for the Paramount Pictures film TOP FIVE is now live!

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he's left behind.

Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.

The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

Opens in Theaters December 5th select Cities - Wide Release December 12th


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Hot Movie Coming this Fall - ADDICTED

This rather reminds me of one of my favorite movies "Unfaithful"

SYNOPSIS: Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.

DIRECTED BY: Bille Woodruff
CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy
SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash

#ADDICTED opens in theaters nationwide on OCTOBER 10th, 2014!

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15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"


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is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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