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July 31, 2007

The City of Angels


I'm on the road again, back in LA for Summer X Games.
I'm not sure how much of the city I'll be able to get to without a car, but I have my hopes. If nothing else, I should have some photos from the events, once everything starts up.

Stay tuned...

July 19, 2007

We're Getting Married!

We're Getting Married!, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

On Tuesday, July 17, five years after we met, I took Tammi to Gramercy Tavern for an incredible meal. Then I asked her to marry me.

She said yes!

We have few details so far, the tentative plan is to do it next year, early in the summer, preferably in Brooklyn. No idea where or more importantly, what food and what music we'll have there.

Clearly, this will be an adventure. More to come...

July 11, 2007

Governor's Island

IMG_5483, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Tammi just joined up with the running group, "Powered By Dim Sum" that our friend Betty is a part of. Her first run with them was out on Governor's Island a couple weekends back. I had been wanting to see the island since they opened it up to the public a year ago, so I tagged along to do a little exploring.

The strongest feeling I had was that I had been transported to my college campus. Which makes sense, since many of the buildings were probably built around the same period. We got there relatively early, before it got crowded, so it was peaceful and mostly empty. The only reminders were the occasional glimpses of the skyscrapers in manhattan or the waterfront in brooklyn.

It was a fairly short trip, so I didn't see a whole lot of the island. A friend is having a birthday picnic out there in a couple weeks, so we'll probably go again after Tammi's race if she's not too wiped out. . There's a Castle Williams that I want to get a look at as well as the insides of some of the quarters.


July 10, 2007

Bars: The Half Pint


Tammi and I discovered The Half Pint while walking through the Village a few weeks ago. We were both a little surprised to see this huge open bar in this space after it had been boarded up for renovations for the better part of the last year. Clearly Harry's Burritos wasn't coming back - no big loss.

I stopped in to check it out a couple times since then. It's a great space and pretty laid back in the after-work hour. Not sure what it's like on the weekend, when the crazy crowds of Bleeker and Macdougal are flooding the area.

Like The Red Lion, the staff seems to be recruited from the UK and Ireland. One waitress I met had only been in the country for 5 days. They're still working out some of the bugs, when I was there last, the cask pump wasn't working yet and some of the beer wasn't in stock.

And then there's the beer. With a name like Half Pint, you expect a strong focus on beer.
The thing about Half Pint's selection is that they have a bunch of good beer that I can get in a bunch of other places.

They have 23 taps and dozens of bottles of really good stuff, but a lot of them - coopers, blue point, brooklyn, fullers's, sam smith's, and so on. Not excessively British, they've got a wide selection, but nothing particularly obscure.

I think they do plan on rotating their menu, so this might change, but it's odd to go to a beer bar without a few beers that you haven't heard of before or at least don't see around much. The one beer they had that I hadn't heard of was Blue Tongue. I'm not sure it's history, but it was a so-so light bodied beer that certainly wasn't a great find.

Ultimately, it's going to be the vibe here that will make or break this place. So far I do enjoy the large space, covered in dark wood and filled with light coming in from the gigantic windows that line the walls. The servers are friendly and the menu seems good. I'll be following up regularly to see how it develops.

July 5, 2007

No go at Dixie's

IMG_6012, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Last Thursday, we were supposed to meet up at Dixie's for their opening party. When I got there I found this line of people going all thr way to the corner. We bailed and went downtown instead.

What's funny is that we only ever saw anything written up on this place on Thrillist, which I hadn't even heard of before. I didn't see or hear about it anywhere else. Maybe everyone came to see the pony...