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Covering the Supreme Court

6. Scalia is just as funny as you've heard. (See this letter to the editor of the Boston Herald after a reporter misinterpreted his Sicilian chin-scratching in Mass as an obscene gesture.) But Chief Justice Roberts is staging a coup to replace him as the justice who gets the most laughs. Scalia wins this round for quantity, but a Roberts' quip gets the hardest laughs, at the expense of one of the arguing lawyers. I don't know if it's considered a compliment or a good sign to one side if they provide fodder that gets a humorous diss from a justice.

"Supreme amusement," by Greg Piper, The Smoking Room, March 31, 2006

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Big Apple Blog Festival - March 27, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on April 3, 2006, will be hosted by Suitably Flip ...

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com

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Posted March 27, 2006 12:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Home cooking - at "meal assembly centers"

Americans, pinched for time and increasingly uncomfortable in their kitchens, have been on a 50-year slide away from home cooking. Now, at almost 700 meal assembly centers around the country, families like the Robbinses prepare two weeks' worth of dinners they can call their own with little more effort than it takes to buy a rotisserie chicken and a bag of salad.

The centers are opening at a rate of about 40 a month, mostly in strip malls and office parks in the nation's suburbs and smaller cities, and are projected to earn $270 million this year, according to the Easy Meal Prep Association, the industry's trade group.
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For people with few cooking skills, the centers keep things simple with a rotating menu of mostly stews and casseroles designed to be assembled in freezer bags or aluminum trays, then taken home to be baked or simmered in a single pot.

Customers select their dishes online ahead of time. When they show up, they follow recipes that hang over restaurant-style work stations filled with ingredients like frozen chicken breasts, chopped onions and jars of seasonings.

Cheerful workers hover around, carting off measuring spoons as soon as they are dirty and pouring fresh coffee. They encourage the calorie conscious or sodium sensitive to customize meals. And if someone hates broccoli, it can be left out. For people who feel guilty about not cooking for their families, the centers offer absolution in just a couple of hours.

"Meals That Moms Can Almost Call Their Own," by Kim Severson and Julia Moskin, The New York Times, March 26, 2006

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Posted March 26, 2006 08:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Cooking & Food Prep   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Saturday catblogging

Loco waiting very patiently ... for something ...

Loco waiting very patiently

Life in the City is good ... Why hurry? ....

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Posted March 25, 2006 03:43 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

This Week in NYC Reviews - March 24, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

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Posted March 24, 2006 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in NYC Reviews - March 17, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

This weeks TWIR is lighter than usual because we've been spending a lot of time working as a volunteer on a U10-U15 girls invitational soccer tournament. We apologize if we missed your review, but look for a regular TWIR next week.

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

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Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

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Posted March 17, 2006 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Art Buchwald

[P]eople always talk about heaven as the place where we are all going. The problem with thinking about heaven is that you then have to think about hell. The irony of our culture is people are constantly telling other people to go to hell, but no one tells them to go to heaven.

"The End. Or Maybe Not." by Art Buchwald, The Washington Post, March 14, 2006

I had two depressions, one in 1963 and the other in 1987--the first clinical depression, the second manic depression. One of my major fears during my depression was that I would lose my sense of humor and wind up in advertising.

"Political Humorist Art Buchwald Kicks Off The Open-Door Policy With A Tale Of His Own Travails," Psychology Today, November, 1999

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Posted March 16, 2006 09:34 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Humor   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Samuel Palmer : Vision and Landscape - at the Met

I love the MET when they show small exhibitions amongst all the very important art works ... it is like strolling into a art gallery and ... wow!

Samuel Palmer (1805–1881): Vision and Landscape
Samuel Palmer (1805–1881): Vision and Landscape


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Posted March 14, 2006 04:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Art , Museums , Museums and Art   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Big Apple Blog Festival - March 13, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on March 27, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ...

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com

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Posted March 13, 2006 09:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (2)

NYC Considering Regulating Pedicabs

Anyone who associates bicycle cabs solely with the streets of, say, Hong Kong or New Delhi would have gotten a shock if he had dropped by New York City Hall on the last day of February. It was standing room only as the City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs held what promises to be the first of several hearings on regulations for pedicabs. Many of those attending were my fellow pedicab owners and drivers who have made the bicycle rickshaws a staple of the Midtown streetscape.

"Regulating Rickshaws," by Gregg Zukowski, Gotham Gazette, March 6, 2006

Bicycle taxis are weaving through the clogged streets of midtown Manhattan in a movement growing so rapidly that the city is proposing regulations before it spins out of control.

Known as pedicabs, these vehicles look like giant tricycles with a passenger carriage in the back. Some tourists and New Yorkers see them as an affordable, pollution-free way to see the city and sail through gridlock.

The City Council is examining whether this burgeoning fad, grown from a centuries-old form of transportation, needs safety and insurance standards and rate regulations.

"Bicycle Taxis Thrive on Streets of New York; City Considers Crackdown," by Sara Kugler, Associated Press, Environmental News Network, March 8, 2006

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Posted March 12, 2006 11:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Getting Around NY   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

This Week in NYC Reviews - March 10, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

____________________________________

Subway MTA map | Straphangers interactive map | schedules | HopStop | Interactive Transit Map

Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

Link to TWIR

If you want to place a TWIR logo with a review that was featured, feel free to link to one of the banners on the TWIR page.

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Posted March 10, 2006 09:22 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Big Apple Blog Festival - March 6, 2006

Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF)

Welcome to the Big Apple Blog Festival (BABF), a representative roundup of this week's posts by NYC bloggers.

The Big Apple Blog Festival likes to go on tour ... if you don't like what we covered here, and if you have a NYC blog or you blog about NYC and would like to host an upcoming BABF, let us know ... The next BABF, on March 13, 2006, will be hosted by A Guy In New York ...

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The Big Apple Blog Festival is listed on the ÜberCarnival page and in Carnival News.

To nominate your favorite blog post about NYC, or if you have a NYC blog and want to see something in the next BABF ... or you have a NYC-related blog and would like to host an upcoming BABF ... send us a short write up and a permalink to aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... or use the Carnival Submit Form ... see you next week ...

You are free to repost the Big Apple Blog Festival so long as you leave this URL attached: BigAppleBlogFestival.com

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Posted March 6, 2006 07:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Big Apple Blog Festival   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

Saturday catblogging

Loco and Luca pleading "No Contest" ... and "So What?" ...

Loco and Luca pleading No Contest - and So What?

Life in the City is good ... Who, Us? ....

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Posted March 4, 2006 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Catblogging   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (1)

This Week in NYC Reviews - March 3, 2006

This Week in Reviews (TWIR)

Each Friday, A Guy In New York publishes "This Week in NYC Reviews (TWIR)," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.
Also see our roundup of Michelin 1, 2 and 3 star restaurants with links to reviews ...

For a roundup of DC restaurant reviews from DC food bloggers and media, see This Week in DC Reviews at Hobnob Blog ...

NYC Restaurant inspection results online

____________________________________

Subway MTA map | Straphangers interactive map | schedules | HopStop | Interactive Transit Map

Did we miss your favorite review?

Let us know: aguyinnewyork [at] gmail.com ... we're especially interested in hearing from NYC bloggers ...

Link to TWIR

If you want to place a TWIR logo with a review that was featured, feel free to link to one of the banners on the TWIR page.

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Posted March 3, 2006 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (1)

FREE First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum - Brasil Carnival

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, Brasil Carnival will be lots of fun for the whole family ...

Target First Saturdays - FREE

At the Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment each month from 5–11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m.

March 4, 2006
(these are just some of the events on March 4 - see web site for more)

6 p.m.–8 p.m.: World Music
Hall of the Americas, 1st Floor
Jeff Newell's New-Trad Octet of Brooklyn plays New Orleans Mardi Gras music with a twist.

6:30 p.m.: Performance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Drama of Works and 2 Punks Puppet Theatre combine overhead projection and traditional shadow puppetry to tell a Cajun fairytale in which the hero goes in search of that one special ingredient for a Mardi Gras gumbo. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

8 p.m.: Free Dance Lessons
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Get ready to move those dancing feet to the rhythms of samba music led by Stepping Out Dance Studio instructors.

9 p.m.–11 p.m.: Dance Party
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Twice voted the best Brazilian band in the U.S. by the Brazilian International Press Association, Grupo Saveiro will perform high-energy Brazilian music—just like at Carnival in Rio!


Brooklyn Museum, web site, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 718-638-5000

previous post: "Brooklyn Museum of Art - free first Saturdays," February 14, 2006

Posted March 1, 2006 03:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Free , Museums , Museums and Art , Music , Tips   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The best Malaysian and Indonesian food from a restaurant you've never heard of - Sanur

Sanur Restaurant serves excellent Malaysian food at bargain prices ... hidden away on the lower level at 18 Doyers Street, 212-267-0088/0976 (laksa has posted pictures of the entrance on eGullet) [MenuPages | Citysearch]

and although you may not have heard of Sanur, David Waltuck of Chanterelle has ...

Sanur at 18 Doyers Street - follow the white arrow downstairs

Sanur at 18 Doyers Street - follow the white arrow downstairs in the pic above ...



Sanur - best roti canai in NYC

best roti canai in NYC ...



Sanur - Hokkien Shrimp noodle curry soup is incredible

the Hokkien Shrimp noodle curry soup is incredible ... a phenomonal dish ...



chicken feet and mushrooms with noodles is excellent

the chicken feet and mushrooms with noodles is excellent ...



Sanur - Hainan chicken with ginger and garlic sauce

Hainan chicken with ginger and garlic sauce is also excellent ...



Upstairs, Sanur has a bargain lunch: "Three Combination over Rice" for $3 - a fantastic deal

Update May 9, 2006: Tyler Cowen says about Sanur: "The food, of course, was great. My favorite dish was the greens (Ok-Choy) perhaps but everything was a cut above other Malaysian places I have found in this country."

previous mentions: Hainan Chicken at Sanur; Best roti canai in NYC is at Sanur


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Posted March 1, 2006 06:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Malaysian , The Best   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBack (0)