Happy Halloween…

DSCN6958 DSCN6846 DSCN6803 DSCN6754…from all around our topsy-turvy world.  The scariest costume I can sometimes come up with is a suit and tie, which I occasionally have to don from time to time–boo!  Oooo, scary!!

Lots of folks think that the world is a scary place.  I don’t see it this way.  The world–planet Earth–is a lovely thing, and it must be appreciated each and every day.  The thing that is scary is the way humans go about existing in the world. . .on the planet.  The scariest costume that one can wear today is just everyday clothes representing a typical person doing typical things that involve greed or repression or judgement or exclusion or insult or injury of any sort be it physical or psychological.  So, go ahead and ‘celebrate’ Halloween in whatever way that you do, but tomorrow let us all see if we can be a little less scary in our regular daily existence.  Salut!

I send you spooky vibes from Istanbul, Seoul, and Lima. . .feel them. . .they are not as scary as some other vibes out there.

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It’s lovely out there.

Gimme mo’–

IMG_0002IMG_0003IMG_0043MMM!  I definitely loves me some crawfish, and down here in Cajun Country is the best place to get you some.  In fact, my mantra down here is exactly as displayed above: “Mo’ Crawfish!”  Mo’, mo’, mo’. . .never enough as far as I am concerned.  Plus, it is a real good idea to pull up yer pants when walkin’ around down here. . .not that this is ever an issue with me, but apparently it is an issue with just enough folks to warrant a sign.  If you don’t abide by this simple rule, then you gotta deal with the giant crawfish. . .and you don’ wanna deal with the giant crawfish. . .mmmhhmmmm, no-sir-reeeee!  This big guy will snip you where the Cajun sun don’ shine.  So, c’mon down here, pull yer pants up, behave, and have a damn good time gobblin’ as many crawfish as you can.

I send you mo’ vibes from Cajun Country. . .feel them. . .they are good for ya.

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Pizza and beer…

IMG_0764 IMG_0755 IMG_1176…keep me fit and limber. . .mmm, aaaahh!  Lombardi’s ain’t the tastiest pizza on the planet by a long shot, but Lombardi’s is the location of the first pizzeria in the U.S. of A.–so they deserve some respect and praise.  Pizza and beer provide wonderful fuel for strolling around the Village, Soho, Tribeca, Chinatown, Little Italy, and other sections of lower Manhattan here in New York City. . .I gobble and sip a lot of this stuff cuz I have a high metabolism and endless curiosity about all of the little nooks and crannies that can be explored down here.  I love gobblin, sippin’, and strollin’ in lower Manhattan, and you will too the next time you find yourself hangin’ out in NYC.

I send you energetic vibes from lower Manhattan. . .feel them. . .they will help you get through your day.

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First pizzeria in the U.S. of A.–

IMG_0762 IMG_0759 IMG_0752BAM!  Here it is–the very first pizzeria in the United States of America: Lombardi’s located on the corner of Spring Street and Mott Street on the edge of Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City.  All pizza lovers must eat here at some point in their lives. . .I finally made it here after over 25 years of living in New York City–sorry, I have been busy.

Is this really the first pizzeria in America?–the owners claim it is, and I am willing to believe them until I hear otherwise.  They have a huge brick oven in this place that was built in 1905. . .the cooks told me that it can hold up to 24 small pizza pies. . .that’s a lot.  Above you see me getting ready to gobble the original Lombardi’s pie–the margherita.  The sauce is tomatoey, the mozzarella is gooey, the crust is charred from the hot brick oven in a good way but just a tad too thick and chewy for me.  Overall this is a pizza joint and a pizza pie worthy of your attention. . .you will not be disappointed if you eat here.  C’mon over and soak up some historic pizza atmosphere the next time you find yourself in New York City. . .I am confident that you will like. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

I send you first-in-the-country vibes from Lombardi’s in New York City. . .feel them. . .they are worthy of your attention.

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It’s lovely out there.

Bangladeshi curry is good–

IMG_0746 IMG_0747 IMG_0751POW!  Just walkin’ along down here on the edge of Little Italy in Manhattan, New York City, and we smell something good coming out of this little grocery store.  We pop in and find a bunch of Bangladeshi guys whippin’ up good stuff to eat. . .they have about 10 seats and a few tables so we order some chicken curry, sit down, and inhale the delectable fragrances wafting about.  Soon our curry arrives, and we gobble it down. . .it is tasty, and it has a good kick of heat. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!. . .I am a happy boy.  Seven bucks for this bowl of delicious fuel. . .can’t be beat.

I send you joyous Bangladeshi vibes from the Mott Corner grocery store located on the corner of Kenmare Street and (you-guessed-it) Mott Street. . .feel them. . .they will put a smile on your face if you allow them to.

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#1 soup dumplings…NYC–

IMG_0741 IMG_0742 IMG_0744HAO-HAO!  Here we are puttin’ a feed on at our favorite soup dumpling place in Chinatown, New York City.  I am sure this place has a name. . .I think it is Shanghai-something-or-other, but the only thing that you really need to know in order to find it is the address: 100 Mott St.  This is how we refer to this place. . .”time for some dumplings at 100 Mott Street,” we say, and BOOM we head on over and gobble some goodness.  The more famous soup dumpling places, of course, are Joe’s Shanghai and Joe’s Ginger–these are perfectly serviceable soup dumpling locations, but the dumplings at 100 Mott St. are slightly richer and juicier, in our humble opinion.  Anyway, try them all and decide for yourself which dumplings are the most delectable. . .and then let me know.  My money will always be on 100 Mott. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

I send you tasty and soupy vibes from 100 Mott St.. . .feel them. . .they are soothing and good.

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Damn, I love brunch–

IMG_1171  IMG_1173IMG_0738 IMG_1174JAAA!  Here is a “hot” brunch spot for you–Clearwater on Hudson located on the corner of Hudson and Morton Streets in the West Village section of Manhattan, New York City.  Spicy Bloody Marys, runny egg yolks, tasty ham, crispy bacon, and a cozy atmosphere all add up to make this place a winner for us. . .and a winner for you.  C’mon, I know you can roll out of bed by 2:30 p.m. or so and make your way here just before the brunch service closes. . .I’ll say ‘goodbye’ to you as we pass each other in the doorway, and we will both smile knowing that soothing goodness awaits you. . .mmm, aaaahh!

I send you delicious vibes from Clearwater on Hudson. . .feel them. . .they are most worthy of your attention.

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