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Jul 20th, 2009, 08:23 AM
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Very confusing! So you were walking around Soho in shorts and at the same time you had a pair of pants in the car? Then you went to pick up Eks and decide to change in the lobby of her apartment?
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Jul 20th, 2009, 08:31 AM
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H-yes, I walked around in shorts and a soon-to-be sweaty shirt. I brought more appropriate dinner clothes in the car. I'm an old rugby player and have no shame or embarrassment. I would have changed on the street, if necessary. Technically, it was a room adjacent to the lobby. I made my way into the lobby and was accosted by EKS.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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now the truth must be again told....on friday he did change in the street....

but on saturday after beth yelled at him a couple of times to stop....this is a nice ny neighborhood remember, the doorman offered him an escape to a dark closet....

when we left the hotel saturday AM, he brought a small wheelie with him....for what --his clothes....it should be pointed out that some of us wished to return to the hotel that afternoon to change, etc, but no we were not allowed....but who was it that had a change of clothing in his suitcase....yup....

the chinese neighborhood was tons of fun especially that grocery store....we bought some dark long grain rice which looks delicious---$1.25/lb....amazing....they had ginzing for up to $480/lb....fantastic dried mushrooms of every kind...karen said we already had enough...

along the same vein, when we went to the thai shop across from ayada friday nite to purchase our cold beer (BYOB), i had to buy chang as they were out of singha..... robert bought K a new bottle of fish sauce.....ours is old and getting thick...he bought himself a bunch of things including some fresh thai basil...

saturday nite we also had a BYOB, so i purchased two bottles of sparkling rose from E's boyfriend before leaving manhattan---he has a shop....all the restaurant had was shot glasses for us to drink from so that was interesting....one sip per glass...
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Jul 20th, 2009, 11:59 AM
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Ooh, you had so much fun, isn't it nice to meet other Fodorites, especially the ones from the Asia board!
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Jul 20th, 2009, 12:23 PM
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"She jumped right into the conversation and easily held her own. The next night, she admitted that she was determining whether Bob and I were OK or complete flakes. She claimed that we met her standards and we had passed muster."

Does this mean she thinks you're OK -- or complete flakes???

I love NYC. We go about every year with a group of friends from IN --- Hoosiers come to the Big City --- but we get hotel rooms on Priceline for about $115/night (no parking fee as we fly on the big silver bird).

Sounds like you had an excellent adventure!
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Jul 20th, 2009, 12:33 PM
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(complete flakes...lol) They're quite a pair, those two. You should come to a GTG and find out! BOS in October is the next one that comes to mind. Join us!
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Jul 20th, 2009, 12:35 PM
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Backing up, after we picked up EKS, we went to her boyfriend's store to buy some wine. I tried to be anonymous, but he was wise right away. EKS must have warned him. He seemed nice, but he's a Yankee fan, so it was a trick.

Did I mention that several of the Fodorites asked my opinion about the Dogster? His fame extends far and wide.

Dinner at Hunan House was fun. EKS had previouysly written a review on Chowhound. She ordered for us with some input from Tengohambre and NYwoman. EKS had a notebook and a computer print out. The bok choy was so good, we got another order. Naturally, it took about a half hour until they produced the wrong dish. Also notable was the tofu, duck and napa cabbage. The soup dumplings were great.

In attendance were the above-mentioned, as well as Nywoman who came back for another round of punishment. This was enhanced by her being forced to sit next to me.

We did see some other wild dishes being ordered by our neighbors, who were mostly Asian.

Our path back to Manhattan managed to take up about 10 minutes of conversation with every singlke New Yorker chiming in vociferously. We gave EKS a ride back and she went the way that she chose.

Now the struggle began. Beth and karen wanted some ice cream. i spied a baskins-Robbins on Second Ave and stopped, letting Beth and Bob out. Karen and I circled the block and waited. they returned with Ciao Bella ice cream from another store. Beth said the B-R was grubby with bad flavors.

We then set out down Second and across town with Bob yelling that we should have taken the FDR drive. everythin went smoothly until we tried to enter the Holland Tunnel (only made a necessity by our residing in GRF JC). The traffic was really blocked up and Einstein (Bob) claimed that if we had taken the FDR we would have flown into the tunnel. Unlikely.

Eventually, we staggered back to GFS JC and ate our ice cream out of the pint containers. It had been rock hard and melted just right after the long drive back.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Amazingly enough, dinner at Hunan House was $129.51 for nine people. That's .51 more than dinner at Ayada on Friday. Who says food is expensive in NYC?

Also, on sat. morning before setting out, we went to the end of Washington St. in GFS JC to look at the Staue of Liberty. I spied a woman in a Red Sox hat and approached the only living person we had seen in GFS JC. She and her husband live in GFS JC in a section called Pollis Point (or something like that). It's actually a pleasant area with low houses and not as sterile as Newport.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 02:57 PM
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There's a great ice cream place in Chinatown that our friend has taken us in the past -- green tea, ginger, and black sesame seed ice cream -- what's more Asian than that?
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Jul 20th, 2009, 03:21 PM
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Karen, thanks for remembering that Eric and I joined you! (Glad you liked the walk).

Andy, you are in the doghouse and a very large penalty must be paid for you to get out!
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Jul 20th, 2009, 03:39 PM
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I did remember. On my own, with no help. I do note that Bob clearly forgot as well. My story is that you were under the weather and less out there than normal. And I'm sticking to it! Sorry.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 05:24 PM
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Laurie, I hope we'll see you and Eric in Boston in October.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 07:24 PM
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how could i forget laurie....when we first planned this trip i contacted her immediately....besides she was at the other end of the table...

he has the facts a bit mixed up as usual but the intent is right....not worth correcting him....he will deny it anyway...

btw, my prayers worked, we got home in one piece...

we are now expecting nywoman to join us in bkk in november....should be fun...
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Jul 21st, 2009, 01:56 AM
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Sunday morning, all the other slugs slept late. I ventured to Starbucks for bagels for Beth and me. This is an accurate indication of GFS JC. When the best you can do for bagels is Starbucks, you know it's a sterile place.

Eventually, we checked out. It was notable that we did not get charged for parking, even though we used valet.

Off to Little India, at the suggestion of Tengohambre. We had the address of a restaurant to guide us. Of course, Bob had a ridiculous idea that an address on 74th St. was best reached by driving many blocks past 73th street. His reasoning was that the street containing Little India went off at an angle from Northern Blvd. Wrong again! After a short detour, we turned around and went back to 74th St. T had suggested Jackson Diner as a good place for brunch. He also said Delhi Palace was good.

The JD did not open until 11:30 so we wandered around. We popped into a jewelry store. Karen saw a necklace she liked and Bob and I engaged the store manager in a conversation. She was charming. Karen passed on the necklace, but we went to Delhi Palace at the store manager's recommendation.

DP had a very nice brunch buffet for $10.95 per person. We were the first ones there, so the food was fresh and hot. Very nice.

After lunch, we wandered some more in Little India. beth bought a Sari and Bob and Karen bought some foodstuffs at the Patel Bros. supermarket.

On the road back to Boston at 1:30 p.m. We hit a good deal of traffic and the ride that took 3:45 down to NYC took 5:15 on the way back.
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Jul 21st, 2009, 04:03 AM
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Have they left the island of Manhattan yet?? Is it safe to come out now?? Sheesh. You can't take some people anywhere. . . .

We all had a great time. The food and talk and the company. Thank you all for visiting.

Now, if I can only figure out what to do with those three extra orders of bok choy I had to take home with me. (Inside joke. Suffice it to say Hunan House will not soon see another table of such hungry and confused diners for quite some time.)

Indianpearl: ; the ice cream spot is called Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. We were going to head to Chinatown for one of the meals but, the Hunan menu had things we couldn't find in more well known dining establishments. In fact, the only person familiar with such foodstuffs is likely an internist. In truth, however, the food was very good. Great tofu dishes, cumin lamb and the famous bok choy. Ayada, as noted, is a great Thai spot, we think the equal of Sripraphi, though much smaller and relatively new. If we ever had a GTG there we would have to take over the entire restaurant, and probably half of the kitchen.

Fun was had by all.
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Jul 21st, 2009, 04:38 AM
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I'll make note of these places you've recommended for our next NY excursion. Thanks!
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Jul 21st, 2009, 07:11 AM
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i second the fact that ayada's food was at least as good as SRI....the larb was to die for, as were other salads we had...
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Jul 21st, 2009, 08:53 AM
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I'm not sure if he ordered lamb or lard, or maybe had a waitress named Barb.
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Jul 21st, 2009, 12:25 PM
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The narrative is over, thankfully. I had to spend 57 hours with Bob. I wanted you to feel my pain. Why should I suffer alone?

The Mini-GTG was fantastic. The NYC Fodorites were very amusing, consistently gracious and very kind with their time. Conversations flowed easily and happily along. The restaurants were all superb. Of course, it is more properly termed a Queens Mini-GTG, but who's keeping score?

I was surprised that the NYC'ers don't do this more often on their own. I guess it takes a visit from us country Fodorites to get the city Fodorites motivated.
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Jul 21st, 2009, 01:13 PM
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I forgot to mention that Bob did pay for half the parking ticket. Beth tried to refuse, but he was insistent. Of course, I note that there were two Kimballs and only one Beth walking around at the time and a much more fair assessment would have been 2/3 of the ticket. Panda math. way better than fuzzy math.
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