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For a Taste of Turkey: "Taci's Beyti"

The same friend who recommended the Burger Bistro to me ( ) has  been longing to take me to his favorite Turkish restaurant in Brooklyn. After a million dates scheduled and rescheduled we FINALLY made it this week! I feel like I conquered Mount Kilimanjaro, you know in a much smaller, more of a mountain versus a mole hill kind of way. While I have never been to Turkey, I hear good things about Istanbul and had a professor in graduate school who was always pushing us to travel to that region, as if I could run their on a Thursday night. In his defense it was a political science course on the Middle East so let’s not split hairs. The best part of trying foods from cultures other than your own is that it is like traveling and you never had to pack.     I love that in Sunny Anderson’s new cookbook she says: “… .No one should have to move for

For a Rocketship and a Battleship All Rolled into One: “The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum”

I have been meaning to visit The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum for well over a year now. But sadly it has not been my fault. I was literally a week from going when New York City and the tri-state area were hit by Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. Sandy was quite a minx and did quite a lot of damage. There are still large portions of lower Manhattan that are without power and/or have not been rebuilt. Some will never come back. Perhaps what I am saddest about is The South Street Seaport Museum. I had recently been there to see the Titanic exhibit in May 2012 ( ) and  had enjoyed it so. Hopefully if the museum cannot reopen many of the exhibits that can be saved will relocate to the Museum of The City of New York. Thus I was further disheartened once the dust had settled and the water retreated, and I realized my trip to th

For a Bar That Finally Unites All That We Have in Common: “Hudson Common”

On March 19, 2013 it came in third on Zagat’s list of the must try beer bars in an article that appeared in Time Out New York Magazine. Right off the bat that is amazing. There are more bars than I can count in New York City and most of time you could live without them. Most I wish I hadn’t gone in, especially the bathrooms. Ugh. Well back to the pleasantness. Hudson Common was a bar I had never heard of and actually I had missed this article in the original running of this magazine. I find it ironic that I ended up going there anyway because I always have loved Time Out New York Magazine and it always recommends the same places I am interested in. This was a good sign of things to come. In this brief mention it is promoted as an indoor version of a beer garden with cool couches and furniture to hang out on and around. During the summer there is an outside patio and garden for a more backyard theme. On the inside there is a walk-up window where you can place

For Veterans: Mine, Yours, and Ours

Close your eyes and think of the most vulnerable time in your life. Try to imagine you are there again right now. Take in the same scents, sites, and sensations. How old were you? Where were you? Who were you with? How long did it last? How did you survive? If you or a loved one have served in the military for them the answers may not be so easy. They don’t get to leave those experiences at the door, so to speak, when they board a plane to come home. As is the same with everyone the experiences we have both good and bad shape who we become. They forever alter how we perceive the universe we live in and how we move on, those who are lucky enough to do so. In honor of Veteran’s Day I thought I would take the time to reflect back on the origins of this holiday and the importance of its creation and existence today. For many (myself included), it was just a day off from work or a great day to catch a sa