Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Spice and Pinkberry

I went to Trader Joes the other day and the train that we took there was out of service when we got out, so we got free passes on a bus back to our apartment. On the way home I noticed some really intriguing places on 8th ave. So...when I got home from work today I put my earphones in and started down 8th Avenue. I stopped at a few places and checked out their menus. Nothing seemed to enticing, but I didn't care...15 degrees with some new tunes playing - I could manage for a little while longer - so I trudged along. Finally I got to about 22nd street and saw a place called "Spice." It turned out to be Thai food and I looked it up really fast on my phone and read some reviews. "Great service, great food." "Best thai food in NY." So I went in. The atmosphere was very low key - like a dining room with all the lights dimmed down so that you could just barely read whats in front of you. It was loud, and very very tight. I got a table to myself and when I sat down, my shoulder was actually against the person next to me. I got to listen in on two different conversations tonight and because I was by myself and didn't have anyone to converse with, you can imagine how awkward it was.. Anyway, I love thai food, and I've had it a few times since I've been here. My favorite place to go was back home, Bangkok Thai -my family would always go there and they would have live music that my grandpa and I always enjoyed - but sadly the thoughtful owner, Chad, decided to pack it up. I ordered panang curry w/ shrimp, and a side of peanut sauce. The service was fast and the food was incredible. So far I honestly don't know if I had anything bad since I've been here. 

On my walk home, I was dancing a little to the music, not only because I love music but because it was freezing and I was trying to stay warm. But eitherrrr wayyy I couldn't feel my face nor could I feel my toes (which I still swear I have bad circulation, but who knows) I ended up stopping at a Pinkberry, which I've never heard of until my girlfriend told me about how they have them all over LA. So I figured I would give it a try. It was very simple, modern and packed full of people - which I thought was a little odd, considering how cold it was but I guess I was crazy for being there as well. I got a swirl(pomegranate and original) then added mangos, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds. It was amazing. I know this is getting repetitive, all the amazing and delicious things I've eaten here...maybe I'll find a bad place so I can write about it being terrible so atleast my good places will have some value to it. 

Rewind a little...
Today was the inauguration of the 44th president, Barack Obama. We got an email that told us all to meet in one of the big conference rooms to watch it live. It's something that will go down in history as one of the most viewed events ever. This will give you an idea of how many people were there, click here to see an overhead view of the inauguration today. Obama's speech was very passionate and uplifting. He speaks with such power and poise and the demeanor he has when he's speaking is something that can't be described. It really is something special. I hope that he translates all his words into actions and that he can save this mess that were in. I'm sure we all hope that and if you don't well...then you're sick and need help. Regardless, today was a historical event - one that I'll be able to recall for many years. If you didn't see it, I'm sure it will be on again as I've already seen it replayed a few times on different networks.

Tomorrow is already wednesday, and I have a huge assignment at work that I dove into today and will continue tomorrow. I learned a good bit about InDesign today, which was nice because I don't have much experience in that program. 

Sleep time.

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