Monday, February 23, 2009


Just as a side note, if you live in the NYC area and have Facebook, I recommend you join our group because it is a fabulous way to meet new people and network. We will be drinking our way through New York at bars A through Z every other Thursday.

Our first event is on Thursday, March 12th at Arctica Bar. I'd love to see you there and please feel free to bring friends, co-workers, awkward dates...etc.

Roosevelt Island

This past weekend, my good friend, Smiles, and I traversed to Roosevelt Island for a run. I had never set foot on the Island and after watching Spiderman (yes, you know what I'm talking about), decided it wasn't something I was particularly into. However, I was looking for an easy, relatively flat run that didn't require stopping for stoplights, so Roosevelt Island it was!

As it was 9am on a wintry Saturday morning, the weather made the experience of exploring the island from the periphery a challenge. From the little I did see, I can confidently say that:

1) It is small.
2) There's a large beautiful building that Smiles joked was where the handicapped of Manhattan were banished.
3) Spiderman does not in fact live there.

The large beautiful building is actually called The Octagon and was originally an insane asylum. It is a national landmark and now apartment buildings. I'm definitely not doing the Island any justice by writing this post, so I'm going to have to recommend you wikipedia it and visit it at some point. I think that on a nicer day, it would be a very pleasant to walk around and look at all of the historical buildings. There are some nice grassy areas with great views of Manhattan and a Starbucks somewhere...

To get there, you can take the tram (using your Metrocard) or take the F. Once on the Island, you can take a leisurely stroll around the circumference or you can take the Island trolley which costs only 25 cents!

Happy exploring!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Raj Mahal

Last week, my friends and I went to Raj Mahal, a fabulous Indian restaurant in the East Village, to celebrate our friends' wedding. If you're not familiar with Curry Row (East 6th Street between 1st and 2nd Ave.) you're missing out! It's a little stretch of Indian restaurants (authentic as far as this Japanese girl can tell) and what's unique about it is they have people outside trying to lure you in.

Last year, Star and I were craving Indian food and were in the general area, so we popped into Raj Mahal for a quick bite. There was live music and the waiters there were extremely nice. As far as the decor goes, they had very eclectic prints pinned on the wall a bit haphazardly (pics of cupids, outdoor market scenes) and of course, a string of chili lights. Question mark?

Star happened to run into an old co-worker of hers and he informed us that we need to ask for the dinner special. Did we ever! When you sit down, they hand you a regular menu with every type of Indian food you can imagine, but the secret is to ask for the dinner special menu where you can get a soda, soup, nan, appetizer (ie: samosas), your main dish (curries, kormas), rice, dessert, and coffee or tea (although I have yet to be offered tea or coffee) for $10!!! AND it's BYOB.

I've been several times and I strongly recommend getting vegetable samosas and some type of curry - although everything I've had there has been very good. When I went last week, the waiters were especially kind and accommodating and didn't rush out our party of six at all! (hello, recession!).