Thursday, July 3, 2008

New York, New York

Every Wednesday, Eric Asimov brings us to the altar of really good wine in the NY Times. This week, his column is absolutely liberating. He writes it’s OK to chill red wine for a refreshing summertime drink. Forget room temperature unless yours is in Scotland and it is November. Now, I understand joy.

Add Shmalts Brewing Co. to your list of specialty beer makers. Their new line pays tribute to Coney Island with labels such as The Sword Swallower and The Albino Python. Available in some Whole Foods.

Tavern on the Green in Central Park features a $44 dry-rubbed prime rib au jus. Throw in another $465 and you’ve got a fine bottle of Roeder Cristal Champagne. Or, you can just go to the Health Camp in Waco and get the best chili dog ever. BYOB.

Madam Marie is dead. The Asbury Park fortune teller was made famous by a Bruce Springsteen song. She told fortunes on the boardwalk since the 1930s.

Very few New Yorkers ride their bikes to work. It’s not the traffic so much as the lack of bicycle parking racks. Thieves everywhere. Some are even reading this.


Anonymous said...

having wined and dined at the Tavern on the Green, on an expense account no less. I recall it was expensive, but I don't remember on what I dined. On the other hand I have dined at the Health Club in Waco and George you are dead on about the chili dogs.

The South Plainsman said...

Well, I will make a comment about bicycles and thieves. When my Sis and I were growing up in Austin during the 1940s, we would ride our bikes on Saturdays over to the top of the hill where 24th Street turns into Windsor Road. We would lay our bikes up agaist a rock wall there and cathch the bus downtown to see the matinees at the State or Paramount theators on Congress Ave. We started this when I was 9 and she was 8. We were never bothered, and our bikes were always there when we returned a few hours later.

Try doing that now. My daughter had 2 bikes stolen right out of our garage when she was growing up in the 1980s.

I will leave it to the readers to speculate about what happened in the intervening years that made such a big change in our society.

Chili dogs give me indigestion, darn it.

The South Plainsman said...

I could learn to proofread, but that would take all the fun out of it. LOL

carolat said...

That was the Health CAMP last time I checked...

Carol Carter (googled you and found this blog)

George Phenix said...

Oops. You are right. I repaired the error and it now reads Health Camp.


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