They say all great things must come to an end. But that was before the internet and now it's much easier to share great times and great memories. THIS WAS IT!! THE END OF BIRTHDAY MONTH!! And how did we celebrate? A massive bowling blow out at Leisure Time Bowl in New York's Port Authority. Congrats to our top 4 bowlers, Jeff, Kilgour, Cyndi and me!!
The lovely Tom DeSavia from ASCAP sent me an official Philippes Bobble head and jar of mustard for my birthday. If you haven't been to Philippes in Los Angeles, its the home of the best French Dip ever. Anyway, it inspired our choice for lunch. Thanx to Tom for the Philippe's goods and thank you Adam Mott for doing the cooking!
JoeC and I made a last minute decision to go eat some Latin food. There is an amazing Spanish restaurant on my corner called El Deportivo and it's about as authentic as you can get. Chicken soup, skirt steak, roasted pork, rice and beans and tostones. AMAZING. More food than we both possibly could eat. Final bill = $33.50. Unbelievable.
As soon as I get the power to stand again, I am going to go Honking on the Bo Bo with the new Guitar Hero Aerosmith.
In an effort to right the wrongs of birthday month, I went for a bicycle ride before work. 14.6 miles and 3 boroughs later, I am feeling much better. Anyone want to do a ride any morning this week? How about Saturday?
My friend Meggie from Detroit, MI put together this slide show for my birthday. Thought I would share it even though I have no idea who it is!! ;-)
This month the Steak Club 7 paid a visit to Rothman's Steak House. SC7 suffered something for the first time, we had a member quit. Big Datti Meltzer hung up his steak knife and retired from the crew. The BIG P.A. had a trial run as a new member and made it in. Welcome big guy.
But on to Rothaman's. I like steak .. A LOT and I like the old school vibe of a place like Peter Luger's or the Old Homestead. It gives a nice vibe to the meal. What I am not into is a old, rich man's vibe. It gives of a feeling or arrogance and steak should be for everyone. I knew the moment I walked when I saw the old man lounger singer and all the expensive suits that this was an old man's steak house.
I had the spinach and Stilton salad, which was quite good but I know the "wedgers" were unhappy with theirs. I'm told the shrimp, scallops and bacon combo was amazing. Then the steak. Oh man, they sure had a great looking porter house for 3. The strip side was fantastic but something wasn't exactly right with the filet side. I tried a bite of joeC's strip though and it was really tasty.
The potato, bacon and Gorgonzola croquettes were fantastic and the same for the hash browns. The dessert left room to be desired, the wine list was over priced and the service subscribed more to the tortoise side of the vs. hare theory.
Overall good but not great. I'll give it a 3 out of 5.
It was Dan's birthday so we decided to have one of his favorite events - a Wing-Off! With undefeated champs Scruffy Duffy's closed for re-modeling, we default to their sister location, Lansdowne Road vs. new challenger Croxley Ale House. Even with a very strong challenger, it was unanimous vote, Lansdowne Hands down! The Scruff legacy continues its dynasty. Then out of no where, a 3rd challenger stepped to the wing errr I mean ring! The newly opened 123 BurgerShotBeer with their 123 Hot wings. The $2 orange tic-tac shots were cute but this place could not hold a candle to Lansdowne.
BUT WAIT! That's not all! Afterwards we retired to Patrick's backyard where I grilled Chef Boyardee Ravioli! Covered in an Utz potato chip crumble, these were to die for. Followed by some pool at Mean Fiddler, the day was a true treat, at least that is what I am telling my insides to calm them down.
The big announcement! WING-OFF 6 to be held on October 5th, 2008! WHO WILL LANSDOWNE TAKE ON NEXT? Submit your suggestions to me but be sure to save the date. Click here to add to your calendar.
No one throws a BBQ like Kevin Lyman does on Warped Tour, no one. When I told him that the Uniondale show at Nassau Coliseum was on my birthday he merely replied with "we will have passes I will order the meat." Little did anyone know what was in store. With a brief departure to grab "supplies" at Party City, we had the most fun parking lot bbq party of all times. It was Jimmy from Pennywise's birthday as well and we were both surprised by a birthday cake and boy was it nice to wear.
Big thanks to Sarah Baer, Kate Trustcott and Greg Teal for the good times and we all bow to your feet Mr. Lyman, no one does what you do. We're all just blessed to be a part of it!
Just like peanut butter and jelly, sometimes 2 things come together to make life better. This time it was Jen and Patrick's going away party and my birthday. Wonder Twin powers activate and form of Manhattan backyard BBQ!! People brought burgers, hot dogs, sausages with peppers from Momma Calitri's garden, beef hearts, chicken and all kinds of goodies. My menu included marinated chicken and steak fajitas, cheese steak taquitos, general tso's chicken and tater tots!