Near the 30th Street entrance: new construction and empty lots.

Three Places to Stroll in New York

By     |    Feb 28, 2013
Posted in: New York     |    1 Comment

We love walking around New York. Every time we visit, we probably cover 8 miles a day. Or more. Here’s where we strolled on our last visit: The High Line Park The way-western side of Manhattan is interesting. There are empty lots. There’s new construction. It almost doesn’t feel like Manhattan, but the High Line has been written about in nearly every magazine we read and we had to see […]

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The Greatest Website in Queens

By     |    Feb 27, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    2 Comments

The greatest website in Queens is the Sunnyside Food blog maintained by our buddy Mikolaj. It’s so popular that there’s a Tumblr site that mocks it. Now, I can’t speak much about the rest of Queens, but I can testify that it exists as a borough of New York and that there are restaurants and that this blog is the greatest website ever created in the borough. Queens is both […]

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Working at South Carlsbad State Beach.

Travel Tech Showdown: @JohnnyVagabond v. @DrivingInertia

By     |    Feb 26, 2013
Posted in: Travel Tech     |    6 Comments

Lisa and I love the site,, but Wes and I have very different takes on travel tech. His setup would cost over $4,000 to replicate (he was fortunate enough to win a photography contest to help pay for it). Want to spend less? Keep reading: my dream setup costs $1,600 (or less) and keeps all the functionality I need. Here’s how they stack up. Computer: MacBook ($999 – $2,500) v. […]

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Papaya King and the Tourism Hype Machine

By     |    Feb 23, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    5 Comments

Anthony Bourdain likes Papaya King. Kramer likes Papaya King. Ted from How I Met Your Mother likes Papaya King. Everybody likes Papaya King. But will I like Papaya King? I do like hot dogs. I liked the Mexican hot dogs I had in Tucson. I like Chicago-style hot dogs. I’ve liked the hot dogs I’ve eaten on the streets of New York. I pretty much always like hot dogs. But Papaya […]

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The Dinnertime Dance in New York

By     |    Feb 21, 2013
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It’s dinnertime in New York and we’ve got a plan. We’ll grab a glass of wine at Bar Jamón, then get dinner at either ABC Kitchen or Beecher’s or Cafe Mono. Easy. We jump in a cab and head to Gramercy Park. It’s still a little early, so we’re hoping the crowd isn’t too big yet at Bar Jamón. We walk up to the wine bar and find two men […]

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The History of the Half Moon / Black and White Cookie

By     |    Feb 19, 2013
Posted in: Food, New York     |    8 Comments

I grew up eating Half Moon cookies. But I had never had a NYC-style Half Moon cookie (OK, OK: a Black and White cookie) until last weekend. NYC is so good at so many things: bagels, pizza, overwhelming crowds of people. How could it get the Black and White cookie so wrong? I had to do a little research. I discovered that there’s surprisingly little information out there about Half Moon […]

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It’s time to wake up!

By     |    Feb 18, 2013
Posted in: Reality     |    1 Comment

“Get up!” my brain said. “It’s time to wake up!” “Brain,” I said, “it’s 3AM. It’s Monday. Let’s sleep in.” “But I’ve got good ideas NOW,” my brain said. “Remember them for the morning.” “Here’s another one. That’s two good ideas. I’m going to come up with more. I just thought of a third!” “Stop it! Don’t come up with more good ideas now. Do that in the morning. Wait […]

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High Dive booze on the left, drink credit chalkboard on the right.

Three New York City Neighborhood Dive Bars

By     |    Feb 14, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., New York     |    No Comments

It’s been a while since we visited New York. We’ve missed it. New York is a really great city. Times Square, however, is terrible and crowded. We managed to get stuck walking through Times Square three times even though we were committed to avoiding it. Whoops! If you’ve never been to New York, don’t judge it based on Times Square. Judge it based on its great neighborhood dive bars. Here are […]

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Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

By     |    Feb 12, 2013
Posted in: Adventure How To, Adventure Prep, Money     |    No Comments

Life on the road can be expensive, so start thinking about your budget early. When you know how much you need to save, you’ll be less tempted to draw down your savings account balance for goal-hurting purchases. Your budget is going to be unique to you, your tastes and preferences, and what you prefer to spend money on. We hope that using us as an example helps you think through […]

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We Spot the Seneca White Deer

By     |    Feb 9, 2013
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We were just driving along, minding our own business, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Looked like a mountain goat. Couldn’t have been a mountain goat. The Finger Lakes region isn’t mountain goat country. “Did you see that?” I asked Lisa. “See what?” “That,” I pointed to another white animal grazing behind the fence of the old Seneca Army Depot. “What is that?” “It looks […]

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