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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     |    2 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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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
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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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Save Money While on the Road

By     |    Feb 7, 2013
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Once you’ve saved enough money to take a road trip, how do you make that money last as long as possible? Set a daily budget The first lesson of a daily budget is that you’ll often exceed your daily budget. Our daily goal was to spend a maximum of $100 ($75 in cheaper areas) on discretionary items (camping, hotels, gas, food, drinks, supplies, and shopping). Some days will be more […]

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Six Business Travel Tips for New Business Travelers

By     |    Feb 7, 2013
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Business travel, oh business travel. For some, it’s a chance to see the world. For others, it’s a slog to be endured. Most of the time, it’s somewhere between the two extremes. Here are some ideas to make the most of traveling for work: It’s all about miles. Miles are what makes the business traveler’s world go ’round. It’s all about miles. Miles get you upgrades and “free” trips. Miles […]

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What’s my address? Finding a place for your mail during long-term travel.

By     |    Feb 5, 2013
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If you’re embarking on a long-term trip and selling your home or moving out of your apartment, you’ll need to find a new destination for your mail. You might be tempted to think that you can go without mail during a long-term trip, but you still need an address, even in this age of paperless statements, to receive critical pieces of mail – especially around tax time. First: reduce the […]

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United States of Hot Sauce: Frank’s, Tapatio, and Tabasco

By     |    Feb 2, 2013
Posted in: California, Food, Louisiana, New York     |    5 Comments

Two regional food things surprised me on the trip: beer and hot sauce. Beer is much more regionally varied than the Bud Light commercials suggest — try getting Kokanee in South Carolina … or Yuengling in Yosemite … or Dixie anywhere outside New Orleans. Same with hot sauces. We are not a nation of Tabasco users. Surprised me. Here’s how it breaks down: The Northeast Favorite: Frank’s RedHot From the Garden State, Frank’s […]

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