New York City Trip

Our New York City trip will be my wife and my two young sons (6 and almost 9). They’re adventurous, but we’re not trying to do a high-end dining trip. Should be a lot of fun!

THURSDAY:
Arrive at Noon
Cab to Hotel Belleclaire
Eat lunch at Sugar and Plumm
3pm: Go pick up City Pass at 810 7th Avenue btw 52nd and 53rd Streets.
4pm: Empire State Building

5pm: Take train to Citi Field/Mets Stadium

Eat dinner at the game: Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke

FRIDAY:
Statue of Liberty - leave at 8am.

LUNCH: Lombardi’s Pizza


SNACKS:
Kossar Bialy’s
Doughnut Plant

Guggeinheim Museum

Cafe Lalo - coffee/dessert near hotel at 201 W 83rd St

DINNER: Hill Country
Eataly, Shake Shack

SATURDAY:
Change Hotels
Cab to Skyline Hotel
Intrepid Museum (opens at 10am)

LUNCH:
Gotham West Market

The High Line Park
DINNER: Chinatown Tasty Hand-Pulled Noodles

SUNDAY:
Central Park (Zoo opens at 10am)
LUNCH: Meatball Shop
9/11 Memorial
Times Square
DINNER: Taboon

DIDN’T GET TO:
Kelly & Ping
Xi’an Famous Foods
DINNER: Toro; ABC Kitchen
DRINK: Park NYC
DESSERT: Serendipity 3
Parm -italian/cheap
Katz’s Deli - pastrami?
Tenement Museum

Museum of Natural History - near hotel
Barbalu near Wall Street, Nougatine (near Central Park - breakfast)
ABC Kitchen)
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Stop Asking Miss America To The Prom

High School Boys of America, listen up: STOP IT.

You’re making a fool of yourselves. Fine, Jack Jablonski, go ahead and ask out the national sports host. OK, dingbat from Pennsylvania,you got suspended after asking Miss America to prom.

You may think it takes guts to ask out a celebrity, but you know what takes guts? Asking out the girl that you think is cute in your algebra class. Asking out the girl that isn’t popular, but is really artsy and cool. Asking out a girl is hard. Asking out a celebrity is stupid.

In ten years when you go back to your high school reunion, no one’s going to care that you went to prom with some silly celebrity. But what if your prom date becomes the scientist who figures out a new environmentally-friendly energy source? Or the engineer who designs the next great building? That is cool. That is a memory. That takes guts.

I don’t see too many high school girls asking movie stars to the prom (probably because most of us would recoil at the idea of a 25-year-old dude going to prom with an 18-year-old girl), but if you’re a high school girl, the same advice applies to you.

STOP ASKING OUT CELEBRITIES.

Planning Our Wine Trip To Central California

Monday: August 5
Drive from Sacramento to John’s.

11 am: DAVID ARTHUR - Napa http://davidarthur.com/contact.cfm

HOLLISTER (near Salinas on the way): http://www.calerawine.com/Visit
(pinot noir)

AVILA BEACH WINERIES: via JT 
Cliff’s Hotel for happy hour and sunset and JT can meet us for dinner hour there.

Tuesday: August 6
SYCAMORE MINERAL SPRINGS? http://www.sycamoresprings.com/relax/

In SLO: Stephen Ross Winery http://www.stephenrosswine.com/ (stephen dooley)

Lunch?

Drive to PASO: 

3pm DENNER: http://www.dennervineyards.com/Request-an-Appointment

4:30pm: DAOU: http://www.daouvineyards.com/Visit-Us

EVE DINNER:
http://www.artisanpasorobles.com/menus-artisan-paso-robles.php

or http://www.ilcortileristorante.com/dinner/

spend night in Paso at JT’s parents house or drive back to Reger’s

Wednesday: August 7 

LUNCH?: http://www.thomashillorganics.com/contact.html

Paso Wineries:
OPOLO: Rick Quinn http://www.opolo.com/

ROBERT HALL: http://www.roberthallwinery.com/  bob nichols, 612*221*8936

CALCAREOUS: http://www.calcareous.com/Visit/Maps-and-Directions

TABLAS CREEK: http://www.tablascreek.com/visiting

HALTER RANCH: http://www.halterranch.com/visit/index.php

EVE: Music on the mountain at Calcarous

DINNER: http://www.artisanpasorobles.com/menus-artisan-paso-robles.php

or http://www.ilcortileristorante.com/dinner/

Thursday:

ZIPLINE TOUR? http://www.margarita-adventures.com/tickets-2/

FIRESTONE BREWERY: http://www.firestonebeer.com/brewery/

STILL WATERS: http://www.stillwatersvineyards.com/visit/

TERRY HOAGE: http://www.terryhoagevineyards.com/visit/index.php

SUMMERWOOD: http://www.summerwoodwine.com/

JUSTIN: http://www.justinwine.com/visit_tasting_room.php

NORTH of PASO/American Idol: https://www.villasanjuliette.com/

HEAD BACK TO SLO: BEACH TIME
RESTAURANT?: http://oldsanluisbbq.com/restaurant/

6:10pm - 9:10pm FARMERS MARKET SLO: http://www.slocountyfarmers.org/wp-content/uploads/jb_Uploads/ThursdayNight.htm

 OTHER OPTIONS:

Cambria: Linn’s and Sea Chest restaurants (coastal town 1 hr north of Avila Beach)

Demetria Winery: http://www.demetriaestate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=61 (Los Olivos, 1 hour south of Avila Beach)