Toronto/New York Trip Day 7

Day 7 T-Shirt of Choice: Refill Required by Glennz Tees / Origami Pigeon by Random Objects

NYC Neighborhoods Visited: Midtown West, Lower East Side, East Village, Theater District, Flatiron

Today was our last full day in New York City and it started early. very early. How early? 5 am early. Now you might be wondering what would compel two people already lacking in much needed sleep to wake up to 5 am. The answer: Foursquare. I was determined to earn my Today Show Newbie badge and the only way to do that was to be at Studio 1A in Rockefeller Center before 6 am. Possible? Absolutely! Out hotel is situated about a 5 minute walk away from Studio 1A and so quickly getting there was not an issue. The alarm went off at 5 am sharp, but we both hit the snooze the button. It went off again at 5:30 am, we jumped out of bed, quickly got ready and was out of the door by 5:35 am. By 5:40 we were at Studio 1A and I was able to score my Foursquare Today Show Newbie Badge! I was excited and tired as hell. And so instead of standing in line with the crazy Today Show fans, we decided to head back to the hotel to snooze off again. Hah!

At The Today Show

After a slight blog disaster (it lasted a good 30 minutes before the problems were resolved), we decided to head back to the Lower East Side to experience the one and only Katz’s Delicatessen. Located on East Houston St., Katz is famous for their popular Pastrami on Rye Sandwich.

If you’ve seen When Harry Met Sally then you’re already familiar with Katz’s Delicatessen. It’s the place where Sally had the greatest orgasm ever. They even have a sign situated right above the table in which the infamous scene took place. Part of the Katz experience is simply getting your food. They have a weird system of ordering, but if it works for them, why change it? When you first enter Katz, you are given a ticket. You are then directed to one of 4 different areas of the counter. Depending on what you want, that is the area of the counter that you go to. We wanted our Pastrami Sandwich, and after initially go to the wrong line (the breakfast line), we headed to the sandwich line. Now, there was literally no one there when we went since we stopped by shortly after opening, but apparently, it gets super busy at peak lunch times. Our sandwich server was a little grumpy, but he did offer us samples of the meats while he made our sandwiches. The samples were so delicious and was a great prelude to the real deal. I ordered the classic Pastrami on Rye and Michelle had the Reuben on Rye. After you get your sandwich, you then go to one of the drink lines to grab your beverage. There’s one section for canned sodas, and another line for everything else. At each counter station, you give the helper your ticket and they serially tally your total charges. Interestingly, you don’t pay until after you finish eating. You bring your ticket to the front of the restaurant and pay the cashier before heading out the door full and satisfied.

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The pastrami for me was the best I have ever had. I’m used to wet pastrami sandwiches, this was hardly that. The meat was tender, but it was not dripping like crazy with oil as I ate it. Also, the serving was huge (for me at least). I asked the server if the sandwich was big (we considered sharing one). Then, he flashed me the piece of bread he was using and then said “no, it’s not.” And that is why we ordered two separate sandwiches. But when we received our sandwiches (it took about 5 minutes for him to cut the meat and prep it) we noticed that they really do pack on the meat. If it’s a big and succulent pastrami that you’re looking for, then be sure to check out Katz’s Delicatessen. Meg Ryan would approve.

Though we couldn’t even finish our sandwiches from Katz’s, we headed down to Butter Lane for cupcakes, as suggested by Carlos of Oven Fresh Dreams. We arrived there right before they opened. Upon entering, we were greeted by trays of mouthwatering cupcakes. I decided on the Elvis (banana cupcake with a peanut butter frosting, topped with marshmallows) and Michelle had the Marco (chocolate cupcake with a maple pecan frosting). The cupcakes was so light and moist and the frosting was not overly sweet. One of the best cupcakes we’ve ever had!

Butter Lane

Butter Lane

Butter Lane

Hey, that’s me sporting Origami Pigeon in front of Butter Lane! Be on the look out for this shirt to be featured in an upcoming episode of Co-Tee TV (I should know, because it’s already been filmed).

We then caught the subway back up to 5th avenue to check out the NBA Store. I’m a big basketball fan, but the prices were just a little too outrageous for me. Once we did our walk through, we headed back to Hotel Mela for some much needed rest and some shut eye. After 5 days in New York City, we were both very exhausted.

Feeling rejuvenated, we caught the subway back to the Lower East Side to pay a visit to Brian Shevlin of Year of the T-Shirt fame. He’s the guy that’s been wearing a different T-Shirt ever day in 2010 and posting his tees on his site on a daily basis. Brian runs a little art collective called Con Artist, with Con standing for Connected. It’s a place where artists can congregate, socialize, design and sell their goods and artwork. Con Artist is a little hole in the ground, literally. Two black doors are swung open from the sidewalk of Ludlow Street, inviting guests to come and take a peek at the artwork, as well as the vintage and new tees. Brian gave me a tour of his little art abode and I was thoroughly impressed and blown away by their quality of work. If you’re in the Lower East Side and you want to be inspired, then be sure to stop by Con Artist – tell Brian that Coty sent you!

Brian let me take a TON of photos of his gallery and workshop, and I will be posting those in the coming days in a separate post, so be sure to be on the lookout for that.

Con Artsit

Year of the T-Shirt

Year of the T-Shirt

A few blocks away from Con Artist was our dinner destination. Boca Chica was highly recommended by Carlos of Oven Fresh Dreams (remember, we stopped by and visited him the day before) and so we just had to check it out. Tired of Italian, we were excited to tingle out tongues with Latin American cuisine. Carlos was right, Boca Chica was an awesome food experience – it was so good! We started off with plantain chips and bean dip (on the house) and Alitas De Pollo (grilled spicy, honeyed wings). The honeywings were so tender and spiced just right. For the entrees, Michelle had the Arroz Con Camarones (shrimp and yellow rice) and I had the Pollo Havanero (grilled chicken with almond, parsley, garlic sauce). The Pollo Havanero was delicious, and the sauce that was smothered over the chicken was perfect.

Boca Chica

After dinner we made a pit stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up a few more goodies to bring back home and then we made one last ditch effort to taste the famous sticky buns from Amy’s Bread. When we visited Carlos at the Amy’s Bread on Bleaker St., they were unfortunately out of sticky buns. Lucky for us, they had one sticky bun left at Amy’s Bread in the Hell’s Kitchen area.

Amy's Bread

With our sticky bun curiosity put aside, we headed back to our hotel to pack up our things for our flight back to Honolulu, Hawaii. We made one last trip to the Shake Shack on 44th for a midnight snack. The Shack Burger hit the spot and was the perfect ending to a delightful and food-filled NYC experience.

In 5 days we did so much, experienced so much and tasted so much. The only thing left to wonder about New York is when we will be back. I Heart New York, that’s for sure.

I’m With Coco. Whose Side Are You On? 6 Conan T-Shirts!

This whole NBC vs. Conan O’brien vs. Jay Leno debacle has got me enthralled with network television for the first time in, well, quite a while. I’ve been watching the late night shows just to listen to the quicks jabs that they’ve been taking at each other. I admit that I’m a bit sad to see Conan O’brien leave the peacock station. NBC, 7 months really wasn’t enough time for him to find his audience. In any case, all of this late night drama has led to an amazing I’m With CoCo campaign. Here are 6 T-Shirts that you can choose from to show your support for the Conan O’brien / Team Coco / I’m With Coco cause.

And here’s something extra, someone made a song in support of Team Coco. Check out I’m With Coco by Dustin Krein:

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I’m With Coco by Busted Tees, $15.

I'm With Coco by Busted Tees

I’m With CoCo by Mike Mitchell, $18.

I'M WITH COCO t-shirt by Mike Mitchell

No. by ATShirtBlog, $24.99.

No. by ATShirtBlog

CoCo and Leno-Head by TeeFury, $9.

CoCo & Leno-Head

Team Conan by Alex Pardee, $24.

Team Conan

Team Conan by My Associate Cornelius, $15.

Team Conan

Heroes Inspired T-Shirts by Funkrush Clothing

I stopped watching Heroes a while back because it just became too complicated and overbearing for me. Having said that, I adore these new tees from Funkrush Clothing! This three shirt series features three characters from the show, including my favorite, Hiro Nakamura. I was never a big fan of Claire Bennet – she always annoyed me for some reason.

The tees have a very retro, print ad, look and feel. They are very detailed and I am sure the hardcore Heroes fans will appreciate that. I wonder what will happen if you call the Gabriel Gray number featured on the Sylar tee. The designs were done by artist and illustrator, Riccardo Bucchioni and are available now from Funkrush Clothing for £20.

Heroes X Funkrush Clothing

Heroes X Funkrush Clothing

Heroes X Funkrush Clothing

Goodie Two Sleeves Princess Unicorn Tee A Hit

This is a pretty cool story – our buddies over at Goodies Two Sleeves recently were reached by NBC to produce some shirts based on a fictional character discussed on NBC sitcom The Office. The character in question is Princess Unicorn (Half Girl, Half Unicorn) and Goodie Two Sleeves was given exclusive access to source material prior to the show airing to help in the creation of Princess Unicorn tees. 

Last night’s episode of NBC’s The Office had Dwight pawning these crazy looking dolls and we were excited, because a while back NBC asked us to make a shirt for this episode and gave us access to all sorts of goodies ahead of everyone else. The result? Both of these awesome shirts will be available in an NBC store (or their site) soon. I’m thinking a couple weeks? Just thought I’d fill you in on the deets while the episode was still freshly hilarious in our heads.

Needless to say, the Princess Unicorn tee is now the number one sold item on the NBC online store, its’s an even bigger seller than President Elect Barack Obama’s Yes We Can DVD. Check out this clip from The Office:

 

Princess Unicorn

Princess Unicorn

Heroes: Season 3 Rumor Roundup

With roughly one month to go before the three-hour season premier of Heroes Season 3 on NBC, I gather up and spit out to you what is currently known, rumors included, about the upcoming third season. Beware, it’s spoiler heavy. 

  1. Season 3, as far as we know will consist of two volumes, volume one is titled “Villains” and volume two will be called “Fugitives.” Fugitives, according to Tim Kring, will make up the last 12 episodes of the season. 
     
  2. According to the season 3 trailer, a few villains have already been revealed. These include: Sylar (duh), Adam Monroe (How does he escape the coffin Hiro left him in), Daphne Millbrook (speedster), Echo DeMille (sound manipulating mailman) and a bald pyrokinetic.
    The last two of these villains are currently incarcerated in Level 5. 
     
  3. A bunch of season 3 spoilers also originated from this years Comic Con. Here they are as reported by EW.
    • The action begins with a “future” Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) coming back to modern day in an effort to shoot Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) before he exposes their secret powers to the world. 
    • Matt (Greg Grunberg) discovers future-Peter’s real identity — but is banished into the middle of nowhere before he can do anything about it. 
       
    • Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finally isolates Maya’s (Dania Ramirez) powers in chemical form, and uses a syringe to inject himself with the magic elixir rather than give the girl what she wants — freedom from the hell of her super-human affliction.
       
    • Sylar (Zachary Quinto) traps Claire (Hayden Panettiere) in her house and literally rips open her head to steal her thoughts and ability to defy death, while…
       
    • Hiro (Masi Oki) disobeys his dead father’s command and opens up the office safe that holds part of a formula that, if completed, could destroy the world. Of course, it’s confiscated within seconds by a mysterious, time-traveling blonde. 
       
    • There are also brief appearances by Niki (Ali Larter) — now looking professional and dating (or married to?) an older man — as well as Noah (Jack Coleman), who’s locked up in an inescapable prison cell. Oh, and keep an eye out for a new animated image (painting?) that look likes the Earth is cracking in half.
       
    • And did we say a newly powered-up Mohinder gets to finally kick some ass? 
       
  4. Spoiler Geeks also listed the following rumors on their spoiler blog
    • A Japanese woman is thought to play a role in Ando’s life.
    • Nikki, after her apparent death in Season 2 will be replaced by one of her alter egos.
    • Nathan will be back even though he was shot.
    • An Officer Warren will be Monica (Micah’s cousin) love interest in New Orleans.
    • Knox is the name of one of the new villains as will be acted by Jamie Hector (The Wire, Law & Order: SVU, Jericho). Here’s what the actor had to say about his role on Heroes: “My character’s name on Heroes is Benjamin “Knox” Washington. I can’t really disclose much about him, but I can tell you it’s a lot of fun. So many special effects — and it all winds up looking so real.” – Jamie Hector
       
  5. And finally, casting news regarding season 3:
    • Jessical Collins will join the cast as “Sophie”, and whose character is described by The Hollywood Reported as “a mysterious woman with powers who works at the organization that is tracking all heroes.”
    • Former West Wing actor, Richard Schiff, will play an unnamed character who will have an impact on Mohinder (Mohinder is easily swayed).
    • And finally, Wynn Everett, who recently starred in Charlie Wilson’s War, will play the villain with Flash-esque speed, “Joy.”

There are a lot of things to be excited about regarding the upcoming season of Hereos, my friends. I hope that Heroes Season 3 will build on what was done in Season 2 and be as good as Season 1. What are you looking forward to in Season 3? What rumors do you know about? Post them in the comments.