Monday, June 27, 2011

What I see around NYC...

Two buildings on 57th and 8th avenue today...

What I see around NYC

Hilarious.  A few guys from London decided to be funny and take photos with the "live" mannequin at this store in SoHo.

A Bad Happy Hour Experience at Bobo in the West Village!

I recently went to Bobo in the West Village for their Happy Hour Specials and was extremely unhappy with their service and the "after-math" of my visit. I would love to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience... so please comment...

My friends and I were wooed here by the $1 Happy Hour Oysters, but after my visit, I will not go again.

First I will say, they have a limited selection of happy hour drinks available -- from my recollection, the choices include Pilsner ~$5, Rose (terrible) and Red/White wine - ~$6-$7. The $1 oysters were a deal, however, I will say, it may or may not have led to my demise at the end of the night. But, I can't blame it just on the oysters because I did have a few other food items from their Happy Hour Menu...

We ordered the following from their menu ...

  • 1.5 dozen oysters
  • Tuna tartare on a chip
  • Fried oysters
  • Lobster risotto balls

After I walked out of that place, perhaps 1-2 hours afterwards, my stomach started feeling funny... and surprise, it wasn't only me. My friend and I started to have symptoms of a "churning stomach" ... and without saying it so directly, you can guess what would eventually follow. Though some people may argue that food poisoning occurs 8 or more hours after ingestion, according to the FDA, onset of food poisoning can occur within 1 to 6 hours (e.g. vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc). I will say, one of our friends walked away unscathed - so it could be a fluke (note: our friend didn't have the Pilsner, but had all the other foods). I will ignore commenting on the service because that is less important, in my opinion.

Unfortunately for us, what we expected to be a beautiful evening of Happy Hour Drinks and Appetizers at Bobo -- was less than beautiful.

Note: Perhaps, we had an off day (it happens), but all I have to say is "Buyer Beware". I can not comment on the rest of the food offered here, only the drinks and food that I had (i.e. Pilsner, $1 oysters, Tuna tartare on a chip, Fried Oyster, Lobster ball).

In fairness, please review for other people's reviews to gain a well-rounded review experience of Bobo. However, if you've had a similar experience here, please post.

181 w. 10th Street

On the corner of 7th Avenue and 10th Street

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Food Blogger thrown in jail and fined after a negative restaurant review!

Ms. Liu, a food blogger in Taiwan, was sent to jail after writing an unfavorable restaurant review... The owner of the restaurant sued her for defamation and the Court found Ms. Liu's criticism of the restaurant exceeded reasonable bounds.

The blogger, who has more than 60,000 hits on her website, was sentenced to 30 days in detention, two years of probation and fined NT$200k (US$6,917, resulting from the owner's loss of income) after writing that "the restaurant served food that was too salty, the place was unsanitary because there were cockroaches and that the owner was a “bully” because he let customers park their cars haphazardly, leading to traffic jams."

For more info on this incident, refer to the Taipei Times.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Polaroid Masterpieces: Highlights from The WestLicht Collection in Austria -- Review from Flavorpill

Excerpt provided by Flavorpill - to view some of the photographs click here

"Back in March the Vienna-based WestLicht Museum of Photography purchased the International Polaroid Collection from the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, saving it from being sold off piecemeal with the rest of the bankrupt company’s holdings. Made up of 4,400 photos by 800 international artists, including such well-known names as Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol, this massive body of work was shot primarily in the ’70s and ’80s using special custom made cameras and film that was not available on the market — all provided by Polaroid’s founder, Edwin Herbert Land. Beginning today, 350 of the images will go up on display in Austria; click through to view a selection of highlights from the collection, including our absolute favorite — ANDY SNEEZING."

Note: Some of you may recall ... nearly a year-ago I had written about a rare collection of Polaroids/Photograph's that were auctioned by Sotheby's... For more information on those images, click here for my past posts.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What I see around NYC ...

Delivery bikes around NYC get motorized! Hopefully this means you get your food faster!

P.s. you gotta love the plastic bags around the bar and seat ... Bike is outside of Saigon grill on university place.

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