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April 26th, 2007

11:08 am: Meet Elleron

January 24th, 2007

12:35 pm: NY does Good...but is it in your neighborhood?
I am thrilled that New York is giving out free condoms - male AND female condoms - along with lubricant (essential for preventing breaks and also a comfort issue). This city (along with the rest of America) needs more STD and unplanned pregnancy prevention.


Organizations that want to distribute MUST distribute for free. Individuals can't just order by mail, but there are centers to visit in the city...not surprising to me is that the centers seem a bit clustered. For example, you won't find one in midtown!


It is better than nothing, and if your wallet is a little empty this month and it means a long subway ride to get some free jimmie hats, use your magic metrocard to get you there.

Current Mood: amusedamused

August 29th, 2006

09:30 pm: Put this on your list

Put this on your list

Review of: Independence National Historical Park, Tourist Attractions

By: Susan S. on Judy's Book

Rating: 5 stars

Read review on Judy's Book.

Every visitor to Philadelphia - whether one is there for a day, a week or a month - must visit Independence National Historical Park. Not only is the park a beautiful part of the city, it reminds all visitors of how and why our country became a republic. The sites are free and almost all of them are open daily from approximately 9-5 (tours of Independence Hall require a timed ticket during peak season March-Oct and Declaration House is only open in the morning). Bishop White House and the Todd House (home of Dolley Todd Madison before she met James) are shown by tour - the tour is free, but timed and arranged at a counter in the Visitor Center.

The message is this: before your visit, check out the maps and site descriptions at www.nps.gov/inde When you arrive in Philly, hit the Visitor Center to be sure you have the correct times/days open so you can efficiently plan your tour of the park.

I don't think that hiring a tour guide is necessary - the rangers are so kind and willing to answer any questions. The maps are good and the pamphlets are informative. If you are in good shape and a real "go-getter", you will be able to see just about everything in one day. However, I recommend two days to explore the park as there is a lot of information to take in.

Please note: Some sites in and around the park are not open on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. Do not rely on guidebooks - the descriptions seem to be aimed at weekend visitors.

July 25th, 2006

12:56 pm: Say it IS so, Joe.

Say it IS so, Joe.

Review of: Joe the Art of Coffee

By: Susan S

Rating: 4

Read review on Judy's Book.

Coffee and New York seem to go hand in hand. It is so widely available that you can even buy it on the street corners! Despite the many delis, carts and Starbucks that dot Manhattan, where does one go for a good old coffee house? One with chairs and maybe a couple of homemade cupcakes to savor while resting one's bones? The answer is on Waverly Place and it is Joe. Take a break from your walk in Washington Square Park and pop in for an iced latte served in a GLASS cup and sit at one of the 5 or so café tables or on one of the two outdoor benches. Grab a cup to go with a scrumptious treat of the muffin, cupcake or cookie variety. Don't expect chipper service from the lady behind the counter - you might not get it - but do expect a good cup of coffee.

July 23rd, 2006

07:47 pm: A Real Gem

A Real Gem

Review of: Family Jewels the

By: Susan S

Rating: 4

Read review on Judy's Book.

THE FAMILY JEWELS should not be mistaken for a jewelry store, but rather a real "gem" in the world of vintage stores. The spot on West 23rd Street has both clothing and accessories (including a small amount of hats) from the entire 20th century. Please note that there are not a huge amount of items from the 10s or 20s and that many of the beautiful items behind the register (including some fabulous top hats) are not for sale. You will have to spend some time digging through the racks if you are looking for something from a particular era as they are arranged by type and color instead of decade. This is a wonderful shop to explore - just check your bag at the front door and dig in.

July 16th, 2006

11:15 am: Free Chipotle Burrito

Free Chipotle Burrito

By: Susan S

Category: Opinion > Other

Read the article on Judy's Book.

48th between 6th & 7th:
To celebrate the open of this new location, Chipotle is giving away free burritos at this store. On Tuesday, July 25th from 11am to 8pm, everyone willing to wait in line will be rewarded with a free burrito and soda. I am sure the lines will be super long, but if anyone is in the neighborhood it might be worth checking out.

June 1st, 2006

11:55 am: Unexcuseable Rudeness at the Theatre

This has happened so frequently this season -- I am APPALLED by theatre audiences these days. The coughing and loud nose blowing this winter was at least a bodily need...the friggin' cellphones are out of control.

I APPLAUD MR. GRIFFITHS. During my time at THE HISTORY BOYS (a brilliant show technically and performance-wise), I thankfully didn't hear any cell phones. However, I did feel the vibration of one several times to my left. I was less annoyed by this than the fact that the owner chose to speak to his brother during the show. Oh, and to my right, a woman snored (she & her date had clearly been out for cocktails before curtain). I woke her up just to be rid of the noise. All this was happening as I was recovering from strep and had the most horrid cough -- but I did not cough at any moment other than a scene change, aided by some very strong Fisherman's Friend lozenges and the willpower to not be the jerk to ruin the show.

May 27th, 2006

09:40 am: Write For Money!
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May 17th, 2006

11:17 am: Carnivores Delight

Carnivores Delight

Review of: Blt Steak

By: Susan S

Rating: 5

Read review on Judy's Book.

Yes, reservations can be difficult.

Yes, it is expensive.

Yes, the food is delicious.

Start off with a caesar to share with your partner or the lump crabmeat crabcake appetizer. It will take a lot to pull you away from the parmesan popover that arrives at the table. Move on to either the filet (requesting "chef's preference" brings you a thoroughly pink filet with so much juice, you will use your napkin throughout) or the Kobe filet - both portions may be split if you aren't feeling ravenous...these cuts are LARGE. I enjoyed both the bernaise and 3 pepper sauces for the meat. Grilled asparagus, parmesan gnocchi or any kind of potato are great sides to split.

One can eat well (with a glass or two of wine) for about $85 per person. Don't be afraid to share a starter, a main or a dessert as having a full three course meal with make you loosen your zipper.

May 14th, 2006

03:46 pm: Keep your hands to yourself!

Keep your hands to yourself!

Review of: Transtrap Commuter Helper: The hygenic way to stand on the bus or train

By: Susan S

Rating: 4

Read review on Judy's Book.

I have recently discovered a great product for subway and bus riders - the TranStrap (found at TranStrap.com). The device is small enough for a briefcase or a larger handbag and gives you an extra couple of inches to reach the bar if you are on the shorter end of the population or just keeps you from having to put your hand on the often less-than-sanitized public transportation bar.

The TranStrap website offers accessories such as reader extensions for those who want two hands for the paper, a card holder for your transit pass and hand cushions.

This may or may not be for you. For those of you who want to try it out, use code TBT060020 for 10% off.

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