Christmas lights

Potatoes, Santas, and Christmas Lights

Last Friday I wanted to surprise Mike with a walk through Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, but I got sidetracked  On the way there, Mike mentioned that Papaya Dog had the best french fries in NY. I could not let him get away with such a bold lie, so I delayed the Christmas lights extravaganza for a fry off. First we went to Papaya Dog on 14th st and 1st ave, and got his lame excuse for fries (can you tell I’m biased?):

Mike eating the Papaya Dog fries

Mike eating the Papaya Dog fries

A close up:

I must admit I've had these fries sober. They're a great late night snack after dancing

I’ve only ever had these fries after a long night of drinking.

Then we walked down to Pommes Frites and got real fries. Located on 2nd ave. between 8th and 7th st, this has long been my favorite spot for fries. Twice fried, they are crispy but they maintain the potato’s integrity. My eyes say it all:

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I was begging Mike to take the picture quickly so I could start gorging on fries.

Not only are the fries amazing, they also have over fifty delicious condiments to try. I always recommend the sweet mango chutney, but I’m also a fan of ketchup and mayo.

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So many options! They’ll let you try any condiment for free.

I was the clear victor, but Mike was stubborn and clung to his claim. Well I’m writing this post, so I won.

As we walked back to the subway, painfully stuffed with fries, we noticed a ton of Santas walking around. Apparently it was Santacon, and we did not get the invitation. It must have been very confusing for little kids to see so many Santas all at once, especially the Santa throwing up next to the dumpsters.

This was the saddest Santa I saw

This was the saddest Santa I’ve ever seen.

I guess he wasn’t invited to the party:

Who knew Santas love BBQ?

Who knew Santas love BBQ?

After another 40 minutes on the subway we got to Dyker Heights which is known for putting on quite a spectacle. I will leave you with these pictures:

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My favorite one.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Happy Holidays!

Mike and me in Rockefeller Center

There’s something about the holidays that makes you feel like a tourist in your own town. Everyone seems friendlier, the storefronts all look new and festive, and there’s excitement in the air. As much as I want to be a jaded New Yorker, I still get giddy when I see the tree at Rockefeller Center. So on this fine, upcoming weekend when all the holidays collide, go outside and do something a tourist would do. It will make you appreciate where you live and it will get you in the holiday spirit. And if you you live in a town that doesn’t have many attractions here are some suggestions:

  1. Get some hot chocolate – whipped cream is a must.
  2. Go ice skating – come on every town has a rink. Or at least a neighboring town has a rink.
  3. Go on a midnight walk.
  4. Find the street that is known for their Christmas lights and take a picture in front of each house.
  5. Deliver homemade cookies to all of your friends.

But then again it’s always nice to stay at home with your loved ones, and drink hot apple cider:

Mike and me with the kitties, Reilly and Marla