Monthly Archives: November 2009

Anthony’s Weekly Tweets for 2009-11-29

  • Yeah sounds pretty good :) RT @adamjackson: Love Ben Folds Music. Perfect Sunday night. Wine, food and smiles. #
  • Or just shake her? RT @ryan_ender: How do you wake up Lady GaGa when she’s asleep? Poke her face. :/ #
  • Checking out Bobby’s Burger Palace (Bobby Flay’s place) on Long Island. Great setup, I ordered the Dallas burger, hold the coleslaw. #
  • Just saw A Christmas Carol in IMAX 3D. Soooo good! #movies #3d #jimcarrey #
  • Jack’s Mannequin on The Daily Show FTW! Two awesome likes on one awesome show! :) #dailyshow #jacksmannequin #
  • Weezer on Conan. Wow, great musical acts on late night shows tonight! Pick up Weezer’s new album if you get a chance, it’s awesome! #nbc #
  • Just listened to Weezer’s new album… It rocks! #weezer #music #
  • This is a very typo morning. That is all. #
  • Remember when you used to do your Christmas shopping at Circuit City, Linens & Things, and Blockbuster? Yeah, me either. #christmas #retail #
  • Damn, just missed a Eye-Fi Wireless Share Video 4GB SDHC Memory Card for $30. Too slow! #
  • Jimmy Fallon and the Roots will be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow, singing a medley of holiday songs around 11am. #latenight #
  • Watching the 86th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade! A Thanksgiving tradition, this year on TiVo delay! #
  • Cool to see Joel Goddard announcing the parade on NBC. Miss him since Conan moved to LA. #nbc #latenight #tonightshow #parade #
  • Just got to talk to @justonemiss before she makes her 7 hour Thanksgiving Day drive to San Francisco. Now that I’m thanksful for! <# #

Facebook brings back the past photographically, wanted or not

There’s a funny side effect of Facebook that I experienced recently. Photos of you from the past suddenly appear there when someone you went to school with or used to hang out with decides to start scanning and tagging old photo albums.

And by “old photos” I mean elementary school photos that you may or may not remember. And there’s little to nothing you can do to stop it. Well, short of posting them to and making fun of them on your website.

The following are just some of the photos my former elementary school classmate Jessica Drozd recently uploaded and tagged on Facebook. [DISCLAIMER: Be warned, they are slightly embarassing and/or endearing.]

Anthony as George Washington for a 6th grade project
Anthony as George Washington for a 6th grade project. Complete with authentic cottonball wig.
Anthony as Grandpa Joe in a 5th grade production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Anthony as Grandpa Joe in a 5th grade production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yes, wearing another wig, hrm…
Anthony playing football with classmates outside the school.
Anthony playing football, a manly sport, with classmates outside the school.

The best part of that last photo is that I’ve remembered playing football back in elementary school many times and then suddenly a photo of it pops up on Facebook decades later. I have to admit, that was pretty cool.

So it turns out that Facebook is great for reconnecting with old friends and for reconnecting with old photos as well.

And remember, those photos will probably turn up there whether you are on the social media site or not,  so you might as well be there to make fun of yourself in them.

Black Friday in Photos: Top 10 Crazy Crowd Photos

Black Friday is often held as an example of American consumerism at it’s worse. Some people think it points to a systemic economic and moralistic flaw in our society. Still others say it promotes greediness over sharing and represents the exact opposite of what Christmas is really supposed to be about.

I just find the crowds and traffic annoying and a way to get awesome deals online instead of leaving the house.

No matter what you think of Black Friday, it’s always funny to see photos of crazed shoppers literally hunting for a bargain and that’s what I have for you today: Black Friday in Photos: Top 10 Crazy Crowd Photos.

Hundreds of customers clamoring over 2 digital cameras at an electronics store.

Hundreds of shoppers clamoring over two digital cameras at an electronics store.

Crazy customers burst through the doors in Seattle on "Rockin' Shoppin' Eve."

Crazy customers burst through the doors in Seattle on "Rockin' Shoppin' Eve."

A girl is thrilled that she fought off two middle-aged women for 3 bathrobes made in China.

A girl is thrilled that she fought off two middle-aged women for 3 bathrobes made in China, somewhere in Southern California.

Funny how no one minds being herded like human cattle on this particular Friday.

Funny how no one minds being herded like human cattle on this particular Friday.

Customers at a Colorado Best Buy fight over big screen TV's

Customers at a Colorado Best Buy fight over big screen TV's

When you see customers like these in Westbury, NY with both Xbox 360's and PS3's, you start to wonder who they're really shopping for...

When you see customers like these in Westbury, NY with both Xbox 360's and PS3's, you start to wonder who they're really shopping for...

On Black Friday, no product is safe, like these bargain jeans at a clothing store.

On Black Friday, no product is safe, like these bargain jeans at a clothing store.

Someone didn't wear their rubber soles at this Washington, DC area Walmart.

Someone didn't wear their rubber soles at this Washington, DC area Walmart.

Customers camp out outside this New Jersey store in scenes reaching near Star Wars movie prequel proportions.

Customers camp out outside this New Jersey store in scenes reaching near Star Wars movie prequel proportions.

There's always a big Christmas toy that no one can get their hands on. This year it's Zhu Zhu Pets, battery-operated hamsters that you can dress in different outfits.

There's always a hot Christmas toy that no one can get their hands on. This year it's Zhu Zhu Pets, battery-operated hamsters that you can dress in different outfits.

Whether it’s a super deal on a flat screen HDTV or grabbing the latest hot toy that’s sure to sell out way before Christmas, Black Friday is a national tradition, even a holiday, whether you like it or not. Wait on a line at 3am or stay at home, but you can’t avoid the massive juggernaut known as Black Friday. It has become an unstoppable force all it’s own.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish my friends, family, and readers a Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for everyone that contributes to my life — whether that contribution is via information, entertainment, laughter, or love. I am grateful for all that you do to enrich my life throughout the year. I only hope that I send back just as much to your life in return.

Also, I’m thankful for turkey!

Sometimes turkey is really exciting. Like when I'm especially hungry!

Sometimes turkey is really exciting. Especially when I'm hungry!

Just a spoonful of sugar helps the Broadway storytelling go on

Broadway is all about telling a story

Broadway is all about telling a story.

Tonight Melissa went to see the musical Mary Poppins at a theater in the area that is what I can only assume California’s answer to Broadway.

While I’m sure seeing the touring productions of Broadway shows are an experience in themselves, I’ve always enjoyed (and only known) the Broadway version of, well, Broadway musicals. And I’ve enjoyed every one I’ve ever been to.

Being a native New Yorker, I’ve been fortunate enough to see many Broadway productions from The Lion King to Wicked,  from Ragtime to Phantom of the Opera, and from Les Miserables to RENT.

And while I usually have seen shows with friends, my family, or on a school class trip, I always wanted to keep seeing more.

Because while some people seemingly don’t “get” the whole Broadway thing, live theater draws me in because its all about telling a story. And the creative forces behind Broadway have found literally thousands of ways to tell a story.

A scene from the Broadway production of RENT.

A scene from the Broadway production of RENT.

Its similar to the way I am captivated by movies. I don’t just go for the popcorn, you know. (In fact, I recently gave up movie theater popcorn altogether, but that’s a story for another time.)

Its all about the story — finding about a certain character’s motivations, gleaming a lesson or two from character’s struggles to apply to my own life, watching how different colors or designs can move a story along.

Some people are content to get all of this out of books, but let’s face it, these days its all about the visual.

And there is nothing but colors and motivations and lessons on Broadway these days.

Anyway, I’m just happy to have found someone to go with me now who enjoys the storytelling as much as I do. Broadway, here we come!

Mets announce new pinstriped home uniform for 2010

The Mets' new home jersey debuts in 2010.

The Mets' new home jersey debuts in 2010.

The Mets announced that the team will wear a new pinstriped home uniform in the 2010 season that is inspired by the early years of the franchise:

The design combines new and old elements of Mets uniforms.

The Mets created the retro uniform following research and positive responses to the jerseys the 1969 World Champion Mets wore during their 40th anniversary celebration in August.

The natural color and pinstripes were staples of the original Mets uniform when the team debuted in 1962. The Mets will also continue to wear their white uniform at home with the black jerseys as an alternate.

The new jerseys will go on sale this Friday, November 27 at mets.com.

I’ve always liked the Mets pinstripes (reminds me of the ’86 team), so this announcement has got me pretty excited. Now let’s pick up a couple of key trades for next season.

And let’s hope the retro nod to the Mets past will help them win in the near future!

Bobby’s Burger Palace: A Review

Bobby's Burger Palace in Lake Grove, NY

Bobby's Burger Palace in Lake Grove, NY

On a whim today, I decided to try out the Bobby’s Burger Palace that is attached to my local mall.

Somehow it slipped my mind that BBP is Bobby Flay’s Fast Casual Burger Concept or what I have come to call The Right Way to Do Burgers.

I went to the Long Island location, but there are also two BBP’s in New Jersey and one in Connecticut.

Now you may or may not know Bobby Flay as an Iron Chef, from any of his famous restaurants, or for marrying actress Stephanie March (Law and Order: SVU), but let’s face it — none of that matters when you are hungry and just want a delicious burger.

And that’s exactly how I felt when I walked into the place.

I immediately noticed the unique interior design of the place.  A serpentine counter stretched from the front to the back of the place and comfortable green chairs with built-in footrests highlighted the earth-toned yellow-red-green color scheme of the place.

Bobby's Signature Burgers

Bobby's Signature Burgers

Two huge floor-to-ceiling menu boards listed the Bobby’s 10 Signature Burgers and sides. Each burger reflected a different region of the U.S. — from the Philadelphia Burger (Provolone/Grilled Onions/Hot Peppers) to the Miami Burger (Pressed with Ham/Swiss/Pickles/Mustard/Mayo) to the Napa Valley Burger (Fresh Goat Cheese/Watercress/Meyer Lemon Honey Mustard). Each burger can be made from either Black Angus Beef, Turkey, or Chicken.

The sides were equally mouthwatering, including standard french fries, sweet potato fries, and beer-battered onion rings. BBP also serves a Griddled Cheese and a Griddled Cheese Deluxe with Goat Cheese, as well as an assortment of sodas and shakes.

Flay’s Fast Casual concept basically means ordering your meal at the register, paying, and then having your food brought to you at your table. The whole idea sets the restaurant apart from your usual fast food burger place, yet at the same time ends up being a generally fast way to get your food.

I ordered the Dallas Burger (Spice Crusted/Coleslaw/Monterey Jack/BBQ Sauce/Pickles) but I had them hold the coleslaw, cause there’s just something about mayonnaise-soaked cabbage that doesn’t sit well with me. Sweet potato fries were my choice of side and I rounded it out with an iced tea.

You are given the choice to “crunchify” your burger (top it with potato chips) at no extra cost, apparently a Bobby Flay favorite. I didn’t want to be distracted by a massive mound of chips on top of my burger, so I skipped the free “cruchification.”

The food came to my table in the time it took to tweet and send a text message to my girlfriend about my excitement over my new find.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay

The burger was served on a fresh sesame-seed bun and was juicy with just the perfect combination of flavors. A carousel of Bobby Flay Signature Sauces was also nearby in case you wanted to add a Hot Pepper Sauce or Burger Sauce to your food.

The BBQ sauce that came with my Dallas Burger was tasting pretty good, so I decided to not mess with the intended mix of flavors. But I could imagine getting a plain cheeseburger for a dollar less and making my own creation with the sauces.

The sweet potato fries were presented in a tall stack inside a metal cylinder on top of a small plate, which definitely beats regular fries in a cardboard box. They came with a Honey Mustard Horseradish Sauce, which only had a hint of spice and that complimented the sweetness of the fries. All-in-all, it was a great meal.

While I can definitely give a thumbs-up to the Dallas Burger, I feel like I will have to stop by Bobby’s Burger Palace again sometime soon to try the rest of the Signature Burgers. Not to mention one of those shakes.

And I definitely have to see if I like goat cheese and watercress toppings by ordering that Napa Valley Burger. You don’t see those sort of toppings at your usual burger place!

BOTTOMLINE: Great concept, great interior, great food, great place. I’ll be back for sure!

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