A visit from a parental
My dad came to visit this weekend. It was a lot of fun and we planned it just right. For many years my dad and I have always gone to the car show in Utah every January. It is something we always look forward to. The past two years we have not been able to go due to several factors and items that got in the way. We planned it so my dad and I could go the New York International Car Show over the weekend. It was a lot of fun and I am glad we got to go. We got to see a lot of pretty awesome cars.
It is always fun to take pictures of cars I can’t afford! The car show in Utah has been on a gradual decline over the years. They never have any exciting cars there anymore. The NY show was filled with about every new car and concept car imaginable. It was great.
We did some exploring and finished off the afternoon with a few doughnuts from Doughnut Plant, ranked as some of the best doughnuts in the country. All I can say is that I agree with the ranking.
Yesterday a few friends and I ventured down to the city to try a few places out and do some exploring. All week long we had this planned so I kept watching the weather in hopes we would have okay temperatures. All week long we were supposed to be at nearly 50 degrees but when it actually came down to it, it was freezing!
We had a late lunch at the Burger Joint. This unkept secret is located behind the ceiling to floor red curtain in the back corner of the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in NYC. You notice a quick change in scenery when you step inside the literal hole in the wall. The change from 4-star hotel to super old and grungy burger joint is pretty fun. You know the food has got to be great when the menu is hand written with Sharpie markers on a piece of cardboard. (“Cash only”, has also proven to be a pretty good indicator as well that the place has pretty good food.) They try to keep the line moving quickly so you have to be ready to order when it is your turn. If you are not ready they will quickly send you to the back of the line.
The burger is simple and very delicious. I have always been a fan of In-n-Out Burger and the burger here somewhat reminded me of In-n-Out. They don’t have any special sauces or anything out of the ordinary about their burgers. You simply pick between a regular burger or a cheeseburger and then you select your toppings and condiments. I chose lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup and mayo. I opted out the mustard and onions. This place is a pretty big tourist type place but I would definitely wait in line again to get another burger. Their fries were also surprisingly delicious.
We then ventured down to the south side of the city and grabbed some dessert at Doughnut Plant. The modern styled interior was cool and the doughnuts even cooler! They had so many different flavors. I wanted to try all of them! Based on the recommendation from the girl at the register I tried the Oatmeal doughnut. It was awesome. I also got a Tres Leches doughnut that was also very delicious. Honestly, they were the best doughnuts I have ever had. I have never been a doughnut fan, but if all doughnuts were like this then I would be. There is a Dunkin Donuts on nearly every corner out here in the east and honestly, their doughnuts taste like cardboard. Any place that sells square shaped doughnuts has got to be worth at least a try, right? I give this place 5 stars!
Anyways, I try to maintain a fairly healthy diet but I have learned that when I go down to the city I can’t count calories. I just figure that I am walking enough while I am there that I am hopefully burning some of the calories off.