Hello Mr. President

Giving a talk on Google Ad Grants.

Giving a talk on Google Ad Grants.

The conference ended at around 5pm so I had just a few hours of daylight left to check out the White House. I ran down New Jersey street from the Google office to see this:

US Capitol. Not to be confused with the White House.

US Capitol

Hmmm…this sure doesn’t look like the White House. I thought that there was a lawn. Where’s the lawn? And why is it so easy to access the front door? Aren’t they afraid of security issues? Meanwhile…huge sign blatantly in front of me that reads: US CAPITOL. It could’ve been flashing with neon lights with a dancing clown in front of it and I’d still miss it.

Instead I stood there for a good 5 minutes (ok, maybe more like 15 minutes) pondering about the mysterious disappearance of the lush lawn.

Lawn...where the hell is the lawn???

Lawn…where the hell is this lawn???

CRAP. This isn’t the White House. It’s the United States Capitol.

Yes, I’m handing back my US citizenship as we speak.

It’s the heat…I’ll blame it on the heat.

US Capitol

US Capitol. Not to be confused with the White House.

For dinner, I decided to head on over to Luke’s Lobster and ordered myself a Maine lobster roll and lobster bisque. Both very good! I was debating on two rolls but glad I talked myself out of it. I always think I can eat more than I can actually consume.

Luke's Lobster

Luke’s Lobster

UPDATE:

My last day. I will not go without seeing the White House. So here it is, would the real White House please stand up:

White House with lawn and all

White House with lawn and all

*lawn image source: wikipedia

Summer Nights In NYC

Warm Summer Night In NYC

Warm night out in NYC

Walking around in a summer dress at night just doesn’t happen in San Francisco. So, I’m taking full advantage of it here in NYC. I’m literally wearing all 5 dresses at once.

I met up with my friend Katie at Jing Fong for brunch. Jing Fong is a big staple here in NY. The place is huge and can probably host 3 Chinese weddings at once and you know Chinese people do not mess around when it comes to having large weddings. We’re talking 500 guests so you can only imagine how big this place is.

Jing Fong in Chinatown

Jing Fong in Chinatown

Afterwards we decided to do some shopping in Soho on Broadway St. where I proceeded to charge everything on my card as if it were monopoly money. What did I buy? More dresses that I can’t wear back in San Francisco of course.

On my way back to my apartment, I passed by Dominque Ansel Bakery. Wait…THE Domique Ansel Bakery? The one where the cronut craze all started? Where New Yorkers/foodies/tourists stood outside in the blizzard just to get a taste of? Yup, it sure was. The line wasn’t too bad so I decided to pop on inside. Unfortunately, they sold out of the cronut. Fortunately, they still had the frozen s’mores! Tastes just like ice cream with gooey marshmallows. For $7, I should’ve eaten the stick too.

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Frozen S'mores

Frozen S’mores

Finally, the Halal cart. The last time I had this was maybe 2 or 3 years ago when we were celebrating my friend’s 30th birthday out in NY. Best late night food to cure a night of binge drinking ever.

Catching the train to get Halal Cart

Catching the train to get Halal Cart

Yes, I know this picture is blurry, but it’s my interpretation of the fast paced lifestyle here in NY. Everyone here has somewhere to go and always seems to be in such a hurry. Well…that or I may have lost my balance while trying to snap a picture while holding 2 large bags.

Asked to wave hi to my friends back home.

Asked him to wave hi to my friends back home.

Tomorrow is my last day here in NY. Then I’m off on a 3 hour train ride to DC!

Eat, Drink, Sleep

Ipuddo Ramen

Ipuddo Ramen

Lather, rinse, repeat. That seems to be the pattern here in NY. Is it possible to gain 15 lbs in just one day? Yes, yes you can. I ate waaaay too much today. First up, Ippudo Ramen. Only the most highly rated reviewed restaurant in NY and I got seated almost immediately.

“Yes, that would be a table for one please.”

“One? Oh, right this way.”

“What? No 1 – 2 hours wait?”

“Nope. Follow me.”

The perks of being single! I wanted to do the VIP walk as I passed by all of the lovely couples looking like they were going to eat their arms off from waiting too long. Singledom wins!

Ipuddo Ramen

Ipuddo Ramen

It was a hot and muggy day. So I decided to head over to Momofuku’s Milk Bar to treat myself to a nice cereal milk ice cream. Oh. My. God. Where has this ice cream been all of my life? I also ordered some cookies to go as gifts for some of my friends back home. It may or may not make it home. No promises.

Momo's Cereal Milk Soft Serve

Momo’s Cereal Milk Soft Serve

I walked all the way home like a happy kid with my ice cream cup. When I got home, I realized I only had 1 and a half hours left to get ready before dinner started again. I was meeting up with my friends Katie and Andy over at Nomad. I ordered the duck aaaaand…there was not a single thing left on that plate by the time I was done with it. I almost ate the plate, but then the waitress had to pry it out of my hands.

Duck at Nomad

Duck at Nomad

Yes, I realize the Nomad picture is pretty shitty. Fancy restaurants are always dark and I can never see what I’m eating. It would be so unclassy of me to turn on my flash so just try to imagine what it would actually look like.

My stomach cannot fit anymore food at the moment. Oh happy day!

I <3 NY

My home for the next few days in Greenwich Village

My home for the next few days in Greenwich Village

And I’m back in NY! I think the last time I was in NY was last year, but it went by way too fast. Luckily I am traveling for work, so thanks Google for this opportunity to pass through NY and on to DC. In return, I am speaking at a nonprofit conference though, so there’s some work to be done. But…the weekend will be all play and no work!

Is it weird that I no longer think 5 hours flights are long? I was completely jet-lagged though when I stepped off the plane. I just wanted to get a cab and go to my apartment and pass out for like 8 hours.

Aaaaaaand an hour later I arrived at my apartment in the West Village. Gotta love New York traffic.

Shake Shack Burger in Madison Square

Shake Shack Burger in Madison Square

Food. What to eat, where to eat, and when to eat it. That’s all I think about when I wake up in NY. Today, I grabbed a burger over at Shake Shack. Arguably the best fast food burger that exists. I know, I know…some people will say it’s In and Out but I think you like what you don’t have and we don’t have Shake Shack on the West Coast. Some other spots that I plan on hitting up in New York:

Nomad

Ipuddo Ramen

Halal Guys (I will probably order like 5 of these and stock up for the weekend breakfast)

I’m sure I’ll think of more places throughout the weekend. After inhaling a burger, I headed over to Time Square to get tickets to Jersey Boys. Time Square was pretty much a shit show. People, people everywhere. I just wanted to run out of there screaming my head off.

Time Square

Time Square

SO many people!

SO many people!

I slept in until 8 today and then had to scramble to get to a meeting with our partners in DC/NY. SO good. Oh, also my genius self decided to watch a horror movie before coming out to NY, so I pretty much slept with all the lights on in the apartment. The apartment is gorgeous, except for this hanging above the head of my bed:

Why???

Oh dear god, why?!?

I ask whhhhhy?!? Twins already freak me out enough from when I saw The Shining. Why would anybody hang not one, but two pictures of a boy with his back turned? Call it art or whatever, but it’s scaring the bejeezus out of me.