Year 2018 – Day 104

NYC adventure time. Went to the Mets game yesterday with some friends. It was my first game there this season. It was a back and forth game and more action than the Indians game I went to in Cleveland. The weather was amazing. It was in the 60s and light breeze. I didn’t eat anything before the game and got some ballpark fair. When I got there I got two hot dogs and a pretzel to hold me over since I was basically starving. Then I got a pastrami sandwich that I spend a while in line for, but it was worth it. I actually caught a foul ball at the game. I gave it to a kid that was near me since I’m not going to do anything with a baseball. It was pretty cool feeling. Got a nice applause from the crowd. I’m also glad I was able to finally catch a ball. When I was younger I went to a Mets game at old Shea stadium and was upper 300/400 behind homeplate (can’t remember exactly) and missed catching a foul ball. I was eating a hot dog at the time and it literally went a row or two behind me. I thought I would never live that down, but I got to redeem myself.

This was also the first time I took LIRR to the game. The train platform was packed, but most of the people waiting were heading westbound and I was heading east. I got home just after midnight and went to sleep.

Today I woke up early and took a train back to NYC to meet up with some friends from Cali. We got brunch in Washington Heights. They used to live in Washington Heights and I used to live in the Bronx, so it was kind of a trip to our old neighborhood. Nothing in that area has changed much, besides a Sbarro being there and the McDonald’s looking modern.

For brunch, I got the stuffed crepes and a Mimosa because I was trying to be somewhat healthy – keyword somewhat. It was pretty good. After brunch, we went to the Natural Museum of Science. Since it was the weekend, we had to navigate the lovely MTA and all of it’s glory. We took a total of 3 trains to get to the museum when on a normal day it would have just been one. Thank you MTA, thank you so much.

I haven’t been to the museum in years. The only thing I remember is the dinosaur when you enter and the whale. We spend a lot of time walking around and looking at most of the museum. We didn’t get any exhibit tickets so we couldn’t check out all of it. It was really fun and I got my money’s worth ($5 mwahahah).

After the museum, we went our separate ways. I was going to head down to Chelsea Market for some tacos, but MTA weekend schedule struck again. There were no downtown trains at the museum stop. I walked from 81st down to 59th and caught a train to Penn Station instead. I got some Shake Shack instead.

Now I’m home and have to get ready for my next adventure.

Year 2018 – Day 99

Cleveland vacation is over. Got back home earlier this afternoon. Time to summarize the remainder of my trip.

Saturday went to brunch with some friends to SoHo in Ohio City. They give you some biscuits with butter and jam to start. They were really good. I got the hush pups and gravy, side of bacon and washed it down with a Tee Time. It was really delicious. I would recommend this place again. You definitely have to get there once they open or make some reservations. The house hot sauce was really good. It’s for sale as well.

After brunch we went to the west side market near by. I would definitely go there in the future to get some food. Lots of different foods and pretty reasonable prices.

Later in the afternoon, I went bowling with some friends. I haven’t bowled in years. I bowled like crap the first game, but turned it around the second game. After bowling we hit up the arcade in the back. I spent $20 to get $3 worth of candy. Totally worth it.

For dinner, we picked up some Boneyard and went over to another friends house to hang out. I got chicken parm over penne. It wasn’t too bad. We ate dinner there and watched the end of the Blue Jackets game. After that we went back home to chill. Played some video games and had a peanut butter canoli from West Side Market.

Sunday morning, my friend made us breakfast. We had pancakes and maple bacon from West Side Market. I ate a ton of pancakes and my weight in bacon. For lunch, we went downtown to Mable. I got the pork ribs with potatoes as a side. The ribs were really good. They just fell off the bones. The house sauces weren’t that bad either. The Mabel sauce is mustard based.

After lunch, we went to watch a hockey game at the Q. We saw the Cleveland Monsters vs San Antonio Rampage. It was pretty good game. The home team lost, but I got to see a bunch of goals and some fights.

We got some dinner on the way home. We went to Dewey’s Pizza in Lakewood. I got the seasonal pie Ballpark. It tasted just like a ballpark hotdog. It wasn’t that bad.

Today I ate the left over pizza and headed to the airport. It was easy to get thru security. Took a nap on the plane, but woke up because it was really hot in the cabin for some reason. Took two trains then walked home and now my vacation is over.

Time to rest up for my next adventure. Stay tuned!

Year 2018 – Day 97

Day two in The Land. Went to the Indians home opener yesterday. Started the day off with a beer. Went over to Crust for lunch before the game. Love that place. Got stuffed banana peppers and a pepperoni slice.

After Crust, went to pregame at City Tap downtown. Walked around downtown then went to the game. Progressive Field is setup pretty nicely. There is an outside bar area that will be the place to be in the summer.

The game was pretty fun. It was really cold though. All the action happened in the first inning and nothing else after. I got to see Andrew Miller in relief which was nice.

After the game, we got Dickey’s for dinner. It is a BBQ restaurant. I got pulled pork with spicy sausage, mac and cheese and fries. It was pretty tasty. Their original sauce was pretty good too. After eating I promptly passed out for the night.

Year 2018 – Day 96

Adventure time! This time I went to Cleveland to visit some friends. Took a mid-afternoon nonstop flight there. Had to take an early train because due to scheduling. Left my apartment around 10am to get some breakfast then walked to the train station. Got the airport around 12:15pm and waited around until my flight. JFK was nice and easy. Spend a bunch of time people watching before my flight.

My flight was pretty fast. Only 90 minutes or so. It was a small regional plane so I had to duck my head when walking in it and it was kinda cramped since I’m a fat ass.

Got to the airport and my friend picked me up. We went back to his house to drop off my stuff and wait for one of his friends. Then a group of us went to the Cavs – Wizards game. It was my first game at the Q. It was really fun and the atmosphere was nice. We got club seats so we got a waitress that would take our order. Before sitting down, I got some Bar Simon. Got a Polish Boy, some Lola fries and a beer to start the night. During the game I got some nachos, double JD and Pepsi and a hot dog. On the way out there were giving out Takis, so I got some of those for a snack.

The game was really good. The Wizards were up 15 in the 3rd, but the Cavs fought back and made some key defensive stops in the 4th to seal the win.

Today is another day of sports and food. Going to the Indians home opener.

Year 2018 – Day 91

Yesterday woke up and drove to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to meet up with some family friends for get together.  The drive was pretty quick.  Took me about 3.5 hours with a quick gas pitstop.

We went to an Indian buffet for lunch.  Love me some chicken tikka.  I got two plates of food and fought the itis pretty bad.  Then went back to chill at the AirBNB.

When on vacation I eat a bunch apparently.  I had two plates of food at lunch and then had two dinners.  Had some tacos from a Mexican place and then some Pho from a noodle place.  Then kept eating to see if I could blow up like a tick.  Had some tea, cake, Tim Tams and other desserts.  Watched the Final Four and called it a night.

Today went to Federal Taphouse for a brunch.  They had a lot of beers on tap.  I got the breakfast sandwich with bacon and it was pretty good.  After brunch, I headed back home.  There was a a few delays once I got closer to NY.  Once I got home, I passed out for a few hours. I gotta rest up for my next adventure.