turn on the bright lights

December 11th, 2012 / by / in: travel / 3 Responses

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A million years ago, sometime during the summer, Mike and I went to NYC for the weekend. It, like most of our trips, had no specific purpose. (Unless eating and drinking counts as a purpose.)

I don’t usually include a lot of hotel photos but am this time just because the hotel we stayed at (the Conrad) was weirdly nice. Especially for what I paid to stay there (zero dollars, thanks Hilton HHonors points!). I’ve stayed at some pretty nice hotels in NYC (The Bryant Park Hotel is probably my favourite) so I was surprised — even though Mike and I both have status with Hilton, I don’t really like staying at their hotels. But I do always like it when hotels include my name on the in-room tvs.

Just a note: all the photos in this entry were taken with my iPhone 4.

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The room had a sitting area with a couch, desk, and tv, and a separate bedroom area. The decor was vaguely Asian, with lots of wood and sliding doors. In between the two areas was a wet bar, with a Nespresso machine, and a sink.

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Also kind of Asian: having individual rooms for the toilet and the shower!

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An insanely massive shower that could probably fit an entire family. An entire, weird family.

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The bed area

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The view from the window

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Mike doing some laptop-ing in the sitting area.

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I didn’t mention the best part of this hotel. THERE IS A SHAKE SHACK ATTACHED TO IT.

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We ate at Momofuku, which I guess is no longer interesting, since there’s now a Momofuku in Toronto.

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Blah blah blah, Momofuku ramen.

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Random meal of pintxos — unlike Momofuku ramen, they’re something you still can’t get in Toronto.

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Also to file under “things we don’t have in Toronto:” YAKITORI! Fun, delicious, and cheap.

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Because we were in St. Mark’s Place already, we went to Decibel, a Japanese bar.

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More fun in St. Mark’s Place: Japadog! I know it’s a Vancouver import, but hey, Japanese hot dogs.

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Japanese curry is one of my favourite foods. And it’s even better if you put cheese on top of it.

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And that’s it! Just a small entry of hotel and food pictures. We actually ate almost all of our meals either in the St. Mark’s area (it’s a Japanese food wonderland) or at Shake Shack. I’ve had lots of trips to NYC where I mostly ate in fancy restaurants, but I love cheap yakitori and beer just as much as I love Michelin stars.


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