Our trip to Philadelphia; Jai Wolf, Morimoto, and more!
1 month, 1 week ago
Jessica and I had a great 3-day trip to Philadelphia. It was a nice mix of business and recreation; Jess had a conference and I worked remotely from our hotel for 2 days.
On Thursday night, we went to a Jai Wolf concert at a venue called Union Transfer. Jai Wolf is a dance/electronic producer who also dabbles a bit in indie pop and rock. I originally thought we’d miss seeing him in Boston this weekend, but then we discovered that he was playing in Philly too. It was a good time, lots of good energy at this cool venue.
On Friday night, we enjoyed a nice dinner at Morimoto, a restaurant created by the eponymous iron chef. The restaurant looked incredible inside. Its appearance seemed to mimic what a good piece of sushi tastes like; smooth, delicate, complex, bright...you get the idea. Despite being owned by a famous chef, I thought the best things about this restaurant were the ambiance and the service. The food was good, but didn’t really beat out some other (cheaper) sushi restaurants we’ve been to. Overall, I’d still recommend Morimoto for a nice night out.
Saturday was Jess’s birthday. We woke up early and took a long walk through the city to sightsee. By dinner time, we were exhausted. We ended up getting a sandwich at a great place called The Foodery - a great place for beer drinkers. Then finished the night with a cocktail at the rooftop patio of a restaurant called The Continental.
We were very fortunate to receive a detailed list of Philadelphia restaurant and bar recommendations from a friend (Chris) of a friend (Casey). That list was really helpful. We used it a bunch. Thanks!
Before I sign off, I need to be realistic and note the unfortunate problem of homelessness and crime in Philadelphia. It’s definitely more in-your-face than any other city I’ve visited. Biker gangs patrol the streets, even in areas with a lot of business and tourist activity. There are plenty of people who are out on the sidewalks looking for trouble. And it’s sad to see so much poverty. You can’t really walk more than two blocks without being asked for a handout. I’d love to recommend visiting Philadelphia, but I’d give that recommendation a big asterisk - it’s only for the adventurous and the bold, particularly if you want to see the night life.
#TBT to a beautiful night in Colorado. Ryan and I got last minute tickets to see Ryan Adams at Red Rocks, definitely a once in a lifetime experience. The concert was great, just like the venue, and so was the company.
Camping on the beach in Montauk with Sharon and Brian. The beach is what I miss not living on Long Island.
While there are likely other "more important" things to post about, I choose to instead post this picture of delicious doughnuts from Castle Rock, CO. They tasted as good as they looked.
Colorado: Day four
1 year, 11 months ago
Jess and I visited Boulder on Tuesday morning. We walked up and down the main drag, Pearl Street, and then stopped in at a brewery which I don't remember the name of.
Then we drove to Denver and walked around the area known as "Lodo." We saw Union Station, and we stopped at a few bars/breweries/coffee shops. We particularly liked a brewery named Ratio (recommended to us by Mike). Right next door to Ratio is a good cafe named Crema.
After Denver, we went to Red Rocks for the Ryan Adams concert. Red Rocks was a great venue in many ways: sound quality, size of seats (or should I say standing space), visibility, even food/drink options. The concert was good. Ryan Adams wore a T-shirt from his own merchandise shop, leading me to believe that all of his own clothes were dirty prior to the show. The show had a nice mix of music and plenty of jam sessions. On a few occasions, he shredded guitar so hard that it caused lightning to strike behind the stage.
I didn't mention Jess's family in my last post about Colorado, but they were a big part of our trip. We spent a majority of our time with Jess's Uncle Paul, Aunt Jana, as well as her cousins, nieces, and nephews (of which there are many many many). They are a very friendly and welcoming bunch. The gang drove to Vail on the third day (Monday). We stopped at several scenic places along the way, including a spot on the Continental Divide. Vail is a ski town, but they do a good job at keeping the town alive during the warm months. We took a gondola to the top of the mountain, where there were various activities. We also spent time in the town areas, which felt like a cross between a giant ski lodge and a shopping mall.
On day one, we went on a tour of the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs. This was an interesting tour, but we thought the facilities looked a little dated.
On the second day, we took the Cog Railroad up to the top of Pike's Peak. The summit elevation was over 14,000 ft - and the temperature at the top was around 30 degrees (even though it was 80+ degrees at the base). There were good views from the top, and a lot of wind. The railroad ride was fun - it took about 90 minutes each way.
After the Cog Railroad, we spent some time in a town called Manitou, which was great. It was like a beach town (even though it obviously didn't have a beach).
Colorado Update One
1 year, 11 months ago
Our flight from Boston to Denver went well. There were several delays, but we rolled with it. I watched the Lego Batman movie on the flight - which was an overall bad movie, even though it made me want to play with Legos (so mission accomplished for the Lego folks I guess).
After arriving in our rental house, we only got a few hours of sleep - but I feel surprisingly rested.
Live update! While writing this post I got my first bloody nose (bloody_nose_count = 1).
Ryan's friend Matt got married in Rochester, NY so we decided to make it into a short road trip. We stopped at a few places along the way, saw some family and friends, and met some good new people.
Pictures from top left: impromptu tour of the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University, it was huge!; the largest breakfast I have ever accidentally ordered, at a diner we found along the way; 1AM casino run to Turning Stone where we kept our streak going by winning at Roulette; all dressed up for Matt's wedding
2 years, 7 months ago
On the way to Rochester this weekend, we stopped at Syracuse University and saw their campus. We were able to go into their empty stadium to take this picture. It is big for a college stadium.
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