Feb 2012 04

As I have mentioned before, I am obsessed with the amazingness and culinary goodness of the Breakfast Taco. Here in New York that passion is one fraught with frustration due to the severe lack of options when I’m fighting a craving. But, this morning, my self and two good friends walked the Williamsburg Bridge to see if a new entrant to the Breakfast Taco scene in NYC might rival my previous conclusion that the best Breakfast Tacos in New York were at Lobo (see the original post HERE)

Whirly Bird (254 S. 2nd Street – Williamsburg) is a pretty simple place with only two things for your consumption: espresso and Breakfast Tacos. And, as their signs claim, both are top notch.

First up was the appropriately named “The #1″ which featured scrambled eggs, oaxaca cheese, homemade salsa on a crispy corn tortilla w/jalepano chips and some of the best chorizo I’ve had outside of Texas.

Secondly was the monstrosity known as “The Waldorf” which took “The #1″ to a whole new level by adding another crispy corn tortilla and swapping the scrambled eggs for a perfectly fried egg right in the middle of the yummy goodness.  It’s presentation was great, as was its taste, but the practicality of eating it was a little bit suspect due to its size, but the overflow of toppings made for a nice pool of scrumptiousness waiting in the basket to finish off with a fork.

Even though Jeff the owner isn’t from the south (he’s from CT), he is considering adopting the slogan of “Don’t Mess with Breakfast” and is doing his part to bring smiles to the faces of folks with a passion for the growing cravings of hipsters and southern transplants alike, the oh-so-wonderful Breakfast Taco.

Feb 2012 06

Growing up reading the Guiness Book of World Records,”I currently hold two world records” is a phrase I never thought I’d be able to say. But, as of last week and the official verification from judges at RecordSetter, it’s true. I now hold two world records, both having to do with Pocket Squares.

The very kind folks at Eton of Sweden were nice enough to let me use their gorgeous boutique at 58th and Madison for these record setting attempts as well as supply the Pocket Squares (my favorite place to add to my Pocket Square collection. Eton has some amazing new things coming this spring and fall.) Being surrounded by that much classy fashion, there was no way I could fail.

The first record: Most Pocket Squares Worn in 30 Seconds

The second record: Most Pocket Squares Worn At Once

Now that I’ve taken the plunge and have two of my very own world records (until someone breaks them), my mind has started to race with other records I can create/set/break.

What about you? Was set/break world record on your 2012 resolution list? Is it now?

Feb 2012 09

Yesterday on Forbes I wrote about The Curse of “Maybe” and the amount of time that gets wasted in business and life when someone says “Maybe” when everyone knows that the real answer is “No.”

I even managed to squeeze in this scene from Dumb & Dumber which illustrates the point beautifully:

Feb 2012 11

I turned 30 yesterday. And for about 30 hours, it was one surprise after another and I feel pretty safe saying, even though I’m still on a high from it all, it was one of the best birthdays ever.

The night before my birthday, Annie some how got us a 7:45 reservation at the best steak house in New York, Peter Luger. We treated ourselves by taking Uber (my favorite location based app – so useful) out to Williamsburg and we sat down for an incredible dinner. The steak for two was some of the best steak I’ve ever had and the German potatoes and cream spinach took the meal over the top.

We get home from this great dinner and were talking through the final details of what all needs to happen on the actual day of my birthday to get ready for having people over for a little birthday party. Then there is a knock at the door. I wasn’t  expecting anyone so I slowly got up to see who it was. When I opened the door, my sister Katie (who lives in Dallas) was standing there and yelled “Happy Birthday!” It took me over 10 seconds of both her and Annie saying Happy Birthday and laughing for me to even eek out a word. I was so surprised.

The really fun part is that Katie and I share a birthday. On my 2nd birthday, instead of the box of crayons I asked for, I got a little sister instead. And, it has been the best birthday present ever. Not only is Katie my sister, but she is one of my best friends ever. It was so much fun to have here in NYC for OUR birthday.

As the final appetizers were being laid out, there was another knock at the door. It was about two hours early for anyone to be here for the party so I assumed it was someone from the apartment building. When opened the door, my Dad was standing there and yelled “Happy Birthday!” He had been on the east coast for work and took a train up from Princeton, NJ to surprised both Katie and I.  Amazing.

And, after a full day of awesome messages and friends from around the world tweeting, texting, and posting on Facebook, some of my favorites in NYC swung by the apartment for one of the most fun birthday parties I’ve ever had, including another amazing friend, Adrienne Barber, flying up from Dallas and being the THIRD surprise guest.  As I looked around the room and the conversations happening all around, I waspumped and so grateful to have the friends that I do.

Most of the time the morning after a birthday party, there is quite a bit of gatorade and more than a few advil. But this morning, I’m still smiling from the amazing day and the incredible friends that were a part of it.

Don’t Check Your Phone
Feb 2012 13

While celebrating Valentine’s Day last night with my better half, I couldn’t help but notice that just about all of the other couples in our section of the restaurant seemed to be having alternating twitches under the table and a recurring bluish glow on their faces throughout dinner. Upon a closer look, my fears were confirmed: their smart phone addiction was getting in the way of dinner.

The Top Five Reasons You Should Not Check Your Phone While On Your Valentine’s Date Tonight…. HERE