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Shopping, Bathtub Gin og Gotham Comedy Club

Man kan ikke reise til New York uten å teste maxgrensen på kredittkortet; nå skulle det shoppes til den store gullmedaljen.

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Men før shopping må man fylle opp kroppen med shoppingenergi. Vi stakk derfor innom vår lokale Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company.

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På vei ned til t-banen begynte det å regne, og da vi dukket opp i shoppingområdet høljet det ned.

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Første stopp var Victoria’s Secret i Lexington Avenue. Vidar inntok sin rolle som sekke- og posebærer og støtteapparat.

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Photo Credits: commons.wikimedia.org

En full handlepose senere fortsatte turen til Bloomindale’s. På Bloomies var målet kjoler av Ralph Lauren.

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Etter Bloomies fant vi NikeTown hvor det ble både joggesko og treningsklær.

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Etter flere timer med shopping dro vi tilbake til vårt eget området, og Chelsea Market. Ettersom det regnet hunder og katter, revnet papirhandleposene da vi kom inn på markedet. Papirposer ser elegant ut, men de holder dårlig i regnvær.

Vi var både tørste og sultne og søkte ly hos Giovanni Rana. Vi fant våre plasser ved baren, hvor vi endte opp med øl og drinker og litt mat. Marielle fikk en liten øldusj også da bartenderen glemte å fikse tappekranen etter et tønnebytte. Til gjengjeld ble vi kjent igjen fra forrige gang.

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Vi avluttet med iskrem hos L’Arte del Gelato.

På vei hjem fra Chelsea Market passerte vi Stone Street Coffee Company. Det er plass til fire gjester i lokalet, men det faktum at kafèen hadde en dørvakt gjorde lokalet mer interessant enn normalt.

Først måtte vi hjem med shoppingposer, samt kle oss i vårt peneste tøy. Da vi kom tilbake til kafèen måtte vi vise legitimasjon. Det er tross alt 18 års aldersgrense på kafèer i USA. Marielle hadde glemt sin leg hjemme, så vi måtte hjem en tur til før vi endelig slapp inn.

Photo Credits: www.tripadvisor.com (SpringboroAtty, Apr 2014)
Photo Credits: www.tripadvisor.com (SpringboroAtty, Apr 2014)

Bak en «hemmelig» dør finner man Bathtub Gin, en av flere såkalte «smuglerbarer» i New York.

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Photo Credit: travelbrowsingwithdeb.com

gin was the predominant drink in the united states during the prohibition-era 1920’s and many variations were created. «baththub gin» was developed in response to the poor-quality of alcohol that was available at the time; because of the 18th amendment specifically prohibited the sale or manufacture of distilled alcohol, producers of gin were forced to use denatured alcohol. by mixing it with other flavorings, such as juniper berries, and allowing the mixture to steep in a tub for several hours or even days, the gin became more drinkable.

however, the process for converting denatured or wood alcohol into consumable form was not always reliable – some batches of «baththub gin» were genuinely poisonous, and the consumption of wood alcohol often led to blindness or even death.

producers of «baththub gin» understood how undrinkable their product would be, so they encouraged bartenders at hidden bars and clubs to create their own recipes for cocktails. still today, straight gin is not usually served on its own, since it tends to be extremely dry. gin is often mixed with tonic water, vermouth or fruit juices to make it more palatable.

Den eneste ledige plassen i lokalet var i selve badkaret, og det delte vi med et annet par.

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Etter noen drinker i den hemmelige baren fortsatte vi til Gotham Comedy Club, en av de mer kjente og beste stand-up klubbene i New York.

Glass Half Full Comedy is brought to you by:

Alex Barnett
As the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman (who converted to Judaism) and the father of a 3-year old, Biracial son, Alex focuses on the challenges of being a parent in a bad economy and the issues that confront interracial families.  Alex has been featured on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Raw Dog Comedy,” NBC’s EVB Live, ComedyTime TV, RT TV America and NYC-TV and in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com.  In 2011, he won the 12th Annual Gilda’s Club (Northern NJ) Laugh-Off.

Dan Enfield
Combining outrageously raunchy observations, biting insights into the absurdities of modern living, and the occasional poorly placed pun with an in-your-face stage presence, Daniel Enfield has quickly become one of the most recognizable faces in comedy.   Originally from Miami, Dan began his comedy work while at the University of Colorado.  In 2007, he was one of several comedians featured at Denver’s Oriental Theater for a performance called The Bad Boys of Jewish Comedy. In the days that have followed, Dan has performed at clubs and colleges across the country, including The Miami Improv, Syracuse University, Denver University, The University of Colorado Boulder and Florida International University.  Since 2009, Dan has been a resident of New York, a city he has embraced and which has embraced him.

Max Neuman
Max Neuman is a rising comedian and writer, born and raised in New York City.  Max wants to make clear that he is not from Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, or Connecticut, all of which seem like very nice places to have been born and raised, too.  So nice, in fact, that Max wonders why people from those places say they are from New York City instead.  When Max is not wondering about that, he performs at clubs, bars, and his studio apartment, a masterful space that quadruples as a living room, bedroom, home office, and practice stage.

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Det ble flere drinker på Gotham, så da vi passerte Dallas BBQ på vei hjem ropte fyllemagen etter drunken food. Da servitrisen spurte om vi ville ha liten øl, stor øl eller Texas øl var svaret enkelt.

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