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Goooooooo Team! And by team we mean TIGERS! Wednesday night I went to the Tigers/Mets game at Citifield with six other native Detroiters and one kid from Florida. Yep. Unfortunately the Tigers were creamed. CREAMED. 5-0. But it was fun; we had things to eat, badges to earn on Foursquare, cheers to cheer, and lots of people to look at. Baseball too. And we got giant foam fingers! First, the food:

Here’s Abhishek’s hot dog with lots of things on it:

I don’t even know what all that is. Onions? Japalenos? Relish? Out of control. And now here is a vat of cheese:

Also out of control. Finally, my pulled pork sammie from Blue Smoke:

Erm, delicious. Only the slightest hint of barbeque sauce and only the slightest hint was needed. And there were pickles. How come I’ve never been to Blue Smoke before? It’s on the list now.

And now, me and my friends:

It’s an accomplishment to get an awesome group of 8 at the same place at the same time. Nice work, team. :) Have a good weekend!

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My friend Julianne and I had the BEST time last Friday night. Yes, I was sick, but I had been given tickets to the Knicks game and they were not about to go to waste.

I’ve been to one Knicks game before – last December vs. Detroit, and those tickets were nosebleeds. This time, it was a whole new ballgame. Even though we had our own seats from my friend Manny, he informed us of two better seats that would be open during the game and told us to sit there instead. And they were good. We felt sweet. Look at how close we were:

On top of that, during the game we were miraculously (somehow, totally random by coincidence only and not because we knew the person picking the winner at all) chosen as the “Lucky Fans” of the game.

What did this mean?

It means Manny came over and personally escorted us from our seats to the DJ booth. It means we had to climb over these railings (seriously, that was odd) and stand with the broadcast girl and the promo guy with a giant sign behind us that said, “Lucky Fan.” It means a promo girl was throwing confetti at us while we were put on the JUMBROTRON and the broadcast girl announced us, by name, as the winners for some college basketball tickets at MSG.

Hello, New York:

Yep, there we are, famous.

It was so weird. I didn’t know where I was supposed to look and if it would be stupid for me to wave, but I waved anyway. It’s a really weird feeling to know your face is on the giant screen that mostly everyone in the Garden is looking at. Weird and AWESOME!

The best part was that Julianne had never even been to a Knicks game before and she’s a huge basketball fan, so there she was with great seats and then guess what, she’s a lucky fan of the game.

It was awesome.

Also awesome because the Clippers lost and the Knicks won, in the craziest fourth quarter matchup I’ve ever seen. Go Knicks!

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I may have lied about last week being the end of City Mitten: Detroit version, cause here I am about to talk about the Detroit Red Wings. That’s right, last night they played against the New York Rangers here at Madison Square Garden.

First, let me tell you about Madison Square Garden.

1) It is the ugliest building you’ve ever seen in your life. If you’ve ever seen pictures of the old Penn station they idiotically demolished in the 60’s, your heart will ache with sadness when you see what stands in its place today. Hid. E. Ous.

2) So far I had been at MSG only twice. First: nosebleed tickets to Coldplay‘s free show last year. Second: nosebleeds tickets to the Pistons/Knicks not free game last year. We could not see anything. So we moved around and eventually settled in the lower area, which was great, but all to say, you do not want to be too far back at MSG.

So yesterday when I picked up my tickets (from a friend who works for the NHL, holla) and she told me they were in a suite, I’m not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed. I thought that for sure I’d be watching the whole game on a tiny TV in a crowded room.

Well, my dears, that was not the case. There was practically nobody our suite and I’d venture that we had a better view than probably a third of the people in the arena. This suite hung almost directly over the ice so we were actually pretty close. And it was on the lowest level of suites, which was also the same level as many regular seats. So, I was pleased.

And then the Wings took the ice.

Rangers scored first, which was lame.

But then the Wings game back with a goal. And then another. And then one more in the final seconds, just for fun. Wings win 3-1. What up, New York.

Welcome to Hockey Town.

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For the record, I don’t always eat like crap. I post a lot of pictures of sweets and nonsense but I actually eat a substantial amount of healthy food. Breakfast, for example:

fruits

Delicious. Peaches, plums, blackberries and raspberries; all from the farmer’s market. I love fruit.

The rest of the day, though… not so much.

Is it okay to be kind of drunk by 6 o’clock on a Tuesday? I think so. I actually don’t drink a lot, but sometimes, when things are crazy, a drink (or two) sounds really nice. Tuesday was one of those days.

My friend Joe picked me up after work (yay, riding in cars!) and we went to Pala on the Lower East Side. Mmm pizza.

fancypizza

This is the bufala cruda: buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato sauce, fresh basil and prosciutto. This is very good. I’m a huge Grimaldi’s fan, but I’m going to say Pala is right up there on my list. It’s just got a little more style (and you need a few more dollar bills, naturally).

We sat at a table on the sidewalk and the best part was when double decker tour buses would roll by. By the way, since when do they go on Allen street? Interesting. But they would stop at the light and look at us and I, with interesting wine glass in hand, would look back at them and say ridiculous things (mainly only audible for me and Joe) like, “Welcome to New York. I’m having fabulous pizza and drinking wine. You’re on a bus.” It was funny – at least to me, as I was the one with the wine. And of course, when you’re on the LES, you get nothing but interesting folks walking by. Joe was one of them. He went to put more change in the meter and when I saw him walking back I burst into laughter because he was wearing his aviators and it was clearly not sunny out anymore.

After Pala, we ventured over to the Levee in Williamsburg and he kicked my ass in Connect Four. Humiliated me. I probably won three of 20 games. My Connect Four skills have room for improvement.

goforit

Beer, cheeseballs and Connect Four. Such is life at 7pm on a Tuesday night. :)

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