Posts Tagged ‘Hoboken NJ’
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated 1 week earlier in my town. This feast is infamous for binge drinking, intoxication and all night debauchery mostly by 20 something idiots who still think its cool to be passed out on a random street in Hoboken.
So my building’s management thought they would release a memo warning against public drunkenness and all the chaos attached to it.
You’re fined $2000 + community service for
Public urination. Clearly these people have never been to the Philippines. I should supply them with those pink urinals you find on sidewalks along EDSA. I’d make a lotta money from St. Patty’s day!
While you are living it up in the desert, I am STILL stuck in winter wonderland. As we enter the month of March, we’re still packing it in with deceptively pretty powder white precipitation. Good news: we were sent home early today…yay! Bad news: it was horrendous in the commute home…boo! So I thought I’d make my walk home worthwhile and show you the huge flakes falling and continuing to fall as I share this with you.
This is Washington Street (Hoboken’s main street) about to be blanketed in snow. I think you can imagine how tomorrow morning will look like…
These next ones were taken from the park I cut through to get home. Pretty surreal to see this park deserted.
I passed by the supermarket to stock up on food and buy some chocolate tablets for hot chocolate! Then I remembered I gave up anything chocolate for Lent. Booooo!
Hope your trip is going well…AND SAFE. I have to admit that I’m missing our morning chats. So come home soon!
UPADTE: Thought I’d give you a glimpse of the after math. This was taken from my apartment window so please ignore my window’s screen mesh.
Since I moved to this quaint little town, I’ve relied on this equally quaint little bakery for all my cake and dessert needs.
Carlo’s Bakery has been around since 1910. They’re known for their wedding cakes but I think they have pretty amazing dessert cakes and pastries. Here is my sorry attempt to show you their yummy products.
I liked the fact that this was a local destination which remained a loosely kept secret among residents. So imagine my unpleasant surprise when I walked to the bakery and found this.
I discovered that Carlo’s Bakery no longer belongs to the loyal residents of Hoboken. It’s now public property (no) thanks to this.
Buddy Valastro, the owner of Carlo’s Bakery and a fourth generation baker is now a reality TV star. He stars in TLC’s hit reality show Cake Boss. The cameras follow Valastro and his family as they run their Hoboken based bakery. His big Italian personality, his famiglia ties and his successful bakery business are the perfect ingredients for a hit reality tv drama. Think The Real Housewives with an obscene amount of flour. Since the show, Carlo’s bakery has been swamped by camera-armed tourists waiting for a photo op with Hoboken’s favorite baker.
I think it’s a thrilling sight to see when you don’t have to line up to buy your cake. Otherwise, we’re just going to have to suck it up, fall in line and accept that you can’t anymore have your cake and eat it too…corny!
After your cyber declaration to take up knitting I thought I’d show you what I have right on the corner of my apartment. It’s called Patricia’s Yarns. It’s a cozy little shop nestled in the heart of Hoboken where you can find the best yarns which Patricia (the owner) hand picked in her many travels. She’s also created an inviting little space for avid knitters to meet regularly and well, knit. Think Meg Ryan’s quaint children’s bookstore in You’ve Got Mail only yarn instead of books.
As I was saying, she hosts knitting groups where men (you’ll be surprised) and women gather around her table to knit and chat and have some wine and knit some more. I pass her shop every night on my way home and its always filled with happy people just knitting away. Every time I pass the shop I always toy with the idea of learning how to knit.
So imagine my delight when I read that you were going to learn! You have to admit, we have been surfing on the same wave length lately…creepy! Anyway, check out her website and take a look-see. If there is anything that you fancy, let me know and I’ll bring it home with me. It will also be a good excuse for me to visit that charming little shop on the corner.
Did you wonder where all the italians were today? Wonder no more. They all came out of the woodwork to partake in the street fair to celebrate St. Anne’s Festival. My new apartment is in the italian part of Hoboken and the epicenter of the street part-eh. I dread trying to fall asleep in my apartment this time next year!
Check out the different food stalls and the monton of italianos.
These two adorable little girls were checking out our bikes while I checked them out.
What’s a street fair without Gyros?
Check out the long line of people waiting to get their zeppole fix!
The parking lot of St. Anne’s church was transformed into a pavilion for visitors to eat and drink beer, lotsa beer!
Look at those steaks ready to be shredded for steak sandwiches.
Of course, no street fair would be complete without, Vinny, the cop to make sure that them drunk and rowdy italians do not disrupt the peace.
I wanted to try out the other stalls but my belly was bulging so bad already. Tomorrow is the last day of the festival so I could go back for a take two. In the meantime, just remember that when the moon hits your eyes like a big pizza pie its…AMORE.
Welcome back, Lala! Tell me all about your trip.
Today was a beautiful day! So what better time to stroll around my soon to be neighborhood and take pictures for you to appreciate. This will be my new home. The Citadel used to be an old school.
Signs that show this used to be a school.
The building was built in 1903 as you will see below and the school used to be called PS 8. On the one hand, I think its charming to be living in a building with so much history. But on the other, doesn’t it freak you out in some level?
I also took some shots of the neighboring buildings to give you an idea of how old this neighborhood is.
Check out this eye catching blue house. I love the intricate details in the moldings.
In the same street you will find newly restored residential buildings.
And a neighborhood bistro which I will definitely write to you about once I try it.
This part of Hoboken has a more residential feel as it is blocks away from all the chic bars and cafes. So it will definitely be a nice change from all the drunken morons that I hear screaming from my window. Can’t wait ’til you see it all in the flesh when you come in a few months.
It’s not as naughty as you think. Although I wasn’t exactly a good girl today either. After all, how good could a double patty bacon cheeseburger be? I say sinfully good!
Ever since our old pal Barry took NBC’s Brian Williams to Five Guys, this chain has welcomed many a curious customers wanting to try their famous burger that the president keeps going back for.
So we decided to check out what the buzz was all about by visiting our neighborhood Five Guys in downtown Hoboken. Its a no frills diner that only serves juicy burgers and hotdogs from the freshest meats and french fries made from Idaho potaotes. Their burgers are trans fat and gluten free yet are unbelievably tasty, you can do without the condiments (this according to Little Twinboy who, I am told, can live on burgers alone). When you enter Five Guys, your eyes are immediately drawn to the writings on the wall that blatantly tell you that they are critically acclaimed.
The menu is fairly simple: Burger, Cheese Burger, Bacon Burger or Bacon Cheese Burger. And if burger is not your craving du jour, you can have a hotdog. The fun part is choosing which toppings to add to your burger. Mayo, kechup, mustard, pickle relish, pickles, grilled onion, grilled mushrooms, cheese, barbecue sauce, A1 sauce…the list is seemingly endless!
The staff were very friendly and seemed like they genuinely enjoyed what they were doing.
They were suspicious at first, thinking that we were spying from Johnny Rockets across the street and when we told them I was going to blog about them, they struck a pose! They even gave us a front row view of their grill and of course the burgers ready to be served.
Looks amazing, yeah? I’m really not a burger person. In fact, I think I’ve consumed my burger quota for the month. But I must say that Five Guys burger hit the spot! So thanks to the folks down at Five Guys for allowing my inner paparazzi to shine and thanks TO MY GUY (uuuyyy!) for sparing this blog with ugly shots by taking the photos for me.
So on our way to dinner one night, driving past a familiar tree lined street, we fancied an old colonial styled house. Thought you’d appreciate some of it’s design details.
In a town where home spaces are shrinking to NYC proportions, it’s refreshing to see an actual house (vintage) still standing. I don’t know why but I like the stairs. leading to the upper part of the house.
After what should have been considered trespassing, we discovered that this pretty little house is actually an extension to this building.
Take a look at the details on top. Doesn’t the Bates Motel come to mind?
When you turn the corner, this brick building transforms into this.
I find this courtyard in the brownstone so charming. Whoever lives in this ground floor unit hit the jackpot with this courtyard.
Again, by living across the river, you can come home to peace and quiet while being a train ride away from the cit-eh! Plus you will always have this magnificent view to enjoy. It never gets old!