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So I’m looking for a cool spot to go to for my only day off and I decide I want to go to this resturant I saw or heard about on TV. The hot cold chocolate (whatever its called) was the REAL reason why I wanted to check it out.

But I didn’t know where it is.

So I do a search and land on a few links right off the bat. I find out that its callled frozen hot chocolate and I get a interesting menu (hot spring wings? what’s that?).

So why am I writing about this? A few places online have reviews of resturants, and I got to tell ya, I never thought I would see so many opinions on one place.

Basically what I get is that you will be waiting depending on what time you get there. What time that is seems to be a guess. Obviously holidays are out and I would guess the Friday and Saturday night wait is long too. I figure I should go during a week day. Probably me and everybody else is thinking the same thing, but I figure one of these days I’ll give it a shot.

Since I did the search on Yahoo, a bunch of Yahoo stuff came up. Yahoo Local had about 53 reviews and I even got something from Yahoo Answers. The Yahoo Answers one wasn’t totally related to Serendipity so I’m not sure why it came up… but one of the reply comments (by GloriB) was pretty good. I live in NY and I don’t do any of those things or go to any of those places.

Another interesting review was by sar19ma. SinceI can’t direct link to the post, I’ll put some here:

 I loved Serendipity 3! After reading the reviews from other users on here, I thought twice about going, but I’m glad that I did! We got there at aboue 11:22 AM, a few minutes before the restaurant opened, and there was a line about a quarter of a block long. We gave our name to the host, who told us that there would be a 1-2 hour wait, and we were welcome to leave and then come back. That wasn’t a problem at all, since there is plenty to do around the area. We walked down the street to Dylan’s candy shop, which was really cool. You could also walk to Central Park which isn’t that far away, or to Fifth Avenue.
After about 1 1/2 hours, we went back to wait outside the restaurant. Soon, my name was called and we were escorted inside. The host was very friendly and funny. He brought us upstairs to our table, where after looking at the menu (the menus are really neat looking, they are huge!), we were promptly greeted by our waiter and our order was taken. The food portions were plentiful (i just got potato skins, my friend got a BLT) and the Frrozen hot chocolate was great! (tasted like a chocolate milkshake).. If you’re going to get the Frrozen hot chocolate, i would recommend sharing it with somebody, since it’s huge!
The atmosphere of the restaurant was very interesting..

Yahoo Local is doing something pretty interesting… saving your spots and your reviews, related resturants and such… probably standard fair for sites like this, but Yahoo is using web 2.0!!! LOL So I give them some more props.

I guess I better plan this in advance… hope it doesn’t turn out wack.

April 26, 2007 Posted by | Culture, Entertainment, Family, Food, Opinion, Travel | Leave a comment

96 – A Cartogram of the World’s Population « strange maps

96 – A Cartogram of the World’s Population « strange maps

I actually am into maps myself and I find this one quite interesting. It is a viual of the worlds population related to areas on the map that a pictcular country would be located…

This map is part of a series of cartograms in which the actual geography is distorted in order to demonstrate information about the countries shown. In this case, the point made is that of population, with each country’s size ‘weighted’ to reflect the size of its population. The discrepancies between your average standard world map and this one are obvious – obviousness being a good indicator of how good a map is.

Canada isn’t populated by many people… LOL
This article showed up on the front page of WordPress as a popular blog post and currently has 10 comments.

Featured comment:

Comment by Neil McDonnell: I’m a recent visitor to your blog and will make this a daily stop as I cruise around the web.

Today’s map is an excellent lesson on the world’s population. It’s one thing to hear population numbers read, but to see it visually is powerful. For example, the true difference between Russia, China and India.

I’ve written a blog entry on my site ( telling my readers to come visit your site. I think they’ll really enjoy it.

Neil McDonnell, PMP

There are other map distorion maps. Read the article to find out more.

April 1, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Culture, Travel | Leave a comment

Google Suggests You Swim Across The Atlantic Ocean

5128 DIGGS SO FAR, 151 comments. That is pretty high. I think its because as huge as Digg is, it can really poke fun at itself. Look at how it provides this easter egg (I guess you could call it that) whe you ask direction on how to get from an American coast to London. Commenters give direct links to Google maps so you can see what all the fuss is about.

It would seem that Google maps is doing allot of things to get it on digg these days… hrmmm…

Google Goes Back to Pre-Katrina Maps (645 diggs so far, 104 comments)

EDIT: More news about this. Google gets criticized for the move 

Digg link pick quote:

Google, either encouraging physical fitness or zero population growth, offers the above helpful suggestion when mapping the route from Chicago to London.

read more | digg story

March 30, 2007 Posted by | Business, Digg Link Picks, Social Bookmarking, Travel, Weather | 1 Comment

Yahoo! Answers – What are the best restaurants in lower Manhatten, i.e., Tribeca, Financial District, SOHO, Little Itally, etc?

Yahoo! Answers – What are the best restaurants in lower Manhattan, i.e., Tribeca, Financial District, SOHO, Little Itally, etc?

This got about 10 answers… about 10 months ago so I am pretty sure that you will not be able give any answer to the posed question.

The best chosen answer was given by TheSearcher who gave a list of places by area:

Tribeca… Nobu, Bouley, Chanterelle, Danube, Il Giglio

Financial Dist… Bayards, MarkJoseph Steak, Roys, 55 Wall, Bridge Cafe, Au Mandarin

Little Italy… Il Palazzo, Pellegrinos, Il Cortile, Nyonya, Angelos of Mulberry, Ferrara

Greenwich Village… Gothem Bar & Grill, Pearl Oyster Bar, Tomoe Sushi, Babbo, Il Mulino, Annise

All I can say is WOW. I think I’m gonna impress someone in the next few weeks with this list. The other comments are pretty good too and a few gave links like this: and

Yahoo Anwsers also shows more related questions that are currently open as wel as a few that are closed.

While your looking here are some other links that might be helpful:

Lower Manhattan

MTA Lower Manhattan train an bus map

gormenghast10014 Level 6 202 Best Answers 

March 18, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Opinion, Travel, Yahoo Answers | Leave a comment

How Sysco came to monopolize most of what you eat. – By Ulrich Boser – Slate Magazine

How Sysco came to monopolize most of what you eat. – By Ulrich Boser – Slate Magazine

Wow! This is pretty amazing. What is even more amazing is this claim:

The ingredients alone on some of the pre-made items are enough to make a restaurant-goer swear off eating out. The breaded cheese chicken breast, for instance, contains monocalcium phosphates, sorbic acid preservatives, and oleoresin in turmeric. The Serve Smart Chicken is particularly frightening. While it looks natural, it consists of parts of other chicken breasts mashed together into a single, chicken-breastlike block. As the company notes on its Web site, our “unique 3-D technology gives you the look and texture of a solid muscle chicken breast, at a fraction of the cost. … Available in four great flavors: teriyaki, BBQ, fajita and original.” What Smart Chicken tastes like, I’d rather not know.

I am sure that I don’t have to tell you that the comments on this blog post really got into it. I mean we all eat right? Well? Chicken breastlike block? LMAO

Editors Choice Comments:

jelpacDramatics vs Good Cooking

EllamentaDay for Elaboration

EigenvectorKilljoy at Thanksgiving

I still don’t quite understand how The Slate organizes its comments… but I’m trying.

February 22, 2007 Posted by | Blog Post Review, Business, Food, Opinion, Travel | Leave a comment