Shirley P.

Shirley P.

Recent Activities

Mar 12, 2013
Review
Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
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Food Festival @ Metropolitan Pavilion
Mar 12, 2013
Every year in March
Mar 12, 2013
Review
Bar / Restaurant
Mar 12, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Review
Club / Dive Bar / Tapas Bar
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 20, 2013
Review
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Feb 20, 2013

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Recent Reviews and Comments

  • Chinatown

    New York
    Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area
    Chinatown - Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in New York.
    Mar 12, 2013 Always an amazing experience! "Chinatown is a very unusual place with a high-energy atmosphere, dazzling displays of colors and light along with occasional dirt and filth, Eastern-style restaurants with ducks and other food fare hanging in windows, boxes of dried fish next to shiny (and cheap) souvenirs and clothing, bars, night clubs, wholesale goods, fabrics and a whole lot more. It can be very overwhelming, and you can truly feel as if you've left the country for a great deal of time. It's geographically large and rivals only San Francisco's Chinatown in size, while dwarfing Toronto's district. My favorite thing to do in Chinatown is to shop in the daytime for clothes and accessories. I love the diversity and haggling, which is an accepted, and even expected, custom. It's great to be able to find really inexpensive and unusual clothing items in shops off the main drag (Canal Street). There are many streets and alleys to wander around, and the variety of interesting women's clothing and accessories is staggering. I can always be sure to find something I won't see anywhere else, or on anyone else, but perhaps unsurprisingly, most of the clothing runs very small, and shops are usually too small to have dressing rooms and might not be places I'd like to change my clothes. Be prepared to pay cash just about everywhere. While ATMs are plentiful, most default to Chinese language, so it's easier to come with cash on hand. Most vendors only speak Chinese, but the language of money appears to be universal, and discussing prices and giving and receiving correct change is always easy. Shopping for electronics here means buyer beware: it can be difficult or impossible to test products before buying, and China is unfortunately well known for its extensive manufacturing of fake electronics. Visiting Chinatown can take stamina, and is not for the faint of heart, but it's a great place to spend an afternoon and take in sights, sounds, odors and more in a wild and entertaining cultural experience. " hide
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  • NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

    New York
    Every year in March Food Festival @ Metropolitan Pavilion
    NYC Vegetarian Food Festival - Food Festival in New York.
    Mar 12, 2013
    "The festival held its second annual event on March 2-3, 2013 and I went with a friend and really enjoyed it. My diet is gluten-free for medical reasons and I'm not vegetarian, but I love fresh, natural foods and was not disappointed. Instead of a a lot of highly processed meat substitutes, vendors offered an array of raw food bars, Indian food, healthy snacks and crackers without transfats, MSG or other unhealthy ingredients, various juicing options, many entirely gluten-free cookies and brownies, low-sugar treats, natural peanut and other nut butters, vegan body care supplies, ice cream, and samples of everything - lots and lots of samples! Plenty of coupons and fun gifts, too, and most products could be purchased right on site, often for a generous discount. The suppliers range from large manufacturers to local artisans, so there is an interesting surprise at every table. Anyone with food allergies can pay the $5 entry feel and safely eat many items available because the vendors are all very knowledgeable about their products and how they are made. However, this year, the $5 entrance fee versus the $30 VIP tickets meant an extensive wait at the door. My friend and I came very early, before doors were open, and waited close to two hours to get in, and many people in line were very unhappy. The big benefit to paying for VIP tickets, aside from quicker entrance, was access to several speakers. Perhaps they'll work out a better system next year, as my friend went in its first year and she said the wait was not as long. She also said in its first year, recycling bins were available for discarded sample cups and other recyclable materials, but only garbage bis were available this year. I highly recommend this show to anyone who loves food, vegetarian or not. It's a great way to see where trends in packaged foods are moving, learn about new products, and have a great day with friends sampling new and old favorites. " hide
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  • Vazac's Horseshoe Bar

    New York
    Bar / Restaurant
    Vazac's Horseshoe Bar - Bar | Restaurant in New York.
    Mar 12, 2013 Small but interesting "The Scene Vazac's, more commonly known as the 7B for its location on 7th Street and Avenue B, is a small and friendly corner tavern with a rugged and genuine dive bar feel. The music is very, very diverse. You'll typically hear everything from country music to classic rock, some punk and bands like Tool. The Saturday afternoon happy hour can get very packed, but the bartenders are always able to keep up. It's a good place to bring a group of friends or coworkers who don't necessarily share the same tastes and interests. While it doesn't have a typical sports bar feel, sports are often playing on the screens, plus there is a jukebox, some arcade games, a photo fun booth, and as mentioned, a huge variety of music, so there is something to suit many tastes. While it's not a large venue, the bar is long, the seats aren't crammed too close together, and plenty of booth seating is available. It's not a place for dancing or other high-energy activities, just a good place to hang out and talk with friends as the music doesn't get loud but is always audible. Jonah and Emma would especially like it, and Lucas would be comfortable here, too. Adriana wouldn't be able to leave soon enough. Crowd Casual and diverse, ranging from hipsters to hippies, artists, students and mixed groups of friends in their 20s-50s. Dress casually and come for the happy hour. It's a great place to start out a night of bar-hopping or meet up in the late afternoon or evening with friends of all ages. It's also a somewhat short walk from the L train on 14th Street at 1st Avenue or the F on Houston at 2nd Avenue a bit further away, so very easy to reach." hide
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