We were looking down the barrel at USD350/night for a basic hotel room in Manhattan (Lower East Side/SoHo/NoHo). But USD2800 for eight nights of bedding did not appeal to my inner cheapskate, so I asked about for suggestions.
The ace people I follow on Twitter put me onto Airbnb as an alternative. It’s an incredibly simple system and, for North America, there are HEAPS of listings including NYC.
We’ve just had confirmation that our application for a gorgeous fully-decked-out 1br apartment in NoLita has been accepted by the owner. We get three times the space of a hotel plus full kitchen, laundry and mod-cons for less than half the cost, including Airbnb fees, cleaning fee etc. Best of all, we get to live like a local and not like tourists in the more tourists-centric areas.
Gotta be happy with that.
The images here show the location (via Nokia Ovi Maps 3D) and the apartment complex itself (via Google Streetview).
I hadn’t made empanadas until a few hours ago but, based on the relative success of my first attempt, I’ll certainly give them another go. Using the pastry instructions from Taste.com.au, and a filling of my own creation, I brought this simple – but somewhat time consuming – dish to life for dinner tonight.
The filling was just a mix of what I could find in the pantry and fridge that needed using-up:
- Can of peas and corn;
- Two tins of pink salmon;
- Handful of grated parmesan cheese;
- ~120g of goats’ cheese with dill;
- salt & pepper
They certainly looked the biz when they came out of the oven. Well, except for the few where my (lack of) pastry crimping skills resulted in the filling blowing-out during cooking.
Served with wedges of lemon, they were devoured in pretty quick time.
Last night, I had the pleasure of sharing company – and a number of cold drinks – with Stephen O’Brien. Stephen is mypressi‘s CEO and creator of the revolutionary mypressi Twist. As my family and friends know, the Twist is my favourite non-boiler espresso device and I’ve been a raving fan of the unit since I got my first one almost two years ago.
Aussie born and bred, and now living on the US east coast, Stephen is a most affable bloke. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with him about work, life, social media and the universe. I felt most privileged to gain a deeper insight into how the Twist was brought to life and, as any entrepreneur or inventor will tell you, it was not plain sailing. That goodness his wife prodded him to chase his dream, and that Stephen stuck to his guns despite some seemingly absurd commercial and regulatory obstacles.
I was also excited to get a glimpse of mypressi’s future product releases and marketing collateral.
While it’s not appropriate for me to start babbling-on about the products which are on the way in 2011, I will say that one new accessory, has me particularly excited. I expect that it will generate similar interest and inevitable wallet-reaching for other Twist v1 and Twist v2 owners.
The future is looks good for espresso lovers.