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    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall - (K) Humorous and thorough history and science behind ultrarunners and long-distance running
    *****
    Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - (K) An autobiography covering his childhood, years as a freedom fighter and incarceration. Inspiring and informative
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    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón - (K&T) A mystery set in Barcelona involving an old book, a failed writer and murder
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    Lush Life by Richard Price - A Lower East Side tale of cops, drugs and drinking
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    The Chinese by Jesper Becker - (K&T) Modern history of my peeps, from the cultural revolution to the many failed economic and social attempts to move the country forward
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    Setting the Table by Danny Meyer - A "how-to" on hospitality and business acumen by the restaurateur behind such NY institutions as the Shake Shack and Union Square Grill
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    The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama - Obama lays out what is wrong with the current government and how, vaguely, to change it.
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Day Three : Tia Pol

After a couple meetings in the city and a lot of working from the hotel room, Kelly and I met my Australian colleague Rachel at the W lounge in Times Square. Afterwards, we headed up to Central Park West (CPW) to see the parade peeps blow up all the balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We *thought* this would be a quiet event but little did we know that a million people would show up as well.

Literally…a million people. It’s not an exaggeration in this town.

Macys Day Eve

I don’t like crowds..sorry…so after catching a few glimpses of the balloons, we hoped in a cab and headed downtown. I knew that if we entered the line, it would be hours before we could escape. Sorry, K. i know you love those things but I just can’t take being squashed in with a million people.

We’d been wanting to go to Tia Pol for awhile after our friend Megan recommended it several months ago. I had stopped by before when I was in town with my boss for work but we left after they told us the wait was 45 minutes and the look in Tricia’s eyes said she couldn’t wait that long.

This time again they said 45 minutes but called us 10 minutes later and said they had space at the bar. Still with Rachel, we initially ordered six or seven things from the menu which came out amazingly fast. So fast, that I was concerned that we were being served frozen food! One bite into the croquette, however, told us that I was mistaken (though the chef mentions making heavy use of the *gasp* microwave *gasp* in this NYT article). They were ethereal cheesy goodness. In addition to those fried potato balls stuffed with ham and valdeon cheese, we sampled white asparagus, salt cod, arroz con negros, two pitchers of not too sweet sangria and a few beers.

Tia Pol 2 Tia Pol 1

Everything we tasted was delicious and Tia Pol feels like something directly out of Barcelona. Kinda like a casual version of the Harvest Vine (and maybe like their new txori?).

Afterwards, we slogged our way back to the hotel and passed out AGAIN with full stomachs.

We’re not getting any thinner.

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  1. […] lazy morning until it was time for lunch. We decided to go to BoqueriaTia Pol, which we had gone to previously.  The churros and hot chocolate were excellent though.  Crunchy churros with gooey innards dipped […]

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