I’m Telling.

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Just because this East Village speakeasy mixology mecca has somewhat of a secretive vibe (located behind Crif Dogs, no visible name outside, must phone in via the red phone in the telephone booth kind of thing), that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t share details! Hello…the point of the Leopard. The last time I attempted to grab a drink at Please Don’t Tell, the wait was three hours.

Eat. This.

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So, among my list of never-ending meals to inhale before I find a more sustainable hobby, was Barbuto. I have heard nothing but gospel-like praise about Jonathan Waxman, his chicken dish and his epic Italian fare. And though I don’t gravitate towards eating the bird, I did consume an epic fellow fish, and some pasta mooching of course.

Sushi Livin’ Part Deuce

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So…I fell in love. With a book store, naturally. T-Site in Daikanyama (I did my research, thanks to my little Tokyo bible by CITIx60), was Disney World Barney’s on steroids. Every. Single. Freaking. Book/Magazine. On. The. Planet. x100. Just so you have an idea, the travel section of the store had its own travel agency, ya feel?

Asian Invasion: Part 1

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Welcome to Japan (well, Tokyo to be precise. Later on Kyoto). And please note that while the locals are extremely courteous and welcoming..not a word of English was exchanged. So first things first, lots of patience and luck. Here’s the full scoop:

1. If you can avoid Narita Airport, that would definitely work in your favor, as it is at least 75 minutes away from the city. The last thing I wanted to do after 15 hours of traveling and 12 hours of jetlag was get cozy in a two and a half hour bus ride to the hotel (you can take a train as well but we were schlepping too much). So check out Haneda Airport.

Stop #1: Tsukiji Fish Market.