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Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the other Moms out there
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P-Town is always one of my all time favorite travel spots!
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What is it about fall?
Look, the trees are turning their own bodies into pillars of light, are giving off the rich fragrance of cinnamon and fulfillment - In Blackwater Woods Mary Oliver Who writes about their favorite season? You'd think this was a fourth grade essay assignment....
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Proud to have my photo of Ponza featured in the August 2015 issue of La Cucina Italiana
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The Smell of Old Yellow Paper
Earlier this month, I donated my entire comic book collection to charity. It's a 33-year old collection that dates back to one of my first books, Uncanny X-Men #171, the issue when Rogue first joins the team.  For 60 cents, I was hooked, and the cover still...
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Rowing Lessons
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms behind the scenes who demonstrate their love with quiet, understated strength. There are so many flaws in this photograph that I don't even know where to begin.  As it turns out, it's my favorite because it's the image I l...
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Travelogue 6 - Provincetown - September 25 - 29, 2015
This recent trip to Provincetown marks my 6th or 7th time there, I lost count. And I already lost most of the details of this trip because I waited too long to write my impressions.  Then again, I really don't need to rely on memory to remind me why I love ...
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It's 14 years later and it still feels like it happened yesterday http://www.jackaiello.blogspot.com/2013/12/making-my-way-to-freedom-tower.html
Freedom Tower, Copyright © Jack Aiello 2013 www.jackaiello.photoshelter.com I haven't visited the World Trade Center in what seems like ages. Having lived through September 11, I mourned and paid my respects privately with no...
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Childhood memories: What it felt to relinquish my 33-year-old comic book collection.
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Travelogue 6 - My trip to Bora Bora!
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Have camera, will travel: 50 Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World
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Image courtesy of Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL You could go alone to New Zealand, Mexico, Cuba, or wherever your wanderlust tak

Pasta e Fagioli Made Easy
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www.jackaiello.photoshelter.com Why does my photography blog look like a Food Network page, all of a sudden? Well, I told you that my site m

Making My Way to The Freedom Tower
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Freedom Tower, Copyright © Jack Aiello 2013 www.jackaiello.photoshelter.com I haven't visited the World Trade Center in what seems like ages

Minnewaska State Park Preserve Consumer Reviews | Epinions.com
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Minnewaska State Park Preserve, review by jackai. Beautiful, steep hiking trails, gorgeous waterfall, Minnewaska State Park is worth the roa

Watkins Glen State Park Consumer Reviews | Epinions.com
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Watkins Glen is Gorges, review by jackai. Watkins GlenWatkins Glen, NY is Gorges. I know, I know. That was groan-worthy, but Watkins Glen ma

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Weigh the Fat Instead of Chewing It (Tanita Ultimate Scale), review by jackai. Depending on how you feel about your weight, using the scale

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Stock Image: Waterfall and Stream
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Time Lapse Waterfall and Stream (soft motion blur)

Royalty Free Stock Photography: Magnolia Flower
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Detail of Blooming Magnolia Flower on the Branch

Sedona Sunset
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Old Man sitting in silhouette contemplating sunset. Crowd in background.

Stock Photos: Christmas House
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Suburban home decorated in white lights for the Christmas or winter holiday

Stock Photography: Medical Records
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Medical Records Archive, shallow depth of field to show detail

Stock Photography: Choppy Waters
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Aerial of Beach with crashing white waves against the shore

Ponza Travel_09.jpg
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Clear seascape with rock outcrops and plants and flowers framing the front

The Top 10 Comic Book & Superhero Movies of All Time - The 10 Best S...
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Summary: Great Action and adventure make up my list of the best movies adapted from mainstream comics out there (so far). Let the Countdown

Aerial View from Ponza, Italy
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Aerial view of the main harbor of Ponza, Italy. Coastline and mountains framed by cactus figs.

Bed of Flowers
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Close up of a bed of aster flowers in vibrant lavender and purple

LUCY, you got some 'splaining to do... I wasn't sure about Babalu. My first time wasn't so promising. I can't remember what my friend and I ordered, but we definitely remembered not being too impressed. Giving the benefit of the doubt, we decided to try Babalu again. Mistake. While Babalu definitely has character, decor and great drinks, the kitchen just doesn't measure up. The special, Mofongo Ropa Vieja looked like a brown mound of watery poo. Ropa Vieja is supposed to have a dark red color, but this looked and tasted like meat boiled in Gravy Master. It was devoid of any zingy flavors. The mofongo underneath was no better - a dense, tasteless brick that looked like material you'd scrape from an impacted bowel. My friend's dish was slightly more successful, but she noticed her pernil was a tad dry for a cut of pork that was so fatty. Good service can only get you so far. Good drinks can only take you so far. If the food isn't there, then it's all just a show.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Aside from my love for photography, I also love food. I have the love handles and the cholesterol levels to prove it. I've also been a big fan of cuisine diversity for the Bronx and there are very few, if any, French bistros in this borough, so I was excited to try Bistro SK in City Island, write a glowing review and deposit my two cents into the ether. Everything about this bistro was gearing up to be a positive experience: the food was good, the reviews were uniformly 4 and 5 stars, and the owner nailed the decor perfectly. I've never been to France, but this is what I would envision a small French bistro to look and feel like. Unfortunately, my Yelp review was less kind, and all because they committed the one unforgivable sin of poor customer service. It's a fundamental core of the restaurant experience and if you forget this, then who cares if your meal was 5 stars, or even 3, in this case? I can forgive a lot, but this one I didn't let pass. The Brunch menu was advertised with two price points: $10.95 with unlimited coffee or tea or $15.95 with unlimited mimosa. As long as you order from the brief list of Brunch menu items, you would be charged one or the other per person. My stepfather, mother and I proceeded to order coffee and orange juice, anticipating that the OJ might cost a bit extra. (The OJ, by the way, was not fresh squeezed - it was made from concentrate). The Brunch items ranged from 3 varieties of omelettes, Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Croque Monsieur, Croque Madame and ham and cheese crepes. Ordering within the menu, I had the Croque Monsieur which was solid, very tasty. The omelettes ordered by my family were good, but certainly nothing to rave about - their words more or less. We also decided on a dessert, which we also expected to pay extra since it wasn't on the menu. ($9 for a tiny ramekin of chocolate mousse, by the way). Throughout all of this, the restaurant was crowded and noisy - always a good sign. The service suffered a bit as it felt a little rushed and brusque. There was a decidedly clipped, impatient manner in which the waiter answered my stepfather's question. I didn't know it at the time, but I just discovered in my research that our waiter was the owner, Stephane Kane. Our request for a second round of coffee was ignored and we had to repeat the order. Not ideal, but forgivable - they're having a hectic day. Unfortunately, when we received the bill, we were charged $15.95 a person. Calling over Stephane to question the bill, he became surly and defensive. "You all had orange juice, didn't you?", he scowled. "Well, yeah, but it wasn't mimosa", I replied, trying not to adopt a confrontational tone, "so I was just wondering why we were charged extra for this". "Well, you want me to charge you $6 for each of the orange juices you ordered?", he countered with a snap. $6 for a glass of orange juice from concentrate? This isn't Manhattan. But more to the point, he handled the situation poorly. Even if we were in the wrong, he should have adopted a diplomatic tone and explain that it was just easier to charge us each the $15.95 than separately charge us for the OJ, however overpriced it was. I was willing to amicably concede with just a simple explanation and polite attitude. Instead, he felt the need to shut me up - and for the time being, he did. ...Until now that I'm writing about it. Adieu Bistro SK, je ne vais pas revenir.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I almost want to give Sugar and Spice a negative review so I can keep it all to myself, but that would be rude and selfish. I'm hard pressed to find any place in the Bronx that offers a laid back cafe style brunch place where you can leisurely read your book or paper while scarfing down a delectable brunch. You'd have to go to Manhattan to find a place like this, but all I have to do is go in my car and drive ten minutes to City Island. It's a low key place with only 9 tables. The atmosphere is cozy and casual: low ceilings, soft green and cream checkered flooring, walls painted brick red and a small counter with half a dozen cake stands displaying the fresh baked offerings of the day. I sat down, got a cup of coffee and checked out the brunch menu. Everything sounded tantalizing, but I finally decided to get the poached eggs on a bacon cheddar biscuit. It was a play on Eggs Benedict with the chef's own creative twist. The eggs were done perfectly, the hollandaise sauce was tart and creamy and it soaked through a really dense but flavorful bacon cheddar biscuit. Along with the Canadian Bacon and bed of spinach, the dish was accented with a pickled artichoke spear. It's not as frou frou or pretentious as you might think. The dish was actually very hearty and the chef proves his culinary talents by pairing all these flavors superbly. It felt like Christmas in my mouth. Sugar and Spice Cafe offers Brunch on the weekends from 9am - 3pm and Dinner, Wednesday - Sunday 5p - 10p. In addition, they also cater and offer a variety of custom cakes, which I can't wait to try one day. Towards the end when the place was starting to get crowded, I felt a little rushed out of there. I'll probably have to try it a little earlier when it's less crowded. The staff knew some of the patron's names, so I'm thinking S&S is still a best kept secret. Unfortunately, I think it's just going to be a matter of time. Maybe it's too much to ask for a quiet place to idle away an hour or two that doesn't involve a barista screaming out coffee orders, but if this is the closest I can get, I'll take it.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Ok, so the view isn't as dazzling as the ads make it out to be, and the restaurant looks like a re-purposed double wide; but the food makes up for most of these annoyances. I have to say I didn't go too far out of the menu the few times I've been here, but everything I tried was solidly good. The wings, however, were always and consistently fantastic. Ice House has a local reputation for it's chunky, juicy wings. And the flavored dipping sauces are really out of this world (spicy Thai peanut chili is lip smacking, Fra Diavolo is all hell and fire, but it's heaven sent). For the price and location, it's a solid sleeper restaurant. I've heard other reports from reliable neighborhood sources that the restaurant is not always consistent with the food and service. I can't say I've experienced this, but as I stated, I keep my dining choices limited when I go here and can only report on what I've personally enjoyed. Solid 3 stars - go check it out the next time you're going through the Throgs Neck Bridge and need a pit stop.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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There's no rhyme or reason to the layout of this small store and the products topple over each other, taking up every inch of square space, but boy, does it smell great in here. Teitel Brothers is cluttered and the slabs of cured meats hang above the front counter like a somber meat curtain (get it out of the gutter, folks) to blot out any kind of light. It's gloomy in there and still, it's unequaled in the imported Italian products: all types of cheeses in blocks as big as a torso, prosciutto di Parma sliced in tender, razor-thin wisps, barrels of olives cured in oil, varieties of pasta in shapes you've never before imagined, olive oil, Umbrian lentils... it goes on and on. You can spend a fortune in here, but it's still less than you would pay in Manhattan and it's one of the few places for unique and authentic Italian food products. Packed and chaotic as the space is, the employees behind the counter somehow make the place move efficiently.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Talk about thin, crispy crust. This joint has perfected it. Colony Grill is situated in what looks like a very run-down area of Stamford. The surroundings are very "industrial", pock marked with wide swaths of parking lot areas - at least that's my impression. Inside, it's your usual pub atmosphere, with diner booths, long Irish style bar, dark woods and low lighting. I sat down at the bar, got me a Stella and ordered a pie with hot oil. Colony's pizza looks a little odd because it doesn't have the border of crust that I'm so accustomed to seeing in a traditional pie. The contents literally bubbles on top, almost flirting with the danger of being completely burnt and ruined. I've written other pizza reviews where I have described the pies to have a sturdy crust effectively holding all the toppings in place, but this one really gets it right. The crust is sheet thin, truly sturdy and crunchy, yet still light at the same time. As you get to the edge, that noticeable crunchiness is such a satisfying texture. There are no problems with this pizza except my preference has always been for more pliant crust. Also, the cheese and sauce on top of Colony's slice, while satisfying in texture and taste, is not outstanding. Because it's so overcooked, when the cheese cools a bit, it gets very tough. Without the sauce underneath providing a layer of moisture, the cheese could have easily turned into a frico. But really, I'm splitting hairs here. The pizza here is very good; I'm just trying to justify why I like my NYC pizza a little more. Otherwise, Colony does it right. It's just a slightly different execution, and therefore comes down to a matter of preference. Other considerations: Service was good and friendly.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Big, floppy triangular slabs of pizza. Solid cheese and sauce combination with a decent crust albeit slightly doughy, but not a major prob. Excellent veal parm hero with tangy, flavorful tomato sauce. Frank's recently expanded with a more formal dining area instead of just a take-out counter with a few seats and tables. This is so they can compete with the other trendy eateries popping up in Throgs Neck (Tosca, Patricia's, etc.) Their display at the front counter needs freshening up. While they have signs that the food is for display only, it's not appetizing to look at beef patties that look like they've been oven-raped. Worse, the pizza pies in the display counter are so old and stale they look ossified. But once again, the pizza here is very passable. It's not my favorite in the neighborhood, but you won't be disappointed.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago