HAPPY NEW YEAR

Good riddance 2021, hello 2022.

We made it.

I want to thank you who have followed my little old blog about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that baseball, hockey, football or basketball game.

I hope in the upcoming year that you continue to follow 30 Plus Teams 30 Plus Dreams.

Of course I hope that you’re able to do your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, and of course you won’t forget to bring that hand sanitizer and your face mask because unfortunately, Corona is doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour also.

Happy New Year and stay safe, everyone.

DECEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

We made it!

12 months down, goodbye 2021, hello 2022.

Let’s hope 2022 is better for all of us, with good health for everyone and of course more 30 Plus Teams Tours of everywhere.

If you didn’t get to go anywhere for 2021, you still have a couple of days left .

If you did, way to go.

2022 is coming and it’s time to travel again.

Don’t forget to bring your facemask and your vaccination card if where your 30 Plus Teams Tour takes you requires it .

For the final time in 2021, let these quotes inspire you, and have a happy New Year.

GETTING MY FASHIONISTA ON AT THE NEW NHL STORE.

If you happen to be a hockey fan like the Sports Diva is, or if you have no idea who the 32 teams are that make up the National Hockey League, but you think some of the logos are kind of cool, then the new NHL Store is for you.

The old NHL Store was located at 1185 6th Avenue (That’s Avenue of The Americas for those of you who aren’t Native New Yorkers),on 48th Street.

It was called “The NHL Store Powered by Reebok” because at that time, Reebok made most of the hockey stuff worn by players and fans alike.

This year, a new NHL Store opened just for Team Sports Apparel Fashionistas like myself who also like, no love, hockey.

It’s called, what else, the NHL Store, a Fanatics Experience.

The Fanatics Company makes clothes for every sports fan.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, or child, Fanatics has something for you no matter what the sport or the team is.

The store is located on 31st Street and 9th Avenue right behind the Moynihan Train station and Madison Square Garden.

Right next door to the store are the New York offices of the National Hockey League.

Sorry hockey fans, you can’t go into the office and tell Commissioner Gary Bettman just what you think about him and the job he’s doing as commissioner, even though that’s something a lot of us hockey fans would LOVE to do.

Unlike the store on 48th street, this store has two floors and if you walk up the stairs, you’ll notice that the words written on them are actual hockey terms that your favorite announcer uses to describe all the hockey action and it doesn’t matter if you’re listening to the Flames in Calgary or the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida, hockey terms are the same everywhere.

This store has everything that you could ask for, but still I didn’t see any hockey posters for sale.

(Like my wall at home needs anymore hockey or football posters on them.)

Unlike the old store, not only can you get your jersey with the name of your favorite player on it, you can have a t shirt with the name of your favorite player on it as well.

You want a hat with your favorite team logo on it, this store has lots of different styles of hats from all 32 teams on them.

They also sell other nicknacks, such as backpacks, key chains, socks and water bottles with not only the team logo on it but also with the NHL logo, aka “The Shield” on it.

(My friend brought six of those.)

This store isn’t really that expensive at all.

The hockey jerseys are another story, though.

$185 is the most the Sports Diva will pay for a hockey jersey, no matter what team it is.

(I have three favorite hockey teams, New York Rangers, Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins, but I have favorite players who play for other teams, so I’ll buy those jerseys as well. I have three hockey jerseys, btw.)

When hockey jerseys start at $200 and that’s without tax, which some of them are, that’s when the Sports Diva draws the line.

I love my jerseys, but even this fashionista doesn’t love hockey jerseys like that.

Did I end up buying something from the NHL Store?

Oh you can bet your hockey team on it that I did.

Part of the shopping at the store. Another two bags are coming
The entrance to the old NHL Store on 48th Street
Part of the entrance of the new NHL Store. Unlike the old store, they highlight players that most hockey fans don’t get to see that often.
Hats, hats and more hats plus pillows with your favorite team logo on it.
The stairs with all the hockey terms a fan could ever want
The Sports Diva needs a new hockey jersey, but which one since all five of these players are my favorite players?

EATING DIM SUM IN CHINATOWN.

As usual, it doesn’t matter if I’m doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere far or a staycation, besides attending a sporting event,you just know that the Sports Diva is going to be talking about food also .

This time, a 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City was no different.

Food was going to be involved.

Since my friend, who was visiting from Las Vegas , wanted to go to Chinatown to look around and of course, eat, we did just that

Even though I don’t get to Chinatown often, I know all the restaurants they have there are usually good.

I wasn’t disappointed.

There were so many to chose from, and after spending most of the day shopping, we were both hungry.

There were so many places to chose from.

One place, that caught my friend’s eye was New York Canton Lounge which is located at 70 Mott Street, right in the heart of Chinatown .

As I don’t know Dim Sum that much , I let my friend order for both of us.

After showing our vaccination cards ,which is a requirement in ALL New York City restaurants, we were shown to a table.

Since we both wanted tea, a few minutes after taking our orders, the waitress returned with two cups and a pot full of steaming hot tea.

We started off with a bowl of Won Ton soup, which was delicious.

After that appetizer, came the real eating and sharing.

Plates of spicy clams, shrimp dumplings, shu Mai, which is a dumpling and filled with either pork or seafood, were put on the table.

If that weren’t enough,we had scallops with broccoli and roasted barbecued pork.

Now I’m not going to tell you after eating all of this, the two of us went to the bakery next to the hotel and brought some pastry and coffee.

(Large Cafe Americano and Chocolate Mousse Cake for my friend and a large Vanilla Latte with Red Velvet Cake for me.)

As for the food, someone got leftovers to take back to the hotel.

Even if my friend wasn’t with me, I would come to this restaurant by myself.

The portions were filling and not expensive at all,

There are many other items to chose from on their menu as well.

At the end of lunch, a waitress not only brought out two fortune cookies, she brought a plate of orange slices to clean our palate.

Once again, the address of New York Canton Lounge is 70 Mott Street, New York.

It’s open seven days of the week from 11am until 7pm, Est.

SOME PICTURES FROM CHINATOWN

After my friend and I did some Team Sports Apparel Fashionista shopping at the NHL Store, we went down to the second largest Chinatown in the United States, which is in New York City.

(San Francisco, California, has the largest.)

More on eating in Chinatown and our visit to the new NHL Store in later posts.

There are two Chinatown’s in New York City.

The lesser known one is in the borough of Queens on Main Street, Flushing.

The more well known Chinatown is in Lower Manhattan, with Canal and Mott Streets being the main streets.

Enjoy some of the sights of Chinatown in pictures.

A STAYCATION AT THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL TIMES SQUARE

If you’re staying in New York City, you have so many hotels to chose from.

Most people want to stay in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, especially when it’s New Year’s Eve, no matter what the cost is.

For my staycation, my friend, who was visiting from Las Vegas and had NEVER been to New York City before, chose the Renaissance Hotel Times Square Hotel, which is located at 714 Seventh Avenue at 48th street right in the heart of the Theater District.

There’s even a very good pastry shop right next door where we got coffee,croissants and mouthwatering desserts for the days we were there.

(My friend was there Wednesday through Monday, I was there Thursday through Saturday.)

My friend was in town for the hockey games that the Las Vegas team was playing against the three New York/New Jersey area hockey teams.

(Now you KNOW if they’re a friend of the Sports Diva, some sports watching is going to happen on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, even staycastions.)

I had never stayed at the Renaissance Hotels, no matter what city they were in.

Was I in for a pleasant surprise.

The location was close to everything and the rooms are very spacious.

You even have a robe and slippers for your convenience.

There’s also a coffee maker, which the two of us took advantage of every chance we had.

The refrigerator was a blessing too as we had leftovers from a lot of restaurants.

My friend mentioned that some of the hotels in Las Vegas don’t even have refrigerators in them.

The selling point of this room, which was located on the fourth floor, for me though, was the balcony.

Now on the days that I was there, it was warm enough to sit on the balcony, have our coffee and watch New Yorkers and tourists alike do all those New York City things.

(55 degrees in December is a heat wave to us New Yorkers.)

As it was raining the day I left, no balcony action was going on.

The staff was so friendly and helpful.

If I decide to do another staycation in New York City, I’m going to save money, use my Marriott Bonvoy Points, since the hotel is affiliated with Marriott Hotel chain and stay at the Renaissance Hotel Times Square.

IT’S A STAYCATION PEOPLE!

The Sports Diva is going away for a couple of days of shenanigans and of course a couple of hockey games along the way.

My bag is packed, no pressure this time, it’s just for two days.

I’m not going far for my 30 Plus Teams Tour.

I’m not taking Flix, Greyhound or Megabus.

I’m not even taking Delta or Southwest airlines.

I’ll be at my destination in 30 minutes if the Long Island Railroad train is on time, which it usually is.

Where am I going for my 30 Plus Teams Tour this time?

It’s New York City!

There will be more posts about my staycation coming up.

Stay tuned.

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

I know it seems like I was just on another 30 Plus Teams Tour, but actually it was a month ago for the Thanksgiving holiday.

This time, it’s a short weekend trip to somewhere very close.

I’m going to be away from Thursday, December 16 until Saturday, December 18th, God willing.

I’m not taking that much but enough because the weather is going to be cold.

As usual, take a guess where the Sports Diva is going for the weekend shenanigans.

Packing cubes of course and my under the seat suitcase. Trust me, all the stuff that I’m bringing will fit in this bag
It’s gonna be cold where I’m going, I need this coat
Three pairs of leggings, black, red and blue
This shirt is actually a Blue shirt
Sorry it’s so dark but there’s two turtleneck sweaters, a blue and a black one just waiting to go into my suitcase.

Gotta wear some hats, don’t care how they look. It’s cold outside.
You have to be that Team Sports Apparel Fashionista no matter where your 30 Plus Teams Tour takes you.

My dress boots in case I go out clubbing or something.

It’s a short weekend 30 Plus Teams Tour but gotta bring a stuffed animal with me. Hi Joe S
My wigs need a bag too, just saying.
My robe and of course the Sports Diva has to have a face mask decorated with a drawing of an athlete on it.
My rain and snow boots. Gonna need these.

Don’t laugh. I’m a woman, I NEED all of these bags.

As usual, I might not be taking all of this stuff and because of something called Coronavirus, I’m going to be adding a lot more things to this bag.

I’m going to need those things, especially where I’m going.

Any guesses where?

GOOD THAI FOOD AT ABSOLUTE THAI RESTAURANT

When I come to DC, the first thing I want to do is check and see what restaurants are close by.

Usually, I go to restaurants that’s recommended by friends or family who live in the area.

This time, I wanted to try a different restaurant.

I was really wishing and hoping for one of my favorite foods, Thai , and I was hoping with as many different type of restaurants that DC has, I’d be able to find at least one Thai restaurant in the area where I was going.

Enter Absolute Thai Restaurant at 541 G Street, right across the street from the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Wizards basketball team and the Washington Capitals hockey team.

(Could the Sports Diva be any luckier since I was taking pictures of the Capital One Arena?)

The restaurant is easy to get to by Metro.

Since it’s at the Gallery Place Chinatown station , just follow the signs to the arena.

But then it gets tricky.

You’re on 7th and G street, but you have to walk around Capital One Arena to get to the lower numbers of G Street.

Or you can do what I did. Walk through the alleyway of Gallery Place.

You’ll see the restaurant, which is small.

Now what about the food?

I had my favorite food to have whenever I go to a Thai restaurant.

Penang Curry with beef and Jasmine rice.

I started off with Chicken Satay with red onion and cucumber salad and peanut sauce which I gobbled down like it was my last meal or something.

As for the Penang Curry, it was enough for 2 or more people to share.

It was so good and not too spicy, just the way I like it.

Of course I had to have some Thai Ice Tea to go with it, even if it was cold outside.

All of this came to $30 or so, not including tip, which I was happy to give because the waitresses were so friendly and helpful.

This restaurant isn’t expensive at all even though they’re that close to the arena.

I would definitely go again, but next time no appetizer, just my delicious and mouth watering Penang Curry.

EMBASSY TOUR PART 4

The last time I did an embassy tour in Washington DC was in August of this year.

I visited some on New Hampshire Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, the area known as Embassy Row near Dupont Circle.

This time I went deeper into Embassy Row, right on Massachusetts Avenue, which seems to go on forever.

There are so many embassies on this avenue that I had to rest and sit down right in front of the Embassy of Indonesia, which is one of the most beautiful embassy buildings in the city.

As most of the embassies on the avenue are European countries and part of the European Union, you’ll not only see the flag of the country, but also the flag of the European Union flying next to it.

Some countries embassies are next to each other, as in the case of Cameroon and Sudan and Paraguay and Turkmenistan, although there’s a big sign on the embassy of Turkmenistan about surveillance cameras being around.

Given what I know about Turkmenistan, you didn’t need to tell the Sports Diva NOT to take pictures of this embassy.

I took as many pictures as I could because I was getting tired , and besides there was an afternoon hockey game I was rushing back to see.

Blog or no blog post, you can’t say the Sports Diva doesn’t have her priorities in order.

Embassy of the Republic of Ireland
Embassy of Greece
Embassy of the Duchy of Luxembourg
Embassy of Peru
Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Embassy of Portugal
Embassy of India with the statue of Mahatma Gandhi across the street
Two African embassies for the price of one. Cameroon and Sudan
Embassy of Indonesia and the garden donated to the United States from Indonesia
There’s also embassies on Connecticut Ave also but I was just concentrating on the many embassies on Massachusetts Avenue