LOADS OF FOOD AT CARMINE’S

For once, the Sports Diva wasn’t at home watching some sporting event.

Nor was I on another 30 Plus Teams Tour, getting ready to go to some sporting event.

Instead, I went to Carmine’s Restaurant for a late birthday dinner, courtesy of my nephew and sister in law.

There are two Carmine’s Restaurant branches in New York City .

There’s branches in the Theater District of New York City , and branches in Atlantic City , Washington DC , Las Vegas and even in the Bahamas .

The one that we’re going to is on the Upper West Side on Broadway at 91st street.

Reservations are required and make sure if you make a reservation for four people, all four of you are there when the host or hostess is getting ready to seat you, otherwise you won’t be seated.

Everyone in your party must be there.

You’ll notice that the restaurant seems to be loud.

It is and it’s not just because you’re in New York .

The tables are close to each other .

It was my first time at Carmine’s .

I’m so glad that I hadn’t eaten either a big breakfast or lunch.

The amount of food is amazing .

When you’re shown to your seat, your waiter greets you and tells you the specials for the evening.

Once you order, you’d be amazed at how big the portions of food are, even if you order an appetizer .

There were three of us at the table, and there was so much food that we ended up bringing home leftovers , even salad and bread.

Once your food is ready, your waiter brings your food out on a platter .

He or she then puts your plates on the table and proceeds to serve your food to you on the plates.

It’s a lot of food as you can tell by the pictures.

I apologize that the pictures are dark, but you can see how huge these platters are.

To say that this is a lot of food for one person, let alone two or four, is an understatement .

You definitely won’t go home hungry at this restaurant .

If you do, there’s something wrong with you.

The food not only looks delicious, it is at this family style restaurant that has been around since 1990.

Prices are higher for dinner than they are for lunch .

The restaurant on Broadway and 91st is open for lunch and dinner every day .

When you come to Carmine’s , enjoy yourself and definately bring your appetite with you.

Carmine’s Restaurant

Upper West Side

2450 Broadway at 91st Street

New York , NY 10024

212-362-2200

Sunday-Thursday 11:30am until 11pm

Friday – Saturday 11:30am until 12am

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MY VIDEO AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

This is part of the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian down in Washington DC .

This branch in New York City is smaller than the one in Washington DC .

I will be doing an upcoming blog post on my visit to the museum.

This museum used to be the United States customs house.

If you walk around the building you’ll see figures and events that are special to the city of New York City or as it was called before the British took over from the Dutch, New Amsterdam .

Enjoy this little video that I made.

PICTURES FROM MY VISIT TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

This is the New York City branch of the Museum of the American Indian .

It’s official name is the National Museum of the American Indian , George Gustav Heye Center.

Mr. Heye was the person who actually founded this museum before it became a part of the Smithsonian .

It’s not as big as the one in Washington DC , and this branch was once the United States Customs House, where immigrants who made it past Ellis Island were processed as well.

Like the museum in Washington, they just dont focus on Native Tribes in the United States and Canada, but Native Peoples in the Carribean, Central and South America .

As my mother was a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokees from North Carolina , I was excited to look at the exhibit from the Cherokee Nation.

The admission to the museum is free and it’s open daily, except holidays.

The normal business hours are every day 10am until 5pm.

However, the best day to go are on Thursdays when the museum stays open until 8pm.

Don’t even think of bringing a selfie stick here or food or drink.

They aren’t permitted and since this is New York City , you will have to go through security.

The museum is located at One Bowling Green , right down the street from the famous Wall Street Bull.

CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC  – VISITING  THE  NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING.

It seems  as though  whenever  one goes to  Washington  DC ,  there’s  a  museum ,  monument ,  or memorial on  every  street  corner.

One of  these buildings  is the National  Archives Building . 

This being our nation’s  capital ,  you just know that it has an official  sounding  name.

It does.

The official  name of the National  Archives  Building ,  (and a name that I’m  sure NOBODY  uses!) is the National  Archives  and Records Administration  Building . 

Once you walk into the building ,  you get the feeling  that  you’re  at the airport ,  going through  a  ton of security . 

Don’t  even think  about  breaking  out the camera  phone or any other  kind of  camera  in this building . 

Hide them and use them for another monument ,  memorial ,  or museum  in the city.

No picture  taking  is allowed  here.

Just what is in this  building  that makes it so high security ? 

Just the United  States  Bill of Rights ,  the Declaration  of  Independence ,  and the United States Constitution . 

We aren’t  talking  about  copies, either . 

Also, if you want to  find out more  about  those oh so colorful  ancestors  of yours that your relatives  are always  telling  you  about ,  you can look up their stories as well.

You can also look up information  about those not so colorful ancestors  as well.

Just have your information  on hand when you go.

This information  is  free, just like a visit to  the  National  Archives  Building  is.

Don’t  worry  about  not being able  to  take pictures  inside the building . 

The outside of  the  building  is very impressive  and  picture worthy.

Besides ,  this is Washington  DC ,  you’ll  have  plenty  of  opportunities  for  picture  taking.

CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC .  GETTING  TO KNOW  THE  NATION’S CAPITAL  

Besides  New York  City ,  this city is the “Mother  of  All 30 Plus  Teams  Tours.”

It’s  the  city that’s  all about  the  three  M ‘ s  – Museums ,  Monuments ,  and Memorials . 

It’s  that  city that isn’t  a  state ,  but it just happens  to  be  the  capital  of  the  United  States . 

It’s  Washington ,  DC . 

This of course ,  is a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  so it’s  all about  the  sports  in town  also . 

Just  like  politics, they take their  sports  VERY seriously  here.

It’s  a  sports  lovers  dream . 

You’ve  got  four teams  to choose  from . 

There’s  the  Wizards in basketball ,  the Capitals  in hockey ,  and the Nationals  in baseball . 

It’s  very much about football  in this  town . 

In a place where  politics dominates EVERYTHING, it’s  not that surprising  that  politics are going  to  creep into your 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC . 

The football  team  is called the  Washington  Redskins . 

Some people  would  like it if the team  would change their  name  to something  other than a name that some  folks  find very offensive . 

Other folks  just wish that the people  who  are  complaining  about  the  team  name would just shut up  and go away so that they can enjoy watching  football . 

You aren’t  here to get into  a  name debate of the football  team  though.

You might not even like  football  and came to see one of the other pro teams  in town . 

More than likely ,  though , you’re here to see what the city is famous  for . 

All those monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums . 

Don’t  forget  to  bring  that camera  with you.

Washington  DC  is a photographer’s  dream ,  and you just know  that  you’re  going  to  be  posting  a lot of  Washington  DC on Instagram . 

Please  remember  though, that when  you  visit  some  of  the  places that the city is famous  for , show some respect.

They’re  memorials . 

Definately  respect  them.

There  are  lots of  museums  that are free here.

Even the National  Zoo is free, and don’t  tell  me  that  you  don’t  want to check out those adorable  Panda Bears.

Where in town  will you go first?

No matter  what  neighborhood ,  bring those sneakers  with you.

This is a very walkable  town, so don’t  be surprised  if  you  see lots of joggers.

They might even be your local  senator or congress person . 

Of course the neighborhoods  that you’ll  want  to  see  are Capital  Hill, Georgetown ,  Dupont  Circle ,  the area around the  White  House ,  and maybe  even  the  Washington  DC  Waterfront . 

How about  visiting  the  neighborhoods  that tourists rarely , if all visit?

Put U Street ,  Adams-Morgan, Anacostia ,  or the Eastern  Market on your list of neighborhoods  to visit . 

If you  happen  to  come into town by Greyhound , Megabus  or Amtrak  train ,  check out the newly renovated  Union  Station ,  one of  the  largest  terminals in the country . 

You could  get yourself  a day pass when you  take the Washington  Metro.

By the way ,  don’t  call it the subway, it’s the Washington  Metro  and you’ll  be  surprised  how clean it is.

Better yet ,  do what the good citizens  of DC do.

Get yourself  a reloadable Smart Card and get ready to  see as many monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums  as you can.

Just remember  to  hold onto your Smart Card because you’ll  need it not only to enter the train station ,  but to exit it as well . 

Don’t  think  you can see all these attractions  in  one trip to DC.

You can’t ,  so don’t  even  think  about  it . 

Get yourself  a  guidebook  before you arrive and make a list of  attractions  that you really  want  to  see . 

Check if you need timed tickets ,  which are free in some cases, but because some of  the museums  get very crowded, they give you a time that’s  best to visit . 

What should  you see if you don’t  have  that much time?

I  would  suggest  not only the ones that are on the National  Mall  like the Washington  Monument ,  Vietnam  Wall or Lincoln  Monument ,  visit some of the  museums that are part of the Smithsonian . 

Their motto is, “So many museums ,  so little  time . ”

The  National  Zoo  is part of  the  Smithsonian ,  but if you’re  only in town for a day or two ,  the Zoo might  be  out of  the  question . 

No matter  what  you  decide  to  do, enjoy  your stay in Washington  DC ,  whether  you’re  going  to  watch  a sporting  event  or if you’re  going  to  learn  a little  or a lot about United States  history . 

CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC –  PAYING YOUR RESPECTS  AT THE  IWO JIMA STATUE.

While  you’re  on your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour of  Washington ,  DC ,  not only  are you  going  to  visit  the  Arlington  National  Cemetery ,  but you’re  going  to  walk around  most of  the  cemetery ,  paying  your respects  to the  veterans  who are buried  there.

Your final  stop  at the  cemetery  is another landmark  in our Nation’s  Capital . 

It’s  the  United  States  Marine  Corps  Statue . 

You say that you’ve  never heard of  or seen  this landmark ? 

Of  course  you have.

You just know it by its more well known  name.

The Iwo Jima Statue.

There’s  another , even easier  way  to  get  to  the  memorial  without  walking  through  the  Arlington  National  Cemetery . 

You can get off at  the  Rosslyn  Metro  Station ,  and  walk a couple  of  blocks . 

You can’t  miss  this statue  and you’ll  see  it the closer you get to the highway.

Everything  about  the  statue screams out HUMONGOUS ,  from the larger than life figures of the soldiers raising  the  United  States  flag to the flag  itself . 

Just like the  Jefferson  Memorial ,  a lot of  tourists don’t  seem to  visit  this  memorial  often . 

They should ,  though.

Pictures  don’t  do it  justice ,  no matter  what angle  you look at it from.

It’s  a  beautiful  statue ,  especially  if  you  visit  at twilight ,  with the skyline  of Washington  DC  in the background . 

Speaking  of  pictures ,  please  don’t  take  any selfies  here.

Ask someone  to  take a picture  of  the  statue  with you standing  close to  or near it.

This isn’t  the  place to show off your  Instagram  worthy selfies having  fun . 

Like  the  World  War  I I  Memorial ,  which  I’ll  talk about  in  a later post, this is   a place to  reflect  on what might  have  been  if the war had ended  differently . 

CAPITAL  JOURNEY  –  WASHINGTON ,  DC  – VISITING THE  JEFFERSON  MEMORIAL  

There are so many  museums ,  monuments  and  memorials  in Washington  DC  that  you  just  don’t  know  which  one  to visit  first . 

Most  tourists  who come to  the  Nation’s  Capital  always  seem  to  visit the same tourist attractions . 

The Lincoln  Memorial ,  Arlington  National  Cemetery ,  the Vietnam  War  Memorial ,  Martin  Luther  King  Jr  Memorial , the Washington  Monument ,  and even the World  War I I  Memorial . 

If you  happen  to  be  doing  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC ,  or even if  you  aren’t  doing one, why not visit  the  memorial  that you can see across  the  water from the Doctor  Martin  Luther  King  Jr  Memorial , which you also  should  visit if you’re  in town.

It’s  the  memorial  to  the  third  President  of  the  United  States ,  Thomas  Jefferson . 

No matter  what time  of  the  day you go to  visit  this memorial, there doesn’t  seem to be a lot of  tourists  visiting  .

It could be how long it takes to  walk to the  memorial  or maybe it’s  the out of  the  way location  of this  place.

If you choose  not to  visit this  memorial, you’re  missing  out  on  seeing  one of the most beautiful  locations  in the city, it’s  called The Tidal  Basin.

In the spring, you’ll  get to see the  Cherry Blossoms ,  which were a gift from Japan.

When the cherry blossoms  come out, you’ll  have one of the most Instagram  worthy pictures of  the  city.

The shape  of  the  building  might remind  some of  you  to your visit to  Monticello ,  Jefferson ‘ s home in Virginia . 

It might also  remind some of  you  of the rotunda  at the University  of  Virginia . 

There’s  a  reason  for that . 

President  Jefferson ,  who seemed to  take this multitasking  thing and run with it ,  not only designed the rotunda  at his home, but also at the  University  of  Virginia  as well.

The rotunda of his memorial is basically  the same at what you saw in Charlottesville ,  Virginia . 

Walking  up the many steps  to  the memorial, you notice the statue of the president . 

He seems to  dwarf the entire place.

Not surprising, because  he was one of  the  tallest  presidents . 

All around  the  building ,  you notice all the things that Jefferson did in his lifetime . 

Planter, musician ,  ambassador ,  vice president ,  president, husband  and  father, not to mention  a  signer of the Declaration  of  Independence . 

As you look around you think to yourself ,  where did this guy get all this energy  from and when did he have time to  run the country?

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