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Topic: NYC Caffeine Field Trip - itinerary (9 msgs / 262 lines)
1) From: Mike Koenig
Has the final itinerary for the NYC field trip been settled on?  The
last version that I saw had the group meeting at Blue Spoon,  but from
their website, they are closed on the weekends, so that might not be
the best place.
--mike

2) From: Jim Carter
This thing has changed so much I think the last version was: Meet in 
Kansas City, Drive to St. Louis, .....
oops, maybe I have this mixed up with another thread...... Never mind!
-- JC
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3) From: john nanavati
you are absolutely correct. blue spoon is not open on saturday. i'm very
sorry for the confusion.
i'm sure that i called each of the cafes and must have mixed up my notes
between blue spoon and Sicaffe. i called everyone again and their hours are
below:
- Sicaffe (Lexington, between 70 th and 71 st) – open 7am - 8pm
- Washington Square area
-           Ninth street espresso (13 th and 5th) – open 7am - 8pm
-           Joe the Art of Espresso (13 th and 5th) – open 8am - 8pm
-           Café Grumpy (20 th, between 7th and 8th) – 8am - 9pm
i haven't had a chance to look at my map to consider an alternate starting
point or lunch area, but will tonight unless someone else would like to mak=
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the suggestion.
btw, please be gentle with your criticism or joking about how this has
bounced around. i know there has been some confusion about this field trip
and it's a directly related to how much is going on with my workload,
travel, and responsibilities at home - i'm sorry. i hadn't intended to be
responsible to setup a tour of the city when i first sent the invitation,
but also realize the responsibility that i've taken on.
happy day,
john.
On 7/12/07, Jim Carter  wrote:
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John Nanavati, DHI, CIT
Plainfield, New Jersey

4) From: Jim Carter
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Sorry, John. I wasn't being critical. Just yanking your chain with a 
lame attempt at humor. I know that what you're doing takes a lot of time 
and energy. I'm sure those who are going appreciate your efforts. My 
only regret is that I'm nowhere near NYC and can't join you.
-- JC
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5) From: Mike Koenig
I'd suggest either starting or ending with Sicaffe, since it's either
a subway ride or taxi away from the rest.  All of the other places are
a fairly easy walk away from each other, so it shouldn't matter too
much which order they go in.
Depending on how causal everyone is willing to tolerate for lunch,
there is a place called Shake Shack in Madison Sqare park, a few
minutes walk from Cafe Grumpy, and the other places.  They have really
good burgers (some say the best, but that's the stuff that starts
arguments),  but the problem is that they are just a stand outside in
the park, so no nice sit-down tables.  I'm sure we could find
something nicer in the area farily easily if we just wandered a bit.
Chinatown is also an option, but it's a little out of the way from
where we will be (subway or taxi is certainly an option here as well).
How is everyone arriving??  I know there are a few arriving by train,
not sure if everyone is coming into penn station.  We should meet
wherever is closest to the most people.  (doesn't matter to me).
--mike
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6) From: Barry Luterman
For excellent Italian food near China Town try Vincent's on Mott and 
Hester.Hidden backroom behind panels and glass in first dinning room to the 
left. That's where the wise guys eat.

7) From: john nanavati
Honestly, my impression was that you were yanking my chain. there was no
offense taken.
but when i first read it, i did feel my ire rise. i stepped back and took a
second look, which is when i realized that you were just poking a little.
but i thought before we go down the path of "freedom fries" that i'd add a
note ;- )
thanks for understanding.
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John Nanavati, DHI, CIT
Plainfield, New Jersey

8) From: john nanavati
mike,
thank you for picking up the ball. i'm really jammed on a project right now=
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meeting at one of the washington square shops is fine with me - i'm very
interested in cafe grumpy.
i'll be coming in by train from nj (therefore via penn station). i
believe that jerry and friends will be coming in with me.
10.30 should still be fine. i'm not picky about lunch and am more intereste=
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in chatting, experiencing wonderful flavors, and having a relaxed day than
eating in a formal restaurant.
please offer / coordinate away.
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9) From: Mike Koenig
OK, so I vote that we meet at Cafe Grumpy at ~10:30.   It's fairly
easy to find.  I'm driving in, so my arrival time might be somewhat
variable. (I sometimes get a bit neurotic about trying to find a free
parking spot,  though at some point I give up and pay).
I think we can be fairly flexible about what to do for lunch,
depending on where we are at the time, and what everyone feels like
eating.  We will be in the Chelsea / Greenwich Village area, so I
don't expect that finding food will be a problem.  (There is always
the true New York experience - the hot dog vendors!!)
My cell phone number is 973-960-1673.  If it's getting close to 10:30
and I don't answer, leave a voicemail, since Manhattan driving and
cell phone conversation don't go well together.
--mike
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