Lee and Angela
While attending CW Post Long Island University as science
majors, the two of us met in Chemistry class.
After a year of getting acquainted, we saw each other one day at a
punk rock show on St Mark’s Place in the East Village.
That was over 12 years ago and we have been together ever since!
We’ve been having the best time ever and are always out
looking for our next adventure.
It all started back in college…
Time flies when you are having fun!
Heli in Whistler, British Columbia
After starting the CW Post Ski and Snowboard Club, a new era began!
One of snowboarding every weekend, hours in school vans to Vermont
and debauchery filled excursions out west.
We developed an obsession with traveling!
Every year our snowboard trips became more elaborate,
from heliboarding in Whistler British Columbia, to backcountry
hiking in Austria and Switzerland.
We LOVE snowboarding!
Backcountry Hike in St. Anton, Austria
Over 12 years, our crew grew smaller,
but Manny, Lee and Angela never missed a trip.
After many insane situations, both good and death defying,
three best friends emerged.
Nothing creates a stronger bond than trusting another person with your life.
A boat ride around Capri, Italy
Married in 2007, we spent our Honeymoon in Italy
and further developed our food and WINE obsession!
A “sneak away trip” to Paris sealed the deal…
we were in love with the experience of a great meal.
Lee and Manny go Surfing in Long Beach
We recently moved from Queens to suburbia,
and live close enough to the beach to be able to smell the ocean…
Riley and Burton
We have two ridiculously adorable hound dogs that we love entirely too much!
Our pound puppies are very bad and very cute…
While working long hours for ‘the man’, we dream about
new destinations and our next meal!
Biking in Central Park
We talk several times a day to discuss dinner plans, local concerts,
the latest hotspots, airfare deals, VEGAS! and new adventures.
It is so hard to hold back… Like true New Yorkers, we never stop moving.
And when we aren’t doing something, we are planning it!
Although exhausting, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Born and bred in Queens NY…After 30 years, leaving for Nassau was really sad!
By day…Clinical Research for a Pharmaceutical Company
- Growing up in NY... as a kid, two punk rock shows a week, underground house music until 8 am and regular visits to the MET Egyptian collection… I was on the E train daily
- Living in NY… Bryant Park movie night Monday, Thai in Williamsburg Tuesday, Sunset at the beach Wednesday, Chianti downtown Thursday, French bistro anywhere Friday, Southampton Polo match Saturday, Brunch and Central Park bike ride Sunday, repeat…
- Maps... I will go anywhere! I love exploring new places… it is a bit of an obsession. I always have the next vacation planned… if not the next 3!
- Being an American… having the ability to do whatever you dream of… and that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.
- Creativity… painting, photography, party planning, scrapbooks, decorating and this website!
- Snowboarding and hanging with the boys… I’ve cheated death too many times, but they push me to not hold back
- VEGAS! Our annual trip is necessary!
- The “!” … I hold myself back… I could end every sentences with one!!! (or three)
- When people say that Queens and Brooklyn are not apart of Long Island… there is no bridge to Nassau people!
- Bad service… it aggravates me to no end and ruins the experience.
- The untrue rumor that New Yorkers are rude… just like any where you go, you get what you put in.
- Laying on the beach… It’s so boring! You could be exploring!
The Awesome list…
- Spicy heavy red wines like Chianti or Malbec and Pinot Noir (only from France of course) when its warmer out. Prosecco any time! Grey Goose on the rocks and elderflower liquor, my new favorite mixer. Acqua Pana water in a glass bottle… so refreshing. Frothy cappuccinos to start and end any day.
- Cheese plates with all the fixings! Fig jam, almonds, honey comb! Fresh Guacamole with tomatoes!
- Medium rare red meat, braised short ribs, lamb chops and juicy bacon cheeseburgers! Truffles, quiche, sweat potato fries and vegetables that taste like vegetables!
- Dulce de leche dripping over anything, NY Style Cheesecake and gelato… so good…
Favorite Restaurant of the Moment…
- L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon- The most amazing dining experience of my life! Joel Robuchon is one of the most decorated Michelin star chefs in the world… eating at L’Atelier is life changing! Amazing fine French cuisine served in a tasting menu, prepared in an open kitchen. Watch as the chefs call out and prepare your order right in front of you… it is fantastic to watch, until you witness the amount of butter that goes into those epic mashed potatoes. The hefty price tag is well worth the experience you will never forget.
- Tuna fish and mayonnaise… gross
- Fish… especially mushy, flakey fish
Born and bred in Ridge (Long Island), NY… Lived in Queens for 10 years before moving back to
Long Island about a year ago
By Day… Environmental Engineer for a Construction Company in NYC
|Lee at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris|
- Traveling and experiencing other countries and cultures. I dream about my next trip and destination every day. It practically consumes my life.
- Eating. Being able to have a taste of other countries and cultures right here in NYC.
- Snowboarding and Surfing. Some of my greatest days have involved doing one or the other.
- Spending time with my wife and the dogs.
- Listening to music.
- New York Traffic. I work all over NYC. When I start to think about how long it just took me to drive 4 miles… I stop. It will drive you crazy if you do.
- People who think that the border of New York City is the island of Manhattan.
- Pre conceived notions about a particular type of food or area of the City.
The Awesome List…
- Drinks: Wines without added preservatives (I am allergic. That basically eliminates most made in America), Any beer from the Brooklyn Brewery or that is cold and Quality Vodka… I love Vodka!
- Apps: Dates wrapped in Prosciutto, Fresh Arugula Salad, Olives, French Breads, Cheese from anywhere, Nachos!, Spanish Tapas, Empanadas (Argentinean Style)… I could keep going.
- Main Course: Anything made with baby lamb chops, Milanese, Lobster Risotto, basically anything made from an East Asian Country (With the exception of Chinese takeout and Sushi. I have eaten it once since Manny and I split a Cruise Ship.), Brick Oven Pizza, Croque Madame, Steak, almost any Wild Game, Any Fresh Fish, Raw or Cooked Seafood. With so much food its hard to nail down a favorite.
- Dessert: I have a major sweet tooth. If it has sugar, chocolate, nutella, ice cream, fruit, pastry or any combination of those… I will eat it.
Favorite Restaurant of the Moment…
- Any place making simple dishes that allow the ingredients to be easily recognized. I will say that the best meal I have had in a while was at a simple Dominican Restaurant in College Point called ManGu. Real Dominican baked Chicken with a side of Rice and Pigeon Pees… I thought about that meal for days after I had it. I think it cost me 8 bucks!
- Take out Chinese food. I love Chinese food but what is made in most take out places is “American” Chinese food. There is only one take-out Chinese place in NYC that I will actually say I like.
- Pizza in Manhattan! Right now you think I am crazy but I would venture to say that there are about 10 good places to get pizza in Manhattan. You want good Pizza; go to Brooklyn or Queens where real Italians from Napoli are still making it.
- Besides the above, there isn’t much food that I don’t like. What tortures me more than anything is poorly prepared food and bad service. I can get the same enjoyment from a grilled cheese or a dry aged steak from Porter House. Price aside, it upsets me equally when each are prepared improperly with old or poor ingredients.