Harry’s  Best Boozy Brunch Deal IN NYC

You never have to twist my arm to go to Harry’s NYC. Located on Stone Street in the heart of the financial district, Harry’s has always served great food from lunchtime Steak Sandwiches to gourmet daily specials- go on Wednesdays for the Beef wellington; you’ll thank me) there’s a

Harrys Steakhouse Beef wellington
Harrys NYC Beef Wellington Only available on Wednesdays

dish for everyone. But what most people do not know about Harry’s ( Menu ) is that when you order an entree, you get 90 minutes of unlimited champagne for FREE! It’s an INSANE deal to have during COVID. The menu is super clean and simple. Great classics prepared freshly for you and with a glass of complimentary champagne. How can you say no?

Brunch-Menu
Harrys Brunch Menu

Brunch time chill

A few weeks ago, we had the French Toast, Smoked Salmon Benny, and Tuna Crudo during my last visit. Yes, I’m a fancy bitch. Look at all of these dishes; they look as good as they taste, I promise! 

Eggs Benedict with Smoked salmon
Smoke Salmon Benny the best part of the Harrys Brunch
French Toast
Harrys Brunch menu French toast super crispy

More Than just Steak Killer Cocktail Program

And to round it all out, I had my signature drink as well: Tito’s martini, extra dirty, served up. Plus, Harry’s prepares it with a twist: a sidecar! It’s like getting 2 drinks for the price of one. Don’t you hate getting a tiny martini and looking at the waiter with the ” you got to be fucking kidding me look”? Well, they give you a bit extra or, in other words, they aren’t cheap with their martinis, unlike some other places. 

Harrys Martini With sidecar
Fat Guy Signature Titos Marini extra dirty.

As a bonus, this will give you a great opportunity to try out the saving tip from my earlier blog MONTHLY SAVING CHALLENGE RESTUARANT SAVER RESULTS<link>. Because Harry’s isn’t too much of a strain on the wallet, brunch at Harry’s let’s you try my trick out at a lower risk. Good luck!

Envelopes Savings 2020 SAVING CHALLENGE

envelopes-of-cash
Save a little at a time and get a lot

As 2020 drags on and we lose track of time, and each month blends into the next. We must not forget the 2020 Saving Challenges. The previous two, Stop Wasting Money on Coffee and Challenge Restaurant Saver results, both have major drawbacks that limit their efficiency. The latter is limited by the amount of time I spend in restaurants (no more indoor dining) and the overall bill, causing the amount you will be saving to be inconsistent.

Solution for consistent savings

As I explained in my blog about the coffee savings challenger, the other is just not a good fit for my life. The answer to all of these shortfalls came in a suggested post on Facebook: The Envelope Savings Challenge!  This is as simple as it gets for savings and works so well. This challenge allows a person to control and save a preselected amount of money. 

How does it work?

It works with the power of magic! No. Not even close. It works with the power of consistency, the key to completing any challenge. First, take a box of 100 envelopes and number them one through one hundred, and shuffle them around back in the box. Then, at whatever increment you select (once a week or twice a week), you randomly select an envelope, and whatever amount is written on it, that’s how much you put into savings. Sounds easy, right? The best part is that at the end of the box of envelopes, you will have saved $5500. The number sounds shocking. 

How much will I save?

Well, if you pull one pair a week, you will be about to save $5500 over the span of 50 weeks. If you pull 2 pairs, $11000 in a year and so on depending on how much you can set aside. As I said earlier, consistency is key, though. Experiment with the amount of money or frequency at which you pull the envelopes to adjust to your budgetary needs. In other words, don’t go crazy and starve yourself to save more. Everyone’s budget and the amount you can save is different. Figure out an amount that will work best for you. Do not set the bar so high that you will fail because the goal is impossible for you.  

The method to my madness?

I pull 3 pairs per week. The number is never random, either. I rigged it, so they always have to come out to $300, but I suggest you try the method above if that feels like a lot! I never have singles or fives on my person, just $20s, $50s, and $100s because I’m high class like that. I’m too OCD to have it not be a round number either. Is that too much to be saved in one week? Maybe but it stops me from spending it at the bar. 

I like money more than booze, though, cause money compounded over time buys more booze than it can right now! 

Flying United Airlines During Covid-19 From LaGuardia Airport and back

Why am I flying during a pandemic? It’s late November; the COVID-19 case numbers are spiking, and I’m flying to Fort Lauderdale. Why? I’m burnt out on going into the office every day and need some time to turn the brain off and relax. In all fairness, I was expecting a complete shit show from what the media was describing, i.e., people not wanting to wear masks and pure chaos. Topping it off, I was flying in and out of LaGuardia airport, which to New Yorkers, is the worst airport that you can leave out of to go anywhere at any time. Think Murphy’s law centralized into one location: anything that can go wrong will go wrong at Laguardia Airport! Remember the ducks that took out the airplane? YUP, you guessed it! 

LaGuardia Airport New stores
LaGuardia Airport New stores new Look new everything

Getting in and out of LaGuardia Airport

The first sign that the stars were aligned in my favor was that it took only 25ish minutes to get from Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to LaGuardia Airport. No traffic, I mean none at all! ZERO! You would expect me to get into a massive line at LaGuardia airport, though, wouldn’t you? NOPE! 5 minutes to get through Terminal B. Construction was just finished on the terminal, and it looked great. Plus, no people around.

The biggest issue that I had was finding the American Express Centurion Lounge closed due to COVID. In fact, there were no open lounges at all inside of the airport. Why do I like lounges? FREE FOOD AND ALCOHOL. (One of the many benefits of having a Platinum Amex is that it is still worth it in 2020?)  COVID forced restaurants and most of the lounges to close due to restrictions, unfortunately. Airports were never designed to handle COVID, but since there are far fewer people flying than before, it’s a lot easier. I went on this flight sober for…the first time in a long time. 

Untied Flight to Florida demonstration of how many people per flight

In the sky

I am combining both the flight back and forth to Fort Lauderdale in one segment. Let me say that the staff and overall experience was great, which helps a lot with the anxiety of traveling these days. However, I was still not 100% mentally ready for people after everything that’s been going on. You won’t understand what I’m talking about until you are in a confined space with people you don’t know during a pandemic. United was on point with their boarding process as you no longer board in groups but rather in four-row sections for less congestion.

When they enter, they receive a wipe packet for their use on their seat or hands or whatever they want to sanitize. The staff and ground crew disinfect the plane after each flight, but that touch of letting us do it as well is very nice. It’s purely mental to let the passenger think that everything is cleaner because they did it themselves. As a bonus, the flight back even had pre-made snack packs. 

Untied Airlines COVID Snack Pack
Untied Airlines COVID Snack Pack containing Sanitizing wipes, Water Pretzel and Stroopwafel

My only issue with the flight was that there were no beverage purchases allowed. Don’t freak out, United Airlines had water and Coke products available for free, but I just needed a real drink. There was nothing on the ground or in the air to calm my nerves. There were way too many people in one place. I was not ready for it at all. Did I deal with it? Yes. Was there stress? Yes. Still, Jack Daniels and coke would have made things a lot better. 

Crazy People on the flight

I don’t know if I was lucky or if the media has been blowing things out of proportion * cough* media *cough*, but everyone on my flight followed the rules, did what they were told, and were super chill. I can even say that they were nicer than normal. The only issue was a woman saying she was not told about the NYS COVID traveler Health form. The boarding crew only mentioned it 10 times and said that New State was enforcing it, but k

National Guard COVID Checkpoint in LaGuardia Airport
National Guard Check point to verify that travelers filled out their COVID-19 Travel forms for New York State

You could say her jaw dropped when she saw a squad of National Guard at the gate checking for the online form email. LESSON to my readers: fill out the form before you get on the plane!

Here is the link to the New York State Travel Health Form for those in the back who think New York State is playing.

Is it worth traveling?

Overall the whole process was pretty damn good. I got the break I needed and came back refreshed. Do I recommend it to everyone? Sure. But take it with a grain of salt from someone like me. I’m in construction; we had a 9% fatality rate in 2018. <link> I take on risk my whole life. This isn’t that bad use your head and think for yourself. This is just an opinion of a fat guy from Brooklyn. What do I know?

If you would like to know more about COVID, I highly recommend taking a COVID tracing Course

2020 SAVING CHALLENGE STOP WASTING MONEY ON COFFEE Failure

Spoiler alert!

I didn’t even make it through the first day of not drinking iced coffee at work without paying for it. ”How, though,” you wonder??. As you all should know by now, I want to save money (and save you some too!). That means not wasting it on coffee. It’s a foolish use of funds and benefits no one but the coffee shop (although the caffeine buzz ain’t bad). I struggle to follow through with what I know is best is simple(it’s always simple). Taking a walk out of the office is my coping mechanism with all the stress. Keeping calm, cool, and collected is a requirement of my job. And let’s be fair, allowing yourself to breathe and unwind, even for just a few minutes and at the expense of a few dollars, is an important step in saying sane!. Ten dollars a day to keep me level and employed is a small price to pay, in my opinion.

A few questions 

I have a few questions for you now. First off, what should my punishment be for failing the monthly challenge? “Reward for excellence; consequences for failure” type of thing. Don’t hold back on me; I can take it. Or perhaps you could recommend some of your own saving strategies, one that doesn’t involve coffee? If so, what are they? If there are any that I like, I will do them as a 30 days challenge for myself and write about the experience here!

Should I Get a Covid-19 Tracing Certification

Today’s blog is taking a detour from our usual talk of booze, fine foods, and finance. No, today we’re talking about something a little more daunting: The Pandemic. Place yourself in mid-September 2020. COVID-19 sees an increase worldwide, and people are worried that there will be a second wave. You look online and notice that coursera.com has a FREE COVID-19 contact tracing certification from John Hopkins University. You wonder if you should take the course. God willing most of you reading this are a few years in the future, and COVID-19 is long forgotten (this still applies to you <insert a current name for crisis>).  This is a reality for the rest of us, so pay attention to what I’m about to write. 

The short answer is Yes.

The short answer is yes: you should take the certification. It’s a free certification, it’s relevant, and should only take a candidate 7 hours. Why is it free? Because the country needs or needed personnel that can trace COVID contacts to limit the spread.  Bloomberg Philanthropies paid-for the course and certification shareability.  

Three Reasons Why

I have already taken and passed the certification. There were three reasons why I took the course, and none of them have to do with philanthropy. (ee don’t get that Bloomberg money). The first and most comforting explanation is that the course goes into reasonably good detail describing how the virus behaves, spreads, and its possible symptoms. As the Old Russian saying goes, “God protects those who protect themselves.” The second is that if shit hits the fan, I have another piece of paper that can make my resume stand out of the pile or even grant me the opportunity to work as a COVID tracer. 

Social Engineering Prevention

The final reason and most relevant in the long term is social engineering prevention: big words that small people use to make their job seem more critical. It’s to prevent scammers from stealing you and your loved one’s private information. How are you supposed to know what COVID tracers are supposed to ask if you are not one of them? How long until some scammer calls you asking for your social security number or, worse, your paren’ st? I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE CALLS.  Let’s all learn how to spot the scammers, put them on hold on hold for an hour or two, and waste their time like there’s no tomorrow. Knowledge is power! 

To summarize this whole post, get the COVID-19 contact tracing certification from John Hopkins University, there is no downside. Skipping it to drink yourself stupid is not a good reason. Get the certification and then drink…to celebrate, of course.

It is what it is. Its not what its not