Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: April Fool’s Day & Hill Country Barbecue Food Review. Episode 1
It just so happened that today on April Fool’s Day 2013, I decided I’d do something a little different on a day off. It’s a fact that most of us New Yorkers are busy rushing to and from work on a daily basis trying to afford the cost of living here, so much so that we seldom get to enjoy the city the way tourists do. Today I decided to change that and break from routine.
I believe that it is every working person’s right and obligation to every now and then pamper themselves, to splurge and live a little, even if it can only be done once a month, once a week, or even once a year. Initially I was going to go down to Battery Park City and get some images but then I thought better of that and figured I’d hit the HighLine before figuring out what I wanted to eat.
I checked the Weather Channel before heading out and saw that it was reportedly 60 degrees in Central Park. I saw that by evening it would dip to 47 degrees. I thought that was no problem as I didn’t plan on being out too late it being a Monday and all. Now then, I head out without an umbrella or a heavy jacket because after the brutality of this past Winter, 60 degrees would most likely feel like 75 degrees to me.
Well folks, I’m here ta tell ya I was played. I was had, bamboozled, tricked, denied, hoodwinked, snatched, suckered, stolen and just plain ole got. Ha ha Weather Channel April Fool’s. The jokes on me. I get outside in the drab grayness of the afternoon and for a while things seem calm and just gray. Next thing I know, it suddenly starts to rain and the air becomes wickedly chill far below 60 degrees.
Due to my lack of preparedness for the chillier than expected afternoon, I got myself on a cross town bus versus walking over to the HighLine as I originally intended.
I get off at 14th and 9th and start to walk south towards the Hotel Gansevoort.
By the time I made my way to the HighLine my hands were so frozen I could only hold the camera just long enough to take a quick snapshot of the surrounding environment before having to place them back in my pockets. This repeated warm and cold dance between my hands and the April Fool’s weather kept up for about 15 minutes.
Up up up the stairs we go until…
Nothing up here reminds me of Spring right now.
Right about here the wind really started to kick up as well as the intermittent drops of rain. Man I tell ya, let me catch that weather man in the streets. LOL
At about this point on my tour the wind and rain kicked up enough for me to call it quits for the day and start figuring out what I wanted to eat. I found an exit stair well nearby before hitting up a Starbucks to get out of the cold and wet for a bit while recharging with an espresso. After some Starbucks I ran into a few friends who mentioned a great Barbecue place to try called Hill Country Barbecue. After hearing their rave reviews of the “Moist” brisket served there I decided I had my next destination mapped out. To be continued…