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Um, my family sent me this via mail yesterday. Do they know me or do they know me? Apparently the cupcakes were featured on shows like Rachel Ray and stuff, but that does not matter. All that matters is that it is delicious in my belly and worth all the extra calories. I know for a fact that many of my friends are extremely jealous now.

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What’s the best place to go to after getting drunk at a free happy hour with an open bar and free food? Joe’s Shanghai for dumplings of course!!! After a happy hour with a bunch of MSM students getting their PHDs in Piano in the Upper West Side, we decided that taking the subway all the way down to Chinatown was in our best interests.

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DUMPRINGS!!!!!
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I am not going to lie, these were ALMOST as good as the ones that I had when I was actually IN Shanghai. I would tell you how many dumplings we ate throughout the night, but I don’t want you to know how fat we actually are.

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Our face says it all doesn’t it?

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I am pretty sure we started scaring the staff a bit with our antics.

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Lasagna face!!!!!!!!!! (inside joke that is beyond understandable epicness). Probably my favorite picture of the trip, and one that made us laugh till the point of tears.

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After we were done we started to walk Chinatown at night, while I did cartwheels. Realizing only after that I probably got all sorts of new diseases and virus from touching the streets with my hands.

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I was exhausted and full, but Justin was in town! Never to pass up a drinking opportunity we met up to have a couple of beers. Well that couple turned into more than a couple. Then it became Cinco De Mayo while we were drinking and we may or may not have put tequila down our throats.

The next morning was not pretty.

I love NYC and I love Joe’s Shanghai.

I have had a lot of friends from New York and blog buddies that live there recommend and write about this restaurant in the TriBeCa area called Ninja New York. Seems like a lot of people have been talking it up, so I decided that one of the things I wanted to do when I was in Manhattan was go try it out. The only reservation we could get was at 10:45 pm, THAT’S how popular it is. Regardless of the late reservation, we were all excited.

After the elevator ride where Evy was kicked in the face you go through a dark hallway where Ninjas pop up and try to scare you.(Evan kinda had a heart attack). We were promptly seated and thus began our adventure.

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I think everyone should know that these cost 20 dollars…..EACH. Other than this ridiculously overpriced Sake that made us cry, the rest of the dinner may be a tad overpriced, but it is soooo delicious.

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The way the food is brought out and laid out to you is really different, fun and awesome. Probably some of the best I have ever seen. This first place came with a SAMURAI SWORD. You are supposed to pull it out of the bowl, having the salad drop into a thing of dry ice. They instruct you to give a loud ninja yell while you pull the sword as well and I did. I think about 40 percent of our meal was lit on fire at the table.

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During the meal, the waiters (who are dressed as Ninjas), pop up from time to time and pretend to kill you. Not kidding.

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See that little window behind Mama Kory? Well a ninja saw fit to give her a nice little discount (she won some prize) through that window. Using a sword.

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Evy scared of her dessert.

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Delicious in my belly. More food porn below.

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My dessert consisted of them lighting a match and setting me on fire. I am kidding, but not really.

Last night we finally decorated the Christmas tree that I bought a couple of days ago. By we, I mean the girls decorated the tree. I sat on the couch and made hot chocolate. By make I mean boil hot water and put a hot chocolate pack in. Mar calls it the Chrismakuh tree because she loves holocaust movies (this is a joke, but not really). Since we are poor, we bought all the ornaments at various cheap places, including Daiso, the best Japanese store in the history of my life. My favorite part of the tree is the fact that we used aluminum kitchen scrubbers as decoration (they are cheap). Also, it is a Blue theme since blue is the official color of 2010. Yes, you are welcome for that vital piece of information concerning the new year. Enjoy the pictures.
Next. Christmas cookies!!!!!
(Oh god I need a gym membership)

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