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Like most of the cities in the world, every store closes on December 25th in New York. The good news is, the sales start on the 26th. Some leading stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s have intensive sales for few days.

For me to go to Macy’s, I need to be forced at gunpoint. It is so big, and there are so many people, that I need an oxygen mask to survive on a regular day, so imagine during the sales….

Saks Fifth Avenue already had no merchandise left since the Thanksgiving sales, and I am not at Bloomingdale’s since the bedbugs decided to use it as their home…

So I started at Bergdorf Goodman shoe salon on the second floor… When you arrive at the floor, you have the feeling to be in a war zone, where women are fighting over shoes that varies between USD 600,- and USD 2’000,-

This is off course when there are no sales, go figure why these ladies shoe shop as if no tomorrow. We know that in Las Vegas, Casinos put a gaz in the aeration system to keep the players awake, so does BG found a gaz to make women want to shop????
I guess it will be another unresolved mystery, but I let you imagine the effects during the sales period!!!

Imagine a room full of women fighting to get a seat to try the shoes on, and the next room filled up with racks of Prada, Chanel, YSL, Louboutin, Manolo and Gucci (all my best friends) divided by sizes. In the middle of this madness, a young boy, collecting the unwanted shoes in a paper bag to put them in their shelf again… All this surrounded by some security guards (in case someone wants to run away with a shoe;) and sales who run like headless chickens to make their well deserved commission.

Thanks God, I have a masters degree in shoe shopping; cause I directly went to get what I wanted, found a sales associate, fought for a seat and adopted few pairs of shoes at 40% discount.

The next step was Barney’s where we first ate at Fred’s (will give you all the details on my next post), then off course went to see their shoe sales. I made a friend at shoe level, and his name is Dejan. Ladies, you have to ask him whenever you want to shop at Barneys. He is the shoe fairy… he will find you shoes and sizes that nobody can, and will always give you an honest opinion.

My shoe shopping day ended because of the snow storm, you know the blizzard that you heard in all the news… I guess it was a message from the Gods to make me realize they were not happy ;) )))

A friend told me that I only talked about restaurants and bars in NY; and that I should maybe talk about the shopping.
Well as you know I tried to make a shopping diet during my stay. The task was very hard; especially when you walk by the shoe section in Barney’s where I relapsed for a pair of Prada… I know I know, but I am not perfect…
And I resisted on Madison Avenue where all my favorite names ask me to enter and buy from them…
But let’s talk about shopping and some tips…

A little hint about Bloomingdale’s as well as for Macy’s: if you are not a US resident, you can simply go to the visitor’s center and get a 10% reduction card. This card is only valuable for the day and you cannot use it with big brands…
Another big hint is if you are like me “claustrophobic” so you cannot take the subway and only can circulate walking or with a cab… There is a cab shift at 3.30pm… so if you are in town, especially Soho, I advise you to jump on one free just before, otherwise you will try to find one for at least an hour… And the cabs that are off duty (when the whole light is on) would only take you if you are on their way…
And if you are in midtown and desperate; hit Park Avenue, to take a town car. They are a rip off and I highly advise you to bargain the price… and accept only if you decide that the last price they gave you is worth being home or at the hotel instead of running with your bags with your feet hurting (and believe me it will hurt with all the walking) for an empty cab fight…
Oh yeah some take the cross town bus and apparently it is good, but I don’t do that…
what you can also do is enter in the first restaurant and have an early happy hour, and start drinking until the cabs are back on the street…
believe me than you forget your hurting feet, sometimes you even forget whom you are….

Another useful tip is when you arrive to Saks Fifth Avenue. The ground floor is the cosmetic and fragrance… I call it the attack floor. What I advise you is to get ready before entering, because if you will be attacked by all the sales people to smell this fragrance or to try that make-up.
If you are weak, they will catch you and not let you go before you purchase few hundred dollars worth make-up… you know the make-up that they applied on you and you think that you are capable to replicate it at home.
It won’t happen… you will end up with makeup that you never use … The other option, and this is for only the trained shoppers, newbies please don’t try… is to ask them to put you make up for day or night depending what are your plans… than leave without buying with the pretext you are already late ;)
And my favorite part of Saks Fifth is the shoe salon, which is on 8th floor (I know they should have put it on 7th …). They have an express elevator that brings you to the shoe Heaven… The door opens and your are mesmerized by the view… shoes… and you see all these women asking for sizes, as if there is no tomorrow… And funnily no network on your cell phone… I seriously believe they do it in purpose, so you cannot call or get a call telling you: DON’T!!!!

You know it reminds me a scene of Taylor Hackford’s movie The Devil’s Advocate; you enter in the room, and the doors close behind you…. You have no choice but signing a pact with the devil… or in this case buy a pair of shoes!!!

Ahh New York and shopping, I can write a book about it… but enough for today. Just to say that I Had a good help for my shopping diet … New York had new kind of visitors… the bedbugs.
These tiny bloodsuckers attacked Nike Town, Abercrombie and even Bloomingdale’s, just to cite few store names that you would want to go and shop… some of the stores closed while they cleaned.
So beside the tourist who didn’t know about the incident, who would stand in the queue in front of Abercrombie to buy their infected clothes… sorry sorry “cleaned” clothes.
Between you and me, who would simply stand in front of Abercrombie?? Don’t people know that they can order online???? Why to suffer hours to enter this perfume infected night club, just to buy a t-shirt made in Indonesia…

Anyway, with or without the bedbugs I love New York… And I love their humor… I think from far my favorite quote of the month was in Times Square saying “In a city that never sleeps, bed bugs work all night”… LOL

I don’t know if you have been to Geisha in NYC, but it is one of my favorite sushi restaurants in town. I like their sushi because beside the fact that they are fresh and tasty, they use little rice so I feel the fish and not only the rice when I eat..
With my girl we have to go there at least once every other week. So yesterday with the bad weather and all, we decided to go to have our fix…

When I arrived, the restaurant was still packed. We ordered our regular dishes: chicken salad to share. It looks like a regular chicken salad but the miso sesame vinaigrette makes the whole difference. And believe me we tried to replicate it, it is never exactly the same taste.
We also ordered some sushis to share. I highly advise the White Tuna Crunch Roll. It is spicy hawaiian white tuna rolled with potato crunch, asparagus, topped with creamy avocado and slices of white tuna. You just want to order more and more.

By the way if you go at night, you have a bigger selection of sushis; including one with truffles called Black Truffle Tuna Sandwich, where you have diced tuna, black truffles, avocado and chives, topped with micro greens, served with spicy truffle vinaigrette… I don’t think I need to say that it is amazing.

I always order the same food but this time we ordered a new dish: the Tartar Trio, where you can sample spanish mackerel, yellowfin tuna and salmon tartar. Each of them is more delicious than the other one.

The food was as good as always, the service was a mix. We had the over happy and nice lady who check on us times to times; a model wannabe hostess who was so skinny that I wanted to throw her food (and maybe manage to make her smile), an ok waitress who took our order, and lost busboy (the “assistant” of the waiter).

Little info; in the states the restaurants have a specific chain of command: you have the hostess that welcomes you, the maitre d’ who checks if everything is fine, the waiter who takes your order, and the busboy who serves you. Generally the busboys are latinos and half of them don’t know a word of English. They don’t need to as they only serve you water and bring your dish.
But when you leave a tip (and in the US the service is not included and you have to add 15 – 20% to your final bill); the waiter gets a higher percentage than your busboy. I think it is unfair, car besides writing your order, and speaking English the waiter doesn’t do much… whereas the busboy runs around to serve!!!

Anyway, so that was my lunch, if you are shopping at Bloomingdales, or Barneys, or even you are doing your Madison Avenue shopping, “Geisha” is the perfect spot for lunch.