My Last Hundred Bucks: Drinks, Truffle Oil, and Sushi

$100! It is a lot of money, and yet, it is also not a lot of money at all. Where did your last hundred bucks go, Sara Eisen?

I would have converted the $100 to Polish Zloties, because that currency and economy has been on fire—the value has really strengthened. But since a zloty won’t go far in New York City, here’s how I spent my last $100.01:

$36: After a long day at work, which starts at 4 a.m., I treated my co-workers to drinks at our local spot, Opia on 57th and Lexington: a beefeater martini (shaken forever) for Tom Keene, and a glass of sauvignon blanc for Michael McKee, my two favorite fellow wonks at Bloomberg. We like to get together for drinks to chat about the state of the global economy. I order any cocktail with ginger.

$14: Taxi home to the Lower East Side. I can’t wait to hop in the bath—it’s my comfort place. 

$22: Emergency stop-off at Whole Foods to stock up on my favorite snack. I spent $4 on a jar of popcorn kernels to be popped on the stove (with olive oil), and $18 on a bottle of truffle oil to be drizzled on top of the popcorn. Popcorn and truffle oil is my favorite food in the world. I eat it every single day.

$28: Ordered (online) sushi delivery from Kanoyama on 2nd avenue and 11th street. I’m picky about sushi, and as far as delivery downtown, this is one of the best.

$.01: Wake up. Dropped a penny into my alarm clock, as I do every morning at 3:16 a.m. It’s a piggy bank/alarm clock. It only stops beeping when a coin is dropped in. At that crazy hour, it’s the only way I can wake up.

 

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Sara Eisen is a correspondent for Bloomberg TV, and part of the morning “Bloomberg Surveillance” team on Bloomberg Radio. When she’s not reporting on macroeconomic trends and speaking to top economists and money managers from Bloomberg’s headquarters in midtown, she can be spotted hanging out on the Lower East Side in New York. She’s very interested in talking about China, currencies and sharing trading ideas with smart people, so if you want to ask Sara any money questions contact her on Twitter. Photo: Flickr/Zitona

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6 Comments / Post A Comment

jacqueline (#653)

I’m very intrigued by this alarm clock. Do you keep a bowl of pennies on the night stand to turn it off, or get up and go to your wallet?

Can you post a link of your piggy bank/alarm clock pls??

chic noir (#713)

I hate taking Taxi’ Cabs. I just feel like it’s money down the drain.

The alarm clock sounds so cool.

ThatWench (#269)

@chic noir I used to have that hang-up, but I’ve gotten more comfortable about taking them. They’re rarely your cheapest option (if you live in a city well-served by cabs, it’s probably also well-served by mass transit), but compared to the costs of owning a car, even semi-extravagant cab usage can seem like a drop in the bucket, especially given the realities of parking in a large city.

For me, the main hang-up is that DC cabs don’t take plastic, and I rarely carry cash and treasure it when I do.

allaswan (#578)

Dooooon’t make popcorn with olive oil!

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