Chase Overdraft Protection Means Never Having To Learn A Lesson

Oh hey, would you get a load of that. Seems I overdrew my Chase Secure Preferred Ultimate Mobile Rewards Blueprint Premium Slate Paperless checking account the other night—should have realized the charge from that one restaurant hadn’t gone through yet. I’d better be more careful next time. Or I can just keep blithely overspending and automatically charging my credit card $50 to make up the difference every time. It’s like free money, you guys!

The truth is, I’ve got a big fat paycheck waiting for deposit right now. Yep, right over there on the dresser. I could take that bad boy to my local branch and be right back in the black, except I was never in the red. Everything fixed itself! Check out my running balance: at exactly 5:27 this morning, as I thrashed sleeplessly in my bed, it was all taken care of. No phone calls, no passwords, no problems. Almost as if I have no real control over my money once it disappears into the virtual labyrinths of the banking industry. And why should I? It sounds like a bit of a headache, really.

No, I’ve got more important things to do, and to buy. Some new jeans would be nice. Or another dinner at that French restaurant that was responsible for the delayed charge in the first place; their asparagus appetizer was delicious, if a bit pricey. To get there I’ll walk down the street where guys are selling used books and probably toss some cash their way as well. This extra $50 is seriously burning a hole in my pocket.

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Tour de Brooklyn: A Borough Grub Crawl

Last weekend Bon Appetit magazine teamed up with Belvedere Vodka and Chase Sapphire to take a tour of the ever-expanding Brooklyn Food scene. Focusing on three key neighborhoods, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg, and Red Hook, the tours worked to really highlight some of the areas’ best food options, while making it walker-friendly.

I was lucky enough to join Friday’s Cobble Hill grub crawl and started out at Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli’s Italian inspired restaurant Frankies 457 Spuntino. The joint was packed inside, but luckily we ducked out into the garden to sip a berry-ripe lambrusco and nibble on seasonal crostini. The way the tour worked was that they had four groups of people intermittently going to one of the four spots where we stayed for about 45 minutes. Frankies proved a good place to start, but our next stop felt a little awkward.

Dessert before dinner, anyone? Not that I am actually complaining. Given our tour took us to Kim Ima’s brick-and-mortar location of Treats Truck and to a pile of luscious peanut butter and chocolate sandwich cookies, it was a win-win situation. We followed that up with Clover Club and had a lovely punch by cocktail goddess Julie Reiner, who was actually there explaining her drink, giving us a recipe, and then pouring up their house drink comprised of raspberries and Dorothy Parker gin. We ended the night at Seersucker and sampled chef Robert Newton’s sinful fried chicken, fluffy biscuits, pimento cheese, and the Thirsty Owl Riesling that they have on tap. All together, the tour did highlight some of the hottest spots in the neighborhood right now.

On Saturday they covered Williamsburg and smartly chose Rye for cocktails, Maison Premiere for oysters, and Brooklyn Winery for a tour and wine tasting. The other two places I was less impressed with and would have skipped, one of which was Allswell because, frankly, it’s not anything special. Same for the jaunt to the Meatball Shop; while it’s delicious, there’s nothing Brooklyn about it given its two other locations in Manhattan. Sunday’s food crawl took place in Red Hook and did the neighborhood well by hitting up Stumptown Coffee Roasters, trying St. John Frizell’s southern-style Fort Defiance, eating Korean breakfast at The Good Fork, filling up on smoked meat at Mile End, and dancing at the historical bar Sunny’s.

Overall, the folks behind the tour did well to give a broad sampling of the neighborhoods that you can easily walk around in. The only other location I would have included is Prospect Heights where you can easily indulge in seasonal nibbles from The Vanderbilt, cocktails at Weather Up, ramen at Chuko, and oysters at Cornelius—but I guess that’s a good excuse to do that one on my own.