Archives for January 2009

Oh My Momofuku!

So, after our bowls of bliss, we spent the afternoon walking around Soho.  We got lost in the MoMA store and Kate's Paperie. The guys waited patiently while we picked out papers.  We made quick friends with the clerks there.  I almost got in trouble for taking a picture in there.  The clerk asked, "is that for art?" and I shot back, "everything's about art!"  She high fived me and let me go free!  After all their waiting we rewarded the guys with a quick pub stop and then lunch at Momofuku Ssam. We chose Momofuku because Todd … [Read more...]

Bowl of Bliss at Belthazar

We started our first day in NYC at Balthazar last weekend.  Todd and I were beginning our breakfast there.  It is such a lovely bustling place.  Our waiter, one of many attentive waiters, came and asked us if we wanted our coffee or cappuccino in a "cup" or a "bowl".   You can not go wrong with anything you order at this place as far as I can tell.  Hearty, healthy breads, homemade granola, fresh fruit, and pastries.   This is the way to start the day.  We started ours with a cappuccino, a bowl of warm bliss.   Can I tell you how … [Read more...]

Magik at Death & Co.

Dark street, dark door, dark curtain...everyone in black.  We were kindly greeted by our NY friends and Death & Co. regulars.  They introduced us to the guru drink guy.  He gave us a nod as he created his magik.  We cozied into our booth and let the waitress guide us into a new and rediscovered culture of well mixed drinks.  They went out of their way to get it right and make us happy.  The whole experience will be with us for a while.  Well worth seeking out the dark doors! … [Read more...]

New York is the New Black

Don't look for me in New York City this week.  It will be too hard.  I'll be wearing New York camouflage from head to toe.   I'm going to blend in like a burglar, dressed in black,  and steal a peak into city life.    When I'm wearing black, I'll feel stylish, city-ish, New York-ish.  I'll walk in and out of our hotel with confidence.  Black, it changes everything.  Jeans and tees, they might say gardening, or where I live right now, shoveling.  They might say soccer mom.   But, black especially at night says, Pegu Club, or Milk … [Read more...]

Open Letter to the Amateur Gourmet

Dear Amateur Gourmet, We admit it.  We've been stalking, lurking after you on the web.  We see your blog rolls, your recipes, your friends, your pictures, your challenges.  You see, we have been in our homes a little too long... cabin fever takes it's toll.  We've been wiping noses, vacuuming too much, planting herbs, gardening, washing dishes, and doing laundry.  We don't get out much.  We don't get to New York enough.  You see, it's been years, really.  We needed adventure.  We needed some spice!  To see art, no, to make … [Read more...]

Oops, I did it Again!

I have been credited for chucking meat on purpose.  Over the years, in fact, I have chucked several semi-loads of bad meat.  I know, I know....people are starving in....this is bad shopping, bad planning, bad karma!  I have been in my house for three solid days with these roasts and hamburger patties, and still they did not managed to get cooked or served.  This is my meat chucking confessional.  I don't take it lightly.  The meat got chucked again:  here & here.  If I was a better planner/cook/ok, even MOTHER.....then, I … [Read more...]

Uncle Bonnie’s Favorite Food Memory

Chris Ann and I have been asking people, "What is your favorite food memory?"  Many people respond with, "I've never thought about that!"  I posed this question to my Aunt Bonnie over the holidays.  Aunt Bonnie is an artist and has always been the eccentric aunty of the family...that's why we call her Uncle Bonnie!  She has created art all over the world.  I had the privilege of helping her with a mural here in Baltimore when I was a teenager.  She is currently wrapping up her first comic novel!  Needless to say she's very … [Read more...]