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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...]

Happy New Year!

This is how we chill it, Minnesota style--out in a snowbank in sub degree temps!!  We are having a cozy New Year's, in this year.  We are thinking about our friends far and wide, friends that we have rung in many a more festive New Years with...but, we are content and cozy in our home awaiting our crack into this very nice sparkling wine.  Kristin & Devon are celebrating in their home with a couple of our other dear friends and at some point we will ching our glasses to the receiver of the telephone like we have for quite a … [Read more...]

Piedigrotta in Baltimore

There are no words to describe the pastries, pies and cookies at Piedigrotta Bakery! One taste of their fig bread and I knew I had entered another time, place and era. I have yet to find a bakery in Baltimore that has the quality and depth of an old world bakery! There are no short steps here! If you haven't made a visit to this bakery on are missing a true gem! … [Read more...]

Red Canoe Muffin Run

We make muffin runs to the Red Canoe!  The muffins at this local joint is the unique element that sets the Red Canoe apart.  We have hunted high and low for just the right muffin in Baltimore.  They are usually too sweet or over processed.  Not at the Red Canoe!  My personal favorite has chunks of mango holding the muffin together...moist and slightly heated up and enjoyed with a black cup of Zeke's coffee! … [Read more...]

Zeke’s Coffee…Dark and Delish

Dark roasts come back to Baltimore!!  When I think of Baltimore coffee I think of dark, rich, bold and black!  When Zeke's first came on the scene I think they were part of the "under-roasted, taste the nuances of the bean" brigade...I am beyond happy they found their way to the dark and bold roasts that make me think of the early days (90's) of the Baltimore coffee scene!  I am a devoted follower and happy to see them popping up in unexpected restaurants! … [Read more...]

Ryan’s Daughter Goes Down Perfect

This past Friday, we went with three other couples to Ryan's Daughter, in Towson, Maryland, to celebrate my friend's birthday.  We had been through a huge list of restaurants, trying to find the perfect atmosphere for the special evening...not too stuffy, can wear jeans, good food and good beer.  We made a good pick!  The night was fun!  The fish and chips were a hit!  And my black and tan went down smooth! … [Read more...]