Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CA Peep Time

I finally got some time with one of my friends from California. My friend Matt brought his daughter out to the big city. We had a chance to catch up yesterday and hang in Central Park where I got to meet a friend of his that lives here, Derek. Always good to have new friends in a city this size. I wandered the park in search of them and took some shots while walking. And let me tell you Central Park is Humongous!!

I finally found them at the Boathouse where Matt and his daughter were rowing around the lake so I met up with Derek and we sat on the patio and waited for them to get back. The weather was perfect and once they returned we lounged and chatted and people watched for at least another hour.

From there we bid adieu to Derek until later and we strolled through the park before going back to Matt's hotel so Halia could have a snack. He found a great little place in the Upper West Side. After seeing it I would definitely recommend it to out of town guests. He got an upgrade and had a ridiculous balcony with amazing views.

We left there and met up with Derek at Patsy's for some original New York Pizza and let me tell you it was Delish. Mom would be proud. And as if Pizza wasn't enough, we headed down to Little Italy to Ferrara's for Cannoli's. Yummmmy.

It was a good day.

Sunday Strolling

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hunting and Gathering

"You seemed so happy"
"Yes. Precisely. Enough, let's stop right there. Let's not spoil everything"
"You think they're like your pencils? That they get worn down if you use them?"


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trains of Thought

Life is a train of moods like a string of beads and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses which paint the world there own hue, and each shows only what lies in it's own focus.

Hunting and Gathering

"Leave your rags and napkins in the same drawer. Life is more fun when there's a bit of a mess"


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Market Day

I am finally feeling like I am settling in. Apartment-check, Running Club-check, Farmer's market-check, Church-check. I know Holly will be sad but I even found a place to drop off my compost. I refuse to lug it back to CA just for her. I love her and all but really? So instead, at the Union Square Market on Monday, Wednesday and Friday they will take your kitchen scraps. How great is that? There was even a guy who showed me his cute little bucket and told me where to get one online. Sweet. So compost dropped I perused the market for some yummies to take home. I cant wait to have a normal fridge and stove so I can do some cooking. I mean look at his stuff. Gorgeous!!

There was even a cooking demo by Louis Shafia who was delightful. She made grilled peach and corn salad and it was DELISH!!! Check out the recipe.

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

3 firm peaches, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
5 T olive oil plus extra for brushing the corn
2 ears of corn shucked
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 tsp dijon mustard
5 oz salad greens torn into bite size pieces
sea salt and pepper

Toss the peaches in 2 T olive oil and a dash of sea salt
Heat the grill over high heat and place the peaches on the grill in a single layer
Cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes then flip and cook the second side for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temp
Brush the corn lightly with olive oil and season with salt. Place the corn on the hot grill and cook for 10 minutes rotating every few minutes. Baste with olive oil 1 or 2 more times. Remove and cool to room temp.
In a large bowl, toss together the shallot, vinegar, mustard and the remaining 3 T of olive oil. Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper. Cut the peaches rounds in half and add them to the dressing. Cut the kernals from the cob and add them to the salad. Add the lettuce greens and toss to coat with the dressing. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Kids it was so good. Try it at home and send Louisa a shout out.


East Coast Running

Well between packing up my whole house in a week, moving cross country and apartment hunting for a week my running has been on the back burner to say the least. Not to mention it has been Africa hot here since I got in. I think I did 2 runs in the last 3 weeks. Oy. I have been walking like a mad women but it's just not the same. So last night I decided it was high time I went for a real run and I figure why not run the Brooklyn Bridge. Something I have always wanted to do and once I mapped it I realized it is actually very close to my little sublet here in Fort Greene. Out and back had me at 4.5 miles. Perfect. Only 3 turns on the streets and I would be heading up that infamous structure that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan. And it was glorious. The weather was perfect. It was early enough that it wasn't super hot yet and there was a good breeze blowing. I headed down DeKalb took a right on Flatbush, which by the way goes right over the Manhattan Bridge, (may have to do that on Saturday), left on Tillary and right on Adams. Adams goes right up the middle, on top of the bridge. It was quite popular, bicyclists, runners, walkers, tourists, all the rage. I took my phone which is new for me but trying to be safe but it also gave me a camera. :) Always the shooter.

The run was lovely and I am so glad to be running again. I am going to go join the New York Road Runners this afternoon. Seems they have quite the quiver of perks and it would be nice to meet some people in this big city. Running circles around my beautiful little Fort Greene park is lovely but I am not a circle runner. I need a loop or an out and back. Today was a testament to that.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Trains of Thought

Robert Frost
Dust of Snow

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Mom's Last Stand

It's our last day to hoof around this city together. Well for this trip at least. After meeting with the brokers to get all the paperwork in for the apartment, we decided to walk a little and sit a little and just take it easy. We had brunch at a yummy little place in the Village, stopped by the post office to pick up a box for mom to send some stuff home and then we just got a wild hair and took the train to Coney Island. Mom had never been there as a kid so we thought, Why Not? It was a pretty quick train ride and it was so fun to walk around out there. Yes Virginia there is an ocean not too far from the big city. We walked the boardwalk, we took pictures and yes we had a hot dog at the Original Nathan's. It was a good day

Weekend Wrap Up

Well Mom went home yesterday...booooo. Don't want to get too far behind so here is a quick wrap up of our last couple days. Sunday: Church at Times Square Church-AMAzing. Music was so good, everybody was singing and clapping and now Mom wants to be a cool little old black lady. :)

After church we got tickets to see Mamma Mia which was just across the street but we had some time to kill before the show and there just happened to be a street fair that took up about 10 blocks of Broadway. They had food and clothes and toys and all kinds of stuff to look at. Not to mention the people watching. Oh the people. New York City is nothing if not a great place to just sit and look at people. So diverse, so normal, so weird.

After some walking, some Starbucks lemonade green tea and a street pretzel for my Mamma we took our seats in the cold, dark theater for Mamma Mia. Perfect for a hot NYC afternoon. The theater was gorgeous and we took lots of pics before the show started.

Mhmm no one has to wonder where I get it from any more. :)
Oh and by the way, the show was FANTASTIC!!!!! I forgot how much I love Abba songs. We laughed and sang and cried and danced. SO much fun!! I will definitely be seeing that one again and I know two chicas who will be going with me. So after more walking we decided on an early light dinner at a place called Barbounia. I had been there a few years ago and the food was excellent. I knew Mom would like it. We had Spicy Feta and Tuna Tartare and it did not disappoint.

Whew, another full day.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Market Day

We are so tired. It is getting harder and harder to get out of bed and get moving. We were waiting on some paperwork so we decided to hit the farmer's market and the flea market here in Brooklyn before heading into the city. Off we went with the main goal to get a lobster roll at the flea market. I refuse to buy anything else until I have a place to live. Thankfully there was nothing that I could not live with out but we did get some ideas for future decorating. And the lobster roll....delish. So good in fact we ate them before I could get a shot. Ooops. :)

When we got back to the apartment, we had what we needed to go meet my broker and plop down a chunk of change to attempt to get an apartment. I refuse to put any up until I actually get it but here I am in the cute new space.

We took some measurements and checked out a few more things in the apartment including the shared garden out back that my broker hadn't even know about. It is darling. Can't wait to show you. Sean seemed to think all the prelim stuff was in order so we bid adieu until Monday at 9:30 am and mom and I were off again to explore the hood and find a place to eat. I know I know all we do is walk and eat. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. :) First stop, C.O. Bigelow. Swoon. An old apothecary that has been in the same building over 170 years. The features were gorgeous. And they carried so many brands with vintage looking branding. I have found my new pharmacy.

We also stumbled upon a community garden that according to Andy Warhol has "the most perfect tree in New York"

After strolling for a bit we opted for alittle place called Good for dinner and yes it was.
A whole slew of appies made their way to our table.

It was Good indeed. We almost licked the plates.