My Thanksgiving Menu

November 11, 2009

Thought I’d share my Thanksgiving menu because I am getting so excited for Turkey day!

I linked all the recipes if you want to play along at home. ¬†ūüôā

Spiced nuts

Beet- pickled deviled eggs

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

String Beans with Shallots

Cranberry Relish

Chestnut, Prune and Pancetta Stuffing

Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey

Cream Gravy

Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Vanilla and Apple Cider Panna Cotta

Fresh Pear Pie with Dried Cherries and Streusel Topping

Boy we are going to be stuffed! I promise to include pics once the day arrives. I have been a busy little crafting bee!


1 dress 365 days

November 10, 2009

I have often thought I could go a whole year only wearing dresses. Aside from jeans, I’m not very enthusiastic about pants in general, and dresses are a great way to look put together without much effort. But ONE dress everyday all year? Now that shows commitment. It’s called the Uniform Project and it is about bringing awareness to sustainable fashion and raising money for India’s poorest schools via the Akanksha Foundation.

Aside from being a great cause with an interesting concept, the girl knows how to accessorize!

sept 3rd

sept 5th

oct 11th

nov 3rd

Bikes in the burg

September 3, 2009

bikes galore

I have to admit upfront that I didn’t take this pic. I stole it from my friends facebook page. I love it because it speaks worlds about the neighborhood I live in. Its from the last official Pool Party ¬†of the summer. (for those who don’t know what that means: its a free concert on the water in Williamsburg.) The cyclists and their custom made bikes are taking over the future.. we need more bike parking I tell you!

Ominous sky

June 30, 2009

brooklyn sky

Evening sky

June 24, 2009

brooklyn sky

I guess I have been a little downtrodden by all the rain in NYC lately and so haven’t been blogging. Finally today I started to see a break and the proverbial sun shining through. Could it be? Is summer really arriving? The funny weather seems to be giving way to these eerie nights skies, so I guess rainy days aren’t all bad… (psst… sun: don’t be deterred. I still love you a lot)

summer is it you?

Wicker baskets

June 11, 2009

Stella resort collection

I recently treated myself to a little bike upgrade and the best part about it is my wicker bike basket. It is so cute and spring-y, I feel compelled to fill it up with lemons or something and ride through the park whistling.

However, today I had an afternoon that was quite unlike this lovely pic from the Stella McCartney resort collection. It was a very dreary, mist-ridden bike date with my beau (yes, I called him my beau, the basket brings out my grandma side. I’m telling ya). But I don’t care much that the weather didnt cooperate because there was truffle french fries waiting at the end of the journey. Yes!

wicker baskets: so hot right now….

old car and basket

puggle picnic

Longaberger basket building


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Worishofer Sandals

May 25, 2009

Worishofer Sandals

Tonight while walking the dogs I found myself in an unusually good mood. This does not happen often since they are terrible on the leash and as many dog owners know, it often feels more like a chore than just getting some fresh air. I even *smiled* at passersby. The weather felt just like a summer night should be, right after a rain storm, warm and balmy with a slightly cool breeze.

But it wasn’t just the weather accounting for my good mood, I engaged in two of my favorite activities today: Girl’s brunch and shoe shopping. The latter of which provided me with these babies. Not the sexy, sleek kind of shoes I normally go for, but exactly what my wardrobe needs. I was hunting for something that was comfortable enough for long walks exploring some European locale (say, Paris?) but not so comfort looking that they scream “trashy American.” Plus, they have a little elevation to keep me away from that NYC grime when I’m not abroad. And a $70 price tag to boot? Oui, oui, ma cherie! I got mine at my favorite local shoe store, Shoe Market in Williamsburg but you can buy em online here. Did I mention the fine German craftsmanship?

One thing I always say about living in New York is that its no use paying ¬†the ridiculously high rent if you aren’t going out and taking advantage of all the things the city has to offer. I try to live by that advice as much as possible and I also see how its easy to get comfortable in your¬†routine. Work, TV, bed. Then on the weekends: brunch, drinks, bed. Yesterday I was very proud of myself because I broke out of the routine and went to not one, but two interesting NYC things.¬†


The first was an interactive installation by Ernesto Neto at the Park Avenue Armory, called Anthropodino. Its a large, sort of translucent labyrinth with hanging pods that are filled with spices. You could smell the clove and curry wafting at you from the front door. Kids were running around everywhere, and there was a smaller structure where a group of people seemed to be lounging for hours among the lavender eye pillows and cushiony floor. Its always interesting to me to see people living among art like that.

If you aren’t in NYC go here to see a video of the installation. Pretty neat.


catapult at streb

Then it was off to a much higher energy performance at Streb in Williamsburg. I had been warned that “it is such an extreme performance that you might get a little scared for the dancers.” And low and behold, at a few particularly nerve racking points I couldn’t help but let out a scream in total surprise and concern. The whole thing is such an adrenaline rush that had me in amazement of the of these performers that seem to have boundless energy and bravery in the face of gravity.

It was a mixed up audience with a range of adults and plenty of kids who seemed just as awestruck as everyone else. As we were leaving I heard a thick Jersey accent behind me say “That was good. It was real.. ya know, arty.”


April 30, 2009

windowboxA lovely Ranunculus display in Brooklyn.

Kumquat Cupcakes

April 30, 2009

Kumquat cupcakery

One of my favorite finds at the Brooklyn Flea last weekend. Despite the fact that a mini cupcake is a bit redundant (its already a small cake!) I kinda love the adorable tiny-ness of these things. One bite of perfection. Makes eating a dozen scarily doable.

chocolate blueberry delish from kumquat

Flan for two

April 30, 2009


I hate to miss a day in the blogosphere and sadly I haven’t been writing recently because I have been busy working and enjoying the sunny weather.¬†

Yesterday was a little of both and I got to enjoy New York again in my favorite way. Eating and drinking al fresco. When I first moved here I had a theory that a night of going out wasn’t complete until you visit 3 places. Obviously this seems excessive anywhere else, but in NYC I am imbued with sort of “bar ADD” and so staying on the move makes the night feel like a fun and diverse tour. I haven’t engaged in my 3 place tradition in some time, but the warm summer air last night brought out that infectious bar hopper in me.

This pic was from the first stop. Flan is not a notoriously beautiful dessert, and so maybe it was the happy hour margaritas talking but I just had to take a before and after. (I think the drinks were stronger than I thought because because mid-photo I plopped my entire iphone directly in the lovely dish. whoops!)


flan beforeflan after

You gotta love the requisite “no, you have it” wedge that is left when sharing a dessert. I like to think of it as an offering to the dessert gods. An “angel’s share” if you will. On second glimpse I think there might even be a found heart in that pic somewhere…

Roosevelt Dime

April 25, 2009

Roosevelt Dime
These guys Roosevelt Dime were playing outside the Brooklyn Flea Market today and their old timey sound was just right for the warm sunny weather. I even saw a baby clapping along.

Clam pizza

April 20, 2009

Fornino's clam pizza

Sounds wierd, but it’s good. From Fornino in Williamsburg.

Chairs in the sun

April 9, 2009

This morning it seemed impossible that the weather would live up to the wildly inaccurate 65 degree forecast. It was as windy as the beginning of the Wizard of Oz. Then slowly, low and behold, soon the blustery sky gave way to a balmy Sunday that had everyone frolicking in the streets. People were eating outside, riding bikes, eschewing winter jackets.. it was divine.

Moon River Chattel

March 29, 2009

moon riveroutside

Returning from a lovely relaxing vacation has given me a revived enthusiasm for living in New York. Luckily today the weather was playing along and I had a nice Saturday exploring my Brooklyn neighborhood. I feel as if I’ve been in hibernation all Winter and have finally awoken to discover all these great little shops just seconds from my doorstep. Now I get why my rent is so high!¬†

Before even walking into Moon River Chattel I knew I was in trouble. Its exactly the kind of store that makes me weak in the purse strings.

1. Home stuff (like bits and bobs of cooking, eating and washing up accessories I don’t need)- check.

2. The kind of store design where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. –check. Meaning, nothing is revolutionary that they sell (wire baskets, hardware), but I love the vibe of the store so much I want to move in and I need to buy something as an artifact to say I approve that this store is in existence. I mean- big jars of home made lollipops and Bit -o-Honey at the register?

3. Old timey music playing- check

I got off easy this time with some juice/scotch glasses and an olive oil decanter, but ill be back for more ogling and candle buying. Just gotta get some spring cleaning done first! Check em out on Apartment Therapy.

wire baskets