It’s an exciting week for me and the other half in what is usually a sleepy July (AKA summer in the City as usual). Tonight I’m going to an artist talk and private viewing at my old hang (AKA the Guggenheim). Thursday is a book club, and Friday night we’re seeing a friend perform with Rudy Royston at the Village Vanguard (woo hoo!). Saturday, the fun continues when we venture off to Coney Island to watch a Brooklyn Cyclones game (though I’ll actually be working there as my company is a media sponsor of that game!) and probably get some hot dogs and pizza. Sunday, our gourmet tour de force continues at the Taste of Jewish Food Fair, and lastly we’re off to see a taping of John Oliver’s new show, Last Week Tonight! Lots to do and lots to write about - stay tuned…
I mean, it’s the same as any other Kanye West video. You just have colorful bears running around.KANYE. (Of course.)
Allen based a lot of Annie Hall on Diane Keaton, who, as far as I know, is a real person and not a ridiculous male fantasy.Nathan Rabin is apologizing for creating the MPDG.
I know right now I’m going to eat breakfast. That’s the extent of my looking into the future.My morning Jon Hamm and eggs. Swoon.
blazing summer / cold coffee.
First of all, it would be shocking if Harry et al. didn’t suffer from severe PTSD. They were basically child soldiers.
INTERNET IS FREAKING OUT BECAUSE HARRY POTTER!!!!!
this is basically the only takeaway we should all have though, tbh.
This weekend we got pretty ambitious on the cooking front, which was exciting and fortunately all our endeavors turned out deliciously! Besides scones, we made a very tasty frittata, and then we decided to make our favorite restaurateur’s Sunday sauce and meatballs.
I made the Frankie’s meatballs in the past with my dad, and that time I think they came out really well.
When I made them before, I didn’t make the sauce from scratch, so it was extra special to try the whole Frankie’s dish as it was intended. Well, not 100% as intended, because we decided to skip out on the raisins and instead of soaked white break we used egg challah, but you know, why cook it yourself if you can’t make it your own?
We slathered our balls in sauce (hahahahahaha I’m 12) so the picture makes it look more like chili than meatballs, but they turned out well.
The next night we decided to use the leftover sauce and turned it into a bolognese with some penne. All in all a weekend of food highlights (with some serious food comas to boot - I have neglected to mention we also ate the Gorgon from Otto’s Tacos… and we will most likely eat it again)!
If it’s a weekend, there is a safe bet that I’m somewhere out there, trying to get my hand on the perfect scone. If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that takes me to many good coffee shops because I love all things biscuit-and-baked-good-related. But this Friday, with the holiday and the weather being all wet, I stayed in and decided to bake some cream biscuits with my partner in coffee-and-scone-ing.
Cream biscuits are truly a marvelous thing. They’re easy to make, can be sweet or savory, and though it was independence day, this half-brit felt like they’d pair nicely with a strong cuppa tea or coffee.
The recipe we used was from Smitten Kitchen. We decided to skip the sugar, because we bought strawberry jam and figured that would be sweet enough (it was).
As you can see they came out ok! We ate them plain…
… with jam …
and the next morning, we popped the remaining biscuits on a pizza stone, heated them up for about 5 minutes, and then assembled some mini breakfast sandwiches!
If you have 15 minutes and an endless appetite/imagination these are the biscuits for you. I don’t think they’ll stop me from my weekly scone excursions, but they’re a quick and easy (need I reiterate tasty?) recipe to have in the repertoire.
As I mentioned a few days ago, I made it my mission to try out Bluebird’s new sister shop Rosella on Clinton Street this weekend. With good pastries, and a well designed interior, my visit was delightful, and the first of many to come.
Let’s start with the most important (to me, at least) part: the food!
Like Bluebird, there is a fairly diverse selection. I went with the mocha scone - I think I really wanted the mixed berry one, but my companion in coffee was partial to figuring out what this mocha scone was about, so at least I know what I’m going to get next time.
As you can see, it’s not too huge that you’d shy away from it for fear of diabetes. The glaze wasn’t too sugary, and the mocha flavor actually was more molasses-y than espresso-y. The chocolate chips added some moisture to the biscuit, and it paired nicely with an iced coffee. Much like Bluebird’s “Nutella scone” (which is a scone that has chocolate and hazelnuts, but not the actual spread) this was more the idea of the sum of its parts. Not a let down, but probably not the best pastry in the case. I gotta tell you, I was eyeing that crumb cake pretty hard too - it looks like it would go really well with a cappuccino.
Our other selection was the avocado toast and an americano. The toast itself was warm and thick - as you can see, it was whole grain; these guys own Milk Bar, and I think it’s safe to say they’ve gotten their avocado toast down to a science by this point. The chunks of feta were a nice addition in my opinion, and the ratio of avocado to toast was on the mark. In the picture below you can make out the other options on the menu for more substantial comestibles - granola, ricotta toast, grilled cheese, and a salmon sandwich. All seemed like delicious options. Again, the place merits a follow up, and I ‘m thinking ricotta toast is next on the docket.
Moving onto the other elements of the experience - service and decor primarily - the visit to Rosella was wholly enjoyable. New York can become a ghost town during weekends in the summer, and so it’s actually a very pleasant time to enjoy all the space and quiet.
Rosella was bright and airy; the decor was minimal and modern, and everything felt very cheerful. The wall of greenery was a nice touch, and I actually think it’s a smart choice to help absorb noise. There were a couple of people working on their laptops at the front by the window, so it’s a good place to sit and get some work done, but also not too conducive to douchey bloggers like yours truly planting themselves for hours by an outlet (which they actually have, a nice touch in my opinion).
As you can see the cheerful decor expends to the ceramics - which, to the surprise of the bf and myself was actually from CB2! - and the playful design touches throughout. It looks like it’s the kind of place that will become the hang out for those waiting for Clinton Street Baking Co. on a Sunday morning, but in my opinion it’s Rosella that really should be the destination.
So, that’s Rosella, folks! I liked their logo so much I figured I’d do a close up of the card, it’s a buy ten get one free situation, so I know I’ll be back at least 9 times. Maybe I’ll see you there, internet friends.
This past weekend, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and visited the Roof Garden Commission at the Met. Each summer the Met puts up an installation on their roof - prior years included a Jeff Koons exhibition (whose summertime hit this year, besides his Whitney retrospective, is Split Rocker, currently residing in Rockefeller Center courtesy of the Public Art Fund), Big Bambú by the Starn brothers, and Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City - this summer is Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout by Dan Graham in collaboration with Günther Vogt.
This year’s installation makes the most of why a rooftop in New York City is great: the view. Lining the roof with astroturf, a curved, two-way mirror/glass structure, sandwiched between two walls of ivy lies in the center of the green.
It’s a really nice place to come check out the view, and have an overpriced drink at the “Martini Bar" (a $15 expenditure, which I decided to skip). However, be forewarned: though there is a small pergola, there is no place else to relax in the shade. Bring your SPF! On a sunny summer day, it’s a safe bet for a fun afternoon. I was there on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t too crowded even. Check it out and bring a camera.