Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Pearl River (Chinese everything store...like an Asian Target?)
The Met (I prefer the Met over MOMA, but up to you)
New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre or Met Opera
Go through the Ralph Lauren mansion. Walk up and down Madison, window shopping.
Explore the flea market on 6th and 24th (weekend only).
Lion King (amaaaazing), Jersey boys, Wicked, or anything really on Broadway. If you're going to do tkts for the shows, go to the south street seaport location. it's so much less crowded
A photo in front of the Flatiron Building at 23rd Street & 5th Ave is fun, especially when standing in Madison Park on 23rd Street!
One of my favorite views of Central Park is standing on the 2nd floor of the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle. Take the escalators to the 2nd floor and look out and see the southwest corner of Central Park and along the east corridor of Central Park South toward the Plaza Hotel.
Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Bergdorf Goodman—the window displays are always amazing
Browse through Tiffany's—especially the diamond engagement rings
Grand Central Terminal, a gorgeous main hall and just down the block from Bryant Park and The New York Public Library
ABC Carpet and Home—a great home store with an amazing chocolate store (see below). Go here at least for the hot chocolate.
A toasted everything bagel with cream cheese and tomato (made at any deli with fresh bagels)
Jane Restaurant—brunch (French toast to DIE for!!)
Campy but superfun Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the waiters sing AND serve yummy comfort food
If you like Middle Eastern food, Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant in Greenwich Village is amazing. It kind of looks like a little hole in the wall but BEST falafels
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge if you have the time. When you get to the other side, go to Grimaldi's Pizza (19 Old Fulton St - just under the bridge).
The hidden Burger Joint inside the fancy le Parker Meridian Hotel (their burgers are a bit spicy and deliciously affordable, order fries as well and a chocolate shake; a hole in the wall nyc version of in & out)
For Indian food, go to Baluchi’s (it’s a chain, but the best Indian in the city, there are several locations). Order the samosas to start, chicken tikka masala with nan bread and a mango lassi to drink.
Cupcakes—Magnolia Bakery. If you go to Magnolia, go on a weekday, NOT Saturday, because the tourists gets crazy there (it’s on the Sex and the City tour). Order vanilla cupcakes with pink icing. Walking around the West Village is really fun, so order your cupcakes and then wander around the neighborhood. (Although, I must say will all the polite modesty in the world, that my homemade cupcakes are even better.)
Sea Thai in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (Delicious pad thai)
Michel Cluizel, chocolate shop in ABC - the Hot Chocolate is to die for!!
Pizza. My favorite little New York pizza place is on 14th Street and Irving Place (between 3rd and 4th Ave). So delicious. But really, all the New York pizza joints are really good.
Last night's episode (which airs here at 7PM!!!!) was great. Little J tries to stand on her own two spindly legs, Rufus is in full-on Dad concern mode, Serena is putting her blond locks to great swishy use, poor Blair has more ups and downs than the Dow Jones, and Lily(!) is back. Collecting art for her new apartment and feeling all vixenish when her new hubby Bart gets home from his business trip.
And Chuck. Oh, Chuckles, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. Your scarves are ridiculous but it's great that you have the gumption to stick with your trademark. You are who you are, no apologies. You notice when people stick out their necks for you (even if it is somewhat grudging acknowledgement). You learn from your mistakes. You clearly love Blair (although you have some work to do in your courtship skills. Seriously, just be nice to her. Novel idea, but it will probably work better than all this nonsense.) Anyways, as we were watching last night, I said to Jessica, "I want to get a puppy and name it Charlie Trout." Love him.
Here is this week's awesome Daily Intel Reality Roundup for your giggling pleasure. But I reserve the right to disagree with them and say that the Project Runway reference was completely awesome.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Project Runway may not be moving to Lifetime after all! Judge Richard B. Lowe III ruled on Friday that Project Runway's move to Lifetime cannot go ahead as planned because NBC Universal should have had a right to match the terms of the deal made with the Weinstein Co. This means Lifetime cannot air Project Runway, market or promote the program, or offer any spinoffs it had planned. The Weinstein Co. plans to appeal the ruling. A trial date will be set on October 15, though it's possible NBC and the Weinsteins could settle out of court.
While I would have followed Heidi, Michael, Nina and Tim anywhere, I really hope the show stays on Bravo. NBC, the ball is in your court!
Friday, September 26, 2008
A fun tidbit--during our recent hurrication in Oxford, MS we drove around Ole Miss campus and saw all the preparations for tonight. Including a massive chainlink fence that has become something of a local celebrity. The press tent was amazing and huge. Oh, to be one of the lucky few invited tonight!
The Rachel Zoe Project show is fun, frothy, full of beautiful clothes and pretty people who say and do funny things. What's not to like? Apparently, plenty. (At least by others. I love it.) The New York Times gave the show--and essentially Rachel herself--a harsh, scathing review. So harsh in fact, that Matt Donnelly of the Huffington Post wrote a very fair rebuttal in protest of the NYT treatment of her.
The thing is, not many people have the money to collect Hermes Birkin bags and go buy 3 leopard coats in one fell swoop. Most people don't have a personal hair and makeup guy on their personal staff. (Most of us don't have personal staffs! Although if I did, I would totally wear eyelashes every day like Rachel does. So pretty!) Most people don't have a Mercedes and a BMW and a gorgeous house in the Hollywood Hills. It's fun to see all that. It's fun to see beautiful dresses and high heels. It's fun to live vicariously with Rachel as she runs around in her white bathrobe and hands out the perfect gown, jean, accessory. She's like a sartorial fairy godmother. And especially right now, when the world looks pretty bleak, it's great to enjoy someone else's "happy place" and feel welcomed into her life and world, known as Camp Zoe.
She is happy to share her sense of fashion with the world, and let's face it, she is genius at it. I would happily enlist into her army of "Zoebots" any day.
And seriously, what girl wouldn't kill for this closet??
Here is a great summary of recent news I found to be very helpful, especially of the smaller news bits that get buried under the avalanche of Merrill/Goldman/WaMu/AIG/Lehman stories.
In addition, I came across these great pieces. Written by Chris DesBarres, a Google employee. Chris has put these little nuggets together to explain in a very easy, connect the dots, 1-2-3 method what exactly happened at Lehman and AIG. It was very helpful for me to start to figure out how to understand what is going on.
And as a commentor on the Lehman post says, "I just got 30-seconds smarter. This is the dude whose notes you want to borrow before the big exam. Get this guy a show on MSNBC."
You'll feel the same way too.
What happened at Lehman, in 30 Seconds or Less
AIG in 30, or More Like 45, Seconds
Who enjoyed last night's two hour season premiere? I did, although I should have let the DVR do it's job (yay for the cable installation!!!) and gone to bed, I stayed up to see all the pretty drama.
I know many of you haven't seen the episode yet, don't worry there are no spoilers but here are my
Favorite moments: Meredith and Christina with the chicken, the staplegunning major, the Chief and Meredith and the fact that Grey's FINALLY seems to have un-jumped the shark and gotten back to basics: Mereidth and Derek, Christina and her mojo, and Izzy seems to be more a real character and less a characticure of....whatever she's been impersonating the last few seasons. And the fact that Bernadette Peters, whom I love, had a guest starring role in the episode.
Lease favorite moments: Alex/Izzy drama (too predictable), Lexie/George drama (ditto--but very much enjoyed the Lexie/Mark Sloan (man he is hot) resultant interaction), and the fact that those women were in their fancy ball gowns the whole episode. Give those poor women some scrubs to change into!!
And go read this. Love it.
And to think that last year at this time, the biggest concern in New York was about the Broadway strike and whether or not we'd all get to see our shows. What a difference a year makes.
Erin is now head of Credit Suisse's global hedge fund business. In the article she discusses the magnitude of current financial crises, the particulars surrounding her departure, and muses on how this situation was brought about. She also discusses her experience being a woman on Wall Street, something that, as she says, was a "phenomenom." She does not come off as bitter, instead she appears to be very calm and persistent about resolving the crises and the future of the markets.
I hope more women can burst through the ranks and rise to the top of organizations. I'm not saying it would make the world a perfect place, but maybe as things change on Wall Street and the landscape shifts, more women can be included at the table.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Don't pass go, DO NOT spend the $200 you may or may not collect from passing go, and get thee to the site to learn why.
The Simple Dollar
What I am talking about is, when you're watching a tv promo for some upcoming tv show, the announcer annouces the fabulous show in his deep and booming voice, detailing all the exciting events sure to be packed into said upcoming show, and then states the time the show will be on. "Next week, on Grey's Anatomy, Meredith and Derek solve another medical mystery while still having amazing hair! ABC, 9/8 Central."
Did you catch it? The time? Are you sure? Because for my entire life, Grey's Anatomy has been on at NINE O'CLOCK PM.
Not here. It's on at EIGHT. So bizarre to me that east coast and west coast show it at 9, Central shows it at 8. It's like we are in some funny little special place. (Oh wait, we are.)
But seriously. Seriously??!! I get to watch tonight's 2 hour premiere episode a whole hour earlier than I've ever been able to in the past??!!
Life just keeps getting better.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
A rundown of recent bests I've experienced:
Homemade butter from the Farmer's Market
Tomato and green pepper omelette, Dante's
Spicy spaghetti, Maximo's
Salad with lemon oil (the reimaged version of this has become something of a staple at our house), Maximo's
Quattro Formaggio pasta (incredibly sinful but soooo amazing), Semolina
Chocolate croissant, O Delice
Banana gelato, Sucre
Mango sorbet--a tie between Sucre and our very own homemade version!
Queso, Superior Grille
Mexican, especially chicken fajitas (especially exciting as there is NO GOOD MEXICAN in the entire city of New York and it's my FAVORITE!!!!), Coretta's
And while not techinically bests (since they don't exist anywhere else), the following must get shout-outs because they are so wonderful:
Vegetarian muffaleta sandwich, Central Grocery
Beignets and hot chocolate, Cafe du Monde
I also have experienced some culinary greatness here. Our kitchen must be magical because I've managed to produce my personal bests as well:
Cupcakes with pink frosting and sprinkles
Pasta fagioli--have finally managed to figure out the proper timing and consistency of everything
Greek chicken--Jessica taught me the magic trick on the potatoes and they were amazing!
Mmmm, it's all so very delicious. Such a shame it isn't closer to lunchtime. Bon appetit!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
- Combine 2 tablespoons sugar with 1 pint chopped strawberries in a bowl. Toss well and refrigerate until ready to use.
- In small saucepan, combine 1 cup water with 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Place 2 chopped peeled mangoes in a food processor and puree. Add in sugar water mixture (above) and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice.
- Transfer mix to freezer can of ice cream maker and freeze according to directions. OR be like us (and without an ice cream maker): place 1-2 cups of mango puree mix into a sandwich sized ziploc baggie. Place inside a second ziploc baggie. Fill a larger ziploc with ice and salt and place the mango baggie inside. Wrap in a towel (so your hands don't freeze). Shake, knead, jiggle, whatever, for approx. 15-20 minutes, until you can tell the mix is starting to freeze. You can either eat the sorbet now in it's deliciously soft-textured state or place in a tupperware to continue to harden. Either way, don't forget to spoon your cut strawberries and sugar syrup on the top!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
After lettuce hopping, I took the car for a little drive. Yes, me driving, alone, and actually figuring out which way I was going--so momentous! I even found a parking spot and managed to parallel park our beast of a car. To celebrate, I decided to duck into the cutest little pastry shop ever, O Delice for a treat. On an occasion such as this, no regular croissant will do. I went for the gold, the chocolate croissant. Ahhhh! That is the sound of golden angels singing as I took my first bite. Seriously, it was insane. Best croissant ever. You gotta come visit and try it for yourself!!
After dying a small, happy chocolate death, I walked around for an hour or so and just had a great time. Walking streets and exploring is truly one of my favorite activities, and something New York is perfectly suited for. However, I have found that in other places and different cities, walking around is somewhat of an oddity. My boss tells a great story of being in Atlanta, hitching her tote bag up on her shoulder and powering a mile or so to her destination. As she tells it, cars slowed and people gave her funny looks. Guess they weren't used to seeing that! Down here, not all the areas are made for walking, but there is a great stretch of shops and galleries I just love. The best part? I only made it about halfway down, so there is tons more to see!
Then I made a salad of all my wonderful veggies (and some lettuce from the grocery)!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I'm posting from Mississippi, where we have been for the last few days. We evacuated quite early, and are so glad we did. Today at church, a woman told us about her family's efforts to evacuate, and they sounded grim. She said it took them 3 hours to go about 20 miles on the highway (with contraflow). Yikes.
So, here we are, two little evacu-istas. That's a term we coined as we were leaving. There is a fancy pre-school across the street from our apartment, and as we were loading up to go Friday morning, from one chic mommy to another, we overheard, "Oh, I've got to go get ready to evacuate. I've got to get some water and a pedicure." Truly, we about fell over laughing.
Well, the rain will fall, it will drain, and the levees will hold strong. Here's hoping.