Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

A lot has gone on since I last posted, but my lack of posting will soon come to an end as I’m going to try to start writing here often. Many of you know that we are expecting our first child in February, so I have already begun reading the books, reading reviews of baby products, and following bloggers and the like on Twitter. It’s amazing how, within a few months, my web browsing habits went from looking at ear bud reviews to baby strollers and spit up blankets. I could definitely see myself getting into reviewing baby products. There are just so many different items out there and I have yet to find a great blog for new dads who are looking for the best monitor or for some tips on becoming a father for the first time. I’ve got some fun ideas for future posts which I’m looking forward to working on. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with our announcement which combines our love of Broadway with my Photoshopping skills.

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813oIa3FOgL._SL1500_I’ve heard numerous Broadway fans talk about how much they love Patti LuPone, but I have never seen her in a show or in person. Last night, my wife bought tickets for us to go see her perform songs from her new album, Far Away Places at Carnegie Hall.  I’ll be very honest, I wasn’t particularly excited about going but I’m always up for hearing live music and experiencing NYC in new ways. About halfway through the concert, I found myself really enjoying it. As someone who used to perform on stage, I admire how good she is at what she does. She is so comfortable on stage and  is one of the few remaining classic Broadway actresses. She embodies Broadway. My opinions of her completely were altered by this performance. I especially enjoyed the moments when she really spoke to the audience as herself and didn’t recite the scripted lines in between the songs. We were even treated to a rendition of Bobby McGee with a special appearance by Bridget Everett who LuPone said is one of the best performers out there right now. The rest of it? “Well, most of it is shit,” she explained.  I’m not sure half of the audience there last night would appreciate Everett’s show but I’ll certainly be going to see her perform live at some point.

Tonight we continue the early birthday celebrations with a trip to see Little Miss Sunshine.  Will post about it next week. Enjoy your weekend.

ImageHaving spent some time working in Publicity for a major studio and then co-producing Clips and Quips with the talented Boaz Frankel, I’ve spent some time at movie premieres dealing with talent and press. Last night was the first time I was able to attend a red carpet premiere as a guest and the first time Lauren had attended a premiere. While we didn’t walk the red carpet, we did get seats that weren’t in the way way back. Ironic since the premiere was for the movie, The Way Way Back. I had been wanting to see this film since I heard about it at Sundance and will say that it is certainly one of the better films I have seen in quite some time. The cast is phenomenal and they were all in attendance last night. Sam Rockwell’s performance really stands out in this film as does Liam James who plays Duncan. Many viewers will relate to Duncan’s struggles which at times felt so real. It’s a coming of age story that really has heart and that is thanks to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash who wrote and directed. They also gave themselves roles in the film and it’s clear that talent runs through their veins. I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of these two in the coming years and I hope that this movie does well because it’s wonderful. Hoping to have an opportunity to go to more premieres. So if you have an extra ticket, let me know!

ImageEver since I first laid eyes on Dirt Candy the Cookbook I knew that a trip to the restaurant was in order. The graphic novel/cookbook is humorously illustrated while being educational and filled with some really cool recipes. Amanda Cohen is a lot of fun too, and that fun shines in Dirt Candy’s dishes which are also delightfully delicious. Last night, Lauren and I got to try some of them and we can’t wait to go back.

Walking into Dirt Candy you immediately feel at home. A cozy space, tucked away from the East Village street with 18 seats, I expected the atmosphere to be noisier. It wasn’t. It was a really peaceful dining experience. There’s also something really comforting about Amanda being there, clearly very involved in nightly operations and keeping a smooth flow of diners. Here’s my interview with Amanda which I recently did for our blog at work. If I haven’t convinced you yet, let’s give a rundown of the dishes we tried last night.

Our meal began with a delicious snack, Jalapeno Hush Puppies served with the most delicious maple butter. The heat of the hush puppies combined with the sweetness of the butter was perfection. That was a real treat.

For appetizers, we chose the Mushroom and the Cabbage. The mushroom consisted of portobello mousse, truffled toast, and pear and fennel compote. Unlike anything I have tasted before. Highly recommended. The cabbage was also really good, chinese kohlrabi salad, purple cabbage wontons, sichuan walnuts.

For the main course, Corn and Cauliflower. The corn consisting of stone ground grits, corn cream,pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche, tempura poached egg. This was melt-in-your-mouth goodness. I ate everything. The cauliflower was tasty too, buttermilk battered cauliflower, waffles, horseradish and wild arugula.

For dessert I had to try the Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu especially after the photos I’ve seen and things I’ve read about it. I was not disappointed and the rosemary cotton candy was awesome.

Do yourself a favor and make a reservation. Every bite last night was a burst of flavors. I can’t wait to go back.

Whole Fools

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized
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If you’ve ever been to a Whole Foods market in New York City, you have witnessed the checkout line process, put in place so that the hoards of shoppers could form orderly lines and pushing, shoving, and cursing was avoided. Makes sense. And so, they came up with a color coordinated and numbers system. A monkey could probably successfully checkout with this devised method. Why then, are the humans in line always confused?? I cannot tell you how many times I have seen people utterly confused at what is going on. How hard is it? You’re in the blue line, you look at the corresponding blue space on the above flat screen and when the number pops up on your color, you go to that register. It’s actually quite a brilliant setup and the lines move quickly.

This scares me, and it should scare you. Are we so used to just getting in line behind someone at the checkout conveyor belt, looking at the front of US Weekly, daydreaming while staring at the new Trident gum flavor, that any sort of  additional effort before the actual checking out is too much for some people? Maybe there are more color blind people that we think. Or maybe, this world is filled with Whole Fools.

Comic Con 2011

Posted: October 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
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As I stood on the sidewalk, sun shining down upon me and my NYC Comic Con badge in hand, I looked at thousands of men and women waiting in a line to enter the Javits Center. Some were in costume, some weren’t but there was an excitement in the air that could be felt. An entire building filled with everything and anything related to comics.  I bypassed the line and walked to where those with Professional and Press badges were allowed to enter, flashed my batch and received my official bag. I was in. Greeted by Transformers and Avengers and sounds of video games and chatter, I was instantly overwhelmed. I had to come up with a plan of how I was going to navigate. I didn’t want to take out the map because I’d look like a tourist, and I wanted to play it cool. Yeah. Real cool. *snap* *snap*

I walked to the first aisle and began walking through the maze of replica weapons and then soon entered the Cultyard…where cult products lived including those vinyl toys that have become so popular. What is this? A line? I secured a spot in this line not really knowing what it was but assuming that it had to be something good. A giveaway perhaps? No more than a minute later I found out that the Kidrobot company made two exclusive toys for the NYC Comic Con and only 1,000 were made. I waited on the line for half an hour and then walked away with these toys in hand.

What followed was a blur. The room started getting smaller as it became more and more crowded. I then found myself dodging cardboard weapons, monster tails, wheelchairs, babies,strollers,backpacks,rolling suitcases, and anything else you could think of. I escaped the chaos of one room and walked to the Artists Alley, where rows of artists sold their work and were sketching commissioned pieces. It was pretty cool. I weaved in and out and around these different booths checking out the many styles and techniques. I ended up in front of a huge stage with a silent crowd of people watching. Remember The Wizard with Fred Savage? I was instantly reminded of that film although these crowds weren’t making a peep. The kids on stage were some of the best online gamers in the world and as they played for hours, the audience could sit and watch their moves on a huge screen behind them. After an hour or so of scoping out the place, I decided to call it quits. I knew I would most likely come back the next day so I didn’t want to overdo it. On my way out I passed the Willy Wonka candy company who was handing out Nerds. How appropriate.

On my way out I passed Mr. T, Ghost Busters, Storm Troopers and Rainbow Bright. Only at Comic Con. Below are some of the photos I snapped although there was so much going on I didn’t know what to take photos of.

When I saw a Tweet that the James Beard Foundation was having a cookbook sale, I quickly opened up my calendar and put this down, my garage sale craving slightly satisfied. Members were allowed in at 9:30 and non-members at 10:00 AM. I woke up on the early side Saturday morning and made my way to the James Beard house where signs posted outside advertised the cookbook sale but not another shopper was in sight. What? How could this be? I walked inside and found one other woman waiting with shopping bag in hand. She told me that she just likes looking at cookbooks and never cooks from them. Soon, the line behind me was around the corner and excited shoppers were eager to see the collection of books up the rickety staircase. A group of people who most likely did not have any room for more cookbooks. The woman behind me came in from Long Island, the guy behind her only cooked Chinese Food, and the woman behind him would not stop bragging about how she had a dinner in her honor at the James Beard house and that she was a judge for the James Beard Awards. If she was so special you think she wouldn’t have to wait in line, or would already have every cook book imaginable because the chefs would send her autographed copies. I was ready. I didn’t know what the scene upstairs was going to look like. Ready…Set…Go.

Quickly, everyone rushed up the stairs and found a long room with tables filled with piles and piles of cookbooks. There were $1, $5, $10, $20 tables. There was some pushing as people tried getting by with their bags and boxes. The problem was that you couldn’t see the books so you had to go from pile to pile taking off one book at a time until you got to the bottom and realized you didn’t want any from that pile. By the time you got to the next pile, someone put the books you just went through on this pile and so it was just a mess. The grab and go method seemed to work best. You can always put the book back later if you decide you didn’t want it. People were saying things out loud like ” if you see any pickling books, let me know” and “that is a great book on marinades” and “this is my pile, if you touch it I’ll fight you”. My box quickly filled up and believe me, there were many other books I would have liked to have brought home but I knew that was not a wise move. By the time I worked my way to the other side of the room, there must have been 40 or so people squeezed into this space and another 40 people outside waiting to get in. I made one last round making sure I didn’t miss a 24 k gold stitched copy of The Art of Cooking and then made my way down the back staircase through the kitchen where people were buying silverware that was for sale as well. The sound of clanging silverware could be heard echoing throughout the house. I quickly paid and walked past those waiting in line glaring at me like I was walking away with a box of their family jewels. Making it home, I sat down, wiped my brow and cleared a space on the shelf for the books. Can’t wait until the next sale…