Glorious, brilliant New York! What’s not to love?
Shock and awe, brimming with promise.
Kelly and Jacob turn 61 and celebrate with mealy shrimp, government issue cod and Soviet Union potatoes at an unnamed Chinatown/Lower Lower East Side eatery.
Ohio time warp– $1.75 gas!! (and that was the pricey stuff!)
Good times and sweaty night terrors had by all in the George W. Bush room at the Golden Lamb Inn.
No better place for unintentionally euphemistic or otherwise random and wacky signage than the heartland. There’s a sad dearth of it in Manhattan. Like babies and old people.
I went home.
I helped launch Ben 3.0.
I got pink eye.
I got robbed.
I fell in love with New York all over again.
I had 2 more best friends bite the dust– I mean get engaged.
I went to the Interesting 2008 conference and learned that laughter is related to our fight or flight response.
I went to the After Nature opening at the New Museum and got very disturbed.
I rediscovered the power pop awesomeness that is Nada Surf.
I went to Venice, CA to see my lil’ sis. I went to Seattle a few times.
I saw Man on Wire and wondered where my singular passion was (again), I saw Vicky Christina Barcelona and wondered why I’m not waiting tables in the south of France like I always said I would, I saw Batman IMAX and wondered what took me so long.
I signed up for a public speaking course at NYU, yet another example of me inflicting pain upon myself for the sake of….????
I got in the pitiful habit of eating 3 meals at my desk.
I lost sleep over the possibility of layoffs following the demise of our biggest client Wamu.
Which brings me here….
Oh my god, have I been drinking full-fat water this whole time?!!? I hope it’s at least been low-fat… I must buy all my water from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf from now on. But oh shit, are they in New York or just the west coast?? Must buy cases while in LA and ship them back east so as not to get fat ass and cankles.
1. Jose Gonzalez at the Fillmore. Just magical.
2. $150 cross-coast one-ways. (The other side of that coin: hour and a half taxi rides to JFK, missing your flight, hour and a half taxi rides to Brooklyn, rebooked and subsequently canceled flights on 2 different airlines the next day, getting stopped at security, finally securing a middle seat in row 96 and finding you’re #30 in line for take-off).
3. Call Zingo, a new concept in designated driving. Fully-insured, attractive (Flash intros don’t lie) drivers arrive at bar of your choice on COLLAPSIBLE MOTOR BIKES, stick the bike in your trunk, drive you home, expand the bike, and scoot off to their next client, all for a $20 base charge + mileage. (Awful logo but) neato website to boot.
4. Then We Came to an End by Joshua Ferris. Catch-22 meets Office Space at a bar and runs into American Psycho on their way back to her place. I can’t read a chapter without thinking of the “goddamn fucking shitty paperwork” cartoon that gets me every time (“One hundred forests must be cut down!”) so basically I can’t go a page without laughing my face off. I can’t find it on the internet but will scan asap.
5. A mid-morning weekday walk to Tennessee Cove in Marin with the sage and lovely Nicole Burke.
6. “Ocarina” by Birds and Batteries. Best when consumed while flying through the San Francisco hills in 15-year old stick-shift Saab with sunroof open and windows down.
7. WiFi at Farley’s (but still no free refills).
8. 2 words: Lonni’s Punani.
9. 60 Minutes and Sunday Sushi. The ultimate aphrodisiac tranquilizer.
10. Um, um…!
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Tagged birds and batteries, books, call zingo, designated driving, Farley's, jose gonzalez, joshua ferris, nicole burke, tennesee cove, the fillmore, then we came to an end, travel
1. Tinderbox in Bernal Heights. Dinner consisted of the following: white shrimp and cheese grits with candied maple bacon in a vanilla-scented balsamic jus; crispy tofu noodle soup; char 2 ways (smoked and slow roasted and tartare on a cornbread blini); a bottle of Assyrtico from Santorini (“full-bodied with background notes of jalapeno and smoke”– definitely unique but a lot lighter and sweeter than it sounds) and the above pictured dark chocolate cake with molten blue cheese center. Oh and popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast, parsley, chives and butter to start. I fully plan to repent these sins another time.
2. School night poker parties!
3. Long, early-spring walks to nowhere listening to Radiolab podcasts. Also- the canopy of flowering trees on outer Folsom.
5 . The only real mail I get these days are Christmas cards and wedding invitations. This whimisical-chic YSL wallet makes me smile.
6. MGMT, “Oracular Spectacular.” Something’s (finally) astir in Brooklyn again.
7. Coffee Bar on Mariposa and Bryant. A cup of Kenyan blend and an almond croissant in the AM and a glass of their amazing South African white in the PM.
8. Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. Modern classics I finally got around to reading.
9. Coincidentally opposing color exhibits at MoMA (“Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today”) and the Met (“Jasper Johns: Gray”).
10. Pandora’s Zero 7, Guster and Rodrigo y Gabriela radio stations.
Posted in art, books, design, fashion, favorites, food, music, New York, San Francisco
Tagged bernal heights, brooklyn bands, coffee bar, frank mccourt, jay mcinerney, mgmt, moma, pandora, radiolab, san francisco restaurants, the met, tinderbox, yves st laurent wallet
1. Spork, on Valencia and 22nd. Namely the roasted brussels sprouts and calamari appetizer, the friendly, respectful staff and these tiny cookie sandwiches that came with the bill. A nice little Hamburgler nod to their previous life as a KFC.
2. Cat Power, The Greatest. I’ve been listening to it nearly non-stop this week for some reason.
3. Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
4. These fun little memory sticks.
5. Cajun Boy in the City’s conversations with God and Dealbreaker diary entries as fake Goldman trader “Thad.” Reaffirms my decision to twice date San Franciscans while living in New York and my belief that the Caribou Club is the 3rd rung of hell.
6. This German park in the shape of a giant human ear, courtesy of Metropolis.
7. The Elements of Style illustrated by Maira Kalman. Flipping through it helps me drown out the noise of a rough day at the office. Or in life.
8. These building blocks that help Chinese children learn questionable English.
9. The awesomely aloof, emotionally detached Jillian from Project Runway. She’s gonna take it all, I don’t care what Project Rungay says.
10. Origami on steroids and Amy Tan at the TED conference. Pretty much all the write-ups from TED. If anyone has $6k and wants to sponsor my attendance next year, holla back.
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Tagged cajun boy in the city, cat power, elements of style, logo memory stick, project runway, san francisco restaurant, spork, spy valley, ted conference
I took a “me” day on Tuesday while in New York, spending the morning at the new Grey Dog’s Coffee on University (an eerily exact replica of the one in the village, picket fence and all… Grey Dog’s lost a bit of what I naively thought was authentic charm), browsing the stacks with fellow bookworms at The Strand, taking a vigorous yet soothing afternoon yoga class at Jivamukti, wandering through the West Village talking on the phone to an old friend about my indulgent, perfect New York day while indulging in a perfect piece of New York pizza. I strolled over to the IFC and bought some Dots and a ticket to see the Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 weeks, 2 days, which quickly succeeded in shattering my la-di-da mood into a million pieces. My actually educated and very cultured boyfriend wouldn’t see “the abortion movie” with me back home in San Fran (like my “suicide music,” a love of dark, pensive movies with subtitles isn’t something we share), and I was looking forward to learning more about the “new wave” of Romanian realism I kept hearing about but my god, I was wholly unprepared for this kind of raw, unnerving intensity. Set in Bucharest towards the end of the communist era, 4 Months is gripping and bleak, a cold-toned film about a young woman trying to help a friend get a late-term illegal abortion. It’s a raw and unsparing portrait of power, helplessness and the lengths one will go to for friendship and I was so deeply unsettled by it I couldn’t stand to part with the comforts of my furry winter coat, just sat there for 2 hours with my knees pulled up to my chest, sweat pouring down my back. When it was over I practically ran out of the theater, desperate for air and light and to be in the company of loud, happy people. I walked back to the apartment, immediately got into bed and turned Millionaire Matchmaker and all the lights on. Truly disturbing but so, so well done (4 Months, not Millionaire Matchmaker).
Posted in film, food, New York, retail
Tagged 2 days, 3 weeks, 4 months, film, grey dog's coffee, IFC, jivamukti yoga, New York, strand bookstore