Monday, January 27, 2014

Week 4

Polar Vortex in Battery Park City, NYC  |  Week 4 on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Snow on Brighton Beach, NYC  |  Week 4 on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
My cocktail creation: a Cocorita  |  Week 4 on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
  • We eat out often, but not what I would call frequently (especially for New Yorkers), yet this week was an anomaly with two dinners and two lunches out. First off at Da Mikele, an Italian pizzeria/restaurant in Tribeca, where I met some of R's friends for the first time, meaning, me + 6 Italian expats. Then, as a panacea (not that one was really needed), dinner with my 3 English-speaking girlfriends at Maysville, an American whiskey bar + restaurant focused on smoked and cured foods. Much relishing was had by all, which then turned into revelry, as we left the restaurant and realized there was a teensy lounge next door with a French singer about to step onto the stage, so into The Flatiron Room we went. 

  • On the lunch front: I wandered up to Greenwich Village for a work meeting, which turned into a post-meeting lunch, to try out the new Espresso bar in a new'ish hotel (The Marlton). Bonus: I didn't realize there was a fireplace in the lobby across from the coffee bar, which made the 45-minute stroll up in woefully inappropriate cold-weather gear somewhat worth it. Finally, continuing our "Around the World" series with the letter "R", I met two other friends way out in Brighton Beach Brooklyn, near the Coney Island boardwalk, for a Russian lunch at Skovorodka and a frigid (but oddly pleasant) walk on the snow-covered beach afterwards.

    If there's one thing to be thankful for, it's that I have two friends here who were as excited by the possibility of "gamifying" our meal meetups as I was when I thought it up a few years ago. It's been just about 3 years and we haven't gotten through the whole alphabet yet, but because of the inherent organization and sequencing of our little activity, we've had a Columbian brunch in Prospect Park, an Eritrean lunch in Morningside Heights, an Indonesian spread in Hell's Kitchen, Laotian in the East Village, and of course, Russian in Brighton Beach. Without the push to get out, there are complete areas and neighborhoods of the city that I'd never have seen (and environments I'd never have experienced—like snow on a beach in January), exotic foods I'd never have tried and of course, the chance that I wouldn't have had the prompt to make sure I see good friends that live on the other side of the city frequently.

  • Continuing the ever-present food theme, I had two friends over for Sunday lunch earlier today—roast chicken, a warm chard/potato/bacon/mustardy salad and a riff on R's birthday torte, because I was craving some nutty, chocolately goodness (but didn't have 4 hours to whip that up).

  • In non-food news: Polar Vortex, II descended on the city this past week, and apparently III is on the way tomorrow. Snow and ice and highs of (gulp) ~11F marked the last few days—pre-wind chill, mind you. Obviously I had to seek solace in vase of vibrant irises, fuzzy socks, layers of blankets, a lapful of knitting and...a Cocorita (or two).
One year ago: My One-Day Juice Cleanse with Juice Press & Pioneering in a chilly city

8 comments :

  1. This is a great post, and it made me feel all comfy and nice (particularly the last bit) and wishing I could put you and Docy and home's fireplace and your knitting and your cocktails in one room and snuggle up with them all simultaneously.

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    1. Whoa. One word for what you just described: heaven! :) Xx

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  2. stay warm lady - you need another getaway :P

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    1. Ha, my thoughts exactly! :)
      How's the knitting coming along?

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    2. knitting is coming along - learned the basics of knitting, made a candle holder, and kitchen towel..I have been wanting to make baby knitted things but since didnt have anyone expecting anytime soon..turns out my best friend is expecting...I just found out. I will be on that project soon because I have never done anything like that so it will take me a looong time.

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    3. Ooo, a candle holder, really? I'd love to see—are there pics up on Ravelry? And baby things are SO fun to make—they're quick and provide instant gratification (which I feel now since I've been working on a cardigan for myself for WEEKS).

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  3. did you have vodka? I guess not otherwise you'd have gone for a swim... :)

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    1. We didn't make you proud :/. We were total teetotalers at lunch (and instead, drank tea, ha).

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J.