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9 Oct

Top Fives from the Weekend:

5) Meatballs and a nice glass (or two) of Barbera at the Meatball Shop in the Lower East Side, especially after stalking seats at the bar for an hour.

4) Hearing Ollabelle at the fabulous Bowery Ballroom.  They have a new cd out that comes with great renditions of Lovin’ In My Baby’s Eyes and Swanee River.

3) Seeing 30 minutes worth of skateboarders headed down Broadway, blocking traffic through a seemingly endless chain of longboards.

2) Running the Staten Island Half Marathon (and riding the ferry and breathing that hard and earning a delicious beer and sammy at Bierkraft).

1) Having a bff in town for it all.

Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of

4 Oct

Where have I been?  No big deal, I just relocated.  My true north has been a little rocked since the last week of July when Jam and I packed up our goods for NYC and I began a 2 month spree of sleeping in hotels and on air mattresses.  But now I am back.  And in one place for longer than 3 nights.  Taking it in.  Breathing in the culture in my new little Brooklyn neighborhood.  Due to the nature of my recent state of being, I haven’t done much cooking, gardening, or photographing, but I have been taking in this new culture, reading, and eating other people’s good cooking.

Some of my favorite things about NYC so far:

– the subway ride home on the Manhattan bridge as the sun is setting and casts an orange glow on the statue of liberty

– the many languages I hear in a day (that don’t just belong to visitors)

– my 5 mile run through prospect park

Recent Reads:

– Rum Diary (Hunter Thompson writes a novel about a journalist’s rum-induced adventures in Puerto Rico)

– Middlesex (author of the Virgin Suicides writes a novel about an androgenous upbringing)

– Prospect Park West (absolutely fluff about my quirky neighbors)

– Winter’s Bone (eerie, Cormac McCarthy-ish novel set in the Ozarks near the Jam’s stompin’ grounds)

– Swamplandia (heroic youngun tries to save her south florida, family-owned alligator theme park)

Favorite Food Finds (that happen to be within 3 blocks of my new home):

– Bierkraft (~20 local beers on tap to fill and refill your growler, artisan meats and cheeses creating hearty sandwiches on crusty bread)

– Wolf and Deer (beautifully designed wood/steel bar with happy hour deals on beer, wine, cheese, and charcuterie; intimate and not too loud)

– Oaxaca Taqueria (teensy hole in the wall taco shop with delicious carnitas – happy hour tacos = $2 a pop)

– Blue Sky Bakery (warm, berry-oozing muffins are fresh every morning and accompanied by a perfect cup of Jo)

– Al di la (cozy, romantic Italian food in a great room with a rustic Italian feel)