Another One (Partially) Bites the Dust
Gourmet grocer and New York institution Balducci’s is quietly closing the doors to many of its locations. Though a few outposts will remain, it’s sad to see this food mecca falling by the wayside. It doesn’t really come as a huge surprise to hear that the chain was hurting - while their made-to-order sandwiches (one of the best portobello and mozzarella on multi-grain sandwiches...
Viva Las Top Chef
Though Bravo isn’t making the official announcement until June (and won’t confirm or deny anything until then either), rumor has it that the next season of “Top Chef” will be in Las Vegas. With the tremendous restaurant scene that has blossomed and flourished in Vegas over the last decade or so, having been completely transformed from what it once was, it could make for...
A New York Diet to Envy
I love NYMag’s “The New York Diet” feature, in which (usually) noteable people from various professions document what they eat during one week. It can even be a fun and different way to get some good restaurant recommendations. Sometimes they end up being disappointingly bland, or appear to have been fibbed here and there - but for each of those, there is a fun and interesting...
A Street Cart Named Desirable
New Yorkers who won this contest were the lucky recipients of an email today informing them where chef David Chang would be preparing a meal for them via a street cart - and NYMag leaked the location: it’s at Lafayette and Houston. But, a password is needed to be served, so needless to say I won’t be making the trip downtown. Jealous of the contest winners!!
There are innumerable covetable living spaces in Manhattan (hello brownstone in the West Village), but the ones recently shown to me recently in an old issue of NYMag just might top all others I’ve seen. You have to see for yourself because I don’t even know where to start (the private rooftop gardens? the kitchen with windows for walls? the home office? did I mention the gardens?)...
NBC had a great line-up last night with 2 new episodes of “The Office,” the debut of Amy Poehler’s new show “Parks & Recreation” (which I found to be pretty funny), and a hilarious new episode of “30 Rock.” Had to post this clip from “The Office” as it pretty much became an instantaneous favorite. Dwight and Andy, now self-proclaimed BFFs,...
A Contest Worth Entering!
The chance to win a meal prepared by chef David Chang? Yes, please - New Yorkers, click here to enter!
Mushroom, Asparagus and Pea Risotto
Overly dramatic cautions along the lines of “don’t stop stirring and never step away or it will burn and be ruined” made me dismiss risotto as something feasible to make well for a long time, but I recently decided to just give it a go. And, I’m happy to say I did because not only was the cooking process rather fun and not all that difficult (yes, stirring constantly is...
8 Years Old, and Dressed to the Nines
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner and his architect wife Linda Brettler have an 8-year-old son, Arlo, who is already making headlines for himself. I think he sounds awesome and eccentric, and props to parents who embrace and encourage such instincts and interests in their children. You can’t underestimate the kind of ingenuity, confidence and true sense-of-self that can be...
Welcome Back Birdie!
The Roundabout Theater Company is reviving “Bye Bye Birdie” this fall on Broadway for the first time, and some preliminary casting news was recently released. Nina Gershon is set to portray Rosie and John Stamos will play Albert - no small shoes to fill in either case, as each of these roles were famously originated on Broadway by the equally infallible (in musicals, at least!) Chita...
UK retailer Topshop has at last opened the doors to their new NYC location today - and I’d say that I’m as excited about this as any other fashion-loving New Yorker, except I will not be one of the many opting to brave the crowd to check it out today… the line to get in has been reportedly (and not surprisingly) ridiculous. A nice offering on their website to promote the opening...
If a Tree Grew in Brooklyn...
can a vegetable grow in a Manhattan apartment? Turns out, yes. Being that I live in a NYC apartment with no yard or balcony, my dream of having a garden has been unsurprisingly put on hold. But recently, I came across this, which really piqued my interest - as it is in fact possible to grow vegetables indoors (and no, a greenhouse is not necessary). While this of course isn’t...
Fruit for All
Dried fruit as a snack is nay-sayed by some who think it’s too calorie/sugar dense, but when there isn’t any added sugar and it’s of good quality, in moderation it can be a perfectly healthy sweet tooth fix and energy boost - and many varieties (especially berries) provide a solid dose of antioxidants. SweetEnergy.com is my favorite place to get such healthful, unprocessed dried...
Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books were childhood favorites of mine, and I just learned that a movie version - “Ramona and Beezus” - is set to begin production soon. Seems a little silly for me to write about, as the books and certainly the movie are geared toward such a young audience, but I am a little curious to see what this screen interpretation will look like and what...
The Age of Aquarius Returns
I was really happy to see that the new revival of Hair on Broadway, which officially opened last night, got a great review in the NYTimes by the not-always-easy-to-please Ben Brantley. Given what the show is about, I thought this was a particularly telling sentiment from Brantley: “The kids of ‘Hair’ are cuddly, sweet, madcap and ecstatic. They’re also angry, hostile, confused...