February 13th, 2008

Take Stock, Chicken That Is

I pledge this to be the last of the cheap, chicken, winter recipes I’ll dish out for awhile. Winter grays and bank account blues made January seem like the month to make the most of the ubiquitous bird occasionally served a la King or as Cordon Bleu, but more often enjoyed by the masses out […]

February 10th, 2008

The E.U. in the E.V.

Celest adores the industrial chic/minimalist/white-on-white glamour aesthetic at restaurants such as Falai (which does, in fact, look just like her own apartment), Public, and Stanton Social. I am less enthusiastic, generally, about this “look” for a restaurant, since I really long for the food and feel of a place to trend toward rustic allure—wood instead of metal, […]

February 8th, 2008

Banana Bread and Butterflies

I like guts on a page. When I’m reading a novel I always have to fight the naughty temptation to skip ahead through paragraphs of detailed description and just cut to the chase. The end, final page, finale, tidy conclusion—bring it on already! I only remember the dialogue, the human exchanges, the drama, the stuff […]

I had a bad date last night. I know, it’s a shocker. But this one took place at one of my absolute favorite neighborhood spots—a recommendation of the suitor—so it was extra disappointing. This was a first date, one I agreed to after a quick flirtation and number exchange when I was out with Celest […]

February 2nd, 2008

Drunk Donating, by Celest

I was out very late at a sensible business dinner in midtown that turned into a bit of a Scotch-driven drunkfest in SoHo. My clients/hosts for the evening (designers who are working up the jackets for a couple new cookbook proposals) are the types to know from experience their way around a wine list. They chose […]

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