May 28th, 2008

Bar-Q

I ran my hand back and forth under the bar, searching with my fingers for the ubiquitous “purse hook.” Manhattan women love this brilliant little invention that allows them to hang their Fendi or Louis Vuitton bags between their knees at fine establishments everywhere, thereby avoiding taking up precious bar space with their trophy accessories, […]

I was wearing my mink and satin, vintage, cocktail hat and Celest, one of her dramatically necklined, silk frocks. We were both in heels with lips painted red, appropriate for The Supper Club event we’d attended earlier that evening, but pretty out of place at a tiki bar. No matter. The vibe at the new […]

May 16th, 2008

Blue Hill Belated

For some time now, I’ve felt like a bit of a pretender. I’ve masked a well of deep insecurity, worried I’d be discovered a fake, a phony, a foodie without credentials. Eeek…I had never eaten at Blue Hill! Neither in the city, nor in Pocantico, NY. That’s right, the bastion of haute barnyard, local, organic, […]

May 10th, 2008

Asparagus Soup & Salad

It’s gorgeous outside. And though summer’s true vegetable rock stars (sweet corn on the cob, lipstick red tomatoes, and bundles of fresh basil) aren’t yet packin’ ‘em in at Union Square, the farmer’s market is beginning to take shape and get busy. Really busy. Ramps are wild (literally) but you have to get there early, […]

May 6th, 2008

Spring Rolls Have Sprung

Last summer I hosted a rager on my ex’s gorgeous penthouse terrace and asked friends to bring a bottle or a potluck dish. Nini came with a tin of spring rolls. At that party, she mentioned having spent the afternoon preparing her family’s signature Vietnamese dish, but I had no idea how much trouble she’d […]

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