Still bouncing off my summer buzz of everything USA—Team USA, 4th of July, vacas to Vermont, Newport and Colorado, and a recent bike ride over the bridge and into Billyburg for spectacular soul food at Pies ‘n’ Thighs—I decided to co-host a polka-dot themed girl’s night with my Tribe. Using Nini’s apartment and my fervor […]

I may be a chef and a foodie, but one of my favorite meals has always been bread and butter. Though I was not a finicky child, on those nights that our family ate “grown up food” I would be allowed, assuming I’d at least tried my meal and finished enough of the vegetables, to […]

May 3rd, 2010

Market Report: Rampage

It seems like only a few days ago that I noticed the first crocus buds poking up from the earth of sidewalk plots. Thin spears of daffodils followed, and by Easter, New Yorkers lucky enough to boast gardens were awash with hyacinths and narcissus. And then, quietly and suddenly, the trees exploded into a riot […]

March 22nd, 2010

Market Report: Lala Land

As poets, gardeners and schoolchildren know, spring is a time of awakening and release. Snow melts, coats are shed and newly manicured toes start appearing on the street. It is relief, a literal breath of fresh air through the first opened window of the year, a lifting of the mantle of darkness that enveloped us […]

March 17th, 2010

Champignon, je t’aime

I was walking down Broadway in the historic rain that threatened my birthday celebrations last weekend, when I was suddenly filled with an urge for mushrooms on toast. Enjoyed sometime in my past, the taste of this dish was strong in my mouth, dense, savory and pungent, but the memory itself evaded me. Baffled but […]

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