Monthly Archives: October 2012

Crumbling NYC

Is it any wonder this lamppost fell down?

Bedford Avenue is Williamsburg’s main drag so the city is very fortunate no one was killed as it keeled over.

New York City’s infrastructure is crumbling. This is the tip of the iceberg.

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Día de los Muertos is perhaps more popular than Halloween here in Brooklyn.

One of my favorite Mexican spots in Williamsburg, Mesa Coyoacan, went all out.

The shops have really done it up too.

Can’t get enough Halloween or Day of the Dead? Wendy Brandes has this awesome skull ring.

Scenes from Superstorm Sandy

All is well here in my Williamsburg, Brooklyn abode. The building swayed during the bigger gusts enough to make us worry a little, but my neighbors and I didn’t lose power. I’m feeling grateful.

We have trees in Williamsburg, but not like in Brownstone Brooklyn.

My friend Melissa Hope Chusid created this great collage about life returning to normal on the Upper East Side.

When I walked through my own neighborhood this afternoon, Mast Brothers had reopened. Momofuku Milkbar had not. Nor had Modca. Oslo was open – thank goodness – but didn’t have any pastries understandably. Pies n Thighs was not only open, but delivering.

The subway still isn’t working so I’m Brooklyn-bound for a few days.

Good riddance, Sandy.

Bottega wine

Bottega, I love you

While in Northern California, my friend C and I went to Bottega in Yountville for dinner. It had been on her ‘to try’ list for a while and I was happy to play along. C likes good food. I trust her implicitly.

Bottega didn’t disappoint.

Generous wine samples from a charming bartender. A very delicious condiment of olive oil, garlic, red pepper and parmesan for bread.

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I went to Napa and Sonoma

At the end of my most recent West Coast business trip, I played hooky* from work and left for wine country with my San Francisco-based friend C.

When we left SF, it was drizzly with heavy cloud cover. After about thirty minutes of driving, it looked like this.

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Why people eat in chain restaurants

This is a soapbox post. Some of you won’t like it.

For the most part, I’m anti-chain.

When I can help it, I don’t frequent restaurants with menus so large that you know some of the food has to be pre-cooked/probably frozen/off the back of a Sysco truck.

I like authenticity, not ‘let’s take the fettucine alfredo & add a fried chicken breast stuffed with more cheese & ham.” By the way, how is a dish with 74 grams of fat ok? I’m looking at you, Olive Garden ‘Tour of Italy.’

I enjoy food prepared and served by local people, not corporations.

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My sparkly shoes

When I Instagrammed this pic, a few of you asked about my sparkly shoes.

They are the Brochet flat by Enzo Angiolini. I bought mine a few months ago, but Lord & Taylor still has a few pairs (albeit in limited sizes).

L&T calls the color purple, however in person they are definitely closer to pink. Here are two views to make that point.

Like most flats, these don’t offer much, if any, arch support. When I’m not too lazy, I pop in some inserts from Good Feet.

If you shop online at L&T today (Saturday, October 27) you can receive 25% off with the promo code ONEDAY. Shipping is also free. Exceptions apply.

Note: this is not a sponsored post.