During my time in LA this spring, I had the opportunity to sample some meals from a local private chef. I was staying in an apartment in busy, noisy Hollywood so there wasn’t any room service and I dreaded walking around the tourist-packed neighborhood, looking for carryout. I used Seamless and TryCaviar a bit, but it was much more expensive than in NYC. Continue reading
I had just assumed that 2016 would end on one high note – the Bowery Collective‘s annual festivities. And I would have been perfectly content to do so. It’s a beautiful, fun gathering with amazing food and drink.
But then, one of my friends from my July vacation asked “any interest in going back to Saint Martin for New Year’s?”
I have posted here and there about some of my favorite restaurants but never done a full dining guide, per se.
This also is not a dining guide – too overwhelming. Plus I’m a somewhat picky eater and not what anyone would call a food expert.
But I do have my favorites so here are some of them. I plan to add to this post regularly. If you have any recommendations, please share in the comments.
Where I order from when it’s time to Eat My Feelings
The pups – and their mums – are extraordinarily cute. Pics here.
We will be hosting a fundraiser plus adoption event this Saturday for Free Korean Dogs. 17 puppies and 2 mothers were rescued from Jeju Island and taken on an arduous journey to safety. 7 of the puppies will be at ps9 Sat! 🐶 https://www.freekoreandogs.org/19-dogs-rescued-jeju-island/ #jindo #rescue #save #korean #dogs #puppies
I hate to miss it but I’ll be visiting Mom back home in the Scranton area.
I recently emerged from my surgeon-mandated Cocoon of Rest to get my eyebrows
threaded savaged (more on that later). My life has been so boring of late that I try to put one activity on the calendar each day. And sometimes it’s something shallow like addressing my eyebrows.
I was the first customer to show up that day so I interrupted the brow lady’s breakfast. I sat for a moment and waited. This woman and her business partner, both originally from India, have been doing my eyebrows periodically for the past five years, and I didn’t have anywhere else to be.
Once she was done, I lay back in the barber-style chair and we started chatting.
“So what is this Halloween? I have lived here in American many years and I still don’t understand.”
“Hm. Well. Kids dress up in costumes. And adults too now I guess?”
I was totally uptalking.
I continued in a way that sounded a bit like “something, something…um, Day of the Dead in Mexico? And then there’s Santa for Christmas and a bunny for Easter! Wow, this is a strange country.”
I thought about showing her this picture of me dressed as a bunny for Halloween but then nothing in this world would make any sense ever again.
In the end, I blame this bizarre conversation for the end result which I didn’t really notice until days later. Given the history, I thought she knew I still wanted a full, natural shape. Basically the eyebrow equivalent of a hair trim.
The result wasn’t as bad as the Ghosts of Eyebrows past, but they’re pretty skinny (for me).
Oh! Another weird thing? I don’t know the name of either of the eyebrow women and after going there for five years, I feel like it’s way too late to ask.
I told you I had dined in two great restaurants here. In reality, there were more – lots more – but three of the most memorable of late are these: Market Table, Antica Pesa (more on this one soon) and Lilia.
There is a lot of hype about Lilia. Chef/owner Missy Robbins was reportedly President Obama’s favorite chef based on her work at Spiaggia* in Chicago. She could have opened her first restaurant virtually anywhere but chose my neighborhood. Lucky us.