we saw the new Whitney building and visited the Brooklyn Museum. we wandered the streets of Harlem, we ate pizza, we noticed old buildings cleverly converted into churches, we stayed up late eating harissa-spiced lamb wraps while talking about the world..
and yes, we also whispered about cute boys seen everywhere.
i’ve started my summer wanderings early this year. first stop, NYC!
i stayed in Harlem for a short weekend, visiting a cousin who just wrapped up her first year at university. we packed up her dorm room and then hit the town hard! well, as hard as 1-sleep-deprived-30-something and 1-19-year-old could. read: we ate well, shopped, and visited world class museums :-)
i was taken aback by the lack of street art. that city really has cleaned itself up over the past 5 years. there were a few deliberate murals, and maybe a handful of stickers on a random door in the Village. but that was it.
we made Grandma’s dutch apple pie and cherry pi pie. the dutch apple won, hands down.
among other reasons..!
Monday was a very special day for me, it happens to be Dr. Seuss’ birthday. ahhh people born on March 2nd, such good company! ;-)
so yes, Monday.. it started off with the perfect breakfast – coffee and Vogue (yeah yeah, but i love looking at pretty things!). then, i found flowers and shortbread cookies waiting for me at work. and finally, dinner by Sanch.
#0 pink wine and cheese. #1 smoked trout & pickled carrots on toast. #2 black bean and chili pepper soup. #3 italian sausage stuffed with Petaluma cheddar, topped with shiitake mushroom & greens. #4 lamp chops with broccoli, apple & chard salad. #5 fresh mango & french yogurt.
it was a good day :*) thanks to everyone for the well-wishes!
i think i’ve worked all of 2014 out of me – though last week i felt like i was still a bit hungover from it all. to celebrate 2015, a friend held a small dinner party. he studied architecture and design in school, but then moved on to become a sushi chef. can’t you tell..?
i guess you can’t get rid of it, the past is always with you. but i’m happy to be moving forward :-) 2015 is looking like a very good year indeed!
Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley is one of my favorite brunch spots, and i thought this would be a nice spot to share with our out-of-town guest. its just a diner, but they do things right: eggs are scrambled soft french style, they make beautiful dutch-baby soufflé pancakes, there are donut muffins.. its good! as expected the owners had pictures of the German Futbol team up, and for once were nowhere to be found. i like to imagine they’re taking a much needed break and are enjoying the World Cup in Brazil right now..
my roommate has a friend in town for a few days. we always start innocently enough – just a glass of wine, only one more cocktail – and then its nearly 8pm and we are famished. tea leaf salads, Shanghai soup dumplings, gemili dripping in cracked pepper and cheese…
i think she’s having a good time, San Francisco really is lovely after dark.
like good Americans we gorged ourselves in the name of Thanksgiving yesterday. actually, i should be kind, we had a lovely time. my friend threw a party and invited anyone who couldn’t make it home, whatever the reason may be. she found us a turkey, made pies like her grandmother taught her, and we brought the booze. it was a lovely time :*)
our party wasn’t terribly big, but only because there were a few other orphan parties in session. its kind of a thing in this town, what half of us being transplants and all. and i could go on about the politics of Thanksgiving – believe you me, the Native American blood flowing through my veins wants to stand on the tallest soap box screaming all day long – but in this case when some friends came together to celebrate all that we have and how much we love each other, it was a beautiful homage to one of our oldest [new] American traditions.
my favorite part was the turkey sandwiches at 3am. after stumbling home from the bar (bless you bar tender for keeping the join open!), what a happy surprise but to have more turkey on fresh sourdough with globs of mayo and cranberries.
on those especially difficult days, sometimes a bit of comfort food will do. for a friend of mine, that means a sampling of little cakes from Dianda’s.
Dianda’s Bakery is a local institution. it’s an Italian bakery that has lived on Mission Street (btw 24th and 23rd) for 50 years now, and it’s where the neighborhood goes for birthdays, christenings, weddings, or when tea cookies are needed. the pastries are flaky, the cakes are tall, and the creams are decadent. i understand why my friend loves it so much..
(still playing catch-up, bear with me here.)
sooooo hey, lookie at this..! :*)
a baba rum cake stuffed with marscapone, and snuggled in with a peach sauce, care of Delfina Pizzeria. so fluffy and light *le sigh* i’m still dreaming about it..