bits and things

1. on my walk to school today, i made a mental note that,
"no, it is not warm today in new york city."
and one block later i saw a sign for a soon to be opened

my excitement made me forget how absurd it is for an italian ice shop to open in december.
rita's italian ice is the best sterile institution in america.
i could eat that stuff every day.
especially when they have pistachio.

2. i played the john adams chamber symphony last night in alice tully hall.
i loves me some john adams.
especially when he writes for the drumset
(errr, drumset - cymbals + rototoms x a whole roll of duck tape for dampening purposes)
i was a bit afraid of playing loudly though because in alice tully hall
if you scratch your forehead the wrong way,
the brotha in the back row of the audience will hear it.
...and i like playing loud?
{read the review here}

3. vosges mo's bacon chocolate chip pancake mix?
yes, plz.

4. a mediumly boiled egg from ramen setagaya is number 7 in time out new york's best food of 2009.
ummm k.

5. i've eaten nothing but hot pockets for the past week.

6. i think wasabi would make for a good ice cream flavor.
(or maybe my taste buds are skewed from said daily hot pockets?)

7. my holiday playlist:

sufjan stevens' christmas album
owl city's ocean eyes

8. happy first night of hanukkah



a few of my favorite new york places...

{for a certain miss ema that will be making her way to the island in a few days...}

for chrismikah present shopping...

the best little girlie chochkies
from new designers
...and the gift wrapping is the best part!

for some late night greasy food...

the BEST belgian fries and a zillion sauces.
and they're served in a cone!
also open way past my bed time.

performance venue

sometimes there are bizzaro things going on in this joint.
but other times there are awesome things like my friends' bands!


half dance club, half concert venue
full bar
their concerts are wayyy to hip for me. but i try anyways :-)

thrift store

in brooklyn!
it's HUGE and simply too good to be true.

tea time

(dear ema,
i am actually ordering you to go here.
you will not regret it.)
their pumpkin scones = heaven!


(duh.. who doesn't have an inner carrie bradshaw?)


they have a green tea and a chocolate soufflé cupcake!

shopping areas

bleecker street
1 train to christopher street
(marc jacobs, BABY marc jacobs, mulberry, magnolia, intermix, olive and bettes, jack spade, cynthia rowley)

b or d train to broadway-lafayette

L train to bedford
cute little antique and thrift shops
and shops where you can get things that you will NOT find anywhere else!
(and no, ema, not williamsburg, virginia :-)


in brooklyn.
just allow yourself for about a two hour wait, no joke!
and worth it.
delicious sicilian!

dumont burger in williamsburg
5napkin burger (my favorite of the faves!)

burger joint at le parker meridien
landmarc at the time warner center in columbus circle

more food and drinksies

a whole restaurant devoted just to mac and cheese?
yes please.

home to one of the best meals of my life!
if you're into wienerschnitzel :-)

cheap, authentic japanese food.
you crouch on little stools while they play japanese songs from the 30s.

a total establishment.
they didn't allow women in until recently.
and there's saw dust on the ground for easier cleaning of puke and blood.
just two kinds of beer- light and dark,
and crackers + the spiciest mustard you've ever had in your life.

this place is huge and half of it is outdoors.
i sometimes feel hipped out by the native downtowners...
but it's fun anyways :-)

...and you can always just go on a dumpling tour


i've never actually been here,
but it's a park built on an old elevated train rail.
i hear it is super awesome fawesome.


i mean, of course there's always lady libs.
what up, miss thang?

and when your feet are killing you from all that running around...

pedis + drinks.
'nuff said.

have so much fun, ema!!



adventures in williamsburg!

high school bestie sarah was in town from indiana this weekend...

...and we were craving an adventure

so we packed up the plastic,
hopped on the L train,
and got off at bedford

our first stop was lux eye where i found ^these^ glasses
(fyi, since the great eye glasses catastrophe of august 2009, i have been totally blind!)
it's on bedford and north 8th i believe
it's so new, it doesn't even have a website yet!
their glasses are so fun and the prices are so good, it is just too good to be true!

next up was beacon's closet
on n. 11th between berry and wythe
it's a huuuuge fantastic thrift store!
i found a kickass red leather jacket with puffy shoulders
(totally 80s rawk star like)
for twenty moneys!

we also visited some of the smaller boutiques along bedford...

is a cute homey little antique shop with lots of old cameras and pictures and type writers...
i found a big vintage key to put on a chain and wear on my neck
(who needed a tiffany's key anyways?)

& and hilarious jewelry (like the mustache necklaces below...)
and cute cards.
and other fun chochkies.

i luv catbird and now i know where i'm holiday shopping...

of course all of this exploring made us hungry...
so upon recommendation from a native williamsburger,
we went to

sarah and i split a burger and their mac and cheese.
the burger was pretty darn good.
definitely up to par with 5 napkin
maybe not as good as landmarc
better than burger joint.

the mac and cheese was some of the best i've had (and that's a lot!)
they use gruyere and cheddar
and radiatore pasta- which i've never seen used in mac before.
it worked almost better than shells because there was more surface area in each noodle and thus more room for an even cheesey coating, as opposed to shells with their little pools of cheese in the middle.
also the bread crumbs were perfectly crispy.
and herr waiter didn't look at me weirdly when i asked for hot sauce and ketchup for it.

our final stop was barcade
which, to be honest, i think it is a little overrated.
there is only so much fun you can have losing at tetris over and over and over.

but the point is,

williamsburg rocks!



p.s. i noticed all of the girls in williamsburg putting little wings on their eyes with liquid eye liner. i'm into it. i think?

a bit on food

1. i recently went to chinatown and brought home enough frozen bao to feed a squad of sumo wrestlers.
some have red bean, and the rest have various meats (oh yeah, i'm over that vegetarian thing).
i had a mixed variety for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today.
i'm not even kidding.
they. are. SO. GOOD.

and p.s. whoever had the idea of low sodium soy sauce is an idiot.

2. monsieur cheese at the whole foods in columbus circle
talked me into dropping an andrew jackson on a tiny wheel of,
"the best cheese you'll ever try."
and when i got home, i ate about half of it.
and with every bite, i just wanted to hang on to the sweet,
i can't wait to add it to a béchamel and make some mac with it.
(or is that uncouth for a cheese of this caliber?)

{p.s. totally stole this pic from one of my new fave blogs, you are my fave.}

{p.p.s. can someone that's hip to cheese etiquette please tell me if i say, "this cheese is called epoisses berthaut?" or "this cheese is from epoisses berthaut?" or "this is an epoisses cheese from berthaut?" or none of the above?}

3. also at whole foods, i found lavender mint water.
i luv lavender.
and i'm always looking for ways to use it in food and drinks.
but this just tasted like yoga mat cleaner.

4. a few days ago i discovered a mustard section at the fairway on 74th that i've never seen before!!
i squeeled in excitement.
their first floor mustard section is pretttty happening.
but it didn't even occur to me to look for mustard on the second floor (where everything is organic).
it's tangy and acidic and delicious.
i've found it works well with an ale or sweet mustard.

5. i fulfilled one of autumn's rites of passage and made caramel apples last night.
there are none left.

("no shame november, no shame november")

6. i got sooo hungry reading this blog post by new blogger friend gaia.
she made red velvet cupcakes (among many other goodies)!
i told her i'd give her the cream cheese frosting recipe that i use,
but it's so good i have to share it with everyone:

{i stole it from paula deen}


1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup melted marshmallows
1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar

blend cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl.
add marshmallows and sugar and blend.
increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

that's it!

ohh kay.

gonna go eat now.