Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The competition is decidedly not fierce. The chefs have already established names for themselves in their industry. They’re all competing for charity. On the regular seasons of Top Chef, the competition is cutthroat as newcomers compete for a big break.
Still, it’s amazing to see what these guys do within the crazy restrictions of the judges’ challenges. And also to see them goof around with each other. Highlights so far…
Master Chef Hubert Keller makes a whipped-cream mouse, delighting 3 junior Girl Scouts. (And me.) Wins competition.
New York City food critic Gael Greene. Period.
While awaiting the judges’ decisions, pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake (best restaurant name ever) decides to have the chefs bake cookies together. A deadpan Wiley Dufresne makes fun of his wacky creative side (and the fact he's not a pastry chef): “Can you microwave a cookie? Deep fry? Pan sear?”
I'm psyched for the real competition to begin again, but this is good fun in the meantime.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Deliciousness: Frugal Fridays at Craft = best invention ever. Divine small plates at one of the best eateries in NYC. And now, in an effort to keep cash-strapped diners coming, Frugal Fridays are held every day except Tuesday (when Tom Colicchio takes over for Tom: Tuesday Dinner). Also, had I arrived one second earlier, I would have seen Kirsten Dunst!
Adorableness: Disney Pixar's Up. Next time there's a big Pixar film I'm interested in, I'm going to watch it at home, because I cried so much I went home with a headache. They love to tug at my heartstrings. This article will make you all cry, too, whether you've seen Up or not.
Education: The Guggenheim's 50th anniversary exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward. I was never particularly attached to any of Wright's designs...just a general aesthetic preference, I guess. But this exhibit was amazing. I saw quite a few designs that I liked, and I have gained infinitely more respect for Wright's aesthetic, his practicality, ambition, and spirit of innovation. Who knew he had created a whole city plan for Baghdad?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I love this man's music. He's a musical machine—whistling, swapping between violin and guitar at lightning-quick speeds, looping recordings of himself in his live shows by using his feet to control buttons and knobs. Probably even his sneezes are musical. But for some reason, I have a hard time picturing him, say, making a sandwich.
"Plasticities" in the second video above is a great song, but check out the album version if you can, from Armchair Apocrypha. Bird tends to change his songs live, just enough so that you're getting a unique experience, different than you would were you listening to the album. But there's much to be said for the straightforward melodies on his albums, too. And the violin and the playful poetry...and even the suit. Oh yeah.
My lovelies, I shall be leaving you for a couple of days to spend time with my little bro-in-law-to-be before he jets off to England, then Indonesia, then DC (yeah, nuts!). There's lots of other bloggy goodness for you to see, though. Have you seen Erin's my week in objects this week?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
We hit the World Science Festival in Washington Square Park on Sunday. This might be one of the coolest New York things I'll get to do all summer. We saw magic shows, giant bubbles, jugglers, dog trainers, medical animations, Brian Greene (got a lucky visit to the VIP area through our awesome science writer friend!), and learned about analyzing crime scenes, too. The best thing I learned was that Diet Coke and Mentos create a giant geyser eruption. For some reason, everyone seems to know this but me, but in case you didn't, enjoy:
These shoes and I started far from here and walked and walked and walked our way to someplace very different. Thank you, old friends.
Do not go gentle into that good night. You won’t; I’ll make sure you live on...
Childhood “loveys” aside, have you ever been attached to an object that you felt somehow defined you or a chapter in your life? What was it?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
What day's child are you? Sometimes when I'm feeling ornery, I recall this rhyme and try to be full of grace. Do you exhibit the traits attributed to those of your day?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It's a big giant mesh structure with which visitors can interact. All of the dripping bits are filled with various spices, so the whole place smells amazing. There is a ball pit and also a quiet little chamber with a squishy floor and pillows/sacks stuffed with chamomile and lavender. In the hallway pictured above, the drippy bits are filled with cloves. Yum.
It only runs through June 14, so if you're looking for something to do in NYC, check it out soon! Admission is $10.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
So, my city-dwelling lovelies, before you plant your edibles in a little yard or garden plot, check out your soil to make sure you're not munching on more than you bargained for!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
This thing needs to be released, pronto! (Yes, the family is hilarious. Note how the young girl keeps taking sips from her water bottle, because this is an active video game.)
When it is released, I demand a Buffy the Vampire Slayer game, so when I walk by that thing, it'll be all like, "Well, well, if it isn't the Slayer?" And then I will open up a can of virtual whoop-ass and take out all my commuter's aggression on a CGI vampire. NICE.