Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Keep Walking

My cousin Beth and her two daughters are going out this weekend to walk with PanCan, the Pancreatic Action Network, to raise funds for the fight against pancreatic cancer. They are hoping to raise $500 between them. I thought I would help out in their fund raising efforts.
If you would like to donate to their team go here. Their team is the Lovely Lillo Ladies. Thank you.

I am very glad that they are getting out to do this. It must be so frustrating to be helpless, to know that all you can do is hope for one more day. At least this is something to do and it gets them out of the house. My thoughts go with them.

Saturday, October 27, 2007


from the apartment below mine. They have some loud fights.
Woman to man:
You couldn't make love your way out of a paper bag.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Weekend Shopping

Fall is really here now. The days are getting crisp and cool and apples have come back to the farmer's market. I love apples. Love love love love love apples. One of my favorite varieties is red delicious though you have to get them at the right time. They have to be just on the edge of ripeness when they're still really crisp. After that they get mealy and no one wants that. This weekend I found one with a nose.

I also really love having fresh flowers around. I don't indulge myself very often but this weekend I felt the need. I bought these irises in a shop near me. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have real trouble getting blues and purples right when I take digital photos. For example, these irises should be much more purple, less blue. The color correct in Photoshop, which sometimes helps, was of no use at all. Still, I think it's a pretty good picture.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Joining Up

Following Lady Epiphany's lead I have joined NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). It will be a challenge to post every day. But I will have incentive: the need to not fall flat in front of the whole wide web. I can be self motivated but it's much more effective to have the expectations of others, to have an audience.

So join up and then repeat after me: I will post every day and every post will be scintillating.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Edible Brooklyn

This past Saturday 4 friends and I went on a little walking tour of Brooklyn, eating as we went. We started in DUMBO (district under Manhattan bridge overpass) at Almondine bakery for croissants, pretzel bread, and baguettes. We then strolled across the street to Jacques Torres' chocolate shop. In spite of the extra warm weather some of us got hot chocolate. The other two got ice cream sandwiches. It was agreed that the banana chocolate ice cream was fabulous.

Years ago, when I moved back to New York DUMBO was kind of a wasteland. Nothing but old warehouses and junk. Now it is completely gentrified. There are restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and gorgeous apartments. And no wonder. It's an amazing landscape, made of odd angles and textures. One gallery we visited would make a fantastic living space though you would need to fill it with soft, round furniture to offset the concrete and steel. An old garage space is now home to From the Source, a store that sells hand made wooden furniture.
I couldn't walk out with the beautiful high backed chairs that I loved so instead I bought a duck. A wooden duck. Not the kind you usually see, originally meant to be a decoy for hunters. This is a dignified duck, standing tall, made of bamboo and teak.

Our plan was to have lunch at Grimaldi's pizza. However, when we arrived the line was even longer than I had feared. 40 minutes, just for take-out. I have no idea how long the wait for a table for 5 would have been. But in the naked city one must be prepared to improvise so we moved on, down through Brooklyn Heights to Atlantic Avenue. We stopped in Sahadi's for olives and cheese then went on to Brawta, a Caribbean restaurant. It was very tasty. I had pan fried porgy that was crisp and delicious.

From there we went south, through Carroll Gardens, past the Gowanus Canal and into Park Slope. There we ended our day at the Cocoa Bar. They sell chocolates, coffee, and wine. A marvelous combination.

We decided that we should meet every month to go eating. I'll let you know where else we go.