Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Roam around the neighborhood:
And somehow be near water:
Let these three wishes (captured by Tuija Lindström) be granted me and I shall be a happy woman!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Ichigo is thinking of starting a baking blog, and we were talking about how frustrating it is when people post pictures of what wonders they made, and don't show you how. So I am going to show you, mostly by links, how to make pumpkin cookies:
Step 2: Substitute that frosting with a cream cheese frosting, except use half the amount of sugar.
Step 3: Get yourself to a Williams Sonoma or NYCake, or another store that sells golden, shimmering sugar, and dust that on the cookies.
Step 4: Put it on the dessert table.
Step 5: Stand by the dessert table and count exactly how many cookies each guest ate. This number is now directly proportional to how much you like each person! Keep reminding them of this until they run away from you, leaving behind a trail of crumbs.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thanks to Amazon's awesome deals, I finally have all the Nina Simone songs I could dream of, including my favorite- Sinnerman. For exquisite listening pleasure, all you have to do is click (second song).
And for your exquisite remixed listening pleasure click again (first song). If you insist on sticking your nose up at Felix Da Housecat, do it in public. In private, just dance!
Also, as you can see, I can't figure out how to switch the song order. Technology, what a burden upon my mind!...Any help I will take and treasure.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I recently saw heart stopping pictures from Ruven Afanador's just published book Mil Besos. The photographs capture Spain's flamenco dancers in all their beauty and strength, and I really love them. Here you are:
Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Isabel Toledo: Fashion from the Inside Out at the Museum at FIT
Her knowledge about sewing and design is mind blowing. I couldn't look at my little sewing projects for days afterwards without cringing and collapsing into a pile of despair (over what I don't know) and reverence (for her). She's a genius! And here she is, looking ravishing.
It ends September 26, hurry!
And coming up....
Norwegian Film Week at Scandinavia House
I grew up around so many cultures in Queens, but Scandinavian culture wasn't really one of them. The only times I was exposed to it was when my grandfather would pull out the family tree and show me where my great great grandparents came from and how our name was changed from Johansson, to Skjold, to Schold. In elementary school I used to do a yearly report on Norway and bring in a Norwegian berry pudding while explaining to everyone that all my ancestors were Vikings.Although there is still a small possibility that might be true, I don't go around saying it and instead just love visiting Scandinavia House. It has a small library, children's playroom, rotating gallery, restaurant, shop and theater. The Norwegian Film Week lasts from October 14th to 24th, and Scandinavia House is compact enough to see it all in one day, so try it!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Walk a block over to Van Dyke and visit a little flower shop called Saipua. I walked by before opening day, and even without flowers it is an enchanting place. Instead of a wall, there's just a little ledge separating the sidewalk from the shop. Step over it for wonderful soaps, cards, flowers and dog petting.
- About a block down from Saipua yet another world unfolds. Follow signs for Steve's Key Lime Pies until the big arrow turns you left. Stop for a chocolate dipped keylime pie on a stick and get lost in bliss. You should get at least two napkins so as not to make your dining companions uncomfortable with melted chocolate lips.
- Turn right from Steve's to peer into little workshops along the pier. Step inside Flickinger Glassworks where the workers will take a break from the kilns or the office to tell you about what they are doing with a mixture of pride and self-deprecation.
- Walk back down the pier and turn right into Liberty Sunset Garden Center, where (according to their website...I'm cheating a little here) 'you can find 20-foot Yucca trees, elephant ears, water lillies, a collection of exotic cacti and tropicals, and much much more'.
...until you reach the home of my dreams: The Waterfront Museum. It was built in 1914, and re-purchased for a dollar in 1985 by the present owner. When I visited he was the only one there, and he told me about the delapidated state it was in back then. It took him years to clean out the 300 tons of mud inside and restore it to it's original condition. After telling him I always dreamed of living on a boat, he told me that he and his family HAVE lived there for almost twenty years.
-Once you're done getting lost in someone else's life, go get food for your own. Right behind the barge is Fairway, a super supermarket located in a big warehouse. Fruits, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats and everything else you could want abound, along with a New York rarity- free samples! Shop until you are dizzy and broke, but save a little money to get a snack and eat in the outdoor, waterfront dining area.
Be safe on your long journey home and visit again soon.