Fun. Fun. Fun.

THE DISH ON LIGHTING

Here are examples of how glassware can be creatively turned into beautiful lighting displays in clothing stores.

NO RESERVATIONS

I’ve passed by X’ian Famous Foods often. The bright “Western Chinese Cuisine” sign initially caught my eye. Then, I heard that Anthony Bourdain gave it a favorable review. So, it was time that I gave it a try. I ordered the Concubine’s Chicken Noodles. It was flavorful and tasty, but the dumpling-like noodles were too thick for my preference. I haven’t given up on this place yet since I love spicy food. I’ll try something else soon and update this post.

Side note: This should come as no surprise…cash only. They have very limited seating and do not take reservations.

LOCATION: 81 St. Mark’s Place, NYC
NEIGHBORHOOD: East Village
WEBSITE: www.xianfoods.com

BUTTER LANE REVIEWED

I know taste is subjective but I don’t see what all the rave is about for Butter Lane. They take “butter” too literally, and it’s overpowering the cupcake, especially when the cupcake is stale and dry. I’m bewildered by its popularity.

LOCATION: 123 East 7th Street, NYC
NEIGHBORHOOD: East Village
WEBSITE: www.butterlane.com

A FITTING GET-TOGETHER

Check out this time-lapse video from one of my favorite hotels. And, it’s an invitation. Brilliant!

acehotel:

Dana Tanamachi created this hand-lettered chalkboard piece to christen The Boardroom at Ace Hotel New York for Fashion Week — Dana also lettered room 1021 last summer. The Boardroom is the site of a three-day tailoring atelier of Martin Greenfield Clothiers. Mr. Greenfield himself will be hosting fittings for bespoke suits and garments through Sunday, by appointment. Spirits, beer, coffee and comestibles from The Breslin, Heineken and Stumptown. Find out more and RSVP here.

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

I’m really digging these luggage tags.

RUN? NO WAY!

One year later, and I’m still stuck on this song (“Pumped Up Kicks”) by Foster the People. “Don’t Stop” is equally catchy.

http://www.fosterthepeople.com/

A LITTLE PIECE OF PARIS (STATESIDE)

Since its August 2011 opening, this patisserie has become a regular stop for my visitors (when I play tour guide). Even without the polite “bonjour” at the door, it is a clone of its Parisian sisters. So…bite into these delicate and delicious French macarons imported from Paris daily and enjoy a little piece of heaven.

LOCATION: 864 Madison Avenue, NYC
NEIGHBORHOOD: Upper East Side (UES)
WEBSITE: http://www.laduree.fr/

A THOUSAND LIKES
After a “quick” trip to Ikea, a project (for the new apartment) that’s been on hold for months finally gets completed on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Heart poster by David Stark Design (2011)
Cards by RightBrainTerrain.com (2008)

A THOUSAND LIKES

After a “quick” trip to Ikea, a project (for the new apartment) that’s been on hold for months finally gets completed on a chilly Saturday afternoon.

Heart poster by David Stark Design (2011)

Cards by RightBrainTerrain.com (2008)

BEAUTY & ESSEX

Maybe it’s the food coma talking, but right now, I can’t think of a better place for a date or night out with friends. I didn’t think it was possible, but Beauty & Essex was even more delicious the second time. The food kept coming, and alcohol was flowing.

Like so many other New York restaurants, it has a bit of a kitchy entrance. Guests walk through a small pawn shop to a back door that unveils a posh lounge filled with some of New York’s most beautiful people. Looking around the elegant dining room with its gold-trimmed peacocks on the walls, I felt like I was transported onto the set of the next “Sex and the City” film. There may have been a well-known musician or two sitting at the table next to us. If you haven’t gone yet, here’s something else to entice you. They serve champagne in the ladies room.

Check out last night’s menu below.

Amuse-Bouche:
• It was a beet something. I’m not a fan of beets to begin with, so….

Tomato Tartare: sunny side up quail egg, parmesan crostini
• This was one of my favorite dishes the first time.

Mission Fig & Goat Cheese: pancetta, caramelized onion
• Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. They’ll omit the pancetta for vegetarians.

Yellowtail Crudo: caramelized citrus yuzu, avocado, cilantro
• Light, fresh, and tangy

Lobster Tacos: beer battered maine lobster, red cabbage slaw, jalapeno crema
• It was a little too heavy for my taste but still very tasty.

Grilled Salmon: tandoori masala, chickpea ‘hash browns,’ chili-lime raita, micro basil
• Chickpea ‘hash browns’…what a discovery!

Kale & Apple Salad: apple cider vinaigrette, pancetta, candied pecans, shaved goat cheese
• I typically don’t enjoy fruit in my salad, but this dish was a star on the table. I had multiple servings.

Oven Braised Chicken Meatballs: sheeps milk ricotta, wild mushroom, truffle
• Mmm…it gives the Meatball Shop are run for its money.

Brick Pressed Chicken: shaved brussels sprouts, lemon créme fraiche, walnuts, creamy mascarpone polenta
• This was quite possibly the most tender chicken I’ve ever had.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts:
• This must’ve been a special because I don’t see it on the menu. If it’s available, you should definitely order it.

Empanadas:
• I think this was another special. I’ve had better, but many of the other guests at my table really enjoyed it.

Box of Doughnuts: vanilla beignets with chocolate hazelnut creme & raspberry jam
• Make sure you save room for dessert because this one is worth it. It’s served warm.

Mini Cupcakes:
• I think this was also a special. I was too full at this point, but they looked lovely.

Ruby Mojito: 10 Cane rum, St. Germain, lemon, mint, Luscombe raspberry-lemon soda
• More please

Woodford Wilson: Woodford Reserve bourbon, pineapple, lime, ginger beer, brandied vanilla cherry
• They don’t kid around. This one packs a small punch.

Side note: Be prepared to empty your wallet.

LOCATION: 146 Essex Street, NYC
NEIGHBORHOOD: Lower East Side (LES)
WEBSITE: http://www.beautyandessex.com/

PERSON OF INTEREST
With the same type of facial-recognition technology used in iPhoto and Facebook, this digital window advertisement for the new CBS show Person of Interest identifies you as just that as it captures your photo when you stand in front it. Then, it asks you to text a code to obtain your classified file. It’s a fitting promotion for the TV show, but I’m a bit uneasy about it. You never know where your face will end up.
LOCATION: Broadway between East 9th and 10th streets, NYCNEIGHBORHOOD: East Village

PERSON OF INTEREST

With the same type of facial-recognition technology used in iPhoto and Facebook, this digital window advertisement for the new CBS show Person of Interest identifies you as just that as it captures your photo when you stand in front it. Then, it asks you to text a code to obtain your classified file. It’s a fitting promotion for the TV show, but I’m a bit uneasy about it. You never know where your face will end up.

LOCATION: Broadway between East 9th and 10th streets, NYC
NEIGHBORHOOD: East Village

TWO LITTLE RED HENS
I finally made it to the Upper East Side to try these red velvet cupcakes. They were good but still not as good as Sprinkles.
LOCATION: 1652 2nd Avenue, NYCNEIGHBORHOOD: Upper East Side (UES)WEBSITE: http://www.twolittleredhens.com/

TWO LITTLE RED HENS

I finally made it to the Upper East Side to try these red velvet cupcakes. They were good but still not as good as Sprinkles.

LOCATION: 1652 2nd Avenue, NYC
NEIGHBORHOOD: Upper East Side (UES)
WEBSITE: http://www.twolittleredhens.com/

SLEEP NO MORE
It’s theatre like you’ve never seen it before. No one will have the same experience, and no matter how many times you go, it’ll be different each time. That’s the brilliance of it. The story is told through dance, beautiful yet powerful and dramatic contemporary dance. Although it was a bit uncomfortable at times watching private, intimate moments of others, you get drawn in right away and must distinguish the line between reality and fiction. This show is definitely not for the fainthearted.
I found myself wondering from room to room just admiring the intricate and detailed work of the set designers. Every inch of this abandoned hotel was purposefully designed. It’s the best set I’ve ever seen. I applaud the Punchdrunk (www.punchdrunk.org.uk) team for this production.
It’s now in an extended run, so check out this completely mind-blowing experience before it closes (or you’ll regret it). Say “hi” to the host Calloway (real name: William). He never breaks character.
LOCATION: The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, NYCSHOW TIMES: Monday-Friday | 7:00 PM, 7:15 PM, 7:30 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:00 PMFriday & Saturday | 11:00 PM, 11:15 PM, 11:30 PM, 11:45 PM, 11:59 PMWEBSITE: http://sleepnomorenyc.com/

SLEEP NO MORE

It’s theatre like you’ve never seen it before. No one will have the same experience, and no matter how many times you go, it’ll be different each time. That’s the brilliance of it. The story is told through dance, beautiful yet powerful and dramatic contemporary dance. Although it was a bit uncomfortable at times watching private, intimate moments of others, you get drawn in right away and must distinguish the line between reality and fiction. This show is definitely not for the fainthearted.

I found myself wondering from room to room just admiring the intricate and detailed work of the set designers. Every inch of this abandoned hotel was purposefully designed. It’s the best set I’ve ever seen. I applaud the Punchdrunk (www.punchdrunk.org.uk) team for this production.

It’s now in an extended run, so check out this completely mind-blowing experience before it closes (or you’ll regret it). Say “hi” to the host Calloway (real name: William). He never breaks character.

LOCATION: The McKittrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, NYC
SHOW TIMES:
Monday-Friday | 7:00 PM, 7:15 PM, 7:30 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:00 PM
Friday & Saturday | 11:00 PM, 11:15 PM, 11:30 PM, 11:45 PM, 11:59 PM
WEBSITE:
http://sleepnomorenyc.com/

CATERING IN A PINCH!

There’s a new caterer in town. I received this mailer from Pinch Food Design a couple months ago, but I have yet to try them out.

http://pinchfooddesign.com/

PAPER OR PLASTIC?

Neither! I want to replace all of my dishes with these ironic pieces.

http://www.selettiboutique.co/home-design/estetico-quotidiano/index.html