Out of the Closet

This post has nothing to do with gay anything, even though it’s Pride, so um sorry for the confusion. I’ve been moved to write because I’ve seen an increasing number of stories about how to turn one’s closet into an office. real Simple, Apartment Therapy and a West Elm catalog are among the culprits. Excuse […]

Bottom’s Up

You know how every summer, you get really excited to wear dresses again, and then every fall, you can’t wait to break out your sweaters? I feel the same way about beverages. Sure, I get excited for hot chocolate season, but right now I’m all about summer beverages.  You know why? Aside from my all-consuming […]

Frugality Fail

So, it’s hot in NY. And Jasmine, she’s fluffy. Not wanting to spend $60 to get her hair cut, A and I did it at home. Of course, she doesn’t know that she looks funny and patchy. She’s cooler and happier. And it will grow back. Just wanted to share her funny ‘do for internet […]

Standing Ova-tion!

I had the pleasure this week of breakfasting at Adour, the Alain Ducasse restaurant at the St. Regis hotel. They don’t generally do breakfast, so that made it extra (eggstra?) special. The highlight was the lobster eggs benedict. I mean, yum, lobster. And brioche instead of English muffin. The eggs were the most perfectly poached […]

Ah, Inadequacy

I stumbled upon this post on Jezebel today about how craft blogs are always so whimsical and perfectly photographed and just make lesser crafters/home mavens feel inadequate. As someone trying to blog about that stuff, that can go double for me. But, you know, I have a job and a small budget and a dog […]

Mmmm Chocolaaate

You guys, something really important has happened: I learned how to make chocolate. Just let that sink in. Sweet, delicious, fancy chocolate. Sarina and I took a class at the Institute of Culinary Education. It was four hours of chocolatey goodness. The teacher, Jeff Chocolatepastrychef, was fantastic and spent a long time explaining how chocolate […]

Teas Please

A very exciting book came across my desk a week or two ago, and I’ve been meaning to write about it: The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook. It’s become one of my nerdier obsessions. It’s broken down into chapters for yellow, green, black, white, pu-erh and oolong teas, and withing each of those, tells you what various […]

Great Steaks

Following years of vegetarianism, I just couldn’t get in to steak. There are usually cheap cuts at my grocery store, it’s easy to cook, and it’s pretty good when cooked with sesame oil (which maybe negates the cheap factor?). But, you know, not very exciting. Last night I got a grass-fed prime rib for A’s […]

A Quick Musing

I know when dressing themselves, people gravitate toward colors that look them, and I’m wondering if the same is true when people decorate their houses. I know there’s a lot of ideas about how certain colors make us feel, but then how to account for people who decorate in red, which is angry-making? I’ve been […]