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Weekend Bites

Tis the season for those excellent, sweet, crunchy, HONEYCRISP apples at the farmers market.

My new favorite shoe line, DIEPPA RESTREPO, and their collection of boldly awesome oxfords and loafers, which are perfect for lazy Sunday walks from one cafe to another.

Sunday roast will be PORCHETTA, you can check out Sara Jenkin’s recipe that I’ll be following, or just go visit Jenkin’s PORCHETTA in the East Village.

Rent BABETTE’S FEAST, curl with with a SIDECAR, and watch what is supposed to be one of the best food movies of all time.

 

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Whale of a Good Idea

I’m a white plate kind of girl.  But I love these mariner inspired plates.  Wouldn’t the whale serving tray be great with grilled squid arranged on top?  The smaller plates I would use for decoration on a wall.

The plates are by NY-based designer thomas paul.  Available online at lekkerhome.com

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Spring Fête

that's the back of my head, at the top left

Now that it’s getting warm all I want to do is throw a party, like this Sunday afternoon party I attended last summer in the Hamptons (see pic above).  My first spring fete will have a Frenchy bohemian vibe (shocker) and lots of rosé and some springy, easy food.  Here’s my plan:

Get a couple of these:

french carafe from a+r store. buy here.

Fill it with this, which is a nice dry $10 rose from September Wines:

Throw down these (because money is no object in my dreams), carpets and pillows from Calypso:

visit Calypso

Go to Blue Ribbon Market and buy a little of this and a little of that:

Then to Murray’s Cheese for more of this and some of that:

And for a treat, I would attempt to make this slow cooked asparagus which is cooked in parchment and is oh-so-pretty and seasonal, from the NY Times (thanks, Em):

And as day turns into night, I would light these, and maybe, oh maybe, we would switch to red wine and order pizza:

$12 candleholders from Crate and Barrel

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Food Art

Last week I had the incredible opportunity to style Anthony Bourdain for the June cover of the Improper Bostonian. Why is this unapologetic New Yorker gracing the cover of a magazine about a city he once dissed? Turns out he got his start in Provincetown, frying up seafood and washing dishes. He was a great model, game for anything, entertaining us with stories of monkey meat in Liberia and how to scoop up hot curries with your hands.

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Butchers’n’Meat

What charmed me about Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market was the presentation, each piece displayed like a little jewel.  You could feel the pride they take in offering a beautiful product.  It’s not often I see squab and goat for sale at a butcher shop, so I gave it more points for being interesting.

Dickson's Farmstand Meats

This is Jake Dickson, the owner and meat mastermind.

Today’s butchers look a lot different than they did waaaay back in the day, when long aprons and mustaches were key.

Cute butchers. I love the polished getup at Japan Premium Beef, center.

It was the first time I thought of a butcher shop with any level of aestheticism, but I really need to get on the wagon, because there are a few new (dare I say it) boutique butcher shops in the city, like Japan Premium Beef, Meat Hook, and Marlowe and Daughters.  Still, old butcher shops are are so cool, and maybe a little, more, eh, rugged?

Butchers are fascinating characters, aren’t they?  I’ve always thought of it as such a bloody, thankless job, but I have to admire their understanding of animal anatomy, of muscles and tendons and fat.  It’s an intimate job, and an art.  Speaking of art:

Wagyu beef, left. Roy Lichtenstein print, 1962, right.

The Butcher Shop, Reinier, left. A Butcher Shop in Bucharest, Amedeo Preziosi, right

There is a restaurant in Boston called The Butcher Shop.  It’s a real pretty butcher shop; it’s also a restaurant and wine bar.  I like the idea buying my meat and having it too.

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Things: A Breakfast Tray

“Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast-table. We come to it freshly, in the dewy youth of the day, and when our spiritual and sensual elements are in better accord than at a later period; so that the material delights of the morning meal are capable of being fully enjoyed, without any very grievous reproaches, whether gastric or conscientious, for yielding even a trifle overmuch to the animal department of our nature.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (1851)

Le Petit Dej Breakfast Tray, available at aplusrstore.com

I take Hawthorne one farther and suggest that Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly-arranged and well-provisioned breakfast tray.  One of the simple pleasures of my life occurs when my boyfriend brings me coffee (complete with frothy milk) in bed.  I ask you, Boyfriend, is it too much to ask for breakfast? Perhaps a pain au chocolate and some greek yogurt with honey?  A bowl of fresh berries?  Fresh-squeezed juice?  Boyfriend, are you still there or was that a door slamming?

Le Petit Dej Breakfast Tray, $92 at A Plus R Store, visit their very cool website here.

other notables: Pain au Chocolate, preferably from Ceci-Cela or Balthazar Bakery.

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Chew on This

I came across a blog called the Blue Hour recently, and spent a good hour, no a very good hour, lingering over photographer Brian Ferry’s dreamy photos of, well, his meals. What is it about his photos makes me feel like I was there too?  Some warm fuzzy sentiment is triggered when I look at these;  his understanding of atmosphere and mood is so impeccable he manages to channel the best thing about food: the sharing of it.  Check out his site at bferry.wordpress.com.

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