Monday, November 22, 2010

Become Your Dream Part II

Ok! This is the third time I have seen this on the Upper East Side in the past month. I am curious to meet the person who goes around writing this on street corners and garbage. I think it's amazing and probably gets a lot of passer-byes to stop and take note - but why? Just wanted to share...and remind you all to "Become Your Dream".

Macaroon Monday //

Guess the flavor?

The Girl With/Who...

I am anxious yet hesitant to begin the last of Stieg Larsson’s Trillogy, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. I am typically not one for these types of novels. I haven’t been able to stop since picking up the first of the set, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It is bittersweet. I will finally know the outcome of Lisbeth Salander and Blomkvist but after I am finished, that’s it. There are no more antagonists and climaxes; there are no more vivid girl-on-girl scenes, no more journalistic ventures that will be undertaken. It will be over. I guess this is what the author intended. Tragically, his sudden death in 2004 leaves us wanting to read more. Even more ironic but typical with many great creators, was that he never was able to witness his successes.

With that I leave you to crack the spine of suspense one last time!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Supper

Another reason why I love NYC, the opportunities for foodies are abundant! Tonight I can't wait to partake in Sunday Supper at Public, something I have always wanted to do. I have always adored the place for both dinner and brunch. Not to overshadow this "Sunday Supper at Public but a food experience that I am super excited for is Thanksgiving Dinner at Eleven Madison Park, that is if we are unable to make it back to western NY for the holiday. I have actually dreamt about EMP brussel sprouts, stuffing and cranberry sauce twice this week. Yummm - Can't wait for Thursday!

Sunday Supper at Public "Join us for Sunday Supper, an opportunity for the kitchen to explore new ideas and ingredients and a chance for our patrons to experience new dishes not on the regular menu. The ever-changing, often-seasonal, five-course menu is $50 per person and served every Sunday evening."

210 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012

The panna cotta is the best in the city! I'm not sure if this is it because the picture saved as "drink" but looks like it. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Temple Shaaray Tefila

The years I spent doing my post-bacc for medical school were some of the most lonely, isolating, dark and terrifying times of my life. My favorite thing to do was walk the mile and a half back and forth from Hunter College to my apartment albeit at all hours of the day and night, struggling with 20lbs of books, clothes that hadn't been washed since the last exam period, and thoughts of cellular respiration and nucleophilic attacks running through my head. 

I always looked forward to my walk. I have learned that the extremely small things in life will get any pre-med/med student excited beyond belief. I was no exception. What got me through was that once a day I would walk past Temple Shaaray Tefila to see the inspirational words, quote or phrase that had posted on the wall of the shul and I knew I would be ok for the next few hours. I would find it to be so reassuring and therapeutic to whatever I was going through at the time. 

Last night I found myself walking home late at night realizing that I would be shortly passing the synagogue that I found such daily inspiration in. I was excited beyond belief to see what message was left for me to read and ponder for the rest of my walk home. And here is what I found...


250 East 79th Street 

At Second Avenue

New York, N.Y. 10021 


At The Whitney Museum 

NOVEMBER 18, 2010–FEBRUARY 13, 2011

I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Charles Ledray exhibit last night entitled: WORKWORKWORKWORKWORK. I was given exclusive tickets to the event by a friend of a friend who is actually one of the youngest assistant curators in the states. I was so excited to meet her and see her  work on opening night. I was blown away by the artists work, the minatureality and the display. To me the exhibit was reminiscent of Working, by Studs Terkel, which has for a long time been one of my favorite pieces relating to the Early American experience post industrialization.

If you have time over the next few months I would highly recommend taking a peek at the exhibit and cozying up to Working! The images are credited to The Whitney Museum or my iphone. I want to thank Lindsay Malen and Christina DeSimone for the invite and such a wonderful evening!

Love This - It reminds me of my grandfather
Fred Metzger who was a catcher in the '40's!

Above Images Compliments of The Whitney Museum - The last three photographs document the original installation of Charles LeDray’sworkworkworkworkwork in the summer of 1991. For this installation, nearly six hundred precisely fashioned miniature objects created by the artist were layed out on a sidewalk in the center of New York’s Astor Place. Inspired by the itinerant street vendors that flooded the city’s streets during this era, LeDray created tiny versions of the kinds of secondhand items typically sold in these spontaneous sidewalk exchanges. The objects on display—clothing, housewares, jewelry, magazines, books, and artwork—each evoke a unique, personal backstory regarding their previous owners. The “work” in LeDray’s repetitious title can function as either a noun or verb, reflecting the vast amount of objects, the lengthy and laborious task of creating them, or the basic need to labor in order to survive.

My Favorites

Titled: Ring Finger

Titled: Long Story Short

Tiny Tighty Whities!
I don't understand the mounting but love the undies.


So many mini pots but only took pics of the white ones

Funny Story: This is Komal. Lindsay and I kept getting yelled at by him for getting too close to the art and finally he said, "please no closer, they are just books - what are you looking at, you don't have to look so hard and so close, you could even make them yourself, you can make them for your home if you like them." We love you Komal!!!

Titled: The Pride Flag
I wish I remembered the title
Love the mini-mini replica suit hanging 
And of course my obsession with flip-flops

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
Admission is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 6–9 pm

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Search has Ended //

The job search has come to an end hence my entries were lagging somewhat. I think I have found my “career soul mate” the ultimate dream job! Not that my husband doesn’t measure up in the soul mate arena but for a girl to be complete the entire personal and professional package has to be aligned. I am so excited and can’t wait to start.

I will be celebrating a lot this weekend, my new job, my first wedding anniversary and my father in-law’s 70th and would like to make an online toast to my readers...I wish you life, love, peace and happiness!

Be sure to clink your glasses this weekend. I will probably be making one too many champagne toasts, well I am really a prosecco kind of girl! This is one argument I would never want to be a part of, a French/Italian spat over bubbly is sure to end in disaster or with an off the wall iconic sound bite such as, “the rent is too damn high”. With that I close and raise my glass to you. I feel new beginnings all around!

- Cheers, Salud, Fisehatak, Prost, Afya, Na Zdrovia, and most of all L'chaim

images: weheartit

Monday, November 8, 2010

26.2 //

What a tremendous event this is for everyone, participants and on-lookers alike. My sister, William and I woke up bright and early to meet up with the runners a block over on first avenue. For whatever reason I happened to agree with her logic for timing when the men's elite group would be passing by. The logistics were slightly skewed because of the varying start times and a delay with the elite groups start. Unfortunately after a little more than 90-min (for those of you who know me that's an eternity when I'm cold) standing in the freezing cold waiting for the runners I gave up and went home for lots and lots of hot tea, multiple blankets and a good book. I had all the intentions of going back outside but I didn't thaw out until much later and the superstars had already finished the race. 

I have lived in different areas along the race route for eight years now and have yet to see the elite runners with my own eyes. There's always next year. Later in the day I was able to catch the stragglers and cheer them on while crossing the park to meet friends on the west side for a late lunch. BRAVO to all of the runners who finished the race, what an accomplishment!

Macaroon Monday//

Guess The Flavor?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lavender: Health Benefits//

10. Scent
Crush fresh lavender between your fingers or rub lavender oil on your temples for a soothing dose of aromatherapy stress relief. Lavender relieves anxiety and tension naturally.

9. Tea
Did you know that steeping a small handful of lavender flowers in boiling water creates a healthful herbal tea? This is just as effective as chamomile for promoting sleep and helping to soothe frazzled nerves.

8. Perfume
Lavender oil makes a nice, chemical-free alternative to perfumes and colognes. Dab a little at the back of your neck or wrists to smell clean and light.
7. Bath
Adding either oil or fresh buds to a hot bath will promote relaxation and ease tired muscles.

6. Sleep accessories
Tie up fresh flowers in a satchel, small pillowcase, or reusable eye pillow. Lavender helps you to sleep better.

5. Skin relief
Is your skin burned, chafed or irritated? Add some lavender oil to your moisturizer or a spray water bottle and apply or mist your skin generously.

4. Sweet, fresh-scented laundry
Tie up a bundle of lavender blossoms in a cloth and add them to the dryer cycle when you do laundry. It beats those chemical sheets!

3. Cuts and scrapes
Lavender has natural antiseptic properties. Use lavender oil as a protective salve instead of rubbing alcohol (this is a nice alternative for children).

2. Dandruff
Between vinegar and lavender, who needs those harsh chemical shampoos? Steep lavender as you would to make tea; allow to cool and use as a rinse daily until dandruff is cleared up.

1. Recipes
Between vinegar and lavender, who needs those harsh chemical shampoos? Steep lavender as you would to make tea; allow to cool and use as a rinse daily until dandruff is. Lavender makes and unusual, floral accent in many dishes. Reader Sarah C grills peach halves wrapped in applewood smoked bacon and tops them with a sprinkling of lavender flowers and crushed black pepper.

Lavender Thoughts would like to suggest adding a scrumptious dose of lavender when making sweet treats like ice-cream, chocolate truffles or savory biscuits. Yummy!
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