Tuesday, June 10, 2008
**warning** extremely picture-heavy post! (I'll keep my words and descriptions very brief)
Daiku and I got to spend Memorial Day Weekend in New York City. Here is what we did:
we marveled at super-expensive gas prices in the Bronx
I found myself stuck in midtown (horrors! I try to avoid ever being there...) during an appointment that Daiku had. Fortunately, there was the Turkish parade to keep me entertained.
here's the view from one of my favorite gallery buildings in town. I was lucky that even though it was a holiday weekend, some galleries were open. If you're ever stuck in mid-town Manhattan and want a respite from the tourists, business people, and ritzy stores, go to the gallery building at 24 west 57th street. Then, just ride the elevator to each floor, there are at least 1 or 2 art galleries on every (public) floor. One of my favorites, the Galerie St. Etienne (specializing in German Expressionist art among other things)is there.
stopped into Sacred Chow for some beet-apple-cucumber-ginger juice for me
and a meatball and vegan cheese hero for Daiku.
saw some cool graffiti
helped my friend Tony celebrate his 30th birthday with the help of some lychee martinis (yum!) - sorry no pictures of the camera-shy birthday boy!
saluted Lenin (he saluted back!)
tried some awesome raw nori snacks that our friend Dorota introduced us to (seriously addictive- I want to figure out how to make these at home!)
baked some chocolate-chocolate-peppermint birthday cupcakes (I promise to share the recipe for the chocolate-mint streusel soon!)
hung out in our old 'hood in Queens
where we found out our old block (the top apartment is where Daiku and I used to live) has been renamed after our then-landlord ("the king of Long Island City") (!!!)
went to Red Bamboo for a huge PPK meet-up in Brooklyn (including meeting Jess of Get Sconed! yay! pssst- she's the girl with the pink hair hiding behind the menu in the above photo...)
the only food I got to photograph before the sun went down were these collard green rolls and buffalo wings, unfortunately.
aaaaaaand, dressed Dorota's kitty Willis in this awesome skull cap that we found. He seems to like it, no?
The weekend was a blast, filled with friends old and new, celebrations, good food, cute cats, and a chance to visit 4 out of 5 NY boroughs. (I've never been to Staten Island). This was one of our first really good-weather weekends, and Daiku and I enjoyed walking, talking, and laughing a lot. I hope you enjoyed the photos!