In the spirit of all things cozy and warm, tonight’s main course is mulled wine. Given the current East Coast blizzard, I think that’s just fine. The recipe I used is adapted and simplified from a couple of different ones we tried out last winter.
The Oxford Dictionary recently released their 2016 “Word of the Year” finalists and winner, post-truth. Most commonly (and unfortunately) associated with politics, post-truth is defined as, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.
Christmas cookies are an essential part of the holiday season. It’s always nice to have a sweet treat, especially before the start of an assumably limiting New Year’s resolution. This year I tried my hand at a number of vegan cookies, but the snickerdoodles and sugar cookies stole the show.
To transition from New York City to Berlin, Max and I chose to settle down in the New Hampshire countryside for a bit. We’ve been here for nearly four months, yet somehow it still feels like vacation. That this weekend or the next we’ll return to our cozy little East Village apartment and routine New York life will be restored.
As promised, my favorite spots on Ko Lanta are here! Noon Sunset Viewpoint Restaurant, Kantiang Bay Deliciously fresh Thai food, the tastiest cocktails (and good wine, which was particularly difficult to find throughout Thailand), friendly staff, and the most breathtaking sunset view make Noon my favorite restaurant that we frequented on the trip. The view is stunning — the terrace-style restaurant is situated on a cliff overlooking Kantiang Bay — and the Thai food is to die for. My favorites were the fresh veggie spring rolls and the seafood curry served in a coconut (totally had to break my veganism for that one, over and over again).
In 1969, Arthur Schatz, a photographer for Life Magazine, perfectly captured the hippie sub-culture fashion of the emerging youth. Schatz photographed a California high school and its many fads including shift dresses, fringe vests, crop tops, bell bottoms, floral maxis and kaleidoscope prints imitating those of Emilio Pucci. I’m not promoting bell bottoms and I’ve never supported the re-emergence of fringe, but many of the styles from the late sixties have come back around in a very good way.
You can expect to see the unexpected in New York City; people and buildings worthy of second glances. I regret not taking a picture of the man dubbed Chandelier and his friend King Charles V…or was it the VI? Chandelier had metallic dreadlocks that he habitually spray-painted gold, and King Charles was a wandering man with nothing but a rocking horse and a portfolio of amateur photographs. I purchased a King Charles original print for $1, and he kindly signed the back with a personal message: “I like pizza”.
I’m very health conscious, but I’m also a Libra, so I like to balance my diet with a little something sweet. As with most things in NYC, the options for candy stores are boundless, and in order to find the best ones, you have to know where to look. The West Village is where you’ll find New York’s primo sweet (and Swedish) spot. Sockerbit, a self-serve candy bar, offers varied and delicious treats with the most amusing names. I enjoy the Vattenmeloner, Skumshots, Pasta Basta Lordgubb and Surnyckel, which were labeled “Sour Wrenches” at the store.
This post goes out to my main man in the art world, David Hockney. While credited as one of the masterminds behind the British Pop Art movement and as one of the best contemporary artists, in actuality, Hockney’s talents exceed such titles. Judging by the versatility of his work, his zesty yet frank personality and, obviously, his intrinsic eye for color and composition, I’d reckon he’s quite possibly the most glorious artist that will ever live. But, I’m no expert. Hockney was born in 1937 in Bradford, England and spent the majority of his adult life between England and Los Angeles. Distinctive to his style is that his work totally reflects his environment; you can look at virtually any painting and determine if Hockney was living in California or England at the time. His portfolio is dominated by brilliant color palettes and landscapes, with a number of portraits, interiors and still lifes thrown into the mix. I want to say that painting is his forte, but he’s also an amazing printmaker, photographer and he definitely …
Skipped a season or two, but now seems as good a time as any for a new post. So much has happened since last I wrote (February?), but I’ll try to keep this short-ish and Thailand-centric and share a bit more of the past few months in later posts. Every time I’m inspired to write a post I’m convinced, or rather hoping, that the inspiration will last and I’ll finally get this whole blog thing rolling. Here’s to hoping.