Ok, so yet again I am the delinquent blogger. Go ahead, put me in time out, give me demerits, ground me and take away all extracurricular activities. (Maybe not quite that harsh, eh?)
Life just seems to be on fast forward lately. So, to avoid a novel long dissertation about ALL the things I have been up to, where and how, here are the cliff notes of my recent travels from coast to coast. Enjoy and let it be known that I do promise to include more recipes and detail whenever my magic carpet ride touches ground. Deal?
1. ATL – LA – Way back in that long ago month called August, I went to L.A. to visit the Bro and work on our Gypsy Faire Tents biz together. A few highlights of biz meets pleasure was a little stop for lunch in Santa Monica @ Bay Cities Deli. Wow. What a fantastic shop. This deli gives every NY deli a real run for its money. Great high energy spot with a line out the door & lots of hustle and bustle of the guys taking orders behind the counter who were dishing out more smack talk than sammies!
2. LA – VEGAS – After LA, I headed off to Vegas for a week for the furniture show @ World Market Center. The market took good care of me with a suite at the Palazzo baby! Two memorable meals. Carnevino, by Mario Batali where we had a great version of clams casino served cleverly on newspaper. The octopus salad was divine and the caprese salad served with heirloom tomatoes & burrata cheese stole my heart for a good 10 minutes.
Okada, by Masa Ishizawa, was one of the nicest sushi dinners I have had. Spot on. The setting is perfect. A huge glass wall overlooks the Wynn waterfall. Its like having dinner in Land of the Lost. Dessert was mochi. Now, as a foodie, I know that I should be well versed in this odd ice cream. However, it was my first meeting with these bizarre balls. For those also unfamiliar mochi is an ice milk rather than cream and its wrapped in rice starch so it has an outer membrane. Sound awful? Kinda was for me. Flavors were green tea, vanilla, chocolate and red bean paste (azuki). I’ll stick with my gelato 😉
3. VEGAS – NYC – On October 8th, I had a cooking demonstration & book signing at Bilotta Kitchens in NYC. While that was certainly the highlight of my NY visit, I had a few other notable food moments & inspirations. My dear friend Elizabeth was in town with all her South African winemakers and I was lucky enough to get a dinner invite at Hearth with them. After an adventurous meal which included sweetbreads, snapper crudo & a gorgeous beet salad we popped into Terrior next door for a night cap.
Other notable bites in the city – N @ 33 Crosby near Broome was a great new discovery. Spanish tapas, my favorite! Lavagna, in East Village is a cozy romantic Italian spot with a very yum monkfish and last but never least I ended my NYC visit with a brunch at Russ & Daughters in the lower east side.
4. NYC – High Point NC – After NY I was off to furniture market (yes another one) in High Point NC. Not exactly the culinary capital of the world, so lets talk great design instead. The tents looked AMAZING and we were lucky enough to be showing them with Bobo Intriguing Objects at their gorgeous building.
5. HP – GA – So here I am! Spending the weekend at Mom’s B&B / farm in the north GA mountains. Its peak weekend for the fall leaves and the B&B is full. Guess who got roped into doing all the cooking for the guests this weekend? Yeah, so much for catching up on lost sleep. Off to whip up some fresh lemongrass & basil scones for this afternoons tea service!