My favorite quote from today's news, in an article about divisions within the Republican party regarding proposed abortion legislation: "Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, recalled on Thursday when she was new to Congress and opposed a bill restricting abortion. “One of the Republican members got up and said, ‘Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the pope,’ ” Ms. Pelosi, who has five children, said, adding, “Yeah. Yeah. That would be true.”"
Yes, it's Friday, and I know you probably want I cocktail. I do too. Not *now* of course, but at the end of the day. Maybe you've had a rough week and want something strong, but you might prefer something on the low-alcohol side -- something that will ease you gently into the long weekend. I had the pleasure of going out for cocktails at Attaboy earlier this week, and was introduced to the Bamboo Cocktail. It's a classic made with equal parts of two low-alcohol ingredients: dry vermouth and sherry, and dashes of both orange and Angostura bitters. If you're looking for a slight a variation, try a Perfect Bamboo, which splits the vermouth into half sweet and half dry.
I've spent this morning and part of yesterday cooking homemade gifts for my family -- granola, butter crunch toffee, and bacon jam -- with nothing much else on the agenda. I've got the Pandora "Indie Christmas" station on in the background to get into the holiday spirit (#badjew) -- in fact, they're currently playing one of my all-time favorite holiday songs. For me, listening to music and cooking the day away is super-relaxing and one of the reasons I love any opportunity to cook for friends and family. Hopefully I'll be doing a lot more cooking/entertaining in 2015 -- as part of my savings plan to renovate my kitchen and then to celebrate having a kitchen that's much more conducive to cooking/entertaining! The plan is to break through the wall in between the kitchen and main living space so that people don't huddle awkwardly around the kitchen door while I cook and so that I can still feel like part of the action even if I'm in the kitchen. CAN'T WAIT.
These recent items from my news feeds caught my eye:
Down with Brunch! -- Apparently going to brunch makes you an irresponsible, childless, indulgent consumer who illustrates what's wrong with New York. Personally, I tend to go for the bacon, but then again, I prefer brunch at home (ideally in PJ's) to brunch out.
How to Stock Your Pantry -- In the *duh* department (at least from my perspective, although I get that not everyone else has food hoarding tendencies). Otherwise known as "why I can eat for a month if I'm locked in my apartment and can't order from Seamless." See also: this.
No, seriously. If you haven't had one in a while, it's time to revisit them. I assure you, you'll be pleasantly surprised. And in case you need more convincing, give my latest in Wine Enthusiast a read.
Last night @daisy17 and I went to Momofuku Noodle Bar to eat from their 10th Anniversary throwback menu. We ordered some of our favorites -- the shitake buns, the corn with miso butter, and the kimchi stew -- but we also received the crudo pictured above on the house. We have no idea why -- we don't know anyone there -- but we certainly enjoyed the dish! Thanks, Momofuku, and happy anniversary!