With the new year approaching, I thought it was time for a (mobile-friendly) makeover. I'm not 100% done tweaking it yet, but let me know if you have any feedback. I'm also thinking I might focus more on posting about cooking, eating, drinking, and exercise (yes, even more than I already do) . . . stay tuned!!
Things that are making me smile these days:
New bike shoes on sale (for spin class and bike tour trips; keeping my racing shoes for the tri)
Getting a mix tape that I can actually play
In the past few years, sleep has become more and more sacred to me. I regularly get about 7 hours; 8 on a good night, and even more on leisurely weekends. 6 or less and I get cranky, lack concentration, and have zero motivation to exercise. This effectively gives me a solid curfew on school nights these days of about 11, or maybe midnight if I'm close to home. Last night, I went to go see a band in Williamsburg with two of my law school friends with whom I used to go see bands all the time. When we first made the plans, we thought the band was starting at 8. Then we learned there was an opening band at 8 and our band was on at 9. This was perfect -- it allowed for a quick stop at home to walk Mox, and ample time to get to Brooklyn and catch up over dinner before the band started. Late in the day we learned our band was slated to start at 10.
Now, I'm the only one in the group that isn't married with kids, but one friend is (and never was) a night owl, and one of my friends had to deal with the additional schlep of a train back to Long Island at the end of the evening, so we weren't thrilled with the 10pm start. Of course, because we're dealing with a cool, hip band in Williamsburg, they didn't actually go on until about 10:50. Let's just say I'm a little tired today, but it would have been worse if I had stayed until the band finished. I was the first man down -- pathetic, I know. My law school self would be terribly disappointed.
Highlights of the weekend: visiting Nathan's Art of the Brick exhibit followed by margaritas and snacks at Añejo and setting sail with Bowmore on the Clipper City followed by a tasting and nibbles at the always wonderful Dead Rabbit. Many thanks to Brian and Scott for joining me!
One (of many) event at Tales that I didn't attend was the Spirited Awards. Instead, I went and ate dinner at Cochon with some friends. Given the fact that it's historically a long, drawn-out affair with very little food (and the food that is served isn't particularly good), I think I made the right choice. That said, I did miss some hilarious videos made by Tess Mix of Le JIT Productions. Luckily for all of us, she put them up on YouTube for our enjoyment. Here are my three favorites:
American Bartender of the Year
Sh*t Brand Ambassadors Say (Best American Brand Ambassador)
Best High Volume Cocktail Bar
Miss Moxie had a bit of a rough weekend -- she got her dew claw caught in a puppy friend's harness while they were playing on Thursday night and it tore down the the quick, so Friday I had to take her to the vet to get it clipped off. She had to be sedated and was a druggy mess on Friday night. She's still wearing the cone of shame so that she won't lick her paw and she's on antibiotics which seem to be taking away her appetite, but is otherwise in good spirits. At the very least, she's better than another of her dog park friends, Winston, who we ran into at the vet. Winston, a daschund, had burned his nether regions on some hot asphalt . . . Here's to a speedy recovery for everyone, but especially Winston!!
In other news this weekend, Mox & I had a lovely visit to Smorgasburg, I joined the 8th Street Winecellar for their 5th birthday celebration after a BYOB Italian dinner in the East Village, and I had a fun Sunday at the SuperDuper Market (Shorty Tang sesame noodles and Humphrey Slocumb ice cream!) before heading off to the Bastille Day celebration on Smith Street. Wound up the weekend with a few episodes of Breaking Bad Season 4. Not too shabby!
Dinner at NoMad with Karen (CHICKEN!!), early to bed Friday night. Up super-early Saturday for open water swim at Coney Island followed by 50 minute run on the boardwalk. Lounging in Washington Square Park with Moxie Mutt, beer and pretzels at Der Schwarze Kölner with Josh, Jeramy & baby Sid, drinks/snacks/dinner with Colin, Jen, Jenny, Rob & Sara, with stops at Joseph Leonard, Bobo, Amor y Amargo & Terroir EV. Slept in on Sunday, then brunch at Red Farm with Rob, Nic & Liz, and Pride-parade watching with Karen, and a pit-stop at the 8th Street Winecellar for a frozen margarita (special for Pride). More Moxie time in the park, then wine and snacks with mom at Terroir Murray Hill, and a quick visit to Gin Palace on the way home. This week I plan to lay low . . .
What a great weekend. On Friday night I went over to Sarah and Arlan's to catch up over a delicious dinner of mushroom papardelle, salad, and decadent cookies and ice cream for dessert. Saturday morning I took Moxie to obedience class where we worked on "heel" and walking on a loose leash, then headed out to Ba'sik to be an extra for an ice cream commercial -- free drinks and ice cream -- not a bad way to spend an afternoon! For the evening, I joined Kim and John for a trip out to Red Hook to visit our friend Jim at Cacao Prieto, where we tasted their wares before heading to dinner (and karaoke!) at Hope and Anchor. We finished of the evening at Sunny's, where we listened to live music from the dozen or so bluegrass musicians who gather there every Saturday night. I had a relaxing Sunday morning with Moxie, then met up with Matt for brunch before seeing Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway -- having been in a production of JCS is college, it was a welcome trip down nostalgia lane. Afterwards, we had drinks at the Rum House. After a quick stop at home, I caught up with another Matt (this one is a high school friend in town from Texas) before heading to a feast at Maharlika with Lindsey, Caitlin & Jenn. Full and happy, I went home to sleep before starting out another busy week.
This weekend was a great mix of much-needed downtime, cocktail explorations with Ceci (like the Oaxacan Dream at Viktor & Spoils, pictured above: Vida Mezcal, Pineapple Juice, Cranberry, Lime, Agave.), catching up with friends over brunch, and hanging out in the park with Moxie, enjoying the weather. It was disrupted a bit by additional canine health and safety issues, however, including another trip to the vet for digestive strife (she is now on liquid, chicken-flavored antibiotis) and a minor incident involving a small paw somehow getting tangled in a radio antenna. I am starting to question my dog-parenting abilities. Thankfully she's not a child or I'd be the subject of an ACS investigation by now.
And on a food note: really enjoyed the nachos topped with cactus at Viktor & Spoils and the fried chicken at Monument Lane, but was heartbroken to learn that the Chicharrones Jacks are no longer on the menu at Booker & Dax.