Notes on a Renovation #2

Way back when I wrote a post about my kitchen renovation. No, it hasn't started yet, but I have made a great deal of progress. I've firmed up my design, selected all of my materials and appliances, signed contracts with the designer, cabinet/counter installer, and contractor, and sent various checks out.  I've also started to select a new couch and chair for my living room (the living room update is a collateral consequence of the kitchen renovation, plus my couch has about had it). Work starts mid-to-late April, and, in theory, everything will be done by mid-May. I can't wait!!!


My New Boyfriend

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He's smart, handsome and age-appropriate. He's a feminist, he's pro-choice, and supports gender equality in the workplace and with equal parental leave. He's got the body of a boxer and has a tattoo. on one of his biceps.  He is welcoming to refugees and is an animal lover.  Isn't he fantastic? 

Ok, where was I? Back to reality.


Breakfast of Champions

 

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Fully agreed, Sam Sifton. My breakfasts, particularly during the week, are not elaborate affairs.  They're not always pretty, as shown above, and are more often than not taken to-go, but they are a vital part of each day. Often it's a wedge of fritatta, sometimes an egg white omelette or a nuked egg with veggies, cheese and bacon if I've got some (not the best texture, but quick and portable). Sometimes it's a hard-boiled egg, and today it was an English muffin with smashed avocado. Lately I've been adding fruit -- half a grapefruit or pineapple chunks. The coup de grace is coffee -- generally just a pour-over directly into my travel mug, but sometimes a latte or shakerato.

If I didn't eat breakfast, I'd likely bite someone's head off by about 11.


Booze You Can Use: Have a Trinidad Sour (at Suffolk Arms)

The Trinidad Sour is a particularly unusual cocktail because its base is not a spirit, but rather a full ounce of Angostura bitters. Created by Giuseppe Gonzalez here in NYC, I've seen this cocktail pop up at bars around the country, most recently at Hunt & Alpine Club in Portland, Maine, but now, you can get it right here from the man himself. Giuseppe has opened a new bar -- Suffolk Arms -- where it sits on the menu alongside other house cocktails, twists on classics, and an entire section based on vodka. The bar is an homage to NYC itself, with portraits of famous New Yorkers in the menu and on the walls, and serving some of NYC's classic foods, like a Russ & Daughters smoked fish platter and matzo ball soup.  I would highly recommend going there to get one, but you can make your own at home, so long as you're able to pry the top off of your Angostura.

Trinidad Sour

1 ounce Angostura
1 ounce orgeat
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce Rittenhouse 100 proof rye
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake and strain into a coupe.


Winter Wonderland

No, I haven't been buried in the snow, just not motivated to write much. Had a lovely lazy weekend hunkered down during the blizzard, with a few trips outside to walk Mox. Saturday night I joined a friend at a French bistro down the block for some wine and French onion soup and the place was packed, as were the few other local spots that managed to open that night. The city is truly magical when it's covered in snow and cars are off the streets. Fingers crossed for another snow day this winter (but NOT when I'm supposed to travel!).

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Off the Grid

In a few hours, I'm flying to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I'll be spending roughly 24 hours before heading to the Galapagos. Once I've reached the Galapagos, I'll have no cell or internet for about 8 days until I'm back in Guayaquil on the 2nd. Merry Xmas and happy early New Year, everyone -- see you in 2016!


Domesticity

I've gotten into a habit of using a portion of my weekends to cook and prep meals for the week. This may mean cooking something like beef stew in large quantities and then portioning into smaller containers for the freezer and/or lunch during the week, roasting veggies to eat as a side or toss in a salad, hard-boiling eggs, washing greens, cutting up veggies, grinding coffee, or making a fritatta -- anything that makes taking a healthy lunch or grab-and-go breakfast easier. I also find it a fairly relaxing way to spend time and I can catch up on my podcasts at the same time. The only thing that might make it better would be a dishwasher, but the good thing is that I'll have one soon enough .  . .