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Cooking Up A Storm

I was supposed to go to Maine this past weekend, but was foiled by Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene. That said, I had serious lobster on the brain, and between that and Mark Bittman's timely piece on lobster in the Sunday NYT magazine, I decided that lobster bisque was just what I needed to make it through the storm. I stockpiled everything I needed, but as Saturday morning arrived, I realized I needed a tomato, so headed to my local natural foods market, where I picked up a bunch of tomatoes, corn, and an artichoke. As of about 2 p.m. on Saturday, after a workout, I hunkered down and started to cook, thinking that friends within walking distance might come over that night. After brunch (egg, Flying Pigs Farm bacon, skim latte), I made lobster stock from some shells I had in the freezer, cooked the two lobsters I had bought the night before, then proceeded to make bisque, corn and tomato salad, and a steamed artichoke. As I was taking out the garbage, I ran into my next door neighbors, and we arranged for an impromptu dinner party later that evening. In addition to the bisque, I whipped up some brownies (using my favorite recipe, but substituting some espresso-laced chocolate), and we feasted -- Arturo's pizza;  tomato, corn, shallot & arugula salad; bisque and brownies.

Day two of the storm seemed a little calmer, and true to our nature, my fellow New Yorkers were ansty from being inside all day and night on Saturday. Roopa, Karen, Enzo, Noel, Caroline & Kevin came over and we feasted on a hodgepodge of canned goods (pickled herring, anyone?), made Ramos Gin Fizzes and Bloody Marys/Red Snappers and a killer batch of fried rice, spearheaded by Noel. We followed that up with A Fish Called Wanda and truffle-parmesan popcorn. 

Almost everyone I talked to ate and drank their way through the storm. Wonder if that's just a reflection of my friends and family or if people generally find it comforting?

Rock You Like a Hurricane

I couldn't help myself.

Pre-Irene shopping list/prep includes: C batteries for flashlight/radio, bottle of rosé, new rainboots, carrots/onion/celery for making lobster & chicken stock, milk for coffee, bottled water, battery-powered cell charger, & cash (learned my lesson during the blackout). Am I forgetting anything? I've got a well-stocked pantry and bar, and as long as I can light my stove w/a match I should be ok if the power goes out . . .

Random Thoughts of the Day

Actions always speak louder than words.
How is it possible that I am still tired after sleeping for 8 hours?
It's amazing how much I love a good glass of rosé in the summertime (latest taste: Gotham Project's rosé on tap).
It's always enjoyable and interesting to get to know someone a little bit better who was previously more of an acquaintance.
I may be old-fashioned, but I prefer talking on my land line when I hunker down for a solid phone call.
I can be quite the tech nerd; waiting impatiently for the new Verizon 4G dual-core Android phones to drop.
Looks like I have a jackass in the running this year, but thankfully only one. So far.

Weekend Wrapup

pineapple drink

I had a great weekend, although slightly over-caloric, with no triathlon training to undo the damage. Oops. Basically, I spent the weekend with friends and family having great conversation, wandering, grazing, tasting, exploring, and sampling food and drink. Not too shabby, and pretty much an ideal weekend, in my book. Friday night I hosted a small rum tasting and dinner at my house, followed by a quick visit to the Rhum Rhum Room where I had a few sips of the lovely drink pictured above.

Saturday I slept until noon, which I haven't done in ages -- I guess I needed it -- and started my day with a fundraiser at Terroir Tribeca with @daisy17, tasting some incredible Spanish wines and raising money for Lydia Tillman, a former Casa Mono employee who was the victim of a horrible attack earlier this summer (you can learn more and donate here). We walked back up to the West Village where we met @jordanarothman for some tasty, light French fare at Buvette, and after lingering there for a bit, we headed to Employees Only for cocktail hour. Part two of my evening shifted to Brooklyn and consisted of cocktail bar exploration with Kim (with some food for stamina) in Prospect Heights and Park Slope. Over the course of the evening, we visited Bearded Lady, Cornelius, Woodwork and Blueprint, sipping and nibbling along the way.

 Brooklyn Bridge

Sunday, I continued the lazy grazing theme with my brother. We started at New Amsterdam Market, where we took advantage of many free samples, then (passing the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, pictured above) headed up to Chinatown with a pit stop for Liang Pi noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods. Afterwards we crossed the bridge into Brooklyn and into the gorgeous backyard of Maison Premiere, where we sipped rosé before the massive thunderstorm. After moving inside for protection, we decided oysters (and another glass of rosé) were in order. Sunday evening I spent at home, watching garbage movies on TV and doing laundry, gearing up for the week ahead.

Channeling Julia

Julia Child's birthday was August 15th, and as I was walking home last night I passed a window display at Broadway Panhandler filled with pictures of her.  As you know, I adore hershe's one of my heroes. I admire the way she lived her live to the fullest, without being overindulgent,  it seems like she had a wonderful marriage, which is a challenging feat, and she inspired others through her actions. What's not to love? As of this moment, I have no plans on Saturday night. Maybe I'll channel Julia, open up my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and a bottle of wine, and see what happens. For your viewing pleasure, here's a clip of Julia cooking one of my favorite things -- lobster! Thanks to you rock, lobster! for highlighting it.

Done and Done

My 4th NYC Triathlon is now in the books. I'm fairly consistent, and with each year comes a tad more slowness, but that's to be expected, I suppose. Given the rain, I was extremely cautious on the bike this year, and could have pushed harder, and I'm sure my first transition might have been a bit smoother had I not wiped out on the "watch out, it's slippery" mat at the end of swim exit (apparently, I was far from the only one).  Many thanks to all I saw along the way -- Mom & Stephen, Mike, Hannah, and especially Russ, who biked with me for a good chunk of the run, listening to my bitching and moaning, especially after mile 4.

After a fantastic shower and a solid nap, I met friends and family for a celebration at the 8th Street Wine Cellar -- thanks to those who made it for helping me celebrate! I slept for 10 hours last night, and am now about to head out to Kismet for the remainder of the week for some major rest and recovery.

An extra special thanks to all who donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on my behalf, and congrats to Team D&P!

2011: Swim 22:19 T1 12:27 Bike 1:51:54 T2 4:58 Run 1:11:40

2010: Swim 20:54 T1 11:39 Bike 1:42:43 T2 6:26 Run 1:08:01

2009: Swim 24:30 T1 10:17 Bike 1:40:57 T2 4:01 Run 1:07:22

2008: Swim 24:30 T1 10:55 Bike 1:36:47 T2 4:00 Run 1:08:40

Gearing Up

It takes a whole bunch of stuff to get through a triathlon. Not pictured: bike, helmet, bike gloves, 2 additional water bottles, flat tire gear, sunglasses, wetsuit, swim cap, flip flops.


Gettin' Ready to Rock and Roll (and Swim and Run)

The triathlon's on Sunday, and I'm winding down my training (one more swim today, and that's about it), and getting my gear ready (I patched up holes in my wetsuit last night!), and I've even got my number by email: 2288. I'm feeling somewhat less prepared this year than in past years, but there's not much I can do about it now other than get plenty of rest, hydrate, and mentally visualize the race.

If you're an early riser, and want to watch the race, you can find detailed info on that here (I'll be starting at about 6:30; will hit the run around 9 and finish around 10ish), and you can find me at the Team in Training tent near the bandshell at the end of the race.  I'll be wearing a purple Team in Training tank, Team in Training black and purple tri shorts, a yellow number 2288 and a NYC Triathlon white visor. Good places to watch are along 72nd Street from Henry Hudson Parkway to Central Park West, Cherry Hill before we head to the finish on Dead Road in Central Park, and Dead Road in Central Park near the bandshell off the 72nd Street Transverse.

If you're not an early riser, come celebrate anytime after 6 pm at the 8th St. Winecellar.

Regardless, please support my efforts by making a donation to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society -- it'll make you feel good! And finally, I want to wish all of my fellow triathletes the best of luck, in particular the members of the newly minted Debevoise triathlon team -- kick some ass, gang!