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I've been spending time today reflecting about my experience during Superstorm Sandy, which took place a year ago today. I was lucky. For me, it was an inconvenience, but it was also an adventure. As someone who has lived in NYC through 9/11 and a blackout prior to Sandy, it was yet another illustration of how the city comes together in a crisis and how people take care of each other. Although I lost power, I cooked, saw friends and neighbors, made it to work, and generally made the best of it. I was also able to help determine where my law firm devoted financial resources, as well as legal resources. I helped get attorneys trained so that they could help the law firm staff who were impacted most severely by the storm in addition to helping those outside of the firm. 

I'm sure this wasn't the last time NYC will see such a disaster or other crisis, but I have no doubt that we will get through whatever comes next. To Karen, Nannette & Richard (and their family), Dan & Kathryn, Jesse, & Anthony -- thanks for helping me weather the storm.

Booze You Can Use: Have a Lion's Tail

I remember the first time I had this cocktail. Ms. Jane Elkins made it for me at Louis 649 several years ago. I'm not sure I've had one since. I've got some allspice dram at home (made by my mom!) and have been trying to think of ways to put it to good use. This came to mind.

Lion's Tail
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce allspice dram
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

What's Cookin'?

My CSA is still going strong and I'm still doing my best to cook as often as I can (using as much of my CSA produce as I can) while balancing work, a social life, and everything else. In the past two weeks I've made:

plus salads. I've been bringing lunch to work and eating well at home. I've got a few weeks left, so I hope I can keep it up! Although I'm tired at the end of a day at work, I find it relaxing to prepare dinner as I wind down, and the end results are always worth it.