flowers in the park

Last Saturday afternoon was completely dedicated to Central Park with the boy -- I would say that unexpected 85 degree weather in APRIL would call for such excursions no? We brought books, headphones, blankets, and munchies to lay out and enjoy the weather in one of my favorite areas of the park, Sheep Meadow. I used to live and go to school a few blocks away from the entrance to Tavern on the Green in Central Park so Sheep Meadow was where my Juilliard friends and I used to hang out every day during the warmer months. Some of them even got together and played in the park to make some extra moneys... Hey a sister has got to pay for her shoes somehow ;) Anyway, it seems as if everyone had the same idea of enjoying the weather at the meadow and to say the least, it was absolute madness with bikini clad girls and shirtless guys laying out on towels like the park was Coney Island Beach on a hot summer day. Yes, I understand that it was a bit hot but really? thong bikinis and beer bellies out on full display? TMI!!!! o.O

Can you spot me? "Where's Gennie?" hehe. I know the sight of this to non-new yorkers might be a bit shocking.. but yes, this is the length that some people take to get a tan here. I on the otherhand, am armed with my SPF50 sunblock at all times seeing as how I'm in the midst of a never-ending preventative battle against wrinkles.

The boy and I wandered over to our usual spot under the trees and set up camp under a big tree and spent a few hours lounging, talking, and eating. Macarons from Macaron Café near the garment district. 

Vanilla macaron the color of le ciel ♥

After our sweet treats at Sheep Meadow, we went over to Bethesda Fountain, which is another one of my favorite areas of the park. It was so crowded with tourists that I couldn't take that many good photos :/ But I'll definitely be back another weekend to take some better shots!

Those archways were featured in an episode of Gossip Girl -- the place where Serena and Blair make up after their huge fight. I think it was the first season? I don't even watch GG anymore but that episode pretty much ingrained in my brain an association with Bethesda and Gossip Girl. 

Outfit details: Topshop shirt and skirt, Chloé bag, Chanel cuff, vintage sandals, vintage sunglasses

After the park, we went down to Soho to do a little shopping (unsuccessful btw) and ended up at Pravda for some much needed cool refreshment.

Really strong french martinis. 

Borscht. Surprising as it may be, after studying with a long succession of Russian piano teachers (who liked to cook for me) and traveling to Russia for two weeks for performances, I sometimes have strong cravings for Russian classics like borscht. Nothing quite like the homemade version though. 

Housemade potato chips with crème fraîche and caviar dipping sauce. 


shack attack

This weekend was really hot. I know I've been complaining so much about the weather here in New York and how I can't wait for it to get warm... but seriously, I feel like this weekend was 5 degrees too hot not just because of the actual temperature, but because of how many people were outside. The entire weekend, I felt like I was walking around Disneyland: crowds, lines, tourists walking around with cameras, babies holding balloons... I guess everyone was trying to get a head start on their tans? Anyway, because of the heat, the Texan in me felt right at home, but the New Yorker in me just wanted to complain. ha. It's what we do best :D

The boy and I walked to Madison Square Park with little Meeko so he could have a super fun play day at the dog park (i.e. perfect excuse for us to go pig out at Shake Shack). HA. In case you are planning to go to New York sometime soon, this is really a NYC institution. Where else can you get cheap but delicious hamburgers from a restaurant chain owned by Danny Meyer? Expect a queue though because this is a city all about hype and hype = crazy lineups.

I recently bought this grey t-shirt from Alexander Wang's T line and I really can't take it off. As badly as I would like, places like Forever21 can't reproduce the quality and cut of these higher-end basics. First the boatneck dress, now this grey shirt... I might end up having to buy a few more in some other colors to wear all summer long. It's kind of hard to wear anything other than plain basics when it gets really hot, no?

Outfit details: T by Alexander Wang shirt, Chloé Fall '08 runway skirt Look 11, Chloé Odessa Python bag, Urban Outfitters hat.

I had the vegetarian "shroom" burger (left): crisp-fried portobello filled with melted muenster and chedder cheese. topped with lettuce, tomato, and Shack sauce. The boy had the Shack burger (right): burger topped with american cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Shack sauce.

Ahh crispy french fries. My FAVORITE food group ;)

The Pooch-ini: vanilla custard, peanut butter, milk-bone treats. The doggie's gotta get some love too!

Digging into that treat like nobody's business


after midnight

new york city weekends @ ludlow and rivington.

Outfit details: Helmut Lang onesie. Givenchy sandals. Chloé saskia

A beer enthusiast's dream: 40 beers on tap

Weihenstephan Hefeweisse

Truffle Mac and Cheese

Fisherman's Stew

I hope all of you new yorkers are enjoying this amazing weather!! I know about 25% of the entire city population was in Central Park today, myself included... but more on that later ;)

"To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else's heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera


bears and taverns

Monday was my bear's birthday (yes he was born on 4.20 and no that doesn't mean anything because "this is your brain on drugs" kids) and the two of us went out at night to celebrate and do what we love to do most: MANGIA!! Even though weather-wise, it was insanely gross with the wind + rain + cold temperature, we made the best of it and had a cozy romantic night for two! It was actually kind of fun hopping around from cab to cab trying to dodge the rain -- made it all the more memorable. The weekend is supposed to be beautiful so that will be a much better time for a birthday picnic in the park, photos, and galavanting around the city. Both of our birthdays are usually cause for a week-long celebration hehe.

This is the kind of place that you know will never let you down. There are only a handful of places that I am 100% not afraid to recommend to anybody that I know when they come to visit the city and this place is one of them. Stellar service, beautiful ambience, exquisite food, no pretensions

Left to right: Allagash White Ale, Captain Lawrence Pale Ale

Seafood chowder with fennel and mussels

Artic Char with sunchokes, mussels, and mizuna

Hanger steak and two bean chili

For dessert, I took the boy to Bourgeois Pig, which is a really cute little fondue and wine bar in the East Village. Be wary if you are a chocoholic or cheesomaniac before you enter this place -- the smell alone will overcome any bit of will power you have. trust me.

Milk Chocolate Fondue with Grand Marnier and Toffee chips. Served with chocolate chip cake, pound cake, kiwi, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, apple, and banana.

They have this insane chandelier that is made of glass antlers. beautiful no? Looking at it reminded me of one of my trips to Italy where we visited the island of Murano -- the glass blowing factory is beyond words.

We were too busy taking photos of food and having fun that I forgot to get a good photo of what I was wearing. In case you're wondering, I'm wearing a Chloé dress by Paolo, Fall'07 look 13 and paired it with my black Chloé combat ankle boots.

Happy birthday again pookie!! ♥


gargoyles and shadows

Today was by far, the warmest day of the year in New York. Unfortunately, I had too much work to do so I spent most of the day on my balcony with little Meeko, my laptop, and copious amounts of yogi tea. <-- I don't think it works btw because I do not feel any bit closer to enlightenment. Bapu, if only I could attain a small fraction of your wisdom...

Post-sunset, the boy and I went out to play and we were both surprised by how warm it still was. Warm summer nights > daytime.

Outfit details: Topshop cropped top, Intermix skirt, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent gladiator heels, Chloé Elvire bag

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be. But if you don't love me, it would be better and more honest to say so.”
- Anna Karenina. Tolstoy.


take the plunge

These photos were taken on one of our day excursions in Orange County, where we spent the morning + afternoon enjoying the food and beautiful scenery at two separate resorts, Pelican Hill and the Montage.

It was kind of shocking to see how empty these places were... kind of hits you in the gut how deep the recession has managed to effect us. Pelican Hill, set along the Newport Coast, has an absolutely breathtaking view of the ocean and a really amazing golf course if that's your cup of tea. For me, golf is like trying to thread a needle without your contacts on while the wind is whippin' you at all sides... ain't gonna happen. Haha, being the daughter of a golf-obsessed, former body-builder, used to be in the military, basically good at any manly activity-father, it was tough times growing up as an athletically-challenged kid. lol. Hey --- don't judge! I was a pianist okay?? my hands were all I had. (or so I told the P.E. teachers to get out of playing dodgeball/volleyball)

Pre-brunch munchies: chocolate macaron + blueberry muffin

I want this bench to put in my dream house!! perfect to put alongside my dream shoe closet no?

The best part about this resort is this insane pool. It is GIGANTIC to say the least.

Outfit details: See by Chloé blazer, AA hoodie, Intermix cami, Ksubi shorts, Chloé saskia bag

This place was definitely a lot smaller, but more to my liking just because it was cozier and closer to the beach. I wish it had been warmer... I would've loved to rent out one of those cabanas and laid by the pool all day. Now THAT sounds like a vacation :D

We ate lunch at one of their restaurants, The Loft, which I really liked because it had a lot of organic/natural/vegetarian-friendly food. I ended up ordering a bloody mary even though I already told you guys I don't like them. Haha. Do you ever do that-- you know you don't like something but the idea of it just seems so good so you keep trying it? You never know, eventually you might start liking it. The one here was actually quite good and so pretty to look at.

Natural Prawn and Heirloom tomato Panzanella: herb croutons and wild arugula with a sweet onion vinaigrette. Light and perfectly cooked.

Cheeseburger. no explanations necessary ;)

The best part of the day was getting to walk around and look at the beach again. There was so much vibrant blue going on it was almost blinding.

On a completely separate note, I almost got my bag stolen last night. The very one in this post. The thief's response when I caught up to her in a cab trying to get away? "Oh sorry, I thought it was mine." I held the door open to make sure all my stuff was still in there. Her response? "Can you move out of the way, I gotta go." SERIOUSLY -- what is wrong with people today? Can't we all just play nice?

Good thing I got stealth ninja reflexes + awareness of my surroundings that I immediately noticed it was gone and caught up to her in heels no less. So much for being athletically-challenged dad ;)