Monday, May 31, 2010


This really got to me the other day, and today is Memorial Day.

Anyways, the farmer's market is also open today and it's prime time for strawberries:

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Cal Pep was my favorite meal in Barcelona. It's very simple, just a long counter and a bunch of stools in an old section of town near the water. Everything was fresh and prepared in a very normal way, but perfectly. I was lucky to get to eat with Keith, Bill and Christof who all wanted to try everything on the menu. I think we did. At the end of the meal people ordered digestifs, I ordered a sherry and the bartender laughed and said I should have a grappa. I thought the Spanish like to drink sherry at the end of a meal, am I wrong?

Padrone Peppers
Clams with chunks of ham
Tuna Tartar
Tortilla with garlic aoili
Sausage and beans
Shrimp (gambas a la plancha)
Afterwards we went to Vila Vini Teca and bought this wine (which we had with lunch) and some sherry, to take home.


I used to live with two other dudes. We were broke and would order two dishes from the Chinese place and share them between the three of us. One of the guys would take his portion, which always turned out to be "a little less than a third" It would drive me crazy, because by the time it got to me, there was more than a third left... but not that much more, I didn't want to be piggish and take it all, but leaving just a tiny bit seemed rude too. Mac, Jim and I met at Paco Meralgo for some sharing.

Padrone peppers
At Primavera tonight I saw two bands I didn't know much about: Condo F*cks and Major Lazer, they both had great energy and had the crowds dancing.

Thursday, May 27, 2010


We landed and headed straight for the boqueria for lunch at Pinotxo.
Bunny ribs
These clams were made on the grill by steaming them under a plastic containter.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I've never really like Mary's Fish Camp. There is something sort of fake casual about it... and I always feel like they think they are cooler than me... and I've also thought the food was soso. Hoping to have something very simple, I gave it another chance today. It was pretty disappointing, this had a gross, onion-y green sauce that was salty. You couldn't even taste the salmon, and it looks disgusting.

To make up for it, I went over to Lifethyme Natural Market for a strawberry-coconut shake before getting on a plane for Barcelona where I plan to eat like a maniac.


Great NY Noodle Town is so cheap I can't believe they can stay in business. Vicki took me here a few months ago and I've been looking forward to going back. I went alone and was seated at a big table with a few other solo dining guys. After a long time of silence, one of them said "I guess we're at the singles table" and then they all joked about how it was nice to be away from their wives for the night. Ginger Scallion noodles, roast pork, and a Coke, was $11.

Monday, May 24, 2010


Maialino is another great place in Gramercy Park to go for lunch (I bet dinner is a little nuts). Kat and I had the Fried Cod with Artichokes and arugula, beans with escarole, minestrone soup, and salad with snap peas and pine nuts.


Each of my friend’s houses have a distinct smell. Not bad, just unique. I was always afraid that my house smelled weird. After being away for a few weeks, I came home recently and noticed the smell that my apartment has, I think. (I’m not sure if we can detect our own smells) I don’t think it’s bad, just unique. Girlfriends all have their own smells also. Sometimes I would like to smell their sweaters if they were away. I’ve been told that I have my own unique smell too, it used to bother me, but now I like it. This shirt smells good. I don't really want to wash it, but I should.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Drove up the Hudson last night for dinner at Red Hat. Paula told me she directed this video for the Smiths. I like when girls dance.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Phil and I had lunch at Baoguette. Summer rolls, classic bahn mi and pork chop and egg sandwich. And they deliver! 120 Christopher Street.

Down the street, we stopped in at the new Freeman's Sporting Club and bought pants. I've made a lot of fun of the original location and swore I'd never buy anything there. It has always seemed so on the money... too up my alley, I'm the target audience: plaids, flannels, leather belts, simple, etc. It made me want to rebel. But, either I've matured or finally given in. I like it now.


If I had a Cheers, this would be it. The guys that work here run a smooth operation. They do a great job of making everyone who comes in feel welcome. Blue Ribbon Wine Bar always has interesting flights of wine to try and the food they prepare in the tiny kitchen is delicious. I met Happy for a glass of wine. We also did the Sherry tasting and had the egg toast and the manchego toast. I love this place.

Friday, May 21, 2010


It's nice to be home. New York isn't too hot yet, so it's fun to leisurely ride a bike around. The farmer's market isn't in full swing yet, but it's still nice to check it out. On a nice day like today (or really any day, especially a rainy day) I love to go to Gramercy Tavern and eat lunch and read the paper. If you get the lunch special (usually a soup and sandwich), it's a great deal. Today it was homemade pastrami and fennel soup.