Thursday, April 21, 2011
I ordered these Nutella crepes for dessert at Cafe Henri in the East Village a few weeks ago where I had lunch with a friend. That's right, I ordered a lunch AND a lunch dessert. Is there any better meal? Maybe breakfast dessert - my pal Nora can attest to this.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Hannah has such a magnetic personality that all that cats were drawn to her when she entered. Psych! She and her friend Elaine had heard that the cats at these places can be kind of indifferent/aloof, so they decided to up their ante by stuffing their pockets full of contraband catnip!!!
This lil' guy was licking furiously at her pockets full of sweet kitty crack.
There were many scottish folds present.
This lil' guy was sitting this way the whole time. Apparently it's very common for scottish folds to do this, and they call it the "Buddha Pose"!
Funny squarshy Persian face!
The cafe had a munchkin cat too - Hannah enoyed its stumpy-legged gait.
So many more pictures on her photostream!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Just that I liked it, that it was such a pensive and wistful and slightly terse piece. Of course that speaks much more to how threadbare certain aspects of my musical education have become then any reflection on the song's prominence, because I'd frequently hear bits of it in the soundtrack to films or playing overhead in stores without ever knowing the title or composer (just last month I found myself wandering the aisles of The Strand trying to use the shazaam app on my phone to identify this very song, but the general din and bustle around me made it impossible). And then I just happened across this video the other day on so much to tell you.
These short, atmospheric pieces are written in 3/4 time, with each sharing a common theme and structure. Collectively, the Gymnopédies are regarded as the precursors to modern ambient music - gentle yet somewhat eccentric pieces which, when composed, defied the classical tradition. For instance, the first few bars of Gymnopédie No. 1 consist of an alternating progression of two major seventh chords, the first on the subdominant, G, and the second on the tonic, D. This kind of harmony was almost entirely unknown at this time...
...An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, shortly before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. Later, he also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (meaning "someone who measures sounds") preferring this designation to that of a "musician", after having been called "a clumsy but subtle technician" in a book on contemporary French composers published in 1911.
Another favorite movie music moment.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
That's when you know you gotta make like a middle schooler and get a backpack, and I don't mean a Jansport.
The Fjällräven Kånken. This old chestnut has been on so many blogs by this point I almost feel a little embarrassed posting it here. But what can I say, that fox logo hasn't gotten any less cute.
Baggu x Shabd collab backpack. I do love how Shabd has single-handedly elevated tie-dye into an art form (and the idea of nabbing something of hers for less then $150+ is also pretty sweet), but I'm also not sure if this petite bag will be able to accommodate my macbook.
Another Baggu option, a little bigger, also cute, also $30 bucks cheaper then the Shabd version.
Also old news, but pretty amazing. Sorry I dissed you before, Jansport. I take it back. These Heritage reissues are the shit. Now how about you make this available in places other then Amazon UK for ₤149?
Game over, shark backpack wins. Goodnight.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Pay close attention at 0:31 and 0:44 for maximum cuteness.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Mine included: many a beer, stand-up comedy, miniature cupcakes, a botched attempt to see this, and vegetarian "chicken" general tsos (my only regret!).
I want this beautiful Ermie dress:
Loved this tour of (one of my favorite) designer Margaret Howell's home, found via even cleveland's twitter
...and I was so excited to see a sneak peek of Lena Corwin's home on Design Sponge. I've been a fan of Lena's blog for a zillion years, and often wondered what the whole place looked like from tantalizing little glimpses in the background of pictures she sometimes posts. And it's even more beautiful then what I imagined.
This week: gonna go see Bill Cunningham New York at the Film Forum, eat a chickwich, and flip through some fancy art books I can't afford.
Link crazy up in this post! I promise more substantive content next time, and til then, I leave you with another ridiculous photobooth snap from tonight's Etsy craft lab (waaaghhh, another link, sorry!) that I attended with my friends Missy and Tameika.
Aaahahahhah. Also: need to get my bangs trimmed stat.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
gather (some of) your ingredients - the lemon looks anemic because I zested it before I thought to take this silly series of photos.
I used a box grater to zest - if I was fancy, I'd use (and own) a microplane.
Chop up some scallions and cucumber. Make sure to skin the cucumber better then I did - cucumber skin is a vile substance fit only for compost heaps.
neatly wrapped soba bundles, exemplifying their orderly and harmonic Japanese origins
the tofu is sauteed in a dry pan
whisk up the dressing
The finished product! A delicious (and dare i say, healthy) dinner.