In a New York Minute (which seems to be about a month or so)…

29 Nov

I feel like I’ve been up to a lot recently, so in the essence of time and inclusivity, I’m going to talk about a bunch of things at once (I promise there won’t be food in my mouth).

Patti Smith at Hunter College

For starters, I saw the legendary Patti Smith at my fabulous tertiary education institution, the one and only Hunter College. She read poetry, celebrated a 40-year stint performing with her companion guitarist, Lenny Kaye, put her daughter (accompanying on piano) on the spot, shared some experiences from 9/11, gave a political shout out to John Walker Lindh, gave everyone in the room 1° of separation from Bruce Springsteen, hocked a loogie on stage, and blanked on the lyrics to one of her biggest hits, all in the same night. It was, wait for it, legen-, wait some more, -dary. Patti also has a 9/11 art exhibit on display at Hunter College, until December 3. Run!

Patti Smith “9.11 Babelogue”
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery
Hunter College West Lobby
68th Street and Lex
Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 6 pm

Shopping with Lois Samuels

I popped into BoConcept in SoHo the other day to support my favourite NYC-based Jamaican designer, Lois Samuels. The twelve of you reading this may remember I did an interview with her a while back…well, she is selling off those uniform basics samples like cigarettes in prison, and now she even has a home line

…and she brought some friends along for the ride. On hand were two standouts, Stella and Dot (top), courtesy of one of the jewelry line’s independent stylists, Lisa Tung, and Jane Wilson-Marquis, doing incredible couture bridal and evening wear.

Lois Samuels                   
Lisa Tung, Stella and Dot
Jane Wilson-Marquis Inc.

Dinner at Koi

One of my good friends is second in command at Koi in the Bryant Park Hotel, and he feted me royally one night at the sushi bar. My only rule was no octopus (they have tentacles, man…TENTACLES!) and he served up tuna tartar, I think that may be a bit of pork belly in the Asian spoon, and shrimp in sesame rice cake, along with edamame and an eel roll. One word: sushiecstasy. It’s new. Look it up.

KOI New York
@ Bryant Park Hotel
40 West 40th Street

Drinks at the Tippler

You want to know where Richard the Lionheart drinks when he’s in town? He goes to the Tippler. And that would be because he, like me, subscribes to Thrillist and hears about these awesome kinds of places as they open. Everything Thrillist said piqued my interest: dark and cavernous, incredible liquor melanges, a cheese plate that could launch a thousand ships, and weird vintage books for reading in all that dark and cavernous light. I had the Pearl Harbour Necklace – Finlandia vodka, house melon syrup, pineapple, and tapioca pearls. Any place that makes me feel like a naughty Barbara Bush is worth revisiting.

The Tippler
425 W 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

Lunch at Tarallucci e Vino

Ever since my friend Julie (who introduced me Spitzer’s and La Tartinerie) took me to Tarallucci e Vino on 18th St, and we had the chocolate something with the chocolate base and chocolate swirls and essence du chocolat on top, I’ve been a fan.  One of my absolute favourite things to do on a Sunday is to walk a gazillion blocks out of my way to sit with a book, nutella on brioche, and a pot of Earl Grey tea in the 1st ave bakery. One fine Sunday I had lunch. The salmon was like a Swedish wind rolling in off a fjord! The dish was bright, with acid and crunch, and the salmon was cooked to perfection. I’ve been watching a lot of Top Chef, just in case you can’t tell.

Tarallucci e Vino
163 1ST AVE

Fashion, Food, Freedom…whatever your passion…

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