Posts tagged New York
Posts tagged New York
You already know I’m a fan of The Moth, a storytelling collective that is growing nationwide, so naturally I’m supportive of their efforts to raise funds to continue their good works. The oral tradition of telling personal stories is one which needs to be upheld, more now than ever as we move into virtual worlds online where you don’t know the storyteller, let alone whether their story is true.
As part of The Moth’s annual fundraising efforts they host The Moth Ball, a gala event in New York City. This year’s honoree is Martin Scorsese and I wish I could attend tonight to see what happens over the course of an evening with so many intelligent, witty people in one room.
For those of us ogling this event from afar we have an online opportunity to support The Moth through their Charity Buzz auction. With a catalog of 41 items available to bid on there’s surely something you want to purchase in support of this fine non-profit. Hot items include dinner with comedienne Lisa Lampanelli at the New York Friar’s Club and a one-week stay at a nine-bedroom house in the countryside of Southwest France. The auction continues until May 16 so there is still a change to grab a terrific deal on a unique experience for an excellent cause.
For me, the top selection in the auction would be an opportunity to get pie and coffee with Special Agent Dale Cooper (aka Kyle MacLachlan) from Twin Peaks. I don’t drink coffee and I’m not even sure what I’d have to say to Mr. MacLachlan for an hour, but I’d figure that out and make sure to come out of the experience with a story worthy of retelling at The Moth.
In our cabinets you won’t find very much actual food in stock, usually some soups, cereal and miscellaneous cans of things. That’s mainly to make room for peanut butter. Smooth and Crunchy. (Creamy and Super Chunk, if you want to be accurate about it.) There’s always one of each open, in addition to a back-up container of each.
Listen up people. I’m about to share an important life lesson with you. Ready? Here is it: You can never have too much peanut butter. Write that down. Skippy Peanut Butter reports that about 90 million jars of their peanut butter is sold annually - that’s 3 jars per second. If you ask me that’s proof there’s no such thing as too much peanut butter.
With that in mind I’ve selected the first stop on my next trip to New York: Peanut Butter & Co’s Sandwich Shop. Simply put this is a place to dine when you’re looking for classic comfort food done right by people who know their peanut butter. Get a PB&J sandwich and wash it down with a PB&J milkshake. Why not? The Mighty Maple peanut butter sandwich with crispy bacon sounds memorable as does Death by Peanut Butter Sundae with three scoops of ice cream on a bed of peanut butter Cap ‘n Crunch, topped with peanut butter, whipped cream, Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter chips and finally peanut butter sauce. WOAH.
PEANUT BUTTER & CO.
240 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012
(btw. West 3rd and Bleecker)
In the meantime I’ll enjoy my sliced apple with Skippy Natural Peanut Butter and partake in peanut butter adventures when the time is right. If you live in New York think about popping in to check it out - and be sure to report back on whether this sandwich shop is as amazing as it sounds.
I can’t recall the last time a show I considered “appointment television” was on MTV. Probably never. I can’t even recall a time when there was a non-reality TV show I watched on the network (or when it last showed actual music videos, but that’s another post entirely). A new day dawns with I Just Want My Pants Back, the new scripted production which falls clearly within my Top Three TV Shows.
Yes, the show’s title is silly. Yes, it is on at 11pm which is past my bedtime most days. Yes, the neon colored, flashing commercials during the show nearly cause me to seizure. Yes, the key demographic is a decade younger than me. No, none of these are good reasons to stop watching.
Jeremy and I came across plenty of random TV during our many wedding planning trips to Paso Robles when we’d have quiet evenings in a hotel room after the tasting rooms had closed. One night we stumbled upon a one hour preview of I Just Want My Pants Back. The show is about a group of four friends recently out of college living life in the fine New York borough of Brooklyn. We were hooked, and then discovered more episodes wouldn’t be airing for six months. Since then the show has become something of a mainstream representation of hipsters, which I supposed means the hipster movement must be over. But none of this tells you why I love the show.
The show is addictive because the dialogue is fantastic. These ‘kids’ are beyond witty, shooting off random references to every cool - and uncool, in a cool hipster way - thing in the universe. And the cast somehow manages to pull it all off like a quartet of even the smartest, most clever twenty-two year olds really could be this fast and furious with insanely insightful and freakishly honest commentaries on their confused lives. There’s even a bodega guy - this generation’s barista - to make the show legit since every New York does have their own bodega guy.
This show isn’t for everyone, but it is for me. I adore it and was sad to hear this week’s episode was the first season’s finale. I want more Pants! I can only hope that the short attention span of the MTV viewer means season two will be coming soon. In the meantime I will fully immerse myself in our new TV addiction - Breaking Bad!
Yesterday at the security checkpoint of LaGuardia Airport I encountered this sign regarding snow globes. I’m not sure how many people are trying to take snow globes out of the New York City area, but it must be a lot to have warranted an official TSA sign.
Thankfully I did not purchase any snow globes during my brief time in The Big Apple, but in the future if I do I’ll be sure to pack them safely in my checked baggage.
I’M BACK! The trip to New Zealand was completely amazing and there is much to post about soon.
While I get my bearings here’s my latest post on Girl Around Town which has garnered a bit of controversy on Facebook regarding my comments back the lack of quality theater on the West Coast. I think it is hard to beat NYC and Chicago for the best theater in this country but thanks to a GAT fan I’m going to start to check out what I hear may be quality performances in my adopted hometown. If anyone has recommendations for interesting theater in the LA area please let me know!
Lately I feel kind of like the Energizer Bunny from the classic battery commercials. I had a blast in New York seeing friends, eating great food (lamb pho anyone?), getting some culture and executing a very successful event for work. But it was exhausting. I want to nap for a week. Instead I am full steam ahead working towards our big adventure which begins on Monday night. Until then life is a constant checklist of things to accomplish and I’m going to need all the energy I can muster to make it all happen. Come on adrenaline!
Well, I took some good pictures, at great food and followed the guidelines, so now I’m officially a guest blogger for Girl Around Town! Mary was even kind enough to post my submission about Ink.Sack today in time for the Top Chef premiere tonight!!!
If you haven’t signed up for the weekly GAT Newsletter yet I highly recommend it. The site covers interesting happenings primarily in New York and Houston, but people like yours truly will be posting from cities all over the country - and the world.
Mary, co-founder of GAT, said that she’s looking for a wide variety of unisex content; anything cool enough that I’d email to share or call her to chat about it. That covers a LOT of ground and I’m excited to see where GAT goes with such an open attitude about what is newsworthy, unique and special for the men and women reading their lifestyle blog. It is great to be a small part of what’s happening in Mary and Leigh’s world right now. I look forward to searching out amazing content in LA and other cities like Seattle, Chicago and Washington, DC to share interesting finds with their terrific readers.
As a little shout out to my long-time friend Mary - my first new, non-Emerson friend when I moved to Los Angeles over ten years ago - here’s a clip from Monster which started our shared obsession with Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believing".
Today marks the relaunch of the Girl Around Town website!
Congratulations to Mary Cunningham and her GAT partner Leigh Evans on this amazing accomplishment! I’m so proud of Mary for all the hard work she has given this endeavor which so wonderfully combines her passions of writing and exploring the world with all five senses. I have had the pleasure of hearing some behind-the-scenes talk about the improvements they have made to the blog and the many exciting things to come from this relaunch of their GAT website and brand.
My parents did a wonderful job raising four kids with healthy eating habits and an understanding of why you eat fruits and vegetables instead of binging on sweets and soda. Regardless I developed a serious sweet tooth in my mid-twenties. This sweet tooth has led me to many indescribably delicious desserts over the years from sensational macarons to killer carrot cake but …
… in preparation for my upcoming nuptials I’ve removed sweets from my diet in an effort to slim down and tone up. It is working, but not without the feeling of (overly dramatic) sacrifice every time I turn down a tasty treat that comes my way. Thankfully oggling candy is a no-calorie activity I partake in occasionally to get a fix.
When an advertisement for Dylan’s Candy Bar appeared in my email I drooled over the bright, inviting images of their terrific selection of rich, sour and sweet candies. I once went to their New York City location where you can stand amidst the endless combinations of treats, then pick the perfect bag of them to take home with you. It is a mall candy shoppe on steroid. Very sugary steroids. If you are in Manhattan I recommend a visit, but if not consider instead the mail order Dylan’s 6-Month Candy Club. The ideal gift for anyone with a sweet tooth; you can select chocolate only or gummie/chewy/sticky treats to send someone special every month. Nothing says “I Love You!” or “Good Job!” like a can of candy every 30 days. I know it’s a gift I would appreciate - after September 24th.