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Boulettes (North African style) might be my new favorite food.  In fact, I enjoyed this meal so much that I might break my self-imposed rule—I try not to cook meat for myself unless I’m having guests over—and make them.  A new friend invited me over to his cool, Architectural Digest-style apartment to eat these tiny meatballs on Sunday night.  I didn’t watch him make the sauce, but I know that he added bright, stewed cherry tomatoes and that he was missing a few of the spices. Despite these missing ingredients (definitely turmeric and maybe even saffron), these boulettes were fan.tast.ic.

Click below the jump for the recipe (and photo), courtesy of the New York Times.

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September 19, 2012 at 6:49 am

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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Last night I had a Japanese themed night that began with a sushi dinner and ended with a viewing of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a heartwarming documentary about Jiro Ono, a Michelin award-winning sushi chef.

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Although it is unlikely that I will make it to Jiro’s restaurant in the near future (Japan is a little far and out of reach at the moment), I still think it is possible to find excellent sushi in NYC.  Each New Yorker has her own favorite and I am partial to Blue Ribbon Sushi.

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September 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

How Inspiring

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September 10, 2012 at 7:23 am

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Best of Lists Start: The 45 Most Powerful Photos of 2011

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A before and after shot of Joplin, Missouri after a massive tornado on May 22.

Christians protect Muslims during prayer in Cairo, Egypt.

A boy looks at a figure of Steve Jobs next to flowers laid in his tribute at an Apple store in Hong Kong, China.

Listening to Adele’s 21 album, arguably one of the best albums of the year, while taking a short study break and perusing photos.

Source: Buzzfeed

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December 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Art, World

A Rothko Experience

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Erica from small shop has a great post over at La Dolce Vita discussing Mark Rothko paintings.  I recommend you take a read.  Here’s a sample:

1) Rothko was deeply influenced by color theories first developed in the 17th & 18th centuries; 2) His paintings were quite large in size, and were meant to be viewed “up close and personal”; 3) It was Rothko’s intention that viewers have a sensory experience with his paintings.

White Center (Yellow Pink and Lavender on Rose), 1950 *Formerly owned by Rockefeller, this painting recently sold for $72.8 million!

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November 5, 2011 at 8:30 am

Posted in Art, Lifestyle, World

Happy (Belated) 200th to Liszt

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Yesterday October 22, 2011 marked the 200th birthday of classical pianist Franz Liszt.  Though he rarely appears on “top ten” lists for his classical compositions, Listz is famous for his animated performing style, captivating stage presence, and for “revolutionizing the art of performance.”

“Before Liszt, it was considered almost in bad taste to play from memory,” Hough explains. “Chopin once chided a student: It looked almost arrogant, as if you were pretending that the piece you were playing was by you. Liszt saw that playing the piano, especially for a whole evening in front of an audience, it was a theatrical event that needed not just musical things happening but physical things on the stage.”

Liszt deliberately placed the piano in profile to the audience so they could see his face. He’d whip his head around while he played, his long hair flying, beads of sweat shooting into the crowd. He was the first performer to stride out from the wings of the concert hall to take his seat at the piano. Everything we recognize about the modern piano recital — think Keith JarrettGlenn GouldTori Amos or Elton John — Liszt did first. Even the name “recital” was his invention.

Maybe that’s why NPR dubbed him the world’s first rock star.   According to historians, women would fight over torn bits of his clothes, locks of his hair, and broken strings of his piano.  Supposedly, women would even fight for the leftover butts of his cigars and place them in their cleavage; he was that much of a rock star.

My favorite facts about Liszt that I learned from the “All Things Considered” radio special are: (1) the fact that the structure of the piano actually changed in response to his heavy-handed performing style, so that the piano became a stronger instrument, and (2) the fact that Phoenix’s song “Lisztomania” is about their appreciation of Liszt.  I was singing an ode to him this entire time and I didn’t even know it.

Source: NPR – How Franz Liszt Became The World’s First Rock Star

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October 23, 2011 at 8:33 am

Posted in Art, Events, World

A Thought on ‘Island-Living Style’

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Sometimes I read an article about interior design, and instead of pulling away the finer points of “Island-Living Style,” I’m stuck focusing on which editor thought including the insensitive tidbits romanticizing post-colonial Caribbean life was a good idea.   In the latest edition of Lonny Magazine they cover an Englishman’s vacation home on Harbour Island.  I think what tipped me over the edge was the “cinematic nostalgia” oil painting of an old black servant hanging above the homeowner’s desk (see below).  Whether intentional or not, the author (and the owner of the home) are looking upon a time of privilege, racial tensions, sugar and tobacco plantations, and poverty in a way that is only “nostalgic” to colonists.  Even the relatively harmless line in the beginning that proudly mentions that the original builder’s great-grandsons performed the renovations to the house makes me uncomfortable.  Of course, the line could suggest that the builders’ family have an excellent reputation for construction and architecture; but it could just as easily suggest the family was never able to move past the profession of heavy manual labor.  Am I over-thinking this?  I hope so.
Source: Lonny Mag


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October 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

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