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.
I’m taking a quick trip to New York City this weekend and considering trips to Cambridge, Princeton, London, San Francisco, and Atlanta (will any of these happen?) in the next few weeks. In other words, city-wear is high on my mind right now. These outfits would take me seamlessly from running errands and sightseeing during the day to dinner and drinks at night. I hate to say goodbye to summer (more than most), but I will welcome cold, sunny days and red wine season.
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.
As it turns out, Elizabeth Olsen might be more of a foodie than I am. She travels with her own seasonings (sea salts to be specific), has attempted to butcher her own lamb, keeps a warm spot in her heart for bolognese at Bar Pitti, and has a similar affection for/fascination with Eric Ripert. Take me to Il Buco, Lizzie; I am great company.
The ladies of Democratic and Republic National Conventions have looked unbelievable these past few nights, charming the crowds with their speeches and style. And although the objectives of their speeches at the conventions have focused on introducing the candidates, emphasizing the candidates’ legislative records, and showing their husbands’ softer sides, I would have also liked to see the women introduce themselves and discuss their own accomplishments. Aside from being “Mom-in-Chief,” Janna Ryan is a graduate from Wellesley College and worked as a tax attorney and lobbyist; Jill Biden has earned two master’s degrees in English and a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware; and before becoming the First Lady, Michelle Obama graduated from Princeton University cum laude, earned her JD from Harvard, and worked in Big Law as an attorney. BOOM.
In case Ladurée macarons were not decadent enough, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz has teamed up with the Parisian patisserie staple to create fashionable boxes for the macaron company. Vogue describes the “whimsical” boxes as featuring “sketched faces of women and a red grosgrain ribbon.” The Lanvin for Ladurée treats will be available in France and the UK in late September. Thanks for the tip, Dara. I wish we were there to scoop them up.