Long Weekend Company & Recap

My sister and brother-in-law visited this past weekend, and I think we did a prettay good job showing them the city condensed into about three days – which is actually quite difficult.

We kicked off Saturday morning with the most involved brunch I have ever made – thanks to Smitten Kitchen, I tried some new recipes: spinach strata, cinnamon chocolate chip bread and made one up –  citrus fruit salad, accompanied by some lovely hickory smoked bacon fried by Hewitt and fresh OJ for mimosas courtesy of Fresh Direct. More on the recipes and deliciousness later- but I’m definitely planning to make them all again. For sure.

(Photo doesn’t do the table justice.)


For my sister’s birthday, we gave her tickets to see the NYC Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty – and it was perfect. Truly, the sets, the feet, the costumes… it all reminds you of the importance in slowing things down and taking it in. Cathleen and I were kids again watching the girls in tutus we wanted to be, and although we never were, it’s a memory and a dream we get to keep and an appreciation for been a part of it.

(Yep, that’s Prabal Gurung for Target – great color / print / fabric.)


We snapped a few pics when the boys met us at Lincoln Center, post-ballet –


We were both taken by the Rigaletto banner at the Met (although we were unaware of the kiddo taking on the fountain behind us) –


Sunday was freeeezing, so we sought warmth and caffeine and jewelry at Chelsea Market, and I spotted this gem painted on the brick.


Who doesn’t love an Oreo? :)

We didn’t last long on the High Line – the wind was insane, but we managed a quick picture.


Survived / enjoyed Top of the Rock – even though it was so windy the 70th floor was closed… and the 67th and 69th perhaps should have been! It was so windy. And freezing.


We look a bit freezing. And windblown.


Monday, for President’s Day, we took the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty, took on the subway, saw The Big Piano at FAO Schwartz and saw Central Park / took a quintessential photo.


Not my best face, but a funny photo, framed by the between-bench-space I always gravitate to on the subway…



Cathleen was a bit more cavalier with her swing, but Matt, you’ll get it.


Like all weekends, it came to an end too soon, but since we’re family, I know we’ll get to do it again. I am quite pleased with how our little apartment has fared with guests so far  – thankfully, no one has come in expecting their own room, etc… but it just feels 20-something and cozy to have your sister and brother-in-law on an air mattress in your living room, measured to fit perfectly between the coffee table and writing desk, waking you up to let you know the coffee pot hasn’t come on yet.

So please, come back and see us.

A Birthday Well Celebrated

My birthday was a few weeks ago, and Hewitt put together quite a weekend complete with two brunches (my favorite meal), Indian and Thai takeout, James Bond, a giant birthday cupcake from Crumbs and Marea for a delicious and beautiful dinner.

We had brunch at Essex with lots of friends, and Kristen snapped this picture of us that I love.


We also went to Bubby’s in Tribeca for the first time. I would absolutely recommend the sour cream pancakes! Fluffy and delicious.


Dinner at Marea was perfect. It’s not exactly the kind of place I felt like I could whip out my iPhone and snap a picture of our lobster and burrata starter (yep)… so you’ll just have to believe me.

AND Hewitt gave me a new camera! Hopefully, this will help my blog photography graduate from iPhone photos, although I am sure they will make regular appearances. I haven’t quite figured out allll the features (there are many), but I have discovered a setting that takes three images practically simultaneously where the “exposure shifts by 0.3EV steps”, or the lighting is subtly altered in each shot.

So now I can get photos like this in a dimly lit restaurant:




Right? (Can you see the difference!?)

I hope it goes without saying how grateful I am for Hewitt, my friends and family, in New York and elsewhere, who made me feel so loved and special on my birthday. Thanks for being so great. :)