Category Archives: Restaurants / food

Careening Down Mulholland Drive, and Blue Line-ing to Long Beach

Last weekend was so nice (temps reaching 80!), I had to put work aside and get out and explore more of L.A. Friday evening I took the snaky Mulholland Drive home, which, thanks to a short story by Michael Connelly, … Continue reading

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How to Find the Studs in the Wall, How Do Valets Not Lose Keys, and Other Settling into LA Conundrums

Aye, still trying to figure out how to live here… The other weekend I was perusing the antique shops on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank and this piece of furniture stood out to me. I’ve needed a bookcase since I moved … Continue reading

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Roberto Bolle’s Fridge

In a recent issue of the Italian magazine Corriere della Serra, Roberto Bolle (along with several other celebrities) revealed the contents of his refrigerators – both the one he keeps in his New York home, and the one in his … Continue reading

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My Own “Goodbye to All That”

I copied this post from my lit blog, Literary Aperitif (hence the mention of the Sweet Melissa ). I decided to copy it here to explain (kind of) my decision to leave New York this fall. More on that later. … Continue reading

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Disturbing Dancing Dead Squid

One of my Google+ circle people posted this and I’ve been talked into re-posting it here, which I guess is apt, given that this is a dance blog?… The squid is actually dead but the soy sauce activates its electrons … Continue reading

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DOVE SEASON by Johnny Shaw & Cadillac Margarita

Still trying to figure out Tumblr… and Google+. Don’t know why they are so hard, especially when I have a ridiculous amount of blogging experience! Anyway, here is my latest post on my Tumblr blog, Literary Aperitif. If you’re a … Continue reading

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Codfish “Caviar” in Koreatown

Despite the heatwave, last night my friend and I went to Koreatown for some Korean barbecue. I ordered a dish that looked interesting, which was translated as “Codfish caviar and clams.” Hehe, my friend surmised that perhaps caviar meant the … Continue reading

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Maira Kalman at the Jewish Museum

Last week my friend, Alyssa, who’s an independent art curator, invited me to an art / law celebration at the Jewish Museum. The Jewish Museum really knows how to put on a party! They had the most splendid array of … Continue reading

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Delicious Kumato

I recently found these in the produce section of my local Food Emporium, near the tomatoes. I guess they’re a different kind of tomato – plump and juicy and very mild, not acidic at all. They’re very deep red, almost … Continue reading

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Writers Cake!

How sweet is this cake! Last night was the annual Writers Room party, where all the books published by Writers Room members throughout the past year are honored. The Writers Room of NYC, by the way, is the oldest and … Continue reading

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Page 99 Test for This Week’s Sample Sunday

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I did. Went to a friend’s to make mulled wine and roasted chestnuts but somehow neither happened. My friend ended up taking me out for a massage, which I seriously needed (especially after … Continue reading

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Some Newish Lincoln Center Area Eateries

So for after-ballet drinking and snacking, here are three new Lincoln Center-area places I’ve recently found: First is Atlantic Grill, on 64th between Broadway and Central Park West, which has taken over the old O’Neals – which was there for … Continue reading

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First Day of Bryant Park Fall Festival Rained Out

After hearing via Gothamist that New York City Ballet was opening the first Bryant Park Fall Festival, I trekked down to the park last night, scored a perfect seat at the Southwest Porch – well, maybe not perfect; it’s a … Continue reading

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HAPPY WORLD CUP EVERYONE!

Holy crap, I cannot believe these photos were taken four years ago, right after I’d just started this blog, actually. Like a proper newly obsessed samba fanatic, I’d dragged my friends to a Sushi Samba restaurant in the Flatiron District … Continue reading

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SWALLOW BOOK PUB PARTY

On Saturday May 8th from 7-10 p.m. I’ll be having a little book launch party at the Bowery Wine Company. I guess it’s not really a launch party though, since the book has been out for a few months now. … Continue reading

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WILD FIDDLEHEADS

My friend and I went to DUMBO yesterday for an open artists’ studios tour (some of the buildings that house groups of  artists’ studios have a day once a month when they allow visitors inside to peruse and talk to … Continue reading

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FOREWORD, SMASHWORDS, AND SHE-WRITES

Swallow received a positive review in ForeWord Reviews this week, which made me very very happy. ForeWord is an industry magazine, specializing in independently-published books and is read by librarians and booksellers and the like. The reviewer called me an … Continue reading

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GUINNESS CUPCAKES?!

They’re included with the special $22 prix fixe dinner tonight at Good Enough to Eat, a wonderful UWS eatery. Yum!  Unfortunately, don’t know if I’ll be able to make it; I’ll be at City Center for Corella Ballet’s United States … Continue reading

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"I ONLY TAKE A DRINK ON TWO OCCASIONS: WHEN I'M THIRSTY AND WHEN I'M NOT."

Haha! Whenever my friends roll their eyes at me when I want to go out for a drink after the ballet (as I nearly always do; I don’t usually write my reviews until at least the next day), I will … Continue reading

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ERICA PEREIRA PROMOTED TO SOLOIST AT NYCB

Photos by Paul Kolnik. I’m a little late on this news, but for NYers who haven’t heard, Erica Pereira was recently promoted from corps member to soloist at New York City Ballet. I first noticed her in 2006 when she … Continue reading

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ED'S CHOWDER HOUSE IS THE NEW PJ CLARKE'S FOR AFTER-BALLET DRINKS AND DELICIOUS FOODY THINGS!

So, after NYCBallet’s Nutcracker Friday night (review coming soon), my friend Mika and I discovered a new place for after-ballet drinks and interesting foodie things — Ed’s Chowder House (located right across the street from Lincoln Center, two doors down … Continue reading

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ABT OPENING NIGHT GALA FALL 2009: THREE PREMIERES IN BLACK AND WHITE, AND WOOD

Photo of Veronika Part in The Dying Swan, taken from Vogue; photos of the three premieres coming as soon as I receive them. After ABT‘s fall season opening night gala performance last night, the really wonderful James Wolcott and Laura … Continue reading

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WHY ARE OUTDOOR CROWDS SO MUCH MORE RESPECTFUL OF THE OPERA THAN DANCE?

For the past few evenings I’ve been partaking of the Met Opera’s outdoor Summer HD Festival on Lincoln Center Plaza. The first night I went was Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. It was on a week night and the plaza was … Continue reading

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OKAY, ROBERTO BOLLE

Um, excuse me, but I take great umbrage to red wine being called a junk food?! Red wine is basically fermented grape juice. And grape juice is good for you And don’t Italians live on that stuff (wine I mean)?

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"A DESSERT BAR JUST EXPLODED IN MY MOUTH!"

Woo hoo — Gary Vaynerchuk just gave the big thumbs up to my friend’s wine. (That’s the Esporao one; the middle “pansies on the nose” one he tastes). Can you imagine someone setting up a table in front of the … Continue reading

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New Cafe at Alice Tully Hall

Yesterday, Ariel invited me to a rehearsal at New York City Ballet. I love watching rehearsals! Especially with performers you really like; you kind of get to know their personalities a bit more. I don’t think we’re supposed to talk … Continue reading

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