Wednesday, February 28, 2007



A new "cycle" of ANTM starts tonight. My friends have a pool going on who will win which I think is a pretty fantastic idea. The prize money is up to $160! With my luck, I'm sure my pick will be booted the first week...

Monday, February 26, 2007

By far, my favorite Oscar moment:

Friday, February 23, 2007

I'm lovin' it!

A list of things I'm SO diggin right now (cause I know you really care...)

1) Cherry Coke Zero
Thank GOD. I've been getting so annoyed that there are approximately 170 variations on Diet Coke these days and yet I can never find Diet Cherry Coke. No longer will I have to go get fountain Diet Coke and make the dude behind the counter put a squirt of regular Cherry on top...

2) Lucinda Williams' new album "West"
I'm a long-time Lucinda fan, but I am totally hooked on this new album. At first listen I was kinda like "meh" during the first two songs, but then it just started hitting me and by the end I was like "woo hoo!" Except it was more like "Wah" cause her songs are pretty dark and depressing...Incidentally, the album cover shot was part of Annie Liebowitz' fantastic "American Music" travelling exhibit.

3) Sesame Pretzel Rings
Katie and I discovered these at a bodega a while ago, but I'm still addicted to them. The sesame seeds make them almost taste peanut butter-y and they're really great to dip in hummous. Keep an eye out.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Praise Jesus, those Girl Scouts finally got smart!!!

They now have a myspace page and a website so you can hunt down your local cookie seller. Welcome to the 21st Century, Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low would be so proud.

And now, in honor of this thrilling occasion, my favorite Girl Scout song:

I've got something in my pocket
It belongs across my face
I keep it very close to me in a most convenient place
I bet you couldn't guess it
If you guessed a long long while
So I'll take it out and put it on
It's a great big Brownie smile!

Monday, February 19, 2007

Oy. What a gluttenous weekend...

Katie's Birthday was last week, so we celebrated with a little Columbia reunion.

It started with the Columbia women's basketball game Friday night...

...and was all downhill from there. Emily, Debbie and Laura were ALL in town and we hit up the Columbia staple Am Caf-- which is now "Amsterdam Cafe and Tapas Lounge." Bizarre. We brought the dance party.

Katie was really excited about all her visitors...

I knew Emily was coming because creative breaking was playing on was like they KNEW. Only Emily likes creative breaking as much as I do.

DAY TWO started out at George Keeley's on the Upper West Side. We were hoping to watch the Arizona vs. UCLA game for Steph but it was blacked out, SO we drank bloody marys and played darts instead. Ah well. FYI, George Keeley's has some bloody good bloody marys.

Then it was off to dinner in Little Italy followed by Katie's official Birthday party at Biddy Early's...which was crashed by approximately 75 juniors in high school. I pulled the whole "I'm taking this picture of my friend but I'm really taking a picture of the teen boys in the background" trick a few times...

On this one I think the actual subject is a girl's thong hanging out at the bar...

And this one is meant to point out the 17-year-old couple hooking up on the pool table AND the skanky girl in the wide belt...It's ten o'clock do you know where your children are???

We all had such a great time, though. I took about 179 pictures, so I had to edit them down a bit to the more internet friendly ones...

Steph and Em kicked high schooler butt at beer pong. Ah, the things Ivy League schools teach us. These boys were the self-proclared beer pong champs of Long Island.

So sassy...

...and the weekend-long dance party continued. I put 50 songs on the juke box. I kid you not. It took like 25 minutes to put them all in.

Notice how I'm not putting any pictures up of me below the upper torso...That's because my belly was distended like an Ethiopian child from eating so much food all day...

And then things got a little wild...

Can we just take a second and observe how much shorter than my friends I am?

This was a sock-off. I totally won with my striped knee socks.

It was a long ride home...

But we found a BMX motor bike parked outside- which Emily and I obviously had to ride.

At that point my camera battery ran out due to the fact that I hadn't been home all weekend...BUT

Sunday we went to Dave & Busters in Times Square and it was surprisingly tons of fun. We each put in 7 bucks to get a game card and played games all afternoon. Skee ball is my personal fave. We used the tickets we won to buy candy and I felt like I was 9 again. Dinner was at Saigon Grill- mmmmm pho ga- followed by dessert at Cafe Lalo (are you beginning to understand why my stomach is angry at me today?).

After an actual GOOD night's sleep in my own bed (as opposed to the couch I've been sleeping on all weekend) I woke up this morning to meet up with my sister, her husband, Lisa and Shmu for brunch at Cafe Con Leche (this weekend was all about the Upper West Side) followed by a Jackass 2 viewing party and "dinner" at Dive Bar. Hence the "Oy" at the beginning of this post.

I've dedicated the rest of this week to eating salads- except for beer and brats tomorrow night that is... My bad.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Have I mentioned how much I love my sister? She was lucky enough to get two tickets to Arcade Fire tonight and since I am way more into them than her husband, I got to steal her for Valentine's Day.

Great show.
Wowza. Beer, brats and Big Ten basketball? I might have to go to this.

It's our 2nd birthday and we're throwing ourselves a party with some help from the fine folks at the Kettle of Fish! From 7-10pm, the proprietor and our good friend, Patrick, will be firing up the Wisconsin brats. Grab yourself a pint of Sixpoint and a brat for the nice price of $7.00.

The Kettle's usual trifecta of Sixpoint brews will be on tap -- the Sweet Action Cream Ale, the "Ryeteous" (sic) Rye Ale, and Brownstone Ale. They'll be joined in the starting line-up by Poppa's Pilz. It's the first lager ever brewed at Sixpoint in honor of our second anniversary.

Finally, what's a party without cake? One of our very special Sixpoint freaks will be making some German Chocolate beer cake just for the occasion.

And yes, it wouldn't be an event at the Kettle without a Badger game. Wisconsin tips off against Michigan State starting @ 7pm.

The Kettle of Fish is easily accessible by mass transit. Take the 1 train to Christopher Street. The Kettle is just east of 7th Avenue. Or take the A, C, E, B, D, V or F train to West Fourth Street station, walk west on Waverly Place and bear right on to Christopher Street.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Back in black...

After the longest stint rocking my natural hair color since I was in 8th Grade, I've gone back to the Snow White look:

Monday, February 12, 2007

I realize I never mentioned that we managed to pull off our own poutine at home the Thursday before the Super Bowl.

We brought some cheese curds and a can of poutine gravy back from Montreal and put them together with fries from Chip Shop.

I invited some Canadian friends over to taste the fruits of their homeland (okay, and I made Stefan put the stuff together...)

Stefan even brought beer from Quebec.

Not too shabby.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

I recently realized that almost all of my friends are couples these yesterday I went with my two single friends on a Six Points Brewery Tour. Six Points is brewed out of the back of Liberty Heights Tap Room in Red Hook. They have a staff of only five people and all the beer is made by hand. Over the past year I've definitely noticed it on tap at more and more bars in NYC and that's pretty cool, cause it's great stuff and it's nice to know you're supporting people that really have a passion for the product they put out. Good times. The tour is free, given by the dude that started the brewery (and his well-trained dog Bandit) AND we got a free pint of beer afterward.

Later, I met up with my sister and her husband for cheese and cocktails at Sample on Smith Street. I highly recommend the Hot Whiskey. As Keil said, it was "morish"- as in it's so tasty you want more. Then it was off to Webster Hall for the Lily Allen show which was very fun. She's so cheeky. I feel like she's the British Gwen Stefani- like back in the No Doubt days... Heather and I also appreciated that she had chubby legs and told the audience she had gas from shepherd's pie. After some more sister bonding time at Boat, it was off to bed...and thus far I've accomplished nothing today. Oh wait, I cleaned out my shoe collection. Awesome. Today is a day for sitting on the couch on catching up on the TV...and maybe getting some BBQ later...

Friday, February 09, 2007

What a week of great concerts at neat venues...

Calexico at The Allen Room last night was a really outstanding show. The Allen Room is just gorgeous - behind the stage is a wall of glass looking directly out onto Columbus Circle and Central Park South. Members of Beirut joined Calexico for part of the show, as did a singer from Barcelona whose name I unfortunately cannot remember, but she was great.

I'm seeing Neko Case in a few weeks as a part of the same series and CANNOT wait. It's gonna be fantastic.

Saturday night brings me to Lily Allen at Webster Hall...and the beat goes on...

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Please do me a favor and see Patty Griffin if she comes your way... Me oh my, I just love her voice. I saw her tonight thanks to the Artists Den at the Angel Orensanz Foundation- which, incidentally, I've decided I'd like to get married know, if I ever find a man to marry, that is. I thought I was being all brilliant thinking of that, but I just came home to find out that's where SJP and Matthew Broderick got hitched...ah well. It's a beautiful place. ALSO, if you can get in on any of these Artists Den concerts you should definitely go. The concerts are free, in a beautiful venue, FULL-length AND you get free drinks from sponsors. Not a bad deal. I wish I could afford the $250 bucks it costs to become a member...Anywho, go check out Patty's new CD and/or pick up my favorite old one, 1,000 Kisses. You won't regret it.

Monday, February 05, 2007

I'm suffering from two addictions right now:
1) Buying vintage boots on Ebay.
2) Buying concert tickets.

This week is chock full of concerts...Plus I'm going to at least one a week for the next three weeks - Yikes! But, a good yikes (not for my wallet, perhaps).

Last night I went to Cat Power at Hiro (yeah, I kinda forgot about the Super Bowl when I bought the tix). She's pretty much a lunatic.

Tomorrow I'm going to a special free Patty Griffin show I won tickets to. I've seen her about 10 times at this point. I know it's super girly music, but I think she sings like an angel. And, well, I am a girl.

Thursday I'm going to see Calexico at Lincoln Center. I dig that they do a cover of a Love song because my dad's cousin "Snoopy" was in Love (on their debut album).

AND finally, Saturday's a show I'm super excited to see: Lily Allen. She's such a cheeky monkey.