Thirty-Second and Broadway . . .

Aka Korea Way. I've lived in the city for almost three years and had no idea this street existed. Last night I took a trip to Korea without ever leaving the island of Manhattan. A Korean friend of mine was shocked to hear that I'd never tried her native food and insisted we go to 32nd and Broadway to further educate me. We had such fun.

First she took me to Shilla for Korean BBQ, where we munched on shrimp, chicken, and steak - all cooked on a little grill built into our table. I learned the true Korean way of wrapping the meat in lettuce with vegetables and Kimchi to ensure the ultimate combination of flavors in each perfect bite. 

After dinner we had to get something sweet, so we popped next door to Koryodang for tea and cake. We ordered a green tea cake to share and each had a cup of hot jasmine bloom tea. It was honestly the most beautiful tea I'd ever seen. I'm going to buy the blooming flowers and clear cups for my apartment. Isn't it a wonderfully unique way to serve tea to guests? 


Winter's Eve . . .

Last night Columbus Circle did not let the warm weather get in the way of celebrating the 12th Annual Winter's Eve festival and Lincoln Square tree lighting. It was quite the evening of festivities. There were tasting stations lining the sidewalks and entertainers at every street corner. An ice sculptor making a nutcracker and a children's choir singing carols. A performer on stilts and a mariachi band in Santa hats. Arts and crafts tables for the kids, in-store giveaways for the adults. My highlight was visiting William Sonoma to find Daniel Boulud signing copies of his book, Daniel Boulud Cocktails. What a treat that was.

Despite the tropical temperatures, the entire neighborhood was such a sight of winter merriment. I'm officially ready for the Christmas season. Let the holiday parties, music, and shopping begin!

Lincoln Square Tree Lighting
Time Warner Center Tasting Stations
Okamoto Ice Sculpting
Daniel Boulud Book Signing
Columbus Circle Festivities  


The Autumn Leaves . . .

As the fall months creep closer toward winter's door, I've been enjoying long autumn walks throughout the city. I love taking in the colors, the smells, the crisp chill in the air. Central Park, Madison Park, Bryant Park, they're are all among my favorites for midday strolls. But I'll let you in on a little Resident Tourist secret: Rockefeller University. A lovely little oasis on the upper east side, the university is a great getaway when your usual parks are overpopulated.

Recommendation: Visit Rockefeller University's Lecture Series and then enjoy a warm tea as you take a walk around the campus grounds.

The other day I  went to have lunch with my cousin who works in research. Had to get a few shots playing in the leaves at Rock U.


Ralph Lauren boots

Louis Vuitton Sac Plat Tote bag

Urban Outfitters fingerless gloves

$5 street scarf 


Thanksgiving Album . . .

As you can imagine, I've had so much to be thankful for this year. Here are a few shots of how I spent my day giving thanks!

Early Breakfast:

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 

Pumpkin Trifle (my cooking contribution):

Dinner Time:

Hope everyone had a wonderfully delicious holiday!

xox Tini


Dark 'N' Stormy . . .

Is not just weather right now, but also my new favorite drink for the season. Warm with the flavor of rum and festive with the taste of ginger, a Dark 'N' Stormy is an ideal cocktail for a damp November evening. 

I'm of the sort that finds a drink she likes and sticks with it, so I've tried my fare share of D 'N' S's around the city. I must say, though, that the best I've had has been at Bar and Books on the Upper East Side. A cozy, little nook on Lexington Ave, Bar and Books lures Park Avenue gentlemen with it's fine brandies, jazz, and cigar selection. And as a result, the bartender truly appreciates when you order a mixed drink. He pours his heart and soul into the glass as he gets to show off his mixology skills. And he does have quite the skills for a good Dark 'N' Stormy. 

Dark 'N' Stormy

1.5 oz Gosling's Black Seal Rum
5 oz Gosling's Ginger Beer
0.5 oz Lime

Fill up a highball glass with ice. Add rum and lime, top with beer. 
Garnish with a lime wedge. 

Bar and Books
 on 73rd and Lex


Puppy Love . . .

The wonderful thing about living in a dog-friendly building is that every now and then a friend of a friend will call on you to dog sit. Today happened to be one of those lucky instances. My roommate and I get to take care of this adorable pooch for the weekend. The only hard part will be having to say goodbye on Sunday. 


This is Why I Love New York . . .

After a long, wet day, I came home utterly exhausted. I decided to forgo my party plans and stay in for the evening. I got into my coziest pair of cashmere sweats and dedicated myself to magazines and trashy television for the rest of the night.

As I was getting ready for bed (lights out an all), my room suddenly filled with a brilliant blaze of red. For a split second I thought it might be the apocalypse, but when I looked out my window I was surprised to see a beautiful display of fireworks over the Hudson. I have no idea what the occasion was, but I was more than happy to enjoy the show before tucking back into bed.


A Rainy Wednesday . . .

What better way to spend a rainy Wednesday than at the MoMa. A friend and I went to go see the de Kooning exhibit, A Retrospective. I was pleasantly surprised to see the fine line that de Kooning traced between the literal and the abstract. Although technically an abstract painter, de Kooning always managed to incorporate some likeliness to the human form within his paintings. Particularly with his Woman series. While de Kooning's Woman paintings were interesting in a vulgar and grotesque sort of way - I found his landscape paintings more appealing. My two favorites were Excavation and Gotham News. I love how at first the paintings look like utter abstraction, but as you examine closer you'll see snippets of reality. An eyeball here, a news clipping there. Take a look and see what you can find: 

Excavation, 1950
Oil on canvas

"I'm not interested in 'abstracting' or taking things out or reducing painting to design, form, line and color. I paint this way because I can keep putting more and more things in -- drama, anger, pain, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas about space." 
~Willem de Kooning

Gotham News, 1955
Oil on canvas

On my walk back from the museum I made sure to take note of the colors, the forms, the movement, and the space around. Here is a  quick pic I snapped of the fall leaves contrasting against the glistening, wet pavement. 

7th Avenue entrance to Central Park


Try for Breakfast . . .

One of my favorite SoHo dinners is at Jean-Goeroges's Mercer Kitchen in The Mercer hotel. And on more than one occasion friends and I have stopped in for a 12 a.m. black truffle and fontina pizza. But yesterday I thought I'd try something new, breakfast. Brilliant move that was. The menu is deliciously generous, offering all the breakfast basics as well as a sugary array of muffins and baked goods. We ordered a pastry basket for the table, and I had the eggs benedict (no ham and heart-healthy, of course) with a skim cappuccino. What a great way to start the morning, watching the chefs whisk away in the open-air kitchen.


Good News and A Show . . .

A few days ago I got matinee tickets for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Within minutes of sitting down in the theatre I started to feel chest pain. Eek. Scary. I called my doctor immediately. He asked that I go into his office asap for a stress test.

Somehow my mom was able to switch our tickets for the evening show, so we went back to my apartment, grabbed a pair of running shoes, and hopped into a cab headed East.

I'm happy to report that the test went extremely well. My stamina was good throughout the run and my ECG had no abnormalities. Huge sigh of relief. The chest pain was most likely coming from a pulled muscle from a gym class I took the day before.

My cardiologist made a great comment: "This is good news. Not only for the obvious reasons, but because it means that you're also a normal person, with normal aches and pains that aren't worrisome." In other words, my words, I'm not just a medical freak with an undiagnosable heart disease. Another sigh of relief.

After leaving the doctor's office we went out for celebratory drinks and early dinner at the Monkey Bar. By the time we got to the theatre, we were so happy we would have probably liked any form of song and dance, but I must say that I loved How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. It was like watching a musical, comedic episode of Mad Men. The entire company was fantastic, and Daniel Radcliffe was absolutely adorable. I'm one of the few that has never been a Harry Potter enthusiast, but after this show I am a complete Dan Rad fan. Although I was shocked to see how small he is. His giant of a costar, John Larroquette, probably didn't do much to help his cause, but still, the guy is miniature. He's so cute and talented though, it doesn't matter. Go see it, you'll fall in love.

Annie Leibovitz, Vogue 2011


A High of Sixty-Seven in November . . .

Calls for one thing, and one thing only. Pumpkin Pie ice cream.

Since I won't be able to fly home to Santa Barbara for the holidays, we'll be having Thanksgiving in the city this year. We've always been a cook-your-own-turkey kind of family, but given the circumstances, we've decided to fully embrace New York City living and order in. Well, sort of. We'll order the big stuff, like the turkey and the stuffing but still cook the sides ourselves. The best of both worlds. After a little research and weighing of options, I found out that Butterfield Market, one of my favorite gourmet markets on the Upper East Side, would not only cook and deliver a turkey meal on the day of the feast, but they would also host a Thanksgiving menu tasting. Suddenly there was only one option on my list.

I stopped by the market yesterday to try all the yummies on their menu and place an order for our Thanksgiving table. While perusing the dessert tastings, I made a delicious discovery. Adirondack Creamery Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream. All natural, extraordinarily creamy and full of spice, a couple scoops is the perfect treat for a warm November day.


Go Runners . . .

Last night the Upper West Side was painted with orange and blue inspiration. Yesterday 4700 people ran the 26.2 mile New York City Marathon. With the final portion of the race in my neighborhood, I went to check it out toward the end of the day. It's such an incredible New York moment to see the runners crossing the finish line. Runners of all shapes and sizes, ages and strengths, histories and backgrounds. No matter who they are or why they're running, the smiles that spread across each person's face at the finish line are one and the same. I just loved watching the runners walking home, wrapped in a foil blanket of accomplishment. 

Congratulations to all those who completed the New York City Marathon 2011