it’s only just october and yet summer feels like so long ago.  and, although i am beyond happy

about the arrival of fall, it was a pretty great summer…

it all started on a lake…

a most delicious meal (per se) and birthday celebration…

inaugural visit to governors island…

warm afternoons at the pool/beach (brooklyn bridge park)…

tons of tomatoes…

picnic on the island…

kayaking in the east river…

jazz party…

tennis and martinis, a new tradition i hope…

a much needed visit home…

goodbye summer…hello fall



i was craving a trip to california all summer long and so as the weather started to change in new york i booked my trip home (finally). though it wasn’t nearly long enough (vacation never is), i had a great time. running all over town to see people, i managed to make time for a an hour or two at the beach almost everyday. there were so many babies to see, some brand new and others so big! there was a quick trip to san diego for some time with the bff, barbecuing with the family, tennis, heaps of mexican food, swimming, train rides, and lots of catching up.

morning walks at my favorite beach

how did they get so big?

trisha and baby paloma. so happy to meet this little one!

tired selma – vacation san diego


the best feeling

i love lucy’s

perfect day

train riding

this little one

goodnight hop hop

today was one of those days when i can’t possibly imagine being anywhere else in the world but new york . it started with the most delicious chicken parm hero – a sandwich very close to my heart and something i will write more about later. upon completion, and some window shopping, i headed over to see the newish richard avedon exhibit at the gagosian – murals and portraits.  i completely forgot about the avedon exhibit i went to in san diego a few years ago – also portraits. there was one photo there that really stood out to me. it’s called ‘members of the young lord’s party’ and i was glued to it immediately. the woman in the photo, gloria gonzalez, reminds me very much of my mother (at that age) for reasons i can explain and others i can’t. mostly it’s her hairstyle, the dress and her petite frame, but it’s also the confidence and presence she gives off despite being the smallest person in the photo. needless to say i was surprised and happy to see it again today. i highly recommend taking the time to visit before it’s gone.

next up (after a quick cocktail and conversation) was the highline – one of my favorite places in the city. it always amazes me how stunning it is up there. after looking back on some pictures from years past, it’s clear to see how much bigger the trees and plants are this year.

not that i needed any proof for how lovely this day was, this song popped in my head as it does sometimes when i feel very happy (skip to 1:35). (this song @ 1:25 also pops in my head sometimes when i’m riding my bike in a hurry – then i start laughing.)

oh yeah – i also stopped by chelsea market and the comme des garcons store where i was basically asked not to touch the clothes, so tempting.

love this photo

the happiest sad flowers

jr – inside out

iced coffee and surfboards @ saturdays

i keep going back

the end.

green market


today i finally made it to the union square green market – one of my favorite places in nyc. things are just getting good at the markets and though i don’t make it nearly as much as i should, today was bountiful.

dinner: sautéed market spinach, asparagus and ramp leaves + scallops with ramp and garlic butter


It’s that time of year again – festival! And though I swore 2 years ago that I would not miss a single year as long as I live, I will regretfully not be attending this one. What might you ask is festival? It’s one of the best (if not the best) music celebrations around. 3 years ago I took what was arguably the best road trip of my life (more on that later) with my good friend Sally and ended up in Lafayette, Louisiana. I had absolutely no idea what I was in for – not only was it my first time in Louisiana, it was my first time experiencing a lot of things.

The music itself, a mix of international performers and local musical legends, sets the backdrop for the best 5 days and nights you could imagine. Stages are set up all over downtown Lafayette and so as you walk from stage to stage you can’t help but dance instead. Not to mention the food and the beer! At any given point during festival, one never has two free hands and very rarely even one. And after you think you can’t possible have one more strawberry Abita or shrimp po boy, you find yourself buying more tickets and getting another round. After a day of dancing, delicious food, more beers than you can count and laughing with complete strangers (your new best friends), the main stage closes and there is only one place to go – the Blue Moon. My love for this place will never fully translate through words, but I can try. In short, it’s the perfect venue for listening to Cajun and zydeco music. Quite often the bands you saw during the day play with each other at night, resulting in the best jam session/dance party one could hope for. And of course, there’s always someone willing to teach you the dance moves you never knew you had. Needless to say, I’m still hoping to find a last-minute ticket.

…than a big bowl of pasta.

sausage, asparagus and ramp

Sometimes I find myself trying to convince non-twitter users (to no avail) why they should be tweeting and what they are missing out on. However, I think last night proves my point pretty well. A restaurant in my neighborhood mentioned on twitter that, after a bountiful day of foraging ramps, they were giving them away. Being that I was nearby, I stopped by and picked up a bunch. Thank you Julian.

Eggs with ramps, asparagus and mushrooms, sautéed greens and toast.