Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sockerbit

Candy, Sockerbit

True confessions time: these days, our hearts belong to Scandinavia. Our love affair with the sparse, polite region began with Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd, our favorite part of True Blood, then intensified through a recent lunch at Vandaag, the minamlist bakery/restauarnt in the East Village devoted to innovative interpretations of North Europe's standard fare (more on this soon). And now, to put us way, way over the edge: an addiction to the marshmallows sold at Sockerbit, a West Village candy store that gets its goodies from Sweden. The chocolates, including coconut-covered caramels and marzipan, were fine; the pretty, flavorful gummies, the salty-sweet licorice, and the fluffy, cherry-kissed marshmallows, truly wonderful. We'd write more, but our hands are otherwise occupied.      

Chocolates, Sockerbit
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tight Spot by David Byrne at the Pace Gallery

Where in the world?

For the past two weeks, a mysterious hum has lured passersby into a small alley on 25th Street, where David Byrne's colossal inflated globe greets them. A little scary, a little cool, and only there until Saturday. 

Tight Spot by David Byrne

Tight Spot by David Byrne
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vishnu at the Brooklyn Museum


It's a good time to be (or to be into) Indian art right now. In addition to Mother India at the Met, the Brooklyn Museum has a huge show about Vishnu and his many avatars (also known as "attributes"). Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior includes work both new and old, from paintings to sculpture to ritual objects, depicting the god in all his glory, as well as his anger, fierceness, peacefulness, happiness, love of milk-ness, powerfulness, manifoldness, elegance, creativity, passion, wisdom, and colorful majesty. 
  
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Serious Eats: Beyoglu

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Mix grill, Beyoglu

This week's Date Night finds us at Beyoglu, a meyhane on the Upper East Side [read more].
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forcella

Montanara (fried pizza with mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes), Forcella

Montanara (fried pizza with mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes), Forcella

If you're a decent, life-loving person, the words "fried pizza" ought to set you salivating. While new Williamsburg pizzeria Forcella serves plenty of regular (and apparently quite good) Neapolitan pizzas, it's the little three-pie list in the corner of the menu that sets it apart. Joined by our friend Howard, we sampled two from the "pizze fritte" section, the montanara (above) and the ripieno classico (below). Howard noted that the montanara tastes not quite like a pizza, and that's true: the crust, which gets deep fried before being topped and baked, is so unusual and so light, almost like an unsweetened funnel cake. The ripieno, shaped like a horn of plenty, opened to reveal a sea of cheese on which floated sticks of sausage, a bed of crust beneath. To call it a calzone would be misleading, due to the fried deep dish base and poori-like pillow above it. Aw, heck, don't take our word for it: go try them yourself. 

Ripieno classico (fried pizza with smoked mozzarella, ricotta, tomatoes, and soppressata), Forcella

Ripieno classico (fried pizza with smoked mozzarella, ricotta, tomatoes, and soppressata), Forcella
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Autumn at the Staten Island Zoo

Chuck, Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Staten Island Zoo

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)



The third installment in Elevator Repair Service's reconsideration of American modernist classics, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) takes Hemingway's war-rattled, drink-addled novel straight on and sparely, the way Papa would have wanted. The play lacks some of the innovation of ERS's earlier productions, but perhaps that's fitting, as the source material is openly hostile to ambition, preferring to rub readers' noses in the blasted lives and cynical scars of its characters.

Using a single bar set for every scene --- tables double as bulls in Pamplona --- ERS's version emphasizes the nearly constant inebriation of the characters as they try to chug their way out of their ennui. By the third dance sequence and billionth open bottle, some of that boredom creeps its way into the audience. Still, Ben Williams, who plays Jake's friend Bill by way of James Joyce's Buck Mulligan, stole our hearts as well as our ears (he doubles as the sound designer), and we're crossing our fingers that ERS tackles wordy, moody Woolf next.    

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Berlin Wall on 53rd Street

Berlin Wall on 53rd Street

Berlin Wall on 53rd Street

Berlin Wall on 53rd Street

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Berlin Wall on 53rd Street

Monday, September 19, 2011

Serious Eats: PT

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

PT
This week's Date Night finds us at PT, an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg with a really great garden [read more].
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Foodaissance at the James Beard House

Foodaissance by Donny Tsang

According to our pal Donny Tsang, who co-writes Eat to Blog with our friend Howard, we're living in the middle of a Foodaissance. His photo project of the same name seeks to document the folks behind the food, the faces that make the cakes, pies, pops, ice cream, pretzels, pizza, and other artistanal, small batch goodies coming out of Brooklyn. Last night we attended the opening of Donny's exhibition at the James Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery, where we snacked on caramels from Liddabit Sweets and marveled at Mr. Beard's fully mirrored bathroom. The photos were pretty great too.   
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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Elevated Acre

Elevated Acre

Elevated Acre

Elevated Acre

Elevated Acre

Elevated Acre

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Punjabi Grocery and Deli

Pakoras, Punjabi Grocery and Deli

We didn't realize it at the time, but it's clear from the pictures that we're somewhat ashamed of the homeliness of the dishes we selected from Punjabi Grocery & Deli, a (you guessed it) Punjabi takeway and bodega on the Lower East Side. Golly, we hadn't realized we were so shallow, and we certainly didn't feel shallow as we made carb shovels out of the roti and plowed through the curries with spinach, potatoes, and chickpeas as well as dal. Still, the truth is that the stars of this particular show were the warped pakoras, fried vegetable nibblets that showed, again and again, that while beauty might belong to the beholder, the belly judges using a different set of criteria.    
  
Punjabi Grocery and Deli

Punjabi Grocery and Deli

Punjabi Grocery and Deli

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

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Located down the delightfully named Old Slip Street, in a former precinct, the New York City Police Museum features all kinds of memorabilia and artifacts, including criminal cards (above) --- which feature key details like nationality, build, and illegal specialty --- guns, handcuffs, old uniforms, and safecracking kits. Understandably, the majority of exhibition space memorializes those who've fallen in the line of duty and shows how the police force has changed over time (Hello, Hercules Teams!). Charmingly dusty and ramshackle, this museum won't give the Met or the Natural History Museum stiff competition any time soon, but it's worth a visit to honor those whose job it is, and has been, to keep us safe.   

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

New York City Police Museum

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