what I did in new york in december


pasta at giovanni rana

fresh pasta at giovanni rana in chelsea market

high line

The Standardshaftway


cable lockthis bicycle is not like the others

nyu : bobst library NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

hello park avenue

this one had no trouble posing.  chocolate labrador?constructionconstruction.  we took a little peek into an unattended construction entrance.

obligatory subway shot

obligatory subway shot – Lorimer St/Metropolitan Avecafeteria garbage - bed-stuy

cafeteria waste in Bed-Stuystencil

stencil + marker + drips?snow in the flatironsnow in the flatiron district

pi door handles at MoMath pi door handle at the Museum of Mathematicssteam steam

good bye, new yorkgood bye, new york

Eat Real Fest 2010 Part 4

— update: 09/26/12 – I realized that I had never posted these.  From the archives, this is Eat Real Festival 2010.


Crowds of people at Eat Real Fest 2010

Flag and palm trees above Jack London Square

eat real festival balloon against the blue skies of oakland: “our pitmaster can smoke your honor student” – Jim N Nick’s BBQ

Jenni and the ever-photogenic Sputnik by Ritual Coffee Roasters:Jenni

Courier Coffee Roasters, Portland OR

We visited Portland, Oregon a few weeks ago to spend some time with family.   We spent some time walking around downtown in southwest Portland and eventually stopped into Courier Coffee for a break and some caffeine after missing out on Spella Caffe by just a few minutes.  Next time.

Courier Coffee roasts their coffee in Southeast Portland and deliver their coffee by bike.

Latte art with a tulip-shaped rosetta.

The barista and other customers were really friendly and the coffee was great.  No regrets in coming here instead of Spella at all.


My shot of espresso.


Eating About Beer 2012 Homebrew Dinner

January’s 2012 Homebrew Dinner hosted by Eating About Beer was another great evening of good food, good brews and good company.

I arrived early to take photos of the set-up.  Erin’s place in San Francisco had beautiful natural light and nice floral arrangements.




And a big dictionary.


Dishwashing, viewed through the window into the laundry room.


This sauce was for the Yakitori


There is an equal amount of beer in bottles and in kegs these days


homemade pickled mangoes


and carrots


They have a lever that opens the front door.  What are these called?  The internet isn’t helping me.


Yakitori and dipping sauce.  Chicken hearts and “regular” chicken too.


Cast iron coming out of the oven


Guests await more food and beer




“Inside-out stuffed duck”  – Ground duck wrapped in dressing with a cherry molasses reduction.


9Sev Brew – Born in Maine Brewed in  Cali.  This pumpkin spice ale was paired with the inside-out stuffed duck above.


Ginger cake with a poached pear and whipped cream.


The chefs and brewers came out at the end for a toast.


philadelphia in the morning; espresso at la colombe

I spent a few hours in Philly just before Christmas before catching a greyhound bus to New York.


Chinatown arch at twilight


reading terminal market with a sign for old city coffee

 I walked by old city coffee, but I wanted coffee at la colombe.

Espresso at the Dilworth Plaza La Colombe.  I was surprised that they offer both single and doubles – I got a single.  It tasted of a pretty dark roast with not as much flavor as I am snobbily accustomed to.


nice interior, though not particularly unique.  I was happy to just be enjoying a moment in Philly.


City hall and William Penn’s backside.  This was the world’s tallest building for 7 years from 1901 to 1908!


Another side of the Reading Terminal Market