Saturday, March 27, 2010
I love a Thursday evening full of theatre, food, and mingling where the wine flows like honey. I have the lovely folks at City Guide to thank for said nights through the concierge events they hold. City Guide, yet again, prepared a lovely evening for New York City's concierges. One of my best buds is leaving the city for a warmer climate, so I brought her along for pre-theatre food and beverages at Vince and Eddie's, (rumored to be owned by Lady Gaga's rents, gasp!) on the Upper West Side, followed by the new Broadway play The Million Dollar Quartet. This musical tells the story of that legendary night Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash had their 1956 jam session at Sun Records in Memphis. Yes, I had a clue that this would be a jute-box musical given a plot based on these four legendary musicians, but I had hoped it would reach deep for something more, a plot with interesting and heart wrenching details. Alas, it was simply a jute-box musical and the audience was left with nothing more than a concert from really great musicians and pretty damn good impersonators. The musicality and talent of these actors is not to be dismissed, as they did a fabulous job, but perhaps they could have done an even more amazing job had they been given a script with a bit more depth. I saw a moment of hope as a pictured flashed of the original Million Dollar Quartet behind the actors, who froze in the very same position as Elivis, Jerry Lee, Carl and Johnny around the piano, and I realized this play was a true story and these music master minds were all actually in the same room, at the same time, making amazing music. Suddenly I was connected emotionally to the story for the very first time in the whole play. However, the moment of hope was soon shattered as it signified the ending of the musical. Surely other members of the audience must share my friend Katie's and my sentiment, right? No, no , no, don't be silly! While in the restroom I could hear a chorus of women from Alabama or perhaps a far away midwestern city shouting their praises and excitement. Okay Kaira, so just face it, you are no fool when it comes to the marketing ploys, inter workings of Broadway production, and why ultimately certain shows are chosen for production; good god the folks coming off those tour buses love it!! That said, to continue the funding of the arts and what I hold dear, I suppose you have to have a jute-box musical now and again to rake in the dough? But wait a hot darn minute, does that mean that the theatre community at large must water down productions to get people in the seats?? Or is it that it's simply being mis-marketed? What's your take? Enlighten me. I will now step down from my soap box. Thank you.
(photos Broadway.com, broadwaycritic,arktimes.com)
Monday, March 22, 2010
No, not the movie, and nope not even the tongue tangoing kiss, it's for your coffee pot! I think this little invention is genius! I was doing my usual Oren's coffee run before work, and saw this little gadget and had to buy it. I hate cleaning out my french press after I use it, and the french kiss makes it super clean and easy. Apparently the inventor is an Oren's coffee regular. Wish I would have thought of it, don't you?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
My mother and our waiter being overly friendly.
Allora, ragazzi. If you've never been to Rome, do your self a favor and put it on the bucket list, because it's fabulous! I studied in Rome while in college, but decided it was time for my mother and I to take a mother daughter trip, because, well, we never have. So we packed our bags and hopped a plane. Although my Italian was a bit rusty, I tried my best, and we ate our way through the city. We walked as much as we could to see the sights and hopefully work off at least a quarter of the mid morning gelato. Here are some of my faves of Rome, if you ever take a visit try and stop by and say ciao.
Fave tratorria: Dell'Omo
Great little spot near the main train station with gnocchi to die for, and the cutest family of three serving up traditional Roman dishes. Not to mention the best tiramisu you will ever have in your life. I promise. It's more of a custard with just a few lady locks put on the side. Sigh. Double sigh.
Fave handmade jewelry: Anna Retico Design
Found in the heart of Trastevere on Vicolo de Cinque, she hand makes all of her glass jewelry pieces. I nabbed a pair of earring that I was dying to have. If jewelry can make you swoon, these sure did. I can't wait to wear them for a night out for dinner or cocktails! yay!
Fave Pizza: Pizza San Calisto
You haven't lived until you've had these pies, and I mean pies so big they're spilling over the serving tray. I'm not sure I can put into words how amazing the cold fresh buffalo mozzarella and ripe tomatoes taste on top of the warm flat bread. You will find other pizza that is quite good in Rome, but nothing compares to Pizza San Calisto.
Fave B&B: B&B Danilo
Can you say hysterical? Because that was exactly what our inn keeper was. He had the most welcoming and fun disposition, mostly cracking jokes at our expense; especially our inability to open doors with their ancient and giant keys. He insisted on referring to my mother as Pennsylvania, and starting every sentence with "my god Pennsylvania!" Quite fun. This place also has amazing rates if you're looking for a quaint place in one of Rome's most amazing and lively areas.
Until next time Roma.... Bacci
Friday, March 19, 2010
My friend Sam and I always say, We love love. I spotted these cute cardboard cut outs on her blog. Apparently this gentleman has been writing love letters on scrap pieces of cardboard to his girlfriend since the beginning of their relationship. So sweet!
ps just got back from Rome, pictures to come soon!
(via Sammyskye, photo cardboardlove.com)
Monday, March 8, 2010
Have you ever been to Rome? If so, what's your favorite restaurant? I lived there about three years ago, and I'm hoping my favorite spots are still my favorite spots! My absolute favorite place was called Dell Omo, and has been there for over 50 years. It's owned and run by an elderly old man, who throws your silverware at you instead of gently placing it near your plate, the mother is the chef, and their son, the waiter. I love it, it makes you feel like you're at Grandma and Grandpa's house for some good home cookin'. Some of the best gnocchi I have ever had. YUM. I'm gaining weight just thinking of the food possibilities! Gnocchi Thursday, here I come!
(photo top ten in rome)
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Just effortlessly amazing. Love Barbara. What more is there to say? I love popping in the classics from time to time. Who doesn't love a movie musical? Okay, well even if you can't appreciate the classics, (shame on you), I know you secretly watched sectionals on Glee! Don't deny it! Last night I had what I would call an amazing Friday night, a glass of wine (okay maybe a bottle), and "Funny Girl." Barbara was only 26 years old during the making of "Funny Girl," and rocked the hell out of Fanny Price. Mr. Arnstein, here I aaaaaaam! Call me lame, call me old fashion, but you can keep your meat packing, fist pumping Friday nights, and I'll gladly keep my beloved Barbara.
(photo usa today)
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Shamelessly so, I love to eat. LOVE. This week my boyfriend and I were wandering around Bedford Ave on our day off, and went to Egg . It was our "Sunday" afternoon, complete with biscuits and coffee. I don't know what makes you swoon, but I'll tell you what, that does it for this little lady :-)
Monday, March 1, 2010
I'll admit it, at first I was ashamed to read Kelly Cultrone's new book "If You Have to Cry Go Outside". Soon after purchasing it, I removed the book from it's book-sleeve, as not to get smirks on the train during my commute. And now, I say, F it. I love this book. So maybe she gained recent popularity from her Bravo TV show, and previous appearances on other reality TV shows, but there is much more to learn from this powerful woman than "unscripted tv" and pretty clothes. I seem to be drawn to books about woman and New York City, but what makes this book so great is it's real life. It's a compilation of stories and advice from this very successful PR woman who wasn't always sitting where she is today. So far I find it inspiring, and quite enjoyable. What good reads have you sunk your teeth into lately?
Hear what Kelly has to say about her book here.
(photo Harper Collins)