Cheesecake I’ve Tried (NYC)

1. Paris Baguette: Fluffy, almost angel food cake-y 2. Breads: At first glance and feel it looks too dense, but looks are deceiving, the melt-in-your-mouth feeling is addictive…lemony 3. Fairway: This one got rave reviews from Serious Eats but it tastes like it’s from a grocery store 4. Venieros: you envision a brick of cream […]

Christmas Gifts are Stupid

The whole rush to have a gift ready precisely on December 25th is dumb.  A gift given before or after that date should have just as much meaning.  What is this social embarrassment of not having a gift prepared on December 25th? The romanticism of rushing through department stores (or more likely, feverishly selecting express […]

Hot Chocolate I’ve Tried NYC

*Bolded are the ones I like* 1. Vosges (Thick drinking chocolate literally liquid chocolate) 2. Eataly (tiny cup of thick drinking chocolate almost pudding-like) 3. Laduree (milky frothy like a deluxe hot cocoa 4. Zabars (milky but deep chocolatey taste) 5. Le Pain Quotidien (tastes like dark chocolate with milk not sweet) 6. Starbuck (tastes […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve Tried NYC

1. Culture (New York Cafe cookie fully actualized, thick, encompasses all three textures crispy, chewy, fudgy pockets of chunk) 2. Jacque Torres (thin disc-like crispy chewy melty chocolate swirled thorughout rather than pockets of chunks) 3. Levain (Scone-like, cakelike) 4. Dominque Ansel (Chewy, Fudgy.  The cookie is chunky and so are the chunks). 5. Breads […]

Sense of Self aka We Are Just Programmed Robots

I was listening to the Fresh Air episode about sense of self, about how there are people that have these super rare disorders that make them think they are dead, or that their own arm is a gross extra appendage.   And while I have heard of these disorders before, it sort of blew my […]

Personal Jewelry Ideas

they’re not original, they’re not what I want to sell, but they’re dainty little things that remind me of gum ball machines and cereal box prizes and being a Williamsburg to Big Sur transplant you know those ladies with straight brunette hair and striped shirts and a swipe of garnet-red lipstick and lots of houseplants. […]

Mainstream Fancy Restaurants in NYC

You know, the ones that the Kardashians would go to 1. Marea 2. Le Cirque 3. Le Bernadin 4. Minetta Tavern 5. Spotted Pig 6. Nobu 7. 11 Madison Park 8. Gotham Grill 9. Koi 10. Cipriani 11. Jean Georges 12. Daniel 13. Mr. Chows 14. Per Se 15. Masa 16. Bouley 17. Blue Hill […]