Monday, March 26, 2012

Weekend Wanderings: Out & About

I haven't been so great about taking photos lately, so apologies for their lack in this post (and, if I could possibly be more vain, the one below is not only of me, but it's stolen from Amanda, who read at the reading).  Friday my coworkers had a little goodbye happy hour for a girl who's leaving the company at Cask, a really cute little bar with great mixed drinks.  It was a little pricey, but really high-quality food and drinks.  After that, Roger met me at Hill Country for another coworker's birthday party.  I'd eaten there once before, a few weeks before I moved out of the city in 2009, and it was just as delicious as I'd remembered it.  Also - a really convenient place to serve a group, since checks are automatically separated.

Saturday we spent most of the day working at a new coffee shop that opened up near us recently, Lenox Coffee.  The atmosphere was really nice, and reminded me a lot of Brooklyn.  It was quiet enough to study in, but not so silent that it felt weird to talk, and although the room was small, they did a good job of putting in enough tables, and we found a seat without much of a problem.  Also - their drinks were wonderful, and a far cry from the Starbucks that we have a little closer to the apartment.  I'd definitely go back.  In the evening, we saw The Hunger Games, which I really enjoyed.  Very few movies are really as good as the book, and this was no exception, but I thought they did a really good job fitting as much in as they could, and it was a really enjoyable experience.  Especially since we snuck candy into the theater.

And on Sunday, we met up with some of Roger's colleagues for brunch at Red Rooster, which we've been meaning to try for a long time. The food was delicious and it was a fun atmosphere, although after all the hype, it did seem to be a tad bit overrated.  Also - I've realized I don't totally love live music during meals or at bars.  The woman singing was really loud, and it was a little difficult to maintain a conversation during that.  We went back to his coworker Ryan's gorgeous apartment afterward, and she kindly made us tea and we all chatted until it was time for us to go to the reading at Zinc Bar that I was helping to host.  Lungfull! very kindly put up some NYU students twice this year, and I was lucky enough to help select the readers and host one of the readings.  The readers were all different and incredible in their own way, the space is incredible, and if you haven't picked up a copy of the magazine yet - do.  It's fantastic.  I'm so proud to have been a part of the series this year, and I'm really looking forward to working more with them next year.

Me. (Thanks to Amanda Calderon for taking this!)


  1. Sounds like a fun weekend! I totally agree about live music during dinner, I like being able to talk and not have to yell over it. Also, that place where checks are automatically separated? Genius!

  2. Places that will separate group checks are worth their weight in gold. I refuse to go out with my friends in a group of more than four unless it's to a place where you pay upfront or they separate the check.It's way too much hassle otherwise.

    Sounds like an excellent weekend!

    1. I'm more or less an expert at splitting checks now, but it's just so much easier to have someone else do it for you!