Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Weekend Wanderings: Around the City

It's been a while since I posted a recap of my weekend, and that's not because we haven't been busy.  But, this was a particularly wonderful weekend, and I want to capture and savor it.

After work on Friday, Roger and I picked up a bottle of wine and headed to Brooklyn to visit our friend Danielle's apartment, where our other friend Allison was staying after being tattooed earlier that day.  We had a great time chatting over wine and cheese, which is probably my most favorite way of seeing friends (clearly I'm a bit of a homebody).  Since Allison lives in Ohio, and Danielle lives in Brooklyn, we don't see each other as often as I'd like, so it was great to catch up.  We headed out for a very late dinner to Oaxaca Taqueria, where we had some really fantastic tacos.

On Saturday morning, just as I was starting to feel like I hadn't accomplished much (a big problem for me on weekends - I'm no good at relaxing), Roger suggested we head downtown to run a few errands and get brunch with Rob.  We dropped books off at Bobst, went to the NYU bookstore to make sure they had all the right books for the class I'm teaching this semester, returned a book to the Strand, and finally found ourselves at The Smile.  The restaurant was a little bit pricey, but the ambiance was great and the food was so delicious!  I had ricotta with honey and pear, and it was just wonderful.  In the hopes of replicating it at home (and planning a fun activity for the day), we decided to try and make our own ricotta.  As it turns out, you make ricotta from the whey of other cheese, and so we decided to try and make our own mozzarella first. 

In order to find the rennet, we treked over to Chelsea Market (making a quick stop at Astor Wines on the way).  I'd never been to Chelsea Market before, and I was so excited to wander around and see all the shops.  It was a little crowded, but so much fun.  I can't wait to go back and try out some of the foods there!  We perused all the different shops, and bought a cheese-making kit from Lucy's Whey. 

We decided to stop at the Highline before heading home.  It's another spot I've always wanted to check out, and it was definitely worth the wait.  With the weather a bit warmer, we enjoyed the walk up the whole thing, and stopped for a while to see the El Anatsui piece that's on display in the northern part of the path.  The architecture was really cool, and everything seemed to mold together with the train tracks really well.  I can't wait to go back in the summer!

After seeing a poster for a chili-making competition, we decided we were all really craving chili, and headed back to Harlem for dinner at Dinosaur Barbecue.  Since it was a Saturday night, it was packed, and we waited at the bar for about an hour before we were seated.  The food was a little off that night, and so it wasn't quite as good as it has been in the past, but we had a good time in spite of that.  It was getting pretty late by the time we got back home, so we decided to save cheese-making for Sunday.

I was able to wake up early enough on Sunday to get to pilates and go for a quick run, which was wonderful.  I just feel so much better when I have a chance to get it out of the way in the mornings.  We cleaned for a while, and made some General Tso's tofu for dinner before starting on the cheese-making.  The process is another post for another time, but it turned out wonderfully, though it took longer than expected, and we enjoyed some delicious farmer's cheese at around 1am.  (Sadly, our ricotta never took, so we didn't get to re-create the pear dish I'd had earlier in the weekend.)

On Monday morning, while it seemed everyone else was at the Inauguration, I was doing laundry, and Roger was at a meeting.  After folding and a quick run, I headed back to Brooklyn to watch Blue Planet: The Deep with Dana and Michael, two friends from school who are equally obsessed with animals and poetry.  It was a really fascinating documentary, and the highlights for me were definitely the underwater lake, and a segment on a dead whale at the bottom of the ocean.  I can't wait to write some poems about it.

When I came home, Roger and I decided to go to the movies at the last minute, and saw Lincoln, which was excellent.  I'd thought we were the last people on earth to go see it, but the theatre was packed.  We splurged on popcorn and soda because we had a gift certificate from my sister, and it was pretty much the perfect ending to a perfect weekend.  With classes starting next weekend, I know things will get a lot more hectic soon, so I'm so glad we took the time to really enjoy things this weekend.  It will definitely stick in my memory for a long time.


  1. I can't wait to hear about the cheese! Also I wonder if you had any thoughts about the Inaugural poem. Did you read/hear it?

  2. I'm obviously way behind on catching up on your blog, but I love love love "Blue Planet." The Deep is the best episode, obviously, but they're all fantastic.