As if starring in David Bowie music videos wasn’t already the coolest, Tilda Swinton has currently taken up residency sleeping at MoMA. It’s part of an unannounced, surprise performance piece called “The Maybe” that will be taking place on random days all month year. A MoMA source told us, “Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of, but she’s here today. She’ll be there the whole day. All that’s in the box is cushions and a water jug.” - Ben Yakas, Gothamist

…this looks like my type of artistic gig. Sleeping on the job, for the job.

Things that I didn’t eat at the pickle festival today. Call me a purist, but this sounds unnecessary.

Things that I didn’t eat at the pickle festival today. Call me a purist, but this sounds unnecessary.

Finally made it to Extra Virgin today…feel like it’s been on my list for ages. The chopped Italian salad with crostini was pretty tasty (above), as was SK’s chicken sandwich with cucumber yogurt. Solidified the fact that I need to come back for dinner sometime.

Finally made it to Extra Virgin today…feel like it’s been on my list for ages. The chopped Italian salad with crostini was pretty tasty (above), as was SK’s chicken sandwich with cucumber yogurt. Solidified the fact that I need to come back for dinner sometime.

In retrospect, it might have been too hot for a run. But it was beautiful by the Hudson today…

In retrospect, it might have been too hot for a run. But it was beautiful by the Hudson today…

Public service announcement: Seamless for booze exists and according to these testers, does deliver in an hour or less.
The name of this service? Booze Carriage.

Public service announcement: Seamless for booze exists and according to these testers, does deliver in an hour or less.

The name of this service? Booze Carriage.

Where I’ve eaten in the past couple of weeks

(in no particular order)

  • Yerba Buena
  • The Leopard at des Artistes
  • Kin Shop
  • Flex Mussels
  • Talde
  • Second Avenue Deli
  • The Water Club
  • Devi
  • Cafe Cluny
  • The Fat Radish
  • Elephant & Castles
  • Kefi

…this list is both impressive and disgusting. Anyone know of a good juice cleanse? Kidding, because first of all I doubt there is any such thing as a “good” juice cleanse and second, like I would ever have the self control to do one. What I do have a handle on is making myself catch you up on all of these meals, so stay tuned.

Some of the kids I work with have been doing a “Burger Off” which is basically just an excuse for them go out to a new burger place every couple of weeks. Decided this week to join them…and I picked the right week. The beauty above was courtesy of Burger Joint, which is a hole-in-the-wall ultra casual place in the Parker Meridian. Worth checking out.

Some of the kids I work with have been doing a “Burger Off” which is basically just an excuse for them go out to a new burger place every couple of weeks. Decided this week to join them…and I picked the right week. The beauty above was courtesy of Burger Joint, which is a hole-in-the-wall ultra casual place in the Parker Meridian. Worth checking out.

Last night, we had our work summer party at Hudson Terrace. I managed to get very distracted by the views - especially this one, of the sunset. Another proud “I don’t need a filter, Instagram” moment.

Last night, we had our work summer party at Hudson Terrace. I managed to get very distracted by the views - especially this one, of the sunset. Another proud “I don’t need a filter, Instagram” moment.

We had an unreal view of the storm rolling in earlier today. The sky continued to darken after I took this shot, so SK and I ran for cover (or, you know, walked briskly). Deciding the rain was the perfect excuse for brunch #2, we stumbled into Cafe Cluny, for some afternoon drinks and a cheese plate.

We had an unreal view of the storm rolling in earlier today. The sky continued to darken after I took this shot, so SK and I ran for cover (or, you know, walked briskly). Deciding the rain was the perfect excuse for brunch #2, we stumbled into Cafe Cluny, for some afternoon drinks and a cheese plate.

So, confession: I haven’t watched too much of the Olympics yet. Though I did catch the very beginning of opening ceremonies last night (the Shakespeare/English countryside bit was weird, right?)
Anyways, SK and I decided to celebrate the games by making our way to Elephant and Castle for brunch today. Several eggs, heaps of bacon and a couple pots of English Breakfast tea later, we ditched our plans to find a pub nearby and instead headed to the water on the west side, to watch the storm roll in.
(pictured above: yukon brunch with country eggs, spinach puree, hash browns and grilled tomatoes. and yes, it was delicious.)

So, confession: I haven’t watched too much of the Olympics yet. Though I did catch the very beginning of opening ceremonies last night (the Shakespeare/English countryside bit was weird, right?)

Anyways, SK and I decided to celebrate the games by making our way to Elephant and Castle for brunch today. Several eggs, heaps of bacon and a couple pots of English Breakfast tea later, we ditched our plans to find a pub nearby and instead headed to the water on the west side, to watch the storm roll in.

(pictured above: yukon brunch with country eggs, spinach puree, hash browns and grilled tomatoes. and yes, it was delicious.)

Wild sea bass in a yucca puree, at Yerba Buena Perry. I would have licked my plate, if it in any way would have been appropriate.

Wild sea bass in a yucca puree, at Yerba Buena Perry. I would have licked my plate, if it in any way would have been appropriate.

Baja style fish tacos with a sweet mango salsa, at Yerba Buena Perry.

Baja style fish tacos with a sweet mango salsa, at Yerba Buena Perry.

August (in review)

Where to start? I could begin far too many ways here, but let’s cut to the chase and discuss the real reason I finally got my butt to August - a series of happy coincidences, as follows:

1) Last minute, I decided to stay with my friend in the west village for the weekend.

2) After a late night out on Friday, we were somehow raring to go at 11 AM the next morning.

3) Then, as we were wandering around for the perfect brunch spot, August popped into my groggy head and happened to be right around the corner.

So basically, it was meant to be.

I don’t think I’ve ever shown up for a New York brunch so early, but I now that I have, I know that I need to do it more often. It was quiet, peaceful and nearly empty. Only a couple of people were nestled in August’s covered back garden, clinking glasses and toasting to the wonderful meal they were about to have. Or if they weren’t, they should have been.

EA or AB couldn’t resist the oven baked eggs en cocotte and neither could I. The two of them ordered the Roman, packed with mozzarella and tomato and I settled on the Alsatian with bacon, onions and creme fraishe. These eggs came in individual pans, seasoned beautifully, rich and hearty, and somehow portioned out at the perfect size (picture, here). One side of fruit and a few coffees later, we left the covered garden reluctantly. Or maybe that was just me - I could have sat there happily, sipping my black coffee, for hours on end.

Will brunch today beat yesterday’s? Doubtful. Between the eggs and this side of fruit at August yesterday, wherever I’m heading now will likely disappoint.

Will brunch today beat yesterday’s? Doubtful. Between the eggs and this side of fruit at August yesterday, wherever I’m heading now will likely disappoint.

Had an ideal brunch at August today. Hello oven baked eggs with bacon and onions, in a back garden that rivals most restaurants’ outdoor spaces.

Had an ideal brunch at August today. Hello oven baked eggs with bacon and onions, in a back garden that rivals most restaurants’ outdoor spaces.