Sunday, April 25, 2010

Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns

Spring has finally arrived in NY. In a matter of 10 days we went from barren post-winter trees to full bloom. Those 80 degree days a couple weeks ago gave Blue Hill Farm an early start on its asparagus season, the vegetable becoming a ubiquitous part of their 5-course tasting and in a matter of a few crucial hours the tasting became our newfound tradition for late April birthday celebrating. We gave up all control when we told them we were open to anything and everything. With that said, they strayed from our favorite rhubarb (shucks) and instead tested our palates with veal marrow and sturgeon caviar, delicious wahoo in a soup made from fresh garden greens and bouchot mussels, and the sleeper hit lamb's brain (sharing the same richness and texture of sweetbreads). Before the courses even arrived, we were given a taste of the garden then farm(s): fresh asparagus, carrots and turnips; asparagus terrine with goat cheese yogurt, topped with minced rhubarb and paired with a sweet riesling (this perfect pairing was described as a "no-brainer" by the sommelier, um, sure); Ronnybrook Farms butter, home-made cottage cheese and carrot salt served on warm country bread; sesame encrusted asparagus with prosciutto; venison sausage; that morning's farm egg with a thin slice of copa. At the last minute we went for the cheeses: goat cheese paired with minced apples (perfection) and a Virginia cheese (not as perfect) with dried fig, and washed it down with dark beer, which was a stretch for the sommelier (we thought it was a pretty perfect match ourselves).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Exit Through The Gift Shop

The movie has a seam down the middle but both parts of the story are equally fascinating. We were first curious after hearing about it after friends saw the Sundance screening,bringing Banksy's ever multiplying talents once again to our attention. Then Time Out NY gave it 5 out of 5. A rarity. Go and see it.

Postscript: Shepard Fairey, street artist behind the Andre the Giant and Obama posters, was quoted on Vanity Fair's blog late yesterday stating, “I swear to god that [Mr. Brainwash not a hoax devised by Banksy]." Even well-devised spectacles can be entertaining.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Hef!

Hugh M. Hefner at the Playboy Key Club in Chicago, 1960
photo by Slim Aarons

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Selby Is in Your Place

Today Todd Selby, the fashion/interiors photographer behind The Selby blog and window to some of the most intimate spaces of creative individuals and their families from around the world, releases his book The Selby Is in Your Place (Abrams Books). The 256 pages include 300 full-color illustrations and a watercolor portrait accompanying each profile, along with questionaires filled out by each sitter. It's voyeuristic yet inspiring- at times, satisfying: we thought we were the only ones stocking up post-apocalyptically on Heinz brand ketchup.
Kelsey and Kenyan
Sofia and Thibault
The Neistats' studio
The Neistat brothers