Thursday, September 25, 2014

So, we went to Ireland. And the light was exactly as I remembered - blinding, sparkling, and leaking through every low hanging cloud. We spent three days by the ocean in Galway, taking bracing daily walks on the beach to watch the surfers. 

And then after three days of family visits we headed off to the south, to Cork, where I was born. I've always loved Cork, there's something there that feels so familiar (familial even) to me. And even though it's is not where we used to live in Ireland, it contains the most childhood memories for me, and so I always return. And now it will hold memories for my own children. 

We stayed in an Airbnb house in Cobh, a small town on the coast for the last week of the visit. The back of the house looked over the water towards Monkstown, and we watched gigantic liners and tankers sail by daily. Swans swam inland every night as the sky darkened, calling to us gently for bread. 

I never skip a visit to famous cooking school, Ballymaloe, when I'm in Ireland. That old house charms me to no end, and the surrounding grounds and vegetable gardens are so lush and beautifully tended. The house was having a garden festival the weekend we visited and it seemed as if the entire county came out for the event.

I was told that the hummingbird-like creature above the flowers in the center is actually called a hoverfly 

Trips back to Ireland never feel like a holiday because there is not a lot of downtime or relaxation, and there is always a great deal of driving. But it means more to me than any holiday to return to my home, to reconnect with my family, and to see my grandmother smile at my children.

Warby Parker

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In my line of work I'm usually celebrating book launches (and there have been some amazing ones lately, like Erin Scott's Yummy Supper, Kimberley Hasselbrink's Vibrant Food, and Jessica Merchant's Seriously Delish), but today it's fun to celebrate something different: Warby Parker's fall collection launch day!

After months of seeing just about every stylish girl and guy on the subway wearing a pair of dark rimmed glasses, I just had to take the plunge. So, a few months ago, I got myself a pair of Warby Parker's. Even though I've only had my pair a little while, now I want to go back and buy another pair from their brand new fall collection - and their glasses are so affordable that I actually can!

I'm thinking about this gorgeous Annette style in petal tortoise:

Just in case the dark rimmed glasses aren't your thing, they also have a crystal line that I'm digging:

What kind of book editor would I be if I didn't jump for this Crane Ti in newsprint grey?

Happy launch day, Warby Parker!

We're off to Ireland!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We're flying to Ireland on Thursday night, and my heart is full thinking of being back there after almost 4 years. It's been way too long. Last time we were there, Lily was only 10 months old, and now she's 5! This is probably the first holiday that she'll actually remember, which is so cool to think about. I also can't wait to introduce my youngest daughter to my family, and to show her where I spent my childhood.

I dug up some old photos from my last trip a few years ago. Now all I can think about is the way the sunlight cascades over the horizon on a summer evening, and the way that vibrant green seems to just leap from the fields everywhere you turn. I'm coming back this time with a fancy new camera, and I'm dying to get going. In the meantime, these shots will have to do.

view over the field of the Ballycotton lighthouse

Lily at 10 months in Ballycotton, Co. Cork

Ballycotton lighthouse

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Last week I got to see a phenomenon unique to Manhattan - a singular time of year when the setting sun aligns with the grid of Manhattan streets and shines right through the cross streets of the city. It's a incredible sight to see, not only because the sun seems to magically appear exactly where you're looking, but because the photographers gather for hours (hours!) beforehand at their chosen cross streets. I had scouted out the Tudor City Bridge at 42nd Street and First Avenue as my prime viewing spot earlier that day and was surprised to see photographers camped out at the spot at 2 in the afternoon! 

When the sun appeared from the left, coasting down to the right, we all clamored to get that perfect shot - for those few seconds that the sun was actually in the middle of the space between the buildings. I was craning over the shoulders of the two rows of photographers in front of me, and only really got a few shots of the sun in the very middle. I had a friend with me, who kept telling me to appreciate the moment and stop taking photos for a second. She was right. The sun was huge, and orange, and magnificent. And it looked so much better with the naked eye than through my camera lens.

In the end, the shots that show the sun in a blur make it much easier to see the perfect central placement of the sun on the grid as it sets. 

So cool, right? By the way, Manhattanhenge also occurs twice during the year as the sun rises. I'd like to say I'm going to make it up for that, but the sunrise version of Manhattanhenge falls in the wintertime (December and January), so it's going to take some serious motivation to get me up before sunrise. 

When we turned around after our sunset photos, we were faced with a full moon rising over the East River. And yes, that long tripod below is holding a tiny camera!

Manhattanhenge, I can't wait to see you again next year!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

So, a wise friend suggested I turn my blog roundups into a newsletter, allowing my finds to pop weekly into your inbox, rather than waiting for you to find my entries. The more I thought about it, the more I fell in love with the idea of writing you a letter every week. It feels more intimate, more meaningful somehow. You will have chosen to receive my roundups - and I'm so grateful. My site will now become a location for recipes, photographs, places we love in New York, and my random thoughts, and ultimately a bit more personal that it has been before. So sign up in the box below to receive my newsletter, and I've given it a permanent spot on the left column of the site also. 

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Foodie Finds

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The days have suddenly turned hazy and thick, and seem to stretch on without end. How is July here already? And why do I express surprise every time it's a new month? It happens twelve times a year, so it really shouldn't be such a shock. Since during this time of the year I'm not turning on my oven if I can help it, my summer cooking is restricted to drooling over food photographs on my computer screen. And there are plenty to drool over, that's for sure. So, I'm checking in today with some of my foodie favorites over the past few weeks:  

I haven't had meat in over 8 weeks (!!) but am still occasionally having fish. So, I'm craving these crispy fish tacos with jalapeƱo sauce from Pinch of Yum for tomorrow's dinner.

Ok, I know I've gushed about Adrianne Adarme's gorgeous food blog, A Cozy Kitchen many, many times on this site, but guess what, guys? I got to meet the lovely Adrianna in real life several times in the past year, and now I get to be her editor on her new book The Year of Cozy!

Ugh, I'm slowly but surely coming around to kale. I know I'm behind the 8 ball on this, but it's taking me a while. This spicy kale and coconut stir fry from the always inventive Kate at Cookie + Kate will get me to kale nirvana faster.

If you're not yet reading nutritionist and food blogger McKel Hill's Nutrition Stripped, then you're missing out. I'll think about you as I make her creamy ginger green smoothie with avocado and lemon tomorrow morning.

I haven't gotten nectarines from my farmers market yet, have you guys found any good ones? When I do, I'm making this green rice salad with nectarines and corn from Not Without Salt (although the recipe is from the recently published Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink).

I simply adore baking with olive oil, so this olive oil cake from Beth at Local Milk isn't really that different for me - except that she's using fennel and rosewater, two flavors I haven't combined yet, and two flavors that I independently love.

Here's the perfect housewarming gift: Nikole Herriott is now selling these stunning kitchen towels created by Lisa Rupp.

For those of you in the US (or Americans outside the US) have a lovely July 4th weekend! Hopefully these food links will come in handy as you hang out with friends and/or family.


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