I’m sofa-bound today with a cold. But with the dog show on TV and the self-titled Monsters of Folk album coming through my headphones, I’m quite enjoying the afternoon. Monsters of Folk is Jim James, Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst and M. Ward. This unnamed tattoed guy with a beard and long hair sitting next to me says their name is pretentious. Fine. I’ll give him that. They do deliver though and their styles and voices blend together to make something quite delightful.

I’m trying to decide who my favorite is on the album. I think it’s Jim–he can sure hit the notes I only dream about. Who’s yours?

New Yorkers, they’re playing here 11/6 and 11/8. If you’re willing to pony up 50 bones to see them, you can buy tickets here.


Built by Wendy Sample Sale

September 25, 2009

Giddy up!

Built by Wendy Sample Sale

Built by Wendy

Friday, 9/25-Sunday, 9/27

46 N. 6th bt Wythe & Kent

Williamsburg, BK

The Future Perfect SALE

September 18, 2009

Heeeey New Yorkers, My Coney tipped me off to The Future Perfect’s first ever sale. They’re taking 20 to 90 percent off slightly injured pieces from Moroso, Vitra, Droog, Kartell, Alessi and more. Prices start at $5.

The Future Perfect

The Future Perfect
September 18 to 22
12-7 each day
115 N. 6th St., Brooklyn
(718) 599-6278

My sister told me she listens to Portland’s Blind Pilot when she wakes up. I think I’ll follow suit.

They’re on tour and will be at Bowery Ballroom in NYC this Saturday. You can get tickets here.

Brooklyn’s Indie Food Scene

February 25, 2009

Tony Cenicola for The New York Times

I have always loved the anti-corporate approach to life in Brooklyn. We turn out some of the best music, art, fashion and food—making it easy to buy local and support the mom and pops of the borough. The New York Times did a great piece today on some of the wunderkinds of the Brooklyn indie food scene. Read the full article and see their interactive Brooklyn map here.

Box It Up All Pretty Like

February 10, 2009


Tanya of Bisous, Ciao has shown me how much a difference packaging makes when bringing food to a party or gifting it. As you can see in this photo of her amazing macarons (more on those later), she forgoes the Tupperware and Ziploc bags and instead transports her food in gift boxes, complete with bows and ribbons. Neatly packaged, her desserts have everyone ooohing and aaahing before they even taste them.

Conveniently, just as I started getting into also doing this, I discovered Paper Presentation. They have a wide selection of affordable boxes, ribbons, tags and cards that come in all sorts of colors and sizes. They also have great stuff for invitations and place cards. You can shop online here or hit up their Manhattan store. Oh, and if you’d like to show me your great work by sending me some treats in the mail, drop a note here for my new address.

Paper Presentation
23 West 18th St.
(212) 463-7035


Loney, Dear on Tour

January 20, 2009

Here’s some light-hearted music to accompany America’s new optimistic chapter.  Loney, Dear is on tour across the county with Andrew Bird. He’s playing in Brooklyn sans Bird on 1/31 at Union Hall (bocce anyone?) for $10. Buy tickets for the NYC show here and check out his U.S. tour schedule here.

(I was going to link “bocce” but that would have been too excessive. However, five links in three sentences? Definitely not overdoing it.)

Dine Better For Less

January 13, 2009

 Photo by Noah KalinaEating at great restaurants is getting more attractive to the wallet with discounts galore. Eater has compiled their recession deals into an interactive map and the hard times have never looked more appetizing. Case in point: Jean-Georges’s Matsugen now has a $35 six-course prix fixe.

Check out their map and restaurant deals by clicking here.

Candy Floor to Ceiling

December 8, 2008

Economy Candy

As Christmas approaches, my sweets intake exponentially increases so what a great time to talk about Economy Candy. With its unparalleled selection, it is the best candy store in New York and quite possibly the entire world. It offers every kind of candy imaginable: hand dipped chocolates, bulk candy, gift packages, enormous novelty candy and accessories, and (my favorite) candy not sold anymore at most stores.

I can continue to see how much Big League Chew I can fit in my mouth and test my Warhead threshold thanks to Economy Candy. If you’re the sort who orders a fruit bowl with cottage cheese at brunch and none of this has been appealing, there is still something for you: the dried fruit and sugar free candy section. With its anti-candy options, it really does prove to have something for everyone. I recommend going in person to get the full experience (108 Rivington between Ludlow and Essex) but you can also shop online here.

Economy Candy Store