Monday, July 21, 2008

Adding to the noise


A quick restaurant "review":
Living in an ever-changing area of Brooklyn that is attracting higher-income renters has meant a huge growth of new, small businesses opening in the area. One of these new restaurants is called The Spot, a small American bistro that serves an interesting menu with lots of hits and misses. Living incredibly close to it, we have been twice there already, and both times, we ordered generally great food that could use a few alterations. The grilled shrimp tasted amazing in the coconut-chipotle sauce, however there was way too much of not very good couscous on the plate. The steak tasted great, but the mashed potato and vegetable side were on the dull side. The sangria, which they heavily advertise and is 4 dollars during the week, was a big disappointment -- mine tasted like slightly watered down juice with a kick of alcohol. (Sangria, as many of you who know me knows, is one of my favorite drinks -- see my favorite recipe here, which uses rum instead of brandy). In general though, this place has just started and is trying hard, and I'm sure I'll be back in the not too distant future.

Here's what I'm looking forward to window-shop in the fall:

(images: Garance Dore, Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf)

It must be hard to shake his hand after this and that, but the talks between Mugabe and Tsvangirai is positive progress nonetheless.

SJP produces her own reality show on Bravo that deals with not fashion, but art. Good news for Rachel Zoe, who probably doesn't want direct competition.

If artichokes were less expensive, I'd make this recipe everyday.

Listen and cringe...

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