Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day -- A Great NYC Video to Show the Spirit of a Great City

On this day when we honor those who do so much for our country, let's also enjoy the spirit and vitality of New York City. This video by Wells Fargo is a tribute to cities and people everywhere who stand tall against opposition and controversy.

Happy Memorial Day from New York City!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Learn How to Make Mad Men-type Cocktails on May 27 -- NYC

Astor Center is offering a fabulous mixology workshop to learn to make the best of Don's, Roger's, and Betty's faves. I especially love Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, the drinks of the ad world bar none (except martinis), and I do recall drinking them for 3-drink lunches during those Madison Ave days of yore. The workshop is on Friday from 6:30-8, at Astor Wines, 399 Lafayette Street, New York City. Definitely a great way to kick off Memorial Day Weekend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2011 Drama Desk Awards for Broadway Announced

Last night's Drama Desk Awards winners give a hint at what's to come next month with the Tony Awards. Here's a partial list, which includes many of my favorites (Good People, Book of Mormon, Anything Goes, War Horse), several of which are closing soon. Hope you'll have a chance to catch the amazing Good People with its brilliant ensemble cast.

Outstanding Play
Nick Stafford, War Horse

Outstanding Musical
The Book of Mormon

Outstanding Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Anything Goes

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Bobby Cannavale, The Motherf**ker With the Hat

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Brian Bedford, The Importance of Being Earnest

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Edie Falco, The House of Blue Leaves

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Outstanding Director of a Play
Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon

Outstanding Choreography
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes

Outstanding Music
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon

Outstanding Lyrics
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Adam Mathias, See Rock City & Other Destinations

Outstanding Revue
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway

Outstanding Set Design
Derek McLane, Anything Goes

Outstanding Costume Design
Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Outstanding Lighting Design
David Lander, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Outstanding Solo Performance
John Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown

Unique Theatrical Experience
Sleep No More

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Brooklyn and Manhattan Food Truck Events-- Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23

This week's a big one for food truck events: Sunday in Prospect Park in Brooklyn with 10 or so trucks, and Monday's Zagat Food Truck Frenzy in Manhattan with 26 trucks. Hope to see you at both.

Here's the schedule and some of the participating trucks:

Sunday, May 22, 11am-5pm, Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza:
Coolhaus, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw Dumplings, Eddie's Pizza, Souvlaki GR, Kelvin Natural Slush, Cupcake Stop, Milk Truck, Joyride Frozen Yogurt, The Frying Dutchman

Monday, May 23, noon-3pm, 21st and 22nd streets (between 10th and 11th avenues):
Bian Dang, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Coolhaus, Cupcake Crew, Cupcake Stop, Eddie's Pizza, Joyride Truck, Korilla Food Truck, Luke's Lobster Truck, Mexicue, Mud Truck, Souvlaki GR, Steak Truck, Treats Truck, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Monday, May 16, 2011

Shrimp and Grits: A New Food Trend from North to South

I've always known that Shrimp and Grits was a Southern fave, with people raving (and drooling) as they described the merits of shrimp slathered with butter (or cheese) over a bed of creamy grits. Recently, I've tried three that each had been begging for me. In Ponte Vedra (Jacksonville), Florida, the Palm Valley Fish Camp's version was the creamiest of all, almost too rich for me to finish, and topped with enormous Mayport Shrimp, the local catch, 299 N Roscoe Blvd. Moving Northwest, I feasted on the Sunset Grill's take on shrimp and grits in Nashville, 205 Belcourt Ave., this time with a less creamy texture where the shrimp stood out as the highlight. And, last night, I stumbled upon a New York twist of Southern cooking at the lovely Peels near Astor Place, 325 Bowery. Served as an appetizer, the portion was just right with large enough shrimp served over a delicate bed of perfectly cooked grits, topped by a fried egg. I'm happy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's Day and Kentucky Derby Celebrations at NYC's Roosevelt Hotel - May 7

I’ll never forget the one time I was invited to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby. It’s many years ago now, but I loved the ceremony, the tradition, and especially the fantastic mint juleps (I still have the souvenir glass). A fantastically refreshing cocktail.

This year’s Derby will be run on May 7, and on Sunday, at The Roosevelt Hotel’s, rooftop lounge mad46, you can join a New York City Kentucky Derby party from 4-10pm with mint juleps and Woodford Reserve-based bourbon cocktails, against a city skyline. There will be prizes for best attire with a variety of categories, and you'll be able to join the betting pool.

This has been a week of dressing up “in kind” -- for the Royal Wedding at a Barbuda's and Antigua's “royal tea party” at aka (with striking fascinators), for a moving and celebratory tribute at Ground Zero (in red, white, and blue) and now for the classic Kentucky Derby (seersucker and hats).To reserve a table for the event, contact, 45 East 45th Street, Manhattan,