Visit our new home here.
Visit our new home here.
We’re moving! Physically and virtually, that is. We’re leaving Brooklyn and headed to San Francisco in a couple weeks due to a job offer. More to come on that….
The celeb: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
The sighting: I met my wife for lunch yesterday at Todd English’s Olives in Union Square yesterday. Afterwards, we decided to walk around the area and I saw Jean-Georges walking down B’way between 18th and 19th. Typically I wouldn’t recognize a chef unless he or she had a program on the Food Network, but Jean-Georges is a badass, plus he was wearing his chef jacket.
The celeb: Former NFL star (SF 49’er) Steve Young
The sighting: Late Monday night at SFO Airport. A full AA red-eye flight from SF to NYC was inexplicably and abruptly cancelled. Of course, there was little information given and when it was, it was poorly communicated. Steve, along with the other stranded passengers, was asking around as to what happened. He took off pretty quickly while the rest of us poor saps had to wait around for an hour or more to retrieve our luggage and get a hotel voucher for the night. I arrived at the hotel around 1:00am and ended up flying out the next day around 11:40am.
Sunday – Made some St. Ginger cocktails and had a picnic in Prospect Park.
Tuesday – Met up with my friend MC for drinks at nearby Flatbush Farm Bar(n).
Wednesday – Met up with my friend HH for drinks at Lillie’s Bar in Union Square. This might be my new favorite bar in Union Square. Proceeded to treat myself to a Guinness (or two).
Thursday – Went wine tasting with our friends B & L in North Fork, Long Island. It was a lot of fun and the wine was good.
Friday – Met up with our friend KW at Brooklyn Social Club. I liked the old-school vibe and enjoyed the cocktail “Matt’s Ginger Old-Fashioned” but think I like Weather Up in Prospect Heights better. Afterwards, we had a great dinner at Joya – tasty Thai food in large portions and affordable prices plus a DJ spinning random tunes like Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” and a re-mix of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire.”
The restaurant is spacious and inviting and the selection of American small plate dishes were tasty.
We tried the bacon dates, lamb and cucumber salad (arugula, goat cheese, beans and dill yogurt), peekytoe crabcakes (with spicy coleslaw and herbs), grilled steak (with smoked garlic and parsley) and mashed potatoes (with blue cheese butter).
My wife washed it down with some sangria while I had the green lemonade (vodka, lemonade, mint, cucumber) and the sunblock hefeweizen (from captain lawrence brewing company in pleasantville, ny).
We finished the meal with some dessert – a rhubarb crisp.
Yesterday, we met a few other French Bulldogs (including a puppy, another pied french bulldog, a couple fawn ones, plus a special appearance by neighborhood frenchie legend “Jean-Claude”).
On the way out of the Park, we also came across this dog, who was chillin’ in the mud.