Coconut pancakes

Ok, I’ve made you suffer through some art so now onto the important stuff. New York was chock-a-block with amazing food, and from the fancy to the processed I tried it all.

First let me tell you about the most amazing cookie in the world, it’s called the Nutter Butter. My life is now divided into two parts; BNB* and ANB**. How I managed to wait till my fourth trip state-side before hearing its siren song of peanut butter cookie goodness is a wonder. The best way to describe it is like a peanut shaped, peanut butter flavoured Oreo. Even if my trip to New York had been a disaster***, Nutter Butters would have made it all worthwhile.

Ok, I have to stop talking about Nutter Butters****.

Let me take you to the other end of the eating spectrum, our fancy celebration diner at Colicchio & Sons; the best example of American hospitality that I have ever seen.

Tuna

What were we celebrating I hear you ask? Well, the trip was to celebrate both of my parents turning 60 this year. But because we can never do too much celebrating, my sister got engaged in Central Park in the middle of the trip!!! So we went from excited to hysterical and went out to dinner.

Colicchio & Sons started the night of with a smile. They had printed special menus saying Happy Birthday to my Mum and Dad. Then with effortless grace they sent course after course of delicious food our way (and were happy to delay between entrée and main when it looked like we were about to food coma).

Brioche

The highlights for me were without question the bookends to our meal. The hot brioche rolls that started our dinner were the sort of thing I could eat every day of my life – soft, buttery and morish (members of our table who will remain nameless were heard to say “whatever you do, don’t let then take that bread away …” and that was in the middle of our dessert courses!).

And the other bookend, the burnt marshmallow ice-cream in a home made wafer basket on top of a peanut brittle sauce…. Yeah I don’t need to explain why that was so good.

To finish up this foodie post let me tell you about the best breakfast I have ever eaten. The picture at the top of this post is of the coconut pancakes at Public, a cool cafe/resteraunt in Soho. The pancakes were as light as air, topped with toasted coconut flakes, drizzled in ginger-lime syrup and accompanied by a ricotta and mango salad i.e heaven. The fact that it was served by an incredibly charming waitress and topped off with a kiwi style coffee was just icing on the proverbial cake. This is a cafe you have to go to when you hit up NYC.

xx

* Before Nutter Butter
** after Nutter Butter
*** it wasn’t, the trip was all kinds of awesome.
**** not going to happen because I LOVE NUTTER BUTTERS



Wind powered deminer

 

Functional beauty is the cry of a world in recession. We can’t afford to dream of art any more, so we fill our homes with pretty teacups and cover ourselves with meaningful tattoos. Thankfully the art world is finally catching on.

The glorious sculpture above is not only aesthetically pleasing but is actually a low cost device for setting off land-mines. Massoud Hassani based the sculpture on the memory of wind powered toys from his childhood, it is made to travel across land with GPS tracking the safe path. If it were to set off a mine, it would absorb the shock and only partially destruct.

The best part is that if it were to go into full scale production it would cost around 40USD to make – a far more affordable option than the normal minesweepers.

And without doubt, it is a thing of beauty.

Mine Kafon Wind-Powered Deminer (2011) by Massoud Hassani as seen at MOMA.

The honeycomb vase

 

That ladies and gentlemen, is a vase made by bees. Bees are known for their artistic temperament, but this is the first time I have even seen one of their works.

They get points for use of geometrical patterns, and also for utilising non-traditional materials but I can’t help feeling like they let themselves down in the finish – I mean, its hardly symmetrical.

What is really impressive is that it is a result of an artistic commune that actually worked. 40,000 bees lived and worked together to create the vase, and as far as I know everyone did their fair share of work and there was not a single argument.

(This is part of a series of works by Tomáš Gabzdil Libertin to show a ‘slow manufacturing’ process. Tomáš creates a frame and then lets the bees at it, it takes 40,000 bees about a week to create the honeycomb structure around the frame. As seen at MOMA in New York).

While we were in New York we stayed at an AirBnB apartment. Renting an apartment in a big city is fantastic because you have your own space and because most of the time it is cheaper than a hotel.

But staying in an apartment did lead to one of the most unexpectedly hilarious moments and best ‘learning moments’ of the trip – which of course I just have to share with you:

The number 1 thing you shouldn’t do when renting out your apartment … is leave a note like this on the back of your bedroom door.

To Do list