Make sure you have a drink today. Why? Because you can. From 1920 to 1933, although private consumption of alcohol was not illegal, the sale, production, transportation and importation of alcohol were, making it somewhat difficult for the average citizen to consume at home. Today marks the 80th anniversary of the passage of the 21st Amendment, known by many as Repeal Day, as it repealed the 18th Amendment, which started Prohibition. Cheers!
It's cold out there, kids! I'm trying my best to warm up at the gym with self-guided spin classes (there are spin bikes, but no formal classes at my gym, sadly). My latest warm up: a little Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (easy cycle to the beat with sprints during the chorus).
My internet at home is down (posting via email at the moment) and won't be back up until Thursday. This means, sadly, that I have no TV (Netflix & Hulu are my only TV options), or phone (it runs through the internet). Stay tuned for a post later this week when service is restored!
I'm a New Yorker -- I walk. A lot. I walk to and from the subway, up and down the stairs, I walk Moxie several times a day, I walk to do my errands -- grocery shopping, dry cleaners, and I often walk to get to restaurants or bars, movie theatres, or anywhere else I have to be. I recently downloaded Noom Walk, a pedometer app for my phone. I had been exploring fitness monitors (think I've settled on the FitBit One), and figured this might be a good place to start experimenting with tracking daily activity outside of workouts.
You may have heard that 10,000 steps per day is the ideal target recommended by health authorities. I was certain that I'd hit the target with no problem given how much walking I do. I was so wrong. On a fairly active day, I was hovering around 5,000. I was stunned. I'm now figuring out ways to walk even more than I already do (in addition to getting back to the gym), including getting off the subway several stops early on my daily commute. I'm determined to hit 10,000!
If I, as an active pedestrian, can only hit 5,000, I can only imagine that a car-bound suburbanite who also sits at a desk every day doesn't even come close to that. Yikes. Don't be surprised if the next time we get together, part of our plans include going for a walk . . .
First, just to be clear, I don't like Yelp. I don't trust Yelp reviews. I can think of at least a dozen other resources that I'd turn to in order to find good restaurants when I travel in any given city. You might be curious as to why I dislike Yelp so much. I firmly believe that it is the goal of the majority of Yelp reviewers to think that they have some power in the restaurant world -- they trash places that don't deserve it constantly, "review" places based on one visit, and sometimes use the threat of a negative Yelp "review" in an attempt to get special treatment. And now, the ultimate in ridiculousness -- Yelp reviewers have now filed a class action claiming that they are unpaid writers. Might I remind you, dear readers (and all you idiot Yelpers), that writing on Yelp is 100% VOLUNTARY.
I've been spending time today reflecting about my experience during Superstorm Sandy, which took place a year ago today. I was lucky. For me, it was an inconvenience, but it was also an adventure. As someone who has lived in NYC through 9/11 and a blackout prior to Sandy, it was yet another illustration of how the city comes together in a crisis and how people take care of each other. Although I lost power, I cooked, saw friends and neighbors, made it to work, and generally made the best of it. I was also able to help determine where my law firm devoted financial resources, as well as legal resources. I helped get attorneys trained so that they could help the law firm staff who were impacted most severely by the storm in addition to helping those outside of the firm.
I'm sure this wasn't the last time NYC will see such a disaster or other crisis, but I have no doubt that we will get through whatever comes next. To Karen, Nannette & Richard (and their family), Dan & Kathryn, Jesse, & Anthony -- thanks for helping me weather the storm.
I remember the first time I had this cocktail. Ms. Jane Elkins made it for me at Louis 649 several years ago. I'm not sure I've had one since. I've got some allspice dram at home (made by my mom!) and have been trying to think of ways to put it to good use. This came to mind.
Lion's Tail 2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce allspice dram
1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Spent the weekend with college friends in the Berkshires. Food, drink, and laughter were all plentiful. The only pictures I managed to take were at the Ioka Valley Farm, where we learned quite a bit about maple syrup.
I was fortunate enough to attend one of Hearth's 10th anniversary dinners last night, this one featuring Chef Sean Brock's fried chicken alongside Chef Marco Canora's Tuscan fried chicken. Eat your heart out.