October 28, 2012 by admin
October 27, 2012 by admin
“Finally”, you’re saying to yourself with an eye roll, “she’s blogging again!”. I know, it’s been pretty crazy. I was in Shanghai for 8 days and I was going to take pictures and write about it but then I remembered you can just go to my archive from November 2009 through December 2011 and read all about it. It’s the same mess of cute girls wearing micro mini skirts with minnie mouse shoes, dodging scooters on the sidewalks, cocktails at El Coctel, dinner at Mercato (YUM), buying cashmere sweaters, more cocktails at Bell Bar…you’ve heard it before. The thing I really noticed this time, especially after being in NYC now, is how clean the streets are!
Listen, I’ve had the week from hell and I’m hoping to be able to blog about it soon because it’s important to get out there but right now I need to worry about this storm on the way and how I’m going to take the dogs out 4 times a day should we lose electricity and we have to go down FIFTY ONE FLOORS OF STAIRS. Thankfully I’ve stocked up on plenty of wine (and an emergency bottle of Oban scotch, truth be told), some water and potato chips. That should hold us over for an hour or so…
I wanted to end this entry with a happy birthday to my mother, Elizabeth Breglia Homer. A good Italian, Catholic girl (yes, there used to be such a thing) who was born and raised in NYC. I went by her old house recently, next to Jumel Mansion the oldest house in NYC and one where George Washington once slept. It’s now a museum.
My mother along with her 8 siblings, mother, father and auntie all lived here
This is my mother and father after their wedding, celebrating at the Gramercy Park Hotel
The Gramercy Park Hotel now houses my favorite restaurant in NYC, Maialino. It’s fabulous and I highly recommend the private dining experience for a special occasion. The best food and wine and dining experience you’ll ever have.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I love you and can’t wait to see you soon.
October 8, 2012 by admin
October 8, 2012 by admin
Remember when you were young and your parents got you a dog and you fed them, walked them occasionally and if they didn’t run away then they died after about 14 years?
I took Bernie and Niu to their new NY vet and after blood and urine tests, poop samples, flea/tick/heartworm pills, glucosamine tabs for Bernie’s joints, bordatella shots, eye drops, I STILL have to brush their damn teeth every day. When Bernie was a puppy I hired a dog psychic to help me figure out why he was eating my furniture. Oh yes I did. Turns out he was just doing what puppies do. I don’t even want to tally the numbers as to what I’ve spent in leash training, bully sticks, harnesses, ill-fitting winter jackets, a t-shirt that read “bitch please”, Nature’s miracle, replacement rugs…should I go on??? Don’t talk to me about how expensive a college education is these days because I would spring for an IVY league education if I thought Bernie was going to get a job and finally walk himself.
For a peek into the dog’s day care, got to Dog City at MiMA
Adele, Trudie and Arrow on vacation together
October 4, 2012 by admin
And by high art I am talking many, many flights up. Mayor Bloomberg in conjunction with the Public Art Fund and several wonderful sponsors, commissioned the artist, Tatzu Nishi to design a temporary installation around the statue of Christopher Columbus (in Columbus Circle at the Southwest corner of Central Park) while it was under renovation. The statue was originally created in 1892 in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Columbus landing in the America’s. PAF describes Nishi’s installation around the statue as follows:
Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan.
For more information on the exhibit and how to get tickets go to Discovering Columbus
And speaking of high, last week I was on a JetBlue flight. No matter how good a book I’m reading, I plug my earphones into the armrest and watch the worst TV I can find. After several hours in the air I noticed my stomach was really aching. Right off the bat I was worried about the chicken salad sandwich I purchased at the airport. But then I realized I had just watched 3, full hour episodes of A&E’s, Intervention, back to back. A teen was freebasing, a father was hooked on meth (and hookers) and a son, a chef no less, was whipping up a nice combination of spicy and aromatic cocktails to shoot up. I thought the woman next to me was going to ask the flight attendant to move…STAT. It was so much sadness and dread. And yet I wouldn’t say it was a contact high I was experiencing, but I was definitely sweaty, jittery and all kinds of paranoid from watching. And I just wanted more…