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Laren
NYC
A chronicle of life and times in sunny NYC. Alive and (sorta) kicking since July 29, 2002. So far, so good.
Interests: music, travel, food, friends, new adventures, blogging, family, cycling, cocktails, cooking
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I was lucky ​enough to have a lovely and relaxing weekend up in Beacon. My initial impetus for the visit was the #AEKarpediem wedding (where I got to see many Tufts friends in addition to the groom), but I stayed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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photo courtesy uk.thebar.com The other night, I had a sip of a gimlet for the first time in ages. The gimlet was likely one of the first cocktails I ever had or made on the regular -- buying myself a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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And it was soooooo relaxing. I took an extremely long Memorial Day weekend to recover from an incredibly busy past month or so. In addition to a trip to Ikea and some continued work unpacking my kitchen, I didn't have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Here it is in all of its glory!! I'm still putting things away, and I haven't put up any personal touches like my "Eat" sign, but man, what a difference. In case you forgot what the before looked like, here... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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During the worst of the renovation, Moxie and I have been fortunate enough to live with our good friends Rachel & Nagib and their dogs, Barley and Hops, in Brooklyn Heights. I don't even know where to begin on how... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that's a mighty long time But I'm here to tell you There's something else The after world A world... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Here's the final before picture -- demolition starts today. You've served me well, tiny, grubby kitchen. I thank you for your service, but I can't say that I'm sorry to see you go. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Appliances are purchased, asbestos testing completed (negative!), packing and prep checklists made, building architect has approved the plans, paperwork is almost finished, pre-construction meeting scheduled with building and contractor, and work is scheduled to start the week of 4/18. That... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I have gotten to a point in my life where there are two key factors that have a major impact on my general well-being: sleep and exercise. When I don't get enough of either, I get cranky, stressed, have trouble... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Way back when I wrote a post about my kitchen renovation. No, it hasn't started yet, but I have made a great deal of progress. I've firmed up my design, selected all of my materials and appliances, signed contracts with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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He's smart, handsome and age-appropriate. He's a feminist, he's pro-choice, and supports gender equality in the workplace and with equal parental leave. He's got the body of a boxer and has a tattoo. on one of his biceps. He is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
A photo posted by @sweetblogomine on Dec 11, 2015 at 6:22am PST Fully agreed, Sam Sifton. My breakfasts, particularly during the week, are not elaborate affairs. They're not always pretty, as shown above, and are more often than not taken... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Photo by theviewfromgreatisland.com The Trinidad Sour is a particularly unusual cocktail because its base is not a spirit, but rather a full ounce of Angostura bitters. Created by Giuseppe Gonzalez here in NYC, I've seen this cocktail pop up at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Is it too late to go back? Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
The Schvitz The fact that I now have sriracha packets in my desk at my office This commercial: Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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No, I haven't been buried in the snow, just not motivated to write much. Had a lovely lazy weekend hunkered down during the blizzard, with a few trips outside to walk Mox. Saturday night I joined a friend at a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Starting off this blustery Monday with a heavy heart. Farewell, Mr. Bowie, and thank you for sharing your genius with the rest of us. This one's for you, Christopher. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
In a few hours, I'm flying to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I'll be spending roughly 24 hours before heading to the Galapagos. Once I've reached the Galapagos, I'll have no cell or internet for about 8 days until I'm back in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I've gotten into a habit of using a portion of my weekends to cook and prep meals for the week. This may mean cooking something like beef stew in large quantities and then portioning into smaller containers for the freezer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
I re-discovered this song a few weeks ago and it's been stuck in my head ever since . . . Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
With the new year approaching, I thought it was time for a (mobile-friendly) makeover. I'm not 100% done tweaking it yet, but let me know if you have any feedback. I'm also thinking I might focus more on posting about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
Study Proves Only Jerks End Their Texts With a Period (I guess I'm a jerk.) Small Kitchens, By Choice (I would be thrilled if I could afford a renovation that allowed me to get a 24" stove rather than the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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Things that are making me smile these days: New bike shoes on sale (for spin class and bike tour trips; keeping my racing shoes for the tri) Getting a mix tape that I can actually play This Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine
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I had an incredibly relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with very little on the calendar with one exception -- workouts. As a ClassPass member, I have access to studios all over NYC (and other cities), so I decided to take advantage in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Sweet Blog o' Mine