What I did on my hurricane hiatus in Instagrams
Even though Hurricane Sandy ruined everything two weeks ago, this past Monday was my first day back at my internship since the Martha Stewart offices were at one point in the middle of the Hudson River and subsequently without power or heat.
Since my time left in New York City is ending soon, I decided to venture out on the newly functioning F train, and see what all the fuss is about.
Here is an abridged version of my hurricane hiatus in Instagrams.
1. Hours before things, to use the parlance of our times, got real, weather-wise, I visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which also conveniently doubles as Hobnail Heaven, as seen in the photo above. But seriously, if you have an unending affinity, like me, for dishes and all things domestic, visiting the Luce Center Visible Storage in the American Wing is like being a NASCAR fan at Talladega.
2. During the storm I spent most of my time huddled against the furthest interior wall of my bedroom, which is coincidentally the same size as my mattress, ferociously reading Twitter updates from Mayor Bloomberg and becoming unexpectedly addicted to the Texas Football TV drama, Friday Night Lights. Together, Tami Taylor and I got through Sandy, and she is now my power animal, y’all.
3. I celebrated voting for President Obama via absentee ballot with a Nutella crepe at Crespella. It was delicious, just like his reelection.
4. I caught up with my friend Molly Roth at Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn for some pie therapy. Here is my slice of maple-buttermilk custard; it’s hipper than I could ever hope to be.
5. I had a wildly expensive lunch at the Museum of Modern Art’s Cafe 2 before spending the next four hours attempting to view some genuine masterpieces and weaving through hordes of European tourists and Chinese students armed with point-and-shoot cameras. The top photo is of butternut squash soup with lentils and two chocolate chunk cookies; the bottom is a piece of bruschetta with buffalo mozarella and olive-pine nut tapenade and another with ricotta, sliced beets and tarragon.
6. I became moderately dehydrated climbing up and down all six flights of stairs at ABC Carpet and Home in the Flatiron District.
7. I made sure 30 Rock is a real place. Now I can fully picture Kenneth Parcell’s workplace.
8. I went to Williamsburg with Ben Dillon, a fellow Mizzou Tiger I’ve known since we were high schoolers hanging around the music scene in Wichita, Kansas. We tried to recreate our last trip to Williamsburg when we went to Brooklyn Brewery, drank $20 worth of beer tokens and stuffed our faces with mac ‘n’ cheese and pork at Mabel’s Smokehouse. Both places were closed, so in true Midwestern fashion we said screw it, and got some donuts.
9. I had a honkin’ piece of lasagna bolognese and a glass of red wine at Mario Batali’s cathedral for all things Italian, Eataly. Eating lasagna, drinking wine and staring at cured meat around noon happens to be a great cure for writer’s block and numerous other afflictions.
10. I fueled up for my walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Washington Square at Smorgusburg, which is a weekend food market set up in the tabacco warehouse at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It would also serve as wonderful field research if you were studying the patterns of the the greater New England hipster. Lord, the Peter Pan collars and straw fedoras. Anyhoo, the food was some of the best I’ve had since arriving in New York.
First, I had two steamy buns from Bite Size Kitchen, one with braised pork belly, pickled jalapeno, cucumber, scallions and hoison, and the other with duck and other crazy good things I didn’t take note of because I was too busy eating them. Next I had fried anchovies Jersey-style (heads on) with paprika mayo and pickled carrots from Bon Chovie, and then I finished it all off with yet another donut because I have been asking myself “what would Liz Lemon eat?” far too often. This one was cafe-au-lait flavored from Dough, a donut shop with the adorable catch phrase “We fry in Bed Stuy.”
11. Now, that the hiatus is over, I spend spare minutes at work scavenging for free things on giveaway tables like cookbooks, seasonal Dogfish Head beer and imitation Nutella. Or I find time to taste test three different kinds of stuffing from the test kitchen.
Four weeks left…