Stackers for Jane

So I'm not a fan of fast food chains, but a friend sent me this: [youtube=]I completely love it despite it being all about Burger King.  yuck. But then I look back at the drawings and think if Burger King actually ran ads like this I could probably be persuaded to ignore their many, many faults.    
Regardless, I know a certain someone who will appreciate that clip to its full extent.  Man, those burgers look like they are having such a good time. Did you catch the bacon necklace?  

Meatballs and hearts

I ( with a lot of help) made meatballs from scratch last night for the first time: 

Valentine's Day Dinner
Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine's Day Dinner

You might not think  of meatballs first thing when pondering the perfect Valentine's Day dinner, but that would be your loss.  Just look at all that red!  Very festive.  Too bad no one had enough patience to make them heart-shaped.  darn.

Last weekend was all about good friends and good food

Last weekend we went up to Providence.  Not only is it so nice to get out of Brooklyn every once and a while, but Providence is such a nice destination.  But we were no slackers on our "vacation" weekend that's for sure.  We packed in visits with friends, an afternoon at the Atheneum Library, a screening of Juno, lots of food outings, a cookout and even a trip to the YMCA.  
One of the highlights was getting to explore Nina's textile studio at RISD, which also involved a trip to the "yarn room": 

 yarn room yarn room2 

It was amazing. Colors and textures everywhere.  Fabric and string and buttons and looms.  The best part was we got to touch everything.  Almost everything.  I even got some fluffy silver yarn from Nina's stash.   
Did I mention we ate really well that weekend?  Besides the dinner we made at my parents house, which was pretty impressive-- hamburgers, hotdogs, assorted veggies grilled outside, plus salads etc--and the bagel and lox brunch we had with Alissa and Gretchen, and the Meeting Street Cafe cookies Gerald and Skip picked up for us, we went to two great restaurants.  The first was this little place on Benefit Street, Solomon's Korean Market, and the other was far down Atwells Ave, west side territory, called Chilangos. Both were pretty cheap, the food was great and you got tons of it.  And on the way to catch the bus home, my Dad was kind enough to wait in the car while we ran into Geoff's, the sandwich eatery of my childhood.  I'm happy to report that not much has changed, though the pickles seemed smaller and the staff considerably nicer. 
Oh Providence, you are so good to me.  Sigh....


Look what came in the mail the other day: 

Alice Waters

Thanks so much Mum!  We love it!  Surprise packages are so fun.  But a surprise cookbook?! by Alice Waters no less! Well. I read the introduction and first chapter over breakfast (French Press coffee and homemade honey bread.  yes, la di da for me,)  yesterday morning.  Anything Alice Waters reminds me of lunch my mom and I had a couple of years ago at her restaurant, Chez Panisse.  We were visiting my sister and now husband, who live in Berkeley.  My mom treated the two of us to lunch and it was amazing... such a wonderful couple of hours.  We kept looking across the table at each other and groaning at the deliciousness. Oh I do recommend splurging there if you ever get the chance.  I wish I had photos.  I think I took some on my old phone, but I'll have to dig those up.  But in the meantime take a look at these from Flickr.