Thursday, May 5, 2016


 I have never really been one to go out on Cinco De Mayo - that AND there are no , really not one, Mexican restaurants around here. So, a community dinner for Honeoye Falls at St Johns.

did not mean it was going to be a dry May 5th !
and really good food! ( really, really good - Virginia is a great cook )
 I was asked to make this :

which  you can sort of see at the end of all the food in the above photo.
It was good, if I make it again, and I think I will, Ill add some chili, it needed spice, but when cooking for a large crowd, you really can't. ALSO!; Annatto oil stains everything!
a good crowd.


The view from home plate from the new Atlanta Braves Cobb County Stadium. 

Grandly overlooking an Applebys and a Banana Republic out on the new Mall of Baseball.
Kansas City should have sent the designer of this monstrosity a muffin basket, 
for being the new worst view in the MLB

 Im not saying that it had to be the best view ( or maybe SF ) like here in St Louis
 or this one I have driving by often, Pittsburgh

or the one I have been to the most after Turner Field, 
Toronto . ( which is only good when the dome is open, closed it sucks )

The AJC was feeling all catty when the Liberty Media's released their proud new view 
and came out with 

Best and worst views in Major League Baseball parks


Have not seen a thing live and in person this year, cancer and all....
Should be the year of the pride of Hunter College High School, Lin-Manuel Miranda 's Hamilton. It has been a long time since Broadway went this ga-ga over a show. 15 years really with THE PRODUCERS. The show that I did want to make it down to see was the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening . But its gone.

A record setting year on Broadway.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Neil cooked!
Steak and Peppers

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology

The yearly MET GALA - that unlike most other fashion event is about something! Raising money for the costume institute of the Metropolitan Museum.
From the MET website :
The Costume Institute's spring 2016 exhibition, presented in the Museum's Robert Lehman Wing, will explore how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.
With more than 150 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present, the exhibition will address the founding of the haute couture in the 19th century, when the sewing machine was invented, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand (manus) and the machine (machina) at the onset of mass production. It will explore this ongoing dichotomy, in which hand and machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the relationship and distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum's first floor and ground level will present a series of case studies to unravel the hand/machine conundrum. At the center will be an installation of toiles and prototypes presented as garments in the making or "monuments to ideas." Emanating from this presentation will be a series of rooms based on traditional m├ętiers of the haute couture, including embroidery, featherwork, artificial flowers, pleating, lacework, and leatherwork, which will be presented alongside versions that incorporate innovative processes, such as 3D printing, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, laser cutting, and ultrasonic welding. A room dedicated to the ateliers of tailoring and dressmaking will reflect the traditional division of a maison de couture.

yeah yeah yeah, no one cares ( even though I do hope to get down and see the exhibit, I usually do ) all anyone wants to know is who wore what. Way too many to put on here, so just dive into VOUGE yourself

Met Gala 2016: Fashion—Live From the Red Carpet

When the k+b stated I did a lot of red carpet coverage - because no one else really was doing it. Now its everywhere and I am a lazy blogger, so Im just posing a link. I will say there was A LOT  of just crap on those iconic stairs last night. A little good, and it was a vague topic at best.

The one photo I will post:


A nice little passion fruit sorbet

After the excess and poor choices of last nights Met Gala dive into close to the exact opposite.

King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday 

( people who own their own diamonds )

Monday, May 2, 2016