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October 15, 2008

Wedding: Licensed!


Last Friday Morning, Tammi and I braved the bureaucracy of the City of New York, pale flourescent lights and surly city workers to obtain our Marriage License. We're nearly there, which feels great and terrifying at the same time. Terrifying only because there's quite a bit left to do and mere weeks to get it completed.


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I first heard about Porchetta, a month ago when Eric sent me a link via IM with the sweetest piece of food porn I had seen in ages. A gorgeous shot of Porchetta's pork sandwich that far surpasses the crappy cameraphone shots in this post. We both clearly had to have it.

So, when they opened, I snuck out of midtown and took a long lunch to meet up with Eric and check it out.

The space is infinitesimal and any publicity at all will doom it to lines much longer than I can ever tolerate. Luckily, we beat the food blogs to it - if only by minutes.

We sat in the window on two of the handful of stools at the counter, loving the crunch of a few pieces of cracklins that topped the sandwich and the fragrant herbiness that underscored every bite into my sandwich. It was small and gone far too soon, but it was amazing.
I also picked here and there at the roasted potatoes, which were allegedly mixed with burnt ends that I never found.

While we ate, a woman with a camera and a tall, grey-haired man walked up to the shop. The camera was an SLR and immediately caught my attention more than the people until Eric said, "That's Ed Levine."

As we ate, his group and the chef, Sara Jenkins chatted in front of the store. I'll skip the foodblog, 'celebrity' gawking and fast forward to late that night or the next, when I found myself on Serious Eats, not as a contributor but as a part of the scenery.


October 13, 2008

Deity Art Show

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In another display of serendipity this weekend, I planned to meet up with Tammi and our friend Mandy Saturday evening having no idea that there was going to be an art show starting right when I got there.

It turned out that a group named fokus was hosting a gallery show of John Wright, whose work I don't really know and AV One, who I've seen all over town for ages. I got to meet AV One and talk briefly, which was great after all these years of shooting his stuff and seeing his art on Flickr.

I somehow always manage to miss these art openings, so I was really happy to finally have one fall in my lap. It was a good time, I hope to finally start going to more.

Brooklyn: Panamanian Day Parade

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We had surprisingly good weather last weekend here in New York. Hopefully not for the last time, we had temperatures in the low to mid--70's with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky.

I took the opportunity to go for a bike ride around Brooklyn and found myself running into the Panamanian Day Parade in Crown Heights. I stood there for an hour watching the marching bands and flag wavers and men and women in traditional outfits.

Check out the Photos on Flickr.


October 11, 2008

Antics 08: Bargain Hunting

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The crowd in front of Brooklyn Industries dug through mountains of discounted clothing looking for a good deal.

October 10, 2008

Antics 08: Obama Jama

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Antics 08: Jolie's Roasted Pigs

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Antics 08: Belly Dancing

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As always, the stage on the corner of Atlantic and Clinton hosted Middle Eastern performances, including Belly Dancers throughout the day.

October 9, 2008

Antics 08: Gastrofreaks

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I caught this guy walking around wearing pig ears and a tail attached to his hat.

As I was taking his picture, I heard him telling someone, "Yep, they're real - and tasty!"

He was promoting something called Gastrofreaks.com, a site that seems to be very much in progress. At the Antic, they were selling "Obama Burgers," one of about a million Obama-hyping signs and products shilled on Sunday.


Antics 08: Building on Bond

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The longest line I saw all day was in front of the stand for Building on Bond

From Politician to TV Judge in 2 years

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Allow me a little schadenfreude. Jeanine Pirro, whose foibles and failed campaigns entertained me on Gothamist a couple years ago, is now yet another TV judge.

Antics 08: The Best Shwarma

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I was very disappointed to be too full by the time I made it to this shwarma stand, near Clinton. I've only ever had it at the antic and never figured out if this stand is affiliated with any particular restaurant. The meat is juicy and spicy and making me hungry just looking at the photo.

I'll have to investigate further next time I'm in the area.

October 8, 2008

Souvenirs: Transformers

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Here's a bit of geekiness for the fanboys out there.

Last year in Tokyo, Tammi and I passed through the Anime Museum, which was more like an anime store in Akihabara and I found these awesome Transformers toys.

The Transformers were pretty much the coolest thing around when I was a kid, so I snatched them both up.

The coolest aspect to me are the little differences. Optimus Prime is called Convoy, a much more descriptive name, when you think about it. He's also listed at "Cybertron Commander," while Megatron is the "Destron Leader." There's no mention of the Autobots and Decepticons that every boy knew in 1984.

The Revoltech series also includes figures from other famous animated series, including Evangelion and other robot-focused titles. It's cool stuff.

Antics 08: Mai's Chicken Curry

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Mai is a Southeast Asian place that we've gotten snacks from in past Antics, but never actually gone to for a meal.

I headed for their stand just to get a skewer of Chicken Satay but then I saw the Chicken Curry and went for that. The curry was really interesting here. The sauce was more of a thick, spicy peanut sauce than a typical curry. I enjoyed it, especially with a cold Singha to wash it down.

I really enjoyed it and hope to make it there for a meal in the near future.

Antics 08: Last Exit Burlesque

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Last Exit had burlesque dancers on stage during the music performances and, unlike previous years, I'm pretty sure the dancers were all women.

Antics 08: Cask Ale Fest Coming

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We took a break from the crowds to have a seat and a drink at The Brazen Head and I came across Alex Hall of the Gotham Imbiber putting up fliers for the next Cask Ale Festival.

So, heads up to all the cask fans, the second weekend of November is the time, starting Friday the 7th at noon until the night of Sunday the 9th.

For background on the festival and cask ales, see my original post as well as last year's post on the November fest.

Antics 08: Bus Festival

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A few years ago the Transit Museum, decided to take advantage of the crowds of Atlantic Antic by hosting their annual Bus Festival on the same day.

Just like the thrill of wandering through the museum itself, seeing the train cars of my youth and earlier, the bus fest is always exciting for the change to walk through the old 'fishbowl' buses that were in use when I was a kid.

There are other buses there, but invariably, these are the ones that make me want to wade through the crowds of children running from bus to bus.

Below are the old blue benches that run along the perimeter of the buses:


October 7, 2008

Atlantic Antic 2008

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Last Sunday Tammi and I spent the day at Atlantic Antic, one of my favorites Brooklyn events since I was a kid. I hope to have time this week to post about the various events, attractions and observations we came across this year.

Photos posted here.