Sunday, August 31, 2008

August 30, 2008 - End of Staycation

Just as I was beginning to worry, He's back.

Peaches are down in price as are tomatoes.

Interesting piece in Newsday about "Dog Days."
In Latin the Romans called them the "caniculares dies,"
or dog days. Over time the connection between late summer heat,
Sirius and the phrase became ingrained into culture.
Now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11

Had one last Summer - Staycation event.
An Appetizer / Beer Crawl.

City Crab, Wildwood and Heartland Brewery.
Beers were Beach Bum Blonde Ale from Anheuser Busch,
Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal stout, Summertime Apricot Ale,
Blue Point Toasted Lager and Spaten Optimator.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Staycation - August 27, 2008

The Wednesday Greenmarket is bigger than Monday.
The Boat "Blue Moon" had some nice Bluefish for $5.75 a pound.
That with fresh Corn and a Tomato/Onion Salad for dinner.
Rogue Ale to accompany.
My favorite Sidewalk Salesman was MIA again.
He may have been asked to leave.


Or Aubergine, as The British call them.
Learned that from the 05/11/2008 NYT Acrostic.

Now $3.00 a pound at Terhune Orchards.
$2, and $1.50 a pound at other stalls.

Staycation - August 26, 2008

Rye Beach, memories of old class trips.
Ye Old Mill is still there but not the Magic Carpet Fun House.
The fun house was destroyed in a fire in 1966.
They do have a Hall of Mirrors.
It is the only government owned-and-operated amusement
park in the United States.

Ye old Mill.



Monday, August 25, 2008

Staycation - August 25, 2008

Went to PS1 in Queens as part of MOMA admission.
Olafur Eliasson ,who did the NYC Harbor Waterfalls, had some interesting stuff.

Olafur Eliasson works at PS1 include: Take your time (2008), Reversed waterfall (1998), Beauty (1993). On view through September 15.


Afterwards, a trip to a new BBQ place ,225 Park Avenue South
at 18th Street,Wildwood.

Great beer menu. Had the 20 oz. Anchor Porter and the
Abita Turbodog.

Carolina Pulled Pork was great but the BBQ Brisket
Sandwich was unsatisfactory.

The Shrimp Quesadilla appetizer was worth
coming back. I spoke to the manager about the Brisket.

From the Anchor web site:"We use specially roasted malts, a top-fermentingBlack Malt yeast, and only fresh whole hops, which are added liberally. All this combines to produce a rich and intense flavor with subtle notes of chocolate, toffee, and coffee."

Friday, August 22, 2008

Staycation - August 22, 2008

DalĂ­: Painting and Film. Exhibit through
September 15, 2008. Museum of Modern Art - MOMA.
This was my first visit to MOMA. It took Dali to get me there.
The Spellbound sequence alone is worth the visit.

Real cool Olivier as Richard III portrait.

Nicholas Lampert Machine-Animal.

Lampert's Web Site.

Terrific outdoor Sculpture Garden.

Wine and beer available at the Garden.
The Coney Island Lager wasn't bad.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Staycation - August 20,2008

Trip to Lake Hopatcong, NJ.


Why a duck?

Of course, some beer was involved.
The Blue Moon is good and was served with an
Orange Peel. Blue Moon is made by Coors.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Staycation - August 19, 2008

Amazon just delivered Season 2 of Perry Mason.
Stayed in and got some good brews for the DVD Fest.

Smooth and delicious.

Magic Hat #9.
A fine Ale.

An upcoming event is NYC Craft Beer Week,
September 12th -21st , 2008.
Beer Week Web Site.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Staycation - August 18,2008

Staycation City. Time to wander around.

Urban Dictionary:

A vacation that is spent at one's home enjoying all that home and one's home environs have to offer.
"Even though I live and work in New York, I don't always get to enjoy all it has to offer, what with my work commitments, but I sure did have an awesome time here during my summer staycation."

Broadway and 109th Street. Great place.
A combination Soul Food and BBQ restaurant.
Red Stripe Beer accompanied Ribs and Smothered Chicken.

Lunch Menu.

The Greenmarket is small on Mondays

Nice sunny day.

Woodstock's 39th anniversary was
just this weekend.

52-02 108th Street, Corona , NY

Pistachio ices with nuts. Bought a pint of Cherry
to eat at home.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

August 16, 2008

Did Summer Streets with a walk to the South Street Seaport.
Waterfalls in the Harbor, a new Public Arts Project. Web-Site.

The Staten Island Ferry going by the Governor's Island Falls.

Still a great Harbor.

Brooklyn Bridge Falls.

Pier 35 Falls.

Topped off with a visit to Puck Fair on 298 Lafayette Street.
Had a nice Smuttynose Abbey Single (Blonde).

Saturday, August 9, 2008

August 9, 2008

Summer Streets. This Saturday and the next
two- August 16 and 23rd. It's wild walking and no cars, even
from the cross-streets.

6.9 miles of no cars. You feel like the city is free.

GreenMarket Report:

Taking a break. Attention must be paid !

Apples in the Sun. Terhune Orchards had
White Peaches for $5 a pound.

Strand Bookstore.

Someone told me it was closing but that
was the Fulton Street Annex. The Flagship is
still afloat.

Picked up this book which was featured
in the 07/20/08 Acrostic puzzle in the Sunday

Cool video a friend cued me into.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

August 2, 2008

Another Turing book from Queens Library.

Restaurant Week has been extended to Labor Day
for over 100 restaurants.
List is at NYC Visit.

PE &DD Seafood. Lunch is Lobster, Squid, Sea Scallops
and Clams. The sauce is Red Peppers, Tomato, Scallion and
Lime with a little wine.

Blackberries were all over the place.
August Berry. White Corn available
again. Tomato prices are going down
$2.95 a pound.

Overcast day , so no hat.

More and more Flowers for sale.