For free Friday part two, I decided to wander around an area of the city I don't get to very often -- the east village. After my morning greenmarketing and a lunch of stewed collards and cranberry beans with sourdough rye croutons, I made my way downtown. My new camera arrived yesterday so I brought it along to experiment with. It's a digital SLR, quite a departure from the tiny point-and-shoot I've been using the last few years. It feels substantial in the hands and reminds me of the 35-mm SLR I used during photography classes in high school, which I loved. So much fun to use.
It was a beautiful day - blue skies and temperatures in the mid-50s. Perfect weather for exploring.
Things are sprouting! Spring is springing up. These shoots (crocuses?) inspired me to get some edible sprouts going in the kitchen - green lentil and quinoa. More on those soon.
I passed by Momofuku Milk Bar but did not go in for fear I would be helpless in the face of their Crack Pie and end up in sugar shock.
I stopped at Ost, an espresso bar on east 12th street at Avenue A that I've been wanting to check out.
It's a cute place, with a mellow crowd and friendly baristas. I had a cappuccino at the bar and read the Sicily issue of Saveur. Which made me very hungry.
After Ost I walked a little further south to meet Adena for an early bird dinner at Gabrielle Hamilton's restaurant Prune, on east 1st street between 1st and 2nd Ave. I'd like to read her memoir soon.
I ordered a pink drink called an Italian Greyhound, a blend of ruby grapefruit juice and vodka with rosemary. Bright and fruity and refreshing. Adena had a Junipero gibson (in the background), intense and herbaceous and finished with a house-pickled pearl onion. We loved the glass it was served in - very Mad Men.
Enjoy the weekend, and remember to spring ahead!