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(5) Things we love…#22

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  1. Listening to: If I were ever asked to name the “perfect” song, I think I would go with Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”. It might not be my favorite song ever but I love its build-up and it never fails to move me (as sofagirl would say, I have a penchant for miserable buggers). Leonard Cohen has a new album coming out sometime soon and I heard the lead single on the radio, “Almost Like the Blues”. It’s more spoken poem than song really but the lyrics are some of the best he has ever written.

    Fried swiss chard
    Just out of the fryer
  2. Re-purposing: Just when I thought my mother had taught me every single dish she has ever made, here came this surprise a few nights ago. While making a Swisschard filling for a batch of ravioli, she kept the stems, boiled them and then fried them tempura-style. And they were deliciously addictive. Use the largest part of the stems, 2” to 3 “ long. Boil them in salted water for a few minutes until slightly softened. Drain and dry thoroughly. Combine some flour, salt and fizzy water (or light beer) in a bowl, until you have a batter the consistency of a loose pancake batter. Dip the chard stems into it and fry in a few inches of very hot vegetable oil until golden. Eat immediately with a sprinkle of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.

    JCrew rain boots
    They call them rain boots – wellies is a much better word
  3. Waiting for the rain: When my sister was here, I took her to the clothing mecca every Italian looks forward to: JCrew, where we spotted a pair of Chelsea wellies. I have a fondness forwellies and I eagerly await the rain every winter so I can don the $20 pink paisley pair I bought in Venice at the onset of an epic downpour. I also love Chelsea boots so I might have to squirrel away the $60 these cost. Why ruin a perfectly good pair of shoes when plastic can be so fashionable?

    The corner where I sat
  4. When in New York: On my last trip to New York, I cancelled dinner reservations at a posh restaurant and opted for a drink and a munchie at the venerable Bemelmans at the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side, where waiters are white-gloved professionals and the only thing missing is the cigarette smoke of old. Besides enjoying a delectable cocktail while listening to some jazz, this bar merits a visit just to stare at the walls for a couple of hours. It was too dark to take pictures of the wondrous Ludwig Bemelman’s murals of the adventures of Madeline, you will have to live with the memory of them. Kennedy used to drink here and the hotel is where he purportedly carried on his affair with Monroe. Mick Jagger still maintains an apartment and every jazz venerable has played at the bar.

    Andrew Myers
    Image courtesy of Andrew Myers
  5. Art spotting: I wrote about Andrew Myers, a Southern California artist, in the infancy of this blog. I just came across this Converse he made out of screws and was reminded why I love his work so much.


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  1. silvia

    Your mum is a genius. Have to try it asap. Never heard or tasted it before.
    Triplo gnammi!

    September 7, 2014
  2. $60 seems outrageously absurd for wellies. I think the Venetian version is probably much more chic (because who does shoe design better than Italians). 😉

    September 5, 2014
    • True. You are paying for the brand. My wellies were bought from a 100 year old woman with a hole in the wall shop. Did not enquire too closely….shudder to think they were probably made in China…

      September 5, 2014
  3. All good things to have as favorites. I just listened to Leonard Cohen reading “Almost Like the Blues” (sans music) on the digital edition of The New Yorker last night.

    September 5, 2014
    • I heard it too in The New Yorker (incidentally, one of my biggest pleasures). Listen to it with the music. Loved it.

      September 5, 2014

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