You’re a Peach

August 3, 2009

k1207727If you like peaches, this would be the time to indulge. It’s peak season for the delicious fuzzy orbs. They are juicy so I always pack a napkin or two along with mine.

Tonight I made a wholly unexpected salad, courtesy of Mark Bittman, starring a ripe and juicy peach. (I had forgotten I wanted to try this salad until my friend Jen reminded me at lunch about it.) This serves 2 as an appetizer or side dish (I assigned the quantities, so feel free to play around based on your own taste buds):

1 ripe peach

1 ripe tomato or about 12 grape tomatoes, halved

Quarter of a red onion, slivered

Cilantro, olive oil and red pepper flakes (to taste)

Juice from half a fresh lime

Dice the peach (skin on), dice the tomato or halve the grape tomatoes. Put in a bowl. Add in slivers of about a quarter of a red onion. Pick off and add a handful of cilantro, more or less depending on how much you like it. Add a few crushed red pepper flakes, a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze in the juice from half a lime. (Bittman says you could use a lemon instead if you prefer.) Toss and serve! Great as a summer starter.

Starry Night

Apparently Jay-Z and Beyonce were shopping for hair products in the Ricky’s (a beauty supply store) by us on Sixth Avenue. Why don’t I ever see A-list celebs? I’m all about B, C, D and below…like yesterday I saw Rachel Ray’s husband in Union Square. (Aren’t you scared that I even know what her husband looks like?) And the other day we sat next to Law & Order‘s S. Epatha Merkerson at lunch. I need a good one next.

Restaurant for Tots

Friday night we headed out in a thunderstorm to Blue Smoke, a good BBQ joint owned by Danny Meyer of Union Square Cafe fame. The fact that we liked it was not surprising; the fact that it is super kid-friendly was great news! Not only do they have a kids menu featuring salmon and ribs (in addition to some usual kid fare like mac and cheese), they give the kids wiki stix when they sit and, after you order, they bring over raw cookie dough in the shape of a pig and sprinkles. The kids decorate their cookie, hand it back over, and they bake it in time to come out with the kids’ desserts. Super cute! The kids loved it. The adult meals are reasonably prices, as well. We’ll definitely go back! (Kids meals are $9.50 for an entree, side dish, dessert and drink. Most adult entrees fall into the $17 – $22 range. Blue Smoke is on 27th Street between Park and Lex.)

Etc.

We went to Sesame Place with our friends on Saturday. Or, as I like to call it, hell on earth. The place is horrible. And I am not an amusement park snob — I think Hershey, for example, is run very well. This place is not built to accomodate the amount of people who were there. Not in the over-chlorinated water, not in the lines to buy tix, not in the lines for lunch, not on the merry-go-round that BROKE DOWN while Addison and I were in line, waiting. Plus they have the nerve to charge $51 to get in, no matter your age. Rip off city, as my dad used to say. Our friends that we went with and Ken and I were having spousal troubles, brought on and exacerbated by the stressful conditions of Sesame Place, but after lunch we went on some fun water rides, and had dinner with the characters in an air-conditioned, controlled setting. So by the time we left we were feeling a bit better about the place. But I still would never go back.

Elmo made it all worthwhile...almost

Elmo made it all worthwhile...almost

Anyway, we’re psyched to be back in nyc for the next week.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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