Cooking and Shoes

Recently I’ve started cooking more.  This is a result of not having any work to do and of having someone for whom to cook.  I figure, I enjoy food, I enjoy reading about food, and eating out is expensive: might as well hone my kitchen skills.

Last night I made some recipes I found on SmittenKitchen, one of my new favorite food blogs (tons of fun recipes, with photographs to aid potential success):

Spanish tortilla with artichokes, potatoes, and red peppers.

Julienned (is that a word?) zucchini with toasted almonds.

Both dishes were supremely delicious, very easy to make, and helped use up the food I am trying to dispose of before I leave for two months.  We topped the zucchini with some crumbled parmeggiano regiano, which gave it a nice saltiness.  Even flipping the tortilla wasn’t disastrous, though I had some help.  I’d like to try to keep cooking in New York so that I can bring more than peanut butter sandwiches with me to work for lunch (Orangette, another one of my fun new food blog obsessions, has some nice brown bag options).  This will be a test of will, clearly.

Mm, leftover tortilla.  Looked really nice last night, but still tastes fine today!
Mm, leftover tortilla. Looked really nice last night, but still tastes fine today!

So the other activity I have been participating in frequently, save for tearing through A Clash of Kings, the second 1,000 page book in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (soon to be on HBO with Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister!), is packing.  And rearranging.  And then re-packing.  Right now I am at one large suitcase and two smaller suitcases.  I will be living out of one of the smaller suitcases during an interim period before I can move into my sublet.  The other smaller suitcase, which will also be a carry one, is primarily filled with shoes.  And belts.  And jewelry.  But mostly shoes.

I’m mildly embarassed to be devoting a whole suitcase to shoes.  However, I will be in the city for the entire summer and will need shoes for work and play.  Also, shoes are heavy, and giving them their own home helps avoid the risk of having an overweight suitcase (I hate it when that happens).   Still, having three rolly suitcases makes me feel a little princessy, which is a title I try to avoid.

A suitcase to live out of, although the Ice Bats seem to have conquered.
A suitcase to live out of, although the Ice Bats seem to have conquered.
Guess which suitcase has the shoes?
Guess which suitcase has the shoes?

Anyhow, that’s what I have been doing.  I leave tomorrow evening!  Very excited!

P.S.: What show should I see first?  I plan on hitting TKTS as soon as possible.

P.P.S.: Thanks in advance to Pine View friend Santosh and his roommate for housing my princessy self and the princess’ three suitcases for the interim period before my sublease starts!

Sorry Show Showdown!

Of course the title of the theatre blog I love came to me last night as I was drifting off to sleep:  Show Showdown.

These men see lots of theatre, and write about it.  I’d like to do that!  Their reviews are brief and occassionally funny and always to the point.  Glad I found this blog again…

Urban Planning

Since I’ve had minimal to do for the past two and a half weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at NY-related sites.  I’ll be honest, most of these involve food.  Because I love food.  However my goal this summer is to spend money only on theatre and museums and maybe clothes and to spend minimally on food.  I call this the Feed-the-Spirit-and-Mind-Deprive-the-Body Diet.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Anyhow, here are some of the many sites I have been purusing!

Time Out NY Summer Calendar : For the obvious reasons.  A nice jumping point to a very busy location.

Guest of a Guest:  Just because. Also good for keeping an eye on the social calendar.

Serious Eats, New York: A food blog with a specific mini-blog on food in New York.  I really want to go to Koreatown and have me some shaved ice.  Yes.

There was this fabulous theatre blog I used to read where three men saw as many shows as possible and blogged about all of them, but I lost the link.  If anyone remembers what that blog was called, please send it to me!

Broadway World : Self explanatory.

These are just a few of many, and if you have any suggestions please let me know!  The Dilettantista wishes to dabble in all things, and will happily hop about on cyberspace in order to sample from the buffet.