scenes from the weekend

I have been getting pretty lazy about taking photos lately, but that should change next week– I’m headed to New York City! It will be my first trip there and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am. I’ve been browsing the Manhattan and Brooklyn guides on Design*Sponge and the  guide to NYC Joanna (A Cup of Jo) shared last week, but if you have any recommendations for things we must see or eat or do while we’re there I’d love to hear them!

Anywho, back to this weekend. Saturday was a crazy day of errands (shopping, hair cut, cake deliveries) before running home to make a dish for a dinner party we were invited to. Some friends who are really into food and wine started a dinner club of sorts; every two months the group gets together at someone’s house to put on a six-course wine pairing dinner. The host provides the wine and every person/couple is in charge of a course that pairs with the provided wine (we were given tasting notes ahead of time). This weekend my friend Lauren was hosting and one of the couples was unable to attend, so Nolan and I were invited to round out the group. We were in charge of the pasta course, and the theme being ‘fall harvest’ we made a butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce. Everyone brought their A game and it was seriously one of the better meals I’ve had! We had poached pear salad, ravioli, roasted duck with a coconut cherry compote, braised lamb with pomegranate reduction, a cheese course, and pumpkin pie, each paired with wonderful wines (I couldn’t even begin to remember what we had). Needless to say, we were in a bit of a food and wine induced coma on Sunday and spent the day recovering, watching Sports Night (so! good!) and snuggling with the kitties. I caught them taking a nap on the same side of the couch, cuties.

4 Responses to “scenes from the weekend”

  1. 1 Erin from Bklynstitch October 3, 2011 at 8:35 am

    You should definitely check out the Brooklyn Flea in Clinton Hill or Williamsburg and I recommend eating at the Lodge in Williamsburg. Hope you have a great trip!

  2. 2 Jayna October 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    aah! Louis and I watched Sports Night over the summer. We still had cable then, and even after we made it through the first season, I was always confusing the title with Sports Center. So when he would suggest we watch Sports Night after dinner, I would balk and start to make some excuse before realizing he wasn’t suggesting an evening of ESPN.
    We started watching Good Guys (with Colin Hanks and the bad guy from Billy Madison) after we finished SportsNight, and I was so excited to see Jeremy as their antagonist in one of the last episodes! Kind of creepy, though…to suddenly see him looking 20 years older
    Yay! for New York, how exciting! I’d been reading the
    posts on Cup of Joe and wishing I could make a trip there. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  3. 3 Jessica October 4, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Tipsy Parsons is a must. Go visit the High Line and then have brunch at Tipsy’s. I’m convinced someone in charge is from North Carolina because they have a Cheerwine cocktail on the menu.

    Another good spot is Mexicana Mama, which is a hole in the wall, probably 15 seats total, cash only. Haynes and I visit everytime we are in NYC. Get the Chile Rellenos with Green Rice.

    You are going to have so much fun, enjoy your trip!

  4. 4 casey October 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    yep, those raviolis look amazing. feel free to share the recipe!

    as for New York, I’m with Erin, check out Brooklyn Flea. And if the weather is nice, walk the High Line.

    for food, there’s so much but the last time I was there I enjoyed:
    Tacombi: (a taco bar that’s inexpensive) and I can’t remember the name of the other places. If they come to me I’ll let you know.

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