As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I hang out at home a lot for a New Yorker. There are a variety of reasons for this but mainly the reality is that most of my money goes towards rent and my school debt (God help me) so there’s not a whole lot left over to play with. Especially when play in New York costs $12 – $15 a cocktail and $30 an entree (Ouch. Always, OUCH). And while our rent is higher than others, our apartment is also bigger. In fact, by New York standards it’s pretty palatial which has a lot to do with why I’m so happy to hang out there. There’s a garden, an actual kitchen with real counter space, a fairly sizable living room, and a claw foot tub. And cocktails! Why would I ever leave? So I pretty much don’t.
Basically, if you want to see me, then find a kick ass cheap happy hour to meet up post work. Otherwise, I’m that annoying person who always just tells my friends to come over to my apartment.
All that being said – the apartment needs a lot of work. So weekends lately have been all about home improvements. This weekend, was the back room. Or as I like to call it – the garden room. It was an addition to the original apartment and faces the garden/backyard, with no one sharing any walls, so it’s unbelievably quiet and peaceful. For the past six months it’s been used as storage but we decided it was finally time to turn it into a livable space. So we painted:
Not too shabby, huh? We decided on yellow as that room catches a lot of great light during the day and yellow is in general a pretty pleasing color to people. The room is very much a work in progress but painting it transformed it so we’re really happy. Next up – getting curtains, replacing a very modern desk with a more rustic looking one, getting better bedding, hanging some photos, getting a lamp or two, and on and on. So basically, if ever there’s a doubt for what to get me for Christmas, birthdays, etc – get me a gift certificate to Pottery Barn.
This weekend we also attempted our first rack of lamb roast which turned out pretty well.
The lamb came out on the rare side of the spectrum but better too rare than overcooked. Lamb is tricky and if you cook it past medium rare it’s pretty much ruined (in my opinion) so I was glad we remained cautious. I definitely want to try again to get it just right but, for our first try, I’d say it was a pretty good roast dinner all around.
This coming weekend there will be no new roast as Sunday will be spent all day at the Great Googa Mooga Festival in Brooklyn! Should be a super fun day outside eating the best NYC has to offer. I can’t wait. But there’s no way (and no reason) to cook after that kinda day.
Knowing me, there will be a lot of picture taking so I’ll post pics of all the food, vendors, Brooklynites, and all around good fun. My personal goal is to find as many French vendors as possible so I can write an article about it. And so I can eat all the French food…I’m so predictable. Wish me luck!