"All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work … It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions … It’s gonna take awhile … You’ve just gotta fight your way through."

— Ira Glass

Tags: design

Before the summer ends…

… let’s celebrate with a summery color palette for this sun room decor - what says summer more than deep greens and browns, akin to expansive fields of green grass sprinkled with colorful flowers? In this sun room, a harmonious combination of browns and accent greens creates a quaint, elegant and cozy atmosphere. The animal print makes all fun. Tip: the runner is a fine, silk, Indian scarf that had been forgotten in a drawer somewhere.

Biscuit salami (because it looks like salami, but it’s made with biscuits and chocolate cream and it’s sweet)

Hands-on time: 30min | Total time: 30min 

Cream: 1/2cup butter, 1 1/2cup sugar, 3tbs cocoa powder, 1 egg, 1/2cup milk, chopped walnuts and rum.

Biscuits: break biscuits into small pieces and soak in milk.

Stir sugar, cocoa, egg and milk on flame until a thick cream is obtained. Then add the butter and stir until it melts. Finally, add 1/2 teaspoon rum and let cool. Mix cream and milk-soaked biscuits and wrap in clear plastic wrap to make a salami. Let cool in the fridge for several hours. Cut into slices and enjoy!

FNO, 2011. NYC, 5th Avenue.

Things I Found In The City, August 19, 2011

The Rubin Museum of Art in NYC is a new find and a true gem. The museum’s cozy setting provides a soothing ambience for browsing an eclectic collection of exquisite Himalayan art. The artifacts tell fascinating and colorful stories from a foreign and distant place and time. (Admission is free on Friday evenings.)

http://www.rmanyc.org/

It’s summer, the season of delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs. Eat healthy, eat fresh, eat local.
Find your local farmers’ markets here, by entering your zip code: http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/

It’s summer, the season of delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs. Eat healthy, eat fresh, eat local.

Find your local farmers’ markets here, by entering your zip code: http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/

Things I Found In The City, July 20, 2011

1. Giant yellow teddy bear on Park Ave.

2. Central Synagogue on Lexington Ave.

3. & 4. Details on facade of St. Bart’s, Park Ave.

New York is a great place to enjoy the summer. It has a lot to offer to keep even the most demanding summer enthusiast entertained - beaches, rivers and lakes, hiking trails, biking routes, camping, parks, orchards, vineyards and wineries, sailing, boating and fishing, kayaking and canoeing as well as a wealth of cultural offerings for all pocket sizes, from free movie nights on the piers to art galleries to concerts to great food and shopping. Make time to enjoy the summer.

New York is a great place to enjoy the summer. It has a lot to offer to keep even the most demanding summer enthusiast entertained - beaches, rivers and lakes, hiking trails, biking routes, camping, parks, orchards, vineyards and wineries, sailing, boating and fishing, kayaking and canoeing as well as a wealth of cultural offerings for all pocket sizes, from free movie nights on the piers to art galleries to concerts to great food and shopping. Make time to enjoy the summer.

Happy 4th of July from the streets of NYC!

Happy 4th of July from the streets of NYC!

Mother’s day brunch idea. Tried and true.

Baked egg: This is inspired by Martha Stewart’s Easy Florentine Egg Cups, although we skipped the spinach. The baked egg and buttered, toasted bread cooked to perfection in personal ramekins, are the perfect combination for any Sunday morning.

Arugula salad: Baby arugula, sliced strawberries, walnuts, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Combine to taste.

Cheese medley: again, inspired by Jacques Pepin and his genius. Made with Gruyere, Blue cheese and aged Gouda, raisins, honey, lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper. Here, it is served on flat bread. It can be served on thin wheat crackers as suggested by the chef himself. This recipe appears in Jacques’ book Fast Food My Way. Both the recipe and the book are highly recommended. Enjoy!

Hands-on time: 10min | Total time: 10min
[This cake is a take on the Almond cake with berries by the great Jacques Pepin. ]
For simplicity, it can be made with good store-bought butter pound cake and assembled with the sugar-whiskey/rum/cognac syrup, apricot glaze and berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and any other berries). Serve with whipped cream and definitely check out the original recipe here.

Hands-on time: 10min | Total time: 10min

[This cake is a take on the Almond cake with berries by the great Jacques Pepin. ]

For simplicity, it can be made with good store-bought butter pound cake and assembled with the sugar-whiskey/rum/cognac syrup, apricot glaze and berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and any other berries). Serve with whipped cream and definitely check out the original recipe here.