Avocado Anything

posted by on 04.03.2012, under Random, You're Welcome., Yum Yum

I recently saw this post on The Kitchn called 10 ways to eat an avocado for breakfast.

Obviously, it got me thinking.

I made a variation of the Avocado Toast, doing my best to capture the yumminess of the moment with my iPhone.

Avocado Toast

1 – 2 slices of multi-grain bread (toasted or not)
1/4 avocado
1/2 cucumber cut into rounds (with or without skin)
handful cherry tomatoes cut into small rounds and sautéed in 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp light cream cheese for toast (optional)
drizzle with olive oil
a pinch kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

I added scrambled eggs for some extra protein.

Scrambled Eggs

2 eggs scrambled
sprinkle with dill (optional)
a pinch kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

I topped it off with a coffee and a fancy champagne flute of orange juice.  It was a nice way to start the day.



Hello. My name is Marcel.

posted by on 12.17.2011, under Art, Just ... just give up., Writing, You're Welcome.

Oh! The only thing more joyful than watching Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is having a copy of his new children’s book. The independent creator~couple Jenny Slate + Dean Fleischer-Camp are my heros.

Jenny is the perfectly cute voice + Dean is the genius filmmaker. Together they make Marcel. Look at him!

The picture book has a very sweet + vibrant style. Their unique idea for using photorealistic oil paintings totally brings Marcel to life. Amazing artwork by Amy Lind!

I finally downloaded the app + was of course, delighted to find these funny, sketchy animations. Then I just pressed play + listened to the best bedtime story ever!




posted by on 11.26.2011, under Apt/Home, Weddings, You're Welcome.

I adore these ceramic garlands by OUI, a collection of simple, thoughtful products made by Angela Hodgkinson.

All ceramic products are one-of-a-kind and made by hand.

They would make amazing wedding garlands, lovely home décor or unique Christmas gifts.  She also has a beautiful collection of scented soy candles + ceramic candles.

Show some love for Small Business Saturday 🙂





Anthropologie, darling.

posted by on 11.17.2011, under Animation, Holiday wishes, You're Welcome.

It’s the holiday season! Well, I’ve been shopping more than the U.S. average, according to mint.com. I would say slap me, but you can’t fight crazy with crazy.

Last week I was just browsing. Sort of. I lost my way + wandered over to Anthropologie’s site where I discovered the sweetest stop-motion animation ~ which has officially made it to my all time favorites of this genre, second only to Rudolph, The Island of Misfit Toys.

Little ornaments called “The Branch Bunch” come to life as you hover the mouse over their images. Holiday spirit magic.

{just popping up to say, happy holiday!}

{my igloo is your igloo}

{…gifts rule}

{happy, merry, JOY: pass it on}

{…the eggnog effect}

Oh! This is wonderfully done.

Here’s another stop-motion piece for Anthropologie, designed by Creative Director Simon James Lee.

An artist like Mr. Lee knows better than anyone the priceless look that can only come from the use of real objects + photographs.

These fuzzy feelings make me want to buy cute things.


We Are The Tide

posted by on 11.09.2011, under Music, You're Welcome.

we are the tide

Sigh. Why Blind Pilot?

1. Sad music makes me happy + it’s not that it’s even sad, really just so good my heart hurts.

2. We saw them play a small show in New York a while back. The band hung around at the bar after + we almost said some words to them. They were nice when no sound came out.

3. One of their most beautiful songs is 3 Rounds and a Sound. It’s the song Noelle + Pat danced to on their wedding day.

Blind Pilot played Williamsburg last night. Since Noelle couldn’t be there to hear her favorite song, I thought I’d be amazing at her + record it. Watch this little clip to see how my plan is lovingly destroyed.

If you listen closely towards the end, that’s me saying “I’m going to cry.”

They continued to break my heart, carrying their instruments off stage + standing with the audience, unplugged. The audience then sat down to listen. Sat. Down. First ones to do so on this tour. It was beautiful!!

You’re welcome.

When they finished playing, I snapped this. Sneak attack!

blind pilot unplugged music hall of williamsburg

So that’s my memory of a great show by one of my favorite bands. With no recording, it’ll be amazing for as long as I remember it.


The Vegan Stoner

posted by on 09.29.2011, under Food, You're Welcome.

Is my food obsession as endearing  as I think it is? I just stumbled upon the most adorably illustrated cooking blog, The Vegan Stoner. While I’m not vegan, I’ve always admired those who are. I think they said it best in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, “Being vegan just makes you better than everyone else.”

Vegan designers Sarah Conrique and Graham I. Haynes create the concoctions and drawings at their studio, Simple Gestures. And I love them because the last step of every recipe looks something like this:

I don’t know. It’s enough to make me wish I was vegan. I’m definitely going to try out some of these inspired dishes, although I’ll admit I’m afraid to try “veganaise” because, well it’s not mayonnaise. But this Frappe sounds fantastic!

Look at the cornstarch. The corn with the starchy shirt. It’s adorable overload.



Sugar Freak

posted by on 08.11.2011, under Food, Love, You're Welcome.

My love-at-first-sight experience with this place was like a movie scene. I was heading out to grab dinner in my neighborhood. I walked by Sugar Freak, fell on my face mid-double take + forgot all about that other restaurant.

Because Sugar Freak looks like…

There’s just a twinge of guilt when I mentally cheat on my apartment, dreaming daily about this interior design. I want those mismatched chairs + pillows. I want a lamp made from milk bottles + that shabby chic hutch. I want to gut an old TV + turn it into a kitchen cabinet. I want a bucket sink in my bathroom!

Is it shallow that this place was so pretty, I didn’t care what the food tasted like?

That’s only a little bit true. The quaint setting is the perfect place to sip refreshing drinks + savor every tasty bite of homestyle goodness. The menu is Louisiana cookin’, serving yummy classics like spicy jambalaya, mac-n-cheese + all kinds of po’boys. The chess pie dessert, it’s served in a mason jar.

Bradley Hawks of Amuse * Bouche wrote a great article in this month’s issue of Boro Magazine, featuring Sugar Freak as well as 14 other new restaurants that have recently opened in Western Queens, which he calls “The World Kitchen”… it’s apt.



posted by on 02.16.2011, under You're Welcome.

I received a gift (of sorts) in my email the other day from my dear friend, Kelly Sharp.

“For reasons that are entirely my own, I recently searched ‘bitches’ in my gmail archives and found some real gems. It occurred to me that my friends probably also had some gems, so for a few days I asked them (y’all) to search ‘bitches’ in your gmail and send me what came up. As it turns out, what happens when you search bitches is, you find bitches.”

Kelly now has a lovely collection of these findings on her site – it really is the gift that keeps giving.

Take a minute and search your archives — the results are pretty hilarious. If you find something worth sharing, SUBMIT bitches!

Here are some of my favorites…

searchin bitches by kelly sharp

searchin bitches by kelly sharp

searchin bitches by kelly sharp


Hands-free web browsing. Hello, future.

posted by on 12.15.2010, under You're Welcome.

My friend Greg Elliott is an evil genius.  He and Aaron Zinman from MIT’s Media Lab just did a live demonstration on CNN to discuss Depth JS, a web browser extension that allows any web page to interact with the Microsoft Kinect via Javascript for hands-free web browsing.  Depth JS was created by Aaron Zinman, Doug Fritz, Greg Elliott and Roy Shilkrot.

Greg talks more about this on his website.

Also, his most popular project SynchStep is now for sale at iTunes, which I’m going to go buy right now.

Watch the video demo on CNN, it’s insane.  Impressive work, boys.


I thought it was live action.


I should have known better when Patrick showed me this video and asked, “video or CGI?”  I was convinced it was live action until the fruit breaks when it crashes down onto the countertop, where I assumed the artist digitally added the special FX.

“Silestone Above Everything Else”

Everything is CGI, the backgrounds, light, everything.  The talent is Alex Roman.

*His real name is Jorge Seva, but he uses Roman as an artistic alias for indie work, like Tyler Durden.

Production time – 10 weeks with his evil genius sidekick Juan Ángel García Martinez.

Some critics say it’s more to do with computer power than any new skills, but I’ll have to respectfully disagree.  We know that oil paint is a medium that allows us to create photo realistic works of art on canvas but I would say that the ability to do that is more about artistic talent than the paint itself.  Interestingly enough, Roman was trained as a traditional painter in school and just picked up architectural visualization because he’s just THAT good.

And what is important to remember with this commercial spot is that it was done by a super team of two people, where most photo-real CGI is done by teams 10 times that size.

If you have a few minutes to spare, watch Roman’s film Third and Seventh, which he directed, animated and orchestrated the music himself last year.

{via newscientist.com}