We're thinking maybe an "indoors clam bake" might be the way to go for an upcoming housewarming party. Wouldn't it be a cute theme? We're thinking rope-wrapped napkins and silverware, locally collected shell escort cards (with handwritten names on them like when we were kids), a big red ice-filled cooler of drinks, candles on sand in glass votives, the obvious menu of lobster, clams and corn and beach towels in the bathroom. All food, wine and design things beachy!
Some friends are calling it the end of en era. After almost 20 years in New York City, we're moving to New Canaan, CT. However, after 20 years in the bustling center of it all, we're excited about a new adventure. We'd prefer to think of it as the start of something different; change is good. We'll miss being able to have delicious dinners delivered (up 4 flights) to our door, Central Park, the smartest, most driven people ever, the noise (well, maybe not the noise) and the uniqueness of every day here. Plus the immediate access to the greatest food, wine and design resources in the universe!! But we're looking forward to discovering New England. We love our new home, our working fireplace which we expect to use all the time, a friendly neighborhood, a quaint downtown, being a block from the train to Manhattan, more space, lower prices, parks, shops and having a car nearby. CT is home to great people, beautiful places and unbelievable food, wine and design! We hope that you'll come with us at www.foodwineanddesign.com to New Canaan, CT to check it all out! Fingers crossed for a successful move. And hey, let's keep in mind that the city will always welcome us back! It's very forgiving after all.
Rather than dwell on the terrible storm damage the Hudson Valley suffered about a month ago, and the thousands of dollars Food Wine and Design will have to pay to have the dangerous "widow makers" clipped from the tops of our now-sad looking trees, etc. etc., we thought we'd focus on sweeter things. Food Wine and Design thought cupcakes were in order, yes...again (see Crumbs Bake Shop Cupcakes posted November 10, 2010 at http://www.foodwineanddesign.com/blog/2010/11/crumb-bake-shop-cupcakes.html.html). This time we sought out yellow cupcakes with vanilla frosting. We grabbed one from the Irving Farm Coffee Company in the village of Millerton, NY. We love this spot for a quick sandwich right in the middle of all the village action. Then we made our way over to check out Back in the Kitchen (great name!!), Peggy McEnroe's newly opened and wonderfully designed and decorated cafe' (January) in Amenia, NY.
See photos of the sweet treats above. The cupcake from Back in the Kitchen is on the left and the cupcake from Irving Farm is on the right. Yum!! Cupcakes are always great, but if we're picking strengths here FWandD would mix the moist and delicious yellow cake (i.e., the bottom of the cupcake) from Back in the Kitchen with the sweet, rich vanilla frosting and multi-colored sprinkles (i.e., the top of the cupcake) from Irving Farm. And isn't "the mixing" what's great about the Amenia/Northeast/Millerton/etc. area after all? It's a wonderfully eclectic area where people from all walks of life mix together sharing a vast array of foods, arts, activities, causes and defense of the environment while local businesses support each other. Coincidentally, we understand that Peggy McEnroe used to bake for Irving Farm. See what we mean?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Don't forget to have a cupcake!
Good friends of FWandD suggested that we document the building of our new mantel shelf. This is the before photo. Our fireplace has probably looked this way since 1988. Thanks to FWandD husbands, brothers, friends, sisters-in-law and fathers...and a three-day weekend get-together...this DIY project took shape very nicely. We used the following link on the diynetwork.com site with deviation as needed and as laziness required. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-make-a-hollow-plywood-mantel/index.html The men at work. We let them keep the game on so they'd stay motivated. Just kidding.
The finished mantel! Thanks for the labor of love guys! We'll cherish our new home for local artists' work (we're thinking of a horse painting...or maybe a local barn), candles, photos and of course holiday decorations.