Stars and Javelins are two reoccurring themes in the work of Italian sculptor, performance artist and conceptual artist Gilberto Zorio (Born 1944), who is an artist I admit I don’t know much about. I like the reflective qualities of this piece however, and the fact that it is a sculpture mounted on the wall, which is always fun. Crystal Star with Javelins is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Choosing “The Flop” from Austin’s The Black Angels for today’s Video Clip of the Week was a no brainer, to say the least. The awesome clip, which meshes a live performance of the song with hypnotizing graphics, reminds me of an obscure tune from an under-loved 60s band that’s been used to great effect as the soundtrack for the drug / orgy scene from a Mario Bava film. If you know what I’m talking about, great; if not, it doesn’t matter.
“The Flop” comes from The Black Angel’s latest 7-track offering, Clear Lake Forest (on Blue Horizon) which enjoyed a limited vinyl release on Record Store Day, but is now available in a variety of formats, including 12″ clear vinyl, CD and digitally. Visit the band’s webstore at This Link. Enjoy!
The Ace Hotel on West 29th Street recently hosted Faces Of Arnette, debuting the latest collection of optical frames and sunglasses from leading eyewear brand, Arnette.
As a wearer of eyeglasses since I was practically an egg, it is always exciting for me to go shopping for new frames that are cool and sleek but not too crazy.
Arnette has an amazing selection of gorgeous frames that are just my style. What’s also fun is that the styles are named for familiar vocabulary from the music / recording industry.
Guests enjoyed complimentary beer and wine, and snacks, while renowned street artist, Samir Evol performed a live art installation.
Everyone who brought in an eyeglass prescription got to choose a pair of optical frames (to be filled and shipped later) or a cool pair of sunglasses! I can’t wait to receive mine!
Anne and I also captured the moment in a complimentary photo booth while DJ Becka Diamond provided tunes behind the decks.
Thanks again, Arnette, for the fun party and cool new glasses!
George Harrison Memorial Tree Plaque (Image Source)
From Spin Dot Com:
A tree planted to honor of the memory of the Beatles songwriter George Harrison has been killed by actual beetles. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the living local monument fell victim to an infestation of insects that couldn’t be bested. According to Councilman Tom LaBonge, the 10-foot-tall pine planted in 2004 bit the dust only recently, and a new one will be planted in its stead shortly.
Harrison’s last years were spent living in L.A. — he died there at 58 in late 2001, and was cremated at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The so-called George Harrison Tree was accompanied by a plaque reading: “In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener.” It includes a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green”
The plaque (and the forthcoming tree) is located near the city’s famous Griffith Observatory. The memorial has one very glowing review on Yelp (with photos), which now reads more as a eulogy to the tree that was:
On the day I was there, many tourists and visitors, in fact, walked right by it without noticing it at all. There is no signage that leads people to the tree, and the memorial plaque is near the ground and out-of-sight. Furthermore, I didn’t see any buskers or fans with guitars either playing “Here Comes the Sun,” “Something,” or “My Sweet Lord” (or any of Harrison’s many other well known songs). Instead, with my own private thoughts and reflections, I enjoyed that pine tree in peace just as George, I’m sure, would have wanted it.
The idea of Christmas in July has always been exciting to me, because I love the Holiday season, but I also love Summer. So it was extremely fun to be invited to a lovely Holiday-Themed Dinner Party thrown by Swanson and Pepperidge Farm that not only featured delicious foods but also easy cooking tips and beautiful home decorating ideas. Win win win!
Of course, the point of the Holidays in July Campaign is not rush the coming of the season but to point out that it is never too early to start planning!
Swanson and Pepperidge Farm (which are both owned by Campbell Soup Company, a fact I did not previously know) had the event space decorated beautifully complete with seasonally appropriate touches including a Tree, Wreaths and Wrapped Presents — very festive!
Before dinner was served, we all enjoyed a spread of delicious snacks, including this insane Brie En Croute made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.
Look at this gorgeous thing. Just look at it.
Pre-dinner cocktails included a signature drink, the Gingerbread Martini, topped with a Pepperidge Farm Gingerman Cookie! You would not believe how delicious and refreshing this cocktail was.
Nothing gets your guests excited for a delicious holiday meal quite like a beautifully set table. Mixing Christmas ornaments in with fresh flower arrangements really brings the seasonal atmosphere into your home.
And look, somebody made a Gingerbread Cookie House from a variety of Pepperidge Farm Cookies!
Here’s what was on the evening’s menu:
Herb Roasted Turkey and Pan Gravy with Swanson Chicken Stock.
Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Swanson Beef Stock.
Here’s a fun presentation suggestion: serve two different kinds of potatoes side by side in the same dish! Above, you’ll see a Sweet Potato and Parsnip Puree nestled alongside ultra creamy traditional Mashed Potatoes. All vegetables were cooked in Swanson Chicken Broth instead of water, which simply enhances the flavor of the food without imparting a chicken taste to the finished dish. This is a tip I am definitely going to put into practice, because the results are outstanding.
Check out this rich Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese topped with crushed Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers. Kids (and Adults) will flip over this!
Three varieties of stuffing included (Left to Right):
Caramelized Onion with Pancetta and Rosemary Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing and Swanson Chicken Broth.
Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing.
Baked Apple Cranberry Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Unseasoned Stuffing and Swanson Chicken Broth. (My Favorite).
Sausage Cornbread Stuffing made with Pepperidge Farm Cornbread Stuffing.
There was also an assortment of Pepperidge Farm Bake at Home Breads and Stone Baked Artisan Breads.
After a huge feast like the one I’ve just talked about, everyone needed a bit of a rest before dessert. Everyone was invited into the kitchen to watch one of Pepperidge Farm’s in-house chefs demonstrate how easy it is to make desserts with the brand’s best-selling Puff Pastry!
Puff Pastries topped with Fresh Fruit.
Puff Pastries filled with Nutella and topped with Hazelnuts.
And last but not least, Bananas Foster Pudding topped with a layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies! Delish!
Get recipes mentioned in this post and more by downloading Pepperidge Farm’s Holiday Recipe Booklet at This Link! Happy Holidays!
At last month’s Summer Food Fete, we discovered a few favorite new specialty foods, one being a South African cured, dried meat snack called Biltong – which is very tasty – from an indie company called Jonty Jacobs.
Jonty Jacobs is so crazy about Biltong (the owners are from South Africa) and so convinced that New Yorkers will love it as well, that they have just opened a small Biltong and gourmet packaged food shop on Christopher Street, in the heart of the West Village.
The Jonty Jacobs brick and mortar shop will allow patrons to custom-order their biltong by choosing the type of biltong (traditional, grass-fed or aged), lean or traditional, with or without spice and cut-style (chunks, shreaded or – for the aged biltong – prosciutto-style thin-cut).
We attended the shop’s soft opening in early July and had the chance to further sample not only their Biltong and other dried meat products, but to also enjoy wine pairings from the Mandela family vineyard and delicious South African style braai (BBQ)!
South African chef and entrepreneur Hugo Uys (whom Jonty Jacobs has retained to consult on menu development) was on hand to grill up some delicious sausage and kebabs.
The store will also offer prepackaged droewors (dried beef sausage) available with or without spice, boerewors (south-african style sausage) available in regular beef, grass fed, lamb or pork, sosaties (marinated and skewered meat) available in all beef, beef, lamb and pork or lamb and beef. Additionally, they will carry a select range of truffle products, caviar, cheese, smoked fish, dips and South African snacks such as cookies, chocolate, dried fruits and teas.
Surely Jonty Jacobs can be to South African expats what Meyers of Keswick is to NYC’s transplanted British!
Jonty Jacobs is located in the heart of the West Village at 114 Christopher Street (between Bleeker & Hudson), NYC. Visit them on the web at Jonty Jacobs Dot Com for Store Hours and More Information.