Since doing a (very small) batch of Vanilla Pear Jam at Jen's a couple of weeks ago, I've been wanting to try canning something else.
Chris and I had a great trip to New York. His show was a success, (the boys even got to meet the art critic from the NY Times!), and the show looked really lovely.
It was nice to finally meet the staff at Giant Robot. They were all very friendly and had fun tips to keep us busy in the city.
Some of the best street signs I've ever seen
The first meal we had in the city was at Caracas, a Venezuelan arepas bar. Erica and John had recommended that we meet up for lunch before they took off for their honeymoon to New Zealand. It was nice to see them, and they also had loads of places for us to visit. Our meal was so delicious that we went back for our last meal before we left the city, and we took Lauchie and Shauna.We ended up walking around a good part of Manhattan, and explored some of the old subway stations.
Remember when I said I really love ceramics? Well, I really looooove Russel Wright...
The day of the show we went to the MoMA for hours and explored every exhibit they had up, yet somehow managed to miss what would have been our favorite pieces of artwork in the whole gallery! Lauchie informed us after we met up later that day that we had missed a Henry Darger painting, a couple of Hockney’s and Koons' and a Marcel Dzama piece. We still don’t know how we missed them.
One of my favorite meals, (and we did quite a lot of eating while away), was at Freemans. It was a restaurant that Anthony had recommended before we left, and I’m so glad! It was such a gem! It was a small restaurant hidden down a little alleyway off of Bowery. It was decorated like a mix between an old hunting lodge and farmhouse, with lots of taxidermy and old oil paintings on the walls, and the food was amazing. We ate tiny cocktail sausage corn-dogs, the biggest pork chop I’ve ever seen, and the most delicious scallops. What a meal. Oh, and their raspberry ice cream was the best I’ve ever had. I’m sure it was homemade.
Some of the most fun things we did were the things we stumbled upon, like Yogurtland. Chris and I are thinking of opening up a chain in Canada. We’re really missing out up here!
Everyone we came across in New York was incredibly friendly. (I’m a little embarrassed to say that people in Toronto are far less hospitable). We couldn’t have had a better trip. I can’t wait to go back again soon.
I had to make another quick post because I just noticed my new ad on Design Sponge is officially active! I love the fact that my work is on the same page as Lena Corwin's. I love her work so much. She makes gorgeous textile designs and prints. She made some really sweet desktop wallpapers that you can download on Design Sponge this month.