[Pink Pig Time Machine by Wilfrid: September 15, 2014]
Recovered from the sea voyage, we spent our first morning in Vancouver in Stanley Park, watching the wandering wildlife, tripping over ducks and geese, then lunched on local hot-smoked salmon in the park restaurant.
That night was family dinner, but the next day we dug into the restaurant scene.
[Pigging by Wilfrid: September 10, 2014]
Uh oh, uh oh, as Queen Bey would say, but the wheel of history sure spins fast. Scanning the lists of restaurants set to open this month (or next month; or before the holidays; or early next year; or three years from now if you're Fatty 'Cue) I have just one thing to say:
There are only two places of even slight interest--and I mean slight--set to open in the whole of Brooklyn--not just in Williamsburg (which is where they're opening). All the action, save a few uptown swankeries has returned to downtown, primarily to the East Village and Lower East Side (now one neighborhood). This is some turnaround.
[Pigging by Wilfrid: September 8, 2014]
First it was Matt Hamilton's Belcourt. Five years later, it was Calliope, by Gina Iverson and Eric Korsch. And now two years later, it's Contrada, and the chefs are Jason Audette and Alycia Harrington (pastry). It retains one Calliope owner, Eric Anderson.
[Pink Pig Time Machine by Wilfrid: September 8, 2014]
It was actually the week before Labor Day that I flew out to west to introduce my New York family to my Vancouver family, stopping off in Seattle along the way (which means I'm behind with this journal).
Some very good dining too, even with a three (going 0n four) year old in tow.
[Pigging by Wilfrid: September 2, 2014]
Flinders Lane slotted itself seamlessly into the slightly claustrophobic two room space which had been The Beagle cocktail bar for a couple of years, just north of Tompkins Square Park on Avenue A.
[Pink Pig Time Machine by Wilfrid: September 1, 2014]
I was marking time at the end of August, ten years ago, preparing for a trip to Seattle and Vancouver to show off my toddler daughter to far-flung members of the family.
So not much to report, bumming around Manhattan; but I did visit Hearth. And given that the restaurant has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, this was probably my first time time there.
[Pigging by Wilfrid: August 25, 2014]
The east East Village has been having a dining moment this summer. Okay, let me translate. The "east East Village" is what used to be called Alphabet City--and who calls it that any more?
And the whole neighborhood used to be called the Lower East Side, of course. But these days, demographic shifts and real estate interests have extended the "East Village" moniker all the way out to Avenue D.
[Pink Pig Time Machine by Wilfrid: August 25, 2014]
One thing I can pretty much guarantee about August 2004 is that it was warmer than August 2014.
My main occupations were cultural, and I can hardly believe these things happened ten years ago. A bit of eating along the way.
[Pigging by Wilfrid: August 20, 2014]
Yes, there was intelligent life B.S.S. There were some very plausible burgers too, even if the mound of fatty meat scraped from the eye-level griddle at Corner Bistro now seems...well, so primitive.
B.S.S.? Oh, Before Shake Shack. The Shack celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, but the Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian sprang into life behind its heavy, secluding curtain back in 2002. Eater has a very good video about the first ten years here.