Mental Flotsam, Mental Jetsam

Because the only thing that beats going crazy is going crazy with somebody else

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Looking Up

Well. Work at my temporary assignment ended a week early; thanks to our floundering economy. I do have an interview in the morning that seems promising. The work is less than glamourous; but I'm determined to do whatever's necessary to stay in this city.

In trying times (like today), I find a good meal goes a long, long way to bolster my reserves-- if not my resources. A few weeks ago I picked up the Balthazar Cookbook; a collection of recipes from one of New York's finest French Bistros. (Do I really need to say French, if the term is Bistro?) The recipe's Maitre' D butter made the meal something extravagant and rich, and absolutely delicious.

The electric grill I picked up was necessary and welcome in the kitchen: I have a number of recipes that call for grilling meat rather than saute' or broiling; so it's a welcome addition to the kitchen.

Dinner was, in a word, superb. I feel good. Tomorrow should be that much easier... I hope.


Sunday, November 09, 2008

On Firsts

It's been an interesting weekend. Two firsts this weekend; one I hope to repeat soon. Well: To be fair, I'd like to do both again.

Saturday evening, I had my first taste of genuine Chinatown cuisine. The best Chinese food I have ever had. Two years in New York and I'd never been? Ludicrous! Mandarin Court on Mott st. provided sizzling oysters, beef w/ mushrooms and delicious dim sum. Simply fantastic.

As for today, I met a girl for coffee for a first date. It seemed to go fine; but I'm not sure a second date is in the cards. It's up to an ambiguous and not encouraging 'maybe'.

So yeah. There's that.

The search continues for further employment; my current temp job expires in another four weeks. I've been applying for work as a writer &/or editor with no success. Yet.

Drop me a line, folks. More to follow.