Friday, June 5, 2009

What I Liked This Week

Well I was really enjoying the new blog written by a young chef doing his stage at Per Se, but it looks as if it has been taken down! Drat.

I must admit that I am intrigued by this floating biosphere scheduled to make the rounds of New York City's waterways this summer.

I will never quite understand the whole cupcake craze that swept the nation, but if there is one good thing that came out of it, it is Butter Lane, an absolutely charming shop in the East Village. For moist, fresh cupcakes with a tender crust topped with rich buttercream that actually will not send you into insulin shock, head over to East 7th Street, preferably after a leisurely dinner nearby.

Asparagus season is fleeting, and the tender green spears will be gone before we know it. Dorie Greenspan devotes a whole post to ways in which to enjoy it while we can.

And if you really want to feel lucky about your health, hygiene and living conditions, pick up The Places In Between, Rory Stewart's account of his walk across Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban. You will feel very, very clean and quite appreciative of your indoor plumbing (among many other things).


The Townhouselady said...

Floating Biosphere? Woah! I hadn't heard anything about that. Interesting.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Weird, right?

Terry B said...

There are a few cupcake emporiums in Chicago, but the best one closed, sadly. It was called cupcakes, simply enough, and each week featured half a dozen flavors. Their website would list the flavors of the week as well as those of the upcoming week. Our younger daughter followed the site obsessively, a severe form of masochism--she even said so.

Laura [What I Like] said...

Oh I hate when that happens...when one of the good ones go under...your daughter must have been crushed!

Rebekka said...

Butter Lane? Omigosh. I want to LIVE there!

wambalus said...

Oh I really liked the Rory Stewart book, but didn't care as much for Prince of the Marshes.

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