Where in the World Am I? (Clue 3)

This is the last day! Have you made your guess yet?

I am…somewhere. It’s up to you to guess where. I’ll post three clues and each day you can post your guess in the comments. Your guess will count toward a donation to a local charitable organization. Last time I ran a Where in the World Am I, it was so much fun to read all of your guesses, so without further ado…

Clue # 3:

There’s so much good music in this city! 

Music

For each comment posted between now and next Friday, I’ll donate to a local charity (which I’ll reveal on April 24th because the organization is so closely tied to the city). Next week, I’ll let you know where I am, who guessed correctly, and the charity.

Guess away in the comments below! (One guess per day, please.)

Check here for clue # 1.

Check here for clue # 2. 

Have a great week, everyone! I know I will. 

Where in the World Am I? (Clue 2)

For the next two days, I have a fun quiz for you all! Don’t worry, this isn’t like your school exams. There’s no chance of being sent to the principal’s office.

I am…somewhere. It’s up to you to guess where. I’ll post three clues and each day you can post your guess in the comments. Your guess will count toward a donation to a local charitable organization. Last time I ran a Where in the World Am I, it was so much fun to read all of your guesses, so without further ado…

Clue # 2:

This city has a rich literary history. 

Jonathan Swift

For each comment posted between now and next Friday, I’ll donate to a local charity (which I’ll reveal on April 24th because the organization is so closely tied to the city). Next week, I’ll let you know where I am, who guessed correctly, and the charity.

Guess away in the comments below! (One guess per day, please.) Stop by tomorrow for clue number three.

Check here for clue # 1.

Where in the World Am I? (Clue 1)

For the next three days, I have a quiz for you! Don’t worry, this isn’t like your school exams. There’s no chance of being sent to the principal’s office.

I am…somewhere. It’s up to you to guess where. I’ll post three clues and each day you can post your guess in the comments. Your guess will count toward a donation to a local charitable organization. Last time I ran a Where in the World Am I post, it was so much fun to read all of your guesses, so without further ado…

Clue # 1:

I am in a city on a river. 

City on a river

For each comment posted between now and next Friday, I’ll donate to a local charity (which I’ll reveal on April 24th because the organization is so closely tied to the city). Next week, I’ll let you know where I am, who guessed correctly, and the charity.

Guess away in the comments below! (One guess per day, please.) Stop by tomorrow for clue number two.

Resurrecting the Friday Five (or More)

I have a confession to make: I miss the Friday Five.

For those of you relatively new to this space–I used to post a round-up of five interesting things I’d come across that week. It was fun to share links to articles, books I’d read, and cool sites. I stopped the Friday Five about a year ago because I wanted to be able to write about things that didn’t fit into the format.

But I realized how much I enjoy and look forward to these kinds of posts from other bloggers like Nina’s Do Listen Read post, and Tammy Strobel’s Happy Links, and Let It Be Sunday from Joy. I always find a gem or two I never would have come across in the deep, dark crevasses of the Internet.

So I’m bringing back the Friday Five! (Is that applause or crickets I hear through the Interwebz?)  I think I’ll keep monthly  so I can keep posting longer pieces on specific topics and there might be more five. So…I’m not sure what to call it — the Monthly Few? The Every-So-Often Half-Dozen? I’m open to suggestions.

Without further ado…

Deconstructing the cookie. I don’t bake often, mostly because my results look and taste like frisbees. So I loved Tessa’s scientific study of the perfect chocolate chip cookie comparing things like granulated sugar to brown sugar, adding flour, and melting the butter. (I assume the same theories apply to most other flour-based cookie recipes.)  She also has a troubleshooting guide, which clearly I need.

Kimmy.  The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has been my guilty pleasure this week. Someone in my office recommended this show (a Netflix original program), which I’ll admit, sounded a bit kooky at first:

From “30 Rock” executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for a socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple of past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.

But if Tina Fey is involved, I’ll give it a chance. This show is like eating a bag of potato chips. It’s fun and charming and cliche, and, similar to eating potato chips, I feel a bit guilty in the morning.

The Last Ice Merchant of Ecuador. Cultural change and adaptation often occurs over generations, but this short documentary (about 15 minutes) is a fantastic glimpse into traditions lost to progress.

From the New York Times article:

For over half a century, Baltazar Ushca has hiked up the slopes of Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador’s tallest mountain, to harvest the glacial ice that covers this dormant volcano. In the past, up to 40 ice merchants made the journey up the mountain at a time; today, however, Baltazar works alone.

Fanesca for the Soul. Now that I’ve got you thinking about Ecuador and since last week was Easter, I want to share this wonderful essay by master writer Calvin Trillin. Here, he takes us along on his quest for fanesca, a soup that is only made in Cuenca, Ecuador, during Holy Week. I love how he makes the mundane laugh-out-loud funny. And since I’m speaking of Cuenca, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you in the direction of Kathy’s blog. Kathy and Sara are Americans in Cuenca and having the time of their lives. (Hi, Kathy, we miss you!)

Thank you, Patti, for posting this link that explains the Theory of Relativity in a way that I can understand, i.e. an infographic.  I feel like I finally have a grasp on it. Sort of.

Are you at AWP? Like, right now? How is it going? I really wanted to go this year, but the reason I’m not leads me to a teaser for next week.  Coming next week: a quiz, a vote, and a donation to a worthy cause. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

The One With the Macaron

As if I needed an excuse to eat sweets, it was Macaron Day in NYC. It’s a wonderful day when bakeries around the city offer free macarons. Why do they do this? Ours is not to reason why. Free. Macarons. My co-workers and I shamelessly hit up two bakeries on Bleecker Street during our lunch break and immediately inhaled the cookies.

Quick side note: Maybe you’re thinking of macaroons, the flourless, coconutty blob, and wondering what’s the big deal. I wouldn’t get off my couch for macaroons. These are macarons.

Perfect macaron

Ours had little emojii on them.

Ours had little emojii on them.

Colorful macarons

A rainbow of macarons

Since we’re on Bleecker Street, I thought I’d take you for a little walk around the neighborhood. Bleecker runs east-west through the West Village in Manhattan. We only have time to walk a small section today. Let’s start at one of the macaron places, Bisous Ciao.

Bisous Ciao

Love the reflection of the cab and the buildings in the window.

John's Pizzeria

This is a well-known pizza place with a classic New York-style slice.

Forgotten NY says this about John’s:

Part of Bleecker Street’s charm is the presence of longstanding businesses who have been supported by residents for decades, instead of impersonal chain stores. John’s Pizza has been here since 1929, enough time to craft a recipe that is recognized by many as NYC’s best pizza, though that honor is largely subjective. Original owner John Sasso learned the craft from NYC’s first pizzaiolo, Gennaro Lombardi, whose pizza place can still be found on Spring Street.

Blind Tiger

Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street

The buildings in this area are fairly low profile, three or four stories tall.

Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street

I’d like to know where the M-E-N will be wearing these clothes in Manhattan.

Bleecker Street

I sense we're getting close to something important.

I sense we’re getting close to something important.

Ahh, Magnolia Bakery. Made famous on Sex and the City, Conan and others.

We’ve burned a lot of calories walking from the macaron place. I think we should stop in Magnolia and pick up a little something.

So many options.

So many options.

Magnolia 3

Let’s go with their signature cupcakes. I know cupcakes were so 2005, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Magnolia Bakery

The perfect beginning and end to a walk along Bleecker Street, if you ask me.

For more information about Bleecker Street, check out these sites:

Forgotten NY 

Ephemeral NY

Daytonian in Manahttan

Have a great weekend, everyone!