Thursday, September 25, 2014

So, we went to Ireland. And the light was exactly as I remembered - blinding, sparkling, and leaking through every low hanging cloud. We spent three days by the ocean in Galway, taking bracing daily walks on the beach to watch the surfers. 

And then after three days of family visits we headed off to the south, to Cork, where I was born. I've always loved Cork, there's something there that feels so familiar (familial even) to me. And even though it's is not where we used to live in Ireland, it contains the most childhood memories for me, and so I always return. And now it will hold memories for my own children. 

We stayed in an Airbnb house in Cobh, a small town on the coast for the last week of the visit. The back of the house looked over the water towards Monkstown, and we watched gigantic liners and tankers sail by daily. Swans swam inland every night as the sky darkened, calling to us gently for bread. 

I never skip a visit to famous cooking school, Ballymaloe, when I'm in Ireland. That old house charms me to no end, and the surrounding grounds and vegetable gardens are so lush and beautifully tended. The house was having a garden festival the weekend we visited and it seemed as if the entire county came out for the event.

I was told that the hummingbird-like creature above the flowers in the center is actually called a hoverfly 

Trips back to Ireland never feel like a holiday because there is not a lot of downtime or relaxation, and there is always a great deal of driving. But it means more to me than any holiday to return to my home, to reconnect with my family, and to see my grandmother smile at my children.

Warby Parker

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In my line of work I'm usually celebrating book launches (and there have been some amazing ones lately, like Erin Scott's Yummy Supper, Kimberley Hasselbrink's Vibrant Food, and Jessica Merchant's Seriously Delish), but today it's fun to celebrate something different: Warby Parker's fall collection launch day!

After months of seeing just about every stylish girl and guy on the subway wearing a pair of dark rimmed glasses, I just had to take the plunge. So, a few months ago, I got myself a pair of Warby Parker's. Even though I've only had my pair a little while, now I want to go back and buy another pair from their brand new fall collection - and their glasses are so affordable that I actually can!

I'm thinking about this gorgeous Annette style in petal tortoise:

Just in case the dark rimmed glasses aren't your thing, they also have a crystal line that I'm digging:

What kind of book editor would I be if I didn't jump for this Crane Ti in newsprint grey?

Happy launch day, Warby Parker!

We're off to Ireland!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We're flying to Ireland on Thursday night, and my heart is full thinking of being back there after almost 4 years. It's been way too long. Last time we were there, Lily was only 10 months old, and now she's 5! This is probably the first holiday that she'll actually remember, which is so cool to think about. I also can't wait to introduce my youngest daughter to my family, and to show her where I spent my childhood.

I dug up some old photos from my last trip a few years ago. Now all I can think about is the way the sunlight cascades over the horizon on a summer evening, and the way that vibrant green seems to just leap from the fields everywhere you turn. I'm coming back this time with a fancy new camera, and I'm dying to get going. In the meantime, these shots will have to do.

view over the field of the Ballycotton lighthouse

Lily at 10 months in Ballycotton, Co. Cork

Ballycotton lighthouse

Newsletter reminder

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Last week I got to see a phenomenon unique to Manhattan - a singular time of year when the setting sun aligns with the grid of Manhattan streets and shines right through the cross streets of the city. It's a incredible sight to see, not only because the sun seems to magically appear exactly where you're looking, but because the photographers gather for hours (hours!) beforehand at their chosen cross streets. I had scouted out the Tudor City Bridge at 42nd Street and First Avenue as my prime viewing spot earlier that day and was surprised to see photographers camped out at the spot at 2 in the afternoon! 

When the sun appeared from the left, coasting down to the right, we all clamored to get that perfect shot - for those few seconds that the sun was actually in the middle of the space between the buildings. I was craning over the shoulders of the two rows of photographers in front of me, and only really got a few shots of the sun in the very middle. I had a friend with me, who kept telling me to appreciate the moment and stop taking photos for a second. She was right. The sun was huge, and orange, and magnificent. And it looked so much better with the naked eye than through my camera lens.

In the end, the shots that show the sun in a blur make it much easier to see the perfect central placement of the sun on the grid as it sets. 

So cool, right? By the way, Manhattanhenge also occurs twice during the year as the sun rises. I'd like to say I'm going to make it up for that, but the sunrise version of Manhattanhenge falls in the wintertime (December and January), so it's going to take some serious motivation to get me up before sunrise. 

When we turned around after our sunset photos, we were faced with a full moon rising over the East River. And yes, that long tripod below is holding a tiny camera!

Manhattanhenge, I can't wait to see you again next year!

The curator newsletter

Friday, July 11, 2014

So, a wise friend suggested I turn my blog roundups into a newsletter, allowing my finds to pop weekly into your inbox, rather than waiting for you to find my entries. The more I thought about it, the more I fell in love with the idea of writing you a letter every week. It feels more intimate, more meaningful somehow. You will have chosen to receive my roundups - and I'm so grateful. My site will now become a location for recipes, photographs, places we love in New York, and my random thoughts, and ultimately a bit more personal that it has been before. So sign up in the box below to receive my newsletter, and I've given it a permanent spot on the left column of the site also. 

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Foodie Finds

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The days have suddenly turned hazy and thick, and seem to stretch on without end. How is July here already? And why do I express surprise every time it's a new month? It happens twelve times a year, so it really shouldn't be such a shock. Since during this time of the year I'm not turning on my oven if I can help it, my summer cooking is restricted to drooling over food photographs on my computer screen. And there are plenty to drool over, that's for sure. So, I'm checking in today with some of my foodie favorites over the past few weeks:  

I haven't had meat in over 8 weeks (!!) but am still occasionally having fish. So, I'm craving these crispy fish tacos with jalapeƱo sauce from Pinch of Yum for tomorrow's dinner.

Ok, I know I've gushed about Adrianne Adarme's gorgeous food blog, A Cozy Kitchen many, many times on this site, but guess what, guys? I got to meet the lovely Adrianna in real life several times in the past year, and now I get to be her editor on her new book The Year of Cozy!

Ugh, I'm slowly but surely coming around to kale. I know I'm behind the 8 ball on this, but it's taking me a while. This spicy kale and coconut stir fry from the always inventive Kate at Cookie + Kate will get me to kale nirvana faster.

If you're not yet reading nutritionist and food blogger McKel Hill's Nutrition Stripped, then you're missing out. I'll think about you as I make her creamy ginger green smoothie with avocado and lemon tomorrow morning.

I haven't gotten nectarines from my farmers market yet, have you guys found any good ones? When I do, I'm making this green rice salad with nectarines and corn from Not Without Salt (although the recipe is from the recently published Vibrant Food by Kimberley Hasselbrink).

I simply adore baking with olive oil, so this olive oil cake from Beth at Local Milk isn't really that different for me - except that she's using fennel and rosewater, two flavors I haven't combined yet, and two flavors that I independently love.

Here's the perfect housewarming gift: Nikole Herriott is now selling these stunning kitchen towels created by Lisa Rupp.

For those of you in the US (or Americans outside the US) have a lovely July 4th weekend! Hopefully these food links will come in handy as you hang out with friends and/or family.

It's the little things

Friday, June 13, 2014

I tasted my first strawberries of the season last night. And I can't stop thinking about them. I spotted them gleaming redly at me from 3 stalls away during a lunchtime Union Square farmers market visit, and I fairly ran at them. I happily spent my last $5 on the little green box, hiding them in my bag for an after-dinner treat.

It's easy to lose the connection to the seasons when you're no longer walking through a farmers market every day on the way to work. I had to make a point to take the train to Union Square to walk the aisles and see the produce stands overflowing with basil, tomatoes, and even some early corn. And just like that, I felt reconnected to the seasonal cycle of growth and harvest. Somehow it was all the sweeter for the effort involved.

interior design

These gorgeous hanging shelves from Bonnie at Going Home to Roost would hold my plants perfectly. Near the window, but not on the windowsill--an important distinction, I think. Future project, perhaps?

Don't we all just want a little bit more calm in our lives? This charming Swedish fishermen's cottage (on My Scandinavian Home) would do it for me.

Have you heard about the launch of the new print magazine, San Francisco Cottages and Gardens? I was kind of excited to read dynamic Editor-in-Chief Alissa Carroll's interview on Apartment 34, and now I can't wait to see my first issue of the magazine, as it's the only one that really celebrates the inspiring design scene in SF.

Since I'm from Ireland, and my husband is American, we constantly emphasize to our children that they're so lucky to be from two different cultures. This world map marker project from This Little Street is a tiny craft that only takes a few minutes, but would be so cute, and so meaningful to families from diverse cultures.


I know you don't want to be turning on your oven these days, especially if you live in an apartment where your kitchen is FAR away from your windows (like we do), but if you can bear to turn it on then try out this pea and avocado pizza from I am a Food Blog.

Here's a recipe should you want to drink your strawberries with some chia seeds, from Jessica at One Part Plant. She's also written a heartfelt piece on learning to love yourself and letting go of those in your life who bring you down.

I'm loving the idea of these poached apricots with lavender and mascarpone (and a giveaway of Kimberley Hasselbrink's book, Vibrant Food) from Brian at A Thought for Food.

Enjoy your weekend! I think it's going to be a warm one here in the city.

A New York trip: Storm King

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It was a cloudy day in early May when we decided to drive out of the city to Storm King, a sculptural arts center in the Hudson Valley. It has become an annual pilgrimage of sorts, a place that we can just let the kids run and run in open fields. Last year's visit was on a hot day where the sun drained us far too quickly, but this year the weather was much more favorable and the clouds made for a dramatic ceiling over the sculptures dotted across the 500 acre landscape.

If anyone is looking for a quick getaway from the city this summer, it's a great place to spend a few hours, breathe some fresh air, and see some spectacular art. Do it!

I always notice a theme in my shots after a photo taking session, and that is that I clearly favor shooting trees over anything else. The trees at Storm King have an art-like quality themselves, and their shapes take on natural sculptural form that I can't stop looking at.

Cheers to the weekend!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New York in the springtime

I don't know if it's because I'm working at a publisher that values health and wellness above all else, but I'm living a healthier life these past few weeks. I've discarded my morning cappuccino habit for green juice and my alarm clock has gone off at 6am every morning this week. And I'm actually getting out of bed (without grumbling) to greet the sun over the east river with some yoga. Oh, and I haven't eaten meat in almost two weeks.

Also, cheers for making it to the weekend! It's a holiday one here in the US, and I'm spending it in Pennsylvania. Here are some links for you to peruse, hopefully with a cool beverage (or a green juice!) in hand.


So apparently summer's biggest trend is the tea length skirt. Identifying something as that season's "biggest trend" usually drives me in the opposite direction. Except that these skirts are so lovely and flow-y and when thinking about the sticky summer days that lie ahead, I could definitely use some of the skirts that the writers at Clementine Daily suggest.

Check out this homemade pore reducing mask from Allison at Petit Elefant.

interior design

Not only is Erin Boyle of Reading my Tea Leaves on the verge of welcoming her first baby, but she still found the time to create the cutest leather drawer pulls I've ever seen. Plus they look super easy.

Heather from Habitually Chic is making a move to Paris and her depiction of Parisian skies on grey days make me think of grey Irish days. (That doesn't really count as an interior design post - but Heather's mostly an interiors blogger, so that's where I'm shelving this post.)


If you're looking for a way to plan your meals check out Rachel's ideas for a weekly meal plan on Heart of Light.

Molly Yeh shares her recipe for homemade bubble tea on Food52.

It's no secret that I'll eat almost anything with a fried egg on it. Toast, pizza, pasta, whatever. So, these goat cheese and egg toasts with peas and dill from Kate at Cookie + Kate are going on my saturday night easy dinner list.

Ok I don't want to turn on my oven in the summertime any more than you do, but you should make an exception for this Vietnamese caramelized shrimp pizza from Stephanie at I am a Food Blog.

The dog watches me do yoga in the mornings now.
Cherry blossoms in Central Park
Have a wonderful weekend - holiday or not. I hope to be here a lot more in coming weeks - I miss this space.

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