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February 2015

Brunch At Fairsted Kitchen

February 23, 2015

Dear Reader,

Last night was Oscars night, of course. But before nighttime festivities comes morning repast. I went to church at All Saints Episcopal with a visiting friend and then hopped on over to Washington Square for a perfect brunch experience. Fairsted Kitchen has a legendary (in my circles) Sunday brunch and I have been eager to try it for some time.Brunch At Fairsted Kitchen-The Person I Am Tonight

I chose to have the pita with spiced lamb and scrambled eggs. It had caramelized onions and this fantastic sauce called harissa. I usually don’t eat eggs but these were flavored by the harissa so well that I ate up every bite.Brunch At Fairsted Kitchen-The Person I Am Tonight

I had a pot of tea and stole some of my friend Killian’s coffee. We all ordered sides of smoky bacon and got into a toast and jelly infinity loop.Brunch At Fairsted Kitchen-The Person I Am Tonight Here is how that works: You have some extra toast on the side left over from your meal. You also have some tea and coffee left to finish up. So you ask the waitress for a little jam to spread on the last pieces of toast. She brings you scrumptious blueberry jam and you eat the toast with it. Then you realize you have some jam left that you absolutely cannot waste. So you order more toast, but then you use up all the jam and need more to finish the toast… and so on unto infinity.Brunch At Fairsted Kitchen-The Person I Am Tonight

Once we finally emerged from the jam loop we were stuffed and happy. Watch out for the extra add-ons when you go here (toast costs $3 for two pieces of bread) but the mains are reasonably priced, the drinks are creative and delicious, and the environment is lovely. It was very not crowded on a Sunday around noon so take advantage of this darling little gem.

Gothic Wednesday

February 11, 2015

My Dear and Unfortunate Reader,

Gothic literature is not for the faint of heart; nor is it for the short of patience. The heroines of Austen’s time seem to have gobbled it up surreptitiously and loved every moment of convent seduction and perilous donkey-riding along winding paths to perdition (read, Italy). Modern gothic novels are mostly to be found in the romance section of the bookstore and should mostly be left there as well. So my object on this dark and forbidding Wednesday is to give you a quick rundown of what gothic classics you should be curling up with. Make sure you have at least the entire rest of your week free- these darlings are hefty.

The Mysteries of Udolpho– If you’ve read Northanger Abbey then such bits as “Laurentina’s Skelton” and “The Black Veil” will ring somewhat familiarly in your ears. Ann Radcliffe wrote a bunch of gothic novels at the end of the eighteenth century but this one is her most famous. It is credited with really launching the gothic novel into popularity. Strangely enough it was popular with more than anemic misses with a penchant for fainting fits. Everyone and their mother, father, sister, and little brother read this novel. It was passed around in families, talked about everywhere in the street, influenced playwrights and novelists through England, and remains the most popular gothic novel ever written. It is very long and very ridiculous but it is a classic and is not to be missed.The Person I Am Tonight-Gothic Wednesday

“Emily gazed long on the splendours of the world she was quitting, of which the whole magnificence seemed thus given to her sight only to increase her regret on leaving it; for her, Valancourt alone was in that world; to him alone her heart turned, and for him alone fell her bitter tears.”

The Monk- Also mentioned in Northanger Abbey as the most horrid of novels (read “horrid” as like “sick nasty” or “best book ever”) Matthew Lewis’ really messed  up story of convent seductions and unholy couplings in churches is full of actual supernatural occurrences, something Radcliffe’s novels never are. Think of Radcliffe as being like Scooby Doo- it’s always some guy in a monster mask. The Monk, on the other hand, has lots of things that actually go bump in the night. And did I mention the cross-dressing?The Person I Am Tonight-Gothic Wednesdays

“She sealed his lips with a wanton kiss; ‘Though I forgive your breaking your vows to heaven, I expect you to keep your vows to me.”

Melmoth the Wanderer– I am currently waist-deep in this cynical tome about how awful all religions that are not protestantism are. Right now the tempter, Melmoth, is on a deserted island trying to corrupt a girl who wears nothing but flowers all day by showing her human sacrifice on the shores of India through a telescope. You’re jealous of how I spend my days.The Person I Am Tonight-Gothic Wednesdays

“Yes, I laugh at all mankind, and the imposition that they dare to practice when they talk of hearts. I laugh at human passions and human cares, vice and virtue, religion and impiety; they are all the result of petty localities, and artificial situation. One physical want, one severe and abrupt lesson from the colorless and shriveled lip of necessity, is worth all the logic of the empty wretches who have presumed to prate it, from Zeno down to Burgersdicius. It silences in a second all the feeble sophistry of conventional life, and ascetical passion.”

If you can get through all that I will be happy  to give you more. My suggestion? Read Northanger Abbey instead. Way funnier than any of the above. Unless by funny you mean weird as the day is long… then these have got everything else beat by a mile.The Person I Am Tonight-Gothic Wednesdays

“It is only a novel… or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language”

 

Well, Monday Just Isn’t Happening

February 9, 2015

Dear Reader,

Well, the title pretty much says it all. They haven’t, as of this writing, called school yet. But it certainly seems as if at least some of you aren’t going to be making it in to school or work tomorrow. Thankfully, Netlix is on it. House of Cards, Daredevil, and the Legend of Zelda live action series might still be a ways off but here are some things you can binge right now as you huddle in your bed for warmth.

Are you looking for a nice British costume drama? Then The Paradise is your poison. They just put up season two so there are 16 good hours of late Victorian angst and burgeoning capitalist monopolies. And hats.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for some vaguely supernatural love triangle drama with terrible production values that the pretty people keep trying to distract you from? Then Haven is for you. Based on a Stephen King story there are enough weird twists to keep you happy and snuggled in.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for a love story that won’t make you want to vomit? In Your Eyes is my recommendation. It’s also Joss Whedon. And I have reviewed it before so you should really really watch it.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Are you looking for a romantic comedy that will also not make you want to vomit and that includes lots of awesome British people (Ed Westwick! Felicity Jones!) learning to snowboard? Chalet Girl man. That is all you need.The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't Happening

Finally, if you are looking for something that is nothing like any of that then do the right thing and watch some Alias. Can’t beat early Jennifer Garner. Or early J.J. Abrams. Or Michael Vartan’s beautiful face.

The Person I Am Tonight- Well, Monday Just Isn't HappeningStay warm, if you can. Happy fake Monday!

 

My Superbowl with Marilyn

February 4, 2015

Dear Reader,

This Sunday Marilyn Monroe and I watched the Superbowl together, marveling at the ads filled with puppies and children and Jeff Bridges, drooling over Katy Perry at the halftime show, and hanging our heads in grief when the Seahawks didn’t run that last play.The Person I Am Tonight- My Superbowl With Marilyn

We were at my friend Laura’s apartment. She is an ardent Seahawks fan, so her despair was quite beyond any of ours. We ate tater tots and fried mac and cheese to comfort ourselves.The Person I Am Tonight- My Superbowl With Marilyn

It’s been a good long while since I have had so many scrumptious appetizers. It turns out the trick to a good Superbowl is a glass of wine, the apps section at Trader Joes, and a special appearance by Missy Elliott. Happy Wednesday loves! I hope you are having fun scrambling over the slush piles.

Prohibition, Murder, and Fig Jam

February 2, 2015

Dear Reader,

I have had quite a lovely weekend, if I do say so myself.  My next post will be about Sunday’s festivities, but for now…Friday night my compatriots threw a murder mystery party largely inspired by the wonderful Australian TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

holding_videoSo we all dressed up in our very best flapper imitation outfits…10952125_10203871414965677_3462584645972194770_nThe more diamonds the better, it would seem. The murder was unfortunately never solved, as a bottle of champagne rather distracted me from my normal curiosity about such things. This morning, while recovering my equilibrium, I managed to make a new friend… who seemed surprised to see me.

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I wandered up to Coolidge, as is my habit, and tried the food at Temptations Cafe. I managed to snag a seat at the window, caught up on Vogue with some earl grey…

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And had an absolutely scrumptious mascarpone and fig jam sandwich as a tea snack. 10906400_10203875332623616_5937191704963822112_n

I highly recommend it. Boston, and maybe the rest of the world, has recently become rather amorous in regards to fig jam. I’ve been sampling it at a couple of different places, most notable the Affectation crepe at Paris Creperie and the fig jam, arugula, and goat cheese pizza at Devlins.  I recommend them all, if you are looking to try something sweet and unusual. Happy Monday friends 🙂