Summer Wrap up

Godamnit I suck at blogging regularly. Not a single post since being in Detroit… A whole slew of things happened this summer. Here’s a recap of some of them.

Newest and most exciting is the NEW CAR. Yup. Got a Land Rover LR2. The mom-car ’02 Camry has been retired and upgraded for 4 wheel drive and heated seats. This winter will be a lot more comfortable. So. Excited.

IMG_4485.JPGMost of the changes in the house over the summer have been pretty small. Most of them have taken place in the kitchen, including the new floor, new white sink and new faucet. Still have to get to the counter tops, the back splash and a few touch up spots of paint.IMG_4346.JPG

IMG_3820.JPGFew changes to the outside of the house too. New house numbers and a new light on the front porch. Much better. Lots of landscaping too, but I dont have many pics of that. IMG_4335.JPGA little before and after. I think the old light still had a price tag from a garage sale on it. Gross.IMG_4132.JPGAlso, we’ve got a small angel that likes to hang out on the front porch now. He likes to eat the bird seed left out for him. He takes naps in the sun. Let’s just hope he doesn’t move into the attic for the winter, because then I will have to end him.IMG_4332.JPGThe half bath was finally “finished”. If you remember, there was horrible blue formica surrounding the sink, a huge mirror, horrible light fixture, wall paper etc. This has actually been pretty finished since x-mas, but missing the details like the trim. I also installed a new door so the old plastic accordion door is gone! Will post some pics of that later. IMG_4216.JPGEqual opportunity nudity. Everyone needs a little T&A in a bathroom. IMG_4030.JPGThe brick in the nook got painted. It was really ugly and dirty and is really weird and porus. It’s not nice like the brick on the front of the fireplace. Looks much better now that it’s white. Also added a new (trash-picked!) chair. It’s rattan and has mid-century lines. SOMEONE put a pillow on it. IMG_4509.PNG

Work has been INSANE, which is both great and exhausting. I feel like I missed the whole summer. I didn’t get to a beach once, and I missed a lot of weekends at the house. But someone’s got to pay the billz.

I went to Paris and London. This is my “Hi Mom” pic. *Side note, I really should get that dent on my forehead botoxed out.

IMG_3857.JPGI made it snow in August in Connecticut. IMG_4469.JPGI made friends with a horse named biscuit. IMG_4284.JPG

Other fun things, the Dutchess County Fair happened. And a bear met a bear. IMG_4294.JPG

I just kept thinking about how pretty these cows would be as rugs. That’s horrible right? I bet they’re delicious too. IMG_4303.JPG

On a rare weekend that I was stuck in the city, I saw the Jeff Koons show at the Whitney. It was pretty amazing. Someone I know needs to buy this piece and put it in the middle of a circular driveway in front of their mansion, probably in Miami, but maybe in Bel Air. It would be super cunty, in the most amazing way.
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Lindsey, Darin and Marshall came up for a weekend. It was great to see them, and we went on a killer hike with an amazing view.
IMG_4244.JPGBest part of the summer so far has been all the back yard dinners with some pretty amazing people, and some mediocre ones too. IMG_4198-0

Maybe there will be some new posts soon. Who knows!

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2 Weeks in Detroit

Well….. sorta. More like two weeks in a weird suburb of Detroit. I was in Michigan for work, shooting cars for one of the big manufacturers. I was figuring I’d be working in a post apocalyptic wasteland for two weeks, but it turned out to be very different. I ended up being in the middle of an industrial park, surrounded by strip malls and Olive Gardens. 20140611-125035-46235522.jpg 20140611-125036-46236384.jpg 20140611-125037-46237225.jpg20140611-170503-61503569.jpg20140611-125034-46234592.jpg 20140611-125038-46238028.jpgAfter being in town for a few days and talking to some locals, my crew and I started venturing out into surrounding neighborhoods of and found some really great places. Probably the most entertaining was a place called The Masters. A golf-themed restaurant that served flaming cheese and had an amazing lounge act named Gordie who sang me Private Dancer. (Please excuse all the crappy food photography, iphones are horrible in low light)

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In Royal Oak, we went to a sushi place called Ronin. The place was slammed on a friday night, and the food was good, but it was really the cocktails and upstairs bar that was impressive. It would fit right in in Brooklyn and had a cool factor that I wasn’t expecting to find in Michigan. The cocktail menu had a drink made with Woodford Reserve bourbon and cold brew coffee, if it just had some bacon in it, it would be everything that I truly love in the world in one glass. 20140611-150531-54331735.jpgThe 5 course tasting menu at The Forrest Grill in Birmingham was pretty inventive and impressive. Birmingham is apparently “where the rich people live”. The stinging nettles soup and the panna cotta were the highlights.
20140611-150535-54335340.jpgPossibly my favorite place we ate was One Eye Betty’s in Ferndale. This place was almost enough to make me want to up and move to Detroit. It has one of the most extensive menus of Whiskey’s I’ve ever seen ($3 Buffalo Trace on special!) but the food was all amazing. We ordered almost every appetizer, the best were the pork belly poutine, the bacon with a side of bacon, and the brussel sprouts were some of the best I’d ever had. I had a steak and a ridiculously good kale salad on the side. I could live in this place, but I think I’d be 100lbs.
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20140611-150532-54332611.jpgSpeaking of bacon… about halfway through our shoot I found the best catering company ever. They were better than most of the caterers that we have in NYC, I begged them to come back with me. Everyday we had custom omelets and fresh fruit and veggie smoothies, among an assortment of other deliciousness. They made praline bacon one morning for us. I think I ate about a pound of it. 20140611-150534-54334454.jpgWe did venture into Detroit for dinner one night and went to Michael Symon’s Roast. It was a very meaty meal, but probably one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. We had the bone marrow appetizer and the beef cheeks perogies as well, both were phenomenal. 20140611-150536-54336167.jpgAfter eating so richly for almost two weeks, we finally picked up some fresh cold press juices from Drought. The packaging was amazing and it provided some much needed nutrients. 20140611-150537-54337142.jpg

 

Over all I was quite surprised by Detroit and the surrounding areas. I left wishing I had more time to explore the city. It seemed like there was much more to the city then common perception would lead you to believe. Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely the parts that look like a war zone, but there’s more to the city than meets the eye and it was interesting to get to experience a city I’d otherwise never think to go to.

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