Fish Friday, everyday–

img_0204 img_0195 img_0191 img_0190MMM, AAAHH!  It doesn’t matter who the president is when you have delectable fish in your mouth–jaaa!!

Sending out love and joy and magic from a restaurant called Shuko here in glorious New York City to everyone on this day of transition in the United States. . .keep enjoying the ride no matter what side you are on. . .everything is kooky, mysterious, uplifting, frustrating, and invigorating–same as it ever was.  This, too, shall pass.

So, go out to dinner tonight with some tolerable folks. . .eat something good…drink something soothing…there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and more good fish where this stuff came from.

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It’s still lovely out there.

 

Great grub…NYC–

img_0194 img_0187 img_0207 img_0179MMM!  Here we are gobbling tons of goodness at Shuko over on West 12th Street on the edge of Greenwich Village in New York Citaaaaay. . .mmmm, aaaaahh–this place ROCKS!!

Shuko is run by two dudes who used to work at Masa, New York’s extreme high-end Japanese joint.  These dudes left and opened this place…still high-end yet quite a bit more reasonable than Masa and oh-so-much-more relaxed and cozy.

The food here is as outstanding and high-quality as any place in the city, in the country, and quite possibly in the world.  We do the prix-fixe kaiseki menu that starts with a half-dozen or so cooked items like crab salad, charred octopus, grilled squab, oysters, etc….whatever is fresh and tasty, these guys will cook it up magically for us. . .then we move to the sushi items–all delectable–toro, yellow tail, salmon, bream, whitefish, uni, snapper, more uni, etc. and so on. . .all of this is magical and satisfying. . .we even do one of the sushi specials called “drop the mic” that includes toro, uni, and roe in a seaweed wrap topped with gold leaf–DAMN!…we definitely drop some mics while inhaling this tasty tidbit.  Then the dudes serve a couple of palate cleansers before ending the whole meal with a slice of apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream–perfect!

All of this grub is washed down with a clean, dry, and cold sake called “search for the truth” or something like that.  This sake certainly helps us move closer to some kind of truth. . .but our search for THE truth continues…as do all of our ongoing searches.

The main truth tonight is simple: Shuko still rocks. . .please consider eating here some time before you kick the bucket. . .you will love it–I gar-ron-taaaayy!

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It’s lovely out there.

Artsy vistas…Whitney Museum–

img_0168 img_0165 img_0211 img_0210WOW!  The views from the outside decks here at the new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan are scintillating–jaaa!!  We can see north, east, south, and west. . .if only these rooftops could talk–oh the stories that they could tell. . .if only.

The big city dares us to dive in and participate in stuff. . .work, play, existence, improvement of the human condition, etc.. . .and we do our best with all of this–each and every one of us–with varying degrees of satisfaction and success.  Yet one thing is certain: we are lucky to be here–so we might as well make the best of it and enjoy each and every moment to its fullest. . .mmmm, aaaahh!!

I send you magical artsy vibes from the new Whitney Museum here in New York City. . .feel them. . .they will help you pop out of bed in the morning.

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It’s lovely out there.

The new Whitney ROCKS!

img_0214 img_0212img_0218 img_0219POW!  The new Whitney Museum over on Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan here in New York City is most wonderful. . .spacious, clean, simple, airy, and welcoming–we love it!

And right now they are showing a sampling of works by Carmen Herrera, a 102-year-old chick who has been knockin’ out geometric creations of color and pizzazz for quite a long time. . .finally, she is getting some due recognition.

These pieces are dynamic, lively, and fun. . .we are invigorated as we walk through this new space with artwork popping out at us here, there…EVERYWHERE–jaaaa!!

Come on over to the new Whitney, see some art, sip some coffee, breathe in the magnificent views from inside and outside of this museum, and feel good about simply being alive–right here, right now.

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It’s lovely out there.

Magical chicken in NYC–

img_0161 img_0154 img_0146img_0158JAAA!  Here we are gobbling away at a relatively new dining spot in town called Le Coq Rico, and this place is FABULOUS!

Le Coq Rico is run by a dude called Antoine Westermann who is serving up some of the best French-style roasted chickens in all of New York City. . .this place transports us to France…French dudes cooking, Moroccan-French dudes serving us, and African-French dudes manning the entrance–c’est magnifique!

Above you see the foie gras terrine that they serve here…this thing is kicking our butts–it is rich, dense, flavorful, and delectable–I can feel my arteries seizing up as we ingest it…so good and tres bien!

And you also see our bird…a particular bird from a particular farm somewhere here in the northeast. . .a real “barnyard bird.”  That is, these birds are raised with loving care, they roam around a lot, are fed lean diets, and this results in a leaner specimen–at least this is what we are told…not a typical chicken that has been artificially fattened with an oversized breast and no flavor.  Then our barnyard bird is cooked in a multi-step process that involves some brining, I think, then some time on a rotisserie, then some time in an oven, then some time to rest before he/she is cut up and served to us on a big platter with some potatoes and veggies on the side. . .mmm, aaaahh!

We gobble all of this in no time at all and take home the bones and remaining carcass for use in a soup at some later time at home…nothing is wasted here and everything is delectable–jaaaa!!

So, if you find yourself wandering around here in Manhattan lookin’ for somethin’ good and soothing to eat, then consider making your way over to Le Coq Rico on East 20th Street. . .settle in at the bar, sip a cocktail, and order up a barnyard bird of your own. . .you will love it here–I gar-ron-taaayy!

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It’s lovely and tasty out there.

NOLA par-taaaaayy!

img_0115 img_0103 img_0102BAM!  The Louisiana State troopers are on duty keeping us safe each and every night down here in New Orleans. . .and the partaaaays are goin’ strong in the bar at Arnaud’s and the bar at the Hotel Monteleone…so festive, so lively, and oh-so satisfying. . .mmmm, aaaahh!

You must come to New Orleans some time before you kick the bucket. . .it’s good during xmas, good during new year’s eve, good during Thanksgiving, good during Labor Day, good during JazzFest, good during the summer-spring-winter-and-fall. . .though I have never been here during Mardi Gras–we always make a point to avoid this time…not sure why, we just do.  Maybe we’ll have to do something about that some time soon.

In any case, New Orleans is here and alive and eager to help you keep the good times rollin’–jaaa!

Let the party never end, and may all good things continue to come your way wherever you are.

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It’s all so delectable–

img_0071 img_0068 img_0118AAHH!  We can’t stop reminiscing about the food in New Orleans: the sauteed crab claws and raw gulf oysters at Felix’s Oyster House…the fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House. . .etc. and so on. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!

This food is buttery and soothing and good. . .the people here are working hard to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. . .and the atmosphere is rich and thick and full of mystery.  We could spend a good long time down here, and we might just have to do that for a while at some point in the future–oh yeah!

New Orleans would love to see you some time…feed you some time…and stimulate you some time.  Come on down this year. . .they’ve got the cure for whatever ails ya.

I send you extremely inviting vibes from the streets and restaurants of New Orleans. . .feel them. . .they will make your hairs stand on end.

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