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Living For The Weekend

Hotel Dreams- The Providence Hotel, Paris

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So I know that technically I am sitting in an office in Midtown Manhattan, but I'd like to urgently convey that in my head I'm at The Providence Hotel in Paris. Let me take you on a little tour.

The restaurant and bar looks like this.

Each of the rooms are individually decorated with vintage furniture, and all come stocked with a full cocktail bar. Also, that headboard.

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How dangerously luxurious is this room? Also since when did I actually like, no, LOVE, wallpaper?

A bed for dreaming and mustard velvet banquettes for reading/cocktail-ing.

Just you, a clawfoot tub, and some cute Parisian chimneys for company.

Simply heavenly, non? 

 

All photos courtesy of Hotel Providence

#TBT To A Vermont Road Trip

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It's been a GLORIOUS day in New York City. 21 degrees, Spring like, birds chirping up a storm. As I opened my front door and felt the balmy air kiss my forehead this morning, promising Spring and Summer and warmth, I found myself reminiscing about our trip to Vermont last year. So, in honour of throw back Thursday, I thought I'd re-post the super nerdy video I made of our trip.

To those curious about our Vermont get-away, after first stopping at our wonderful friend's wedding at this beautiful place, we drove to the historic town of Woodstock. Our hotel was The Kedron Valley Inn, which I cannot recommend enough-comfy beds, an idyllic location and an on-site swimming pond (which you can see me making good use of in the video!). We also loved visiting Billings Farm for old-time wagon rides and some serious interiors inspo (black bottomed bathtubs- be still my heart). And we loved learning about maple syrup (and taste testing, natch) at Sugarbush Farm, which also has one of the best farm shops I've ever been to (we are now hopelessly addicted to these pickles, and have to bulk order them online). Other highlights include amazing interiors heaven Farmhouse Pottery, divine vintage shop Who Is Sylvia (I couldn't resist this) and rad downtown grocery store Woodstock Farmers Market. Guys, I fell so heavily in love with Vermont on this trip. It has, without doubt, the most beautiful countryside I've ever seen in the US, the people are amazing and the food is fresh, local and delicious without even needing to be advertised as so (just as an example, one night at The Kedron we were served raspberries for dessert that the waitress had picked from her garden that morning). In short, Vermont= the ideal mini break for a couple of strung-out New Yorkers looking to stretch out their limbs, sip on local IPA's and pet a seemingly never ending supply of adorable baby farm animals.

Wait, can I go back now?



Snow Day

New York City, Love and Marriage, Living For The WeekendAlexandra kingComment
mid-storm, Jonas

Well, despite my cynicism, Jonas turned out to be a whole lot more than the little storm in a teacup I had witheringly predicted. Saturday was a record breaker- the second highest snowfall in New York City history; and as Brooklynites slept soundly in their beds on Friday night, naughty Jonas whipped himself into a rage. Two and a half feet of snow was dumped onto the streets of Brooklyn, flung onto windows, slopped onto stoops. The city issued emergency measures- banning cars, shutting down transport and urging people not to go outside. We dutifully obeyed, but by 4pm, cabin fever had set in, and, with literally every jumper I own on my body, I persuaded Isaac to take a walk outside with me.

Isaac Jonas
two snow bunnies
Brooklyn Jonas

It truly felt other-worldly. Frightening. Lovely. Visibility at times was only about ten feet or so, busy intersections were totally empty and the only traffic in sight were other stir crazy (emphasis on crazy) civilians, wrapped in every layer they own, desperate for fresh air, and curious about such a new white world.

Alexandra kIng-Lyles TSWIL
jonas, brooklyn apre ski

Despite the wind and snow, we ventured a very long ten blocks to one of our standard haunts, The Double Windsor, which (god love you Double Windsor) was one of the few places open. Inside, it was pumping, with skis and sledges propped against the walls.  Apres-ski in Brooklyn! We dutifully drank hot toddies and ate too many french fries. Then began the truly punishing walk home (into rather than away from the blizzard). The snow smacked us hard on our cheeks and filled our eyes with water. Cue multiple groans of "who's idea was this?" (mine) and epic falls over walls of ice. A couple of times we stopped into the few open places on 7th Avenue for warmth. It took us about an hour to walk ten blocks.

kitty girls

FYI,  these girls know how to deal with a blizzard (cuddle, chill, stay the hell inside). I swear they are giving serious side-eye in this photo.

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Once home, we thawed out (courtesy of our battered old bathtub) made spaghetti and binge watched the new Netflix Chelsea Handler show (hilair and well done. Highly recommend). I had learned I have bad survival skills. But all was well.

Brooklyn in Jonas
isaac shovelling snow

The next day, after what had truly seemed like an interminable 24 hours (this girl is truly not made for staying inside- there's only so much hand stand practice I can do on the rug before the neighbors protest) the blizzard was over. Isaac cleared the steps and had a great time bonding with all our friends on our block, digging out cars and clearing the pavements.

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street light and ice, TSWIL
thawing out Brooklyn

And now, on Monday, business as usual. The thaw begins. Oh Jonas, you were naughty as hell, but so pretty.

An Amazing Make Ahead Supper

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Chicken Curry TSWIL

Ladies, gentleman, Romans, countrymen, I have found the perfect chicken dish, courtesy of and lightly tweaked from Shama Mubdi's Bangladeshi Chicken Korma recipe in The New York Times a couple of months back. This is an amazing recipe because it's a cinch to assemble, freezes beautifully and tastes even better the next day. It's delicious, and the perfect one-pot and make-ahead weeknight supper, say I. Recipe below.

Ingredients (serves 4 hungry people)

2 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs (you can use bone in too if you prefer it)

1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

1 large onion, peeled

2-inch knob of ginger, peeled and chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

½ cup whole-milk yogurt

4 to 6 green cardamom pods, cracked open

3 to 5 cloves

2 bay leaves

1 3-inch stick cinnamon

½ teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon black peppercorns

2 to 3 small hot green chiles (optional but very much recommended)

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

A big handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves to garnish

Method

  1. Place the chicken in a medium Dutch Oven cooking pot (one that has a lid), and season with 1 teaspoon salt. Thinly slice 1/4 of the onion, and set aside. Roughly chop the rest of the onion, and purée it in a blender with the ginger, garlic and 3 tablespoons of water, until smooth. Add splashes of water to keep it moving, if necessary.
  2. Combine the onion purée with the chicken, yogurt, cardamom, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon and peppercorns. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring. Cover the pot until the chicken releases its juices, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Uncover the pot, and adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring and flipping the chicken occasionally, until tender and the sauce is gravylike in consistency, about 35 minutes. Adjust the thickness of the sauce by adding water or cooking it down. Stir in the sugar. Pierce the chiles with a knife, then add them. Season to taste with salt. Keep warm over low heat.
  4. Heat the butter and oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. After it foams, add the sliced onions, and cook, stirring, until they are richly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt. Add the onion mixture to the korma. Serve with basmati rice. Wolf down with gusto.

Living for the Weekend: 20/02/15

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Bon Monday mes amours! This weekend I tried to shake off my February funk and be Pollyanna about everything, even when trekking through yet another snow storm on Saturday (this map sums it up doesn't it?). Guys, I can't remember another February where I've felt so oppressed by the cold. Those boring winter layers start to feel so cumbersome, and it's so easy to stay stuck inside, even when your heart and soul are crying out for good fresh air. Either way, I summoned some keep calm and carry on and took myself to task, and in between googling flights to Hawaii, managed to have a beautiful weekend. On Saturday, Isaac made this incredible pasta and we watched the movie Melancholia (I hadn't seen it- extraordinary) at our wonderful neighbour's house. Then on Sunday we walked round our beloved old neighbourhood, flat whites in hand, and visited galleries and friends in the Lower East Side. Then, home for wine and the Oscars.  Bliss. Here are a few snapshots from the penultimate week of February. Hurrah. 

    More snow on Saturday. My face says it all.

 

More snow on Saturday. My face says it all.

    My block.I love it so. Even when it's gross and slushy and freezing. You can't argue with that golden light.

 

My block.I love it so. Even when it's gross and slushy and freezing. You can't argue with that golden light.

    I spent a few hours on Sunday sitting in a window on Ludlow Street as burly men discussed dry wall and drop ceilings . As you can tell, I found it all FASCINATING.

 

I spent a few hours on Sunday sitting in a window on Ludlow Street as burly men discussed dry wall and drop ceilings . As you can tell, I found it all FASCINATING.

    Lemon meringue tarts (from Park Slope's best patisserie,  Colson ) were consumed greedily. Husbands who came bearing them were kissed passionately.

 

Lemon meringue tarts (from Park Slope's best patisserie, Colson) were consumed greedily. Husbands who came bearing them were kissed passionately.

    In addition, poems (this one found in the New York Times Saturday mag) were admired...

 

In addition, poems (this one found in the New York Times Saturday mag) were admired...

Shelf organizing

...and shelves were organised. Or not. I'm trying to declutter but some things are just too precious, aren't they?

Let's rock the hell out of this last February week, kids. And don't forget, for more photos you can follow me on instagram


Living for the Weekend: 13/2/15

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Happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? Man, this one was so sweet and yet so tough for me, as I came down with the mother of all colds on Friday. I've spent the last two days mostly feeling like there was an anvil sitting between my temples, wincing at the smallest of sounds and wondering if it was too early in the day for Nyquil. Nevertheless, Saturday heralded a beautiful Valentine's, with love from Isaac as well as good friends (more in a post later this week. Spoiler alert: there was pizza. And three people. Not like that, perverts). Most crucially though, in an effort to have things looking a little more slick here on TSWIL, I wearily dabbed some concealer on my red nose and soldiered through a little photo shoot with my sweet friend Saskya. I've posted some of the photos she took below, if you'd like to see.

 Posing with my fellow brunette girls

Posing with my fellow brunette girls

 Smooch

Smooch

 Our wonderful friend Anthony, who lives upstairs, and Isaac's great friend Chaz, who was in town from Chicago, braved the sub-zero temps and opted for some male bonding outside.

Our wonderful friend Anthony, who lives upstairs, and Isaac's great friend Chaz, who was in town from Chicago, braved the sub-zero temps and opted for some male bonding outside.

 There were cigars, of course.

There were cigars, of course.

 #justkids

#justkids

 Happiness. It does look like I gave birth to a newborn cat though. Someone call the Mail Online!

Happiness. It does look like I gave birth to a newborn cat though. Someone call the Mail Online!

 Messy books (we've still got lots of projects to work on in the house) but there's sunlight and plants so I'm smiling.

Messy books (we've still got lots of projects to work on in the house) but there's sunlight and plants so I'm smiling.

 On the stoop

On the stoop

 Neighbourhood watch. Thank you sweet Sassy for your amazing photo skills.

Neighbourhood watch. Thank you sweet Sassy for your amazing photo skills.

Living for the Weekend: 6/2/15

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This weekend was jam packed. On Friday night I headed to my friend Erika's apartment for a girls-only dinner party. I met a diverse group of kick ass women- from doulas to florists to fashion designers (the girls only dinner is just SUCH a good idea- I left with amazing new friends that I'm excited to get to know better this year). Saturday, we went to a friend's house for a Raclette dinner, which was a first for me and Isaac. Have you ever been to one? So fun. There's something so magical and convivial about pushing those little dishes of cheese into the special grill, and passing potatoes and cold cuts around the table- I mean, can you go wrong with melted cheese and red wine? Vive la France! I've already got my eye on a raclette machine to call my own. On Sunday our kitchen was filled with good smells and good friends as Isaac and I hosted our taco party. It was a roaring success- and so fun to have an early dinner/drinks party on a Sunday night, which I usually find a pretty depressing time of the week.

Below are some (desperately blurry, it's the tequila's fault) photos from the taco party, if you'd like to see.

 We spread everything on the table, and I made home made cards to help our guests figure out what they were eating

We spread everything on the table, and I made home made cards to help our guests figure out what they were eating

 Boys bein' boys. Shout out to Eric's awesome hoody

Boys bein' boys. Shout out to Eric's awesome hoody

 Delicious Mexican corn, Elote! I used  this recipe , and it was a huge hit.

Delicious Mexican corn, Elote! I used this recipe, and it was a huge hit.

 Hot girls, check, winter jumpers, check, Mexican beer, check.

Hot girls, check, winter jumpers, check, Mexican beer, check.

 Quite the spread, non?

Quite the spread, non?

 Taco joy

Taco joy

 At least I figured out a photo was happening. Yes that is a penis above our heads. It's one of our favorite paintings, by our dear friend and incredible artist,  Despina Stokou .

At least I figured out a photo was happening. Yes that is a penis above our heads. It's one of our favorite paintings, by our dear friend and incredible artist, Despina Stokou.