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Blog - Your weekly dose of joie deVivre.

Unquiet meals make ill digestions.

(photo courtesy of Eureka NYC)

Treats & Eats

1. What were you cooking at 16 years-old? I was "cooking" mac 'n cheese and making PBJ sandwiches. Flynn McGarry is well ahead of me. Although he's cooking a take on PBJ, it's much more elevated than any other take on PBJ you'll see in most places - "an amuse-bouche of foie gras torchon with quince on house-baked Ritz crackers" that McGarry creates himself, shaping the edges with a toothpick during prep. McGarry, a 16 year-old chef prodigy, has apprenticed and staged at some of the best restaurants in the world, including Eleven Madison Park and Alinea. His newest venture, Eureka at Creative Edge Studio in the West Villge, has 4 seatings, two times a week. The venture is for 6 more months, but depending on the success (it's already selling out!), plans to stay are indefinite. Check it out for yourself! 

2. To beer, or not to beer: that is the question posed by New York Shakespeare Exchange, a pub crawl founded by Ross Williams as a vehicle for engaging new viewers. Audiences join the Shakespearean actors on their tour of 4 pubs in the city (this weekend they hit FiDi), performing scenes while you're enjoying complimentary beer, wine, or cocktails. "NYSX offers theatrical programming that explores what happens when contemporary culture is infused with Shakespearean poetry and themes in unexpected ways." You can join this group at 2:30p at The Dubliner on Saturday, November 14th for some 'household words'.

Sights & Sounds

1. Enjoy the continuing mild weather this weekend by heading to see the Isamu Noguchi exhibit at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Curated by the Museum's senior curator, Dakin Hart, the show features 18 works from the Museum's permanent collection that have been specifically chosen for various settings at BBG. The centerpiece of the installation is a selection of eight works in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden that interact subtly with the setting’s rolling hills, rocks, pond, and plantings. This sometimes feels more like a treasure hunt than an exhibition, which adds to the fun. There are also audio tours that you can download on the website for some of the pieces. So grab a map and get hunting! 

2. The New York Comedy Festival started on Tuesday and runs through Sunday, November 15th. It takes place at more than 20 venues throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Created in 2004, the New York Comedy Festival is a five-day festival featuring more than 200 comedians performing in more than 60 shows at venues throughout the City. The festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway, in association with Comedy Central. A lot of the big name tickets are already sold out of course, but you can still find the odd ticket and it's always fun to check out a lesser known act because you never know if/when they'll blow up.

As always, if you'd like our help planning your weekend, or booking tickets, let us help!