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Week in Review

Mussels and McDonald\'s Fries

Mussles and Micky D’s fries

It’s been a pretty cool week. No celeb sightings yet (which people say is unheard of, being that we live in the hipster-infested Lower East Side, or LES), but this week was sunny, fun and I got to hang out with some cool people.

Monday – Met Molly, Wendy and two new girls for book club. It was a great meeting, as we all went off on tangents and started discussing The Real Housewives of New York, and other such important topics after our book

Tuesday – Since Diesel was gone for a few days, I met up with our friend Cyrill from Seattle, well Germany. Cyrill used to be my German manager when I worked in Redmond. A few years later, he moves to Seattle and becomes good friends (i.e. beer buddy) with Tim. He and his gf Dawniel ended up sharing a ski house with us and friends, and in a couple of weeks the two of them will be visiting us for a couple of days. Funny how things happen in life….

Wednesday – Winter Boots (my co-worker) and I should stop hanging out together. This was the day we earmarked to fill our rolls with lard. I even lied and had a meeting moved to late afternoon, when in fact, I took the time to walk over to Shake Shack before 11:30 to avoid to long line…I need help. My pigness has reached new heights, now I’m even lying at work….

Thursday – Drinks and dinner with Queen Bee and Seno at Smith’s in Greenwich Village. I admit that the high concentration of 70+ year-old patrons made me a bit skeptical, but the dishes were inventive, fresh and delicious. And the company was delightful. All in all, a short, but perfect evening.

Friday – SOMEHOW, one of Diesel’s friends, Andy, was able to get his friends to cook and invite us over, even though Andy didn’t cook nor was he hosting this dinner party. So up we went to a beautiful Upper East Side apartment to have a delicious meal with Megan and her husband Dan, Andy and his partner Amon. The highlight of the evening for me was sitting up on their roof drinking champagne and eating berries

Saturday – It was a blue sky, 80 degree day. After Diesel cooked delicious mussles, which were beautifully complimented by McDonald’s fries, I met up with Molly and Wendy of book club for some ice tea and yummy cupcakes at Sugar Sweet Sunshine in our hood. Relaxing evening without Diesel, as he debuted as a kitchen peon at Megan’s friend’s restaurant.

Sunday – Diesel’s friend, who owns a pizzeria in Brooklyn, invited us and several of their French Culinary Institute classmates to have some free pizza at Schmook’s. Although we traveled from far and wide (it IS Brooklyn, after all), there were several people that showed up, and it was nice to meet the people that have shared knives, family meals, and more with Diesel.

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