It’s not often that I miss a Monday post, but last Monday I was attending my grandfather’s funeral and didn’t really feel like writing anything. He died at age 92 after living a long and full life, recently celebrating 68 years of marriage to my grandmother. Even while struggling with Alzheimer’s and prostate cancer, he for the most part managed to maintain a positive attitude and stayed physically active and creatively motivated, taking outdoor walks and drawing and painting almost to the end of his life. The family put together a beautiful service, and Andrew and I were honored to be able to contribute some music to the day.
I’m glad that my grandpa is finally at peace after years of health challenges, but I’m still feeling sad and not quite myself. On top of that, the news of chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has really affected me. I have been watching his programs for years and would always look forward to experiencing new destinations through his unique and thoughtful lens. I will truly miss him. Andrew’s family came to visit this weekend and that was a nice distraction from everything. We had a wonderful time walking all around Brooklyn, chatting, eating and drinking, and cheering for Mexico during an amazing World Cup game. I managed to catch a bit of a summer cold, though, so now I’m resting and feeling a little sorry for myself! I’m hoping to be back to normal by next week and with a new recipe to share, but in the meantime here are some pictures from the weekend.
View of the Manhattan Bridge from DUMBO:
Chicken Trigo grain bowl and papitas from Bolivian Llama Party at Gotham Market at the Ashland:
Baked pesto kale eggs and the World Cup at Prospect Bar and Grill:
The chicken and the egg. Caramelized chicken livers and crispy deviled eggs, + shoofly pie at Butterfunk Kitchen, where the food is very delicious but also very salty!
Gowanus rooftop sunset from Andrew’s parents’ hotel:
Have a wonderful week, and I’ll see you on the other side of summer next Monday!