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Josh Karpf

Member Since 27 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Jan 12 2017 04:23 PM
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In Topic: So many Exhibitions, So Little Time

04 January 2017 - 10:06 PM

Tomorrow, my lovely spouse and I will see Pipilotti Rist's "Pixel Forest" at the New Museum.

 

She'd be very grateful for a nearby lunch MF recommendation besides my Chinatown peasant-food favorites like carby hand-pulled noodles or slimy tendon stir-fries.

 

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In Topic: What WINE are you drinking?

04 January 2017 - 08:03 PM

Helping friends make wine in Brooklyn, a six-times-a-year collaboration, has been one of my greatest pleasures of the past fifteen years.

 

Sometimes we get lucky and drinking the wine's a pleasure, too. It's always on the light side, but later vintages have been pretty well balanced and have escaped the early years' vegetal curse.

 

Buying grapes (at the Terminal Market) and crushing (in a Carroll Gardens backyard): 

https://www.flickr.c...157652101266445

 

Pressing (in the basement): https://www.flickr.c...157649774444303

 

Racking: https://www.flickr.c...157650536408762

 

Bottling: https://www.flickr.c...157647446772900


In Topic: McDonald's opens its Vatican City location

03 January 2017 - 03:13 AM

"Cardinal Elio Sgreccia . . . told La Repubblica that no price is high enough to justify the 'disgrace' of selling 'unhealthy' food 'that I would never eat' in such a place. 'I repeat, selling mega-sandwiches in Borgo Pio is a disgrace,' he said. The rent money could better be used to help 'the area's needy ... and suffering, as the Holy Father teaches,' he said" (NBC News).
 
Au contraire, il mio cardinale. The Eternal City's scarcity of restrooms more than justifies a Mickey D's to help the area's suffering.

In Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

29 December 2016 - 11:13 PM

Your family and mine have had it easy with interdenominational dining. There's a whole book, What Do You Mean, You Can't Eat in My Home?, on how people who insist on strictly kosher dining can get along as best as possible with less/non-devout relatives.

 

What are people doing for New Year's Eve, if anything? After a James Beard House NYE dinner turned out to be lame, my finest-dining and -drinking friends have been enjoying Gramercy Tavern for the last three years. At midnight we applaud the back of the house as they conga out of the kitchen banging pots and pans.


In Topic: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

28 December 2016 - 07:41 PM

Christmas is today for me and my lovely spouse. On 12/25 we went to an extended-family, UU, creche-and-dreidel, ham-and-latkes earnest celebration of savior-based redemption complementing Yahwehian tribal fortitude.
 
Today's more secular version, just for us, will feature presents, decorations, bad music, Rogue One (though I guess a Christmas movie is on the Jewy side), and dinner out at Battery Park City's Blue Smoke, whose menu seems to have plumped up with new-Southern entrees.
 
Nonseries Star Wars series film, Christmas on non-Christmas, nonbarbecue at a barbecue restaurant. Happy holidays, Cthulhu eat us one and all.