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To Columbia, for Prospects

The Columbia Journalism School Career Expo is held once a year on the campus. We attended, in hopes of finding the talented journalists for The Record and the USA Today Network. Ed, Leif, Manny: Talking with candidates.    The boys […]


Supper with Ken and Jessica

A fun Friday with good friends. Ken’s new cookbooks are out! Kids are playing dress up. Some ice pops for dessert. Now it’s time for grown-up supper. Sausage and salad from the farmers market, plus spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. […]


Mighty Quinn’s in Clifton

Mighty Quinn’s BBQ takes its inspiration from the South, but comes to us from New York City. Our outpost in Clifton seems to combine the best of both. It’s an order-at-the-counter type place. And you move down the line. As […]


Fortina in Rye Brook

A wonderful and productive lunch meeting with Christine Sloan of Fios TV’s Restaurant Hunter NJ! We chose Fortina because we both happened to be in Westchester that morning. Hello, old friend. Arugula salad with chicken. The best, if you can’t […]


Nix in Manhattan

Surprise! The farm’s great friend Diane is in town! A trip for dinner is in order. Down to the village we go. It’s been ages since we’ve seen each other. Though thanks to our blogs, at first, and social media, […]


Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner

Kris and Tom have generously hosted a St. Patrick’s Day supper for several years running. This year, they generously offered to bring it to us. We drank rye. And served good food.   YUM. A messy living room dinner. It […]


Homemade Corned Beef

Everything old is new again. The farm is heading down the homemade sausage, homemade corned beef, homemade ham route. Just like we did nearly 10 years ago when we experimented with duck confit, sausage and cassoulet. This week, Greg is […]


Hair and Makeup! A Photo Shoot for 201

Five moms, with five kids each! A good story for Mother’s Day, yes? For what ended up being the May cover of 201 magazine, Heather and Deirdre brought these moms in to the studio for a photo shoot. Here’s a […]


Rocky’s Pasties in Wharton

Every culture’s got a meat pie. Turns out the miners from Cornwall, England, who settled in the hills of Morris County, N.J. have one too: a pastie. Rocky’s in Wharton has been selling them for four generations. The meat pastie […]


March Snowstorm

There’s always one, isn’t there? A big storm hit the farm this March. It was a school and work days, so you know what that means.   And also a nice brekky. Going back to help out the bees.  And a walk […]


Crush Eleven in Cocoa Village

My favorite meal of our Destinate trip to Florida was at Crush Eleven in Cocoa Village. Suzy had primed me for the bacon-bourbon old fashioned, so that was a given: We shared Medjool Dates with Goat Cheese, Millionaire’s Bacon, Malbec Gastrique: […]


A Walk through the Viera Wetlands

Not 10 minutes from our hotel is a wonderful nature preserve, the Viera Wetlands. It was the perfect place for an early morning walk. Look at all the birds!          Amazing! Pink ones!    Alligators are best observed from the […]


Cedars Cafe in Melbourne

Suzy, being the food writer at Florida Today, knows how to pick a restaurant. And, not surprisingly, chefs know how to treat Suzy when she picks their restaurant. We arrived at Cedars Cafe in Melbourne, and the table was already […]


Florida Lunch

A rooftop lunch, and a walk around the little village of Cocoa, Florida. A very nice break from our Destinate work. Suzy and Annette in the wind. Windy. The downtown is cute. Afterwards, a coffeeshop work session. Palm trees. I’m not […]


A Visit to Florida Today

Team Destinate is sets up camp at Florida Today, and discovers a lot of quirky old newsroom items. Here is a bust of Al Neuharth, for example. There are sheep. Morning news meeting. Long hallway. Mostly empty newsroom. Sadly, a […]


To Florida, for Destinate

I am off on a work trip, to help set up Destinate for its next phase: a full-on expansion throughout the state of Florida. Here are a few pics from my Instagram story that day.  Rainy day at Newark Airport. Orlando! Tarmac. […]


New Clock, New Chairs

Some new furniture at the farm! Our new Nelson Eye Clock, nabbed at a recent Design Within Reach warehouse sale, and two new Noomi Swivel Chairs. Clock! Chairs! The chairs have replaced the red wing chairs, which were the last […]


Oratamin Winter Social

The annual Oratamin Winter Social was a fun and fabulous party, held at Nikki and Danny’s house this year. Look at these fabulous women! Pics from the evening: Nice spread. More party-goers. Les dorkages: Megan goes in for the cake: […]


A Visit to the Trenton State House

Our team in Trenton needs metrics. So we deliver them. Personally. Here’s the TV upon which they will display. Dan and I head down to the bureau, TV in the back of his Ridgeline. Our shop is first in line. […]


Rockland Lake Walk

Rockland Lake on a misty morning. A good walk. Related posts: Rockland Lake Walk A Walk at the Lake A Snowy Walk at the Lake More Biking: 16 Miles to Rockland Lake and Back


Cyndia’s in Totowa

I have become more than a little obsessed with the Spinach Salad at Cyndia’s. It’s a little luncheonette in Totowa, N.J., just a few miles from my new office. And this salad fits my new low-carb diet to a T. […]


The Twisted Oak in Tarrytown

When the chef says he’s going to cook for you, and you plead that he take it easy because you’re off carbs? And you have a great meal and still stick to your diet? That’s a great evening. Thank you […]


The Centennial of Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers — author, playwright, tragic figure — would have turned 100 years old this year. She spent more 20 years living in a house on Broadway in Nyack, where she wrote some of her best-known works, including Member of […]


Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

A cemetery to the famous. And the not-so-famous. Green-Wood, a historic landmark, is home to the resting places of such notables as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Horace Greeley and Leonard Bernstein. At least those were the three we chose to visit. You […]


Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale

Next step on our Big Day of Fun: The Design within Reach warehouse sale in Industry City in Brooklyn. A balmy day, indeed. This is a similar sale to those that Greg has often worked in Secaucus. Tables: Furniture: Our […]


Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn

No sleep til Brooklyn! We are heading out on a Big Day of Fun people, and it starts right here with a delicious Thai meal at Pok Pok NY. Heading down in the family truckster: We were a few minutes […]


Broadway Nights: Sunset Boulevard

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a night at the theater with Boo. Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close was a treat. She alone was worth it. I started with a Manhattan in Manhattan, at Brasserie Athenee. Grilled shrimp.  Pretty […]


Aviation Cocktail

We haven’t been drinking many Aviations lately. But they are an old favorite. This one was particularly delicious. Absences makes the palate grow stronger? Aviation Cocktail Makes two drinks. 3 ounces gin 1 ounce maraschino liqueur 1 ounce lemon juice […]