The Weekly Edit #7: The Welcome to Brooklyn Edition!
The best things to do, see, eat, read, watch, listen, move, buy this week.
There is nothing I love more than planning. Even when I am home, in addition to meticulously plotting travel itineraries, I spend tons of time researching new restaurants, intriguing events, and just-announced exhibitions to drag my friends and family along to. I am always on the lookout for a stimulating read, a must-listen podcast, and a new work-out to try. So, I figured I may as well put all those hours of research to use and share these things with you as well!
The Weekly Edit will be a to-do list of sorts selected directly from my own calendar and personal interests.
Because I am based in LA, there will always be one “Do” and one “See” for LA, as well as a couple of other events from places I am in or have recently traveled to – at the moment that is NYC! The other categories of eat, read, watch, listen, move, and buy will normally be applicable wherever in the world you are (hey international and east coast readers!). I really hope you enjoy this series and let me know what you are getting up to this up-coming week!
This weekend marks our first weekend living in Brooklyn! And in all honestly, we are feeling slightly overwhelmed with all the possibilities and options to keep ourselves entertained. There is so much going on all over NYC in the summer, that I am scared to miss out on anything and everything wonderful! Although, as always, I like to focus on free and cheap events. On Tuesday night I want to try out Hudson River Park’s Sunset Salsa, I have heard great things about the free lessons and salsa dancing is something I have wanted to try for forever! (I even have two thrifted frocks with me specifically for salsa dancing!)
A friend of mine also invited me to see Broadway in Bryant Park on Thursday afternoon, a weekly summer event where the most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Speaking of Broadway, every single morning I am applying for the Hamilton lottery and praying that one day we hit the jackpot. How dope would that be?! Having said that, this is a great resource for keeping track of all the Broadway lotteries that are going on!
Don’t worry LA, I won’t forget about you in these weekly edits! If you are looking for a delicious, authentic taste of New Orleans, this weekend is the Long Beach Crawfish Festival. The place to go if you want to indulge in fresh crawfish, frog legs, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, rice pudding, and Café du Monde-style chicory coffee and beignets.
One of my favourite events of the year, Politicon, is also taking place this weekend. Dubbed as an unconventional political convention, the two-day conference features debates, panels, films, comedy, and podcasts, with appearances by Chelsea Handler, Jake Tapper, Tomi Lahren, Ann Coulter, and man-of-the-hour Anthony Scaramucci. This year Chelsea Handler is going to interview Tomi Lahren and I am rather bummed to be missing it! I attended a couple of years ago and it was one of my favourite events of the whole year.
NYC is overflowing with new-to-me galleries and museums and all my friends have been nothing short of wonderful when it comes to suggesting places for me to go. At the moment, I am really interested in seeing Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible at the American Folk Art Museum. Gabritschevsky was a Russian-born biologist who once worked at the Pasteur Institute (a biological research institute in NYC), but was later committed to a mental hospital where he spent the rest of his life creating a massive body of surreal artworks. The exhibit is on until August 20th and admission to the museum is free!
Before it airs on HBO on Aug. 7, tomorrow LACMA is screening Lisanne Skyler’s documentary, Brillo Box (3 Cents Off), followed by a discussion with the director herself. Skyler traces the journey of the Andy Warhol Brillo Box pop-art piece her parents bought in 1969 for $1,000. After they sold it a few years later, the same sculpture was resold at Christie’s in 2010 for $3 million, and again in 2014 for $1.7 million! The Brillo Box is among the more than 120 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and other items on display in Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971 (through Sept. 10), LACMA’s current exhibit on the history of Virginia Dwan’s famed gallery, which opened in Westwood in 1959 and in New York in 1965.
THIS IS WHERE YOU SEND ME ALL YOUR NYC FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS! I want to start with NYC’s most essential foods; pastrami, ramen, pizza, bagels, bbq. All of which I need in gluten-free varieties! So far I have heard the best gluten-free bagel is from Tompkins Square, the best gluten-free bakery is Erin McKenna’s Bakery (Babycakes NYC), the best gluten-free brunch is Rosemary’s, the best gluten-free meatballs are found at The Meatball Shop, and the best gluten-free Italian is Rubirosa. Again, call me, beep me, and let me know your other recommendations – I know you have them.
While I am still catching up on audiobooks and bookbooks that I have written about in previous weekly edits, this week I am going to focus my attention on my ultimate favourite thing to read about — food! Currently bookmarked are an array of diverse topics, all in the food culture niche.
+ Farmers go through all lengths to protect their precious cherries from birds, bugs, and weather. Then comes the expensive part: paying for hand-pickers.
+ The female free divers of JeJu are part of a dying profession. From pollution to modern life, there don’t seem to be as many of these ladies in the sea anymore. Read about their arduous but beautiful fishing and foraging story on Roads and Kingdom (my favourite website!).
+ Flaming Hot Cheetos were the genius idea of a Mexican janitor who is now the executive running Frito-Lay’s Hispanic marketing team. Read his rags to riches story on Foodbeast.
I have spent a lot of time in India over the years and it is a country and culture that I hold very near and dear to my heart. Daughters of Destiny is a four-part documentary that profiles a handful of girls who are students at the Shanti Bhavan boarding school in India, an institute dedicated to educating children from the Dalit caste (those who are deemed “untouchable”). Those in this caste are often completely unable to raise themselves and their communities out of poverty and females, in particular, face both caste and gender discrimination. It definitely won’t be a light watch, but an interesting and thought-provoking choice. I have a feeling its also going to be quite frustrating to watch, as attempts to transcend caste can often feel impossible to those who are in it. You can stream it on Netflix!
Additionally, have a read of this article to learn how networks decide whether a show should air in fall or midseason and this article which explains how Rotten Tomatoes became Hollywood’s most influential (and feared) website!
My listening history at the moment is completely dominated by my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify. The weekly, personally curated playlist always has some cracking tracks on it and more-often-than-not, I love them all! Some highlights from this week are “First” by Baum, “Sweetness” by Jaja Bu, “Collapse” by Twin Oaks, and “I Know The Way Home” by Andrew Galucki. Also, this week I want to give Spotify Me a try. The website shows you your most listened-to artists and genres throughout your entire Spotify listening history – could be very interesting!
New city means new fitness studios! And I am determined to try out as many of NYC’s as possible! Within a couple of days of arriving here, I bought the intro month pack for YO BK, a bikram and hot pilates studio in Williamsburg. Since then, Tristan has also bought an intro month pack and has been skipping off to his own hot yoga sessions (he even said he wanted a Kombucha this morning…what?!) I have been doing bikram yoga on and off for years and I find that while it isn’t my favourite style of yoga, it is great for increasing patience with yourself, stretching everything out and preventing yourself from having a failing spine in later life. On the other hand, I am loving their Inferno Hot Pilates classes – I have never done a workout where I constantly think “sh** I am not going to be able to finish this!”
Yesterday morning I went to a master class with the founder of Inferno Hot Pilates, Gabriella Walters, and I am going to be interviewing her asap for an up-coming blog post! So stay tuned for that!
Because I am back on the yoga grind, I have been having a browse around for some new yoga apparel. I really need a new mat, towel and bag because the ones at the AirBnB aren’t really cutting it. Well, most of all I need an extra thick mat, as after three classes on the wooden floor I have some rather painful bruising on my bony bum. I shall probably be purchasing this pink extra thick one from Amazon (although this colour-in one is rather charming), this standard-size hot yoga towel, and this yoga mat bag to make my Subway journeys a little more organised.
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