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happy new year
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a matter of LIFE OR DEATH


spring is open Tuesday through Saturday 12-7pm



a matter of LIFE OR DEATH

urgency, survival, decisions and choices - some dark, some light and those that offer hope, humor or solutions for better living



selected works and designs - Angelica Bergamini, Samira Boon, Jane D'Arensbourg, Design Glut, Edwin Gardner, Ron Gilad, Piet Houtenbos, Chris Klapper, Light My fire, Nava Lubelski, Stephanie Metz, Eelko Moorer, Justin Richel, Richard Saja, Zoe Sheehan Saldaña and Vestergaard-Frandsen

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Metropolitan Home ShowHouse
So, here it is - The Dexter room
Amy Lau has created a DEXTER inspired dining room experience, collaborating with many talented artists and designers with special editions available exclusively through spring design&art.
The room features a table ready for a sit down dinner for twelve. Curious of what it could be like to eat with Dexter? This is not about what will be served, it is all about how to savor it... the table is set to play with our senses. Setting the mood are Amy Lau's chairs, elegant, wounded and slashed; the clean, protective plastic tablecloth; the blood vials centerpieces.

to see more works included in the show
check out our shop, our gallery, or
visit the ShowHouse at
23 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY
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07/03/08
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RICHARD SAJA in New York Times May 22nd
we hope you get to see the article in the Times about Richard and his toile:


view of installation at spring of Proto in
THE EXTRA FANCY ABATOIR


Proto is an earth-friendly cushion made from remaindered fabric cuttings and stuffed with sustainable, plant-based kapok fiber: 25 inches of cuddling pleasure. $300 each

see the complete show by going to
THE REVOLUTION IS SET in 'shows' and clicking on images
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UPDATE
Apologies for the lack of news and lunch pictures - we have been struggling to get over the results of a fire that started in the trash next door and came through the A/C in our back window causing the sprinklers to go off. The place was a complete mess and we lost a lot of stuff. The timing was terrible as we were working to put a new show up. Through our stress, sleepless nights, help from friends and the amazing commitment of our new, very capable interns, we have succeeded!

THE REVOLUTION IS SET - bring it to the table
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SHOPSPRING
if you are having any difficulties registering as a customer or checking out with PayPal - PLEASE CALL US! 718 222 1054 we'll be happy to try and help - thanks!
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What we made for lunch (224)
03.29.08

simple, but very very good - sautéed escarole and mozzarella with crushed chili pepper and a bit of olive oil on french peasant bread, pan heated (with a saucepan on it)
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What we made for lunch (223)
03.28.08

time for a frittata - this time with green beans, tomato and cheddar cheese on toasted french peasant bread from almondine along with a boston lettuce salad
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What we made for lunch (222)
03.27.08
we were joined for lunch today - our neighbors Michael and Natasha, both talented designers.
lunch: watercress, radicchio and apple salad with a mustard orange dressing; our favorite creamy good gorgonzola dolce with some spicy pecans and some finocchiona salami. Natasha came bearing a delicious chocolate and hazelnut/pinoli torte that she had made

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What we made for lunch (221)
03.26.08

an SLT - luganica sausage, red boston lettuce and tomato on a ciabatta roll - honey mustard on the bottom and a little mayo on the top. Looks a bit stark, but tasted good
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What we made for lunch (220)
03.25.08

a salad of watercress, radicchio, red boston lettuce and grape tomato, prosciutto cotto and manchego with apple
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What we made for lunch (219)
03.22.08

another mixed green salad - this time with fennel, red and yellow beetroot and a caprino (a mild brie like goat cheese)
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What we made for lunch (218)
03.21.08

a mixed green and radicchio salad with mozzerella, grape tomatoes, roasted red and yellow peppers and nicoise olives
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03.20.08

a Tuscan lunch today - soup of escarole, basil and cannellini with some olive oil and parmesan - nice one Anna; a simple sandwich of finocchiona salami (a variation on regular Tuscan salami that is flavored with fennel seeds) in pizza bianca
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What we made for lunch (216)
03.19.08

when you come straight from di Palo's there's nothing better than the no frills fresh mozzarella and prosciutto di parma on warmed pizza bianca
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What we made for lunch (215)
03.18.08
had a chance to swing by Sahadi's earlier so we change gears and have humus with olive oil, harissa, olives and paprika along with roasted cipolini, zucchini and red and yellow peppers. The freshest pita bread is from Damascus bakery next door
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What we made for lunch (214)
03.15.08

another round of the smoked salmon with salad of roasted fennel, carrots and potatoes on sweet red butter lettuce - works for me
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What we made for lunch (213)
03.14.08

imported Italian tuna, boiled egg, green beans, yukon gold potatoes, cornichons and nicoise olives - a sort of nicoise salad variation
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What we made for lunch (212)
03.13.08
sautéed crostini with portabello mushrooms and a tuscan pecorino on a bed of watercress with a little chili oil - amazing
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What we made for lunch (211)
03.12.08

sliced organic chicken with walnuts, apple, a watercress and celery salad and sautéed potatoes
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What we made for lunch (210)
03.11.08

the most delicious air smoked (whole) salmon from Norway (via Acme); a watercress, edemame and endive salad with an orange and mustard vinegrette
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What we made for lunch (209)
03.08.08

whitefish salad on toasted baguette with arugula, cucumber and fresh dill, back pepper
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What we made for lunch (208)
03.07.08

fresh caprino and oregano on toasted baguette; arugula salad with walnuts and dates; prosciutto di Parma
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What we made for lunch (207)
03.06.08

zucchini frittata with arugula on pumpernickel toast
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03.05.08
white fish salad on pumpernickel toast with cilantro, cucumber and fennel; endive and arugula salad
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03.04.08

roasted veg - zucchini, sunchokes, carrots and escarole with caprino (a tasty goat cheese) and multigrain bread
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03.01.08

sausage sandwich - alright! turkey jalepeño sausage with roasted yellow pepper and arugula on a fresh baguette. Coleman's mustard on the bottom, mayo on the top
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What we made for lunch (204)
02.29.08

Friday's fish day so we're back from Acme - some smoked Alaskan wild sockeye salmon (what a color!) with organic cream cheese and cucumber on pumpernickel and mixed grain bagels
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What we made for lunch (203)
02.28.08

this morning we roasted a load of veg - cipollini, carrot, yellow pepper, jalapeno pepper, zucchini and sunchoke which we had with fresh mozzarella, fresh herbs and toasted ciabatta
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What we made for lunch (202)
02.27.08

cannellini with fresh herbs on escarole salad with a delicious pecorino in walnut leaf (from Emilia Romagna); pizza bianca
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what we made for lunch (201)
02.23.08

talapia cooked in chipotle salsa and smoky red chilli sauce and cilantro, arugula and endive on toasted ciabatta - very good
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What we made for lunch (200)
02.21.08

200! So it was documented lunch #200 without even realizing. Luckily, not so shabby! - sweet gorgonzola with walnuts and dates with an arugula salad and ciabatta. Also an organic corn chipotle soup to warm up
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What we made for lunch (199)
02.20.08

getting by with an asparagus and gruyère cheese quiche with a baby spinach and tomato salad
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02.19.08

avocado and shrimp salad on toasted cibatta with tomato salad. Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rock salt
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What we made for lunch (197)
02.15.08

another freezing day, so it's time for some of the organic butternut squash soup, this time with a little chilli oil; sliced flank steak on a mixed green salad and sautéed potatoes with a mustard vinaigrette. Good leftovers!
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What we made for lunch (196)
02.14.08
always an excellent standby - imported mackerel with a little mayo, white wine vinegar, chilli powder and black pepper with endive on multigrain toast
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What we made for lunch (195)
02.13.08

organic butternut squash soup from Trader's; endive with french black lentils and sweet gorgonzola; watercress and multigrain bread
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What we made for lunch (194)
02.12.08

soup and a sandwich day: tomato soup with chilli powder, olive oil and black pepper; prosciutto cotto and brinata with watercress on warmed ciabatta bread
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What we made for lunch (193)
02.09.08

french lentils, sweet gorgonzola and baby spinach salad with toasted pine nuts
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a toasted nan 02.08.08

sautéed portabello mushrooms, roasted red pepper and prosciutto cotto with watercress on a toasted nan
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What we made for lunch (191)
02.07.08

simple solution to "what shall we have for lunch?"- toast with avocado on one, chopped tomato on the other; sea salt, olive oil, black pepper and balsamic vinegar
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what we made for lunch (190)
02.06.08

back from di Palo's....again(!)...simple - fresh prosciutto and mozzarella in pizza bianca. So good!
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what we made for lunch (189)
02.05.08

still a little Mexico in there - a zucchini, onion and fresh jalopeño frittata on toasted cibatta; fennel salad with a lime dressing.
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what we made for lunch (188)
02.2.08

wild Maine shrimp (smaller, but have a really good taste) with an avocado, tomato, onion and jalopeño pepper salad, roasted jalopeño hot sauce - all on a tandoori naan
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what we made for lunch (187)
02.2.08

back from a welcome break, something new - organic soy ginger broth with boiled egg, bok choi, carrot, cipollina, vermicelli; chopped cilantro and hot chili flakes
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meanwhile...

on the sea at Tulum,

smoked oysters on jicama with a salad of tomato and cucumber; shrimp with lime and a spicy hot dip; crackers, cheese, pistacchio nuts etc.

Hola and thank you Francisca!
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meanwhile....

in a market in Mexico City, we find these blue corn tortillas being made before our eyes, which we order with fresh zucchini flowers, cheese from Oaxaca and choice of salsas - verde, hot etc. amazingly good!
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What we made for lunch (184)
1.13.08

soft and creamy sweet gorgonzola with pear and walnuts, arugula on toasted cibatta
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What we made for lunch (183)
1.12.08

prosciutto di parma, fresh mozzarella and mixed green salad in pizza bianca
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What we made for lunch (182)
1.11.08

imported tuna on toasted cibatta, mixed green salad and endive with a mustard dressing
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What we made for lunch (181)
01.10.08

making the most of some leftovers - sliced grilled chicken and an organic pecorino with white asparagus on toasted ciabatta; a mixed green salad and cold sauteed potato with balsamic dressing; tomato soup with chili powder, black pepper and olive oil
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What we made for lunch (180)
01.09.08

we finally get a chance to go to Chinatown and get some fresh tiger shrimp which with watercress salad sits on a toasted ciabatta; an endive and lentil side - dressing is oil, lemon, white wine with some anchovy paste. so good
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What we made for lunch (179)
01.05.08

imported italian tuna, avocado, nicoise olives, mixed green salad with a balsamic dressing
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What we made for lunch (178)
01.04.08

warmed escarole, mozzarella, crushed chili flakes and a little olive oil with pane rustica - mmmm - that's a panino
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What we made for lunch (177)
01.03.08

we're not providing for interns these days (we would if they were here, but they've moved on!), so lunch is for us. Today we had a homemade escarole and bean soup with crostini - sometimes nothing beats it
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What we made for lunch (176)
01.02.08

so here we go...2008. sliced grilled portabello mushroom and caprino (aged goat cheese) on arugula salad with apple and baguette. The jonagold apple didn't really go with the mushroom but tasted good after
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what we made for lunch (175)
12.30.07

last lunch of 2007 - tomato soup and a fine baguette sandwich of prosciutto cotto, robiola and green salad
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what we made for lunch (174)
12.29.07

simple - prosciutto cotto, mozzarella, olive paste and green salad on toasted ciabatta; olive dolce
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what we made for lunch (173)
12.28.07

after a visit to diPalo's (5 numbers/ 55minutes later!) we have prosciutto di Parma, creamy delicious robiola, pear and a mixed green salad with a mustard, lemon and white wine vinegar dressing. No interns in today, but 3 guests visiting NY. Anna, Michel and Mimi
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what we made for lunch (172)
12.27.07

zucchini, red pepper and onion frittata; fennel salad with mustard, cumin and coriander dressing; toasted cibatta
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what we made for lunch (171)
12.24.07

caught short, we have some quiche lorraine from Almondine with some french feta cheese and a mixed green salad with grape tomatoes
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what we made for lunch (170)
12.23.07

mackerel and cucumber on wholewheat toast; a little mayo, white wine vinegar, cilantro, black pepper and hot chili powder
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what we made for lunch (169)
12.22.07


what we half made - another round of good leftovers. This time steamed tomales - one pork and one chicken (added peach salsa and hot sauce is not shown). Salad of arugula, cucumber and grape tomatoes
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what we made for lunch (168)
12.21.07


a delicious aged goat cheese with a salad of arugula with apple, fennel, orange, olives and multigrain bread
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what we made for lunch (167)
12.20.07


a winner, improved. whitefish salad from acme with cucumber on toasted cibata and a salad of arugula, endive and sliced macoun apple with a mustard dressing
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what we made for lunch (166)
12.19.07


everything! - lentils; red and yellow beet salad - with a lemon/mustard dressing; prosciutto di san Daniele; gorgonzola dolce; olives. Potato and leek soup. Almost too much, amost!
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what we made for lunch (165)
12.18.07


came back from Mike's birthday bash bearing leftovers - a mixed bag of grilled veg - fingerling potatoes, mini carrots, purple broccoli, squash and radishes; warmed with a mustard dressing and combined with the fruits of a visit to di Palo's - fresh mozzarella, prosciutto cotto; baguette from Almondine
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what we made for lunch (164)
12.15.07


mette's gone to Denmark

the most amazing gorgonzola dolce with bosc pear, dates and walnuts on bed of mixed arugula and greens salad. So good

thanks Mette!

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what we made for lunch (163)
12.14.07


mozzarella and prosciutto on wholewheat toast; grape tomato, cilantro and olive salad
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what we made for lunch (162)
12.13.07


getting by on a yellow squash soup (red chili, olive oil added) and a fresh prosciutto di san daniele and mozzarella baguette sandwich
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what we made for lunch (161)
12.12.07


cous cous with mozzarella, grape tomatoes, olives and a red and yellow beet salad with a mustard dressing
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what we made for lunch (160)
12.09.07


a great combination of lentils, shrimp (frozen - and nothing on cooking them yourself), yukon and yams; fennel and cilantro salad
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what we made for lunch (159)
12.08.07


fusilli with basil pesto, black olives, roasted red pepper and mozzarella; arugula and wholewheat toast
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what we made for lunch (158)
12.07.07


skimping by with nothing in the fridge - aged latteria, apple and pickle (ploughman's special brought back from England - and needs a stronger cheese) - country wholewheat bread, toasted. Cup of yellow squash soup, livened up with a little olive oil, chili powder and black pepper
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what we made for lunch (157)
12.06.07


sable (black cod) jonagold apple.cornichons and arugula salad on multigrain toast; a little mayo, black pepper
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what we made for lunch (156)
12.05.07


an excellent frittata of zucchini, pancetta, red pepper and mozzarella; arugula salad and multigrain toast
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what we made for lunch (155)
12.04.07


creamy La Tur cheese; green bean salad with grape tomatoes, artichoke hearts, parsley and mustard dressing; tomato soup with a little chili powder and olive oil
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what we made for lunch (154)
12.02.07


prosciutto di san daniele, brinata, olives and a mixed green salad with grape tomatoes and a balsamic dressing; multigrain toast
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what we made for lunch (153)
12.01.07

one year of lunches documented!
a colorful special - hand cut smoked salmon; lentils, red and yellow beets (oil, white wine vinegar, lemon dressing) and a mixed salad with spinach and endive. happy to have Rob Price visit for lunch
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what we made for lunch (152)
11.30.07

creamy good La Tur cheese with watercress and endive salad with pine nuts and tomato (oil and balsamic dressing)
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what we made for lunch (151)
11.29.07

oh so good - sable (black bass) with lentils and a watercress and endive salad (lemon vinegar dressing)
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what we made for lunch (150)
11.28.07

so meanwhile, back from ACME, we have baked salmon on fennel and arugula salad with multigrain bread from Almondine
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what we made for lunch (149)
11.27.07

prosciutto cotto with the delicious burrata (the one that comes wrapped in a leaf) -the inside tastes like a really creamy ricotta; watercress and tomato salad with wholewheat toast. So good!
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what we made for lunch (148)
11.24.07

another first - all the ingredients are set (after a trip to di Palos) and Mette gets to prepare lunch - prosciutto cotto, mozzarella on pizza bianca toasted; olive dolce. perfect.
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what we made for lunch (147)
11.23.07

white fish paste (from ACME of course) on watercress and cucumber on wholewheat toast with cornichons. Again, so simple, so good!
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what we made for lunch (146)
11.21.07

zucchini and pancetta frittata on arugula and tomato salad; wholewheat 'peasant' (costs $5.50!) bread.
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what we made for lunch (146)
11.20.07
back to one of my favorites - mackerel, watercress and cucumber on wholewheat toast. A little mayo, chili powder and black pepper
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what we made for lunch (145)
11.18.07

we've had the benefit auction and a lot of good pasta and pizza was eaten over the last few days - this was a pretty straightforward penne with pesto, fresh tomato, mozzarella and arugula.
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MAKE TIME FOR TREES
spring is happy to work with local designer Rob Price and host this project on the weekend of November 16th


Green Design Contest Season: Make Time for a Green Cause is a New York City based green clock design fundraiser for Trees for the Future, a non-profit reforestation organization.

The challenge is to conceive and create a clock that incorporates at least one green element, must stand or hang and be limited to 2ftx2ft. Entries are being accepted now through November 11th at spring design & art, in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, with the top selected thirty clocks exhibited (all will be shown online).

THANK YOU ALL! - a great response and a great success - the auction took place and close to 40,000 trees will be planted.



For more information, check out the Make Time site, which has details on the competition, related events and other pertinent info (like how you design a green clock). Good luck -- the clock is ticking! Make Time for a Green Cause, Trees for the Future
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what we made for lunch (144)
11.13.07

this is really a deluxe ploughman's lunch - a slight variation on the previous lunch from a couple of days ago: fresh baguette with prosciutto cotto and the latteria cheese (a stronger taste) with chutney (from M&S), crunchy apple; along with butternut squash soup
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What we made for lunch (143)
11.11.07

simple, but always hits the spot - butternut squash soup; san daniele prosciutto, brinata, crunchy juicy pear, walnuts and multigrain bread
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What we made for lunch (142)
11.10.07

a pretty good frittata with zucchini and potato on arugula salad with multigrain toast
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What we made for lunch (141)
11.08.07

large farfalle with back olive pesto, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper and sprinkle of arugula. Just a few drops of our new puglese chili oil is all it takes.
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What we made for lunch (140)
11.07.07

fresh back from di Palo's it's time for another round of mozzarella, san daniele proscuitto with artichoke and multigrain bread
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What we made for lunch (139)
11.2.07

round two of the smoked white fish - mixed with a little mayo and white wine vinegar on wholewheat 'peasant' bread; cucumber and black pepper.
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What we made for lunch (138)
11.1.07
finally it's fish taco day - talapia sauteed with hot chili and oregano, wholewheat flour tortillas and sides of cucumber, tomato, finely chopped red onion and red pepper; also smoky peach salsa and hot chili sauce. We had to try some chili oil that I've just made using small round red chili peppers that I brought back from Puglia - it is off the chart HOT!
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What we made for lunch (137)
10.30.07

it's getting colder (no heat yet) so today we have tomato and red pepper soup; toasted baguette with prosciutto (san daniele), a pecorino and artichoke heart.
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What we made for lunch (136)
0.27.07
day 2 of fish from acme - amazing smoked whitefish (this time we went for the whole thing!); potato salad with mustard and mayo and green beans. the fresh chives and oregano are from Julia's garden
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What we made for lunch (135)
0.26.07

friday and it's acme day, so it's smoked salmon and fresh cream cheese and cucumber; wholewheat and bialys from Grand Street. it's all down to the ingredients!
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What we made for lunch (134)
0.25.07
sauteed portabello mushrooms with sliced red onion, mushroom asiago sausage with watercress salad with tomato and feta cheese
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What we made for lunch (133)
10.24.07

delicious! - bresaola with slices of crunchy pear, walnuts and soft creamy cheese (I'll get the name later); watercress and lettuce salad
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What we made for lunch (132)
10.23.07

rotini with pesto, mozzarella, sliced red pepper and arugula
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What we made for lunch (131)
10.20.07

goat cheese on toast with mixed green salad, grape tomatoes; lentils and endive
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What we made for lunch (130)
10.19.07

giant farfalle with olive pesto, mozzarella, cut grape tomatoes and fresh oregano
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What we made for lunch (129)
10.18.07

bresaola; goat cheese with coriander on toasted baguette; endive with lentils with fresh oregano; arugula and endives salad
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What we made for lunch (128)
10.17.07

again, the freshest mozzarella, parma prosciuto on a baguette from Almondine with arugula
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What we made for lunch (127)
10.16.07

imported tuna (from a can) with white beans, red onions, capers and cucumber on multi grain toast with an arugula salad
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What we made for lunch (126)
10.13.07

a straightforward plate of penne with olive pesto, cut grape tomatoes,shaved parmigiano and basil
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What we had for lunch (125)

10.10.07
it's Nora's official last day and frittata was always a favorite, so we
have a bean and small tomato frittata with a mixed salad, balsamic dressing and a sprinkle of chili powder
thanks for all your help, Nora!- it's been fun to have you as part of
spring
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What we had for lunch

10.09.07
caught with nothing, so we grab triangles (samosas and spanakopitas)
and curry couscous from Sahadi's on Atlantic. Of course we ended up with bags of all the other good things from there as well, as it's been a while since moving from the area.
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What we had for lunch

10.06.07
Avocado with rock salt, oil and balsamic on toast; salad of cherry
(sorry grape) tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and arugula. So it ends up that Mette has eaten avocado three days in a row(!) - at least it's good for you/her
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What we had for lunch

10.05.07
sometimes planned leftovers work out the best - some kind of rib steak with thin sliced red pepper and red onion, boiled red potatoes and a
salad of tomato, cucumber and arugula.
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What we had for lunch

10.04.07
chinatown shrimp with a little mayo and white wine vinegar (see
yesterday); tomato salad with red onion; avocado with balsamic dressing, rock salt and black pepper; multigrain toast.
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What we had for lunch

10.03.07
today we have a tuna salad (little mayo, white wine vinegar, capers and cilantro); chopped tomato with a balsamic dressing and arugula; multi
grain from Almondine
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What we had for lunch

09.30.07
another day of the DUMBO arts Festival with a non stop stream of
visitors, so we eat solo again - rotini (the wholewheat pasta from wholefoods - it's not bad) with olive pesto, black olives, mozzarella and arugula -everyone's happy, especially with some chili oil
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What we had for lunch

09.29.07
recovering from a very good opening there's no time to prepare, so we pick up a quiche from wholefoods (remembering that Sandy eats everything except bacon!) and have it a simple salad of arugula and tomato. Everyone eats on their own as it's the DUMBO Arts Festival with hundreds/thousands of visitors to the area.
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What we had for lunch

09.28.07
every one has to eat when they can as it's the last day to prepare for
the opening - so it's a mix of prosciutto di Parma or prosciutto cotto with mozzarella and arugula sandwiches - keep us all going!
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What we had for lunch

09.25.07
keep it simple! - prosciutto cotto and brinata, baguette from Almondine and a salad of arugula , cherry tomatoes, endive and cucumber.
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What we had for lunch

09.24.07
back to the basics as we under the crunch getting the next show
together. Prosciutto di Parma ; tomato and mozzarella and big olives
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What we had for lunch

09.23.07
delicious! grilled portabello mushrooms sliced on baguette with diced
tomato and latteria
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What we had for lunch

09.22.07
today it's frittata with french beans and tomato; mixed green salad
with cherry tomatos and wholewheat bread
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What we had for lunch

09.21.07
basically a salad nicoise - with tuna, boiled egg, olives, tomato, cold
potatoes on lettuce
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What we had for lunch

09.19.07 what a mix - prosciutto, pear, the latteria from Venice and a salad of
arugula and radicchio
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What we had for lunch

09.18.07
straight forward and always good - prosciutto di parma with mozzarella, tomato and basil on a wholewheat bread
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What we had for lunch

09.15.07
some fresh salmon; cous cous with really thin sliced red pepper and a cherry tomato and cucumber salad
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What we had for lunch

09.14.07
direct from acme - whitefish salad, cornichons, an arugula, radicchio
and endive salad with a wholewheat bread from wholefoods.
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What we had for lunch

09.12.07
round 2 from di Palo's: a simple sandwich of prosciutto cotto and a
cheese we brought back with us that comes from outside Venice called latteria with cucumber and tomato
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What we had for lunch

09.11.07
finally, we get a chance to go to di Palo's and stock up on a few
basics, so today we don't need much more than prosciutto di Parma; the freshest mozzarella (always best before it goes in the fridge); slices of beefsteak tomato and some olive pesto with black pepper.
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What we had for lunch

09.06.07
I'm adding this after the fact, which is always harder. Looks like we
had a frittata with zucchini, tomato and cream cheese, which I'm sure was good!
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What we had for lunch

09.07.07
this is a bad time to be posting as we still haven't had a chance to go
food shopping but we make do with tuna, avocado, tomato and multigrain bread.
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What we had for lunch

09.06.07
almost a repeat from a couple of days ago - rotini with pesto, fresh
tomato and arugula.
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What we had for lunch

09.05.07
fresh from the can brought back from Italy - sgombro! (mackerel) on
Almondine baguette, sliced endive and arugula. A little white wine vinegar, mayo and chili powder and we're set.
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What we had for lunch

09.04.07
it's been a long time - basically, from the beginning of inCONSTRUCTION to opening spring up again after the summer, I have pictures of all our
lunches but haven't posted them - so I'll just dive in here...the day after getting back, with
no time to shop. Rotini with basil pesto, sliced nicoise olives, fresh cherry tomatoes, parmisan shavings and baguette. Simple but good.
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inCONSTRUCTION

inCONSTRUCTION
We are happy to show the work of Ralph Ball and Maxine Naylor

'Not for nothing are Maxine Naylor and Ralph Ball widely regarded as among Britain's most thoughtful furniture designers. They have been building up to this book for a long time, slowly and carefully generating the intellectual impetus to carry their study of the meaning of objects into the territory where design meets art. Practical philosophy could be one way to describe their approach.' Jeremy Myerson (Professor of design studies and co-director of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art)
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What we had for lunch

04.28.07
so, it's #100 documented lunch: a simple tri-color salad (arugula,
fennel and radicchio with a lemon vinegrette), two pecorinos - a 'tartufato' (with truffle cream) and a really nice Tuscan one (the one with a grassy rind) and fresh baguette from Almondine. Certainly not as 'fancy' as #99, but just as tasty in a different way!
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What we had for lunch

04.27.07
OK, we realised that we up for documented lunch #100 - but with both Nora and Mette in today (welcome back!) we'd have a special #99 - so off to ACME fish to get the freshest baked salmon; with green salad, cucumber salad, cous- cous and shelled edamame beans; some wasabi mayo and we are set.
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What we had for lunch

04.26.07
grilled/roasted veg - eggplant, zucchini and red peppers. Left
overnight in oil, garlic and they are ready; cous-cous with parsley and some good goat cheese. Oh yes, with some of the crushed chili oil we made from red chili peppers brought back from Mexico
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What we had for lunch

04.25.07
tuna salad (with red onion, celery, crushed chili, parsley etc.);
avocado with sea salt and olive oil - toasted wholewheat bread from wholefoods, that has just opened up down the road from where we live
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What we had for lunch

04.22.07
similar to yesterday, with variations - sable (black cod), watercress
on multigrain toast; a little mayo, chili powder, black pepper, chopped parsley and cornichons
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What we had for lunch

04.21.07
so, there was some talapia left - sliced on watercress, on multigrain
toast with a little mayo, chili powder, black pepper and cilantro - delicious
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What we had for lunch

04.20.07
finally, fish tacos - talapia with all the rest: cucumber, red onion,
tomato and cilantro; corn and chili salsa, smoky peach salsa, very hot jalapeno sauce all wrapped up in a corn tortilla
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What we had for lunch

04.19.07
fritatta with onion, french beans and a watercress salad
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What we had for lunch

04.18.07
looks the same as usual, but this cheese has a creamy truffle
running through it; with proscuitto di parma and an escarole salad
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What we had for lunch

04.15.07
bit of a cop out today - cheese and green chili tomales (in corn husk)
wth jalapeÁZo pepper sauce, corn and chile salsa, roasted black bean dip, smoky peach salsa and chips - thank you Trader J!
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What we had for lunch

04.14.07
more riches from di Palo's- robiata and proscuitto cotto with a nice
salad of watercress, tomato, endive and artichoke hearts
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What we had for lunch

04.13.07
meanwhile, back from di palo's with the goods - multigrain bread,
arugula, fresh mozzarella, olive pesto and proscuitto di parma - it costs more over the domestic, but it's worth it
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What we had for lunch

04.12.04
time for some pasta - penne with pesto, roasted eggplant and red
pepper, sun dried tomato and mozzarella; add crushed chili, arugula and we're set
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What we had for lunch

04.12.04
sliced whitefish on multigrain toast
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What we had for lunch

04.11.04
a really nice piece of smoked cured salmon; white bean salad
(red onion, celery and parsley); watercress and boston lettuce; almondine baguette.
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What we had for lunch

04.08.07
easter day and we're open! again from ACME fish - whitefish spread on french peasant toast (the loaves are huge and last) with roasted red pepper, fennel tops and arugula; fennel salad with coriander and cumin dressing
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What we had for lunch

04.07.07
stuffed grape leaves (lamb and vegetarian from Sahadi's), avocado,
chedder cheese with roasted red pepper, tomato salad, basil, watercress etc etc
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What we had for lunch

04.06.07
direct from ACME - nova salmon on french peasant toast with goat
cheese; fennel and watercress salad - so fine
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What we had for lunch

04.05.07
today we had guests for lunch - designers AlissiaMT and Jan Habraken for a plate of grilled chicken, grilled eggplant; cous cous with roasted red pepper, basil, parsley and crushed chili; cherry tomato and cucumber salad; humus from Sahadi's with paprika,olive oil and wholewheat pita; harissa and olives - all went down very well
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What we had for lunch

04.04.07
endive with goat cheese and black lentils; cherry tomato and endive
salad (oil and balsamic); wholewheat bread
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What we had for lunch

03.31.07
roasted eggplant, mozzarella and tomato with fresh basil, oil and
balsamic; arugula and prosciutto di parma with french country bread.
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What we had for lunch

03.30.07
hors d'oeuvres style snacking - baguette with roasted eggplant,
mozzarella and roasted red pepper.
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What we had for lunch

03.29.07
bresaola, brinata, arugula and cherry tomato salad, olives and baguette
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What we had for lunch

03.28.07
first signs of spring (the season) - rotini with pesto, cherry tomatos,
mozzarella and fresh basil
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What we had for lunch

03.27.07
this could be considered an SLT - sausage, lettuce and tomato; engish mustard, little mayo and cornichon to finish it off.
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What we had for lunch

03.24.07
first, multigrain toast, a little mayo, then watercress, mackerel,
cucumber and black pepper - so good!
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What we had for lunch

03.23.07
hats off to Anna for this one! - grilled eggplant, onion and asparagus;
cous cous with crushed chili and cilantro; humus with parsley, paprika
and olive oil; harissa and pita bread
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What we had for lunch

03.22.07
bresaola and a creamy delicious robiola cheese with a nice watercress and endive salad; multigrain toast - so good
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What we had for lunch

03.21.07
a zucchini and roasted red pepper frittata with a watercress and cherry tomato salad; multigrain bread - gracias Francisca (hola!)
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What we had for lunch

03.18.07
another variation on the theme - mozzarella with cherry tomatoes,
cerignolo olives; prosciutto di parma and miche bread
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What we had for lunch

03.17.07 bresaola with lemon; robiola cheese with fennel and parsley salad:
miche bread
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What we had for lunch

03.16.07
bit of a Mexican influence today - tiger shrimp, roasted black bean paste, guacamole (first time making it but came out well - avocado, red onion, cilantro, chili, lime juice, olive oil); tomato and cilantro salad, tortilla chips and miche bread from Almondine - (miche:'bread-lovers delight: it has a dark, caramelized crust enveloping a
rich chewy interior. ...')
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What we had for lunch

03.15.07 small variation on the classic - prosciutto di parma and mozzarella
with olive paste ond roasted red pepper on multigrain bread; green cerignola olives
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What we had for lunch

03.14.07
sliced portabello mushroom on watercress and endive with goat cheese and tomato. Very good.
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What we had for lunch

03.11.07
we haven't had a chance to shop since getting back, so let's see what
we have: multgrain toast with sweet pecorino (with grass rind), tomato and arugula. Simple, but hits the spot.
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What we had for lunch

03.10.11
farfalle with olive pesto; olives, roasted red and yellow peppers,
arugula and sun dried tomato
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What we had for lunch

03.09.07
after a ten day break - back with a tuna salad with cannelini,
capers, celery, red onion, crushed chili and more; arugula and endive salad; french peasant bread
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What we had for lunch

02.25.07
mackerel, a little mayo and white wine vinegar; mixed salad of boston lettuce, radicchio and endive; almondine baguette
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What we had for lunch

02.24.07
prosciutto di Parma, mixed salad of arugula, radicchio and endive with
a balsamic dressing and of course some multi grain bread
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What we had for lunch

02.23.07
a nice plate of pasta - farfalle with genovese basil pesto, roasted red
and yellow peppers, crushed chili pepper, sun dried tomato and mozzarella; almondine baguette
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What we had for lunch

02.22.07
again, the delicious stand by - fresh unsalted mozzarella, artichoke
paste and prosciutto di parma.
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What we had for lunch

02.21.07
another round of the japanese spicy tofu which we had with
black lentils with celery and green beans.
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What we had for lunch

02.17.07
penne with olive and sun dried tomato pesto, green beans, cherry
tomatoes and shaved parmesan
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What we had for lunch

02.16.07
imported tuna with: sea salt capers, sliced olives, chopped celery, red onion, a little wasabi mayo and crushed chili on Almondine baguette -
watercress and tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil
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What we had for lunch

02.16.07
imported tuna with: sea salt capers, sliced olives, chopped celery, red onion, a little wasabi mayo and crushed chili on Almondine baguette - watercress and tomato salad with balsamic and olive oil
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What we had for lunch

02.15.07
sweet corn and pepper soup from Trader's with chili powder and
oliveoil; sweet gorgonzola and pear on almondine baguette
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What we had for lunch

02.14.07

some experimenting with veg from chinatown - a zucchini, peashoots and
roasted ramp (wild leek) frittata on toast (this time a multigrain from Balthazar - over $5!, but good); watercress and tomato salad
went down well!
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What we had for lunch

02.11.07

tiger shrimp with a really good guacamole and tomato salsa with
cilantro; watercress and fingerling potato salad with mustard dressing.
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What we had for lunch

02.10.07
sweet gorgonzola and pear; prosciutto cotto on multigrain toast with
fennel salad -very nice
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What we had for lunch

02.09.07
what do we have here? avocado with olive oil, balsamic and pepper;
tiger shrimp, fennel with corriander on blood orange and shiso leaf - excellent

too bad - both Nora and Chad couldn't make it in today- they missed out!
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What we had for lunch

02.08.07
il signor panino - broccoli rabe, mozzarella, and prosciutto di parma
on fresh almondine baguette; olive oil and black pepper - can't go wrong.
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What we had for lunch

02.07.07
rotini with olive pesto, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, artichoke
heart and shaved parmesan - tastes better than it looks!
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What we had for lunch

02.04.07
only the two of us to please today - asparagus with a lemon
vinaigrette, parmesan shavings and black pepper; speck and pecorino (it had an amazing rind of grass - we'll look it up). Anyway the speck needed something a bit stronger than brinata; some big cerignola olives and multigrain toast.
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What we had for lunch

02.03.07
second time around with a revised version - spicy tofu with some of the roasted veg, cous cous, chickpeas and green beans. still good
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What we had for lunch

02.02.07
the first guest - and a vegan at that! spicy tofu (from the japanese
supermarket), roasted tomato, zucchini, eggplant and red pepper with cous cous and chickpeas - everyone happy!
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What we had for lunch

02.01.07
simple for 2: tomato soup with added chili powder; meanwhile a trip to Palo's pays off with fresh mozzarella and prosciutto di parma. Whatever else is available, it's just too hard to say "no" to mozzarella before it goes into a fridge.
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What we had for lunch

01.31.07
tuna (italian import) and white bean, some onion and parsley; boiled
egg with paprika; lettuce and watercress salad; nicoise olives and multigrain bread - all in all, very OK!
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What we had for lunch

01.28.07

prosciutto di parma, robiola (a fantastic creamy mix of goat, sheep and
cow milk from Piedmont in Italy); mixed salad of boston lettuce and watercress with bosc pear - a very good mix
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What we had for lunch

01.27.07
a nice bowl of everything - farfalle in sun dried tomato pesto with
mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, nicoise olives, cherry tomatoes.
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What we had for lunch

01.26.07
a bit of a change for us - soba noodles with roasted shitake mushrooms, peppers and asparagus and salmon. A little sesame oil, soy sauce and
crushed chili - ready and tasty!
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What we had for lunch

01.25.07
why mess with the best? - prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella, a little
olive paste and watercress on multigrain toast- mmm
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What we had for lunch

01.24.07
fresh unsalted mozzarella on the freshest country peasant bread (from Almondine of course), a smear of anchovy paste; with almost a tapenade of cherry tomato, black olive with a little balsamic dressing and watercress.
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What we had for lunch

01.21.07

rotini - (again the plus from barilla) with artichoke pesto: sliced
olives, sun dried tomatoes, arugula and shaved parmesan
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What we had for lunch

01.20.07

bean and tomato frittata with arugula and artichoke heart; multiigrain
bread
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What we had for lunch

01.19.07

what looks like smoked gouda is spicy tofu from the Japanese supermarket; bean salad with cilantro; cous cous with parsley and fuji apple; a sprinkle of paprika. Different for us, but good!
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What we had for lunch

01.18.07

mackerel on toast with cherry tomatoes and arugula salad; a little
mayo, black pepper and chili powder. Really a repeat of (20) - but this time the tomato arrangement got a laugh.
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What we had for lunch

01.17.07

penne (plus from Barilla) with sun dried tomato pesto; sliced black
provencal olives, cherry tomatoes, arugula and shaved parmesan
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What we had for lunch

01.14.07

it's been a long time since we've had this treat: a Lower East Side
speciality- norwegian salmon, the best plain cream cheese and bagels (pumpernickel and wholewheat) from Russ and Daughters; along with cucumber, a little thin sliced onion and cracked black pepper - perfect.
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What we had for lunch

01.13.07
day 2 of our veg roasting: today we had zucchini, tomato, eggplant and yellow pepper with olive oil and parsley; goat cheese with cumin and coriander with multigrain toast.
the toaster oven roasting came out well and opens up many possibilities
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What we had for lunch

01.12.07
We're putting the small toaster oven to the test and trying some
roasting - with not bad results.
Roast portabello mushrooms, yellow peppers and some kind of squash we picked up in Chinatown; cous cous with toasted pine nuts, parsley and
chili pepper.
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What we had for lunch

01.11.07
small black lentils and fresh caprino; mixed green salad with cherry
tomatoes; baguette
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What we had for lunch

01.10.07
white bean and celery salad; tiger shrimp with lemon, thai chili and
cilantro; mixed green salad with cherry tomatoes; multigrain toast
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What we had for lunch

01.07.07
grilled eggplant with roasted red pepper; mozzarella with sundried
tomato, provencale olives and multigrain bread.
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What we had for lunch

01.06.07

fancy snacking - winter melon with prosciutto (why not -it's 70
outside), rossellino*, hot salami, olives and baguette
*a pecorino from Tuscany
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What we had for lunch

01.05.07
french bean and goat cheese frittata on multigrain toast, prosciutto cotto (ham) with a tomato and radicchio salad -some chili powder livens things up

OK, I could/should have had a different arrangement - the 'on toast/bread' thing is an ingrained habit and is hard to shake!
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What we had for lunch

01.04.07

new month, new year and it's safe to back to di Palo's so it's time for the classic favorite- unsalted mozzarella and prosciutto on fresh multigrain bread with olive pesto and sliced roasted pepper; tomato on the side
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What we had for lunch

12.30.06
slow day with just the two of us so we 'make do' with a mix of the
lentils and black& mahogany rice, artichoke hearts and a shared slice of quiche lorraine from Almondine - that thing is full on
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What we had for lunch

12.29.06
tiger shrimp with lemon mayonnaise dressing, celery on lentils and
cherry tomatoes.
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What we had for lunch

12.28.06

Italian tuna in olive oil with salad of radicchio, celery and black olives; carrrot, artichoke heart and roasted red peppers. Fresh baguette from down the road.
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What we had for lunch

12.27.06
black and mahogany rice with cracked pistacchio; endive, beetroot and carrot salads - not bad!
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What we had for lunch

12.24.06
just a simple tomato soup (with added chili powder,black pepper and
olive oil. mixed salad with pear and crucolo*. OK, I should have put the pear and cheese either side of the salad! We're obviously watching too many food shows - talk about plating.

*an artisanal cheese that comes from the Trentino region in northern Italy - has a "surprisingly tangy finish to its creamy flavor"
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What we had for lunch

12.23.06
this happens to be a favorite: mackerel (in a can from Italy) on toast,
a little mayo, white wine vinegar, black pepper, and chili powder; arugula and cherry tomatoes. So good.

vive la Coop!
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What we had for lunch

12.22.06
we had very busy day and had to eat in shifts; so today: La Tur* cheese and a boston lettuce, radicchio, baby arugula salad with slices of pear with a mustard dressing; french peasant bread from almondine.

*La Tur is a great three milk cheese from piemonte in italy.
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What we had for lunch

12.21.06
more good adapted leftovers - roast beef with wasabi mayo; yukon gold potato salad; green bean, watercress and cherry tomato salad.
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What we had for lunch

12.20.06

leftovers! - OK, really good leftovers. We added the green bean salad.
Shrimp cerviche, roast potatoes, roasted fennel, ciliegine and cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers and iberico.
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What we had for lunch

12.19.06
very busy day, just the two of us with no time to pick anything up
so....butternut squash and apple soup (a new and good one from Trader Joes), with a bit of chili powder, parmesan and olive oil. Almondine baguette and brinata (which is one of our favorite cheeses from di Palo's)
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What we had for lunch

12.18.06

Special treat - fresh burrata, which is amazingly good, with prosciutto
di Parma, asparagus and fresh baguette almondine. mmmm
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What we had for lunch

12.17.06

Rotini - multigrain*, sun dried tomato pesto, chopped nicoise olives,
crushed chili pepper, fresh basil, mozzarella and artichoke hearts. This one was good as we were busy and could eat whenever we got the chance.


*(barilla plus - it's good and most importantly doesn't go soft or cook strangely)
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What we had for lunch

12.16.06
A classy ham and cheese - prosciutto cotto and crucolo (again from di Palo's), artichoke paste, sliced roasted red pepper and a couple of watercress leaves. The baguette is from Almondine bakery on Water Street - that's where we get the great multigrain from as well.
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What we had for lunch

12.15.06
cous cous with toasted pine nuts, dried apricot, crushed dry chile pepper (hot!), fresh parsley and basil. Fresh french feta cheese on top and bread on the
side. I wanted some green beans with this, but we didn't have any. Next time.
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What we had for lunch

12.14.06
The freshest and best mozzarella and prosciutto di Parma from di Palo's on multigrain bread with fennel salad and arugula. It was just two of us today, so this repeat favorite went down well.
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What we had for lunch

12.13.06

Avocado and shrimp on multigrain toast with fennel and arugula salad
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What we had for lunch

12.12.06
Penne with pesto, sun dried tomatoes, nicoise olives, fresh basil; arugula and parmesan shavings.
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What we had for lunch

12.09.06

Grilled chicken, lentils, arugula and fennel salad, baguette.
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What we had for lunch

12.08.06
Frittata with asparagus and shallot on multigrain toast; yukon gold
potato salad with oil and rosemary, watercress
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What we had for lunch

12.07.06

tuna with white bean salad, ciabatta toast, olives and watercress salad
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What we had for lunch

12.06.06
Sweet gorgonzola, lentils, watercress salad and endive with mustard dressing, walnuts
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What we had for lunch

12.05.06

Avocado on toast, olive oil and rock salt with prosciutto
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What we had for lunch

12.03.06

Prosciutto with multi grain bread, mozzarella, olive pesto, roasted red peppers, salad w/mustard dressing
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What we had for lunch
12.02.06
Goat cheese on toasted baguette with dried apricot, bresaola, mixed
salad and pinoli
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What we had for lunch
12.01.06

Rotini with olive pesto, roasted red peppers, peperoncino, arugula with parmesan shavings.
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