I have been so distracted by everything that has been going on out here that by the time I get home every night I am too exhausted to even think about writing a blog post! So here is a complete blast of information about what has been occurring around the world of the Wandering Willey!
Work is going great! I am truly assuming a positive role as the manager of the joint. We are evolving and creating new avenues towards success (including new locations!). I am in love with the employees
of the place on both the crif side and the bar side. Everyone seems to be completely involved and passionate about what they do, and not to mention extremely nice. They have been very welcoming and made my life extremely easy as I dive in head first. So far so good at Crif Dogs.
Shannon’s job seems to be going amazingly! As it turns out she is phenomenal at being a cocktail server. I know we never doubted her, but she really has taken everything on head first and proven to her new employers that there is no one better to be had. She is ripping up the ranks, and I am continually astonished by her new found cocktail knowledge. She is ruling the Manhattan cocktail scene. Tanner, Dan, and I have already created a wonderful routine of planting ourselves at her bar… woe is me, life is hard when you have the two most distinguished and exclusive cocktail bars at your disposal at any time!
We have a DAN! Shannon and I recently went out and got ourselves a Dan to live with. After all of his recent travels Dan DeMartini has finally landed himself in open arms at 198 Ave A.
Bringing with him some rare delicacies from Italy and France, and an armful of stunning wines we have had no excuse to not celebrate his arrival. The vintages we have been sipping at home lately have been not only great wines, but once in a lifetime wines. Dan we love you. We are so extremely happy that we have you to share new adventures with.
I had a particularly rough day at work the other day when I was working the counter at Crif. It just so happened to be the New York Dance Parade, which turns out to be a procession of any and every kind of dancing that winds its way through the city and ends right in front of our restaurant! In other words I had approximately 8 Trillion dancers filter in and out of the place for hot dogs all day long! It was so extremely bust that we ultimately would run out of essentially everything at one point or another during the day. On the other hand we did get to watch break dancers, stilt dancers, belly dancers, hip hop dancers, and many many more waltz their way through the city streets all day long. One thing I am beginning to appreciate about the city is that there is ALWAYS something going on around where I am. There is never any shortage of wonderment happening at any given time.
Shannon, Dan, and I have been focusing on eating well and in a somewhat un-traditional fashion lately. We have solely been eating in small tapas style portions. We come home every night and pop open a bottle of wine, and then lay out a spread of beautiful tastes which we pick at all night. Dan actually was able to taste us on some amazing treats most recently: black truffles, white truffle creme, and a spreadable salami which was to die for. I have included some photos of our typical spreads. They are truly very simple, and they seem to be more satisfying than most meals I have eaten.
There are a lot of new developments happening out here, and as soon as I am up to date with everything (hopefully tomorrow) I will make sure to let all of you fabulous people know exactly what is happening on this small little island we have decided to call home. I hope everyone is doing very well out there. I so very much miss New Mexico right now. I miss the open air and all of the lovely people there. I am sorry I can’t be with you for this extremely important weekend coming up! Love you all!
So tonight we made a list of dishes we wanted to cook at home that we haven’t ever attempted. We have been relying on so many of the same dishes week after week, and it is time to branch out. I have been having a craving for shrimp lately, and so tonight… we made shrimp. We first had a few 1/2 pints at the bar with our friends Dan and Mel while crafting a carefully planned grocery list. From there we headed to whole foods to pick up supplies for tonights dinner, and then quickly returned home with our fresh shrimp. We had picked out a variety of methods to prepare our shrimp but rested on beginning with a simple shrimp cocktail, followed by some Cajun rubbed sautéed shrimp, and a two whole steamed artichokes. (Of course beer to accompany the process/meal) We sat down and to this and dove in: great success! We are going to attempt as many new meals as possible over the next few weeks, so if you have any good suggestions of some of your favorite home cooked meals let us know! Here is what we have on the agenda already: Risotto, Flounder,Ratatouille, Enchiladas… etc. Hit us with your ideas!
Outside of the kitchen nothing truly exciting has gone down here. We are just counting down the days until Dan and my sister get out here! I hope everyone out there is doing well! Here are some pictures of the meal, inspired by Daniel B DeMartini culinary photography.
Originally created by the families of Freyer and Willey, the Supper Club opened a culinary door for everyone involved. The original group has since parted ways and spread across the world seeking out new adventures in cuisine, but continue to hold their annual meetings in Reno, NV. The Supper Club still maintains contact and continues to share their exploits through digital media. This can be found at http://supperclubbers.blogspot.com