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Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Friday...

...and is this one happy Friday for me! Guess where I just booked plane tickets to?

I'll give you some hints...

As Jennie says "Holy French" am I excited! Eeeks!! I can't wait! This is going to 
be a trip of a lifetime! 

Thursday, July 29, 2010


On Monday night I dined at one of my (fairly) new neighborhood restaurants, 
Travertine! I love eating, as you all know, and I love trying out new restaurants 
in New York City. Especially if they are only four blocks from my apartment. 
But, we've had this conversation about my incredible ability of laziness 
convenience so onward...  

A few months ago, while walking Oliver, I noticed Travertine, which I believe 
had not opened yet. From the sleek exterior facade made up of none 
other than travertine, I figured this would be a place I would visit in my 
near future. 

It was late and I was hungry, cranky and tired from my back to back spin classes. 
It took some convincing to get me out but it was decided where we were going 
there was no way I couldn't say no. I had been wanting to eat here since I discovered 
this little gem. 

A few weeks ago a friend and I were "g-chatting" about the new restaurants in 
our hood. One which happened to be Travertine and the other Kenmare. 
The NY Times gave Kenmare a terrible review but we decided we would still 
give it a shot. Even if it was for their sliders, fries and dessert. During this 
chatting session, it was also the first time I visited the Travertine website and 
noticed the elegant and sleek interior along with the fact that the chef was 
also the chef at Babbo. I immediately decided I had to check it out soon ASAP. 

NY Mag had some great photos of the architecture and design. 

I also thought having the history of Kenmare Street on the website was intriguing 
and creative. This City hold so much history, which if discovered, is always entertaining and interesting. 

I love the combination of materials. However, I am not a huge fan of the green iridescent mosaics on the columns. But, the use of the brick, stone, glass, 
metal and wood is beautiful. 

The brick and steal beams bring back the good old New York City feel while 
the stone adds that hint of elegance. 

The metal and glass windows, which are also large doors, open up to the street. 
On a beautiful night, like the other night, they had them open and a slight 
breeze came through which make everything that much more perfect. 

It is the perfect "date" place as the atmosphere was quite, but not too quite, 
and just dark enough where the candle light is all you need. 

The menu is an Italian Mediterranean mix and had a nice selection of starters, 
pasta, fish and meats. Because it was so late, we opted out of a starter and 
went straight for the main course. 

After ninety minutes of spin, I needed protein and chose the Grilled Skirt Steak. 
It was the perfect portion.

I don't even have to tell you I had dessert because it is fairly obvious I will 
always. I debated between a few options and finally asked the server for his 
opinion. He suggested the Brioche Pudding, which was my first selection anyway. 
He said it is the most popular  and a perfect summer dessert. It was amazing. 
I had to remind myself to breathe between bites. I still think we ate it in 
record time. 

Travertine hosts private parties but I wanted to show the layout of the restaurant. 
You can get a better feel for the space. I wish every website did this! 

As I mentioned before, it is way too easily accessible for my own good, but it is also convenient for many others as there are subways all over the place. 

It was also nice to learn that Travertine sponsors the Carma Foundation. You can read more about it below or on their website. 

I'm ready to try a pasta dish. Any takers? 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Club Skib Downtown: Fireplace Cover

I promised updates so here I am keeping to that promise. Last week my parents
 called with exciting news. The custom metal fireplace cover had arrived and was 
being installed as we spoke. I couldn't wait to see pictures. Of course I pestered 
them all day until I finally got emails from both of them. 

Previously I mentioned the plaque above the back door that says Ethyl 
Corporation Testing Laboratory. There was no question about keeping the 
plaque as it tells so much history about the building. 

Therefore, my Dad came up with the clever idea of adding the name to the 
fireplace cover. It turned out great! 

I can't wait to visit Tulsa and see the finished product. You can believe I am 
counting down the days! Club Skib is going to have one exciting opening 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Palo Samko

My coworker Susie met Palo Samko at a Brooklyn design fair thing 
(her exact words). She was so excited to show us his website full amazing of 
hand crafted piece of furniture and images of Palo and his family. To this day, 
I still don't know which she was more excited to show us, his furniture or 
Palo himself. Both are very good looking. But, that's besides the point. 

His pieces have some similarity to Hudson Furniture and BDDW, both places 
I love, as they are hand crafted, cut, and carved from wood. However, some 
of his pieces have a little more of a Bungalow yet contemporary feel compared 
to BDDW and Hudson. 

Palo's pieces seem more personal and special. It might be the little sculptural 
details he adds like the feet of this dresser or his child's hand in an image below. 
Not to mention, a lot of his piece are made from salvaged wood which means 
each piece will never be exactly the same. Truly amazing craftsmanship. 


Here is another little detail which make his pieces so special. 

Palo was quoted saying he utilizes parts of wood that others may consider 
flawed — rather than working around the natural splitting and knots in the 
wood he showcases them. He is known to use different materials like metal 
butterfly joinery on splits for support. 

Each piece is hand made here in Brooklyn, NY. 

One day when I have space, or how about an actual dining room (even better) 
I will have this table. I love the beautiful construction of the legs and of 
course my favorite part, the actual top made of a tree trunk. These pieces are 
finished so simply and beautifully. They are so pure and natural. 

This piece is also one of my favorites. Of course I love the contrast between 
the white lacquered surround and the naturally stained wood doors. But, 
my favorite detail might be a little harder to see. Look closely at the metal 
drawer and cabinet pulls. That little touch just does it for me. 

How adorable is this children's play table? It is so simply constructed but has so 
much attitude. Safari Kid's Table was the perfect name! 

Again, the propeller detail on this floor lamp adds that little special detail 
which makes each piece feel more personal and unique. 

He also does custom built-in cabinetry and shelving. This is what I need in my 
apartment! Look at all that storage! Beautiful design and finish. 

Palo has also been published in many well known interior design magazines 
including Architectural Digest and Dwell. 

So if you are in New York City, visit Brooklyn and visit Palo Samko's shop. You will 
not be disappointed!