Inspiration for the Week Ahead

White Plains - "Birthplace of the State of New York." Park near Jacob Purdy's house, where George Washington established his headquarters from July-September 1778. For all you city folks, Westchester has quite a lot to offer by way of American history. Stop by sometime. It's ok, we don't bite. Plus, Don Draper of "Mad Men" lives somewhere up here. You just can't go wrong.
I caught the first breath of autumn this morning; as I opened my window, the crisp late-morning air crept in discreetly and filled my room with the scent of chilly, damp earth and rain. I'm not ready to kiss summer goodbye just yet, to see the leaves dance into autumn colors and then fade away, to feel the sharp bite of cold air (and forego wearing my favorite summer dress!). But wishing won't change the seasons, any more than it will slow the beat of time. 

And so, with the end of summer approaching and a jam-packed week of work staring down our necks, I hope these photos and tidbits will sneak some joy into your days and inspire you to seek out the good times, no matter the season!  

Photo by Jeska at Lobster & Swan. I'm very
grateful for her willingness to share her
photography - don't they just look delightful?! 
First, I saw this brilliant recipe for Earl Grey Cupcakes at Lobster & Swan, and I'm determined to make them this week. Having never baked cupcakes before, I'm more than a little nervous, especially given my penchant for impatience in the kitchen (see here for more). But c'mon: when Lady Cupcake and Earl Grey meet, it's bound to be love at first sight. I'll report back soon.  Keep your fingers crossed. (On a related note, I am completely in love with Lobster & Swan. Jeska's photos are beautiful and you can draw tremendous inspiration and pure, unadulterated happiness from just looking at her blog.)

Second, LucidFood just posted a fabulous review of Ravagh, a Persian restaurant in NYC - I can't tell you how excited I am to visit as soon as I can sneak away from law school duty. Growing up in L.A., most of my best friends were (and are!) Persian, and I miss their company - and food - so much that it hurts. It's an intense relief to know that there are good Persian eats in NY. My only concern is: how will I be able to eat everything they offer at one sitting?

Lastly, for some musical inspiration, have a listen to "De Ushuaia a la Quiaca" by Gustavo Santaolalla. Music can evoke what language cannot express, and for me, the softly winding, rhythmic melody conjures a sense of wonder at the world, and a certain longing, perhaps not for a person but for a place or a time. Santaolalla is an Argentinian musician, and in addition to creating this beautiful piece, he has written soundtracks for several movies (including "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Motorcycle Diaries"). I am itching to visit Argentina, and this song is like a little bird chirping in my ear, "Go, go, go." 

And now, a bit of visual inspiration for the week. Enjoy!
Happy spring flowers in London.

Have a great week!

Yours truly, one bite at a time,


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