This is what the end of 2011 looked like for me.
Trip to MoMA.
#39 on my 101 list. It’s embarrassing that I haven’t been, and if you haven’t, or aren’t sure if you should include it in NY travel plans. DO! I went on the free Fridays (sponsored free entry to the museum…usually $25…from 4pm-8pm on Fridays). Go early (I was there by 3:40ish), wait in the line (because it’s totally worth it), and then use your $25 to buy a drink or dessert at the Bar Room at the Modern. My fave was the extensive de Kooning exhibit, which closes on Jan. 9th, and it was FABU!
My New Cookbook:
I follow the Homesick Texan blog, but obviously not enough because I didn’t know there was a cookbook! A surprise holiday present that I can’t wait to use (jalapeno/strawberry jam and chipotle corn crabcakes are happening stat). My dear friend who gave it to me (love you, S) wrote the perfect inscription: “I’ll bring the Shiner.”
New Year’s Eve
I was nervous about new year’s in the city, where getting a cab was allegedly harder than getting a boyfriend who didn’t want to go to the MSG Phish show. But things worked out absolutely stress free, including washing my hair for the first time (I had a little too much anxiety that ALL of the red would just wash out immediately). Hair worked out (God Bless Tessa copper shampoo, velcro rollers, and bobby pins), and holy WINNING (I’m not using this term ever again outside the context of 2011), we had ZERO trouble getting taxis all night! Girlfriends and I had a late dinner at Collichio and Sons, which we leisurely extended until about 1:15am. And oh, Tom, you did not disappoint.