Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Musing on a possible outfit for a date night at a bustling wine bar tucked into the LES... what would it be like to be a fashionable Roman woman off to meet one of her friends at a neighborhood hot spot where you know your local chef will deliver on Italian fare?
In Vino, with its arched ceiling that looks like the underbelly of a wine cellar, is just the place for this kind of fantasy to play out and it's so reasonably priced, too. The crowd and the owners are young and attractive. The plentiful appetizers are not to be missed, especially the fried artichoke.
To match the honey glow of the lighting, wear your gold trinkets and a camel blazer. Don a touch of bright color, a salute to Italian flare of your own, but stay comfortable, it's feast before fashion here.
215 E. 4th St
(Between A & B)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Jerry Saltz picked Goya's Duchess of Alba as one of his favorite paintings in NY. He points out the intensity and attention invested in the black gown, a color that is near impossible to master on its own. I was taken by the idea that this painting of a woman, so tenderly rendered, was meant to signify 'unrequited love,' if only we were all spared of such a terrible location for the heart. The inscription at the bottom translates to 'only Goya,' speaking to the isolation of such love. How is it that all of this is present in this painting?