Yes, you read that correctly. If I had to pick the perfect food, a meatball just might be it. I’ll take them in just about any variety: beef, chicken, pork, venison… whatever. I’ve even dragged my husband all the way out to the Ikea in Jersey under the guise of needing a new throw rug or coffee table. But in reality, all I wanted was a plate of Swedish meatballs and a side of ligonberries. Yep, I’ve got it bad!
So now that you’re aware of my condition, I’ll let you in on another little secret. You can catch me almost every other week at one of my favorite casual dining spots in the city: Meatball Shop. I’ve been a regular fixture pretty much since the day opened their first location on the Lower East Side a few years back. As soon as you sit down, they hand you a laminated menu with a dry erase marker and you check off your order, hand it back to the waiter, sit back, relax and wait for a plate of heaven to arrive at your table a few minutes later. I’ve tried just about every combo (including chicken with mushroom sauce, beef with classic tomato, pork with parmesan cream sauce, etc…), and I always make sure to save room for one individual slider made with the daily meatball/sauce special (previous highlights include the chili ball with cheese sauce and the meatball reuben). Oh, and did I mention they serve custom ice cream sandwiches for dessert? My all-time favorite combo is one chocolate chip cookie and one peanut butter cookie with caramel icecream in the middle.
When I got dressed that morning, I had no intention of looking like a cheerleader but that’s exactly what this outfit reminds me of…
We got really lucky in NYC, and the Juno snowstorm wound up only dumping a few inches of snow over the city. Growing up in Michigan, I’m used to the type snowstorms that barricade you in the house and leave enough snow behind to cover up fire hydrants. In any case, I never look a snow day in the mouth and was happy to go out and frolic in the white stuff once the sidewalks were salted and cleared. I dug out my trusty Hunter boots and fleece socks, and off I went.
Before I sign off, I have to tell you guys about my new favorite thing: my beloved Cambridge Satchel East West Tote. I’m incredibly indecisive when it comes to handbags, and I’d been on the hunt for a new tote that could comfortably accommodate my laptop and other boss-lady essentials as I run around town meeting with clients and hosting workshops. I knew I wanted something sturdy and structured, with minimal hardware and logos. I knew this bag was THE ONE as soon as I spotted it. The only thing it’s missing is interior pockets, but I’m resolving that issue with a purse organizer. We’ll see how this bag holds up over time, but so far I’m quite pleased.