soozeinthecity

July 29, 2012

Hello Portland!

Filed under: Knitting — Tags: , , — soozeinthecity @ 12:10 am

I had the good fortune to participate in several unique events last year but sadly I didn’t have this blog up and running in 2011. To make up for that I will have a series of “a look back” posts as these events happen again this year.

This first will be about Sock Summit 2011 – It’s been a year since I attended that wonderful event. I’ll say this much now: I fell in love with Portland, Oregon as the plane was making its descent.

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For a city kid to see gorgeous green trees near the airport was an giddy treat!

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July 26, 2012

Really Wanted to Like You NYY Steak

Filed under: New York Life — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 3:31 am

The regulars in my section at Yankee Stadium had the opportunity to have a post game meal at NYY Steak several weeks ago. My husband called dibs on the leftovers and brought me home an assortment of food: lobster mac & cheese, creamed spinach, mashed potato, and a quarter of a porterhouse steak. I munched on these items over the course of two days and they were delicious even when reheated. So it was with anticipation when we made a reservation for 7 for the following week.

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I’ll cut to the chase- it was quite a disappointment. We virtually order the same dishes and they all tasted worse!
Our dinner was mid afternoon, prior to a 7pm game. Even before we were seated we were told we had the table for 1 hour and 45 minutes (?!?!)

The lobster mac & cheese was made with tiny bits of lobster, medium shells, and no detectable cheese in the sauce. The raw bar looked impressive in its two level tower but apparently the platter from the previous visit was better.

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There was a mix up on the steak orders. Plates can be switched but each steak bone was personalized with the diner’s name.

None of this was the fault of our waiter Manny who gave a good presentation for the volcano dessert.

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The worse part was the hostess walking around with an iPad, calculating how much time each table had left before another reservation needed to be seated. It was quite rude, especially since our table dropped over $1000 on the meal.

Oh and did I mention it was a dual birthday celebration that brought us to NYY Steak? In the future we’ll stick to our traditional post game steakhouse, Keens.

July 24, 2012

A sample of Loreley

Filed under: Knitting — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 4:33 pm

I’d been chatting with Ivete Tecedor, the owner of http://www.chiagu.com and she needed to get another sample made of her Loreley Scarf. I offered to make the sample by knitting during my subway commute.

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Loreley is available as a kit that includes 8 colors of Koigu KPPPM yarn and the pattern (size 6 needles not included). This sample is brighter & more colorful than the original sample which I believe resides at Knitty City. That scarf is made up of dark colors and has been wildly popular with the customers.

The scarf is a quick and easy knit if you know the following techniques: knit 2 together, yarn over and alternating 2 colors. Koigu is fantastic to work with – colors that seem to be thrown together on the skein look totally fabulous once knitted up. Ivete puts together great color combinations – it’s her favorite yarn and she has a long history with it.

So now that’s done I’m back to the drawing board. I’m in the middle of revising my own design for Baah yarns 🙂

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