Watch These 2nd Graders Eat a 7 course $220 Tasting Menu at Daniel

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Sometimes life isn’t fair, as in these 2nd graders get to eat an amazing 7 course meal with Daniel Boulud himself, and I’ll probably never have the pleasure to do so myself.

Six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn were taken to acclaimed French restaurant Daniel by The New York Times. Starting with a trio of canapés and an amuse-bouche, naturellement, the 7 course meal began.

Watch: Video: Small Plates

Boulud said his goal for the meal was “for the children to really discover a lot of flavor, a lot of layers, a lot of texture.” However, being 2nd graders, this of course didn’t go as planned, making the video very adorable.

The courses included Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi, Crispy Japanese Snapper and Wagyu Beef Rib-Eye.

The desserts of course, were a huge hit.

BBC Music is Here, and Dear God Is It Charming

This video is so whimsical, lovely, and all things sugar and spice.

The cast is pretty incredible ranging from Elton John, Florence & the Machine, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, and Lorde, to Dave Grohl, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Brian May (Queen), and of course, the original Brian Wilson (Beach Boys).

Even One Direction’s appearance can’t ruin this for me. I don’t really know what “BBC Music” entails but the real question is, how can I get the full version of Sam Smith singing God Only Knows?

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Ok fine, I do know what BBC music entails. They are finally expanding their coverage to include all things musical with original programming and special content.

According to Forbes, well known British celebrities were included like presenter Zane Lowe and former Squeeze member/popular talk show host Jools Holland in order to ensure Brits that BBC Music will be UK centric. The video was filmed at Alexandra Palace Theatre in north London, which is where the BBC first broadcast 90 years ago.

Just to make the event sweeter, all sales of the song will go towards the BBC’s Children in Need program – a charity that, according to their mission statement, helps the children of the UK reach their full potential. While that’s pretty vague, it looks like there are a range of programs dealing with helping children with special needs and other issues.

Bravo BBC.

Brooklyn’s 5 Best Dinner Spots to Hit Up With Your Parents

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When I go out with my parents for a nice occasion, I look for 3 things:
1. Expensive (or rather, expensive by my standards)
I usually choose somewhere only slightly above my own price point (what I would consider a reasonable price for a meal in NYC) that way it doesn’t seem like I’m being obnoxious by picking a Michelin Star restaurant that will cost a fortune but I’m still getting food I wouldn’t normally be able to have.
2. Drinks, Good Ones
I also like to drink a lot more than normal, because free – so good cocktails are usually a selling point.
3. Atmosphere
Lastly, I want the atmosphere to be nice – not too casual, but not suit-wearing either. I’m going for charming, but not in the, “oh this is rustic and hipster” kind of charming because those are usually the places I can afford on my own, thanks.

So when a friend texted me the other day essentially asking:

“You know a lot about restaurants. Where is a good place to go with my parents and family for a birthday dinner in Williamsburg?”

My immediate answer was, “nowhere,” not because there are no delicious places to eat in Williamsburg, but because they don’t fit the 3 criteria above. The problem is that Williamsburg is filled with many high quality and delicious restaurants that tend to be on the more casual side in addition to being small, unable to accommodate large parties, and reasonably priced. These are none of the things one wants when going out to dinner with one’s parental units! Of course there are some super expensive restaurants in Williamsburg, but they’re not that great, generally speaking.

“But where should I go to dinner with my parents then?” you must be wondering. Well read on, reader.

1. Colonie
Neighborhood: Technically Brooklyn Heights but on the cusp of Cobble Hill
Address: 127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cuisine: “American Nouveau”

Colonie is everything you could want in a parental restaurant – walking distance from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (amazing views of the city – check!), cozy atmosphere (wood and plants – check), and a menu ideal for sharing. It has a strong focus on using local ingredients, and the chef, originally from Maine, experiments with heirloom vegetables in his home garden (nearly extinct varieties of veggies that our American ancestors used to eat) so always keep your eye out for heirloom produce on the menu!

Summary: There is a sommelier, fantastic cocktails, and only small batch, artisanal whiskey (ha!). Small plates are better than main dishes – maintain a 3 small plates for every main dish ratio. Duck Rillette Crostini is a must along with the pasta on the menu.

In Depth Report >>

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2. Buttermilk Channel
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens
Address: 524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Cuisine: New American

Oh Buttermilk Channel, you are so good – serving Chicken and Waffles to Brooklyn before Southern Food made it’s hip comeback and took over all of Williamsburg! It also has a very cute, Brooklyn centric story behind its name as documented by Walt Whitman (read more in the detailed review). While Carroll Gardens is home to many parent friendly restaurants, Buttermilk Channel has been around much longer than other favorites like Battersby and Prime Meats. It is also incredibly consistent and presents a menu that is both interesting and comforting at the same time.

DEAL ALERT: If you want to stay on a budget, Monday night there is a $30 3 course tasting menu. Did you read that? $30 for 3 courses! AMAZING. Also Tuesday is free corkage, aka bring your own bottle of wine night.

In Depth Report >>

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3. Frankies 457 (& Prime Meats)
Neighborhood: Caroll Gardens
Address: 457 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Cuisine: Italian

“Service would be attentive, but never pretentious. Wines would be food-friendly and a great value, so there would be no reason not to like the place,” reads the restaurant’s website in the About section, and it’s a perfect little summary. Frankies 457 is a neighborhood Italian restaurant done to perfection. Everything on the menu is delectable and the backyard seating area is exquisite. The backyard is shared with Prime Meats (German inspired Farm to Table food) next door, which is owned by the same team as Frankies. Who owns Frankies? Two guys named Frank who grew up as neighbors in Queens, I’m not joking. You can even find the Franks on Vice’s series Munchies and watch them hang out with Martha Stewart and pretty much every other famous chef in the world. If you go to Frankies you know you’ll be getting fresh, delicious, and simple Italian cooking no matter what you order.

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4. Bistro Petit
Neighborhood: South Williamsburg
Address: 774 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Cuisine: Modern Day French with a Korean Twist

Ok, ok, so this is in Williamsburg, I realize that. It’s kind of cheating because it’s not exactly perfect for dinner with your parents as the restaurant is incredibly small. We’re talking like 10 seats, they’re not lying about the petit part. But hey, that’s intimate right? With size aside, the food is absolutely fantastic. It’s inventive and good, yet hearty, the kind of food that only a Korean born chef that was classically trained by great French chefs could make. The Korean Beef Bourguignon is everything.

Some tips: It’s BYOB as in bring your own booze. Chef Park refuses to serve tap water because he says the taste of tap water will tarnish the taste of his food. While that infuriates me because I have to pay for bottled water now, you have to respect the man’s dedication to his craft and the way his creations hit your tastebuds. Plus, since it’s BYOB you can technically bring your own water…

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5. Vinegar Hill House
Neighborhood: Vinegar Hill
Address: 72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cuisine: New American

Ever heard of Freemans? It’s a pretty epic Manhattan restaurant and it’s where husband and wife owners of Vinegar Hill House both worked when they met. Vinegar Hill House is basically Freemans of Brooklyn but a little more home-y and a little more Brooklyn. Think woodside cottage instead of big game hunting mansion. Vinegar Hill house has been a staple in the BK for a long time. I haven’t had the best meals of my life here but a lot of people claim that they do. It’s a solid experience overall. Once I got a dessert there that had birch foraged from the woods by a forager. I thought that sounded so insanely Brooklyn that I had to get it. Expecting the worst, it actually ended up being my favorite part of my meal! GO FORAGER!

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Honorable Mentions:
(for if you REALLY want to eat in Williamsburg)

- Traif, South Williamsburg
Honestly one of my favorite restaurants and great for dinner with parents. It’s a small plate situation and everything is crazy inventive! The downside is the area it’s in is just…..ugly. My dad thought I was taking him somewhere sketchy at first but then of course loved Traif in the end.

- Allswell, North Williamsburg
Usually can’t go wrong here. The Chicken Sandwich is the one and the menu changes daily. The downside is it’s a gastropup and therefore is super casual. I see people take their parents here, but it doesn’t meet my 3 requirements.

- St. Anselm, Williamsburg (Metropolitan)
Steak lovers dream best known for their cheap hangar steak smothered in garlic butter. Makes a cheap steak taste like an expensive steak. However, it’s impossible to get a seat. No seriously, good luck.

- Lachlan, Williamsburg (Graham Ave.)
This used to be Gwynette St. which was a perfect place to go with parents. But now it is Lachlan, a less perfect place to go with parents. The chef from Gwynette St. left and the chef from Allswell came on over. It’s really good, just casual and sort of in the middle of nowhere.

- Battersby, Carroll Gardens
Battersby was the new restaurant with all the hype best known for their killer kale salad. It’s definitely a little out there if your parents aren’t adventurous and it’s also difficult to get a reservation.

Restaurant Review: Buttermilk Channel


Cuisine: New American
Address: 524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Oh Buttermilk Channel, you are so good – serving Chicken and Waffles to Brooklyn before Southern Food made it’s hip comeback and took over all of Williamsburg! It also has a very cute, Brooklyn centric story behind its name as documented by Walt Whitman. A long time ago, children, you could walk from Brooklyn to Governors Island. During the low tide, Revolutionary-Era farmers would walk their cows across a sandbar to graze on the island. However, if they stayed too late, the tide rose and the cow’s “lacteal process” apparently was affected by the water resulting in sour milk. So the waterway between Brooklyn and Governors Island became known as the Buttermilk Channel! At least that’s one story. There are a few. It also makes the list of Top 5 Places to Eat Dinner with your Parents In BK!

IMPORTANT: Monday night there is a $30 3 course tasting menu. Did you read that? $30 for 3 courses! AMAZING. Also Tuesday is free corkage, aka bring your own bottle of wine night.

Drinks: Buttermilk Channel has a solid cocktail list. However, I tend to go with a full bottle of wine when dining there. You can find pretty reasonably priced bottles and that means you can have many bottles. Very impressive cider selection as well, if that’s your bag.

Food: Again, the menu is always changing, but some staples below.
Snacks: Maple and Bacon Roasted Almonds + Cornbread with Chile and Maple Butter = YES

First: 
Butternut Squash Tart – If this is on the menu, you better get it. Such sweet memories, it’s so good.
Grilled Flatbread – Housemade buttermilk ricotta, snap peas, pea shoots and lemon oil. Duh.
Cold Carrott Soup – this has ginger and all sorts of delectable flavors in it. It’s very subtle and a fantastic meal starter

Main: Buttermilk Fried Chicken – this comes with cheddar waffles and a strange balsamic syrup. It’s super interesting and very filling. Definitely not your average chicken and waffle. The Hake is super delicious as well, but not as filling.
All the mains are solid. Also there is usually a main dish that’s on special for the night, not on the regular menu. Also always a good call.

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Never Were More True Travel Words of Wisdom Spoken

“For me, one of the great joys of traveling is good plumbing. A really good high-pressure shower, with an unlimited supply of hot water. It’s a major topic of discussion for me and my crew. Best-case scenario: a Japanese toilet. Those high-end Japanese toilets that sprinkle hot water in your ass. We take an almost unholy pleasure in that.”

Read more from Anthony Bourdain on How to Travel on Esquire.

 

Restaurant Review: Colonie

 Cuisine: “American Nouveau”
Address: 127 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Colonie is a solid restaurant. It has a vertical garden on the wall, which is cool. It also has some of the better cocktails I’ve had at a trendy restaurant, which is saying a lot considering most all Brooklyn restaurants try to excel in the cocktail arena. It makes the list of Brooklyn’s 5 Best Dinner Spots to Hit Up With Your Parents and is a great date spot.

I have to mimic what most of the other existing reviews say about Colonie – they do a fantastic job on the small plates but the mains are nothing to write home about. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to get any mains, it just means you need to maintain a good ratio. Using my super scientific skills I’ve determined you should have about 3 sides for every main, and one main for every 3 people you are with. Roughly. I mean…it’s not an exact science, despite my super scientific skills. Obviously base it off of how much you personally eat and how much the people you are with need to be full.

Colonie has a strong focus on using local ingredients, and the chef, originally from Maine, experiments with heirloom vegetables in his home garden (nearly extinct varieties of veggies that our American ancestors used to eat) so always keep your eye out for heirloom produce on the menu! I didn’t see any when I was there, but perhaps you will be luckier than I.

this is the table I sat at!

Drinks: A-mazing. The Empire State Sour (american whiskey, canton ginger, fresh ny apple juice, lemon juice, egg white, simple syrup, baked apple bitters) is one of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted. Also fun is the Rhubarb Ginger Daiquiri (but only if you like Rhubarb!) and the Cool Hand Cuke.

Major points for having an in-house sommelier! A sommelier is someone whose sole job is to know EVERYTHING about wine and then to help you pick the perfect wine to go with your meal. We had some wine that the somm said was one of his favorites and told us was going to taste like a farm – and it did. It tasted like cow manure but in a really, really good way. That’s some kind of magic my friends. Read more about what a Somm does here.

*Fun Fact: Colonie only serves artisanal small batch whiskey, much to the dismay of my boyfriend’s father who really just wanted Maker’s Mark. There’s something slightly entertaining about older people stewing over what “artisanal small batch” means and how the hell they’re supposed to choose one. 

Food: As at many restaurants of this caliber, there aren’t many ways you can go wrong. As I said above, Colonie is better at the small dishes than the large mains. For a group of 4-6, split many of the starters along with maybe two mains.

The menu changes with the season but my recommendations, and to give you an idea of the menu are as follows:
Crostini: The Duck Rillette Crostini is an absolute must. I’ve tried my fair share of duck (and consistently decided I don’t really like it) but this one is fantastic. Also delicious, the Housemade Ricotta isn’t anything out of the ordinary but generally a table pleaser.

Veggies: This is seasonal. They’re all good. When in doubt ask your server.

Meat & Cheese: We had Pate. It was good, but not my favorite thing.

Pasta:  Usually there is one pasta on the menu and it’s a safe bet it will be really good. The one we had was a family fave.

Mains: The weaker portion of the menu. Choose what you most feel like, it will be good but not mind blowing.

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Everything is Better with the Game of Thrones Theme, Even Big 10 Football

Youtuber Tom McGrath gave the new 3D Big Ten Commercial (which I have never seen) a make-over with the Game of Thrones theme song. While some accounts have claimed that, “we can all safely concur Michigan is Joffrey,” I have to disagree.

Or maybe Michigan is Joffrey, but either way we could never be poisoned to death and removed from our throne because there are simply too many us! So good luck to Ohio State if you want to try and poison all 500,000 of us living alumni across the globe. Hope you have a lot of airline miles! *evil laugh*

 

Watch Americans Eat Canadian Snacks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

“I didn’t know Canada had a cuisine,” starts this Buzzfeed video, making Americans officially look like the ignorant a-holes  I mean,  culinary geniuses we’re known to be.

That aside, this video is pretty entertaining and informative even for those of us that try to be culturally aware. Besides Poutine and Maple Candies, I can’t say that I’ve heard of or eaten a majority of these Canadian snacks! I grew up in Ann Arbor, MI, a whopping 50 minute drive away from Canada. We had Tim Hortons before the rest of the U.S. and I frequented the great city of Toronto from my early childhood all the way until I ventured there in college to buy a fake (super, super fake) ID that said I was from Montreal. I figured if it was in French, they wouldn’t know if it was real! I overlooked the small detail that I can’t speak French either. Oh well – Long Live French Canada!

All in French. V. French.

I did eventually make it to Montreal, now more than once, and it’s an absolutely fantastic spot. The point is, I thought I knew lots of things about Canada. Not so! In addition to (some, not all) Canadians buying their milk in bags and not in cartons, I can add things like the all dressed chip and Nanaimo bars (reallllly want) to my list of Canadian things to try!

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How To Make A Living Drinking Wine: Sommelier 101

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I’m no wine connoisseur, or even wine enthusiast. A $10 bottle is more than fine by me. Yet, there’s certainly something intriguing and coveted about knowing things about wine.

There are a few ways you can make a living drinking wine. One is owning a vineyard, I’m sure you thought of that one on your own. The other is by becoming Marissa A. Ross, who has popularized the “Ross Test” which is basically getting together with your friends (who sometimes happen to be Mindy Kahling) and drinking wine straight from the bottle. She also has some great thoughts on L.A. which I’ve detailed here.

But, the most prestigious and rigorous way to make a living off of drinking wine is to become a sommelier.

What is a Sommelier?

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Forest Man: A Documentary that Beautifully Sums Up Humanity

Beautifully shot and artfully narrated, this short (it’s only 16 minutes) documentary showcases a man named Jadav Payeng.

Since the 1970’s Payeng has been planting trees in order to save Majuli island, the largest river island in the world. Now, he has single handedly planted a forest larger than Central Park NYC.

His story is both riveting and simple at the same time. His thoughts on humanity and his restoration plan is incredibly insightful. A 16 minutes well spent.

Boyhood: The First Movie Filmed Over 12 Years

A super interesting concept – this movie uses the same cast over 12 years to convey the universal act of growing up. It was written and directed by Richard Linklater who brought you Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, School of Rock, and Before Sunrise and its sequels.

While the cast and Linklater are all very qualified, I’m still skeptical about the film. This could either be super interesting and touching or just another movie about white people by white people. It’s not likely that every person in the world could “universally” relate to the experience of this specific family due to socioeconomic and racial differences. However, I don’t want to speak too soon. I’ll certainly go see it!

What do you think?

P.s.

If you’re in the NYC area, you can go see Boyhood at BAM with an intro by Linklater and the star, Ellar Coltrane in person on July 10 & 12th. Details here>>

“Following two sold-out screenings on opening night of BAMcinemaFest, Richard Linklater’s ambitious coming-of-age epic Boyhood returns to the BAM Harvey Theater for its premiere theatrical run. See this groundbreaking family portrait at the film’s exclusive Brooklyn venue.”

There are a ton of facts presented in this video that are pretty crazy when quantified.

- More than 4 in 10 of Millenials are not White
– They are the most Democratic voting body but still claim Independent
– Very socially liberal on issues like Gay Marriage and Marijuana
– Less are married than previous generations
– It is the first generation to be doing “worse” than their parents

So while it’s not all roses, it’s pretty cool to see changes on a great scale!

Millennials 101 – This Video Makes Millenials Look Pretty Good!

Beethoven Discovered the Best Ideas Come in the Shower Before the Shower Existed:

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Beethoven was Just like you and me! OMG!

There are a lot of things out there about the routines of famous creative people. Some of them I find pretty boring, mostly I’m shocked at how rigid their routines are, but sometimes you realize that even with years and years of difference between the times they roamed the earth and now, they still got ideas the exact same way the rest of us do.

Beethoven is one of them. Besides his crazy “wake up and count out exactly sixty beans of coffee for his cup of coffee” thing, he still started his morning with coffee in the 1800s, just like most people do today. Furthermore, this description of his obsession with bathing, and the running back and forth to write ideas down that came to him while “showering” himself with pitchers of water and singing, is something I’m sure we all can relate to:

“Washing and bathing were among the most pressing necessities of Beethoven’s life. In this respect he was indeed an Oriental: to his way of thinking Mohammed did not exaggerate a whit in the number of ablutions he prescribed. If he did not dress to go out during the morning working hours, he would stand … at his washstand and pour large pitchers of water over his hands, bellowing up and down the scale or sometimes humming loudly to himself. Then he would stride around his room with rolling or staring eyes, jot something down, then resume his pouring of water and loud singing. These were moments of deep meditation, to which no one could have objected but for two unfortunate consequences.”

Beethoven in the shower

Here the account begins to show age. Hopefully no one has servants anymore and showering often might be a sign of a good tenant now a days!

“First of all, the servants would often burst out laughing. This made the master angry and he would sometimes assault them in language that made him cut an even more ridiculous figure. Or, secondly, he would come into conflict with the landlord, for all too often so much water was spilled that it went right through the floor. This was one of the main reasons for Beethoven’s unpopularity as a tenant. The floor of his living room would have had to be covered with asphalt to prevent all that water from seeping through. And the master was totally unaware of the excess of inspiration under his feet!”

Anton Schindler in the biography Beethoven As I Knew Him

I also find it funny that they attribute the urgency to bathe as an “Oriental” feature. What can I say, us Asians like to be clean! This is from a book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work but was transcribed on a blog with some other people’s routines like Maya Angelou which you can read here: The Blog of Tim Ferriss

This little boy is so cute. You’ll laugh at his spirit, his spunk, and of course his dance moves. I loved the female judge’s disdain at being referred to as “grandma.” The ending is no doubt touching for everyone and you can’t help but feel it too despite trying to fight the cheesy music that is cued. Many of you may have seen this video before, but I wonder if you ever considered the following:

At the same time that this video makes me very happy, it makes me very sad. I can’t deny that it’s a very entertaining 9 minutes, yet I almost feel bad for buying into it. Who knows if he actually likes to dance on the plaza everyday. I imagine before his father joins them dancing on the plaza, that he goes to a factory or construction job, making a meager wage assembling our iPhones and so this little boy goes to the Plaza to dance with his mom, grandma, aunts, and cousins to make some extra money. One day he will become too old to dance on the plaza and will probably have to get a job just like his dad’s. If he is a full-time street performer, income is probably pretty unstable.

Maybe I am completely wrong and making wild assumptions. While I’ve been to China, I’ve never been to the little boy’s specific provence. Maybe he truly is happy. We can only hope.

Are You Happy? This Dancing 3 Year Old Might Make You Think Twice:

This Describes A Good Bit of Millennials & Also Shows You How to Save the Rainforest

Apparently I’m behind on this one as it was published in 2012, but regardless, this is awesome – Especially the “cliche gringo fantasy of becoming an honorary native and leading the resistant forces” part. More great marketing – proven by the fact it’s still being seen two years later.

Shout out to Diesel Jeans. This video is awesome. Not only are they capitalizing on the current obsession with (or really the move into pop culture of) the Harlem Shake and Twerking, but dance is a pretty entertaining and legitimate way to show off jeans. Usually I think break dancing in urban settings to repetitive music is incredibly cliche, or at least it tends to be too “West Coast” in aesthetic for my liking, but this is different. They’ve reappropiated some classic and ethnic forms of dances to fit into the aesthetic of now, and they did it well.

 

Plus, let’s be real, Memphis Jooking is one of the coolest things ever.

A-Z of Dance: Best Marketing Effort I’ve Seen in A While

The United States of Bros: Where You Are = Which Bro You Are

Jezebel made the world a little easier to understand by posting The United States of Bros: A Map and Field Guide.

Erin Gloria Ryan writes:

“Like “hipster” and “douchebag,” the word “bro” has been applied to such a vast swath of American culture that it seems no one is really sure what it means anymore. Turns out, much of that confusion can be attributed to the fact that a bro is different depending on where in the Bronited States of Bromerica you’re currently bro’ing down. “

Yes Erin, yes. This is something my friends and I have spent endless hours debating – the subsections of bros. While we were mostly going by phases such as post-bro (when you’re a bro who has just discovered Indie music, you love Phoenix and Vampy Weeks, and you went to business school – but at NYU), Erin breaks it down by region. I believe this is another important way to categorize “the bro.”

And so in honor of my location in New York:

The Manhattan Bro

Uniform: Blue button down shirt, grey or black work pants, nice leather Big Time Job Shoes. Good hair.
Intoxicant: Beer/Adderall.
Habitat: The office (they’re all investment bankers), or the bar down the street from the office that is filled with other bros who have identical jobs and identical wardrobes, or the biggest table at a popular but expensive steak house in Brooklyn during the after work hours. Bathroom stalls that lend themselves well to the blowing of lines.
Hobbies: Over-identifying with the really over-the-top scenes from Wolf of Wall Street. Stealing cabs. Eventually marrying women named Claire, and then divorcing her for a woman named Madison (who is 23). Yelling.
Secret shame: Feels bad about small penis.
Celeb brospiration: Alec Baldwin punching a guy”

Nailed it Erin.

There’s also Chicago Bro, Southern Frat Bro, LA Bro, The Masshole, and many more. Read them all on Jezebel!

Listen to the Philosophy of Antony – a Transgender Musician

I love Antony & the Johnsons. Absolutely amazing musicianship.

Listening to Antony’s philosophy on life, death, and the feminization of the world (and outer-world) is rather interesting and entertaining. Even if you don’t agree, or can’t even wrap your head around whats being said, it’s a philosophy filled with kindness, good intent, and infused with a little humor.

I think that comes across in song as well.

You’ve probably seen Kehinde Wiley’s paintings before, at least if you’ve been to an art museum. I’ve seen his large scale Baroque paintings first in the Detroit Institute of Art and again in the Brooklyn Museum. According to Wikipedia you can also see his work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art; Columbus Museum of Art; Kansas City Museum; Oak Park Public Library in Oak Park, Illinois; Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, New York; The Jewish Museum (New York) in New York, New York; High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California; Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles, California; Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Many choices!

The piece in the Brooklyn Museum

I remember being very intrigued by the idea of having African American heroes in traditionally White conquest images and thought it was really great. My boyfriend later pointed out at the Brooklyn Museum that the ornate background patterns were mildly unnecessary because the sheer juxtaposition of the modern day garb and the Baroque pose was enough. While I agree I think the pattern just goes with Wiley’s style – however, it wasn’t until that conversation that I took a closer look at the background pattern and realized there were little sperm all over it! WHAT DOES IT MEAN!? I still don’t know.

Nevertheless I find Wiley’s work interesting and am excited to see this documentary! It will be showing at SXSW 2014.

A piece from his new collection, “An Economy of Grace,” his first featuring women.

Kehinde Wiley (the artist who makes Baroque paintings with African American subjects) Has a New Documentary