Sun, Scandal, and Lobsterfest

In a nice change of pace from the snow and polar vortices, this weekend the sun came out to play and New York reached highs of 52 degrees. Alex and I took advantage of the warmth by spending Saturday afternoon walking around the city. We started with the flea market in Hell’s Kitchen (right by our old stomping grounds), then walked through the Village, Soho, and Tribeca back to our apartment, stopping through interesting shops along the way. Our cutest find was an Australian cafe called Pie Face, which has excellent coffee and mini savory pies topped with smiley faces. I wish they had one in our neighborhood, I’d be a regular. My evening was spent getting drunk and eating cheesy biscuits at the Times Square Red Lobster with friends. Eating at a chain restaurant in the most touristy part of the city was probably one of the least New York things we could have done and it was glorious. It’s nice to take a break from the small, crowded restaurants here where you inevitably hear the entire conversations of tables on either side of you. And come on, cheesy biscuits. For those of you who love those biscuits as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that you can make them at home using this mix (also available at Walmart). I made them during our law school reunion in the mountains last Labor Day, with extra cheese and butter, and they tasted just as good as the ones at Red Lobster itself.

Aside from some more light shopping on Sunday, I was a lazy bum. Alex and I have been watching Scandal on Netflix for the past two weeks and yesterday we had a full blown marathon. We’re approaching the end of Season 2, and I am amazed by how screwed up everyone’s lives got in the show so quickly. The series started off relatively benign and got pretty complicated by the end of the first season, but at this point it is beyond convoluted. I love it. I also love everything about Olivia Pope’s wardrobe. Ever since I started watching I’ve found myself wearing more extra long, delicate necklaces and pants, so apparently I’ve started channeling Olivia’s style. My envy of her looks doesn’t end at her clothes – I think Kerry Washington is one of the most beautiful actresses around. I know it’s a television drama, but seeing shows like Scandal and House of Cards really makes me wonder how crazy life is as a powerful politician in D.C.. Surely they cover up transgressions such as hiring prostitutes, but I wonder how commonplace it is to hide the really crazy crimes, like murders and election fraud. Probably much less so than they make it seem on the show. Anyway, I’m excited to get all caught up so I can watch new episodes as they air!

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