2 a.m Walking Home from a Bespoke Cocktail at a Speakeasy on The Lower East Side

IMG_2300Couple of things, first this post is totally an excuse for me to write that headline.  Second this all  familiar urban phenomenon of shoes dangle from power wires often strikes me as kind of poetic and last night after a few drinks these particular ones struck me as being particularly well-lit.  Neil and I had a conversation about what exactly the meaning of this ritual was, we both had ideas, but in order to settle the debate we turned to Mr Google.  Where, not surprisingly, About.com had a big page on “Urban Legends: Shoefiti”  is it just me or is that the first time you are reading term: shoefiti? Anyway turns out no one really knows thew origin or meaning of these dangling shoes, which isn’t to say there aren’t lots of theories.  Personally I like to think of them as urban sculpture – impromptu every person Calder mobiles.

As for the speakeasy well all I can tell you is that it’s on Eldridge street, has been there for 13 years and recently changed names and was sold to the bar tenders.  These day speakeasys are a dime a dozen in lower Manhattan, hell they have become such a trend that Milk and Honey just opened up one on Madison and 23rd!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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1 Response to 2 a.m Walking Home from a Bespoke Cocktail at a Speakeasy on The Lower East Side

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