Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
— Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

The Best Cocktails in the World

Here are some fun and delicious cocktail recipes that honor different cities and cultures around the world! These drinks look like works of art! 

"Backlit through bottles of spirits and cut crystal, the warm glow of a proper hotel bar has long served as a port in the storm for world travelers. These spots have also been the birthplaces of some of the most iconic cocktails since the dawn of the Grand Tour." 

A Recipe for today!

Cicorie alla Griglia (Grilled Chicory)
Recipe courtesy of Eataly

1 head escarole, quartered
2 heads white endive, halved lengthwise
1 head Chioggia radicchio, quartered
¼ cup pine nuts
4-ounce piece Parmigiano Reggiano, preferably aged for 26 months
¼ cup currants
¼ cup aged balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Fine sea salt & freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Toast the pine nuts in a skillet until fragrant and light brown, about 3 minutes, then set aside.

Prepare an outdoor grill, or heat a grill pan over high heat. In a large bowl, toss the escarole, endive, and radicchio with the olive oil. The greens should be generously coated in oil, so add more if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Place the greens on the preheated grill, cut-side down, and cook, without moving, until charred and slightly wilted, about 5 minutes. Turn over, and cook the uncut sides just to soften, about 3 minutes.

Transfer the greens directly from the grill to individual serving plates. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the toasted pine nuts and 1 tablespoon currants over each. Shave the Parmigiano Reggiano over the salad (chef’s tip: use a vegetable peeler for larger, even pieces). Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and serve.


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Here is a photo I took of one of the amazing Joy Brown public art sculptures. This piece is named "Sitter with Head in Hands" and it is located on 79th Street on the Upper West Side. These larger than life sculptures really add value and beauty to the neighborhood! You can read more about Joy Brown's art and the process it took to get her thousand pound sculptures installed in the article "Thousand-Pound Bronzes on the Upper West Side"  in The New Yorker.