I seem to have fallen behind this past week. Thanks to Sam and Seoyhung
for an awesome visit, and for posing for me on my day off from the MOMA.
Work at the museum is going swimmingly, and I am now opening the
cafe by myself a few times a week. The cafe is in the indoor part of the
rooftop sculpture garden, shared with a Calder mobile, Louise Bourgeois'
spiders, and some Tony Cragg stalagmites. Through the glass wall I can
see a ton of other pieces, including 2 more Calders and a massive Ellsworth
Kelly. A pretty choice locale for a cafe. Lunch breaks are short, but I bring
paper just in case.
Things at home are going well too. Jesse has been riding up a storm,
completing a 300k a few weekends ago, and planning for a 400k in the
near future. Somehow he still found an hour or so of downtime to sit
still for me, as he read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder,
a story-like biography of Paul Farmer, one of the founders of Partners
in Health. (Also, thanks to mom for the shipment of neckers! We love
them.) This was after going out for a screening of Queen of the Sun,
a flick about beekeeping. It was more inspiring than informative, but
that's all we were looking for. The backyard was miraculously weeded
this morning by handyman Jose, and as it's sunny and 70 outside, it's
about time to start our garden.
The farmers markets have kicked back into gear too! It's been a long time
since I've been inspired by something other than bread, cheese or root
vegetables. Now the tables are stocked with asparagus, strawberries, and
the first sweet peas of the year!
Today's lunch: Asparagus Citrus Salad
-1/4 bunch raw asparagus. I like the moderately thin ones, which I think
are better raw. Make sure to break the bottom part of the stems off, otherwise
your salad will be tough and stringy.
-1 cara cara orange
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 garlic-clove-sized chunk of ginger, minced
-5-6 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
-sweet balsamic vinegar to taste
Toss everything together in a bowl, and dig in.