Saturday, July 6, 2013

First Week of July

Happy belated fourth of July! 

Hope everyone had a great holiday and is continuing to enjoy the wonderful weekend. This week was not only a 2-half-day kind of week for us but also a two-date-night one. Lucky me!

On Wednesday (half-day numero uno), S and I had dinner at Alder, Wylie Dufresne's latest endeavour in the East Village. Here, food and drink come in smaller portions - which I most definitely prefer to large format meals. Even the cocktails come in half serves, like the rhubard pimm's cup below: 
The dishes are adventurous, akin to Dufresne's successful first restaurant, WD-50 (which was one of the first nice meals S and I had when we moved here three years ago).  At Alder, we ordered "pigs in a blanket" which were done with lap cheongpickled beets that were served with coconut ricotta; and a generous portion of pink pub cheese below, so coloured from the cheddar, cream cheese and red wine mix:

Exciting and reasonably-priced, Alder gets two thumbs up from me! 

On Friday (which was half-day numero duo) we traipsed back to the East Village to visit old haunts for our usual date-night outing.  First, for drinks at Angels Share, which is a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge located behind an unmarked door inside a Japanese ramen joint. The place is so narrow that you either get a seat by the window with a great view of Stuyvesant Street; or a seat at the bar where you get to see the mixologists in action. Really cool spot, you just have to come early to avoid lengthy waits.

Then, we walked hand-in-hand to Dirt Candy for dinner. And you already know how in love I am with that place. We had a couple of new dishes Ms Cohen introduced for the season: a parsnip dish - which you can read about here; and the best not-dogs I've had!


Two dates this week mean two outfits photographed. The common theme across both being "something old mixed with something new":

Alexander Wang Livia Heels
Old DVF crepe dressVincci Malaysia earrings 
collar necklace
New dress: Anthropologie Cherry-drop Sheath (now on sale,  with further 20%  off until July 7)

New shoes: Alexander Wang Livia (also on sale!) (and here too)- the structural heel is so sick
Vincci Malaysia heels

Hermes white clic, Kelly turnlock
Vintage Chanel flap (sim), Hermes bracelets and Giles and Brother hook cuff
Old Anthropologie collar necklace (sim)

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Usha, you reinforce my WANT for the cherry drop dress! So pretty on you. Love. It!

  2. Cute outfits and oh, hello fellow H KDT bracelet twin! ;) Yet another thing we have in common!

  3. I love both of those dresses so much! I'm a sucker for a cherry print :)