July 19, 2012

MONTAUK: Iced coffee

I read on someone's blog recently that she had forgotten to take her camera on a weekend trip and sulked the entire time—I can commiserate—to a blogger forgetting your camera is unthinkable, unfortunately, I do it all the time, despite 'CAMERA' being clearly printed on a yellow sticky at the front door. So it was a happy occasion that I had brought my camera along this weekend on a visit to Montauk—to my brother's and sister in law's sweet cottage.

Montauk is located at the tip of Long Island, originally home to the Montaukett tribe, and later to cattle ranchers and fishermen—Stanford White built summer homes there in the 1880s and many still stand on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic. Sadly, Montauk is the latest of the Hampton towns to be overrun with urban New Yorkers and tourists, but it is still exceptionally beautiful and rustic around the edges.

I managed to get some pics—when, I remembered to take the camera with me—'the' coffee shot for sure, but not the glorious sail on the proverbial shining sea, and not the bright pink iced watermelon drink at the outdoor Mexican road stop. Here's the iced cappuccino at Coffee Tauk—good grinds—a shot of the sweet cottage, and one of Ollie, my gal pal, hangin' in the hammock with me. Summer pleasures.

Iced Cappuccino, Coffee Tauk, Montauk, July 2012.
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Coffee Tauk, Sunday Morning.

The Cottage.

Hanging out in the hammock with Ollie.

July 1, 2012


       —Lovin Spoonful

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting burnt and gritty 
Been down, isn't it a pity 
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city 
All around, people looking half dead 
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head. ...
Summer in the City, 16th St at 9th Ave and 97º. 

A very hot Saturday morning in the city. I planned to make my way through the Chelsea Market, pick up something for lunch and an iced coffee, and head out the back entrance of this long snaking passage to the High Line, find a spot to eat and then take some pics. Once I got inside, enveloped by the dark and cool, invited by the little tables to sit and have a bite, the idea of going back out into the intense heat that was Summer in the City simply evaporated. I got a sandwich from Amy's Bread, a favorite reliable standby, an Iced coffee at Ninth Street Expresso—enjoyed lunch in the cool, and headed home. Not my best effort, not my best pics, but a blog is a blog is a blog and needs to be kept up—this is it for now. 

Oh yes—and a peanut butter chocolate-chip cookie from Jacques Torres Chocolate.

Ordering Iced Coffee, Ninth Street Espresso, Chelsea Market.