Sunday, April 4, 2010
More Blogs About Buildings and Food
Nice hot April day.....beautiful bike riding weather.....sunny, gorgeous. I spent my afternoon riding around Brooklyn on my rusty red bicycle, looking at the sad, wonderful world around me.
First item of note is the leaning house of Greenpoint. I've noticed this house for years but have finally got around to photographing it. All houses settle with age. There are many examples of leaning buildings in the world. The most famous of course being the leaning tower of Pisa. We all stand in the dirt and sometimes the dirt is soft and we start to sink. This is more noticeable in tall buildings that have been around for a while and they keep sinking until they find their comfort zone (or until they fall over, which doesn't happen often I don't think). Most of the houses I notice lean forwards or backwards so it doesn't look as obvious from the street, but this one leans to one side which is rare. I think it's actually resting against the house to the right.
Here's the same pic with vertical lines drawn where the house should be.
I rode on and decided to grab a bite to eat. Then I ate the most delicious sandwich in the world. I've eaten hundreds of sandwiches in my lifetime and this one tops them all. No question. It's called the Scuttlebutt which can be found at Saltie on Metropolitan near Havemeyer in Williamsburg. It was opened by Caroline Fidanza, founding chef of Diner and Marlow and Sons. The ingredients are made up of beets, radishes, a hard-boiled egg, butternut squash, feta, black olives, capers, pickled onions, parsley and spicy aioli on focaccia. It's pricey for a sammie, at $8, but this isn't a typical lunch-hour sandwich break.....this is special, one step closer to heaven meal.
After this my mind wandered towards dessert. I remember hearing that Pies 'n Thighs just re-opened and I always loved their homemade donuts. I weaved around the streets until I found it, on the corner of S.4th and Driggs. They were out of donuts, but I spied a tasty looking lemon meringue and ordered that instead. Oooohhh....this was good, just tart enough and sticky on my plastic fork, bringing a smile to my lips with each bite.
Afterwards, two different Easter dinner parties to attend....my stomach is definitely receiving it's nourishment today.