Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. – Ayn Rand
Agree or disagree with Ayn Rand’s philosophies overall, it’s hard to argue with her stance on finding greatness in day-to-day life. This search for the ideal – or as I call it “Searching for Jake Ryan”- is an ongoing pursuit for me.
This week, I’ve had several “Jake Sightings”(aka brushes with greatness) to share:
THE HARMONY ONE UNIVERSAL REMOTE FROM LOGITECH
My week started with this ingenious little device that has revolutionized how we manage entertainment (TV, music, movies) in our house. Don’t know about you, but before this gem came along, I was overwhelmed to say the least by the number of remote controls and the 100-step process it took to simply watch TV, let alone use the XBox or listen to music. While the set-up process took my husband the whole day (and incorporated more than a few swear words), in the end, this gizmo has been a time-saver, a joy and certainly one of the best things I came across this week.
10 DOWNING’S DECONSTRUCTED PB&J SANDWICH
A hot new eatery in NYC’s West Village, 10 Downing is the much anticipated project from chef/bad boy, Jason Neroni. While the menu itself has as many lows as it has highs, one of the desserts not only caught my eye – it kicked serious ass: the Deconstructed Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. A dish comprised of Peanut Butter Gelato, Concord Grape Jelly and Challah Bread, it’s tasty and reminded me of a simpler time. Any dish that can do that is A-OK in my book.
JOHN DORY’S TREACLE PUDDING
This super-sticky-sweet dessert topped a lovely evening dining at the bar of John Dory with a friend. The restaurant itself was unassuming (despite the major buzz it has been getting) and the staff was beyond accommodating. The other dishes we had — from the Grilled Octopus to the Hangar Steak — were perfectly fine, but it wasn’t until the over-the-top dessert was plopped in front of us that the “oohs” and “aahhs” began. Not for the faint of heart (or the Monty Python-couldn’t-eat-another-bite full), the pudding was billed as “for two” but really required an army of friends, forks in hand to finish. All in all, though, an excellent option.
And – the pièce de résistance came last night, in the comfort of my own home. First, for anyone who knows me, staying home is not my style. Don’t get me wrong: I love my apartment and adore spending quality time there – especially when my husband is with me. It’s just that I have a reputation for triple booking my schedule and always running from place to place, eagerly seeking the next great experience. In any case, we decided to stay in — do dinner at home, crack open a bottle of wine and download a movie. Enter Fugue de Nenin – Pomerol 1999 from France, a bottle we received as a hostess gift from a guest at one of our recent gatherings.
I hate that I don’t know who exactly brought it because I want to thank him/her/them profusely. It was truly one of the best bottles I have had in a while. So, thanks to you, oh mystery guest, for expanding my experiences and giving me my final – and best- glimpse of “Jake” this week.