Buddy via Email & Outdoor Dinner for Two

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Mom sent an email with two photo attachments, and a few words. Simple, unexpected emails like this make my day. Sometimes it’s a short, “hope your day is going well” or, “they ran out of Saint Germain strawberry shortcake today.” But the best emails are those which come with photos of Buddy, the family dog.

This is Buddy in the bathtub. My little fellow is composed of 80% plushy golden-brown fur. The other 20% is meat, bones, and fat. He’s a happy dude, and only enjoys being showered by grandma or mom.

This is Buddy post-shower. When he was a tiny munchkin we rubbed him down with a towel and then let him roam around till he was completely dry. A horrible mistake. Buddy would come trampling back into the kitchen with all sorts of weeds, nublins, and sometimes ladybugs, attached to his fur. He would don a sheepish smile and then smoosh himself around your ankle, depositing a trail of tiny black and red ladybugs.

So now we blow-dry Buddy, with the heat set on medium-low. He enjoys the blow dryer, especially on colder days, but the heat makes him rather sleepy.

I’d contemplated taking Buddy with me when I moved from Hawai’i, but I think he fits much better in the land where palm trees sway :)


Back in NYC, dinner two weeks ago with Don involved a grill, tomatoes, avocados, garlic, steak and a hammock – elements I have quickly learned to associate with summer in the city. Of them all, I must say the hammock is most important (with avocado coming in a close second).

Avocado is creamy blessing in any forms – brushed with olive oil and grilled, whipped into a milkshake, and deep fried in a light batter. Back in Hawai’i, gorgeous ripe ones fall off the neighbor’s tree and roll right into our backyard…a luxury surely taken for granted. We’d pit halved avocados and drizzle a bit of shoyu in the middle – spoon and eat. In the afternoon, or for a morning sweet, replace the shoyu with light sprinkles of sugar and mash and mix in the shell. Indulgence of the best sort.

But when you have a big bag of chips on the picnic bench, what better to do than guacamole? A duo of avocados, tomatoes, fresh lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste. It doesn’t get any more simple.

We made sure to incorporate garlic into the meal, via scapes…

…with olive oil and a touch of salt.

Pictured above is an open bulb picked from the scape ends…baby garlic! Now how adorable is that?

Steak from Ottomanelli and Sons in the West Village….

…on the grill…

…then slipped onto the plate, devoured a minute later.

Baguettes, and pasta with tomatoes round out the meal.

For dessert, we shared a seat on the hammock and a little bowl of Greenmarket raspberries followed by…

…a few treats Don picked up earlier in the day from Amy’s Bread. Don once mentioned of his affection for Amy’s chocolate chip cookies, specifically noting the large chunks of salt embedded into the dough. The cookies were slightly soft upon purchase – perhaps due to summer humidity. But a short trip in the oven to crisp up the cookie and warm the chips down to chocolaty pockets proved wonders.

Of course, while we were at it, we had to give the peanut butter cookie a taste…

…along with a chewy caramel cashew bar! No worries, the sweets were not all polished off in a single night. I was careful to allocate them over two sittings.

Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meat
285 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-4217

Amy’s Bread
75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 462-4338

11 Comments
  • K and S
    November 30, -0001

    holy! your pics were the size of my screen…delicious! and buddy, so cute!

  • shannon
    July 31, 2008

    baaaaaahahahhahai love buddy.

  • Punap
    July 31, 2008

    Oh, I so adore Buddy, too! He’s incredibly cute! His pomeranian, right? My dog is klainspitz, so he’s bigger than yours but the same… well, not the same race but close enough. But he looks just like buddy, a big orange fur ball. :D He’s getting grey, however, as he’s already 13. Oh, how your post about avocados made me want to have a giant avocado milkshake! Reminds me the time when I had it in LA… Mmm… avocados…

  • Yvo
    July 31, 2008

    My doggie hates showers! Buddy is toooooo cute :)And your dinner sounds amazing!

  • anonymous
    July 31, 2008

    buddy looks so poofy after the blowdry.and you and don know how to eat your way through the summer! are those steaks expensive?

  • anonymous
    August 1, 2008

    pomerenians (sp?) are not dogs, but butterscotch-colored powder puffs with legs. KYAAAAAAAAAAA~!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    August 2, 2008

    Hey Kat!lol! my photos always seem to come out so big on your computer screen…^_^Shann!too bad he can’t move in with us here!Hey Punapaa!Yup, he’s a pomeranian! ^_^ Buddy’s also 13 years old! He doesn’t move quickly as he used too…you can see the years creeping up on him…but we love him all the same! :)Hey Yvo!Buddy can’t stand it when I shower him, my mom and grandma must know some secret I don’t, hehe o_O!Hey Danny!I think they might be slightly more expensive than your normal butchers, but sooo worth it ^_^Hey Alice!hahah, that was the best description for a pomeranian, ever!

  • Scott Melissa and Miles
    August 3, 2008

    so yummy lookingi really enjoy reading your blog & have added a lik to it on minehttp://offthestripdining.blogspot.com/

  • Marie
    August 6, 2008

    Now that is a frickin’ steak! And it’s been said many times already, but Buddy is too cute. That fluff!

  • That Girl Can Eat
    August 7, 2008

    Buddy is my hero. So cute!Buddy ’08

  • anonymous
    August 10, 2008

    I want a Buddy! He is so adorable.

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