Had a brilliant dinner with Kari of Litwit, our most enchanting newest New Yorker, this evening at my darling Palacinka... then I was on my way back across Grand with ten minutes 'til the opera and it was almost assured but then my phone rang and I changed my plans, naturellement... a rendezvous at McNally Robinson and then a drink at DBA and then the night ended at maybe the best bar in the world (except for Napoleon House in New Orleans) Clandestino (actually it ended with me in my apt. eating a handful of intoxicating chocolates, sent by the lovely ladies of Au Revoir Simone, while listening to jolie laide Swedish pop -- Fibes, Oh Fibes!, Moneybrother et al -- and then a.r.s. of course; the new album is to die for...anyway that was ten minutes ago and the kettle is on for a cup of my fave tea and then I'll be off to bed). Other honorable mentions lately: Cafe Deville with Ms Bluepoppy, the portrait of charm, Teany with Martha who has very stylish taste (we like all the same things; her hot tip for the mo' is Andrew Bird), biscuits for breakfast at Clinton St. Baking Co. with Dallas Hudgens a few days ago (big things from him this fall). Also, fried green tomatoes: kind of gross. And tomorrow: a million a.m. deadlines but then lunch at Mercer Kitchen... I seriously cannot wait!