Brooklyn Winery

November 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

Last night, my good friend Kate and I attended a Yelp elite event at the new & gorgeous Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg. The Brooklyn Winery serves as a wine bar as well as a unique and educational place to make your own wine.

The entire place is made out of reclaimed materials. The paneling around the outside of the bar is all reclaimed from old church pews, and the trim work is done with the same reclaimed wood used on the wall. The bar top is a beautiful zinc slab and the ceiling is an old tin ceiling, repainted.

In addition to offering unlimited free red and white wines, beer, cider, and snacks, the winery held tours every 10 minutes. Of course we went on one and learned that you can get 300 bottles from one barrel of wine!

1094186823_8wn5k-MThe best part of the night, besides the wine, was the free photo booth set up from Magnolia Photo booth. The wine really helped us loosen up and be our pirate-sailor-viking-mustachioed selves.

Greencard interview: the review

November 16, 2010 § 5 Comments

Fear not, I wasn’t deported after my Greencard interview yesterday, Time Warner, NY’s least competent cable provider, just went down and broke my a blog-a-day streak!

If I had internet access last night, my report of the day would have sounded something like this.

Nick and I got up at 6 am to make sure we arrived early enough – but not obnoxiously early – to our 8:15 am appointment in downtown Manhattan. We went through the usual government building security and headed up to the 8th floor where the Adjustment of Status rooms were. Our lawyer told us he’d send an associate to meet us and sit in with us during our interview and he’d meet us there at 7:45. We waited until 8:05 before we went ahead and checked in without him, assuming he wasn’t coming. He showed up 45 minutes late, telling us “it’s the government, OF COURSE their meetings aren’t going to be on time”. Yeah, because Greencard interviews are no big deal and nothing to make sure you’re punctual for.

The three of us sat in the waiting room with a bunch of other people. The family in front of us was talking with their own pompous lawyer and seemed grossly unprepared for their interview, telling him they didn’t bring any proof of having joint bank accounts, credit cards, rental agreements, life insurance, nothin’. The lawyer kept himself amused by correcting their grammar.

About an hour after that, extremely parched and hungry as you aren’t allowed any food or drink in the waiting room, we were called for our meeting. Our officer was fairly pleasant, but rocked a very thick Puertorican accent and it was really hard to understand her questions. Turns out, her questions were totally inane and unrelated to our situation. She asked us each our full names, birthdays, and where we lived like three times each. She was confused when we said we didn’t bring a copy of our lease, because only Nick’s name was on it, so it was irrelevant to proving we both lived there. She didn’t even look at most of the documentation I brought, which the appointment letter said to make sure I brought with me. At the end of the interview, she asked if we had any questions. I asked if we were approved. She said we had to wait up to 60 days to find out. Nick asked if it was still okay if I left the country for Christmas. She said “just wait for the greencard, just in case”. I insisted that we really wanted to go to Canada for Christmas, as I haven’t seen most of my friends and family in 5 months and asked why I should have to wait if I already had my Advance Parole documents. She didn’t seem to really know what she was talking about, so kept repeating “just wait, just in case”.

We left the room feeling irritated and ripped off, mostly because we didn’t get the immediate gratification that came right after our visa interview. Our case is such an open and shut one because we already were granted a visa and there’s nothing more to really discuss, except for maybe proving we are a real couple in love, and she didn’t seem to care about that. I called my lawyer as soon as I was back in Brooklyn and he insists that she’s a nut who doesn’t know what she’s talking about and I can most definitely travel while my greencard is processing. This still makes me nervous because I do not want to get stuck in Canada again!

Hopefully this worrying is for nothing and my greencard comes in the mail in the next few weeks, as everything has been coming together quickly lately.

All in all, nothing bad happened, it was just not a pleasant experience.

(print above by Music Philosophy)

The importance of smiling

November 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Nick and I head downtown early tomorrow morning for my greencard interview. I have spent a couple weeks gathering and organizing all the documents they’ve requested on my appointment letter (and then some) and we have an associate of our immigration law firm meeting us there, so I’m not too concerned about what will happen, I just hope we get an officer who smiles.

I’ll be sure to write all about it tomorrow afternoon/evening, but in the meantime, I leave you with something that made me smile and I hope it will amuse you too (and future immigration officer – if you’re out there, enjoy this and I can’t wait to meet you tomorrow!)

from Chloe Someone

2010’s Best Inventions

November 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Time Magazine released its list of the 50 Best Inventions of 2010.  Did you know someone invented software that can detect sarcasm? Finally! Some people can’t even do that.

See the complete list here.

Typography tattoos

November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

I have a couple tattoos hidden away, but I got them mostly for the experience – just to see what it felt like – rather than actually falling in love with any of the things I have put on my body. (It’s a good thing none of them are visible, huh?)

Although I know I’m done getting tattoos, sometimes I think maybe I need a typography tattoo like these lovely ladies have…

Jessica Hische



This week’s favourite photos

November 11, 2010 § 2 Comments

Since joining Pinterest, I’ve come across so many wonderful photos. The only downside is that sometimes you don’t know who they belong to if they were just “pinned” from a website that posted them. Regardless, they’re still incredibly eye-pleasing.

(my current Blackberry background!)

Warm colours and palm trees. Photo: Sean Scheidt

Are you on Pinterest yet? Let’s be friends.

My New New York Diary

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Two things I love have come together – New York and French director Michel Gondry, alongside cartoonist Julie Doucet – to create an artbook + DVD.

In 2008, Michel Gondry wrote to Julie Doucet to propose that they make a film together. The duo settled on a unique combination of drawing and film that inserts the “real” Julie into her own imagery. This book contains all of Doucet and Gondry’s drawings for the film, which can be read as a complete narrative, and the DVD containing their complete 18-minute film.

$24.95 from Picture Box Inc., just in time for Christmas!

(via Cool Hunting)

Girl Crushes

November 9, 2010 § 3 Comments

No, not real crushes, but every girl has those  certain ladies – famous or not – who they look up to, emulating their personal style and keeping up with the latest happenings in their fascinating lives.

My top five current girl crushes:

#1: Tina Fey – gorgeous and undeniably hilarious! The one person on TV these who embodies my sense of humour perfectly. Why does 30 Rock need to end?

#2: Chloe Sevigny – a fascinating, beautiful oddball. She can pull off outfits and styles like no one else.

#3: Blake Lively – she’s the star of my guiltiest of guilty pleasure TV shows, Gossip Girl, but she’s actually a great actress! This tall, blonde bombshell has it all. Let’s just hope she doesn’t start a singing career and ruin it.

#4: Zooey Deschanel – Speaking of singing actresses… Zooey is as well-known for her music career as she is for her film career and I think that’s because she did it right. She got into the indie scene, where most of her fans were in the first place, singing duets with M. Ward and recently tying the knot with Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. My favourite of her contributions will always be Almost Famous.

#5: Carey Mulligan – she is so cute, you just want to pick her up and keep her in your pocket. Like a baby bunny. This rising star didn’t need her hair weighing her down and is now rocking a very Twiggy-esque pixie cut.


Am I missing anyone obviously amazing?


Paris vs New York; Amelie vs Carrie

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Vahram Muratyan’s Paris versus New York series has been popping up all over the web lately, comparing everything from the architecture to favourite foods of two of the greatest cities in the world. While I encourage you to view all the comparisons he’s made so far, this one is my favourite.

“A visual but friendly match between those two cities seen by a lover of Paris wandering through New York’s infinite details, clichés and contradictions : this way, please.”

The Break of Noon

November 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last night, Nick and I went to see The Break of Noon, with a ton of senior citizens and Jim Gaffigan. Random, right?

The play stars David Duchovny, who we both love from The X-Files and Californication, and is being performed in a cool old theatre in the West Village of New York. The story is easy enough to take in, but is still a conversation piece. I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re looking for something new to do.

Bonus: if you’re under 30, get a ticket for only $20!


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