We know that when you open a business it's all about location location location. We took over the very successful bird feeder franchise in front of the dining room window from the precious owner. We really had no idea what a gold mine we were sitting on. The clientele is very versatile and loyal and comes from all over. We easily go through a feeder a week. We thought we would capitalize on the success and branch out to a lesser known area, over by the kitchen window. If you want to make it in this business you gotta have cojones, right. So we bought a new feeder, filled her up and waited. Not a bird in sight. But I know that the most gentrified areas of Brooklyn were once industrial wastelands and they will come. Sooner or later, they will come. It starts with the starving artists and the hipsters follow. As a marketing ploy I spread some seed on the ground. And check it out:
When we showed up on saturday morning the new feeder was empty. I wonder what the first bird who discovered it thought. Probably the same thing I thought when I first moved to the Williamsburg area in the mid 90's - OMG how do I keep this secret to myself.
A lot happened in the yard while we were away this week. (Lots happened in the city too - it was doc week for Linda. I worked on a documentary about FDR right across the river at his home on tuesday and wed-thurs was a documentary about Fran Lebowits directed by Martin Scorsese. He hung out with us on a balcony for an hour or so while shooting Fran peeking her head out at 6 o'clock on the Grand Central Station clock.
Marty was very dapper and jovial but there's unfortunately no real story here. My story of the day was when Lisa the DP and I were in the back of Fran's old checker cab with a camera driving through Times Square at night. She is an old school driver alright and was laying on the horn cursing everyone else on the road. It was a little scary but mostly just hilarious.
So back to what happened on Maple Ave...
This is the flower bed outside the dining room that we uncovered a week ago. Just in time!
This is the kitty cat bud tree in full bloom. Aaaahhhhhh....
It smells amazing! I would love some ID help with it!
This is the next tree to go.
And the chestnut.
This tree has unfortunately split down the middle, probably happened in the big storm, and most of the buds have died, but I'm following this one closely. If we can at least get one flower.
We needed to try our home brew to make sure we are on the right track. It should still age for another 2 weeks but we wanted a sneak peak.
The author enjoys a 2 week old Fat Robin Pilsner.
And you know what - we got beer. It's already pretty tasty.
Today was yard work and fish tacos. I totally cheated and used fish stick for filling, just fried them up in a lot of oil in the pan. We love fish sticks over here so that was hardly a negative. For fixins I marinated cabbage in vinegar and lime juice and some salt and pepper. And cut up some tomatoes and red onion. And then this sauce:
1/2 cup plain non fat yougurt
1/2 cup mayo
juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp minced capers (kapris)
1 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
Mix it all together and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. Darn good. We sat outside on the patio and drank Micheladas with the meal. !Muy Bueno¡