• Apples to Apples

    Miscellany  

    "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

    —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    The New York air is crisp again. The cool of autumn rolls in, slow and steady, like an ocean liner. This signals not only a permanent respite from the heat of summer, but that apples are ripe for the picking. Apple picking in New York and New England is an idyllic way to waste a Saturday. With my boys in town for the week, it means the perfect chance to escape the city for the weekend, create some lasting memories, and actually eat apples plucked right off the branch. Just the way Mother Nature intended.

    We head up to Masker Orchards just an hour outside of Manhattan with some friends. A haze of fog lingers just above the stunted tree tops. The Hudson Valley morning is overcast, the air still wet from the night before. It quenches whatever thirst we've mustered on the drive up as we breathe it in. Apple donuts (tasty), hot dogs (not even remotely close to tasty), a haunted house, pony rides, and suburbia cover the base of the orchard. We make a beeline to the Red Delicious patch, meandering from tree to tree like pollinating bees. I reach to the sky and come down with a Delicious that swallows my hand. The first bite is crisp, light, and makes that hollow cracking sound.

    It's clean. Pure. Crisp. It tastes like life starting all over again.

    Sep 4, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    NJGlenn left a comment on 10/10/2013 at 1:57 PM:

    Love Masker Orchard, it’s an annual tradition for my family! And I concur, the hot dogs are atrocious. It’s a couple of months away but if you’re going to be looking for a Christmas Tree, Palmer’s Tree Farm in Bethel, PA is a great place.  And tailgating is encouraged.


    Leith left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 12:35 PM:

    I am going to go ahead and leave the expected “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” comment here.  Your sons look exactly like you.


    CMQ left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 11:35 AM:

    What lucky boys to have a dad who so beautifully photo-documents such moments! A beautifully done post about a much-loved fall tradition.


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  • September 2013 Playlist

    Music & Books  


    Listen on Spotify

    Sep 2, 2013 | Permalink (13) View/Leave Comments

    Jacob left a comment on 10/13/2013 at 10:54 PM:

    hell ya


    Natalie left a comment on 10/6/2013 at 9:28 PM:

    Ecstatic to see that you put a song from John Mayer’s new album - he’s my all time favorite singer and i saw him in concert recently! I love lorde as well and pure heroine is awesome.


    OMK left a comment on 9/25/2013 at 10:29 AM:

    Superb selection. Can’t stop listening to it.


    Allie left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    Love the playlist! Even better that it’s downloadable!!

    -AH

    www.thenauticalprepster.blogspot.com


    Shaun left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 1:38 PM:

    Must be the music that’s turning me on!  Thanks!


    KIT left a comment on 9/20/2013 at 2:53 PM:

    Uh…how do you play these without Spotify? I do the double-clickie have no files in the folder. Maybe I am too stupin.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:53 PM:

    @Meg—I just updated the Spotify playlist to reflect the correct John Mayer song with Frank Ocean.


    Meg left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:47 PM:

    Downloaded the zip file.  First John Mayer track isn’t the same song as on the Spotify playlist for some reason.


    Brian left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:09 PM:

    Fantastic!  Thanks Fred!


    Meg left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 5:38 PM:

    Stellar.


    C.G.D left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:13 PM:

    Great tunes! Thanks man!


    Isabel left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:25 AM:

    Stoked to see the resurgence of these playlists…they make great study companions!


    matt left a comment on 9/17/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    thanks again for making it downloadable!  Cant wait to listen to it on my way home.


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  • Second Time Around

    Store Profiles  

    by Moses Y. Bension

    When you were in prep school you probably wore a Barbour or Bean sweater that wasn’t exactly new when you got it, especially if you were the youngest brother or sister in your family to attend said school (unless you had a university named after your great-great-great-great-grandfather). We’ve always borrowed (or stolen) clothes out of each others’ closets, so it’s about time there was an upscale thrift shop consignment shop that facilitated the tradition of that exchange.

    Second Time Around is that consignment shop. Since 1973, it has expanded from its little shop on Newbury Street in Boston to over 40 boutiques. It’s now known up and down the East Coast as the place to shop great second hand. Check out the women's "preppy" section at their Madison Avenue boutique. Brooks Brothers fleece blazers that still have the tags on them sit next to J. Crew cashmere sweaters in just as new condition...all for less than half of retail. How else are you going to get a hold of vintage Hermès? After all, new money is a concept that is relatively…well…new.

    Aug 30, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

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    Laure left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 5:09 PM:

    You have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/


    Kathryn left a comment on 10/5/2013 at 12:23 PM:

    Thanks for sharing!  My special hand-me-downs define my style so much that I started a blog about them.  This sounds like a store I would love, and I’ll plan to visit when I’m in New York in a few weeks.


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  • The Preppy Cookbook

    Music & Books  

    If you're anything like me, you don't cook...often. Or, not really at all. Cooking for one in New York, it's an uphill battle! With arguably the best restaurants in the country and whatever your little stomach can desire available at the click of a mouse (disclosing Seamless and Grub Hub addiction here), cooking is a rare feat. But I like to think that if I did, I'd have some good material to pull from.

    The latest addition to my kitchen bookshelf is Christine E. Nunn's The Preppy Cookbook. As a talented chef at Picnic, her restaurant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Nunn shares a raft of seriously good recipes. Like The Official Preppy Handbook's Lisa Birnbach, Nunn also grew up in the wonderful world of prep. And like Lisa, she writes about that world with deep knowledge and humor.

    The cookbook is organized by stations of the Preppy Life Cycle: The Formative Years (a highlight is the Thick-as-London-Fog Pea Soup...cook once and feeds for a week), Summer and the Living is Easy (bring on the lobster rolls!), Brunch is a verb (hello Hangover Hash Browns), Luncheons and Showers, and lastly, Home for the Holidays (Nunn's Butternut Squash Lasagna reads as delectable as it probably tastes). Pick up a copy for yourself, host a cocktail party (on a Saturday night, of course), and your closest friends will never be the wiser that you "don't cook" often.

    Aug 28, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    George left a comment on 11/9/2013 at 6:21 PM:

    I have reservations that this is an attempt to capitalize on the word, “Preppy” in the title, surrounded by the cover colors. Anything for a buck. Next: The Preppy Guide to Labrador Grooming? From there, it’s over…like the “Dummies,” “Chicken Soup,” and any number of other so-called series or collections. I’ll reserve judgment of the thing until I actually read it, of course, but that’s what it feels like now. What’s that? Well, of course I’m going to buy it!


    PSP left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 6:59 PM:

    Triscuits, bloodys, toast points and the like.


    C.L.Y. left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    “Preppy” food? What is that? I did not know such a thing ever existed!


    PSP left a comment on 10/1/2013 at 8:37 PM:

    A guy cook in NYC, other than grilling on roof, I think not.


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  • Blurred Lines

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in Old Westbury, NY

    Noteworthy: chevron striped dress, smile.

    Aug 26, 2013 | Permalink (6) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 12:01 PM:

    @Clara—”...fashion photographer F.E. Castleberry has unwittingly become a pundit of the preppy aesthetic.” It’s right there at the beginning…f-a-s-h-i-o-n p-h-o-t-o-g-r-a-p-h-e-r.


    Clara left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 11:38 AM:

    How do you earn a living, exactly? ‘Preppy pundit’ doesn’t sound like a job.


    Emily left a comment on 9/21/2013 at 12:44 PM:

    what a great shot. I think the dress is from The Limited.


    Steve left a comment on 9/17/2013 at 9:38 AM:

    absolutely stunning


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 9/16/2013 at 12:44 AM:

    “Hey Hey Hey”


    Lauren left a comment on 9/15/2013 at 11:08 AM:

    Love this chevron dress! Great look!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/


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