A reminder that winter has just started, and we still have 2-3 months to go.
Quiet streets and little traffic are perks of a snowy day, so I wandered out with a friend and was thrilled to discover Another Man's Treasure vintage clothing store in my 'hood. AMT houses an impressive collection of pieces that are in impeccable condition, and prices worth leaving Manhattan for. And that was the extent of my exercise yesterday.
Knowing I would have downtime this weekend, I endeavored to revise my diet & exercise plan, drink more water. Maybe less alcohol, but who's kidding who? After the holiday seemed like an appropriate time for this, and then there's my friend Ben's Twitter feed which inspires me to, I don't know, get outside more. Maybe run or something.
I have to be honest - winter is not the best time for this plan. I got halfway there - went to the market and stocked up on healthy things - fish, vegetables, fruit, a water filter, you know the rest. When I got home, I made the fatal mistake of picking up January Gourmet. The photos, the image of a warm Italian kitchen, of mozzarella bread and polenta and lasagne. Without pause, I began preparing a winter minestrone. And, of course, drinking water will not do when cooking after dark. I was out of red wine so I decided on cocktails. Which calls for friends. And, there I went. Winter minestrone, bread, cheese, and Negronis.
I know what you're thinking: New Jersey is not a traveler's destination. It's simply a place that one passes through on a trek along the eastern seaboard, or on a layover to or from another location. But I have lived here, like it or not, for 15 years and have discovered a few interesting places in the garden state beyond Newark airport.
Grounds for Sculpture is a 35 acre sculpture park that was founded and developed by J Seward Johnson, an artist from the Johnson and Johnson family. Located about an hour 1/2 from NYC, 20 minutes outside of Princeton, it's both stunning and surprising. A great weekend day experience. Here's the best way to visit:
1) Take someone who's never been, and don't tell them where you're going. The reveal on the way to the park is one of the best parts.
2) Skip the park entrance, and enter through Rat's restaurant, stopping into the Kafe Kabul bar for a glass of wine to take along your walk.
3) Walk, wander, get lost. Grounds For Sculpture is gorgeous with a coat of snow, and there is a warming hut to stop into if it's chilly, complete with a working fireplace. The park feels like Alice's Wonderland - doorways that lead to secret gardens, unexpected tunnels, and tangled, verdant pathways.
When you're finished, head back to the Kafe Kabul to sit on pillows and rugs in front of a fireplace with another glass of wine (Rat's Red highly recommended), or some Russian Caravan tea. Rat's is their premier restaurant, and while totally worth it, you can get the same menu in the Kafe or order off of the bar menu, which is less expensive. The food is spectacular.