Here Comes the Sun

So the past few weeks have been pretty hectic around here. I was working on a final project for school on solar energy in NYC and learned about the growth it’s experiencing and will potentially experience in the next couple of years. Did you know that second to California, New Jersey is a top producer of solar energy in the country? I know, crazy.
Coincidentally, all this attention on the sun has made me notice how quickly the city has shed its wintry layers. This past weekend, G and I enjoyed a breakfast picnic in the Clinton Community Garden, an emerald jewel in the neighborhood that I pass by every day on my way to work. It’s a discovery I’m actually even hesitant to share–a calming oasis in the middle of the Hell’s Kitchen hustle. It seemed that just a few weeks ago, the garden always looked quiet, recovering from a long and bitter winter. That morning, it was completely alive: tulips were blooming, sparrows were chirping, and we took it all in while munching on blueberry oat scones from Amy’s, fruit salad and earl gray tea.
So yes! One of my favorite seasons–picnic season–is upon us and with it the cue to start dining outdoors. I had the pleasure of putting together a guide to al fresco dining in NYC, and discovered a list of interesting places to keep in the radar throughout the next couple of months. I also came across an inspiring Selby film about the owner of Rockaway Taco, a pop-up taco shack that opens for the summer to feed hungry surfers fish tacos and fresh juices. The chef Andrew Field works half the year and spends the other half surfing and traveling around the world (sigh). According to Rockaway Taco’s website, there are 14 days until opening day, and I can’t wait. Let the countdown begin.

Rockaway Taco, A Selby Film from the selby on Vimeo.

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