The Girl Who Ate Everything

Blogging about food and whatever since 2004.

Some Non-Food Related Notes

It's a Diana!

1. Vote for my friend Diana on Artists Wanted! And by that, I mean give her five stars. Or whatever you want to give her, but I think five is appropriate. Anything that could help her take more photos is a good thing.

I would say that Tristan is the one on the left, and I'm the banana-wielder.

2. I'm moving to Brooklyn on June 1, more specially to an apartment off the Hewes Street stop on the J/M line (just two stops out of Manhattan), and most importantly with Tristan as my roommate. Actually, it's more like me as Tristan's roommate—on Tuesday he scoped out apartments, Wednesday morning he picked one and paid the deposit and first month's rent, and on Thursday we signed the lease. It happened hella fast.

Why did it have to happen so fast? He found out he had to move out of his current apartment by the end of the month just this past Monday night. Not a whole lot of notice, but maybe it's good to be under pressure so you get your butt in gear. I was first in line as his pick for a roommate, and BOOYA, that's that.

I've been warned about the potential horrors that come with living with a best friend (and, just to clarify, that's all our relationship is), but I think we'll be fine/not at each other's throats. The apartment is quite nice—two bedrooms, decent bathroom, kitchen area, and a separate living room. Now I don't have to commute!

Of course, the downside is that I'll be out $750+ when before I didn't have to pay any rent. If I start to eat out less in June, now you know why. :\ But perhaps I'll cook more! And then this blog will be really boring!!! Please don't leave me. Please.

I should be more excited about moving, but I'm mostly thinking about what a pain in it ass it is to move. The excitement will come once I'm settled in and not sleeping on an air mattress.


Su-Lin / May 17, 2008 8:16 AM

Good luck with your new place! And wave hello to Tristan for me. Looking forward to your cooking photos!

tristan / May 17, 2008 9:37 AM

dude, i'm going to elevate my cooking to entirely new levels to live up to this entry. maybe i'll take a night class, even.

Tina / May 17, 2008 10:52 AM

Woohoo! You're officially a New Yorker. :D

If you can't eat out much, just cook tastier food or make 'em photogenic. Which I think the latter isn't that hard for you to do since you made take-out look tasty.

bill p / May 17, 2008 12:25 PM

there are some pretty good taco places near you --

Taco Santana (301 Keap just north of Broadway). Down 'n dirty tacqueria but good, and cheap.

Taco Bite (S. 4th @ Rodney) A former taqueria run out of the back of a Greenpoint Italian restaurant that moved to become a legit restaurant. Better than Santana but more expensive.

Mexico 2000 (Broadway just west of Keap). It's a grocery store with a taqueria in the back. Santana is better, but it's an option.

Annie / May 17, 2008 12:55 PM

Your readers will NOT be bored by home cooking, and we will not leave you. As to roommating, where did Tristan find two bedrooms for 1500? He's good!

Julie / May 17, 2008 3:58 PM

That photo is the awesome!

And congrats on your new digs! As for living with friends--it's true, living with them can break a friendship, but it can also make it awesomer! I've been through both. Just be adult about everything, and it should work out. =)

kristina / May 17, 2008 5:09 PM

i'll still read you if move and then eat less. you're funny even if you move.

claudia / May 17, 2008 7:01 PM

1. awesome picture and i voted for diana already. 5 stars, yea!
2. yay you're moving to brooklyn and i'm sure if you don't eat out, tristan would cook yummy food so your blog would not be boring but filled with photogenic grub.


roboppy / May 18, 2008 12:49 AM

Mahar: I AM NEAT! Yahoo.

Su-Lin: Thanks! If you come to NYC (you should!), you can crash with us!

Tristan: I need to elevate my skills too! I think the key is "use lots of butter."

Tina: I shall fool everyone with my misleadingly tasty looking photos!

Jodie: Sweet jesus...I hope you're packed by now. ;D

Bill: Holy crap, thanks for the recs! They sound awesome. Looks like I may have a very taco-centric blog soon.

Annie: WEEE, I wouldn't think that YOU would leave me. :D

As for the apartment (which he found on Craigslist)...well, it is Brooklyn! Haha. Not the far out part though. I guess you wouldn't find that in Manhattan, but go further a few subway stops and you can save lots of money. Weee. We did have to pay a broker's fee though. Meh.

Julie: I'm rooting for "awesomer"!

Kristina: Thanks! :D ONE MORE READER, SECURED!!

Claudia: As part of our roommate agreement, Tristan did say he would cook lots of awesome healthy food for me (or at least it was implied somewhere...subconsciously). BWAHAHAHA. I could use the fiber and vitamins. :)

G / May 18, 2008 5:30 AM

Robyn! Eating out less??? nooooooooo!
Will that mean less photos of INNARDS? :(

Well hey congrats on living in NYC :)

Mickjagger / May 18, 2008 8:10 PM

Wow, how cool is that! Countdown must be ticking, 10 days left...
Wish you all the best for your new inner-city life!

Yas / May 19, 2008 3:43 AM

I'm moving house too and when I think about the exorbitant amount of money I'll be paying for the 'privilege' of living in Sydney, my heart starts to beat scarily fast, and I worry it's going to jump out of my chest.

The rent is actually higher than your Brooklyn digs, but I would rather live in NYC in a second! How that is fair, I don't know.

So, looking forward to some great tips on how to make the money last and still be eating the yums.

Clare / May 19, 2008 3:52 AM

Congratulations! I look forward to seeing more of your cooking adventures. Favorite first-time-cooking meals for me included casseroles, Thai curry with rice and steaks marinated in mustard then broiled. Sounds weird but damn good!

Morten / May 19, 2008 4:51 AM

Congratulations on moving. I only have good experiences from living with my best friends, and you'll be just fine as well.

Oh, is there space on the couch for me and Behnaz? You know I'll be in NY some day ;)

P.S. Loved the banana comic. The important thing isn't the size of your banana, but how you wield it.

olia / May 19, 2008 3:10 PM

zomg! 2 bdrs and each only 750!?! wheeeeere? me want
but woot woot we'll finally hang?
(btw sinister tristan just needs someone to clean his crazy bike wounds :: i hope it never happens again yikes::) can we we have house warming?

wonders / May 19, 2008 3:18 PM

Woohooo! I live on the J/M line also but I'm on Halsey, a few stops further into brooklyn than you! The J train skips Hewes during rush hour so make sure you catch the M! -=)

roboppy / May 19, 2008 5:49 PM

G: Ahh, the innards...I can't forget about the innards! Wait, I haven't had many innards lately. OH NOOES!!

NYC's nice, but it ain't as lovely as Bergen. Le sigh. (Well...we have lots of tacos around where I live, I guess I'm happy.)

Yann: OMG COUNTDOWN! I didn't think of doing that, haha. Ahh it's too soon, I have a lot of crap to pack up. :(

Yas: If I lived in Manhattan it'd probably cost more. SO YAY BROOKLYN!!!

As for how to make the money last, I term fasting interrupted by some feasting. Haha. ...Nah.

Clare: OHHH I love making Thai curry! So much that I haven't made it in years. Haha. Crap. I better get back on that!

Morten: Come within the next year and YEAAH, you have a place to crash. Not that we won't be there longer than a year, but least a year.

I agree, the banana comic is the awesomes.

Suze: Aw, I'm so glad I could encourage your macaron-eating ways! Those maccies look awesome..nicer than most stuff here! Wah.


Olia: YEAH WE WIN! We just have to live across the river. Heh. House warming shall occur! But not for a while cos it'll a while until our apartment doesn't look like crap. Waah moving..pain in the butt.

Maybe before house warming we can have another group meal? More Russian food?!

wonders: Sweet, we're semi-neighbors! (Well, more so than we are now.) You'll have to give me some food recs. MAYBE WE CAN GET TACOS?!

And man, the rush hour trains confuse me. I have definitely missed stops that way before. :( I better memories the schedule..

Molly / May 20, 2008 2:36 PM

yessss, another soul won over to the dark side brooklyn! ok, it's not really dark. and hey, yeah, like bill said, there are TACOS.

i smell a food-filled housewarming party! can't wait for the pics.

roboppy / May 20, 2008 11:23 PM

Molly: Brooklyn owned my soul long ago when most of my friends moved there and thus made me..go there..a lot. Waarh! I mean. Yaay!


Yes, yes she is! Oh man I just haven't met her yet. Someday, you shall. When dinner plans collide.

maomau / May 22, 2008 5:25 PM

moving sucks but at least thats once a yr and no more daily long commutes for you lil' lady.

you may not be eating out as much but luckily you work in a food related place. still lub ur eating adventures no matter where it is. :P

roboppy / May 23, 2008 2:06 AM

maomau: Yay, now I'll have a 45 minute commute!...haha. Okay, much better than NJ. However, this also means I have no excuse to leave the office at 7pm every day! Oh nooes..

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