Friday, August 29, 2014

We've Moved! ... our blog

With the launch of our new website this month, we have also given our blog a little makeover. You can now find it a!

See you there!

Friday, June 27, 2014

There are a lot of cooks in this kitchen!

Unfortunately I was born without the cooking gene. In fact, I'm the queen of take out! A million years ago, when I asked Ben to give me his list of friends for his eighth birthday party Monty the delivery guy from Picasso Pizza was number one. Let's put it this way, when the doorbell rings at my house everyone runs to answer it because chances are, it's dinner.

But now I am newly inspired by the amazingly talented staff at Fishs Eddy. I mean, Mary's gestapo soup,  or whatever it's called? Yum! And Kelly's cucumber and ginger infused vodka? Heeelllo Saturday night! I'm going to try to actually make some of these recipes, fine
cuisine that I could never expect from Panda Express!

Cucumber and Ginger Infused Vodka
From Kelly

  • 2 Cucumbers peeled and sliced - I used English Cucumbers because they have very little to no seeds.
  • 1 medium to large piece of Ginger root - I liked it a little spicier so I used a larger piece1 (750ml) bottle of good quality Vodka

Equipment Needed:
  • 1 Quart Mason Jar
  • Large Strainer
  • Sterilized Bottle or Jar for the finished product

Wash and peel both the cucumber and ginger. Cut into small pieces to fit in the mason jar.
Fill the ingredients approximately 1/3 of the jar.  Fill the remainder with vodka so that all ingredients are submerged. Screw the lid on tight and shake vigorously. Refrigerate until the vodka reaches the desired level of infusion, at least 3 days to 1 week. Once you feel that it is at your desired level of taste strain out the ingredients and discard.

Store the vodka in the fridge and you're ready to make yourself a delicious summer cocktail!
Just grab a highball glass. 2oz's of your vodka infusion, ice and top it off with some seltzer!

Gazpacho Soup
From Mary

"Soup that doesn't make you sweat."

  • 1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeeled
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded 
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups of tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Chop in large cubes and keep separate: cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onion. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor until coarsely chopped - do not over process! After each vegetable is processed, combine in a large bowl. Add garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving.

The longer it sits, the more the flavors develop.

Have your guests garnish their own soup...bodega medium or small are the perfect vessels.

Balsamic Ice Cream
From Jen

"People freak the fuck out for it."

  • 8 egg yolks, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean  (scraped) or 1 tbsp good vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
In a medium bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar - mix until smooth and pale in color. In a large saucepan, bring cream, milk, and vanilla to a boil. Remove from heat and slowly temper into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add balsamic. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any lumps. Chill custard mixture for at least one hour, then follow the directions specific to your ice cream maker.

Serve with seasonal fresh fruit - figs, blackberries, cherries, or strawberries all work well.

Keeps 2 days in the freezer.

Restaurant Style Ceviche
From Sophia

Great for summer festivities (I literally got this recipe from a Mexican restaurant in California, so good.)

About 1 tablespoon of each sauces:
  • Valentina (Salsa Picante)
  • Tapatio
  • Bufalo- Chipotle
  • Bufalo- JalapeƱo
  • El Yucateco- Chile Habanero (Red Sauce)
  • El Yucateco- Chile Habanero (Green Sauce)
  • 8-12 Lime
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2-3 lb. of Shrimp
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 Cilantro Branch
  • 3-5 Avocados
  • 2-3 Cucumbers
  • 1 Cup Clamato
  • Tostada Shells

Boil Shrimp in water,1 cup of Clamato, and 1 lime juice. When Shrimp is pink, remove and throw a bowl of ice cubes in the pot. Stir until ice melts (this makes the shrimp soft). Chop onions, shrimp, tomatoes, cilantro, avocados, and cucumbers into a large mixing bowl. Squeeze limes and add each hot sauces to chopped ingredients. Toss and chill in refrigerator until serving.  Serve on your favorite tostada shells.

Lychee Mojito
From Courtney

  • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
  • 2-3 fresh lychees (or canned)
  • 1/2 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces good gin
  • 1 ounce club soda, or sparkling water
  • Ice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves and 1/2 of a sliced lychee with 1/2 tsp of superfine sugar. Add lime juice, simple syrup, gin and ice. Shake well and strain into chilled glass. Top with the club soda or sparkling water and garnish with fresh lychees and mint.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Who's Your Daddy?

It’s Father’s Day this weekend (you didn’t forget did you!?) so we asked around to see what some of the Fishs Eddy team is giving their dads. This one's for you, Dad!

I've always spent my summers with my family in the Adirondacks. So many of my favorite childhood memories with my father happened there; hiking mountains, learning how to drive, building our family cabin with friends… This Father's Day I would want to relive those memories by gifting my Dad with the Camping Mug from our 'Great Outdoors' pattern--as well as a good bottle of Bourbon. To my father, there's nothing quite like enjoying a nice glass of bourbon--or a cup of coffee--while taking in a mountain view.


My dad is notoriously difficult to buy gifts for – I struggle every year to find something that’s out of the box enough to match his off-beat taste. Thank god for Fishs Eddy! I think he’ll get a real kick out of a vintage glove mold. They have just the right mix of history and quirk to spark his interest, and will be a striking addition his work desk!


My dad would love to take me on the Path train to Hoboken on weekends. We'd walk along the the train tracks and hang out by the piers. We'd go for lunch at a local diner or at the cafeteria at Woolworth's. I loved the sounds of the teaspoons rattling against the peoples cups drinking coffee. My dad's not alive any more, so I'll buy a green band cup and saucer to drink my coffee in the morning. 


Growing up, I guess I could best describe my father as a playmate, with a credit card and a drivers license. So it's hard to say WHAT I would get him for Father's Day that wasn't from Toys-R-Us...or a fancy car dealership. I wouldn't get him dinner plates because he eats directly out of containers, and that includes soup cans. I wouldn't get him storage-ware because most of the stuff in his fridge is pre 9-11. At this point I don't want to encourage him to store leftovers. I guess I would get him a wife. But we don't sell those. So the next best thing is our porcelain bird whistle. My father would get hours of entertainment out of something like that. Yeah, I would get him the bird whistle for Father's Day and I would take him to the park so he can play with it.


My dad does a lot of things well but cooking is not one of them - his cooking repertoire consists of pancakes and waffles. When my mom was out of town we would have pancakes and waffles every night for the entire week. It was always fun until the third night when my sister and I would be begging for anything else! For Father’s Day this year, I would give him the Health Grade ‘B’ tray with a stack of pancakes on top. Fortunately humor is something he does well.


My dad visited me in New York for the first time this month. He pretty much enjoyed everything, from walking to riding the trains. He particularly enjoyed downtown Manhattan. He said to us that he always dreamed of going to Ground Zero, so we took him there. That was his favorite place. I would give him anything from the 212 collection because it would remind him of how much fun the trip was.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Tchotchkes on Broadway!

Full disclosure: I love musicals, especially the glitzy, colorful, extravagant ones! Hence the frequent Broadway references that make their way into our signs, sales and window displays.

So it only makes sense that along with my love for Broadway musicals comes my love for glitzy, colorful tchotchkes....hence all of our American Made glass MUST-HAVE-swan toothpick holders-dolly figurines-saltcellars-frogs-unicorns etc... (ok so tchotchkes and broadway shows don’t necessarily go together but they do for the purposes of this blog post)

Slag color!
It was several years ago when Dave and Billy came across thousands of these beautiful little glass pieces, somewhere in West Virginia. They weren't really looking for tiny glass unicorns but, well, it happened. And they were irresistibly gorgeous! No two colors were alike and some had slag color which is two colors mixed together.

That night at their hotel, Billy even "caught" Dave lining up the little glass frogs and scotty dogs on his nightstand. 

Enter Billy.
Dave: uh hey Billy, I uh, I uh, I’m just checking for imperfections in the glass.
Billy: No you’re not! You’re playing with them!

The following week when Dave went back to get the rest, he was so excited that he was, well, less discriminating in what he got.
Get ye' a toe clipper!

Dave (calling from the road trip): Jool wait till you see these amazing toothpick holders I got! They’re in the shape of a boot!
Me: Sounds amazing Dave I miss you and I can’t wait to see the boot toothpick holders. Do come home soon.
Me (seeing the boot toothpick holders): Dave look closely at this toothpick holder! It’s Quasimoto’s boot! It has a toe sticking out of it!
Dave: I got eight thousand.

Aside from the infamous boot, Dave and Billy found the most incredible colors and shapes. They got doll figurines in every shade imaginable. And yes, we tied those into a Broadway Show! Anitra and Won’s window deserves a Tony!

My favorite - the bowling pin ashtrays!

Oh, and my absolute favorite? A tiny ashtray that was made for a bowling ally…it makes me want to dance and sing... but I'll spare you!

Some glass figurines weren't even cut off the font (mold)!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Window Dressing with T-shirts!

foam core Steffen and foam core Courtney in the B'way windows!
                          Fishs Eddy creative merchandisers Won and Anitra just did
                         the MOST amazing windows (featuring Alex's photographs)
                              Here are some rare never-before-heard interviews 
                                          with the artists and the participants.
                                                                   Julie Gaines

Questions for Won and Anitra
Anitra declined to be photographed for this photograph.

JG: So Won, these latest windows are totally amazing we all love them so! Where ever did you and *Anitra get the idea to do them? 
Won: uh, you told us to do them?
JG: Interesting. And when did you decide to do t-shirt windows?
Won: When you said that t-shirts are the only thing we have a lot of stock in right now? 

 JG: How did our creative meetings inspire you with the pop art reference?
Won: They didn’t. Roy Lichtenstein did. We like the energy behind his work so we thought the pop art reference would be fun and new.
JG: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
Won: I like to play soccer and I love movies. I loved Frozen.
JG: Wow, can you sing Let it Go? 
Won: No.
JG: Please!
Won: Let it go.
JG: What do you think of Kelly?
Won: I like her a lot. What’s that? Oh, I think I just heard the intercom, 
your mother is on line two.

*Anitra declined to be interviewed for this blog

Questions for Courtney
Everyday is a good hair day for Courtney
JG: Courtney where are you from?
Courtney: I’m from South Korea.
JG: Wow you must love eggrolls!
Courtney: That’s Chinese.
JG: What’s your favorite hobby?
Courtney: I love drawing and sketching buildings.
I’m an architecture student at Parsons.
JG: What do you think about Won and Anita’s windows?
Courtney: I love the pop art motif it adds so much happiness to this terrible winter.
Also the t-shirts are like the softest t-shirts ever so I’m happy they’re in the window.
JG: Who do you like better Won or Anitra?
Courtney: I like them both! They’re Wonitra!

Questions for Steffen
try to cooperate Steffen!

JG: Steffen where were you born?
Steffen: Maryland in a small town called Havrespacedgrace.
JG: What's your favorite hobby?
Steffen: I love fashion and photography.
JG: Fashion? What do you think about my fashions?
Steffen: Currently?
JG: What sort of things do you photograph?
Steffen: Mostly portraits. I like to capture a sort of chaotic place
in time when I take pictures.
JG: Who do you like better, Won or Anitra?
Steffen: Wuh? I like them both.
JG: I’m available for a portrait photograph anytime.
Steffen: Uh….OK.

Questions for Alex the photographer
JG: So Alex where are you from?
Alex: The Bronx but I was born in Queens.
JG: What do you think about the new windows?
Alex: They're fun and festive, perfect for us!
JG: What kind of photography are you doing these days?
Alex: Right now I'm doing some experimental photography, but I want to do more, sort of, morphing fashion and experimental.
JG: Who do you like better Won or Anitra? I swear I won't tell anyone.
Alex: Alejandra!

Questions for Jabari & Candice
DC baby!

JG: So Jabari and Candice where are you guys from?
Jabari: DC baby!!!!
Candice: The Bay area.
JG: What hobbies do you do?
Jabari: I sew. I made this scarf! I even made a pair of shoes!
JG: Seriously? Can you hem my pants?
Jabari: uh, I can try?
Candice: And I knit! I’m making a sweater.

JG: If Jabari can’t hem my pants can you?
Candice: Let Jabari do it.
JG: Who do you guys like better Won or Anitra?
Jabair: Anitra. Wait, can I change that?
JG: No I already wrote it.
Candice: I like Won he tells me the good restaurants to go to.
Antira is really cool too. 
JG: What do you think about the new windows they did?
Jabari and Candice: They’re PoP-in! Awesome! They’re great!
JG: What do you think about the t-shirts?
Jabari: They’re really soft when I pat them down on my skin.

Questions for Alejandra, Brian and Alex
come on guys this is a serious interview!

drawing by Alex

JG: Hey Brian, Alejandra and Alex what kind of hobbies do you guys do?
Brian: I love traveling, music and experiencing different places.
Alejandra: I love reading and drawing.
Alex: I love to draw.
JG: What do you think about Anitra and Won’s new t-shirt windows?
Brian, Alejandra and Alex: They’re really fun! We love them!
Yeah, we’re really proud of them! We totally love them!
JG: Where are you guys from?
Brian: I’m from Africa, I was raised in South Africa.
Alejandra: Born and raised in New York!
Alex: I’m from the Dominican Republic.
JG: wait, how am I gonna remember who's from where?

Questions for Marianne
Marianne looks just as great in foam core!
JG: Marianne where are you from?
Marianne: I’m from Pittsburgh.
JG: What do you think of Won and Anitra’s windows?
Marianne: I think they’re super fun and a great concept!
JG: oh, thank you. And what hobbies do you like best?
Marianne: I like reading and watching bad reality TV while I clean my apartment.
JG: Will you be reading this blog post?
Marianne: If it’s a job requirement.

                 But seriously, our t-shirts ARE the softest, bestest t-shirts ever! 
      It's the t-shirt you never want to leave on vacation. It's the t-shirt you'll 
                   never lend to your daughter (give mine back Susie!)
                                      Won and Anitra put the cool in them, 
                                          and Alex put the fashonista in them! 
                                        Thank god it's almost t-shirt season!

Alejandra feeling at home on the paper runway

Alex and Won contemplating next shot

Photographing Marianne, but he wants to shoot me.
That's our magic Won!