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What I Did Last Week - Version 4

The other day, my friend Marti asked, “How do you have so much information at your fingertips?”

I have eidetic memory.

The mainstream term is “photographic memory.” I see something in print once and I remember it. It served me very well for all the years I was covered a fast moving stock market from the floor of the NYSE for television.

Today, however, as an entrepreneur (and 51), I have to also create a ‘second brain

I’m absorbing an above average amount of content each day.


🔵 I create folders in three platforms and deposit info for easy retrieval


Note, all allow you to ‘search’ inside of these operating systems for that piece of information when you need it.


🔵 The second way I create systems for easy retrieval is “making something with that information.”


This newsletter is a prime example.

This past Wednesday I went to dinner with my friend at Jose Andres’ New York restaurant “Bazaar.”

“The Ritz-Carlton?” my friend said. “I didn’t know there was a Ritz in Flatiron.”

The rain has been unforgiving here for the last week, but she and I were meeting for dinner as part of our commitment to catch up each quarter.

Lured by the promise of Restaurant Week prices, we went to Jose Andres’ restaurant where “Spain meets Japan.”

Andres was inspired to create the menu by the 17th-century voyage of Hasekura Tsunenaga, a noble samurai who sailed from Japan to Spain for an audience with the king.

As I sank into the deep banquette seats and waited for her to arrive, insulated from the pelting rain, I enjoyed a Portuguese Malvasia (Casal do Ramilo, Colares, Portugal 2019) paired with Japanese chips, made from lotus root, Japanese sweet potato, Kobocha squash, pimento, dippable in a wasabi yogurt espuma and furikake spices.

After she arrived, we noshed on edamame, roasted on a Robata, a Japanese bbq grill, and lathered in a sauce called togarashi.

We had taco. Instead of a traditional flour tortilla, the jamón Ibérico de bellota, Ossetra caviar, and quail egg were served on a piece of seaweed (nori).

We enjoyed ramen with enoki & braised shiitake mushrooms, nori, fried garlic, egg yolk. It was a whole table side “thing.” Sushi with shima Aji fish, shiso leaf, and a crunchy mojo sauce.

We capped the evening with ice cream, the acidity of the olive oil lolling over the sides of our tongue.

In ‘making’ this newsletter, I don’t detail “just another dinner.” By researching the impetus for the experience, summing up the menu, and what went into each thing we consumed, I have internalized and cemented the experience at a much deeper level.

I ‘made something’ from the experience.

My ‘second brain.’

What will you make with the information you read in that book, or heard on Audible, or learned in a panel in order to integrate it into your learning bank?

Now on to this week’s newsletter:

What I did last week

Friday. Since January is so dreary, my friend Jane dreamed up an international dinner series, where each Friday, her family visits a restaurant of a different ethnicity and country.

Last year, we trucked out to Astoria to try sheeps brains and testicles at Mombar, an Egyptian restaurant.

At the other end of the spectrum was food eaten by Buddhist monks. Shojin ryori, is centered on the Buddhist belief in non-violence, which is why animals are never killed and served as part of a meal.

Sadly Kajitsu didn’t make it in New York City. 

Mombar is still alive and kicking. Balls and all.

This past Friday night was Persian food at Shiraz Kitchen & Wine Bar Chelsea.

Over some gorgeous bottle of rioja, we lapped up hummus with delicious warm pita bread, dates stuffed with feta, roasted lamb shank. We had Ghormeh Sabzi, a beef stew with parsley, scallion, cilantro, red kidney bean, and dry lime. We had Fesenjoon, meat balls with ground walnut and pomegranate molasses.

We capped the evening with a saffron ice cream, sliced into sticks.

Saturday. I hosted an all day retreat to kick off my Samita Lab Mastermind, a year long program to help women tell better stories about themselves and ultimately in a TEDxtalk on a stage in November. Photo album.

Sunday.I stayed in bed all day and worked from it too. I was so exhausted. The only time I got up was to meal prep my salads and overnight oats, a new practice I’m incredibly proud of.

It gives me joy twice.

Once in making it.

Once in consuming it.

Tuesday. Barrys Bootcamp in Brooklyn Heights for a 6:10 am class before 8am WLL member and 10am member calls.

Wednesday. A day in the rain in NYC. Me not likey. But it was a day of self care and maintenance. Hair Color at Salon Manzanilla with @marlenecolorqueen. Hair Cut at Oscar Blandi’s in the Plaza.  Dinner at Bazaar with Kavita.

Thursday. As I bear witness to any artform, I like to learn the “story around the story.”

Already obsessed with Eight Mountains,shot in the Italian Alps, I rushed home to consume a film set in the French Alps.

One of the nominations for “Best Picture” this. year at the Oscars is Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall.

The plotline centers on the death of a husband. His writer wife is accused of the murder. The only witness is the family dog Snoop and their blind son.

Very documentary in its style, Triet loves to focus on how the individual navigates a group dynamic. The actor who plays the son is really is one to watch. The wife is German and she struggles to stand trial in French, often grasping for the right word.

What I’m looking forward to

Friday. A panel at The Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory called “Craft & Craftsmanship Through the Ages” and then the sights and sounds of the art, antiques, and design fair. Followed by dinner at Le Bilboquet to celebrate a member’s birthday.

Saturday Next in the International Dinner Series: The restaurant is our home in Brooklyn. Matt is making his famous African peanut stew to celebrate Jane’s birthday, to be paired with Viognier, an oaked Chardonnay, and a Gewurtztraminer. As I got a chocolate and peanut butter cake at Lessen and Hastings, I picked up a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich for the homeless man begging me to feed him outside.

He said, he didn’t want it if it had bacon. Sigh.

Sunday. Member hours at the Met, followed by a spa day at the Mandarin Oriental.

Monday Elizabeth Rowe, former speaker at the Women’s Leadership Lab, is playing in her last concert at Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

WLL Member Diena Seeger and I are going to this edgy performance which includes:

  • A piece by Cuban composer Tania León.  It was written as part of “Project 19,” a project led by the NY Philharmonic to commission more works by women composers (named in honor of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote).  Elements of Black music traditions from the US and the Caribbean will give this music some spice.
  • French composer Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, written in 1930 for a pianist who lost his right arm in World War I.
  • Stravisky’s 35-minute Rite of Spring, depicting a wild, pagan ritual.  This is the piece Elizabeth is featured in.  She says “It’s premiere performance caused a riot back in 1913!”

Quote I’m thinking about



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