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I’ll Take Manhattan

In The Nouveau Butch on January 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm


Whether you find yourself in a particularly New York state of mind, or you just really happen to love whiskey, I cannot recommend this cocktail enough.  Sweet, smokey, deep and rich, a Maker’s Manhattan on the rocks always sounds cool when you order it, looks great in your hand and tastes like a stolen kiss.

If you’re interested in making them great, here are the ingredients the NB suggests:

Maker’s Mark Bourbon WhiskeyImage

Add 2 Oz of this to a small rocks glass filled with, well, rocks.


Martini & Rossi – Rosso (Sweet Vermouth)- add 1 oz of this to that same glass.

And finally:Image

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries.  Take 3 of these out of the jar with a spoon.  Stir them into the drink along with whatever goo sticks to the spoon.

Relax and enjoy.  This, like life, is truly delicious.


A Shout Out

In The Nouveau Butch on October 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hey There Butches,

The EIB attended a reading last night from the group Word of Mouth — a roaming group of non-fiction writers in NYC’s East Village.  We heard from some really kick-ass ladies, but one especially: Ms. Amy Deneson (www.amydeneson.com) who read an excerpt from her upcoming novel about growing up with a purity ring.  Ms. Deneson is one of the NYC fabulous lesbian elite.  And her swag cannot be touched…except by her rock-star partner. If there’s one thing the EIB loves, it’s an NYC gay power couple.  Check out Amy’s blog and wait with bated breath for her novel to drop.  I know I will.

Oh, and she’s a total fox.Image


Ten Ways to Make Your Lady’s Day

In The Nouveau Butch on September 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I think it’s safe to say, we’re always looking for ways to make someone’s day.  And often looking for ways not to rhyme so heavily…le sigh.  But there’s something so special about warming the heart of your number one; being the best moment in her day.  Here are a few ideas for the Nouveau Butch:

1. Get out of bed first. Don’t make a lot of noise, she doesn’t even need to know you’re up.  But if you can get ready and get out of her way before she needs the bathroom, you’ll be a hero.  Then you can get on to number two even sooner.

2. Make her breakfast and coffee–and clean it up.  It’s all about making life easier for her.  Anything you can do to save her a few moments, or solve problems for her will make her day.

3. Before she sets out on the world, compliment her.  Whether you part ways in the driveway, on the corner, or at the Time Square subway station, let her know she looks great or that she smart or that she’s powerful or all of the above.  You’ll send her skipping off to work.

4. Send her gifts/flowers etc at work. Unless of course, she’s not out at work.  If she’s not out at work, this is the worst, I repeat, worst idea in the world. If she’s not out at work, help her find a job or place to work where she can be herself. But if she is, you’ll prove to her coworkers (and the world) that lesbians do it better.

5. Have refreshments ready when she comes home. If you can beat her home, great.  If not just prepare a little cheese plate and pour a glass of wine right when you walk in the door.  Then the two of you can sit down, open the mail, relax and discuss your plans for the evening.  Instead of standing in the threshold, staring at your blackberry, muttering “What do you want to do about dinner?” you can discuss it in a civilized manner without the nag of hunger bringing out the beast in you both.

6. Always offer to cook, order, or take her out to dinner.  Offer one of these.  If she takes you up on it, great; if she doesn’t, then she’ll take care of it.  Offering really is the most generous thing you can do without being pushy.

7. Offer to take her somewhere after dinner.  Whether it’s for a romantic walk to help you digest, or a quick trip down to the ice cream shop, it makes the evening last longer thus adding to the happy, non-work part of your day.

8. Leave a note on her pillow.  There’s no better way to climb into bed than with a surprise love-note on the night stand or under her pillow. It feels special, intimate, and will only lead to good things.

9. Engage in long hugs, passionate kisses, and don’t get too handsy. Unless, of course, she’s into that.  Remind her how much you totally dig her.

10. Apologize.  Even if you were totally right.  It doesn’t matter. Love is always the answer.  Being a jerk never solves anything. So say you’re sorry, forgive, and move on.  Always.  

*All of these suggestions are made in the spirit of a loving, reciprocal relationship.  If you do these things for one who is not implicitly yours, you will seem desperate, stalker-ish, or terrifying.  This is recommended for folks in a relationship over 2 years long.  Also, don’t do them all in one day, she’ll think you cheated on her. And if you cheated on her, get off this blog, this is not the place for you–you dirty, dirty slut.Image

Another Word For Happy…

In Edugaytion, Relationships, The Nouveau Butch on June 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

This book, in our humble opinion, embodies the spirit of a certain kind of girl: the kind of girl who grows up to be the Nouveau Butch.  Thank you to the Author for telling this story.  It’s one many of us have lived, and we live it again through your pages.

This book will take you back to a time when love and anxiety felt very much the same.  Butterflies, red cheeks, new feelings, and sheer unbridled panic are the perfect cocktail for your first affair.  And you’ll get a healthy dose of all these things when you read Another Word For Happy… something we hope you’ll do soon!

Presently available for Kindle (or Kindle Ap) only — other versions to be released later this year — you can purchase yours here.

Happy reading Butches!

A Little Professional Anecdote

In The Nouveau Butch on June 23, 2010 at 3:08 am

I had a meeting this morning–4 VP’s and me, the new kid.  We talked about workflows and technical stuff and what we’re going to pitch this afternoon.

After the meeting, I went to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee.  One of them came in behind me and said very quietly “You’re very good at that…”  and gave me a cryptic look.

“At making coffee?” I asked, and then poured the milk.

“No, at meetings.  You made all the right suggestions, you kept your focus on the messages we wanted to convey, and you made it all seem like their idea.  You’re very good.”

I laughed and said, “I’m a lady.”

He laughed as he put the milk back in the refridgerator and said, “That you are, but rest assured, you have a gift.”

Great Date Part 4: Bacon

In The Nouveau Butch on June 1, 2010 at 2:12 am

Okay so maybe every date does not include bacon…but maybe it should.  My girlfriend and I had a delightful date of bacon last night and it went a little something like this:

Step one: I stopped by the Whole Foods on the way home from work & bought 1 lb of thick-cut country bacon.  YUM!

Step two: I brought home the bacon and fried it up in the pan — Peggy Lee styles.

Step three: Prepare the different flavors of bacon:

  • Vanilla ~ chopped bacon in vanilla ice cream (the low-carb variety works just as well)
  • Chocolate ~ dip your strips in dark chocolate, let them cool and dry. TO DIE FOR
  • Orange glaze ~ one part orange juice, one part sugar, cook & reduce, cover the strips–De-lish
  • PEANUT ~ cook one piece extra crispy & dip it in peanut butter, tres decadent
  • Maple ~ dip one in maple syrup for old times’ sake.  Your senses will thank you.
  • Old Fashioned ~ leave one plain, salty, supple, and warm.  Enjoy.

Blind-fold your lady and ask her to describe each delicacy.  Ask her to use emotional, visceral descriptors.  Let the evening take you where it may 😉

Happy Eating, Butches.


There Ain’t No Secrets in NY

In The Nouveau Butch, Tools of the Trade on May 12, 2010 at 2:38 am

Here are 3 places I want you New York Butches to know about (and sorta selfishly hate myself for telling you).

1.  Raine’s Law Room –Named for “Raine’s Law” which allowed only Saloons to serve alcohol on Sundays (meaning any place with at least 5 rooms for rent); this 1920’s style speakeasy really takes this genre of establishment to the next level.  Secretive, sexy, and really smart; this is an experience that will make any savvy New York gal swoon.  Have a drink and hit the town–there are great restaurants nearby.  Or on those beautiful evenings you never want to end, cap things off with a vintage cocktail and talk til dawn.  So romantic.  Take a look at the wallpaper while you’re there.  Tres chic, Les Frique.

2. The Campbell Apartment — Named for the tycoon who once held his office here (John W. Campbell, father of modern science fiction); the Campbell apartment is a not-so-secret spot somewhat hidden within the walls of New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.  On off-hours (non-travel time), one could sit all day with a chess board or even a lap-top and do all ones thinking, writing, and drinking.  Enjoy the spirits that haunt this space, the ones that dance upon the tongue and upon the periphery of one’s consciousness are at home in this very same space.  Drink it all in.

3. The Frying Pan Only in New York, only in the summer, this outdoor bar/grille sits out on the Hudson like a secret pier party.  Whether you choose to fry yourself and your own precious skin on its upper decks, or you sit below and celebrate through sunset, this low-key non-scene is an amazing way to unwind with friends at the end of a long day where you’ve been cooped up in an over-air-conditioned office.  Grab a game of scrabble and head down to Chelsea.  Cross over the West Side Highway and take a deep breath.  You’re off the grid and off the clock.  Drink up and enjoy.

Cheers dears,


Lemon Ricotta “Pancakes”

In The Nouveau Butch, Tools of the Trade on May 12, 2010 at 2:12 am

Before I share with you all my secret recipe for lemon-ricotta pancakes, please note that my girlfriend does not eat sugar.  She does not eat flour.  She does not eat anything remotely resembling a refined carbohydrate…well, unless you think Splenda resembles a carb–that she’ll consume by the truckload.  *If this is a total turn off to your taste-buds, feel free to sub sugar where necessary.  These egg-based pancakes will resemble a crepe more closely than a pancake.  But, as I am not French, and I don’t own a crepe-pan, I feel I have no business calling these crepes.  I will, however, unabashedly call them delicious.

Step 1: Zest one lemon.  (Use a cheese-grater if you don’t have a micro-plane, but zest that bad-boy bald.)

Step 2: Crack 4 eggs and beat thoroughly with 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and 1/4 cup of fat-free half-and-half, sprinkle some salt & pep in there while you’re at it.

Step 3: Add 2 heaping Tablespoons of Splenda and 1/2 the lemon zest to the egg-mixture.  Beat thoroughly.

Step 4:  Cut another 2.5 TBS of Splenda and the remaining lemon zest into 4 TBS of butter.  Set aside for topping.

Pour egg mixture in a thin layer over a well-greased (preferably with butter), small frying pan.  When thin pancake starts to bubble, tilt pan until entire mixture is solid, then flip.  Repeat until egg mixture is gone (should yield 4-6 pancakes).  Put a dollop of lemon-butter atop your stack of pancakes and drop a few fresh blueberries onto the stack.  Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve with Iced Green Tea.  A delicious way to start off any summer day.



The Most Perfect Day-t

In Relationships, The Nouveau Butch on May 12, 2010 at 1:55 am

Yesterday my girlfriend and I played hookie.  She had “oral surgery” and I had “uncontrollable diarrhea.” Whatever the excuse, I highly advise taking some time to yourself—either with a lady friend or a great friend who is a lady.  There’s something romantic and conspiratorial about taking the day to lay low and do all the things that you can’t quite fit into a weekend.  If you’re in a big city, take the day to be a tourist; if you’re in New York, feel free to follow this blue-print.  Save some moves for a surprise, fill your date in on as much or as little as you like, but this was our perfect day—adlib as needed:

10:30am Wake up slowly. (Kiss your girlfriend.)

11am  Lemon Ricotta egg-pancakes with fresh blueberries. (Recipe to follow.)

12noon Row boats in Central Park (72nd Street @ The Boathouse)

1:15pm Sailboats at the pond in Central Park (Just down the path)

2pm Lunch at Alice’s Tea Cup (The experience is extraordinary, as is the tea!)

3pm Dylan’s Candy Bar (Treat yourself to sweets!)

3:45pm Bloomingdale’s (Maybe the morning put you in the mood for boat shoes?)

5pm Le Colonial, (Cocktails upstairs will transport you.)

6pm Cartier, (The dreams are for free.)

7pm The Supple Spa, (Couple’s massage—trust me, at this point, you’ll need it.)

8:30pm Dinner at Gascogne (Quiet and romantic, ask to sit in the garden.)

10pm—Shower by candlelight. (There are no words.)

12pm—Fall asleep knowing you’ve enjoyed this day to it’s fullest. (Kiss your girlfriend again for good measure.)

And even if your sweetheart disappears in the night, or catches some early flight for a long business trip where she’ll now have to fake a toothache, the joy you’ve squeezed out of this one day should last you the duration of her absence.

All the happiness in the world to each of you.



The Speed of Time!

In The Nouveau Butch on January 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Ok, so I have to share–this is the sweetest watch I’ve seen in a long time. Great conversation piece, reasonably priced, and limited edition:

Too Bad Christmas is over, this would be on my wish-list.

Stauer is a company that does remakes of historical time pieces. This 1930’s speedster is sleek, definitive design–perfect for the NB who makes bold statements with subtle choices. (And at $99, it’s a steel steal!)