What Brian and his boyfriend lack in cooking practice, Brian makes up for in design whimsy. Their kitchen stands on equal footing within the home as a room worthy of attention.
While the attention may not be always towards cooking a meal, it's great to see that Brian is not afraid to have fun with the kitchen's potential for preparing edible objects. It's definitely an appealing room, having taken the default rental decor and quietly added some folly.
Living incredibly high up in the Financial District means that Brian and his boyfriend get unlimited access to the sun and to eye-popping views of both the Manhattan Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, and much of the rest of their resident borough! For that reason alone, it's worth passing through the kitchen, but hopefully Brian and his boyfriend will be motivated to stick around a while and whip up something yummy!
Brian's Response to The Kitchn Questionnaire
What's your cooking style? Minimal but sometimes over the top. I either don't cook or for a holiday I'll make a big meal. I like cooking for special occasions.
What inspires your kitchen? The view mostly, and hunger! The apartment is a rental so the kitchen was like this when I moved in. I just decorated it.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element? The squid whisk we got as a housewarming gift from our friends Mark and Andy.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received: Make reservations.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen: The floor tile is really porous and hard to clean.
Biggest indulgence: We haven't bought much for our kitchen yet. The biggest indulgence would have to be a new set of pots and pans.
Dream tool or splurge: I kind of want a KitchenAid mixer to maybe start baking.
What are you cooking this week? Martinis!
What cookbook has inspired you the most? A few months ago I purchased a raw food book. I stated having raw food parties. Everyone brings a raw food dish. I might not do it again, last time I got kind of sick. I think it's cooked food for me from now on.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen? It was for Easter. I had some friends and family over. I cooked a ham and made side dishes all from the Martha Stewart web site. For the first time I was able to make a holiday meal at my place.
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