Jodi Ettenberg

Jodi Ettenberg

@legalnomads

Writer | Public Speaker | Soup Eater. 🙋🏻 Celiac 📍 Now: Brooklyn, NY 🇺🇸 💻 Celiac totes and tshirts ⬇️
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Jodi Ettenberg

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Kesté was highly recommended for gluten free pies, and they didn't disappoint. We ordered four to choose from and I can't wait to have the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow! Celiacs: they not only have a separate kitchen to prepare the gluten free pies, but they even have a separate oven to cook them in. Absolutely delicious!

1 Days ago
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Brooklyn summer colours. 🌳🌸💙

2 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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Wandering around New York with my new celiac tote bags! I'm enjoying the questions I get - and how fun that I get to say "yes I designed these!" Since the image is a bit washed out, they say "I'm not being trendy; I have the disease". Thanks to @ellafsanders, the talented artist who inked this bag and my food maps. Today is my birthday and it's great to spend it in a city I love so much. Thanks for all the birthday greetings and hope everyone had a great week! Tote link is in my profile.

3 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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When you look at the bird’s eye view of this chaotic city, what do you see? The lungs of central park in the middle, the dizzying layers of skyscrapers moving outward toward the water?  Possibilities and hope; rejection and survival - New York has it all. I first came here in 1996, overwhelmed at the noise and assertiveness and spirit. When I returned to work here as a lawyer, I knew what I was getting into. While I didn’t have as much time to enjoy as I would have hoped, I did manage to explore what I could in the hours I had available, trying to move every few years to get to know a new area of town. Now, I come back every summer. It’s a city that gives me energy and hope, full of artistry and entrepreneurialism. On the flip side, it’s a place that can intimidate with how hard it is to eke out a living and still make it out unscathed. If you don’t know who you are, or have a solid core of beliefs and values before you move here, it can pull you under with its currents. But if you are sturdy in your sense of self, New York opens up infinite possibilities. Sometimes, looking at photos like these, it’s hard to imagine the micro level. The vastness and scale of huge metropolises are difficult to digest, or personalize. That’s the beauty of feeds like Humans of New York - giving stories and relatable experiences to a space that can easily feel amorphous. It's also why I'm so grateful for readers who share their own experiences in places they've visited or called home. To personalize further and learn about different viewpoints only provides additional empathy and understanding in a time that feels horrifyingly unhinged.

5 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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One of the best reasons to be in Brooklyn during the summer months: all of the amazing free concerts at Prospect Park Bandshell. This year I was able to see a few different artists, including the amazing Béla Fleck - who I last saw at Bonnaroo music festival over a decade ago, when friends and I drove 29 hours from Montreal to see them. With food on hand, outdoor seating and a hill to plonk down on with a blanket if that's your fancy, it's a relaxing and lovely venue for a concert. Every year they release a schedule for the summer and if you're visiting you should definitely check a out at least one show! Maybe picnic in the park or see the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens first.

6 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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One of the best parts about being in NY during the summer months: a ton of oyster happy hours, most of them 1$ east coast oysters. With many spots in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and friends who are similarly bivalve-obsessed, I've enjoyed a lot of great oysters these last few months. So good!

7 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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My friend Sarah organized an impromptu picnic at Brooklyn Bridge park, and I have to say the sky rewarded us AND THEN SOME. Before I quit my lawyering job, I lived close to what is now the park. Then it was empty piers and zero greenery. The changes are immense and it was lovely to see just how much people are taking advantage of the new space - family picnics, dogs aplenty, baseball, jogging along the dirt path, and much more. Cities change constantly, sometimes good and sometimes bad. But I'll chalk this park up to a win, at least based on how joyful people seem wandering through it!

9 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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I love the Flatiron building, and I know I’m not the only one! During construction, however, opinion was less positive. The distinctive triangular shape of the building led critics to suggest it would topple over. Newspapers referred to it as “Burnham’s Folly,” a reference to Chicago architect Daniel Burnham who designed it. He had the last laugh, of course, as the building still stands today. The Flatiron Building was constructed in 1902 at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, and was meant to be the offices of for George A. Fuller (known as “the father of the skyscraper”) – so it was initially known as The Fuller Building. Its original elevators were powered by water (bumpy rides for all!), and the top (22nd) floor was only added a few years after initial construction. Also, due to an “oversight” (uh huh 🙄) in the original design, there were no bathrooms for ladies when the building first opened, so the men's and women's bathrooms are now on alternating floors. Today’s tenants are publishing houses and real estate agencies, though an Italian real estate company bought a stake in the building in the last years and rumours of it turning into a luxury hotel abound. The Flatiron Building was named a NYC landmark in 1966, and was designated as a national historic landmark in 1989. 💙🙏🏻🏙

10 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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The Oculus has already seen its share of controversy, from racking up a bill of 3.9billion (making it the most expensive transportation hub), to reports of leaks this rainy spring, and more. Say what you will, but from inside the structure it sure is a trippy experience. Built with 11,500 tons of structural steel and white marble, it is designed to let in natural light and play with reflections as the sun moves across the sky. Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava built it as a dove in flight. To me, it feels inside like being inside the belly of a whale - all those long thin "rib" bones perhaps! From the outside, it makes me think of childhood Transformers toys. But no matter, a visit to NYC is incomplete without standing inside and watching the light play on the floors as time passes. It's a beautiful structure in person and this picture doesn't do it justice.

11 Days ago
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First time visiting the 9/11 memorial and the WTC Oculus, including the waterfalls where the twin towers used to stand. These pools of water, a design called Reflecting Absence, are recessed in the footprints of the old world trade buildings. The names of 2,983 victims are inscribed on 76 bronze plates attached to the parapets of the walls of the memorial pools: the 2,977 killed in the September 11 attacks, and the 6 killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The names are arranged according to a software-generated algorithm, creating "meaningful adjacencies" based on relationships and proximity at the time of the attacks, instead of listing the names alphabetically. While the Oculus (see my next picture) is an intricate system of arches and space, the final result of these pools (though I know it took awhile to build) was a simple space with a lot of meaning. I am glad to see it in person.

12 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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After visiting the WTC Oculus for the first time, I went back to Brooklyn for happy hour oysters and then a bun bowl. This is bun tom nuong, grilled shrimp with room temperature rice noodles and fresh lettuce and herbs, as well as pickled vegetables and scallions - a light and summery meal. Hanoi House in the East Village has been getting lots of press recently, but this is a different Hanoi Vietnamese Kitchen in Brooklyn (unaffiliated), with pho and canh chua soups, as well as really tasty bun. If you're celiac, they don't marinate their meat in any soy sauce or hoisin and most of their bun bowls are safe.

13 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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A lovely welcome back to Brooklyn. 💚

15 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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Looping around New York City for the descent into LGA. Loved this view of the Verrazano bridge and the ships dotting the water on the approach. Delays were frustrating, but at least these clear views were my reward!

16 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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So long Maine!! Thanks for a wonderful introduction to your beaches and seafood and fun. Sadly it seems my body has rejected lobster, since every time I eat it I get crazy stomach cramps a few hours later. Tragedy!! At least scallops are still ok, as are oysters and mussels. No more lobster for me for the foreseeable future, I guess!

17 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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One last pic from @cong.tu.bot in Maine, this photogenic dish their spicy hu tieu noodles - fiery and fine! ❤️🌶 As I mentioned, their plates are prepared with tamari instead of soy sauce so they're gluten free, a rarity! I left a little peak of @susan_shain's iPhone for contrast - it was her plate I stole from, after all.

18 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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Maine, you so pretty.

18 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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Beautiful bun cha at Hanoi the grand opening of @cong.tu.bot here in Portland, Maine! Lucky for me, I was in town during their first big night and friends and I tried this dish (a sour tamarind broth accompanying the pork patties instead of the usual sweet fish sauce, great grilled pork, fresh herbs including perilla, and bun rice noodles), their chicken pho (wonderful broth) and a spicy hu tieu xao (stir fried hu tieu noodles with veggies). Happily for me, they use tamari where soy sauce is called for - meaning much of the menu is safe for celiacs! Really great meal, and rats to them for their new opening.

20 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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MAINE FTW!

21 Days ago
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Jodi Ettenberg

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Beautiful day at Fort Williams yesterday, south of Portland's downtown centre. Construction began on the fort in 1873, but it was officially named Fort Williams in 1899, in time for the Spanish-American war -- though it was never used, and guns from the fort were never fired in combat. It served as a training and housing military base through the 1960s, when it was decommissioned and closed. These days, it is a popular tourist destination, with a cliff walk, picnic tables, rocky beach, and lots of outdoor weddings. And - as those watching my stories know - a lobster roll food truck! Admission is free and it's open year round. Really lovely place for a visit.

22 Days ago
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LOOK AT THIS LEMON MERINGUE TART. JUST LOOK AT IT. Gluten free, made in a dedicated bakery, amazingly rich and tasty and the first lemon meringue I've had in decades. So good. 💛

23 Days ago