Normally Fridays are reserved for Beautiful Things that we find on other blogs – but this Friday we have the most beautiful of all things to share: time with family! We spent a good part of the week traveling further south to DC and MD, hiking in nature, hanging with cousins, having a couple seders and waking to a surprising snow fall. Other than some relatives being displaced by a fire at their hotel – the weekend was pleasantly crazy with family fun.
Archive for March, 2013
Posted in Beautiful Things, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Travel, tagged children, city, country walks, cousins, DC, family, first night, hikes, Jewish kids, Jewish life, kids, Maryland, matzo, parenting, passover, seder, snow fall, Washington on March 29, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged babies, children, decor, eating area, hacker, ikea, indoors, kids, makeover, mom, motherhood, parenting, picnic, reno, stool on March 27, 2013| 1 Comment »
We love the Bekvan stool by Ikea. We’ve painted it and had it by our kitchen counter for years now and Ezra always used it to participate in food prep and (watching us) cooking. But his sister prefers to use it as a ‘half picnic table’ as she calls it.
Layers of our paint have worn off it by now but I’d love to copy this great stool makeover.
Posted in Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Travel, tagged active kids, bazooka, candy, candy cigarettes, gum, history, Jewish businesses in NYC, Jewish kids, kids, lollipops, lower east side, Manhattan, NYC, old fashioned candy, passover, pez, sweets, travel, treats on March 20, 2013| 1 Comment »
Economy Candy at 108 Rivington Street is another thriving business in the Lower East Side that has a.) been standing since 1937 and b.) been run by the same Jewish family for all these years. Their mission is to sell good candy at a good price – and now the place is somewhat of a museum of candies from the past as well as candy of the present. Remember candy cigarettes and Pez? See more oldies here on their website and check out the store jam packed with yummy cavity inducing stuff in the photos below (it reminded me a bit of our last candy store run here).
Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged active kids, bagels, city kids, food, hamentashen, history, immigrant, Jewish cuisine, Jewish History, Jewish kids, Jewish life, LES, lower east side, lox, Russ and Daughters on March 19, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Of course while in the Lower East Side of Manhattan one cannot help but stop in to Russ and Daughters – another fixture in the neighborhood since the early 1900s. I have memories of walking a few blocks with friends to get to some lox and schmear on weekends when I lived nearby in the LES – but I had no idea that even Martha Stewart had by now become such a big fan. You gotta love their website page of Lower East Side history and Yiddishisms (see it here.)
Posted in Cooking, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged cooking, history, Jewish History, Jewish kids, Jewish life, kids, lower east side, matzo, NYC, passover, Pesach, Streit's on March 18, 2013| Leave a Comment »
An advantage to living in NYC is being near its rich Jewish culture and neighborhoods full of Jewish history. A place like Streit’s Matzo Factory has been around for so long (since 1925) they seem happy to accommodate constant requests to see the inside of the same 4 adjoining buildings on Rivington Street that has been their factory for decades. Now they even throw a Passover Palooza for kids that ends with tours of the famous matzo making facilities. Mama Doni was performing live in the area that is normally filled with boxes of outgoing matzo shipments. We got a free CD, a dance party, warm matzo ‘hot off the presses’ and at the end we went to the Streit’s store to stock up on matzo (for next week) of course!
Posted in Food Adventures, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, children, eats, Hinomaru Ramen, Japanese food, japanese soda, kids, marble soda, miso, motherhood, parenting, Queens, ramen, restaurants, soup, sushi on March 15, 2013| 1 Comment »
It’s always fun to find new great eats in our own Borough. Hinomaru Ramen is a favorite of friends of ours – who live in Astoria and constantly crave the Niku Man buns (pulled pork on sweet buns). We had vegetarian options and the kids loved the Japanese sodas with a glass marble in the bottle to keep the soda from pouring too fast. Now that it’s getting colder (again) I could go for some warm ramen! Enjoy your weekend.
this photo from HinoMaru Ramen website: