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Ok it’s a little embarrassing that this happened several weeks ago – you can tell by the photos that we were still wearing coats outdoors and the trees still didn’t have any leaves on them!  We’ve been to the Tribeca Family Fest several years in a row, and this time around we got to be part of the cooking session with Angelo Sosa from Anejo!  We learned to put some pomegranate or smoked pumpkin seeds on our guacamole, and of course a street fair isn’t a fair unless Zoe has her face painted.

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While we went to Target to get Zoe her prize for sleeping in her own bed, a snow storm hit and we needed to stop somewhere warm and cozy to eat. What better cold-weather dish than broth and noodles in this the more authentic Chinatown of Queens? We did a bit of walking around to find an underground ‘mall’ of more restaurants, and discovered how dumplings are made. Biang’s panda prints and green dumplings are hands down the best!

LOVE these panda prints on the walls of Biang

LOVE these panda prints on the walls of Biang

such a cold and blustery night

such a cold and blustery night

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some remaining bits of Chinese New Year

some remaining bits of Chinese New Year

Zoe checks out the dumpling making

Zoe checks out the dumpling making

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this basement mall of food feels more like a trip to Hong Kong

this basement mall of food feels more like a trip to Hong Kong

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We’ve been meaning to do this for a long time now but finally both Ezra and Zoe are old enough to sit still and appreciate a live show. Every Sunday from 2-3 pm Jazz Standard (under Blue Smoke restaurant) has a kid’s live jazz show – starring other kid jazz performers! Inspiring to watch – especially for kids who are also learning to play an instrument. And of course Ezra had the sample the city’s best beef ribs, which are on the kid menu!

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My husband and I like to celebrate a little earlier (or later) than Valentine’s Day, in order avoid all the chaos of the actual holiday (battling for reservations and dealing with over-decorated restaurants with mediocre ‘prix fix’ menus is not for us). This year we discovered Butcher Bar in Astoria – where even my mostly vege-pescatarian husband was tempted by great smoked meat. The Beef Candy sandwich was amazing – I’m already craving another.
Enjoy your weekend and happy Valentine’s Day!

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We had a lot of friends over, and yet a basically mellow weekend. How about you?
(Below – Zoe and BFFs Hazel and Mia on a train to Manhattan for her tea non-party, Ezra arranged all her dolls for a slumber party on the floor that night, she can’t get enough of her birthday gifts, and Ezra making eggs for all of us in the a.m.)

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Here is Zoe at school yesterday – a day before her birthday she wanted to bake and share cupcakes with everyone in her class, and today on the actual big day she and I will go for a little tea party in the city (remember this place? She loves it!) I don’t know how she arrived at the decision that she didn’t really want a party this year… but I will have her all to myself so I’m not going to complain. Happy 5th Birthday my sweet little lady! (and thank you to Zoe’s teacher for the photos!) Bottom photo by Greg Kessler.P1040483

with her friend Walker who is also celebrating his birthday

with her friend Walker who is also celebrating his birthday

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always the little helper

always the little helper

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An advantage to living in a city as diverse as Jackson Heights, Queens is that we get to learn about all different kinds of holidays. Our friends had a holiday round up on the 6th of December and we all got to talking about Sinterklaas. We do have some friends who really leave their shoes out with carrots in them for the night, in hopes of getting treats in their shoes in the morning. We got to talking about how HUGE gifts cannot fit into tiny kid’s shoes and how the American Christmas seems so over-the-top by comparison. Imagine trying to fit a Wii or PS gaming station system into tiny shoes?
I love this kind of December holiday mash up where – to add to the mix – a Brazilian family brought little cups of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk (called brigadeiro) for dessert as their contribution to holiday cheer! (see these and other pix on instagram)

on the way we find the florist's window filled with fake snow and a miniature train..

on the way we find the florist’s window filled with fake snow and a miniature train..

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Mia samples the brigadeiro

Mia samples the brigadeiro

inspecting the candy that we found in our shoes!

inspecting the candy that we found in our shoes!

Zoe loves babies dressed like candy canes!

Zoe loves babies dressed like candy canes!

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