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Wow… it was an epic “year end of travel”:   4 countries in 2 weeks from Dec 21 to Jan 4!  We have lots of pix to share… starting with beautiful Lisbon which is where we had a quick 6 hour layover before traveling on to Israel.  Stay tuned for more pix!

 

Lovely Lisbon full of textures, patterns and colors.  We hope to return again some day, and have more time.  The only thing Zoe didn’t like were all the canned anchovies and sardines – The Portuguese love canning up their seafood ; )

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who doesn’t love pink streets?!

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Zoe’s sweet little school had a “bake off” to end all bake offs. Judges included our District Council Member Danny Dromm and others who are running for local office – as well as MC’d by students’ parents and even including some talented dads in a band!  The sweets really ranged from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Holiday treats.  And there were about 32 different desserts to test!  I don’t know how the judges fit it all in..

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Being on Arthur Ave is like taking a step back in time to when I lived in a predominantly Italian American neighborhood.   Shops stuffed with cannoli shells – ready to be filled with fresh cream.   Bakeries making fresh bread around the clock, cold cuts and marinated artichokes.   We ate in a restaurant that had old wood paneling on the walls and painted scenes of Venice, and men donning pinky rings while eating a four course meal at noon.  The smells and sights always take me back… and not surprisingly, all this Christmas decor was pulled out days before Thanksgiving – no holding back.  There is a little peek into the Spanish speaking population there… in the cigar making stand and the  ‘ferreteria’ (Spanish for hardware store):

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I’m going to miss these summer weekends where our friends ‘fancy up’ an old, worn picnic table, eat from a vintage truck that produces pizza (even GF for Zoe!), and then we swim as the sun is setting.  We do have a few more weeks left so ..  perhaps we will do it again? I hope so!  What are you up to this weekend?

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Wow was I impressed when the kids got home from Sunday school with these awesome menorahs that they made by hand! Dovetailing and all! And of course we had to add a little Italian ‘mozzarella and tomatoes’ with delicious pressed olive oil to the mix, along with E&Z’s dad’s BEST and most crispy latkes.  This amazing recipe is from grandma – and they are a favorite even to our neighbors (who sniff them out while we are cooking). See below – our neighbor Eesha  – whose mom says she ‘didn’t even get her coat off before eating them’.        ; )

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Director of Community Affairs at our synagogue ‘Souks’ lends Ezra a hand..

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little Eesha means business with her latke eating skillz!

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We were feeling thankful for health and friends this year.  Our friends rounded us up in the ‘cation house‘ for a feast that included a lot of fun, folks and laughs.  We hope that your holiday was just as cheery!

 

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Not only does this family know how to glamp, but they throw a pretty great summer Luau party too!

The Martens had us greeted with ladies holding fresh flower leis at the front, tiki sculptures around the pool, pineapple infused vodka drinks and great food in the back .. oh and of course, more swinging around in the aerialist’s trapeze swing like during Halloween’s party!

Thanks again for a great time Barbara and Sean! (and thx Barbara for some IG pix!)

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and keeping the poolside fires going: IMG_2812
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so much yummy food!

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and specialty drinks

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IMG_2792IMG_8276Liquid courage makes the trapeze more appealing: IMG_2816

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