The nicest thing about our friends coming in from London (aside from playing all day) is that they force us to look at parts of the city that we haven’t seen in awhile. For example: Chinatown in Manhattan (instead of the one in Queens) and Little Italy. I had no idea there was so much great art painted on the lamp posts and outdoor areas in lower Manhattan lately! And of course we love exposing Tessa to all our favorite eats – including one real close to home at the farmer’s market. We miss you guys already!
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Posted in Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, chinatown, eating with kids, eats, ice cream factory in chinatown, kids, Little Italy, Manhattan, New York travel, NYC, parenting, tostados, visitors to the city, weekend fun on September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Food Adventures, Parenting, tagged children, end of summer, fun, Goshen Connecticut, Goshen Fair, kids climbing, little pigs, livestock, state fair food, summer fair, summertime on September 21, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Food Adventures, Parenting, Travel, tagged animals, barn, chicken farm, children, Connecticut, Cornwall, eggs, farm, farm fresh, kids, livestock, nature, parenting on September 18, 2015 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Food Adventures, Parenting, Travel, tagged beaches, brussels sprouts, Cahoon Hollow Beach, Cape Cod, children, family vacation, galleries, kids, parenting, Provincetown, summer, The Canteen, Wellfleet on September 15, 2015 | 2 Comments »
There’s nothing like finding new beaches to explore while the summer is still soldiering on. While making our way to the tip of The Cape we explored Cahoon Hollow Beach – and its glorious sand dunes. We then made our way to Provincetown to explore the galleries and eat at the AMAZING Canteen Restaurant. I can’t stop craving their glazed brussels sprouts and fish tacos .. and of course I am always missing New England dishes like scallops, lobster, and stuffed quahogs like my dad use to make. We then finished the day off with a night swim in the pool back at Auntie Betty’s place. Perfect!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Food Adventures, Parenting, Travel, tagged children, food, history, kids, Massachusetts, Native American groups of the east coast, parenting, pilgrims, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Mass, thanksgiving, travel on September 11, 2015 | 1 Comment »
Ah finally we got to go to a place that I remember so fondly as the ‘school field trip’ location of my youth! When I was young we regularly went here (and to Sturbridge Village) – so often that I felt as if I had both memorized. But a lot has changed since then. It was a hot day, and I’m happy my kids made it through without too much complaint.
We arrived on a day when they had a demonstration of cooking/baking in the 1680s – and they pointed out that since wheat and sugar were rarely plentiful, a cake or ‘butter pie’ like the one seen below was an extra special treat. I was fascinated to learn that part of the reason why people back in England kept rumoring Plimoth as a ‘paradise’ was largely due to the fact that the pilgrims could eat whatever they caught. According to the actors at the site – swan, deer, pheasants etc were game that – when captured back in England – was considered the King’s property and only he could eat it. Who knew? The thought that our country may’ve been started largely based on the culinary boredom of English eaters kind of makes me giggle…
I think I’ve already posted our grapevine clubhouse – but wanted to add more pictures here. We’ve kind of taken the ‘wait and see’ approach with our new garden. And I have to say, it may’ve worked to our advantage. The grapevine is sprawling, we’ve made a patch for zucchini and tomatoes where forsythia use to be (we’ve now dragged the forsythia to the front yard) and honestly our quantity of bees and mosquitos has kind of diminished. Maybe due to having weeds and plants indigenous to our area? Not sure… but I’ve heard it’s good for pollinators to let some weeds grow and not over-coif the garden. I do know a woman rang our door bell and asked to photograph the white flowers in our front yard. I was nearly bowled over to find a brand new bush had cropped up almost overnight yielding about 12 – 8 inch white flowers. I think she was just as confused when I stepped out on our front step and said “where on earth did those come from?”
THAT’s how our garden grows, lately.
(as a side note, we JUST got some new plants from my in-laws so we should have some new garden pix soon!)
Posted in Beautiful Things, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged children, city kids, Crawfish Festival, Governor's Island, outdoor art, parenting, sculpture, summer fun on August 7, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Oh my poor neglected blog… it’s been too long. I’ve left these photos in the phone forever and now finally have them to show; Ezra’s very grown-out hair and all.
This all happened way back at the beginning of the summer when the weather was even a bit cool. I don’t know what we were thinking – Crawfish, yum? When we got there and saw a gazillion crawfish in a basket I think we all collectively thought “Crawfish, ew!” So in the end we didn’t eat any, but we enjoyed the transported orangey sand and the live bands, and of course the art on the island is always great.