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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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It’s nice to see the Lower East Side hasn’t changed as much as I thought, and to share my old ‘hood with my kids? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake. We got a clear day to enjoy gazing at downtown architecture, stopped to check out books at The Strand and popped into punk rock and Goth shops with costumes (and a room of glow in the dark clothes that Zoe really loved). We even tried some new-for-us food faves like Japanese street food from Otafuku.

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Even though our blizzard petered-out, the kids stayed outside all day and got good and tired from snow play. Ambitious dads made snow forts, Ezra repeatedly heated up maple syrup and poured it into snow, and neighbors on our alley were shoveling for hours.

a bird's eye view of the neighborhood snow fort

a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood snow fort

Maude (leaning against the garage) taunts the 'boy camp' before the snowballs start to fly!

Maude (leaning against the garage) taunts the ‘boy camp’ before the snowballs start to fly!

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everyone out and shoveling on our alley

everyone out and shoveling on our alley

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We went back to Alice’s Teacup where cupcakes were enjoyed, tea was gulped down and fairy dust was sprinkled on these little ladies… then Zoe came home to her favorite pile of pink things acquired during her birthday!

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While in Chinatown last weekend we saw this dragon fruit … and of course Ezra had to try it. It’s seedy and pulpy and I hear it was supposed to be sweet. It must’ve been good because no one left me a piece. I now see why it may be called dragon fruit .. that red juice will stain everything! Another notch on Ezra’s ‘strange fruits and veggies to try’ belt –

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We had a day of kicking around that included some crisp thin crust pizza at Fiore’s Pizza, then a trip to Umanov’s Guitar Store. We ran into The Market NYC to check out the wares and somehow my kiddos picked up a little holiday bling for me when I wasn’t looking!

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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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