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bring it on! Lemonade stands and watermelon consumption starts now…

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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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We are back to a more spring-like cold snap today, but a few days ago the temperatures soared up to the high 70s — and Ezra was BEYOND excited that our new alley neighbors wanted to create a lemonade stand with him. I think he was in heaven for a day – we all were. We stayed outdoors and planted things. And Ezra and his crew made enough money to pay back the parents for their supplies, and still have a few dollars in their pockets ! (I hear the ‘competition’ on the other side of the alley donated all their hard earned cash to a charity.) I hope the better weather returns soon!

Malachy, Ezra and Maude get their business up and running

Malachy, Ezra and Maude get their business up and running

taste test - and Ezra keeps wanting to chip a penny off the price to be competitive!

taste test – and Ezra keeps wanting to chip a penny off the price to be competitive!

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The 'competition' on the other side of the alley offered baked goods!

The ‘competition’ on the other side of the alley offered baked goods!

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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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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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