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When the weather gets this cold, there’s nothing better than something hot and brothy. After Sunday School we love exploring the food shops around Flushing’s Chinatown and someone at our synagogue recommended Sentosa. What a find! Their shrimp and green bean dish along with noodles in broth is amazing, and we loved the ‘Indian pancake’ in a chicken coconut broth. I’m already having a craving for more!

 a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

a crisp blue sky over Chinatown

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

Zoe has her own technique for eating noodles

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and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

and lastly a trip to a Chinese bakery for almond and raspberry breads!

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It’s beginning to feel a bit like spring here, finally. We tooled around with our scooters and had one of those glorious days watching the trees grow fuzzy – like they do when buds on branches start to bloom. The kids love seeing flowers on the trees outside of the Museum of Natural History, and got to frolic in a sandbox in Central Park. We made a short trek to Momofuku Milk Bar for ‘blueberry and cream cookies’ – and check out their ‘candy bar pie’ topped off with a pretzel! At dusk, the sea of yellow taxis against a dusky sky made me reminisce about summers when I use to live in Manhattan (and my nights would start where they now end – around 9 pm!)

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(birthday cake and candy bar pie photos from milkbarstore.com)

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Yes, we live here – in a neighborhood filled with Indian culture – and yet somehow most of it passes us by. One of those things that we wish we could get more involved with is Diwali – the Indian festival of lights that comes in October or November every year. I wish there were more parties or parades that might celebrate this holiday so that we could get an inside look. I worry that I keep assuming that it’s an Indian Hanukkah or India Christmas – but it is a very festive holiday that I can never fully understand without being raised in a Hindu or Jain home.
Many MANY years ago I went to Rajasthan during Diwali and experienced mostly sweets and fireworks (and more sweets) – so I had to take the kids out for some Indian sweets at the very least. These sweets contain so much sugar they can make your head hurt after consuming only one – but of course Zoe was nuts about the pink ones. The shops filled with candle holders, Rangoli materials, diya and statues of deities … the kids loved that. And I love that it’s all so nearby (and fascinating), we can just tumble outside our door to explore it.

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Holy yum we love this place… and now that summer is nearly here, Smorgasburg is back on. Just as their website indicates they are open every Saturday “rain or shine”. Smorgasburg is one of those beautiful testing grounds for all sorts of new foodie endeavors (and now there seem to be tables selling vinyl records as well – making it a place for more than just food). It’s located right on the water in Williamsburg, which is a hip section of Brooklyn. The kids love tossing stones into the water, and testing popcicles and fish tacos. This year Ezra liked checking out his competition – The Stand – which is a vendor of new and creative takes on lime and lemonade like cucumber mint or grapefruit basil. (See Ezra’s recent foray into ice tea sales here.) We tried Shorty Tang & Son’s spicy noodles and Miss Lily’s Jerk Hut kept reggae tunes going – which was another great new addition to the scene. Check out Smorgasburg’s impressive list of vendors – we hope to taste all of it by end of summer!

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