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Portland, breakfast, schoolhouse + dodgeball

Portland, breakfast, schoolhouse + dodgeball

September 23, 2013 |  Category:   dining out friends life travels

A quick trip to Portland a few weeks back. Breakfast at Tasty n Sons. A visit to Schoolhouse Electric.   When we were tossing around ideas for our day in Portland, our friend Jen got a laugh when Mia suggested we “drink coffee and complain about how much our backs hurt”. Because from her perspective that’s the only thing adults ever seemed to do, but it was all in the delivery that made it so funny. Somebody is starting to understand sarcasm, I see. Later that morning, Jen let her sneak some sips from her iced coffee. She’s like the aunt who says yes to all the nos that we dish out (total tangent: what the hell is the plural… CONTINUE READING

tea in victoria

tea in victoria

September 16, 2013 |  Category:   dining out life travels

Our days in Victoria right after the stormy weather on the coast were all sunshine and warmth. Leaving the country for the first time to Canada might not be so much of a culture shock, but the excitement for the kids as they handed over their passports at the border was no less a milestone, and the adults in our travel party got to trade all our less than pleasant border crossing stories.   We only had three days in Victoria and one of the things we wanted to do was go to Butchart Gardens and do the afternoon tea service. It isn’t as fancy or formal as the tea service at the Empress Hotel, but it’s half the price… CONTINUE READING

september, brooklyn, coffee

september, brooklyn, coffee

September 10, 2013 |  Category:   dining out happy purchases life Seattle & the NW

On our last few days out in Washington, I really thought I’d come home and suffer from post-vacation depression. I used to get it really bad years ago, pre-kids, and I sort of felt that familiar feeling build up again. It’s a feeling that is hard to explain in words, but it’s like the Sunday blues, but bigger and it makes you lethargic and want to do nothing but mope around the house and eat chocolate. It’s interesting, however, that when we finally did come home after nearly 3 weeks, it felt fine to be back (oh, and a Depeche Mode concert in Brooklyn with my friend Anna the night after we landed helped kick me back to life on… CONTINUE READING

Ballard

Ballard

August 22, 2013 |  Category:   dining out life Seattle & the NW travels

Walked around Ballard yesterday on a warm, sunny day, drinking coffee and eating Mexican food at Senor Moose. Pretty much the agenda every day so far, a different neighborhood a day. We sure are on a vacation diet, indulging in things we don’t normally get at home.   “Oh look, more coffee…do we need to drink more coffee? YES. YES we do.” “A fruit croissant! And cake! We haven’t had cake in ages. Let’s throw in that key lime pie. Oh, and a strawberry cream puff!”   Yup, vacation food.… CONTINUE READING

one weekend, two festivals. And hold the “hove”.

one weekend, two festivals. And hold the “hove”.

June 17, 2013 |  Category:   dining out family growing up half life outings

I think we might be all festivaled out from the past few weekends. We didn’t set out to spend Father’s Day weekend at 2 festivals. Actually, I was looking to recreate the tradition that we started last year – spending a peaceful day strawberry picking at a farm. We did decide to go to a strawberry festival on the North Fork, but we didn’t realize what a carnival-type scene it would be, crowds and all. I thought it would be more of a quaint, relaxed country type affair – you know, where people judge the best pie and race little piglets or something, but it ended up being more like Coney Island, but in the middle of farm land. We… CONTINUE READING

eat, pay, leave. it’s not that complicated.

eat, pay, leave. it’s not that complicated.

January 11, 2013 |  Category:   dining out favorite posts growing up half life nyc remembering we ate this

I don’t know why we don’t eat in Chinatown more often. Believe it or not, it’s been well over a year since we’ve eaten at any Chinatown restaurant which seems so utterly crazy since dumplings and dim sum are probably Mia’s favorite food (Claudine, not so much). We do eat plenty of dumplings and have even made our own quite a few times, but dim sum only seems to be a once a year thing for us. Why is that?   But sometimes when you have a craving there is no stopping it, which is what happened last weekend with soup dumplings. We decided to go to Shanghai Cafe again on Mott Street above Canal because we almost always get… CONTINUE READING

a rainy tour of the west village

a rainy tour of the west village

October 3, 2012 |  Category:   dining out life nyc

Sometimes it takes a visit from out of town guests to inspire you to take a walking tour of your own city. And sometimes when you play tour guide you see the streets that you’ve walked down a hundred times with new eyes. Or maybe it’s actually because you haven’t been to this part of the city in quite awhile and by this I mean walking for the sake of wandering around and not just getting to a particular destination. Never mind that it’s raining. It’s warm enough that it’s not unpleasant and it actually adds to the charm, especially as you duck into a cheese shop and a French cafe and watch the rain come down, sometimes heavy in… CONTINUE READING

We ate here travel edition, Northwest restaurant guide

We ate here travel edition, Northwest restaurant guide

September 17, 2012 |  Category:   dining out life Seattle & the NW travels we ate this

We ate out a lot on our NW trip this year which is not always the case; we usually do a lot more cooking. Don’t know why it was different this time around, but since I’ve received emails from readers in the past asking about places to go in Seattle, I thought I would put together a list of places we ate. I’m not listing all the places we grabbed food at Pike Place Market or any of the other food trucks and farmer’s markets because I just can’t remember them all, but the joy in that is really just walking around and discovering what grabs you anyway.   Oh, and coffee. Yes, lots and lots of coffee. Not surprisingly… CONTINUE READING

hollywood, the last dinner, the last sunset

hollywood, the last dinner, the last sunset

March 6, 2012 |  Category:   dining out life travels

The girls didn’t know much about LA before we went, but they did know that Hollywood was there, mostly because their friends would gasp and say they were jealous that they were going to Hollywood. So of course their only request was to see the Hollywood sign and the stars. Personally, I don’t need to walk down Hollywood Boulevard again. It’s like the worst of Times Square x 10 and I wished we had stayed in Silverlake a bit longer where we had brunch with my friends Bonnie and Joy earlier that morning instead, but you know…we have the photos to prove that the girls were there, as well as the star that Claudine claimed as her own.   Later… CONTINUE READING

a fifties diner in Venice

a fifties diner in Venice

February 27, 2012 |  Category:   dining out life travels

I really like diners. More so if it’s still housed in a vintage railroad car. I really like how the food, no matter which diner you go to in any part of the US, is pretty much the same everywhere. You know the coffee is going to be weak, but endless refills get you caffeinated anyway and breakfast is always usually solid. I like the history of how the diner began, how it evolved, and how American it is. Often times it’s a bit like stepping back in time if you find a good one – and we did go to a good one right in Venice. A place that has regulars like all good diners should, and is oddly… CONTINUE READING

Breaking News! Jenna & Mark eat out without the Kids!

Breaking News! Jenna & Mark eat out without the Kids!

January 30, 2012 |  Category:   dining out family life nyc

Friends, I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. This is only the 3rd time in the history of this blog (that is nearly 4 years!) that we’ve gone out to dinner without the girls. The last time was on my 40th birthday nearly 2 years ago. Let’s not get into the why, but rather revel in the fact that we did it (and to think that I got totally chewed out by a blog reader last year who said that I treated the girls like burdens to our lifestyle when we handed the kids off to Mark’s mom as soon as we got to Seattle so that we could walk around Pike Place by ourselves, bwahahaha).   We’re so… CONTINUE READING

celebration

celebration

December 26, 2011 |  Category:   dining out holidays life

There is one tradition that we have that I completely forgot to tell you about, but sometimes traditions are like that. You don’t realize that you do something year after year until a few years pass and you finally make a note of it. I remember the first year we went to Ippudo after our first holiday season 4 years ago. We dropped off our last delivery in the East Village and headed over to what would become an annual celebratory dinner – our company Christmas party, ha! (and actually, did I tell you that Mia and Claudine did in fact help assemble over a hundred flat packed gift boxes this year? They took the job super seriously). Ippudo is… CONTINUE READING

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