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a leisurely day out

a leisurely day out

December 6, 2011 |  Category:   dining out life nyc

I have to set aside these leisure days in the city every so often. It’s important. Walking around by myself aimlessly in Manhattan or sometimes with a friend – in this case, my sister-in-law. It’s easy to get caught up in your own head, your own community, your own world, when you work from home. Usually, my daily excursions include the 3 block walk to the kids’ school, nothing more. But nothing beats getting out into the world every so often to look, to taste, to smell. It makes you realize that you are just 1 small piece of the puzzle. It helps remind you why you live here, to appreciate the city which we sometimes forget to do. It… CONTINUE READING

some days you just feel like a little dim sum

some days you just feel like a little dim sum

November 21, 2011 |  Category:   dining out family life

Sometimes you just have to give into your cravings. There is just no other way.   Did you have a good weekend? Ours started off well: a long overdue visit with some old friends of ours and the last outdoor Brooklyn Flea Market of the season before it retreats indoors for the winter. Today has been a confusing day though and I’m not sure what the week will bring. It’s Thanksgiving week. A big change of last minute plans. We won’t be together this holiday…still…need to think about the things we are thankful for.… CONTINUE READING

sun. food. waterfront.

sun. food. waterfront.

May 23, 2011 |  Category:   dining out life nyc outings the biz

It wasn’t the Rapture, but Saturday was the one hot sunny day all week. Sunday was misty and cool and now it’s Monday morning and we’re back to rain, so who knows. Maybe there was something special about that day. Thanks to those of you who came by and said hello at the Smorg Flea. It was pretty fun (and super crowded). Hope you didn’t catch me, you know, yelling at the kids or stuffing my face with food or anything. Although I have to say, with those long lines I feel like I spent most of my time at the Flea waiting on 5 different lines to get 5 different things for each member of the family. The girls… CONTINUE READING

a good weekend

a good weekend

April 4, 2011 |  Category:   dining out family friends life

We had a good weekend, did you? The forecast beat all odds and we got the crummy wet weather out of the way Friday which made way to a gorgeously sunny weekend. Mark was back at the outdoor Flea this Saturday and it was packed since it marked the first day of the outdoor season. Sold out of most things and everyone, vendors and flea-goers alike, was so happy to be back outdoors. Nothing beats being back at the original Brooklyn Flea site. It sort of feels like the first day of school where you see all your old pals again. We will, however, be at the new Williamsburg location next Sunday to check it out. With the Flea over… CONTINUE READING

tuesday lunch date

tuesday lunch date

March 16, 2011 |  Category:   dining out life

I don’t think I ever feel more like a parent than I do when I’m sitting with my kids’ teachers and having parent-teacher conferences (I also sort of freaked out a little when I realized that there is less than 4 months left in the school year. The time! Where does it go!). To celebrate Mia’s stellar report card (she is reading 2 grade levels ahead) I took her out to lunch after I picked her up from a half day at school. We weren’t the only ones with that idea. Seemed like every place in the neighborhood was packed, bewildering the sushi restaurant waiter and the table sitting next to us. They were visiting friends in the neighborhood and… CONTINUE READING

saturday…or is it sunday?

saturday…or is it sunday?

February 27, 2011 |  Category:   dining out friends life

Kept thinking it was Sunday yesterday. But no, it was Saturday and it kept throwing me off. I’m grateful for the extra weekend day. We don’t have day jobs and tend to work weekends anyway, so I don’t necessarily get that “sunday-pit-in-the-stomach” feeling as we head into the work week, but the kids go back to school tomorrow and we start the rushed morning routine all over again. I don’t know a whole lot of people who live in Manhattan anymore – seems like most of my friends are in Brooklyn or move to Brooklyn eventually, but we did visit one of Mia’s old preschool friends who made that reverse move from Brooklyn a few months ago. Sometimes I try… CONTINUE READING

eataly

eataly

January 11, 2011 |  Category:   dining out nyc

Have you heard about it? The massive Oscar Farinetti/Mario Batali/Joe and Lydia Bastianich owned restaurant/marketplace? Supposedly it’s the largest Italian food and wine marketplace in the world. Well, it *is* huge and sort of Vegas-like in the way the space rambles along and the 5 or so restaurant seating areas are situated right within the aisles of food (it feels sort of “theme park-like” in that way), but do yourself a favor and try to go during the week if you can. We went with the kids on a very cold Sunday with visions of eating good food, but it was soon squashed by the long waits and crowds. The girls were happy with their pear nectar juice boxes though… CONTINUE READING

recovery, celebration and a visit to our “other” booth

recovery, celebration and a visit to our “other” booth

December 24, 2010 |  Category:   dining out holidays life

It’s become sort of a tradition. To go to Ippudo after the end of our holiday season and celebrate with a bowl of ramen and pork buns. Place gets packed though and there was a line out the door when they opened right at 11. There are lots of other ramen places in the city and now 2 near our house too, but we prefer this place and it’s large and kid-friendly. They gave the girls princess bowls to eat noodles out of. This is one classy joint. So hey, listen up. It appears that some people thought we had a booth at the Union Square Holiday Market this year because our friend Re Jin from Bailey Doesn’t Bark ordered… CONTINUE READING

December, brunch, winter, t’is the season to be tired

December, brunch, winter, t’is the season to be tired

December 2, 2010 |  Category:   dining out life the biz

We rarely ever go out to brunch, but we did over the weekend when my cousin was in town for Thanksgiving. Like a lot of other things, eating out for 4 people isn’t cheap anymore. It’s not like grabbing a bite to eat and throwing $10 down at the table. I keep thinking about how we’re going to get around when the kids are old enough to have to pay for a subway ride, which will probably be soon. Actually, they do it by height here which really sucks for tall kids like mine. But with tokens costing $2.25 a ride (ha! I just called it a token! I remember when subways and buses cost 50 cents), it’ll cost us… CONTINUE READING

a social week

a social week

November 19, 2010 |  Category:   dining out friends life

Some weeks are spent hibernating, other weeks are more social. My recent schedule allowed for one of those this week. I met with different people every day and I hung out with a whole lot of people at a party last night. This morning I met with Barbara who is my neighbor and a letterpress card designer. We took our youngest kids to eat pie in the neighborhood (yes, pie for breakfast). And oh, did I say that the weather’s been mild? Well, it was pretty cold this morning. Bringing out the scarves, hats and gloves for this one. And saying no? I said no. It was the right decision and I have no regrets. Have a great weekend.… CONTINUE READING

the last dinner at delancey

the last dinner at delancey

September 5, 2010 |  Category:   dining out friends travels

Hard to believe that a week ago today, we were enjoying our last dinner in Seattle with family and friends. Isn’t that the way vacation goes? Upon your return you feel like you’ve been away so very long, but just 3 days in (or thereabouts) you feel like you never left. It’s sort of fitting that our last dinner was at Delancey, the pizza restaurant, perhaps not unlike Franny’s here in Brooklyn, that was opened a year ago by Molly from Orangette and her husband, Brandon. I know that when we begin to think about the store more seriously sometime after the holidays, I’ll be going back and re-reading those entries leading up to the opening day. There are other… CONTINUE READING

feels like fall already

feels like fall already

August 30, 2010 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

There are all kinds of Fall signs here, in the mountains, in the city. Even further south in Portland we noticed clusters of dead, brown leaves on the sidewalk. In Seattle we’ve seen a few yellow and orange leaves on trees and it’s been cold enough that I’ve been wearing scarves, jackets and hoodies the last few days. I’ve gotten quite used to the cooler weather, but I see you, New York. I peeked at the forecast this week. I know it’s still raging summer out there and it’ll be a shock to go back to hotter temps back home when we’ve gotten used to dressing like it’s Fall. On Friday, we went up North to the Cascade Mountains to… CONTINUE READING

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