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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

art and popsicles

art and popsicles

August 2, 2010 |  Category:   art + design dining out life outings

And this was our Saturday: Another perfect 82 degree, low humidity day (seriously, did Bill Clinton negotiate with the weather gods to have this perfect day for Chelsea’s wedding? I don’t know. He was able to bring those 2 women back from North Korea, so…) A drive to Dia in Beacon. The first time I went to Dia was when they first opened their doors 7 years ago. We were visiting a client who had just moved there, to learn more about this Smithsonian Photography project which we would later design and we got a tour of the town and a visit to some of the art studios that were being renovated. Beacon was supposed to be the next big… CONTINUE READING

it almost felt like vacation

it almost felt like vacation

June 22, 2010 |  Category:   dining out family holidays life

Father’s Day was Mark’s first full day off in like a month. We let him sleep in and then went for breakfast at a big diner near my parent’s house. Sometimes you just feel like sitting in a booth in a typical American diner where all the menus are identical and you know you will get ridiculous portions of food. Plus we know that picky Claudine will eat pancakes and sausages, and lots of them. Win/win all around. We then spent a leisurely 3 hour visit to the town pool after breakfast, the first visit of the season, where we always pretend to be residents of my parent’s town, only we’re not because we have to wear brightly colored guest… CONTINUE READING

NYC Stories Part 2: the food

NYC Stories Part 2: the food

May 10, 2010 |  Category:   dining out nyc remembering

NYC has always been about food. It’s what I missed most when I moved away for 5 years. I’m not talking about the fancy foodie stuff either as I was still just a kid really, when I moved away. My friends and I probably never spent more than $15 a meal and most times it was well under 10 bucks. We were on art school budgets and if you knew how, you could eat really cheaply in NY, including knowing which art openings to go to when you knew there would be an open bar. I don’t remember cooking at all during that era, even though I’m sure we did, but why would we? There was so much good food… CONTINUE READING

the birthday meal

the birthday meal

April 27, 2010 |  Category:   dining out life nyc

Once upon a time…before kids, a mortgage, a business, life insurance and college savings, Mark and Jenna lived in NYC and enjoyed dining out at restaurants. Some were quite fancy, while others were so popular that they waited on a line that snaked down the block to get seated even before the doors opened. And then there were the neighborhood haunts. Good standbys for a meal, but nothing to get yourself worked over. You could have argued that it was part of Mark’s job as a Pastry Chef. Something like research and development, or maybe like keeping tabs on the competitive landscape. And so he found that eating out was encouraged by his job. Mandatory, even. Being in the business,… CONTINUE READING

noodles or sushi?

noodles or sushi?

April 21, 2010 |  Category:   dining out family

As much as I love a good bowl of noodles, given the choice, I’ll almost always choose sushi over noodles, which is what I did when my dad took us out to lunch on my birthday. I can’t help it. Sushi rules. And after years of hearing about the hype and countless exasperated cries of “what? You haven’t eaten there yet?!”, I finally went to Momofuku with my friends Catherine and Nichole last Friday night. I know that my opinion won’t be that popular, but I didn’t experience the euphoric culinary bliss that so many people speak of. Maybe it’s precisely because there’s been so much hype surrounding it that I was let down. Don’t get me wrong – it… CONTINUE READING

I don’t care how cold it is, I need me some dim sum

I don’t care how cold it is, I need me some dim sum

January 6, 2010 |  Category:   dining out life nyc

I think we ate out more in the last week than we did this entire Fall. And it’s been criminally cold out there, the kind of weather that makes you wish you owned a snuggie, but we dragged our cold selves over to the subway to meet with our friends for dim sum in Chinatown on Sunday. When you have a craving for dim sum AND you seem to have started an annual tradition of starting off the year with a trip to Chinatown, then nothing short of a natural disaster or an illness close to death will stop you from getting your dumplings. But I will confess that I may have overdone it with our 4 day binge of… CONTINUE READING

raw, alive and war memories

raw, alive and war memories

December 27, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family growing up half holidays

Christmas dinner at my parents’ house was a fairly typical meal, but on Saturday night our whole family went out for dinner at this unassuming Korean sashimi spot on 22102 Horace Harding Avenue in Queens called Samdado. We’ve been there before, but not in a while, and I’d forgotten just how much food you get when you order a sashimi dinner special to share. We’re talking numerous small dishes, plates and platters of food and just when you thought you were done and there was no more room on the table, the waiters and waitresses would come around with even more dishes of food to put down. All this for a mere $120, the equivalent of which would get you… CONTINUE READING

an evening out

an evening out

August 8, 2009 |  Category:   dining out

Hard to believe that we hadn’t eaten at the neighborhood restaurant where Mark does his baking until just a few nights ago, but we finally went in for a lovely meal at Bussaco Thursday evening. Mark said that he’d been staring at the summer menu for weeks while working at the kitchen and wanted to go in for dinner. I love the room – it’s spacious and uncluttered, but not cold and there’s this great long communal bar table made from wood recycled from a tree from Prospect Park. We had a variety of dishes that night – oysters, squid with chorizo on arugula, octopus, seared sea scallops with sugar snap peas, mac and cheese made with Gruyère and the… CONTINUE READING

it’s all about the food

it’s all about the food

July 5, 2009 |  Category:   dining out life

We didn’t barbeque on the 4th, but spent the day eating out a lot. Brunch with friends at Sidecar here in our neighborhood and dinner at the Mermaid Inn in the East Village where our friend Matthew is chef. Gravalax, shrimp and grits, eggs, raw oysters, calamari, fluke ceviche, beets, goat cheese, crabcakes, cod and of course, french fries. Mia ate everything as usual, but in one surprising move, taking a break from her fries, Claudine picked up an empty oyster shell and sucked in some oyster juice. And speaking of unexpected moves, who the hell taught this kid the beauty pageant wave? I happened to look down while I was pushing Claudine in the stroller and saw her doing… CONTINUE READING

day 4: goodbye

day 4: goodbye

June 25, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family travels

Short trip, and we are back in the city already. Although it is good to be back home, this evening is a huge contrast to our quiet nights upstate, where there was nothing but silence and pitch black darkness as we went to sleep. As soon as we stepped into our apartment around 6pm, we heard party noises from down the block and a DJ blasting Lady Gaga and Rhianna from its sound system. Welcome back to Brooklyn. The kids were hyped up once we got back home too, chasing each other like banshees up and down the hall. These were the same kids that sat quiet as mice for almost an hour this morning, bird watching out on the… CONTINUE READING

rainy saturday

rainy saturday

April 12, 2009 |  Category:   dining out life

Still visiting with family. Saturday was a wash with all the rain, but we drove out for Korean BBQ with my parents to eat a gluttonous dinner. Sometimes Korean food really hits the spot.… CONTINUE READING

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