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tripping through the old hood

tripping through the old hood

March 16, 2009 |  Category:   dining out nyc remembering

You may recall from yesterday’s post that we were waffling over what to have for our Sunday lunch out since our plans to go away had changed. It used to be that Mark and I would make the decision, but with the girls old enough to voice their opinions, it isn’t always easy to get 4 people to agree. We decided to spend the afternoon in the East Village, our old neighborhood, and one that I’ve lived in on and off since the early 90s. Sadly, we don’t come to this neighborhood much since we moved to Brooklyn 9 years ago, so walking from the Union Square subway stop to our lunch destination, Soba-ya, I pointed all sorts of places… CONTINUE READING

art, the boathouse, and alice

art, the boathouse, and alice

February 16, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family nyc outings

Valentine’s Day: a trip to the Whitney to catch the last weekend of the Alexander Calder circus exhibit, which was very timely since Mia was learning about him at school. Couldn’t take any photos, but it was fun to be at an art museum for the first time since Claudine’s been able to walk and talk. Since we were on the Upper East Side, we had lunch at the Central Park Boathouse. Mia misses coming here, but since Mark has been consulting here once a week since last summer, it isn’t weird to come in and eat. The restaurant is still beautiful, even in the dead of winter, when the rest of the park is brown and dead. The weather… CONTINUE READING

from banner to cupcake toppers and the last of the birthday fun

from banner to cupcake toppers and the last of the birthday fun

February 10, 2009 |  Category:   craft dining out family life

We had a great day yesterday. Seriously, it was the best birthday yet and I’m convinced more than ever that simple is just fine when it comes to birthdays. The birthday banner became cupcake toppers for the school party and I’m going to allow myself a little pat on the back with that one – I am really into the whole idea of cupcake toppers and it made the birthday spread that much more festive. As part of the celebration, the kids decorated chef hats and paper cups, and Mark brought the juicer and all kinds of fruits and vegetables for a live juicing demo where each kid got to pick their own juice combination. What’s cool about our juicer… CONTINUE READING

asians love a good buffet

asians love a good buffet

February 1, 2009 |  Category:   dining out family growing up half life

It’s true, and the cheaper the better, but our usual birthday dinner go-to place with our parents isn’t cheap at all – $29.95 a person, but M counts as $6 and Miss C eats free (prices for kids are measured by height, which means our tall kids will eventually be at a disadvantage). But sometimes you get what you pay for and you do get excellent variety at Minado, a colossal sushi buffet restaurant which serves surprisingly decent food, and despite the recession, it was jam-packed on a Saturday night. There are countless varieties of rolls and sushi to choose from, as well as sashimi, king crab legs, oysters and shrimp. One aisle has hot entrees (dumplings, soups, meats, tempura… CONTINUE READING

birthday celebrations

birthday celebrations

January 26, 2009 |  Category:   dining out life

I can see why eating out all the time is so appealing. No dishes, no mess. We’re not about to change our eating/spending habits, but it was really fun to celebrate Mark’s birthday with a full day of socializing and eating out. We started off early at brunch with our friends, then a lovely visit from our friend Christie who brought over presents for the girls which sort of boggled their minds (“what? I get presents on Daddy’s birthday???”). And we did have a French dinner down the street at Mark’s request, but ordered way too much food – a plate of charcuterie, escargot, onion soup, salmon tartare, and then entrees of casoulet and lamb shank. So how did Miss… CONTINUE READING

sunday dimsum

sunday dimsum

January 19, 2009 |  Category:   dining out nyc

I’m not sure if I can think of anything better to eat on a cold winter morning than a dim sum brunch. While our go-to place is usually Dim Sum Go Go, I was in the mood for the large banquet/dim sum cart experience, so we bundled up the kids on yet another snowy morning and met our friends at Jing Fong on Elizabeth Street. I haven’t been there in years since I used to go fairly regularly with my NYU grad school asian posse friends, and I think it was the first time I went with the kids, but it’s the perfect place for rambunctious 2 and 4 year olds who, for some reason, thought it would be okay… CONTINUE READING

a last delivery, a celebratory lunch, and a look back

a last delivery, a celebratory lunch, and a look back

December 23, 2008 |  Category:   dining out the biz

We made our last holiday delivery on what felt like the coldest day of the year yesterday, dropping off 4 gift boxes and 8 packages of lavender cookies that will be carried on as gifts to Asia. The recipients were Celia and Cynthia, founders of the food site, Cravings, who had such lovely things to say about our company here and here. Afterwards, we took the girls for a celebratory lunch at Ippudo, a Japanese ramen noodle restaurant in the East Village. Miss C has been ever so picky lately, more so than usual, and has been avoiding sitting with us at mealtimes altogether, but I know how much she likes noodles so it seemed like a place where we’d… CONTINUE READING

the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

December 16, 2008 |  Category:   dining out family holidays life nyc

Mia, Mark’s mom and I took a break from cookies on Sunday to go see the Nutcracker (an abbreviated, 1 hour kid’s version, staged by the NY Theater Ballet). It was Mia’s first trip to the theater of any kind, and she was excited to say the least. In preparation to going to the ballet, we’ve been listening to the music and reading the book so that she would be familiar with the story that would unfold onstage. She was mesmerized. “Are those people real?”, she asked. And at one point in the middle of the production, a huge grin spread on her face and she said very sheepishly, “I like this!”. Afterwards, she chatted with some of the child… CONTINUE READING

a good dinner

a good dinner

September 21, 2008 |  Category:   dining out

Speaking of going out, we celebrated my mom’s birthday last night with a dinner at one of her favorite restaurants, Han Ji Bap on Northern Blvd. It’s been a few weeks since we’ve seen my parents (my dad was in Korea and my mom was sick) so it had also been a few weeks since we’ve had Korean food. It was so good and definitely hit the spot.… CONTINUE READING

cafe besalu

cafe besalu

August 7, 2008 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

Yes, we are drinking lots of coffee here (oddly enough, I was not a coffee drinker when I lived here). And we finally got to visit the cafe that Mark’s sister keeps raving about, Cafe Besalu in Ballard. Their flaky, buttery pastries did live up to the hype.… CONTINUE READING

finally sun (and seafood) in seattle

finally sun (and seafood) in seattle

August 4, 2008 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW

It’s totally touristy, but we ate at one of those “bib and hammer” places on the pier. Mia loves mussels and clams, and all the crab at Pike Place made our mouths water so it satisfied our craving (Miss C ate bread). How much did we luck out that day? Friday was supposed to be cold and rainy, but when we woke up (at 5am again) we saw that the sky was clear from it’s characteristic foggy start and it got downright warm in the sun later that afternoon, which saved us from some considerable whining since M got soaked, sneakers and all, in the fountain at Seattle Center.… CONTINUE READING

nice day

nice day

June 12, 2008 |  Category:   dining out happy purchases life

Mark and I actually went and had lunch together today without the kids. Do you know how huge this is? This hasn’t happened in years. We were toying with the idea of going to Momofuku, the much celebrated restaurant of the moment, however after seeing the menu, I realized that it was familiar Korean-inspired food. Probably more artfully prepared than the relative hole-in-the wall places we go with my parents, but, familiar nonetheless. We chose to go, instead, to Soba-ya, a fresh soba place that we would go quite frequently when we lived around the corner in the East Village. We hadn’t been there in years, but we vowed to come back and bring the kids since they both love… CONTINUE READING

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