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 and imagine what it’s like to live in Manhattan again and I can’t really quite imagine it, not with kids. Aside from my nostalgic ramblings that I document here, I forget what it’s like day to day. We’re so used to living in Brooklyn, I guess.

While the kids and I were visiting with a friend, Mark spent the late afternoon hours at Dean & Deluca passing out samples of some of our products. Dean & Deluca in Soho now carries 8 of our items and they’ve become a consistently great retailer for us (although I found out that they mark up our prices, as I guess all stores do, ergh). We don’t focus on wholesale like some of our Brooklyn food colleagues, but we’ve been happy with the D&D business. (remember this post when we first heard that they were interested in carrying our products?) On a related note, Terrain in Philly is now carrying 3 of our cookies.

After the demo was over, we decided to take the kids to Chinatown for dinner. Mark and I were craving soup dumplings. This made Mia very happy since dumplings are Mia’s most favorite food ever. As we were sitting in a booth at Shanghai Cafe on Mott Street (sorry for the crappy photos – weird, purple lighting in there), it made me realize that we don’t really eat Chinese out very often. Once in a while we’ll do take out at home. Such a shame. While it’s not quite the same, I remember our dinners in Chinatown when I was a kid to be really special events. We’d drive in from Queens, park the car in a lot and walk over to the restaurant, which as I recall from my kid memory, was usually a large banquet-type space, basement level, a little mysterious, but always fancy, that you’d have to walk a few steps down to get to. It seemed like we would always go during the winter – I just remember walking in the cold, steam coming up from the manholes in the street, then walking into the restaurants with a welcome bowl of savory soups with bamboo shoots, crunchy fungus, pork and tofu.

We enjoyed our meal. Mia got her dumplings, Claudine got her noodle soup. She kept rubbing her tummy with her eyes closed. We’ll be back.

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  • Rosa February 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Mmhhh dumplings, I tried them in a Korean restaurant in Norcross, GA and I loved them since…. Nice pics!

  • Alisa February 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I LOVE that Dean and Deluca in SoHo!!! Too bad I’m down here in Anderson, SC…. would be fun to have had a sample yesterday:)

  • Jenn February 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I just found your blog over the weekend and have so enjoyed reading back posts. Count me among your regular readers! Your girls are so lovely!

  • Jenn February 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    And, I’m way down here in Charlotte, NC….. not too fAr from Anderson, SC.

  • Jenn February 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Mmm…soup dumplings. My favorite!

  • Sara Jensen February 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I can not wait to be in NYC for the summer and be around you guys more.

  • Lindsey February 28, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Congrats on getting the cookies into Philly! Now I’m SURE to get my hands on some during my next trip Stateside!

    Lovely shots of the girls. I sympathize with their back-to-school blues, Sundays and I have never gotten along.

  • Megan Champion February 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’m with Mia, Those dumplings are to die for.

  • Jasmine February 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I LOVE those soup dumplings. How do you eat yours? I nibble the top off, then gently spoon some vinegar and ginger in the dumpling, swirl it around with my chopsticks, then pop it all in my mouth. Everyone seems to have their own method.

  • elainegan March 1, 2011 at 2:04 am

    ooh I LOVE xiao long bao!! Havent had them since I came to UAE… Oh sigh.

  • Karen March 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I have been reading your blog for sometime now and always enjoy reading about your life, kids and your food adventures. I live in Sydney, Australia with my husband also a chef, who has a cafe in Bondi and our two little boys who are 2 and 4. We recently discovered the dumplings in your post in Sydney and they are amazing! Never had anything like it before … dumplings just arent the same once you have had one of these 🙂
    Your posts are inspiring and you often cheer up my day, we have been to New York only once and it was this time of year before kids, we saw a little snow but look forward to coming back … when the boys are a little older. Until then I will keep reading, thank you for sharing.

  • Jenna March 5, 2011 at 2:11 am

    @jasmine, I eat them the exact same way 🙂