For my weekend my wife and I drove up to NYC to spend the weekend with some friends. On Saturday night we were walking around town waiting for a surprise they had in store for me. All I knew is to dress up and that we had to be there at a given time. While we were waiting our friend Mario steered us to Le Pain Quotidien, a small bakery and restaurant about a block away from Lincoln Center. Since we had been walking for quite a while, I had a refreshing mint lemonade. Continue reading
A couple weeks ago was my birthday (as you may have noticed from my birthday posts) and we went to Manna Pan Asian Fusion with my family. Being fairly new in the area I decided to take to the internet and found that Manna has great reviews. It was a slow Friday afternoon so I was a little concerned that service might be off, but as soon we got there the waitress showed up to take our drink orders. I decided to try out the Tai Sweet Tea.
So my birthday was in Sunday Susan and I decided to go spend the weekend with our good friends who we will refer to as M&M because they’re sweet, delightful and it’s the first letter of their first names. So we had a great weekend exploring NYC all of which I’ll come back to later because there’s a lot to share and that is not what this post is about. It’s abut the most awesome birthday present that my wife got me. It’s this molecular gastronomy kit that she got from Think Geek. Sorry the pics a little grainy but it was a surprise!
Since our move to the US, one of the things that we really missed was going out to Café Saúl for a crepe so when I heard that there was a good place for crepes in Lancaster, we just had to check out Rachel’s Creperie. We made this a family outing and went with my parents. My wife decided to go for the banana nut crepe which, while simple, packed a vivacious combination of banana, Nutella and peanut butter.
Now, I realize that I usually write about food and will diverge slightly from that topic for today. Today is Labor day in the U.S. which means that a lot of people will have the day off work. There are also a lot of people, approximately 8.3% of the population, who are unemployed.
They say that you never really appreciate something until you lose it and I think that applies very well in this case. Unemployment hast been improving steadily since November 2009 according to Google Public Data and even though sometimes it’s hard to see the improvement when you’re the one who’s still struggling to find work, it really is getting better. It’s normal for many people to be frustrated that it’s taking so long, especially in a now now now culture that we have developed but if you take a step back you can see that things are improving.
I know this from personal experience and even though it can be easy to get impatient because that perfect job doesn’t show up at the drop of a hat I have to force myself to remember that it hasn’t been as long as it feels, that there’s still a lot I can do and to be grateful for the freelance work that I’ve gotten in the mean time.
With elections coming up, the economy is an obvious point of contention between the candidates and, of course, the voters. No matter which side of the fence you are one, today is a great opportunity to remember to be grateful for the work you do have, and for the things that it allows you to do.
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Part of being on a budget means not going out to eat. I have acknowledged the fact and have focused on cooking. So why no cooking posts? Mostly because I completely forgot that I had a camera to take the pictures with since I used to do it with my iPhone which I no longer have. So after a beautiful and meditative walk with my wife in a Lancaster park yesterday, I decided to take some great food pictures. What better recipe to start with than my blackened cod (though today we substituted for another white fish).
First of all I’d like to apologize for disappearing like that but if you follow me on Facebook you’ve probably seen some mention of recent changes and a big announcement. Well, the fact is that we have moved to the U.S. and are currently living in Pennsylvania. We’re discovering a whole new world out here, looking for work, setting up life and getting things moving. But right before we left, we went to Klosters a few times.
Most people who know me know that I really don’t like cheese. It isn’t that the idea is something I don’t like, I actually love the idea and really wish I could like it but the flavor is just beyond me. I love the texture, I love how it looks but the taste and smell are just beyond me. Until know. But first, we’ll paralyze a few taste buds with a wee sip of the good stuff.
So part of being on a budget means cooking at home and since I’ve been home quite a bit more recently I was able to make one of my favorites: Risotto. This rice dish is made with arborio rice and requires quite a bit of attention. The first thing I did was fry up the rice with some great olive oil.
To part ways you first must cross paths with people you want to share the road with. And for us there’s no better place to share time with than Italianni’s. Abundant food, great service and a warm atmosphere. We were able to share another meal the with friends recently and did we ever enjoy it!
The other day I was in the mood for Pasta Amatriciana. Since I’d never made it before, I decided to go ahead and try. It turned up to be real simple! I read several recipes and decided to adapt to my taste.