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Manhattan Showers My Belly… and a birthday… and eating

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I know all you want to see are the photos from my shower, but first I am obligated to take you through the gastronomical events of the entire weekend (but I guess you could just scroll down and get to the photos if you really wanted, so here’s hoping I’m not typing all of this for nothing).

My parents arrived from CO late Thursday night.  Friday morning, I had scheduled an ultrasound so they could say hello to Tuk Tuk while they were here.  Tuk Tuk was shy, as usual, hiding his/her face behind little hands, but we did get to see some hair and the beautiful heart beating.  Following the appointment, we headed to a local dinner for eggs, milkshakes, sweet potato fries, etc.  The rest of the afternoon was relaxing and low-key (THEME for all food: “You can’t get this in CO”).  For dinner we headed out for Chinese at Chef Ho’s.  Mom still says it’s the one type of food she misses the most since leaving Brooklyn so long ago and it didn’t disappoint.  Saturday we went to Katz’s Delicatessen and our friend Nina (1st blog shout-out!) joined us – famous for it’s large meat sandwiches and other quintessential lower east side cuisine: latkes, blintzes, fries, egg creams, matzah ball soup, etc – we sampled everything.  We then walked around a bit in the area and then headed home…. oh and Saturday, was my 3rd annual 29th Birthday.  You can see about the first and 2nd annual here, here and here.  So in true birthday style, we had Mexican food for dinner (SHOCKING) at Mole.

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Sunday was the big day.  The day of my NYC baby shower, graciously hosted by my mother-in-law, Barbara.  And what an amazing job she did.  It was held at Alice’s Tea Cup (a favorite brunch spot), so everything was Alice in Wonderland themed.  Down to playing cards on the table, a late for a very important date clock, mad hatter hats, and a Cheshire cat (which now lives on our new glider in the nursery).  There were even little favors of tea with heart-shaped strainer spoons!!   The meal was scones, mini sandwiches, and cookies.  Oh and CANDY all over the tables.  Happy preg right here.  The amount of love from family and friends was again overwhelming and their generosity amazing.  Per Barbara’s direction, in addition to a gift everyone brought their favorite book inscribed with a  sweet message.  We now have a full library and can’t wait for bedtime with Tuk Tuk to share these stories.  So on to the photos and details (thanks, Sandy for capturing!)…

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After the shower the family came back to our apartment to debrief until we were all too sleepy and needed to take a rest (or maybe that was just me).  Sunday night we ordered-in some Indian food from Andaz Restaurant and rented Premium Rush; I really like Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Monday, we continued to eat…. delicious bagels for brunch and Italian at Vespa for dinner.  I am full again just thinking about it.

And thus ends the food tour / birthday celebration / NYC baby shower / MLK weekend that took place.  It was so wonderful to have my parents in town to celebrate so many amazing things and I only wish that the flu didn’t keep Melissa and Hayes, and Bana and Henry, away from me.  But there will be more time to snuggle with them later 🙂

7 weeks until baby…. EEK.

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Babymoon – Me in a bikini

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This takes guts people.  So be nice and extra flattering with your comments.

We went on a babymoon last weekend!!!

There will be more pictures, keep reading.

Last weekend, we headed to Punta Cana, DR, for 4 days of relaxation and indulgence.  We stayed at the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar.  To read more about how we picked the resort, click hereReview: Resort was perfect for what we needed, adults only.  It was also clean, the staff was friendly, they had a huge variety of food, and we didn’t need to go anywhere.  That said, the food wasn’t gourmet – except for the ice cream, I could eat that by the tub, pregnancy aside – but we didn’t expect it to be (how many times do I need to admit how spoiled we are in the food department in NYC!?), so we were two (three?) happy happy people.  In fact, I think the motto of the trip was “I’m so glad we did this”.  It also didn’t hurt that it was a direct flight, under 4 hours, and we were sitting by the pool by lunchtime the first day and throughout the afternoon on the last day.  Go DR Go.

Like I said, it was a perfect long weekend where we did absolutely nothing.  We didn’t wear our watches, so we just read by the pool until we were hot (jumped in the water), hungry (headed to the buffet), or thirsty (flagged down the waitress for another Bahama Mama, for baby, no alcohol).  Oh and then when the sun went down we cleaned up and went to one of their many restaurants for dinner.  Since that was all we did, I don’t have very many exciting photos, but I do have more of my belly, so for your reading pleasure…

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Last Minute December Happenings

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There were some last minute happenings in December that I managed to capture via photo, so to the blogosphere they go!!

Our friends/newlyweds Noah and Vaneeta that we traveled to Seattle for their wedding in July, were in NYC to celebrate the holidays.  We successfully managed to get in a brunch at The Smith.  The Vanilla Bean French Toast with caramelized bananas, delicious.  Oh, and there was also so bump lovin’.

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Then that night, we headed to Stand Up – NY to see our cousin, Brian, do a comedy bit!  We were 26 people that night, sure to give him the laughing he deserved, and then we all headed to Delicatessen to continue the evening and celebrate Uncle Ned’s 60th Birthday.  All this planned, by the very talented, cousin Amy.  Moriah came in from NJ for the events, as well, since we were also celebrating her birthday!!  So many things!!!

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Also, in December, there was a lot of this.  But in order to not have proof on the internet that I’m a cat-lady (although, I can’t really hide it), I’ll only put up one photo… for now.

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The night after the comedy show and dinner, we headed to ABC Kitchen for brunch, the Jean-Georges restaurant, with Brett and Moriah. YUM. (side note: Brett is a hipster)

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Brunch was followed by a quick visit from our friends Craig and Bonnie who were in the city from Boston, to do some last minute Christmas shopping.

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Ok, so I originally said no more cats in this post, but look at these two?!  We finally cleared off the changing table and Lady settled right in.

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And to round things up on the last weekend of 2012, Arion went to the Phish concert at MSG, we celebrated Henry’s 1st Birthday, and Arion went to the Eagles/Giants game on Sunday.  Sad Sad Eagles, but he had incredible seats.  But enough about concerts and sporting events… the real party-planning win goes to Bana.  Henry’s 1st birthday party was incredible (I know, no one is shocked).  Bana’s attention to detail from each table setting, to the authentic German food, to the apple soda flown in from Germany, caused me to step into the corner for a moment and tell Tuk Tuk to take a good look, because mama’s not this talented.  For example, in the smash cake photos, you’ll see a map.  What you won’t realize is that Bana specifically found it from 1981, the closest year to when both her and Matt were born, and then painted on top for Henry.  Keepsake much?!  Also, the dessert bar was outfitted with little suitcases, airplanes, and all within the blue/red color scheme.  Bana can plan.  On second thought for Tuk Tuk, maybe we’ll hire her to help us out.  You available, Bana?  Anyway, it was more than worth the 2.5 hour blizzardy (new word?) drive each way to celebrate, as we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.  Henry, you have some unbelievable parents; never forget how lucky you are.

And now the photos.

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So now we head into 2013.  I always love reading everyone’s resolutions for the new year, large aspirational goals and agendas.  For me, I don’t think I’ll make any resolutions this year.  I think Tuk Tuk arriving in March will provide more than enough amazingness than could ever be wished for, so we’re all set.  For the rest of you Smile with tongue out, good luck with those resolutions.  I wish each of you a healthy and happy 2013.  Happy New Year!!!

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For the first time since July…

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I turned on the oven.  As you might have guessed, nausea 24/7 and total exhaustion, did not equal home-cooked meals.  At first I couldn’t even look at anything that wasn’t a cracker and even when that subsided a handful of weeks ago, the idea of doing anything with my free time except napping seemed like insanity.

But last night, Arion called to say he would be home in time for dinner and to think about what I wanted to order-in.   Sorry for those of you who don’t live in NYC, where ordering-in is easy and you can get any kind of food at any time of day/night.  Very convenient for a lazy exhausted wife growing a baby.  Anyway, something changed and I thought – I’ll surprise him with dinner!!!!  So off to the grocery store (IN THE RAIN) I went, to pick up some ingredients.  I wanted to start easy since I didn’t want to get burnt out again after the first try, so a go-to dish was in order: Apricot Chicken, cous-cous, and asparagus.   I turned on some loud music (likely Britney Spears or Glee re-make related) and felt like my old self again enjoying the kitchen.  I LOVE to cook.  And it was so sad that I didn’t have it in me for so long, but after last night – I’M BACK!

BAM – dinner is served (recipes below).

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Apricot Chicken:

  • 4 breasts of chicken, pounded thin
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Seasoned bread crumbs
  • 12 oz. jar of apricot preserves
  • 1/3 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. margarine

Dip chicken in egg and bread crumbs.  Place in baking dish.  Heat preserves, broth, and margarine over low heat until slow boil.  Pour over chicken.  Bake at 350 for one hour, covered.

Cous-Cous: I’m no rock star out of the gate, this came from a box and was parmesan flavored Smile

Asparagus: Line-up in a pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Bake for about 20 min at 350.

Next up…. actually it’s a surprise for Arion, so you’ll have to wait and see.

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Sharon, CT

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WARNING: This post mostly contains pure pride and joy of how much of a rockstar my hubs is.  If you can’t handle the awesome, skip the post.

This past weekend we headed out to Sharon, CT, where Arion’s older sister and bro-in-law rented a house for the summer.  It was a two-hour train ride, but when we arrived we could understand why they picked it.  It was beautiful.  Also there with us for the weekend was Arion’s parents, his little sis, Moriah, and his grandpa.

We started off at dinner at Serevan on Friday night and then headed to bed because we had to be up at 4:45am for Arion’s triathlon the next morning!!!  If you recall, this is his second triathlon, but at his first they cancelled the swim due to fog and it became a run, bike, run, so this really was his “first”.  And, people, my hubs is a swimmer.  Most triathletes cheer when the swim is cancelled, but Arion was so disappointed that he couldn’t wait to redeem himself at the Sherman Triathlon.   And boy did he do just that.  He came in 8th (!!!!) for the swim and 30th (!!) overall.  BAM.  I am married to a rockstar.  Like a good wife, I was there bright and early (along with his mom and dad) to cheer and take photos, so, you’ll see many below – take special note that at each transition some of the “elite’s” aren’t even back yet…. what, I’m bragging.  Deal with it.

Unfortunately, it rained the rest of the weekend, so our plans to spend time swimming and playing by the lake were foiled, but we did do a lot of chatting and snacking instead.  For some last minute dinner ingredients, we also went to this adorable famer’s market, Paley’s Farmer’s Market.  Everything was local (and expensive) and delicious.  There was some porch sitting and grilling, too, and Arion did brave the weather while I napped one afternoon and jumped in the lake, just to check it out.  And there was also some more bike riding – he’s a machine I tell you.

And now for the photos… most of which are of Arion being awesome in spandex.  You’re welcome.

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Westport, CT

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Before there was Seattle, I headed to Sandy’s hometown of Westport, CT, for the weekend after the 4th, while Arion was gallivanting around Montreal at a bachelor party.

I’ll just start with if you haven’t been to Westport, you need to go.  It’s an hour train ride outside the city yet it feels worlds away.  It’s quaint and cool and breezy and on the beach.  Now granted, you may not get the type of hospitality that Sandy’s guests are spoiled with, but I imagine it’s still pretty decent on its own, too.

So, Friday after work, I met Sandy’s dad and fiancé’ to make the trip out.  Sandy had been out there since the 4th playing tennis and relaxing, so she picked us up at the train station.  Her parents were headed out of town that evening, so we had the house to ourselves.  PARTY!!! haha, just kidding, Chris (wink).

Ok so back to the evening.. Sandy had prepared what she likes to call, a “snack dinner”.  Essentially it’s a bunch of snacks combined to make a dinner and it is of the genius variety.  For instance, manchego and crisp bread, fruit, a tomato salad, guacamole and chips, etc.  If your mouth isn’t watering now, you can go ahead and stop following my blog because we can’t be friends anymore.  I MEAN COME ON!!  So we packed up all of that deliciousness and headed to Campo Beach to eat dinner at sun set.  Lovely.

Saturday we slept in and then met Mary Clare and John for brunch at Terrain, which is owned by Anthropology.  I know, you already love it.  The below was Sandy’s dish and I had some gnocchi goodness with fresh veggies.  Oh and we also shared the cheddar and jalapeño cornbread.  Delicious.

Following brunch we headed to the beach, where 30 minutes in, it started to rain on our already sunscreen-slathered selves Sad smile.  So we did what any two brilliant ladies would do, we dropped Bobby off at home to work and went shopping.  Westport has some of the cutest shops and we spent a few hours milling about. Post shopping, we got all dolled up for dinner and headed out.  But first, we had to meet this little lady… Vivian.  Sandy’s friend Hope that I’ve known almost as long as I’ve known Sandy, added this little bundle to her life a few weeks before (Sandy took about 30 photos, but these are my favorites).  The little munchkin fell asleep on me and stayed there for about 45 minutes.  The same 45 minutes that I will now  refer to as heaven.  Smushiest cuteness ever.  I am officially the baby whisperer.

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Oh and Sandy also took some artsy photos of me before we left for dinner…

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She has quite the talent, no?  Anyway, to dinner.  Artisan.  I’ve never been so happily full in my life.  We started with the burrata Mozzarella and Tomato app, along with the truffled macaroni & cheese, and the tuna tartar with avocado.  For dinner, I had the risotto, Sandy had the halibut, and Bobby had the hanger steak.  Oh my god and then there was dessert – Fluffy vanilla cheesecake, caramel & sea salt.  We rolled home.

Sunday, we woke up early and spent all day at the beach.  It was a perfect beach day with a breeze of awesome throughout.  As soon as we were hungry again (shocking!) we walked about 15 minutes to this cute sandwich shop for lunch and then headed back (maybe the title of this post should have been eating our way through Westport?) to spend the rest of the day in the sun.

Sadly, that afternoon we headed back on the train to NYC to end a perfect summer weekend.

Thanks to Sandy and Bobby for being such excellent hosts Smile I’ll be back whenever you’ll have me.

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Perfect Summer Weekend

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The weekend started off perfect with some stormy weather and an opportunity for a home-cooked Shabbat dinner.  I made a recipe given to me by my mom (shocking, as she’s the best cook in the history of the universe) called Opulent Chicken.  I forgot to take a photo, but here’s the recipe:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 4 T butter
  • 1/4 lb. Sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp. Tarragon
  • 1 1/2 T flour
  • 3 T sherry or white wine
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • Lg. Jar marinated artichoke hearts

Season chicken with paprika, salt & pepper and place in baking dish.  Sauté mushrooms in butter.  Add tarragon, flour, sherry and chicken broth.  Arrange artichoke hearts over chicken, cover with mushroom mixture .  Bake 40 minutes @ 375.  I served with seasoned rice and it was DELICIOUS.

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That night, Arion also brought home some slightly-sad looking bananas from work and what’s a girl to do, but make the family’s (moms) recipe of Chocolate Chip Banana Bread!

  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine – room temp
  • 1 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 bananas, soft
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 T sour cream
  • 2 c. flour
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add beaten eggs, salt, sour cream.  Ad flour, baking powder, baking soda.  Mix well.  Add choc. chips.   Bake @ 350 for 50-60 min. in loaf pan or 9” sq. pan.

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Followed by some Sons of Anarchy and I’d call that a perfect Friday evening.

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Saturday was a beautiful day, so we started it off by having BRUNCH (yay!) with friends, Adam and Alison, at Mumbles.  They make a mean breakfast burrito.  Then, after some walking around and enjoying the weather, we headed to continue that tradition at Ashly and Jon’s housewarming party on their new PATIO!  For those of you non-NYC’ers, this translates to amazing-ness.  Literally, outdoor space off an apartment is a rarity and needs to be celebrated.  And celebrate we did with friends, cupcakes, and homemade mojitos (Jon seriously has a talent with those mojitos, yum).

After feeling successfully sugar-overloaded, we headed to Mercadito with Sandy and Bobby!  Unreal guac and tacos followed.

Just ignore that I had Mexican food twice in one day… that’s not even a record Winking smile

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Sunday, our four-some continued operation “awesome weekend”, with a trip to Cold Spring, NY.  Arion was already planning to bike the 80 miles up there (confirmed: Crazy but Seriously Amazing Husband), so when we found out that Sandy and Bobby were planning to explore the area, as well, we decided to join forces.  While Arion solidified his super-star status, Sandy, Bobby, and I drove up.   On the way, we stopped at their wedding venue site… OMG (and I don’t really use that phrase, so it must be true), it was gorgeous!!  After some oo’s and ahh’s, we continue on to the little town of Cold Spring and got BRUNCH at Hudson Hil’s (one L).  I saw Huevos Rancheros on the menu and didn’t have a choice after that, so lucky for me, it was smothered in cheese and just the right kind of spicy.  Oh and it was served with guac and sour cream.  Slam dunk, Hudson Hil’s!!

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Sufficiently full, Sandy and I set off to do some antiquing while Bobby did some work outside a quaint ice cream shop and Arion continued his ride up.  Our favorite find of the day… this sign:

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And since I keep talking about all this cycling business, here’s proof that not only is my husband bad-ass, he’s even more awesome because his cycling jersey flaunts his love for CO (I may or may not have purchased that for him Winking smile).

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Enough gloating about my fit hub, after he finished, we helped him get some calories back into his system by getting the most amazing REAL ice cream.  No fro-yo, people.  This was the real deal.  I am blanking on the name, but if you really want to go, I’ll email Sandy and ask.  It was right on the Hudson River and was perfectly creamy and really fatty, just the way it should be.  I think between the four of us we had vanilla with chocolate covered pretzels, vanilla with coconut and almonds, and chocolate with snickers.  Now stop drooling on your keyboard.

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Once rested and cool and full, we headed to hike around Bear Mountain (naturally, everyone hikes post-ice cream break, right?).

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It was a gorgeous hike with perfect weather.  At the bottom of Bear Mountain, there’s this adorable lodge that Sandy and I needed to explore before heading home, so we told the boys to lay around in the grass and got to it.  Great grounds, gift shop, and a potential for winter vacation with friends!  Hooray!

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On our way back to the city, we stopped at a recommended place, Blu Fig.  We had asked around at the lodge for a recommendation for a good pizza joint and the receptionist came through with this gem.  As soon as she said the name, we were in love and luckily the food didn’t disappoint, either.  We sat outside at dusk, which may be one of my favorite things, but it’s too long to put in a blog name, so just know I have a lot of favorite things.  Anyway, the pizza was awesome and the apps, even better.

Of course, on our drive home, we did hit some traffic, but when you’re with awesome friends, time flies.  So, here’s a toast to an awesome summer weekend and hoping there will be many more like this in the weeks to come.

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