Friday, June 17, 2016

New York State of Mind, Part 3

We headed down to the West Village to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop.


Here's me and my sis outside the shop.


For my birthday dinner, we headed to Eataly! OMG, what an amazing spot.


You can choose from a million fresh or dry pasta for take out.



 Besides pasta, there is a huge selection of everything you can imagine, mostly all originating from Italy.



There are restaurants scattered amongst the groceries, if you can believe it. We chose the pasta/pizza one. I had this amazing dish: ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta topped with lemon and pistachios. Yum-o!


And a last look at my favourite building in NYC. The Flat Iron. We rested in a park just north of it and I got to gaze at it for a while. Ahhh. I love NY!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New York State of Mind, Part 2

 We spent a good amount of time on the High Line. It's a former elevated train turned into a park.


It has all sorts of nooks and crannies. This one a sort of classroom where you can view the street below.


In certain spots, the High Line goes under buildings and has food kiosks. Finally made it to Blue Bottle Coffee, which was on my bucket list.



 We left the High Line and headed down to Chelsea Market where we met Richard's fabulous niece Jess, who is studying at Julliard. 
We had lunch and then went to L'Arte del Gelato.



Here's my niece Sylvie, Jess and me saying "Nom, nom, nom!"


 Speaking of food, did I mention the fabulous meal we had the day before at Jack's Wife Freda?


 A very loud, funky and happening place with delicious food.


I had the Greek and kale salad. Perfect on a hot day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New York State of Mind Part 1

For my birthday, I met my sis and my niece in New York City. When we got into our hotel room, a lovely cheese, fruit and cookie platter greeted us. My niece Sylvie celebrates her birthday three days after mine, so it was a joint celebration.



 Our first stop was the World Trade Memorial. A very moving spot. We located the name of my brother-in-law's cousin who perished in 9/11. Very sad. Such a young man.


Here's what One World Trade looks like from the ground (to the left). The white wings look like a peace dove and I believe it is going to be a subway entrance.



Then we rode up the elevator to the top of One World Observatory. What a view. That square below is the footprint of one of the World Trade towers. The names of the dead are engraved around those squares.


 And the views? Spectacular! That tall building is the Empire State.

 Bridges into Brooklyn.

We had a drink a half floor above the observatory and all I can say is, wow!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Feels like summer...

 Last weekend it was so hot it felt like summer! I stopped on one of my drives to capture the beauty of a field of mustard. Great colour.


We've been spending most of out time outdoors, planting and weeding. Richard and I each have two gardens so it's time consuming. But gardening after a winter of being shut-in is such a joy. 


 When I finally came inside to pick up my phone messages (at 4 p.m.), there was a lovely voice asking us over for an impromptu dinner. Yes! Sounds fun. I spent part of the night visiting with their two cats, sweet brothers who hung around at our feet.

It was fun, and delicious. Lucky us we got to drink wine and eat pasta pescatore outside and we pretended we were in Tuscany. It's been so dry, no rain for the past two weeks, so there were very few bugs. Just lightning bugs which I've never seen this early in the year. A taste of summer.

Monday, May 23, 2016

BBQ just over the border...

 

My cousins from New Hampshire were driving to Canton, NY to attend their daughter's graduation from  St. Lawrence University. They asked if we wanted to come down for a bbq and a visit. We jumped at the chance! (It's only about 1.5 hrs south of here.)


We picked up some beer, once we crossed the border. I loved the label of this IPA craft beer, and it tasted pretty good too.
 
 Ellen and Bill are on the right. Ellen's mum Renee, beside her is my mother's first cousin.

 After the bbq, we walked around the grounds of the university. Lovely place. And very empty since all the kids except for the graduates were there.


 Richard had a wee stroll on one of the open spaces.

This brand new residence was built with funds from Kirk Douglas who is a graduate of SLU.


Back at the grocery store, I just had to take a pic of one of the signs. Kinda funny.



We saw this lovely old sign, formerly neon, at a deserted motel just outside of Massena. Love old signs!
All in all, a fun and crazy afternoon. Going to another country for a barbecue! Love it.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fiddlehead time is finally here!

You know it's spring when the fiddleheads poke their heads out of the ground, ready to be snapped off, fried in butter and lemon, salt and pepper.


Nom nom nom. Spring is here!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Antique tablecloth

My mother gave me this linen tablecloth she bought at auction a long time ago and it resurfaced recently.
 I washed and ironed it and even though it has several holes, I remembered why it was so special.
Its embroidered date is 1858, pre-Confederation! Today I donated it to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum and wait to hear what their accession committee decides. Sure hope they want it.
 It's a lovely piece of linen, unlike any I've ever seen.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Glengarry Chocolate Factory


I started with a cuppa coffee and waiting for my friend for lunch.


To have a chocolate factory in our little town is remarkable.And they serve crepes too? Amazing!


 We both had buckwheat crepes stuffed with ham and melted cheese. Delish!


We sat and talked for hours and had worked up an appetite for dessert. Anyone for a pear and dark chocolate crepe? Yummers!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Company of Crows

A book signing for the novel The Company of Crows by Karen Molson will be held on Saturday, April 23 at Books on Beechwood in Ottawa from noon to 2 p.m. This cake I made will be served at the event. If you can make it, please do so. Good read, good eats. How can you beat that?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Company of Crows

My friend Karen Molson hosted a book launch last weekend for her new novel The Company of Crows.


I was happy to get an autographed copy!


The party included amazing hors d'oeuvres...


...And cookies too! Karen asked me to make 100 crow cookies for the occasion.

 Under the watchful eye of these two crows, each cookie had been individually bagged and given to visitors as they left the event. Great day.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Heart's desire wedding cake

 I made a cake for my co-worker Scott who married his heart's desire Ailen, yesterday.


 They had a sweet set-up at the restaurant where the reception was held.

 Chocolate cake and blue and silver hearts. What else could you want?

It was a perfect day for a wedding! Warm and sunny, just like the couple.

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