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August 21, 2014


my manhattan // museums, bakeries & rooftops

since june we’ve been doing “nyc bucket list” stuff and we’ll plan these afternoons in which we’ll link together a few things we want to do and make a day of it. this day (a month ago now) was spent at The Museum of the City of New York and down in SoHo at Dominique Ansel bakery. Here are some forgotten photos that I wanted to get on the blog before it was too late…

the Museum of the City of New York was really great. it’s just small enough that it doesn’t feel overwhelming, but still plenty of exhibits to keep you enthralled for a few lazy afternoon hours. we enjoyed the graffiti exhibit, which had a lot of original Keith Haring’s, as well as the Guastavino and Coney Island exhibits. 

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^^this exhibit was so neat. the Guastavino domes are so beautiful and all over the city. this was a mock-up of the old City Hall station on the 6 line that is now defunct. they had it set up so if you took a selfie standing on the mark they showed you, it looked like you were inside the station. pretty cool!^^

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we knew we were too late for the Cronut when we went down to Dominique Ansel. a full year later and this guy still has a line forming at 6am to get the Cronut. i feel okay saying i’ve never had one because I don’t think i’m missing out on too much. honestly, his other creations are just as incredible and those madelines (pictured below in a yellow dish), made fresh to order, were out of this world. 

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^^always with the espresso, always.^^

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just a little SoHo wandering to walk off the key lime pie and madelines we just consumed. i love these old industrial buildings with their fire escape stair cases lining the front of them. so uniquely SoHo.

and when we got home the super moon was incredible. we headed up to our roof where clif snapped some of these shots (like the one directly below) with a long exposure. I just love them. i think one day when we have a house I will have this photo printed on canvas and framed. something about it is just really special…

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…more to come from our “bucket list” adventures. we’re on the countdown (under two weeks to go). see you soon!

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August 15, 2014


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5 things:

1. Clif made me this lovely latte with a heart in it earlier this week when I dropped by his bakery, Levain, before work. that was fun :) i brought some cookies into my office since i only have a few days left in which to do so.

2. for a year almost we’ve been telling ourselves that when it’s almost time to leave nyc we could go to Fish’s Eddy (the best dishes/housewares store EVER in the world) and let ourselves spend some moola. well, we went on tuesday night and it was the best. allowing yourself to pick out superfluous items uninhibited, because you’ve exercised self-restraint in not doing that for the last year at your favorite store ever = pretty awesome. we scored some vintage plates for $1.99 each, a bowl i’ve had my eye on forever with iconic nyc buildings painted around it, some ramekins, some ice cream bowls, a funny drinking glass with cats on it, and a beautiful pitcher. 

3. looking forward to September 26-28 when i’m heading to fredericksburg, texas for my best friend Jen’s bachelorette weekend. i’m helping plan it with her sis and we’ve got a fun wine tour scheduled around texas wine country. didn’t know there really was such a thing but apparently there’s some great wineries in that area. super excited! 

4. tomorrow i’m going to see this theatre/comedy show as part of the nyc fringe festival and it’s called “the imbible." it’s a history of alcohol told in singing.acting.dancing form and they serve cocktails throughout the show. could be great, could be horrible. who knows? but i’m sure i’ll definitely have something to report back on. the writer and director is actually one of the professors at ICE, where i went to culinary school, so that’s neat! 

5. just devoured two books in the last two weeks: the vacationers (a beach read more than anything) and the 100 foot journey. i ended up going to see the movie version of the latter last sunday too. for the first time maybe ever i liked the movie version better than the book. if you have the movie playing near you, go see it. it’s a really sweet story with some funny parts and the food images and scenes of the french countryside make it more than worth it. speaking of books-turned-movies, one of my favorite reads of all time (this is where i leave you by jonathon tropper) is coming out in Sept. staring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. loving the trailer for it already. will you see it? 

all for now. 

xo

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August 13, 2014


omgskr:

RIP Robin Williams. 

omgskr:

RIP Robin Williams. 

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August 11, 2014


the time we walked the length of the island…

it took us 8 hours from start to finish. in our defense, we wandered a lot and that includes stops for lunch, coffee and dinner and some art gallery perusing in chelsea. it was a heck of a day, we were exhausted and had aching ankles and hips, but it was such a fun way to see the city with some fresh eyes. 

we started from our apartment at 138th and Lenox and walked west down historic Strivers Row. i started the photo-taking here :)

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we stopped for a bagel and then walked down until we hit the park. we walked along the west side of the park and cut into broadway around 76th street.

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from there we walked down to Lincoln Center (stopping to see Roberta Flack sound checking for Lincoln Center “out of doors” concert, which was pretty cool) and then wandered down to hell’s kitchen where we stopped for Clif to sample the espresso at Rex Coffee.

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our lunch destination was Gotham West market at 44th and 11th ave. man, y’all, that place is the bomb.com. such an amazing food-court style venue with incredible dining options. we opted for ivan ramen because it’s been on our list forever. it did not disappoint. after we left we ran smack-dab into one of my friends from my culinary program, katrina. it was so fun to see her after a month of our classes being over! and on such a random street no less (11th avenue is pretty much a wasteland). 

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from there we walked down the hudson, passing chelsea piers with a view of the water, and then walked over to the art galleries on 10th where we popped in and out of a few. at 16th we cut east to union square - our next destination of choice was Breads Bakery. we’d been reading so much about it and you didn’t have to twist our arms to make us try their amazing babka and rugelach. YUM. also, union square is the.best.place for watching weirdo’s do their thang. always a good time, guaranteed. 

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(^^my very first apartment sublet in Chelsea! 16th & 7th Ave. from January - May 2008!^^)

we then walked down broadway, stopping in the Strand to look at old, used cookbooks (i can never pass that bookstore up) and down into SoHo where we filmed a fun little stop-motion video in front of a painted wall and went in a few of our favorite SoHo shops. 

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(^^another pit stop at Crate & Barrel in SoHo where a couch looked way too comfortable to pass up^^)

we made our way south into TriBeCa and stopped for dinner at Bubby’s. we were just going to grab salads somewhere but splurged when we saw Bubby’s pie menu. we split the BBQ plate and a key lime pie and, with happy stomachs, were on our way. 

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from there it wasn’t much further - we passed The Freedom Tower and then hit Wall Street, made our way around the tip of the Island through some of my favorite historic parts of the city, and found ourselves abruptly at the Staten Island Ferry terminal. that was as far as we could go…we commemorated with one last photo (at this point we’d been on our journey for almost eight hours) and then hopped on the 1 subway line uptown for our apartment. it was such a unique way to spend a saturday - we loved it!

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new york, you always know how to show us a good time. i love you so much!

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August 4, 2014


how we’re spending our last month in nyc (part I)

now that we’re officially less than a month away from moving, I figured I’d share a bit about how we’re choosing to spend our final days

(aka here’s a great guide to NYC…)

eating at a lot of good restaurants: 

Ivan Ramen (in Gotham West Market) 

David Burke Kitchen (with my dear friend Lauren Ross, in town from DC)

Bar Boulud (for NYC restaurant week)

Lolita’s (our favorite divey Mexican restaurant in Harlem with Clif’s fellow faculty members from Bronx Conservatory of Music) 

+ the best restaurant of all, our apartment with Clif cooking. we hosted some of our great friends, Jim and Jaime and their adorable little one, Weston. Jim was one of my first friends in the city almost 7 years ago! love this crew :) 

(on the “bucket list” docket: Ipuddo, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Pok Pok and lots & lots of Shake Shack). 

Other fun “things” we’ve done, like The Museum of the City of New York, the Joyce theatre to see my favorite dance company Pilobolus and amazing tapper Savion Glover and walking the island (literally from top to bottom — dedicated post coming soon about that experience).

The Museum of the City of NY was amazing - it was our first time and I highly recommend it. Small enough to not feel overwhelming but some really fantastic and thoughtful exhibits +  a well-made film about the history of NYC which I learned so much from. 

I’ve also taken some fun recreational cooking classes at ICE (we had some credits from my program to use up) I took a “summer fruit pies & tarts” and a “pasta making 101” - both really fun and ended up with some delicious leftovers to boot. ICE really does have great rec. classes and all of the teachers are really talented. it’s a fun way to spend an evening in this city, for sure. 

((^^ so interesting - this is called a chittara (like ‘guitar’ because of the way it’s shaped and its strings) it’s a very traditional, old-italy way of making pasta by hand. really incredible!)) 

we ended this week with some very good friends and checking out a really awesome bar new to our ‘hood called At the Wallace. they have tons of games like life-size Jenga, an old pac-man and shuffle board. we were in game-heaven! 

(upcoming: this Wednesday we’re going to see Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre. it should be a guaranteed good time. We’re also going to a Yankee’s game on Friday night and out to Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday night to see St. Vincent with Celebrate Brooklyn!)

I’ll continue to share our fun meals and activities from our final days in nyc. we’re officially on the countdown but, as Clif keeps saying, it’s not “goodbye” it’s just “see you later.”  

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July 31, 2014


Tim did an #AskTK Q&A on twitter earlier this week (he has done a few of these now and they’ve been transcribed to a Google Doc HERE for easier reading).

I love when he does these because they’re a mix of theological/apologetics Q’s and just funny/random/personal Q’s (like do you prefer Shake Shack or In & Out burgers? He answered Shake Shack like any true NY’er). Anyway, his knowledge about biblical resources is just insane and he’s pretty witty, too. He always knows how to diffuse a question that’s meant to be controversial and he is so thoughtful with his answers, even with only 140 characters

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this was one of my favorite questions and responses because I love the idea of community (christian and non) and think the biggest barrier to it are people who aren’t intentional with their time and/or willing to be open, honest and vulnerable. good to be reminded for myself, too. (ps. his son is a college pastor which is why he says “my son says…”) lots of good, encouraging stuff in these tweets so definitely check them out. 

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July 29, 2014


a very texas weekend.

i’m not gonna lie just for the sake of my Aggie pride; Austin is awesome. i went a few times in college but didn’t experience its full glory until last summer when we got to spend a few days there with some friends of ours in a cute little house off South Congress. it is full of amazing restaurants and beautiful parks and lots of live music and we were just really thrilled to have an excuse to go back for a few days. so we did, two weeks ago…

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our dear friends courtney and andy moved from nyc to houston back in may. they were going to a wedding in austin this same weekend so it worked out perfectly for them to come a little early and meet us for dinner. we met at the Odd Duck - amazing meal - and were soooo thrilled to get a few good hours to catch up with the raymonds. we love those guys :) 

other austin foodie-faves: gordough’s, jo’s coffee, elizabeth st. cafe, easy tiger (amazing bakery), hillside farmacy and seventh flag coffee. of course, there are millions of other places, but these are the one’s we managed to hit in our 30 hours there. our friend Keenan lives there, right near the UT campus, so it was great to get to stay at his place. 

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but enough about Austin, the real reason for the trip was to head south to New Braunfels, TX to see my older brother get married! on Friday afternoon my parents and younger brother flew into Austin, we picked them up, and drove on down. Mike & Krysta hosted the entire weekend at this incredible (& huge!) home right on the Guadalupe river. it was pretty epic. we arrived just in time for dinner. the following day was spent taking it easy, floating on tubes out in the river, enjoying the hammock, eating a bunch of watermelon, drinking quite a few coronas and just enjoying being with family and friends. their wedding was a very special, small ceremony hosted right on the banks of the river that night. it was really wonderful to see how they’ve blended their families together so well and all their kids were included in the ceremony. really special :) afterward we had BBQ, some dancing, lots of shuffleboard and cornhole playing and just general merriment. good stuff!

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the weekend was really relaxing in general and it was very wonderful to get to be there to support these guys! we have a pretty cool family i’d say. congrats, Mike & Krysta

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July 28, 2014


humansofnewyork:

"You can make about 75% more money with a cat on your head than you can with a cat on your shoulder."

humansofnewyork:

"You can make about 75% more money with a cat on your head than you can with a cat on your shoulder."

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July 26, 2014


well, there’s no easy way to say this. and i could’ve said this 2 months ago. i could’ve said it a year ago, to be honest, because it’s been a long time coming. but really.. there’s no easy way to say this so i am just going to say it.


we’re moving away from newyorkcity. 

…and on top of that, we’re opening a restaurant in missouri.

holy shit. i am sorry but shit is the only appropriate word here. 

as much as i try to slam on the breaks or drag my heels or just completely stop time (because of course i am very capable of doing just that) the time is coming and it’s inching closer with every minute that passes. september 2nd, 2014… here it comes. 


want to know more? 

my parents own a restaurant, as most of you probably know, and we’re going to open the second location (the 1st franchise) of neighbor’s mill in springfield, missouri. if you know us at all then you already know this and it’s not big news in the slightest. we’ve actually been talking, planning and praying for this for two years now. so, like i said, a long time coming…

maybe now everything is coming together for you? it’s why i’ve been in culinary school and why clif has been working at a bakery and why we’ve been trying to check off all this “bucket list” stuff from our agenda. 

it’s coming and we can’t slow it down. we’re excited and hopeful. we’re terrified and anxious. we’re prepared in a million ways and not prepared in a million and one. we definitely believe this is where we’re being called and it’s amazing to see all the things that have just fallen into place for this. but we’re also sad to leave nyc and our amazing community of friends. my blog has basically been one long love-story to new york city for the past 7 years (i mean, SEVEN YEARS?!!!) so I don’t think I need to explain any more here about why i love nyc or what it has meant to me. i have grown up here, fallen in love here, made a home here, and learned to thrive here… the day of september 2nd will most definitely see a bucket-full of tears as we leave behind our beloved home. 


but once we get past those emotions and get up in the air and make it down south and get settled a little bit…after we figure out how to actually move our cat without him having a heart attack, after we buy a car, after we start training at neighbor’s mill in harrison… after all those big monuments are in the rear-view mirror, THEN i think we’ll be really thrilled and really ready! but, ask me again in two months.

this blog will probably end (it just wouldn’t feel appropriate to keep it going) but my goal is to launch a monthly “newsletter” where we keep friends and family updated on progress of the restaurant and what’s happening and how you can pray for us. if you want to be on that, send me an email to let me know (laurenbrown.6411@gmail.com). 

i hope you’ll come along for the ride…

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July 21, 2014


a recipe and a trip to Belvedere Castle

on the 4th of July I made these pretty amazing things. they’re essentially peanut butter & chocolate no-bake bars, with a saltine cracker base. i found the recipe on Food 52; it was a Community Pick winner. (great community-contributed recipe website, by the way, moderated by former NYTimes Food Writer Amanda Hesser). they turned out delicious and make a ton, so I had to share. it’s been a while since i’ve shared a recipe here anyway so it was about time :) 

the only note I would make is that the recipe calls for an amount of chocolate that just felt like too little to cover the entire pan, so I doubled my chocolate and it was just right. plus, I like the chocolate coating a little thicker on top so the additional chocolate amount was perfect. ENJOY! 

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something that i’ve wanted to do is go check out Belvedere Castle in Central Park. there’s nothing entirely special about it but it just felt weird that I’ve lived here almost 7 years and had never been. so, on a lovely Saturday Clif and I wandered into the park and spent a few minutes giving it the once-over.

I am realizing now we didn’t take any pictures of the exterior but you can see it here. it was built in the mid-1800’s and now it’s just used as a weather tower and is home to the NY Meteorologist society. there’s all sorts of bells and whistles at the top of it and when you see on the news that "it’s currently 85 degrees in Central Park," you can know that they’re taking those readings from right here at Belvedere Castle. 

verdict: not all that exciting so don’t go out of your way to see it. but if you find yourself next to it, take a few minutes to enjoy the nice vistas from the top. 

^^just enjoying central park and making a flower crown. flower crowns are so in right now, aren’t they? Clif just doesn’t understand. (ps. don’t Clif’s new sunglasses make him look like FDR? I just really think so :))

^^oh you mean not this kind of flower crown made out of weeds? whatever!

^^lucky 4-leaf clover found in Central Park!^^

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July 16, 2014


TOTALLY.
cute series of “Summer is…” answered by famous chef’s on Tasting Table. 
mine would be similar to this, but…. something more like: sun on bare shoulders, cool breezes, bike rides, swimming pools, coronas with a lot of lime, burgers, corn, berries and ozark sunsets. ahhh yeah!

TOTALLY.

cute series of “Summer is…” answered by famous chef’s on Tasting Table

mine would be similar to this, but…. something more like: sun on bare shoulders, cool breezes, bike rides, swimming pools, coronas with a lot of lime, burgers, corn, berries and ozark sunsets. ahhh yeah!

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July 13, 2014


that one time i graduated from culinary school

well, a few weeks ago i graduated again. from culinary school, that is. didn’t know i was even in culinary school? well, i was. for almost a year. one of the best years of my life, too. so thankful to have had this opportunity. the things i’ve learned and experienced and the group of friends i made while doing it all is so priceless. we truly became a family and i miss these folks like crazy already. 

the “graduation” was really just a small celebration in one of the classrooms at ICE (Institute of Culinary Education). a speech was made (by me), there were lots of good eats and drinks, some awards were given out and it was a neat opportunity to meet everyone’s family and friends. a speech? you might be asking. well, yes. before we graduated our teachers told us someone typically gives one but no one in our class was feeling particularly led. so, i suggested we all collaborate on writing one together and i would read it. everyone gave me two or more sentences about our time together this past year and i worked them all together. miraculously it all flowed together quite amazingly. it was fun to read it and have everyone know that we’d really all taken part in writing it together - it felt like an appropriate close to our time as a class (i will paste the speech below, if you care to read). 

^^not a great photo but this is my wonderful class. there were nine of us and i love every single person in this photo. everyone is so different and creative and driven in their own way. i look forward to seeing everyone step out in their own ventures soon!^^ 

^^i felt honored (and slightly awkward) to be awarded the “top student” award, which was voted on by my classmates and teachers. two other awards were also given out - Leadership award to Shawn and Most Likely to Succeed to Dyanne, who already has her own pastry business and makes the most amazing desserts! 

^^Nandie, Sam, me and Dyanne 

^^with Julian, my french friend & fellow Harlem-dweller. 

^^with Marian and Shawn. 

^^this is Brian, our amazing teacher. we had another teacher, Alan, who was also wonderful and sadly couldn’t be at our graduation. Brian is such an amazing guy who’s a true fixture in the NY restaurant scene. he’s been a chef, worked everywhere in NYC and France, and has his own restaurant consulting firm. we learned so much from him and he is hilarious on top of it all. (seriously he used to also do stand-up comedy in NYC in his earlier years) 

^^we were given a limited number of “tickets” to invite people to our graduation. most people who were local invited lots of family but I felt lucky to have my husband and my close friend Sarah Jo come and support me. 

^^another classmate, Joe. love this guy! 

afterward some of us headed to a nearby bar called Lillie’s for more celebration. it was such a special, fun night and i am so sad it’s all come to a close. this past year flew by…i remember thinking that my program would feel like an eternity but, now that it’s over, it felt like just a flash. funny how the best things always go by too quickly… 

^^Katrina, Marian and I. these two girls are now some of my closest friends. so thankful to know them :) 

^^and here’s a photo I stole off the ICE twitter page. love these people!

speech below… 

The end of class marks the beginning of a new adventure in our lives. Interestingly, we are never limited to what we learn and know but we’re actually limitless in what we do with it. It’s been many years since I’ve been in school, so when I first started management class I was really scared and nervous. Now, 9 months later, besides learning a lot I feel like I have new friends for life. For three hours, three days a week, we sat in a classroom and learned. Learning consisted of a bit of ServSafe, some menu design, tons of financials, a bit of wine..well, actually tons of wine and pizza from Lombardis, experiencing the day to day activities of a staple like Le Cirque, Union Square hospitality group, delicious Malaysian food and a graduation dinner that we’d only be able to afford once we’re established. Great lessons, great classmates and even better teachers. After nine long months of stress, hard work and endless laughs, we became a family.

The real value in education comes when we truly test it out in the real world environment and adjust it to our benefit. Then, the seed of that knowledge can truly blossom into successful endeavors in the future. This course gave us all the knowledge and courage we need to pursue a career in this industry. We especially loved our outings, everywhere from going to see an indie movie about the restaurant business to dining at the fun and exciting Hakkasan. You are all an amazing bunch of people, with heaps of motivation, inspiration & courage. Unique individual’s, strong in character and a dream in store.  I am truly happy to be a part of this class and will miss each one of you even more.

We are a bunch of crazy nuts that fit well together. Speaking of nuts, how much cheese do you think we consumed this year? We learned that Marian loves a cheese called “explorateur” and can’t say her V’s. Julian loves his dumplings and hey, where’s the duck confit? Dyanne and Nandie kept us all fat and happy with their delicious confections throughout the year. Katrina is well on her way to becoming the next Danny Meyer and Shawn, what can we say? Except that our meals without your connections would’ve been dire. Joe has a heart of gold and we look forward to his future pig roasts and Sam, though she may be young, much courage and passion she can boast.

It has been an amazing nine months with you guys. I can’t wait for the time when I walk into your restaurant and we laugh about our rookie days.

Oh, and… When the pressure hits, sake bombs!

Three nights a week for 41 weeks, we met here in our room, number 602. We talked about our weeks, our dining experiences good and bad. We learned about some diseases that hopefully none of us ever have. At times we might’ve wondered if we would make it through, but here we are today, we’re all well on our way, and I know we would say that we’re a little bit richer from spending this time together. To our fantastic teachers, Brian and Alan, the experiences you’ve shared with us will stay with us for a lifetime. Brian’s jokes got us through, Alan’s stories… are they all true? To our wonderful teachers and a very special class, thank you for your friendship and congratulations to all of us, at last…

(Clif just testing the camera light but I kind of love this one of me and Marian <3)

Farewell, ICE. thanks for the memories! 

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July 12, 2014


our lovely 4th of July included lots of good friends on our rooftop, an evening on the cooler side, delicious pulled pork sandwiches and actually not seeing any fireworks and being okay with it. we had a low-key day and a relaxing weekend overall. thankful to have spent it with so many friends. 

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^^Brendon, Theresa, me, Clif, Christian and Chris. (Kate, Paul & Charlie left a little earlier)^^

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^^charlie bear loves doggies^^

on Saturday, July 5 Clif and I enjoyed an amazing meal at Wallse. the parents of one of Clif’s students gifted us with a meal out at their favorite restaurant. we’d never been here before so it was fun to get dressed up and try something new. the food was really outstanding and the desserts were even better. the restaurant was in the West Village so afterward it was just a quick walk over to the Hudson River where we sat outside for a while and reveled in the cool breezes.

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on Sunday we enjoyed a bike ride through our neighborhood and brunch with some friends on the upper west side. 

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fred says to tell you guys that he’s thankful for his freedom and also that he’s doing just fine. holler! 

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July 4, 2014


Happy Birthday, America!

a few weeks ago when Clif’s family was in town, we took a Saturday morning to go out to see the Statue of Liberty. in my time here I had actually never done this, so it was really cool to experience the statue close up and get to walk inside it up to the pedestal. they had free audio tours that you could take with you, which i found really informative.

we left via boat from battery park, which was crowded with tourists and really rocky, but the view of manhattan once we got out into the bay was amazing. 

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^^this cracks me up. this must be my these tourists are killing me face.^^

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^^finally off the boat and on solid ground on Liberty Island. ready to explore!^^

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^^super windy from the statue’s pedestal, as you can see^^

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it really was so moving to be so near the statue and to think about what this symbol meant to so many immigrants coming to the USA for the first time. the audio tour had some interviews with people who had come to New York by boat and seen the statue… I almost teared up hearing some of their memories. just that symbol of freedom and opportunity, and after such a long and gruesome journey by boat, for so many people and their families. that feeling of what seeing this statue meant to them is just so profound.

i found out that I had a few ancestors who came through Ellis island — we didn’t get to the Ellis island part but I look forward to going back and trying to find some of their names in the immigration books. so amazing! 

Happy 4th of July, everyone! 

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July 3, 2014


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(what I’ve read and enjoyed since January 2014) 

where’d you go, bernadette?

eating the dinosaur (short stories; very strange) 

the goldfinch (love, love, love so much)

salt: a world history 

love in the time of cholera (really tough read but forced myself through and enjoyed it in the end) 

divergent series (all 3…don’t judge)

the great gatsby (for the 7th time)

good to great 

I read a lot of non-fiction this past 6 months. that’s pretty rare for me but somehow they were the books that I was most drawn to. I think I’m diving back into some novels this summer. here’s what I have queued up next: Rules of Civility; Provence, 1970; The Interestings; The Hundred Foot Journey

Let me know what you’re reading, too! I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list. 

happy reading! 

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