We went to Madison Square Park and environs to sample the food and music at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. There were chefs/pitmasters from all over the country and opportunities to try all different regional styles. Even Henry, who’s sometimes a picky eater, couldn’t resist the ribs and pulled pork.
We attended the annual food fest, Taste of Tribeca, in our neighborhood on Saturday. This was Henry’s third time attending and our eighth. This is one of our favorite yearly events and it is also a chance to support the local schools. Henry was Spiderman for the day and enjoyed wearing the sword he received from a nice lady making balloon animals for the kids.
This past weekend, Henry, Mark and I attended the Annual Cookie Walk, (although this was the first time we heard of it and attended it). It was a fun holiday event in which church parishioners at St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church, bake a variety of holiday themed cookies and sell them to raise money for their church. Henry was able to gather as many cookies as would fill a Chinese food takeout box. He also crafted a snowman from marshmallows. Currently, Henry is very intrigued by snowmen and really wants to build one. He ended up eating one instead.
Lunch at Seither’s Seafood in Harahan.
We had an eventful Saturday. I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon first thing. I came home to get my boys and we went to the 20th Annual Taste of Tribeca. This was our sixth time attending the food festival and since Henry never stops moving, it is a little harder to sit and enjoy and the food. We were still able to enjoy a nice sampling of many local restaurants.
After attending the food festival, we headed to SoHo for a birthday party for a friend, Evan, at the Scholastic store. Afterwards, we enjoyed a few beers with the Studleys. Henry and Hudson shared some quality time running around and yelling at one another. Luckily, it was a quiet Saturday afternoon at the bar and the bartenders were very accommodating.
We had a low-key Thanksgiving with a few friends. Henry’s Thanksgiving this year was much different than last year mainly because he was able to eat a lot of same food we were. He really liked the duck his dad made (we eat duck on Thanksgiving purely because we prefer it to turkey). He also had his first taste of pumpkin pie and liked that a lot too.
Julie was nice enough to accommodate my request to bake her recipe for Bee Sting Cake last night. I’d only recently learned of the existence of Bee Sting Cake (or Bienenstich, in German) when I tasted it at the Mercedes-Benz commissary during Octoberfest.
For those who haven’t encountered it yet, it consists of sweet yeast cakes with a custard cream filling and a caramelized honey almond topping.
Today Henry was introduced to his Great-grandmother Virgie. Virgie is my grandfather Henry‘s widow and she just celebrated her 95th birthday last week. We were joined by Aunt Cheryl and cousin Shannon and we had lunch and later snowballs from Sal’s for dessert.
My au pairs for the week have arrived. Gram and Ona arrived yesterday. Our daycare is closed for the next two weeks, so they are here to watch Henry for the first week of the closing. I am happy to have them here not only to watch Henry, but also to spend some time with them.
Today we took a long walk through Brooklyn because Gram had never had a chance to see Brooklyn Heights or the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Although thoroughly exhausted, we had a great day.