Last week I was able to get away for a few days. I am not a morning person so it is rare that i see the sun rise. I woke up early friday morning and went to the beach with my wife and father in law to watch the sunrise and go for a short run. It was beautiful. I really need to work on getting up earlier and living near a beach.
Had my first obe of these today at a cuban cafe just off Lincoln Road in Miami, FL
Cuban Bread, Ham, Mustard, Pickles, Roast Pork and Melted Swiss Cheese. It was pretty damn good. I still like the Cuban steak sandwich the best but I’d take this over a ghetto deli sub any day. I finished it off with a Cafe Colado
In 2009 and 2011 my wife and participated in the Garden City Turkey Trot. The 5 mile run on thanksgiving morning was a great way to burn off calories before the holiday binge eating began. This year we skipped the turkey trot so that we could be with family. Since the weather is nice here in Florida I plan to burn some calories at the beach instead, if not swimming in the pool before the turkey is served.
Enjoy your food but remember not to over do it. Get some exercise scheduled in so you do not feel guilty while eating.
I was commenting with another PostAday2011 blogger yesterday about how he should visit Lubec, Maine. A picture is worth 1000 words. It would take me forever to describe some of the beautiful landscape I saw in the summer of 2010.
Today I needed to go to Paragon Sports in New York City to pick up a new pair of running sneakers. Paragon is 5 minutes walking distance from Mario Batali’s Eatly other wise known as food heaven. As luck would have it there also was a liquor tasting going on this afternoon. Different vendors were set up in a small section through out the market offering taste of their different italian liquors. The were a number of limoncello’s to try as well as a few berry liquors and even a peach liquor that ended up coming hone with us.
After a 2 hour walk my wife and I returned to the area this time browsing through an outside market of street food. Do not be fooled by the term street food, everything available was made with high quality ingredients and tons of flavor. I enjoyed not only a chipolte pulled pork taco, but a organic nitrate free hot dog with jalepeno mustard and sweetened catsup and potato chips.
We finished up the afternoon back inside Eatly sharing expressos. The flatiron area is turning into a foodie heaven.
Fall has been here for a little while now. At some point I had to stop complaining about summer’s end and start enjoy fall. Autumn for many people brings images of orange leaves and sweaters. For me its pumpkins. Since I can remember I have always loved carving pumpkins. The minute you start scooping out the pumpkins gooey insides your inner child wakes up from hibernation. Almost every year since we have been married my wife and I carve these orange gourds two to three days before halloween. One year my wife carved an intricate design of a cat into the side pumpkin. I tend to cut large wholes in them like a meat butcher fantasizing that he was a plastic surgeon until they make funny or psychotic faces. Then when the carnage is finished we turn off all the lights and enjoy the flickering light that brings jack-o-lanterns to life.
This afternoon I loaded 4 giant pumpkins into my arms and walked to the cashier at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm. I leaned to one side like I was drunken with cider playing pumpkin jenga as I walked. After the pumpkin challenge it was on to wine tasting at Martha Clara and Bedell Vineyards.
The weather for the remainder of the afternoon was picture perfect and seasonably warm for October. I sat with my wife and friends enjoying a bottle of wine thinking more days should be this way.
This museum has been on my to do list for a while. A few weeks ago my wife had read an article about the on going Jim Henson exhbit, which gave us the final incentive to make the trip. After a double shot of expresso in the near by Starbucks we headed in. Admission was very reasonable, only $12 per person and the building was not over populated with tourist like many of the big New York City museums. The building is divided into three floors. The first has a small cafe, screening rooms and educational rooms. The second floor and parts of the third floor contain the installed exhibits, and then the remaining space on the third floor showcases the temporary Jim Henson Exhibit.
There so many cool things that brought memories of your favorite movies back to life. Masks from Star Wars, Ms Doubtfire, a mohawk wig used by Robert Dinero in Taxi Driver sit against the wall encased in glass. There are also set drawings, pre production models, costumes and props on display.
Besides the Jim Henson exhibit, the third floor also has many interactive activities for children and a huge collection of vintage cameras, movie equipment, and televisions. To think that you can record video from a phone that now fits in your pocket is mind blowing.
For the cost of admission this was truly a cool afternoon.