Thursday, July 26, 2012

What It's All About....

I'm not quite sure why this story moved me so much more than the myriad of other touchingly beautiful videos shared on YouTube and the like.
Maybe it's because I work with seniors.
Maybe it's because I value the family unit so much.
Or maybe just because this is what it's all about......

Sergey Kadinsky is a "good boy". He could be spending every Shabbos doing what is fun and convenient for him. Instead he's doing what is right.

I hope you find this as touching as I did.
I hope it inspires all of us to go out and do something meaningful.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Nine Days Cooking Conundrum

My family doesn't eat a lot of meat as a rule, so our dinner menus this week look much like they do every week.

Yet, all over the world, Jewish cooks are scouring recipe websites and consulting their friends for 9 Days Ideas. What I find puzzling, is that many people are going out of their way to prepare elaborate and sumptuous dairy treats - many people even borrowing from their Shavuos menus.

I don't know. Maybe it's just me. But doesn't this sort of contrary to the POINT?

Friday, July 13, 2012

All Ready For That Special Feeling That Only Shabbos Brings...

Food Photo Friday - Sweet & Tart Summer Refresher

Hot summer Friday nights simply beg for cool, refreshing desserts.
I love the look of this one:
Trader Joe's Vanilla Soy Cream (I have no stock in the company, but on this product alone, I should! You'll never TOUCH Toffuti ever again....) topped with fresh blueberries. On the side is my quick and easy Strawberry Rhubarb dessert - crisp and tart, which a few diced peaches for color.

So save room for dessert! Or better yet - eat if first!!!

Scene Around Town - Subway on the Street

I love photos of the unexpected.
I've seen these subway cars being hauled down the street at night, but the photos I managed were never quite good enough.
Now, I'm not quite sure why they couldn't transport these trains on the existing underground rails that they ride on, but I thank the MTA for a wonderful and interesting photo op ;)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scene Around Town - Manhattanhenge by the GW Bridge

As opposed to popular belief, the New York street grid is not on the North-South axis. It is actually 30 degrees off. But twice a year the sun's axis is parallel to the street grid. On those days, the sun sets straight down the street so if you go to the far east end of a street that goes all the way across the island (like 34th or 42nd Streets) you can watch it sink straight down across the whole city.

I thought it might be fun to see how it looks in my neighborhood.
I hope you like the results.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scene Around Town - July 4th Edition

I've been neglecting you.
I've been meaning to post about events and activities going on around town this summer.
I have been taking photos so I may still post them in the future, but last night's fireworks display must jump to the top of the line.
I made a new discovery (after last years discovery how to avoid the long wait in Manhattan).
This year I wanted to view fireworks from closer up.
I wanted to "feel the boom", not just see the show (... fun science experiment though. Since light travels faster than sound, there is a noticeable delay between each flash and that heart thumping "boom").
So we went out to Hudson Park, on Echo Bay in New Rochelle.
We were right under the explosions.
One of the most amazing moments though was watching an airplane cross our field of vision just as a particularly full round of fireworks were launched. What it must have looked like to those passengers!
See the video below. The plane crosses the screen at the very beginning about 3/4 of the way down the frame.

It sure beats this year's San Francisco Display......