Category Archives: Food

Time Out for Petisco!

Outside Cafe Petisco

Many a Sunday for the past two years, we have “brunched” at Cafe Petisco. Never thought to look for the origin of the word, petisco until now. It’s Portuguese, and it means tidbit or savory. What keeps us going back is that it is YUMMY! πŸ˜‰ They’ve also had such a great waitstaff. Many of them were actors and are no longer working there, but everyone there treats us well from the owners to the cooks. We are SO glad to have a place like that in the neighborhood! Once in a while, we order dinner for take out which is really tasty, too. Some of the food has a mix of Israeli and other middle-eastern foods, which Shien really enjoys.

Brunch is one of my favorites. Most of the time, I order the same thing, and I never tire of it. English Breakfast tea and their breakfast special which is comprised of two eggs over easy or sunny side up, home fries, a bagel substituted for toast, and a small OJ which I give to Malachy. Did I say, “Yummy” already? πŸ˜‰ Malachy usually orders a chicken noodle soup or a continental breakfast. As for Shien, it just depends… πŸ˜‰

For a couple of months, we started going to the public library right after to peruse and borrow some books for Malachy, but budget cuts forced them to close on Sundays. That was a real bummer. Now, after we eat, Shien usually goes to the farmers’ market, while Malachy and I go to the playground and then it’s naptime! πŸ˜‰ There’s nothing like a nice Sunday nap!

Time Out for IQ and High Tea!

High Tea!

Another busy Saturday for Malachy this past weekend. We have been anxiously awaiting his big IQ test. In order to get into some schools in the city, your child has to take an IQ test and score at a certain percentile in order to get to the interview round. So, basically, for this particular school, out of about 1800 children who apply, about 300 or so make it to the interview round, and from there, about 50 students are selected! It’s definitely like striking lottery, along with lots of hope and prayer! If accepted, we wouldn’t have to think about applying to middle school or high school. How awesome that would be! πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, we just applied for the NYC Gifted and Talented program, too, and that happens sometime in January. Wishin’ it wasn’t so complicated to get into Kindergarten!

We psyched him up for this day by calling it an IQ Fun Day, telling him he would get to spend some time with a teacher and show her what he knows and what is going on in his brain. πŸ˜‰ We told him he’d be answering a bunch of fun questions and to just to do his best. And AFTER, he would get to go to High Tea with Mommy at Alice’s Tea Cup! Yay! πŸ˜‰

Shien has always loved HIgh Tea. She took me once, and it was pretty neat. Definitely a bit on the chichi side. πŸ˜‰ I KNEW Malachy would LOVE it. We were often reminded of it because Malachy really enjoyed this book series that we’ve been reading to him, and he often reads them on his own, too. The High Rise Private Eyes series by Cynthia Rylant is filled with charm and wit and humor, starring Jack Jones and Bunny Brown. Each mystery book has 4 Chapters – an intro, the case, the clues, and the solution. One of the books, The Case of the Desperate Duck, took place in a Tea Room and talked about High Tea. This really piqued Malachy’s interest, as it mentioned fancy tablecloths, fancy teapots, sugar cubes, fancy cookies, and fancy sandwiches. YUMMY! So, there was no doubt in our minds that he was ready for High Tea with Mommy. πŸ™‚ Shien told me how he insisted on having cucumber sandwiches. He also saved some of his leftovers with me because he knew how much I loved coconut! I got to try some of the sandwiches and the coconut cookies that they brought home. πŸ˜‰ Shien also told me about how he loved talking to the people eating next to them. They were celebrating a child’s birthday. Afterwards, he quickly took notes on his experience. πŸ˜‰ His constant writing has inspired me to keep writing! Unbelievable! πŸ™‚

So, how did he do on the IQ test? It’s hard asking any child after taking a test how it was and what was asked. I attended a technology conference this Saturday, and I thought it would be better for Shien to take him to it. πŸ˜‰ Shien said he was really good in that he seemed ready to go and went into the test with the psychologist without even looking back at her. She said he was all business. Mr. Poker Face. πŸ˜‰ However he does, we are proud. As with any parent, we just want him getting the best education and most of all, to enjoy his learning. For now, it’s just wait and see…

Time Out for Amuse Bouche!

Our most expensive night out EVER! πŸ˜‰

Malachy got to spend the night at PoPo’s, so Shien and I were able to go out for an early anniversary dinner! πŸ˜‰Β  It’s always awesome to know that Malachy is okay with us going on a date. πŸ™‚Β  Originally the only reservation Shien could get at Wylie Dufresne’s, WD-50, was 10:30pm!Β  I called at around 3 to see if anything opened up.Β  At first, the Maitre D told me she had something at 10pm, but then she said there was an opening at 7pm!Β  That was AWESOME, because we didn’t want to start a 12-course meal at 10:30pm.

Besides being the most expensive meal (FOUR Franklins! πŸ˜‰ ) we ever had, it was definitely the most entertaining.Β  Shien said it was like going to an amusement park.Β  Every dish that came out was another adventure into the unknown, and they all could be eaten in one or two bites!Β  It was like eating someone’s science experiments.

The one that was the most fun was the Everything bagel, smoked salmons threads, and crispy cream cheese. When it came, it looked like a baby miniature everything bagel!Β  It was actually made out of ice cream with sesame and poppy seeds spread on top!Β  On the side was salmon that was dried to an almost powder-like consistency and the cream cheese was like a cold thin film!Β  When you put everything together, it indeed tasted like an everything bagel!Β  YUMMY!Β  Two of my other favorites were the scrambled egg ravioli and the cold fried chicken, buttermilk-ricotta, tabasco and caviar. I wasn’t a huge fan of the caviar, but everything else was really tasty!Β  All of the dessert was really tasty.Β  I actually wasn’t close to full until I had all of the desserts! πŸ˜‰

When we got home, we watched Sherlock Holmes, but I kept nodding off.Β  Still, it was a great night out!Β  Married for 8 years and together for 17 years to the most amazing woman!Β  WOW!Β  I am truly truly blessed! πŸ™‚

Time Out for a Healthy Breakfast…

In this video, Malachy requested that I put it on TimeOutDad, so how could I refuse? πŸ˜‰ Shien has exposed him to so many delicious meals and varieties of food. One of the consequences, however, is that he will then have cravings or request things on the fly all the time. Some mornings, when we don’t have what he wants, he’ll have a mini-breakdown or throw a tantrum because Shien can’t make what he wants. Sometimes it’s because she doesn’t have the time to prepare what he wants or because we simply don’t have what he wants readily available. Just yesterday, I heard him asking Shien for cheese curds! I don’t even know what that is! (Actually Shien just told me that he’s been asking for it for a couple of weeks, now.) When did he last have it? He had it in the Fall! His memory is UNBELIEVABLE!
I came home today and no one was home. Where did they go? Guess? I called Shien up and they were out buying cheese curds! Ai ya! πŸ˜‰ Shien told me the guy selling the cheese said it was nice to see someone with so much enthusiasm about cheese. Malachy was so excited and jumping for joy for cheese curds!

I can’t wait for him to be able to cook on his own! πŸ˜‰ Mommy and Daddy can wake up one day to Malachy’s creations… YUMMY! πŸ™‚

Time Out for Breaking Bread…

This past week, Mommy went to a “food” conference for 2 days, so I got to take Malachy to school for two mornings. It was really cool. We were the first ones there in the morning, and we had some dim sum. Shien had let me know how there was a group of them who ate together and shared their food together each morning, so I was able to partake in that. Malachy shared his dim sum and others shared their McDonald’s pancakes, macaroni soup, and Gatorade. The next day, I bought even more dim sum for everyone, and it was just nice that everyone was with their child starting off the day, eating and sharing with each other. It would have been even nicer if it was for longer than 15-20 minutes…
Watching Jamie Oliver’s, Food Revolution, made me think. Why is it that we only eat one meal together with our kids, if even? How different things could be if we got to eat together more with friends and family?
I remember one Chinese New Year, where my sister and I got to go home for lunch on a school day. That was special. Eating lunch with the whole family on a school day. Maybe we’d all eat healthier if we all got to eat together more and break bread… πŸ˜‰

Time Out for Wake-Up Calls

Food Visions...

What are Malachy’s favorite two words, when waking up, besides “Good Morning?”
“I’M HUNGRY!”
This morning, not only did he say he was hungry, but he said his whole body was empty. We read him a children’s book on the digestive system. (Yes, they do have children’s books on that now! πŸ˜‰ ) This morning, as I was barely awake, he was calling out, “Daddy, I’m hungry. My whole body is empty. I have nothing in my esophagus!” I don’t think I learned about the esophagus until HIGH SCHOOL! Unbelievable! πŸ˜‰
Sometimes, he wakes up with “food visions”. πŸ™‚ The other morning, he was telling me about his latest dessert vision. My dad had brought some Turkey Hill vanilla and chocolate ice cream along with some premium lemon and cherry ice, which he had for the first time the night before. YUMMY! So, he was telling me how he pictured a spoonful of vanilla ice cream on one side next to some ice on the other side, topped with some M&Ms, and a Pizzelle on top, AND it had to be in his ice cream bowl. We’ve made similar things for him, but he owned this one. So, what did we do? On this one, Mommy made his wish came true! There’s nothing like the excitement of having a wish come true, is there? πŸ˜‰