A Tribute to Twin Peaks | BBQ Films

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

We love immersive experience, when the story telling jumps off the screen and into your face.  Also dressing up like your favorite characters lets you shed the pretense and burden of being yourself for a while!  As far as immersive pop culture events, there is no better team of performers and producers than the folks at BBQ films.  So when we got an email about a free Twin Peaks tribute we had a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.

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Chowing on Chinese food at the Museum of Food and Drink

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

We’d be lying if we said American Chinese Food was on our top five list of ethnic cuisines. (It would be Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Korean, Italian, then Chinese) Cooper’s palate for “Chinese food” changed sometime after he traveled to southern China.  He found that traditional Chinese food was less sugared and salted but had much more fat.  It was refreshing to discover the differences in taste, this was not what he grew up eating in America. Family style sharing and giant lazy susans were also novel as many of the Chinese restaurants he grew up on served buffet style fried food.

What was so impressive about the CHOW exhibit in the Museum of Food and Drink‘s pop-up space was the way that the Chinese restaurant in America was contextualized as an important expression of the immigrant experience. It powerfully demonstrated how a rich immigrant culture combined exclusionary tactics of the dominant society can create a thriving sub-culture.

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A Cherry Tree Blossoms in Brooklyn | Sakura Matsuri 2017

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

We are so fortunate to live very close to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and one of the benefits of being Pratt Institute Alum is that we get free admission for life!  Every spring we attend the Sakura Matsuri which is a Brooklyn-Japanese festival that began in 1982 celebrating the full bloom of the cherry tree blossoms.

The weather, the trees and the people were all celebrating the beauty of spring.

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An Art Battle waged in the Village NYC

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

Wow, last night we had a stellar time at Le Poisson Rouge at an official international Art Battle.  The artists were phenomenal!  Twelve artists had 20 minutes to compete head to head in two qualifying rounds, the top 2 from each moved on to the final round.

The audience used its tear off ballot to vote, Artist ANDRE and Marthalicia Matarrita were clear favorites in round one.

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Denver, Colorado – Mile High City Highlights

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

Sunshine, clear skies and the constant feeling of being short of breath; ah, Colorado in the spring. While visiting and catching up with our friends in Denver Colorado we drove down open roads framed with breathtaking mountain views. Our four day trip in Colorado was cram-jammed with activity. Here is a re-cap of some of our favorite things.

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Shopping Vegan in Bushwick | #VeganShopUp

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

It’s 21 degrees outside and after bundling up Cooper and I brave the still undiscovered back streets of Bushwick. What are we in search of you might ask? Pizza, burgers, donuts and yes grilled cheese sandwiches made expertly with Vegan cheese!  Welcome to the vegan shopping extravaganza at the Vegan Shop Up.

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Historic Outing | Old Dutch Flatlands Reformed Church Cemetery

Photo taken by Cooper and Juliette.

Last Saturday we visited the Flatlands Reformed Church Cemetery which is the oldest church cemetery in Brooklyn.  It interns the remains of some of the first families in Brooklyn who lived here in the 17th century. I was surprised to learn that Juliette and I are related to some of the interned: The Hooglandts, the Newkirks, the Bergens, the Schnecks, the Rapaljes.  When they immigrated many of them were political and religious refugees of their homeland. Yet we tend to only think of them as settlers.

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Self-care Sunday | Natural Beauty Mask & Bath

Lavender, Lemon, Bathsalts

Taking time for yourself is so hard. One of my resolutions this year is to practice more self-care and focus on my mental health and well-being. Prepping for the week ahead isn’t just checking schedules, or cooking pre-made lunches. It’s strengthening your mind for all of the challenges and distractions that will be pushing and pulling you during the week.

This Sunday transform your my bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary. Light a candle, que up your favorite tranquil playlist, and relax your mind. In an effort to make this tub session more luxurious, I have made my own natural bath salt and mask recipe using two of my favorite fragrances, lemon and lavender.

Winter in New York makes my combination dry/oily skin go crazy. My face and body become excessively dry, and if I apply too much daily moisturizer I find that I have acne flare ups. Lemon and lavender are natural ingredients that I like to use to soothe and treat my skin.

Below you will find all the ingredients needed for this Self Care Sunday sesh.

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Picking New Eye Glasses is Hard, Please Help!

It’s that time, again, when I realize I’ve beaten up my eye glasses and start thinking about getting a new pair. The real impetus for change last time was Juliette. She really wanted me to replace my safety eye glasses since she didn’t care for the way that they covered my eyes.  Her qualm was understandable since I use my eyes to emote and otherwise non-verbally communicate.5 Pairs of eye glasses

The last time I was in this predicament I spent 2 hours in a Warby Parker store obsessively trying on hundreds.  I shared the top 4 picks to my social network with great success. Folks love when you ask their opinion, especially when given a finite set of choices.  So I’m looking for feedback again.  Interested?

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