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.
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.
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.
This weekend we extended our Valentines celebration into March by visiting the Raaka Virgin Chocolate Company. We took a tour of the space, were educated on their bean to bar journey and then we were able to make our own bespoke chocolate bars. While on our tour we learned about the whole bean to bar organic vegan chocolate process.
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.
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.
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.
This week, February 20th – 26th there is a special vegan menu created in partnership with Riverdel Cheese shop hosted at Citrico. They took classic Mexican recipes and used vegan cheese from the Riverdel Cheese shop. I am fortunate to be able to take advantage of the robust amount of vegan food options that Brooklyn has to offer. In particular I always have my eye out for vegan cheese because of my allergy to Casein.
We had our first visit to the Artists & Fleas artist, designer, and vintage market over the weekend in Williamsburg. I was initially lured by the promise of vegan food options. Upon entering I was immediately drawn to the shimmering BOBO Jewelry stall. Cooper was laughing at me as I salivated over all the bracelets, necklaces and rings adorned with genuine gem stones. While chatting with the owner I found out that BOBO was started in Southern California and that they have an online store.
On Saturday I bought a winter hat that I had eyed for some time now. It is a Russet Plaid Tweed Bugatti Kangol that I bought at my local hat store, Al’s Men’s shop on Fulton St in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Last time I bought a hat there was when shopping for my wedding in August of 2008. Their stylish lid selection is unmatched in Brooklyn.
This tweed cap is 60/40 wool & polyester so it is very soft. My new cap is distinctly British yet was made in Italy. The ear flaps are very important in a winter hat since I have large ears that often get cold. I tried on at least 3 other hats before I was certain that this one was “the one”.