Easter in NYC.

It’s been non-stop action over here this past week. I somehow managed to get the majority of my homework done tonight, which frees me up considerably for the weekend. I’m looking forward to doing not much of anything, although I am making a trip into Philly. I am writing a paper on a Rodin sculpture, and I need to take a good look at the piece in person before I proceed any further with analysis. Other than that, things are looking pretty loose and delightfully easy, which is fine by me 🙂

The kids had their first real Easter last Sunday! We don’t celebrate it in a religious sense, but we are upholding the Easter basket tradition. This was Jack’s first year really grasping the concept, and it was a blast to watch him get excited for his basket.

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They each got one toy- Carolyn got the Melissa and Doug stacking/nesting blocks, and Jack got a Chuggington floor puzzle (because ALL HE WANTS TO DO RIGHT NOW is puzzles!). They each got a snack (Pirate’s Booty and Annie’s bunny grahams), a packet of Justin’s pb cups, fruit leather, and Annie’s fruit snacks (which are VEGAN, hooray!). I also stuck a little teddy bear in Carolyn’s basket- I didn’t think Jack would mind. 🙂 It was a really fun morning.

We actually spent the majority of our day in New York- Luis stopped by to see his family. Their daughter Samantha is Carolyn’s age, and it was so cute watching them together!

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After family time, we grabbed some lunch at one of my favorite veg-friendly cafes, Atlas.

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Moroccan ginger “chicken,” one of my favorite things ever.

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Empanada, NOM.

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Jack loves his green juice!

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Juice baby 🙂

I dropped Luis and the kids off uptown to hang out with Eli and Abi, and I headed into Queens to meet one of my very best friends.

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Patty and I walked around Long Island City for a bit. She showed me a huge and wonderful health food store near her work where they sell these incredible sweet potato tortilla chips…

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They were delicious, and surprisingly not as unhealthy as I would have expected. They’re made with chia and flax, which gives them a huge boost and adds a wonderful fresh crunch.

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Crumbled on top of yummy lentil soup! We also got some wonderful tea from a local coffee/tea shop- they have the tea loose, and they bag it to order in these adorable little hemp bags. I didn’t get a picture, but that’s okay, because there will definitely be a next time!

Every time I go to New York, I remember why I love it so much. Not necessarily living there, because looking back I think it really wound me up in a terrible way, but the city itself is so special. The moment you think you know it, and that it has nothing else to surprise you with, is the moment you’ll find yourself in total awe. Patty and I braved the wind and walked down to the water in LIC, and we were treated to a gorgeous view of the East River and Lower Manhattan! We only stayed long enough to snap a few photos, but I am already looking forward to summer days eating lunch on that dock!

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We left Queens and rushed over to Babycakes for our usual frosted fare:

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Ridiculous, but I couldn’t resist all of the adorable Easter-themed sweets! The kids loved the little bunnies, and Jack and I split the chocolate-dipped coconut marshmallow chick. Yum!

We worked our way uptown, getting stuck in some crazy traffic on Canal Street, and met Miho and another friend of hers for Indian food in Patty’s neighborhood. Luis actually came down with the kids halfway through our meal. Carolyn slept through most of it, but Jack got his first taste of traditional Indian food. It was a huge hit!

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papadum- crunchy, crispy, deliciously spiced flatbread.

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served with yummy dipping sauces- I liked the topmost one the best, sweet and smoky!

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salad (double, because I opted out of the yogurt dressing), sweet potato red curry, cauliflower yellow curry, some kind of squash bisque, brown rice, and a potato cake.

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NAAN!

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On the way out, you were instructed to take a fortune from an ornamental box. They also had this tray out- cardamom pods, some other kind of spice, and crunchy-sweet little candies.

The restaurant was really interesting- it was entirely vegetarian, and vegan/gluten-free upon request. There was a set price, and that covered the entire meal, including dessert. Ours was a sweet carrot confection made with coconut milk- delicious. There is no a la carte menu- whatever they are serving that night is what you eat. I really enjoyed it, it was a fun place to meet friends and try new and interesting foods together. It helped that everything was to die for.

That about sums up our Easter! I’m going to spare you the never ending photo-show and continue our week in a new post, probably sometime tomorrow. We went up to Lake Galena on Monday and found a tee-pee in the woods! More to come….

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