It’s All About the Weather …

I thought that summer was finally on its way … and then spring weather blew in overnight.  A light jacket came out of the closet again, after I thought I had put it away for a few months …

Not that I’m complaining about warm winter, but the weather this past year really has been an actual topic, not just a casual weather report.

And I’m back to waiting for hot sun …

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Jumble of Flowers

I needed a distraction to settle my mind, so what better way than to just doodle aimlessly, right?

Since my latest Congo inspiration was flowers,  I thought to continue drawing plants and nature and to think outside of the boxes and lines.

This started out as a flower – see that in the middle?  A seven-petaled flower that I didn’t like, so I just continued to draw petals.  It started to look like a bushel of bananas, specially after I added shades here and there.  Oh well …  I continued on.

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With the television on as background noise, I just wandered over the page, drawing flowers.  I see now that I drew anywhere from five to 10 petal flowers.   Interesting …

It was looking rather busy  … So I thought that maybe I should add some colour to it …

It’s still looking busy … maybe worse now.  Will have to think of something else to do with it … or leave it as it is …

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

Morningside Park

After eating, we went back to Morningside Park, where the Harlem EatUp was held.  We decided to walk around a bit before heading on home.  It turned out that we just climbed and walked across the park (two blocks) to the street where we could get to where the car was parked.  Oh well … That was the exercise for the day:)

A lake in the park …

Up the stairs …

To the street behind St. John the Divine’s Cathedral, and a peacock on the cathedral grounds …

View of the Harlem EatUp tents from the street above …

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We’ll explore the other parts of the park some other time.

 

 

Harlem Eat-Up

A late post .. .the Harlem Eat-up was held last May, and since we had a soccer-free weekend, I told the boys that we should go into the city and see what this Eat-Up was about.

This was the second year the event was held, and from the photos from last year’s event, it looked like this was something good to check out.  And of course .. food!!  Who can’t resist a free tasting, specially from well-known chefs and eating establishments?

So off we went on a day-trip to the city …

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The premise is that you would be able to taste samples of dishes from the participating restaurants and eateries, get to meet some of the guest chefs, have a glass of wine as you walked around … Sounds good, right?  We stood in line, and found out that we were in the ‘paid’ line.  If we didn’t want to pay, the other side of the area was the free zone that we could walk around.  Well, since none of us drink alcohol, we thought that paying $80 for taste samples was a bit too much, because even if we ate at a high-end restaurant, we would’t be paying $80 per person for dinner.  So we went to the free area …

Here’s what you get for walking around in the free area …

That’s Mr. Cory, the young entrepreneur behind Mr. Cory’s Cookies.  No free tastings, but you can buy a bag of cookies for $5.

There were free tastings here at the natural shakes.  None at the ice cream carts.  They had some really interesting flavour combinations, though.  We would have wanted to taste a sample first before deciding to pay $5 for a scoop …

Some art work to admire …

Handicrafts … healthy sign-ups … a free umbrella with a paid subscription …

Here’s the best part … face painting !!  And it was free!

But we were hungry, so we decided to go uptown to sit at a restaurant … We ended up at Sylvia’s; the boys didn’t find anything on the menu they wanted to try at the Red RoosterSylvia‘s was okay.  We honestly didn’t find anything out of the ordinary on the menu either for the prices we paid … And yes, it was less than the $80 per person to pay for tastings … Maybe the tasting would have been more satisfying than the meal … hmmm …. something to think about for the next time …

Oh yes!  We did see some chefs at the EatUp …

And that was our experience at the Harlem EatUp.  I don’t know if we’ll go again next year, if they hold it again.  Or maybe the sample tastings and wine would be more enjoyable with a group of friends, instead of just the family … We’ll see how we feel next year.

If you were at the EatUp, how did you find it?