Archive for the ‘away from home’ Category

Postcard from Dane County Farmers Market, Wisconsin

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

This weekend I was in Madison, Wisconsin, on cheese business. (Yes, really!) Of course a visit to the Dane County Farmers Market, on the state capitol square, was on the agenda. The nation’s largest producer-only farmers market, the square was bustling with people browsing cheese curds, fresh baked goods, local meats, and ample spring produce — even though winter only ended about a week ago up here. The mountains of rhubarb were most impressive, and it was hard to resist the urge to pack a suitcase full of it to bring back home.

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Isn’t that lovely? I settled with some black popcorn for the kids and, of course, cheese. What’d you find at the market this weekend?

Postcard from Grand Central Terminal (NYC)

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

If there’s one thing the foodie tots love more than food, it’s trains. My late grandfather founded a short line railroad in Maryland, so this is more than a passing fancy in our family. Over the holidays we took an impromptu weekend trip to NYC to see the Angelina Ballerina Very Merry Holiday Musical by Vital Theatre Co. (Highly recommend, by the way, for the 2- to 6-year-old set.) With just one day in the city for sight-seeing, we stopped at Grand Central Terminal to check out the holiday train display at the Transit Museum annex. (The NY Transit Museum, in Brooklyn, is another foodie tot favorite.)

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Grand Central Terminal, one of the most noted landmarks in New York, is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. The train display, featuring a Lionel layout with Metro-North and New York Central trains departing from a mini Grand Central Terminal, is open through February 10. Worth a visit if you find yourself in NYC!

grand central model train

(As for eats, we do the tourist thing and go to Junior’s in the food court for matzo ball soup, deli sandwiches and egg creams. And a stop at Murray’s cheese counter in the market is a must.)

Farm Fresh at Queens Farm Museum, NY

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Even on the road the foodie tots never pass up a chance to find fresh local food — throw in a hayride and cute farm animals to feed and pet and the kids are delighted. The Queens County Farm Museum is a perfect kid-friendly outing when we visit family in New York. I met up with the family there and my toddler couldn’t fill me in fast enough: “Feed goat! Pet baa! Moooo!”

feeding goats in queens

The farm stand sells produce they grow on site every Wednesday through Sunday — and we spotted them again at the New Amsterdam Market in the city. They had beautiful raspberries last weekend that we took with us to a nearby diner for lunch. Yum.

queens farm produce

What food finds have you come across this summer?

queens farmstand

Foodie Tots Take on Flushing, New York

Friday, April 6th, 2012

The foodie tots and I spent our spring break visiting the kids’ grandparents (my in-laws) in New York — Flushing, Queens, to be exact. In the 10+ years I’ve been coming to visit, we’ve rarely actually stayed in Flushing, so it was nice to do so this time and actually sample the local flavors. The boy really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year at school earlier this year, so it was an ideal time to check out some authentic Asian cuisine — of which there are plenty of options in Flushing.

We started with red bean pastries (left in the photo) and pumpkin sesame doughnuts at Parisian Bakery:

parisian bakery flushing ny

Cooled off with afternoon bubble teas (mango green tea, pictured, and pearl milk tea) at Chatime:

chitime pearl milk tea flushing ny

And had dumplings and noodle soup at Nan Bei He:

noodle soup flushing ny

The foodie baby is a little more adventurous than foodie boy these days (he asked his aunt to pick the scallions out of scallion pancakes) but fried dumplings are always a favorite. And as you can see, the baby scooted onto my lap and dove into the noodle soup.

Hope those who celebrate have a Happy Pesach and/or Happy Easter this weekend! I hear asparagus is arriving at the markets in DC … hello spring!

What We Ate During Summer Vacation

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

watermelon for breakfast … on Whidbey Island, Washington

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and fabulous coffee, cheese & donuts in Portland, Oregon

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we rode on planes (4), trains (2), boats (2) and automobiles (many); saw cool critters (at the Oregon Zoo/Multnomah Falls); and there were birthday cakes, too (x 2)

on the road

& you?