Leaving Dallas and Arriving in New York with Just Yossi and I

My sister Happy came to my house to drive Yossi and I to DFW.  She came at 5A and had to wait 20 minutes for us to get ourselves together. I am so lucky to have a sister who cares. She got us to the airport in plenty of time.

At the airport, after we got our boarding passes and has gone through security, we have an hour to kill. We went to TGI Fridays and got ourselves some omelet and French toast. Then, it was time to board the plane. With 20 minutes to spare before boarding, I came up with the brilliant idea to have Yossi’s IOS updated.  It was so slow, it waited all of those minutes and more.  Right before we have to board, installation was complete. I thought his phone would be no better than a paperweight if the update was not completed. Brilliant idea, mine.

We finally got on the plane and proceeded to sleep. We stayed up almost all night doing nothing, we had no trouble falling asleep.

The skies were pretty awesome when we were above Dallas. There was Tropical Storm Cindy that day after all and I guess that was why the clouds were awesome.

We took some pictures of it and then passed out. We woke up almost 3 hours later when we landed in La Guardia Airport.

We were excited to find out that LA GUARDIA PLAZA HOTEL is only 4 miles from the airport and they have free shuttle. We got on the shuttle and proceeded to wait for my husband and daughter to arrive on a flight 3 hours after ours. 

This is Yossi at the lobby of our hotel getting occupied as I decide what to do. We surfed for places to eat because we thought we might be hungry already. It is actually a case of boredom and wanting something to do. We found LA GUARDA CAFE. Before checking out how far the place was, we ordered Uber. We were going to go to Queens Museum after we checked our bags at the hotel, however, we did not have coins for the bus to take us to the museum. We only have paper money and there was no place to buy Metro Card. We walked towards block 100 of Ditmars Avenue and then walked back to the hotel.

We ended up having to wait for Uber about half an hour, and then we found out that the place we want to go to was about an 8 minute walk from where we were. The ride was about 9 dollars and it was going to cost us 5 dollars to cancel after 5 minutes have passed. Bummer. We waited and got the Uber after we have to tell the driver how to get to the hotel. With about 80 minutes to spare this my husband and daughter arrive, we were finally at the cafe. The food was great. I tried their goat and beef stew. It came with brown rice with beans, and then plantain and cassava. 

LA GUARDIA CAFE is a small place, however, the place is tastefully decorated and they office delicious food. Here’s Yoss and the food we got. 

This is the brown rice, banana, and goat stew. Very delicious. I love it.

This is the beef stew with the cassava and it is delicious, too.

On Deciding Which Shoes to Wear to a Broadway Show and a Wedding

 I am deciding which shoes to wear to a Broadway show and a wedding. Just one pair of shoes. I hate having to carry different shoes. I will have my ankle boots for travel and walking around. Even if it’s summer, I prefer if my feet did not get dusty. I am weird that way.

This pair of Steve Madden ankle boots is made for walking!  I also have to bring at least 3 long skirts as we are spending time at a frum neighborhood. I probably won’t bother with a wig. I wil just wear a hat.  Maybe one short wig for the wedding. 
I have this thing where I cannot think of what to pack until I have 2-3 hours before I have to get out of my house. I have no idea why I am such a procrastinating person. I have my luggage open on the floor for days now and it has a dozen underwear for a 5-day trip. I better pack instead of blog or I am going to regret it.

Dinner at Home With My Sister’s Family

This is a vegan MUNG BEAN recipe I found online. It calls for stir-frying cumin at the start and ends with coconut milk. I used powdered because the aroma comes out very nice.  There’s also cayenne powder to make it interesting. My children would eat this even as they lament that they do not like meat-free dishes.  But here it is and they like it a lot. I did not serve soup because it was 100F outside. I could have serve cold soup, but I just cannot make myself eat cold soup. I am not used to it. I was going to make potato kugel in muffins cups, but I ran out of time. I was tired, and I had a Chiro appointment at 430P.  I cooked half the food before I left, and then finished up when I came back.  I also had to fit replacing my windhields because a pebble broke it.

This is a Korean Beef BBQ. I have some beef which I started out curbing and got bored.  The slices lack uniformity. Ugh. So, I oven grilled the beef slices with some herbs. Random herbs which I think smelled great. After it is all browned, I added the Korean BBQ sauce in in and added carrots and bell pepper. I simmer it until the liquid are reduced.  The meat came out soft and full of flavor. The combination cannot be beat. I also had chicken snitzchel, but I did not make it. I do not have picture of it either. There’s an Israeli restaurant called MILK AND HONEY and in my opinion, they make the best snitzchel. My sister likes to order from there. 

This is a squash medley.  It has yellow squash, zucchini squash and acorn squash. My daughter’s current favorite squash is acorn squash. It is also my favorite squash to cook because it cooks fast. It also has nice taste and texture.  If you happen to overcooked it, just add broth to your stir fry and now you have a nice rich soup. I can’t lose. I think if I eat a lot of this, my vision might actually get better. Is this not the color of veggies that is good for the eyes?

My vegetarian spaghetti. I used canned tomato sauce, diced bell peppers and red onion and garlic.  At the beginning, I stir fried powdered cumin and coriander. Then I tossed in some Tone’s spaghetti spice mixture, Tone’s Tuscan Garlic, and powdered ginger. I know. I tend to play around with spices. The downside is, I can’t recall which spice and in what ratio did I mix. I tried to keep a record, but I am just a rebel cook. I would look at a recipe and proceed to butcher it.  The red came from just the canned tomato sauce. If you boil the tomato sauce past 20 minutes, it will make it a nice coloring for the spaghetti. I dislike pale spaghetti and I never have tomato paste every tine I need one. This is a great solution.

For dessert, we had slices of mango, watermelon, cantaloupe, and avocado.  My daughter, Chana,  eyed the dessert choice balefully. She is not fond of watermelon or it’s relatives. She dislikes it.  She does not care enough for watermelon to hate it.