Fall folliage

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2011 by OL

One the first Sunday in November, we went to Cunningham Park in Queens.  This was peak time for all the beautiful colors that fall has to offer.

I think that when you catch everything at the right time, its all beautiful.  Rebekkah is so smart.  She has all the types of trees figured out by the types of leaves, which we collected as we walked along.

Cunningham Park has what is somewhat of a secluded forrest just of the road.  That is where all of the magic begins. I think I walked into some thorns, but I am ok.   I like the beauty that fall brings along with the mystery.  When you hear the leaves scraping the street as they blow in the wind, its almost music, or a creppy scene out of a movie. In just a few weeks, Winter will surface and all of the trees will look like bony hands except for snow days.


San Gennaro and Halloween

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14, 2011 by rebekkah

On an unseasonably warm September evening Jean and I decided to check out Little Italy’s San Gennaro festival. While this day commemorates the feast day of a saint whose miracle is blood liquefaction, not much of that was mentioned- just your standard Italian American stereotypes from   sausage and peppers to canollis and the fist pumping Staten Island contingent.

We walked a bit, marveled at the tourists, and eventually picked a restaurant for dinner- the highlight of which included a waiter cleaning an entire table with one arm. After dinner we decided to check out some of the carnival games. We passed a booze truck Jean got a “piña colada”  drink with “rum” in a blue lady cup (free refills!). It was a good dinner and a great night of people watching. Not sure why they need 9 days of that though.










As far as people watching goes, Halloween is certainly the best occasion to do that. Add costumes to a random snowstorm and the fact that on even a regular Saturday the freaks come out at night- you have the perfect storm of weird. Jean and I went a club with some friends. Halloween is Jean’s favorite holiday- he plans his costumes like a year in advance. This year he was a genie, but everyone kept calling him Shazam (Kazaam).

Labor Day Weekend part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2011 by OL

There are days of the year, like Chirstmas and birthdays, when certain friends or family members rise to the occasion as if they were quarterbacks leading a fourth quarter comeback.  Labor Day brunches are those days for Rebekkah.  She puts together these awesome meals and drink combinations which leaves the invited group to be merry and mellow.  This was my first year participating, so I expected a lot and got a lot.

Of course, the day centers around the West Indian Parade on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.  It is a celebration of Carribean culture that usually draws about 2 million observers.  Rebekkah did her thing, cooking up pancakes with maple rum syrup, quiche, hush puppies and other treats.  To go with that, she quenched our thirsts with coconut rum mixed with coconut water, along with other rum based drinks.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, which made everything even more awesome.   I was Rebekkah’s special helper throughout the day, making sure things stayed on track.(not like she isn’t a one woman show).

The parade itself was loud and crowded as usual, but was also beautiful.

The End of Summer – Part 1

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2011 by rebekkah

The weekend I wait all year for- Labor Day. Jean was lucky enough to score some tickets to Rock the Bells on Governor’s Island for Saturday. The line to get onto the ferry was so ridiculously long, luckily Jean’s friends were pretty far toward the front of the line and we got to slide in with them. We met this middle-aged white woman who was in line in front of us. Seems she was just trying to get over to Governor’s Island to meet up with her daughter and son-in-law and had no idea there was a hip hop concert going on. (They’d diverted the ferry traffic for the concert to the Staten Island terminal, while general public could just use the regular GI Ferry, and this lady got caught up in the wrong line and had to wait for like 2 hours in line with a bunch of young black kids. Proving once again that separate ferries can never be equal).

When we finally got over to the island, we saw performances by Gza, Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill and also to enjoyed a cup of rose alongside a veggie corndog- proving that there certainly are not enough fake meats on sticks at these types of events.








The next day, because i hadn’t had enough wine and soy protein, we took advantage of one of those groupon-type deals and tried out Bark, a glorified hot-dog shack in Brooklyn Bridge park- not over by DUMBO, but further down closer to Borough Hall and that new condo they keep advertising on TV. While they have a few volleyball courts nearby, and a decent view of Manhattan, I wasn’t so impressed with my soy dog and coleslaw, but Bark seems to be doing pretty well- perhaps it’s a captive audience of hungry volleyball players.





Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2011 by OL

So we set out to have three barbecues for the summer since the Memorial Day weekend one went so well.  This one was special to us because it was 364 days after we first met, and in the same place that we met.  Of course this one was more organized that the one at the end of May, since we had more prep time.  I love seeing Rebekkah get excited about making certain drink concoctions and meals.   We come together so well to make things happen once everything was set out there.  Plenty of vegetable made it to the grill to go with the burgers, kobe and veggie.  Or to just have alone.















We got a football game going later which went well until Rebekkah got knocked over.

The high light of the day was setting out to make this happen.  We obsessed over the weather forecast since it was supposed to rain that day.


Rebekkah kept checking the hourly forecast fro her phone and it looked like we had a chance to get things going.  I only believed because she believed, and that energy was enjoyable to see.


All in all, it was a wonderful day.



Full of Hot Air

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2011 by rebekkah

Jean mentioned awhile back that he wanted to check out a Hot Air Balloon Festival. I figured it was an Ok idea, and since I’m always making him do stuff that I want to do (ikea, brunch, ikea, endless walking, Fairway, ikea) I didn’t say anything as we got up at 4:30am to head to New Jersey (without coffee). We parked in a giant field and walked over to the other field to watch the inflating which started at 6:30am. Even though I was lukewarm about the balloon fest at the beginning, it was SO MUCH COOLER THAN I EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE- and way more visually stimulating.







My favorite balloons were the Spiderpig and the Penguin. After watching the take off we went to Quick Check for coffee (finally) and sat to watch a 5k run.







We visited all these sponsored booths and tried every type of beverage, snack bar, candy bar, and other random product available and I filled my grab bag of goodies. We ate a funnel cake while both Jean and I tried to convince the other one to go on one of the kiddie rides. I think they’re death traps operated by weed-smoking teenagers, Jean thinks they’re somewhat safe- and an excellent photo op. Needless to say, we both declined.

two rooftops and some dragons

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2011 by OL

Its amazing how spending the weekend with Rebekkah has become second nature.  I dont know how it has happened, but we can easily pick out a few activities and have agreat time, even when the weather isnt the most desirable.

Friday evening, Rebekkah came to Queens(looking really hot I must say), and we ventured over to Ravel Hotel for their rooftop lounge.  We got a great view of the 59th street bridge, Roosevelt Island, and yes, yet another view of Manhattan.(we are obsessed) The place was nice, and we are definitely going back.  We fell in love with their cocktails after the view.
















We made our way over to Jade eatery and lounge in Forrest Hills.  This place is also very please to the eye between its food, art gallery, large Buddah statues, and private lounge in the back.










The next day was the Dragon Boat festival.  It was amazing how many kites were in the air that day.  The boats were beautiful and the races were great. One team got disqualified for having a fiberglass boat(try again).

That night we went to a rooftop restaurant in Red Hook called Alma.  I could not believe that I had finished this large rack of ribs without exploding.  This time we had a view of lower Manhattan and Governor’s Island(slacked on the pics).

The next morning, before an Ikea run, I dodge rain drops to grab the Sunday paper.  We read the paper together and ate quiche that Rebekkah had made(yummy).  later that evening, we went to Tea Lounge to partake in some teas and dominoes.  We felt like an old Jamaican couple.