Just tea for two and two for tea, just me and you…

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Moments

Life in the city has been a big positive. We went for a walk with the kids the other day and made an obligatory stop at a local candy store in the neighborhood. On the way back, we noticed a new toy shop that just opened up and stopped by just to see what it was all about. Walking by all the boutique stores and art galleries always feels refreshing. There is a vibe of constant creativity in Olde City that is inspiring. Our lives have gone through significant changes in the last few months and while we do not yet feel fully settled, being closer to our families and in the city we love has made the transition easier.

But really, not the candy shop, not the toy store, but friends and family. This is a recurring theme on this blog but I cannot stress the importance of family. I recently placed an order for girl scout cookies from Sophia’s little cousin and instead of having them mailed, I made a coffee date with my cousin (her mom) to pick them up. The cookies are just an excuse to spend the time.

But life is in constant ebb and flow and while some relationships grow, others degrade and experience (possibly irreversible) setbacks. There is a disconnect between the heart and the mind because the heart aches from the new void but the mind knows that “you can never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary”. Oscar Wilde was wise. Relationships … whether romantic or plutonic are based on pillars of selfless happiness for the object of your affection. 

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Food For Thought

We’ve been on a health-kick the last few weeks. Not because we really feel like we have to, but because I’ve been looking for a fresh set of flavors to enjoy during the doldrums of winter. I am a believer than healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and is in fact almost always exciting. For example, last week I made a quinoa with herbs and sautéed garlicky kale for lunch to take to work. It was incredibly delicious and I could eat my fill without feeling like I have to head to the gym. Besides, that afforded me the freedom to indulge in some ice cream. A local brewery is making wart ice cream. Only in Philly!

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This past weekend we made guacamole and this new (to us) tartine. Recipe here. It was delicious. There were salty, briny and creamy elements that paired beautiful with hearty bread to make a delicious lunch meal. The whole dish takes 10 minutes of active preparation, too. That was a must given our very busy weekend; We had a long-awaited and twice-postponed lunch date with a good friend of ours and her 2-year old son. Then, we ran from that to a second lunch date with Evan’s cousin who is visiting from Israel. We were honored that he thought of us while visiting Philadelphia on business since the last time we saw each other was (gasp) six and a half years ago at our wedding.

I must admit that two lunch dates really took a toll on me and I was exhausted for the rest of the day; I am not used to going out so much. Of course, the only way to remedy this is with extensive training which we will hopefully undertake with enthusiasm when the weather is a little more pleasant.

Alas, Sunday was spent at home, where we are most comfortable, with the girls. I also made chicken wings, polenta-crusted sweet potato fries, and a chermoula dip which deserves its own post.

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