3 on Thursday / Bits & Bites

3 on Thursday

We’re in the home stretch of Passover.  Ugh.  I hate this holiday.  I just have to get myself to Saturday night and then it’s pizza time!

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Last week Lindsay planned a pretty fabulous girl date for us.  She found out Ruth Reichl was speaking at the JCC and let me know, knowing I loved her book, Garlic and Sapphires.  My coworker Jordan is a fellow foodie (and now a fellow blogger – check her out!) so I told her about the event and she joined as well.  First of all, let me just say that the JCC is pretty amazing.  I had no idea how many cool events they put on.  If my little Savannah JEA knew what the NYC JCC was like, they would “plotz” (that’s some yiddush for ya).  This particular event was great.  It was just a lovely conversation with Reichl about how her latest project came to be.  Basically, after Gourmet shuttered during the recession she was left trying to figure out her next move at age 62.  When she didn’t find a job, she found her kitchen.  While Reichl was literally a professional eater for 35+ years, she is not a professional cook.  Yet she knows that a day spent wandering around the markets and testing recipes in the kitchen can be wonderfully therapeutic.  As she cooked her way back to happiness, this cookbook emerged.  I picked up a copy and had it signed at the event and tore through it when I got home.  It’s written more like a memoir with recipes in paragraph form.  Not only did I get to hear Reichl speak (in the same tone of wonderment I recall from her writing), the whole room was treated to her banana bread.  That was well worth the $25 ticket.  And then afterwards, Lindsay had made us reservations at an amazing taco spot next door.  See?  Best girl date ever.

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On Sunday our bowling league won the championship!  As you can see, our captain was very proud.  True, several teams dropped out of the competition and I wasn’t even good enough to be allowed to play for our team, but we wooooooon.  We celebrated with a big team dinner at a pizza place, where I unfortunately had to eat salad because of Passover.  We all went around the table making various toasts and convinced the restaurant to play “We Are The Champions.”  It was a great way to end the weekend.

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Our apartment smells so fabulous right now!  Two of our seder guests brought gorgeous bouquets and Albert picked up two more bunches of tulips (not pictured).  It was a lovely gesture that brightens up the whole place. 

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