Sunday with Mom

Yesterday, my mom and I pretended it was May 8th and celebrated Mothers Day a week early. fleur.JPG

We met in Astoria, and caught the tail end of a 5 Boro Bike tour that was just finishing up.


For brunch, we went to Vesta, one of the vendors I learned about when I volunteered at Queens Eats last fall.


All of their food is locally sourced, and made from the heart.

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We started out with cocktails: mint tea with orange juice, lemon, and prosecco.

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Such a simple, delicious idea!


My mom ordered what looked like the most popular dish on a Sunday morning: the Hangover Pizza. It’s got fried eggs, spicy tomato sauce, potatoes, and meat.

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I chose the Warm Bankie: creamy polenta with fried eggs, mushrooms, asparagus, and truffle oil.

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Both of our meals were fantastic, and we helped each other eat them (I ate several of her meat-free crusts). I think we did a pretty good job, don’t you?

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After brunch, we wandered over to the Socrates Sculpture Park, an outdoor sculpture garden. They’re in the middle of setting up for their spring show, which opens next Sunday. Hope I can go!

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Then we wandered to the next block, to the Noguchi museum.


It’s a series of huge, airy rooms, with a lot of open space, brick walls, and wooden-beamed ceilings. IMG_0189.JPG

(Wouldn’t mind laying down a carpet and moving in!)

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It’s amazing how you can live somewhere for years and years, and still be surprised by hidden gems.


Goal for 2011 update: Cook One New Recipe A Week

Week 1: Lemony Spaghetti with Bitter Greens & Chickpeas

Week 2: Lentil Chili

Week 3: Chickpeas in Star Anise & Date Masala

Week 4: Thai-Style Black Beans w/ Mango & Cilantro

Week 5: Ten Minute Tasty Asparagus & Brown Rice, Brussels Sprouts Salad with Cheddar and Toasted Almonds, Warm Red Lentil Salad, Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad.

Week 6: Beets, Spiced Quinoa & Yogurt, Sesame-Cooked Eggs Over Rice

Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries

Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes

Week 9: Rutabagas with Buckwheat, Black Beans & Kale, Garlicky Mushroom Greens

Week 10: Tamarind Lentils, The Double-Shift Scramble

Week 11: Spicy Chickpea Salad, Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheeze, Spicy Red Lentil, Peanut & Pumpkin Soup

Week 12: Sunday Night Supper Salad, Peanut Butter Banana-Berry French Toast Sandwich

Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich

Week 14: Black Bean Soup, Sweet Pumpkin Pudding

Week 15: Green Rice

Week 16: Matzoh Buttercrunch Candy,  Quinoa with Moroccan Winter Squash and Carrot Stew

Week 17: Truffled Turnip Soup, Nutty Lemon Brussels Sprouts, Cookie Dough Smoothie

If you could spend the day with your mom or a close friend, what would you do?

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