Dining Out

Well we’re moving right along on our Fall To-Do List. This weekend we went to the Raven Hill Orchard for some apple picking. The weather was sunny and crisp — a perfect day for roaming in a beautiful apple orchard!

I highly recommend the Raven Hill Orchard. It’s certified organic, and no long lines!!! They don’t have the donut machine hooked up yet though. That’s ok, we had our fill of donuts last weekend. And I do have to say I’ve never tasted a better McIntosh in my entire life! I know, I didn’t have any molars last fall, but I’ve sampled plenty of apples THIS season.

The best part about Raven Hill was all the eye-level apples. You know how I love to be self-sufficient.

But occasionally I spotted a real winner that was up too high, and that’s where Dad came in handy.

So we’ve still got a busy agenda for the rest of the season. I still don’t know what I’m going to be for Halloween. Any suggestions?

As I mentioned, Story keeps us busy around here. It’s a full time job just trying to coax a smile out of her. Apparently Story did not get my sense of humor, I’m sure I was never like that! I don’t know, maybe she’s upset about living in my shadow. It certainly looks that way:

Anyway, we’re still having fun. A couple weeks ago we had a visit from Aunt Jackie (I think that’s her name, I’m having a tough time keeping track of all the dark haired ladies that come around here).

We’ve also got a full agenda for Fall in Maine, here’s our to-do list:

1. Apple Picking
2. Cider Donut Eating
3. Pumpkin Procurement
4. Corn Maze
5. Leaf Peeping
6. Cider Donut Eating
7. Costume Development
8. Halloween Partying/Trick-or-Treating

I have to admit we’re not doing so well on our list, but the season is still young. Last weekend we set out to do #1 and #2 at Thompson’s Orchard. Unfortunately, we got waylaid in the donut line and by the time we had our tummies full of fresh fried dough, it was nap time and the apples went unpicked. Well, I guess we did capture ONE apple:

Those were some mighty fine donuts, so I’m glad Mom and Dad knew to bump the apples off for another week.

This weekend I think we’ll tackle the corn. Stay tuned for details.


I had such an awesome time on Sunday. First Mom and I went to school with Dad and met some of his super nice classmates. They all seem to know so much about me, I can’t seem to figure out why? It’s not like he has time to talk about me while he’s discussing important law school topics like copyrights and finals, right?

Before Dad hit the books we ordered lunch from one of his favorite restaurants and I had my very own Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich!!!!

After lunch, Mom and I went to Alphabet Soup to meet up with all my oldest and dearest friends. I’ve known some of these girls and boys since I was no more than 6 weeks old!!!

Check it out, here are some of my friends, and their mommies:

The funny thing is, this was the first time when we all met when we DIDN’T talk about nap schedules. I guess we’re all just moving on to bigger and better things. And Mom and I are literally moving… so we’re not going to see any of these good folks for a long long time….. sniff…. sniff…. do you think Portland has babies, or er, toddlers? Will I ever make friends again? And more importantly, do they have Peanut Butter in Maine?

Well, we had a great time. I was all over the jungle gym and slide. Here’s more shots of my friends and their mommies and dad:

After the park, before heading home Mom and I met up with Dad again and we went out for another meal, this time I had the more mundane penne with red sauce…. ho hum. I guess every meal can’t be 4 Star PB&J.

I guess this is the end of an era for me, one of my last outings before leaving the city. No more Tess and the City.

In other news, SPRING IS HERE! I’ll have to come back later and tell you how much my life has changed since the warm weather arrived.


Happy Belated Thanksgiving!! Sorry I’m late, but I actually didn’t know what was coming. I thought we were just going to my aunt’s house for an ordinary dinner, I had no idea it was going to be so awesome!

We started out the weekend by packing up our new wheels with all of my toys and accoutrements. Then we made the trek up to Vermont where we had Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt Jackie’s house.

Here’s a shot of all the ladies:

You all know I’ve been around the block a couple times. In fact Dad says Vermont is the 13th state I’ve visited (I’m a little sketchy on counting for myself, plus I don’t remember much before what happened yesterday). So anyway, I think I’m qualified to declare Vermont a pretty cool place, and I’m not just talking about the weather.

Listen up. Two words: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Not impressed? Ok, One word: Apple Cider Donuts.

That’s actual fresh cider making happening in the background.

And if Ice Cream and Donuts don’t float your boat I have just Two more words for you: The Great Outdoors.

This was my first real hike in the woods. I have to say, I’m hooked. I can’t wait to move to Maine next year!!!


What a great weekend! Things started off really well for us when on Thursday night I slept from midnight until 6 am!!! I was finally able to sleep through my 4 am feeding! We thought it was an anomoly, but I’ve been able to keep my night feeding to one single waking for three nights now!! You have no idea how much concentration it takes for me to pull that off!

The great thing about skipping the 4 am feed, is that when Mom wakes up with me at 6:30, she’s all refreshed and ready to go! This morning we went down to the water and watched the cruise ships come up the Hudson River.

This weekend we also went to the Hoboken Italian Festival. It’s quite the event, finally an “Italian” festival with some actual, honest to goodness Italian food. The festival looked like a great party to me, maybe it will get better when I’m old enough to eat mozzarella and red sauce.

I may not look it, but I’m a quarter Italian. One thing I can say about New Jersey is that an Italian girl gets the respect she deserves for her fine heritage. Tony Soprano is from Jersey, you know? Look how proud I am here at the festival among my people:

Anyway, I better run, bedtime for Tess.


In less than a week we’ll be Hoboken bound. This is quite an upheaval for a girl who’s lived in the city her whole life. I’ve had many good times here in New York, mostly of the gastronomic sort. The thing I’ll miss most about living in New York City is the variety of food and dessert choices, all right outside our door. In honor of my favorite local eating establishments, this week I’d like to highlight some of the best.

Where to begin?

You already know about me and cupcakes. Goodbye Magnolia Bakery.

But I’ve also got a thing for sushi. Mom and Dad are all “there’s nothing like San Francisco for sushi.” Whatever Mom and Dad, you go ride your little trolly car, I’ll just be over here enjoying my tuna rolls at Yama. Goodbye Yama.

And don’t forget the Italian Bakeries of the West Village. There are too many to name, but there is no better place to get traditional Seven Layer than at Bruno’s on Bleeker.

Goodbye Bruno’s.

Sniff… sniff….But the move is for the best, we’ll have a bigger apartment — which means more room to roam!

And I’m sure Hoboken has it’s share of fine eating establishments. Sniff… sniff… sooooooooob!!!!! I gotta go before I get my laptop all soggy… I’ll be back to cover the rest of our favorites once I pull myself together.


Hello, I’m back! I’ve been very busy these past two weeks. After Grandma left, I had more visitors – my Aunt Jennifer and Uncle Jeff!!! We had another big weekend with Jen and Jeff. I went on a Breastfeeding Tour! On Saturday I breastfed in all sorts of places all over Manhattan. First the Metropolitan Museum, then the food concourse at Grand Central, then at Outback Steak house! I’m becoming a fixture on the New York City scene, look for a photo of me breastfeeding in the society pages of next month’s New Yorker.

In other news, I turned 6 weeks old on Monday. This means I have officially revealed my beautiful SMILE! I’ve already learned that my smile holds great powers. I can get Mom and Dad to do pretty much anything with just a flash of the smile. This is why I must NEVER allow them to photograph my smile, or else the real thing will lose its power! I think they caught a photo today, its hard to stay on guard all the time, especially when Dad is singing those goofy songs, he cracks me up!

I met a new friend today, Isabel Stackawitz! Isabel is two weeks older than me! Isabel came to visit me with her mom and dad, Donna and Jeremy. It was great, Isabel and I ate lunch, then we all went to Cowgirl. Our parents ate brunch while Isabel and I took naps. It was cold out, I hear there’s a big “blizzard” coming today, whatever that means! Dad says its going to be my first “Noreaster” – and his too!!! I guess they don’t get many storms in California.

Here’s some photos from our playdate today.

I’m three weeks old today! It feels like I’ve been here forever. The weather has been great here in New York, but Dad keeps rumbling about something called “Global Warming” and says he’ll explain it when I’m older.

Friday Mom, Dad and I walked to Babies R Us to pick up a few items, they have a great “Mother’s Room” there where Mom fed me and I saw a bunch of other babies. Then we walked home by way of the Hudson River, and Dad took some photos before sunset.

Sunday Dad put me in the Bjorn and we visited another restaurant – the Burger Joint. Nothing to rave about there, according to Mom we won’t be going back again.

Today the weather was cold again, and I can’t go out without three layers and the plastic liner on my stroller, which makes it hard to see all the sights. I can’t wait until spring!

I’ve been so busy, I barely have time to post! Yesterday Mom took me out in the sunshine again, and we met Dad at one of their favorite lunch spots – Peanut Butter & Co. Mom and Dad both had the usual – the “Elvis”: Peanut Butter, Banana, Honey, and Bacon, all grilled on wheat toast! Yum!!! I can’t wait to eat solid foods!

Tonight we went for our first dinner outing too! Dad picked a chain restaurant – Pizzaria Uno – so just in case I started to cry, then he and Mom wouldn’t feel so bad about disturbing the other guests. I don’t know what he was worried about, I was a perfect angel the whole time!