Weekly Roundup: July 20

Another week, another check mark on my list next to something I’ve been wanting to do for ages: go to Summerstage. That and a few other things below make up this week’s roundup:

Summerstage

Summerstage

Central Park sunset

Central Park sunset

Madeline exhibit at the NY Historical Society

Madeline exhibit at the NY Historical Society

Caffe Storico at the NY Historical Society

Caffe Storico at the NY Historical Society

View from the LIRR

View from the LIRR

A festive Indian restaurant

A festive Indian restaurant

Happy sunflower

Happy sunflower

Advertisements

Birthday Reflection

“Inferior people talk about others,
average people talk about things,
superior people talk about ideas. ”
– My very wise grandfather

Age is a weird thing. My mid-July birthday would always mark the beginning of the end of the summer. After the chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting came back-to-school shopping, ripe peaches and – before I knew it – Labor Day.

With each birthday that passes, I long for the carefree days of being an innocent kid, when life was good because of a simple cupcake for a friend’s birthday or staying up an extra hour past bedtime.

I’ve also realized how much you can miss people as years go by. Whether it’s grandparents that I had the chance to meet but with whom the time ended too soon, or for the one who I’ll never meet but only know from stories, photographs and sayings like the one above. As I turn a year older next week, I hope I can still learn from my grandfather. I’m lucky to take a shortcut and reap the benefits of his wisdom, which surely came from years and years of experiences.

Dis-Moi Ce Que Tu Manges

“Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es.”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

To ring in Bastille Day, the FIAF (of which I have recently grown so fond) put on a street fair, which brought out French guests like Payard, Cognac, Maille and more.

Cognac's pasteries | netflix & nutella

Cognac’s pasteries | netflix & nutella

Also visiting were restaurants in the city that are of North African influenced, like the tajine restaurant where I got this delicious truffled mac and cheese.

Truffled mac & cheese | netflix & nutella

Truffled mac & cheese | netflix & nutella

I visited with my mom, and we – of course- couldn’t leave without grabbing a crêpe. On the busy, gray streets of New York, it was so special for me to share my passion for France and French culture with the woman who instilled it in my years ago.

My mom - always the Jackie O enthusiast | netflix & nutella

My mom – always the Jackie O enthusiast | netflix & nutella

La Belle Crêpe | netflix & nutella

La Belle Crêpe | netflix & nutella

Her simple but delicious lemon and sugar crêpe in the making | netflix & nutella

Her simple but delicious lemon and sugar crêpe in the making | netflix & nutella

The delicious-looking crêpe display | netflix & nutella

The delicious-looking crêpe display | netflix & nutella

And you always need a French-themed animal balloon. Pourquoi pas?

French balloons in the making | netflix & nutella

French balloons in the making | netflix & nutella

Weekly Roundup: July 7

With limited funds from an unpaid internship and a hungry appetite, I’ve found that most of my outings of consisted of food. Shocker. Here are my favorite moments from recent adventures:

Bar Primi | netflix & nutella

Bar Primi, from left to right:
Ricotta and spinach ravioli with lemon and asparagus
Lamb amatriciana
Spaghetti pomodoro

Central Park | netflix & nutella

Central Park never gets old

Meatball parm on a roll | netflix & nutella

Meatball parm on a roll at Parm

In-stagram-spiration | netflix & nutella

One of my favorite Parisian instagrams giving my travel inspiration

Dad-spiration | netflux & nutella

My dad’s newest painting, still in the works, which gives me inspiration to follow my passions at any time in my life