Grams of the Week – May 23

Here’s a recap of the best instagrams of last week. If you want the day to day follow me here!

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I wrote about my cat in The Wave this week. Is that nepotism?

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Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) is labeled a weed but it’s beautiful. I’m letting it grow in my garden. And it’s edible:

All parts of the plant are edible, with a distinct tangy flavor (common to all plants in the genus Oxalis). However, it should only be eaten in small quantities, since oxalic acid can bind up the body’s supply of calcium.

The leaves and flowers of the plant are sometimes added to salads for decoration and flavoring. These can also be chewed raw (along with other parts of the plant, but not the root) as a thirst-quencher. The green pods are pleasant raw, having a juicy crisp texture and a tartness similar to rhubarb in flavor.

The leaves can be used to make a flavored drink that is similar in taste to lemonade, and the whole plant can be brewed as herbal tea that has an aroma somewhat like that of cooked green beans.

The juices of the plant have been extracted from its greens as a substitute to common vinegar. via wikipedia

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Kicked off the first night at Low Tide  last friday night with The Wild Yaks!!

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I spotted this lion in a pink tutu while running some errands in deep Queens this past week. Ozone Park never fails. Also of note, the plastic dinosaurs on the fence.

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A Commuter’s Palace – Beer, Wine, and Baked Shrimp Chips

It just so happened I got booked with some freelance days in the city the very first day the ferry set sail. Perfect timing! Everyone has heard the details thus far, there are some kinks to work out, yada yada yada. But overall the response from our community seems positive, as is mine.

After work on May 1st I headed to Pier ll for my voyage back to Rockaway. The ferry before us was at capacity so the line for the 6:30pm seemed endless. The mood was jovial despite this. Soon enough we were boarding, but then there was another long line — for the bar! I needed a drink on my first happy hour ferry ride, so I waited. Unlike a regular bar where everyone crowds around and hopes to get the bartender’s attention, this line was orderly – single file.

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While I waited, I noticed the wide variety of snacks for sale – Chocolate Bark Thins, Hu Kitchen’s Cashew Butter & Vanilla Dark Chocolate Bars. POPCORNERS Chips Kettle. Pirate’s Booty (I mean, they had to right?), Altoids, Snack Factory Pretzel Chips (one of my favs), KRAVE Jerky and more. Interestingly, there’s a whole Japanese snack section which includes, Hello Panda Biscuits, Pocky Chocolate Biscuits, Meiji Chocorooms (crunchy chocolate trippy mushrooms bites), KASUGAI Lychee Gummy Candy, and Calbee Baked Shrimp Chips (that one I have to try). Am I missing something, are Japanese snacks a thing?

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Besides snacks, beer and wine, you can also buy a gold nail clipper, birthday candles and mini birthday hats. If you need ear plugs, a posh looking tooth brush, or a sleep mask, look no further. Also available, Fujifilm Mini Instant Film Camera, UNO planning cards, bubbles, coloring books, colored pencils and last but certainly not least, a pocket notebook with a dinosaur on it. The cover reads “All my friends are dead.”

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Glass of  tap Rosé in hand, I headed to the top deck. Most passengers had a drink or a smart phone in their hand. I saw only smiles. Spirits were high! Around Coney Island the water got choppy. Commuters including myself braced, and grabbed the closest handrail. Some people were caught off guard and their drinks spilled. I guess they were shy about getting the drink cover and straw. A woman was walking up the stairs with a beer when a crew member grabbed it, helping her to the top platform. “Hold on to your hats, and your beers” I thought!”

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Long story short, I’m ferry obsessed. The vibe is fun and the views are spectacular. For $2.75 you get transportion to Brooklyn or Mannattan with a boat tour of NY Harbor – The Freedom Tower, Governer’s Island, the Statue of liberty, etc. I had a moment, wind in my hair, staring at the sunset through the Verrazano Narrows, I felt like Goldie Hawn in the movie Overboard, on a floating palace.

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Grams of the Week

Here’s a recap of the best instagrams of last week. If you want the day to day follow me here!

heart-rockaway-beach

I found this heart by St. Rose of Lima, not sure what the story is but I’m going to try and find out. I’ll keep you guys posted. I <3 it!

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Last weekend we hung out at the Rockaway Retreat House for Jamie’s Birthday. We planted flowers and played with these cuties! Good times.

potatoes-and-eggs

I had the urge to make potatoes and eggs. My Grandfather used to make this for me all the time when I was a little kid. I’ll have to get the recipe on the blog soon. It’s mega comfort food.

14 sculpture rockaway beach

Big exciting news – I’m sure you heard by now that Rockaway has an exibit along the boardwalk curated by 14 scupltures. I’m determined to get photos of each one and post them on the blog. The whole stretch is really shaping up and the addition of these scupltures make the shorefront even more wonderful!

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Edgemere Farm Opens this weekend!

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This Mother’s Day weekend the market at The Edgemere Farm will be Saturday and Sunday from 9am -1pm. You can pick up your tomato plants and many other garden must-haves to kick of this gardening season. For more info visit their website. The farm is located at  385 Beach 45th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691.

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