grams of the week – aug 24

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

beach sessions rockaway

I went to Beach Sessions this past Saturday, really cool stuff happening with this group. Learn more about it here.  P.S. that’s the drummer from Deerhoof – Greg Saunier.


I made eggplant parm from an eggplant Maureen grew in her garden! Homegrown in Rockaway! Also, why am I not making this at least once a month?


This photo was taken around beach 17th. I’m trying to bike as much as possible. It’s more fun than going to the gym. I love the old wood boardwalk but I must say, it’s way easier to ride on the new (and old) cement sections.


Oh delicious bread! I used this with an onion dip I made this past week. I’m going to post the recipe soon. It’s a big crowd pleaser.

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the fascinating fig


Matt came across this article and I wanted to share it with you. I had know idea that a fig was actually a flower and that it is pollinated by only one type of tiny insect, it’s fascinating!

All kinds of critters, not only humans, frequent fig trees, but the plants owe their existence to what may be evolution’s most intimate partnership between two species. Because a fig is actually a ball of flowers, it requires pollination to reproduce, but, because the flowers are sealed, not just any bug can crawl inside.* That task belongs to a minuscule insect known as the fig wasp, whose life cycle is intertwined with the fig’s. Mother wasps lay their eggs in an unripe fig. After their offspring hatch and mature, the males mate and then chew a tunnel to the surface, dying when their task is complete. The females follow and take flight, riding the winds until they smell another fig tree. (One species of wasp, in Africa, travels ten times farther than any other known pollinator.) When the insects discover the right specimen, they go inside and deposit the pollen from their birthplace. Then the females lay new eggs, and the cycle begins again. For the wasp mother, however, devotion to the fig plant soon turns tragic. A fig’s entranceway is booby-trapped to destroy her wings, so that she can never visit another plant. When you eat a dried fig, you’re probably chewing fig-wasp mummies, too.

Read the full article here –


Photos from Fran’s article Our fig tree survived. So did we.

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grams of the week – aug 16

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


Here’s another portrait of Obama the cat. I wrote about him last week, check it out.


The 8th Annual JUMBAQ happened over the weekend. The bands sounded great and looked great playing within Jumbo’s rose garden. This was the first party in his new house in Glendale (deep Queens represent). Jumbo’s famous Jumburgers were delicious as usually. Spicier this year which was a nice switch-up. Get the Jumburger recipe here!


Our tomatoes are ready! How are yours doing?


I haven’t been to L&B Spumoni’s  in probably 10yrs so we decided to get lunch there this week.  I was wildly disappointed. I should write a review about this but for now here are some words of wisdom – don’t believe the hype.

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Obama the Cat, Not the President

I’ve been reading Rockawayist column “Dogs of Rockaway” and I love it – great idea! But then I got thinkin… what about the cats? I know so many cool cats in Rockaway and feel they should be known to all. So here goes…

Many of you have seen me post pictures of Obama on Instagram but I’ve never formally introduced him.

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Obama the cat is named after Obama the President because he is also black and white. I can’t take creds for the witty name – my former neighbor Naureen came up with it.

Obama started coming around about a year and a half ago. My Italian kicked in and I couldn’t help myself – I started feeding him and now (no surprise) he lives on our porch. He’s the “watch dog” of my house, purrtrolling our property day and night.

There is a difference between feral cats and strays:

Stray cats are socialized to people (you can touch them, they can be vocal, they’re friendly). This means at a young age the cat had positive contact with humans.

Feral cats are not socialized to people. While they are socialized to their colony members and bonded to each other, they do not have that same relationship with people. SourceFerals are elusive, they won’t approach you and may run away if they see you.

Obama is a stray. Rumor on the block is that the people across the street from us left Obama when they moved out (which infuriates me). A few of us on 91st street now care for him – it’s a community effort.


Last April I took a TNR course* at the library on 54th street. I somehow managed to successfully trap Obama. He’s fixed now and has all of his vaccines! Good thing, because Obama likes to sneak in the house sometimes to “play” with Fivey, Cookie and Lil Left. He also has a habit of going straight into the kitchen and stealing food. Obama’s eating (left) while Fivey is investigating the situation.


Here’s some pictures of Obama doing his thing.


Obama snuck inside (again) and decided to chill on the stairs for a while.


Obama very much enjoyed the gigantic litter box we had in the driveway for a while.


Here Obama is letting everyone know who’s boss. Obama has been known to start fights with small dogs. He’s had some beef with Rockie next door and more recently Jodi and Danny’s new pup, Doc. If the dog is small, Obama will try’n tak’em. It’s a territory thing. It’s in his nature, so don’t judge. But mostly Obama is a good cat – He’s generally likes humans. If you see him on 91st, approach slowly and bend down. Let him sniff your hand first before you pet him (rule of thumb with most animals). Having treats or a can of food would secure an immediate friendship with Obama.

There are a few more cool cats of Rockaway I would like you to meet. Until then…

*If you’re interested in caring for the stray and feral cats in your neighborhood, here are two resources to get you started:
NYC Feral Cat Initiative (Take a TNR Class)

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