cafe la maude and reading terminal market

brunch at @cafelamaude a french lebanese cafe strongly recommended by aisha. we had green shakshuka and smoked salmon. extraordinary flavors and textures! then trip to reading terminal market. tried some shoofly pie made by a place serving homemade dutch food. not as sweet as i expected (it’s made with molasses), actually quite good:)

boathouse row and belgian food

yesterday we strolled along boathouse row on the schuylkill river. its placid surface is ideal for rowing. ordered pick-up from monk’s cafe, a belgian restaurant close to our airbnb, for dinner. these key lime and peach almond tarts were delicious:)
philly #philadelphia #boathouserow #schuylkillriver #walkingeverywhere #belgianfood #minitarts

new york botanical garden

back after 17-18 years. we used to visit every weekend when we lived in north woodmere. my son took a gardening class there when he was in first grade:) it was always one of my favorite places in nyc. i remember we’d look at keating hall, fordham’s gothic tower, and wonder what the bronx campus looked like. now my daughter is studying at the university’s lincoln center campus. she was one or two back then. the garden is still gorgeous, a repository of sensory pleasures that does the soul good:)
botanicalgarden #nybotanicalgarden #bronx #newyorkcity #newyork #sanctuary #natureisbeautiful #soulhealing #gardening #northwoodmere #longisland

back in long island

hit the cross bronx expressway at 5-530pm and was stuck in rush hour traffic hell. added another hour to my 7 hour drive, but in the end, i got home to my favorite human. thank u to everyone in rochester – all the friends who worked with me on the shoots, met up, tried to meet up, dropped by, went on walks, had coffee or dinner in all kinds of weather, cooked, baked, shared gifts, acquired art, supported fundraisers, turned their backyards or decks into socially distanced meeting spaces, and created community. am so grateful for all of u. à la prochaine inshallah!
rochesterny #longisland #friendsarefamily #communitylove