A Bronx Tale

Our Baby Boy has 2 new words he keeps repeating (outside of “no” and “mine”): “oh, oh, oh” – and not “ho, ho, ho” – every time he sees Santa Claus and “Choo choo” when he sees a train. So loving hubby had the brilliant idea to take the family up to the Botanical Garden this WE for their annual Holiday Train Show.

I didn’t know much about it, but I already loved it when I saw that you could select the options “Mr, Mrs, Princess, Countess, Baroness…” when ordering your ticket online. So Loving hubby, Baby Boy and Princess Maman drove up to the Bronx yesterday to go see ourselves some Royal Choo Choos.

I have to say the place is magical, from the outside to the entrance lobby to the exhibition.

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The enchantment starts in the entrance lobby with the friendly staff playing along with the theme:

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After a 10 min waiting line (what’s the point of buying tickets for a certain time slot if they don’t control the amount of people then?), we arrived in a Winter Wonderland in the jungle: electric trains running all around with landmark buildings of Manhattan recreated amongst a tropical vegetation.

I had never seen my Boy so excited.

Nor our son :)

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The closest we will probably ever be to the Lycee Francais, since we didn’t win last week’s $550M lottery …

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It was a great exhibition despite the crowd at the beginning. And Baby Boy had the time of his life.

Maman too since she was able to be a Princess for a day. And she brought back home a very happy little prince (and his son too).

NYC Festivals: the best and the less best (and a Bonpoint sale)

The great thing about New York is that there is some sort of Festival happening every day. We are constantly celebrating something: food, cinema, foreign culture… food. And the last 2 weeks, we have been very busy visiting a random selection of festivals.

The first one was called “Le Grand Fooding” and was all about “experiencing food differently”. Integrating Philosophy into Food, obviously this is a French initiative (I can tease, I’m a French initiative myself). The concept was to resemble a giant outside campfire overlooking the water and the Manhattan skyline. Many great restaurants from around the world traveled to the event and were serving delicious samplings.

Rising star from San Francisco Danny Bowien (Last NYC outpost: Mission Chinese in the LES)

French desert  virtuoso Pierre Hermé (with a devoted fan in myself)

And to make this Brooklyn event an complete hipster night, the Swedish Indie Pop group Mike Snow was performing (and acting as you would expect from a Swedish Indie Pop group…):

Yesterday we are strolling as a happy cool family in Lower East Side, when we stumble upon another food festival (I didn’t quit get the specifics of that one). Leave it to our boy to take advantage of some nice house music and an even nicer participant to start his own dance party:


I can’t help but think that he’s also saying “Damn, your shoes are even brighter than mine!”

But the oscar goes to the amazing festival we went to on Saturday: The Halloween Dog Parade. (Yes, you read properly: dogs in costumes walking down their own parade).

Here is a sampling of the best specimen…

I hope the owner is in costume too:

I guess this one is dressed as a classy jersey girl?

He better not get any idea, we are not getting a dog…

And now after this display of chicness, I feel it is time to let you know about the classier news of the week: the semi-annual Bonpoint sale this Thursday & Friday!

Following the dog festival, it’s definitively what the Dr recommends.

Bonpoint Sale

Thursday, October 25 & Friday, October 26. Thurs 9am—7pm, Fri 9am—3pm.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St

Jacadi… pour les petits!

… or “Jacadi for the little ones” but it didn’t rhyme in English so I went for the French version. Yes, in this blog you learn about great activities AND languages.
So I just got a very interesting information but I don’t know if I should be excited or not. And it all lies on a language question. I just received my favorite email: the announce of a Jacadi Sample Sale next Tuesday!! but followed by  “for infants boys & girls“…

English not being my first language, I’m not sure what defines an “infant”. Is it toddler only, once you walk you’re out? Is it before you know how to speak? My boy is 16 months, he walks but doesn’t (really) speak, is he an infant?? Couldn’t they just say 3 to — 12?/18?/24? months!

So I went online, in search of a proper definition for “infant”.

According to wikipedia, infant comes from the Latin word infans, meaning “unable to speak”. YAY, that means Baby boy’s in :).

According to the webster dictionary: “a child in the first period of life”. Well thanks. That doesn’t help at all. I feel I’m still in my first period of life.

And according to google, “A very young child or baby”.

So given this lack of precised timeline, I have decided to take a leap of faith and just go try it out next Tuesday. Worth case scenario, I have a few newborn gifts coming up.

And in any case, this might just be the reason I needed to start working on #2.

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If you want to join me:  Jacadi & others Sample Sale

261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Tuesday-Thursday 10am-6pm                                                                                                                                           Fall/Winter merchandise