Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Snow Day

Last weekend, we attended the re-opening of the newly renovated downtown YMCA. The big draw was...10 tons of snow! I have no idea where they got it from, and it was partially melted by the time we arrived, but there was still plenty left for a good, old-fashioned snowball fight!
Well, Olivia didn't really want anything to do with the snow. She doesn't remember it from when we lived in New York. She was just a baby. But Jackson has fond memories of playing in the snow. He also remembered how to pack a snowball!

There was also an inflatable mountain for the kids to climb...
And a snow slide!

After the kids wore themselves out (and changed into warm, non-soggy socks and shoes), we headed to Habana for lunch. We started with the mariquitas, thinly sliced, fried plantains that come with a meat-based mojo sauce, but you can ask for the vegan chimichurri sauce. And then ask for refills, because you will understand that the plantains simply serve as a conduit to get as much delicious chimichurri sauce into your mouth as possible.

I had quimbombo, an okra stew with bell peppers and onions. It comes with sides of seasoned rice with pigeon peas, and beans. (The beans had pork in them, but they were for Tony, since I don't eat beans.)  The stew is phenomenal. I mix it up with the rice, the rice absorbs all the extra juices, and it's all so, so amazing. I've done a little digging around online for a recipe, and this one looks so simple, I may have to give it a shot.


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