Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Being Married to a Chef can be a Challenge … January 20, 2012

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… and that is what I’m blogging about over at Married to a Chef today!

And now, a token picture of my children & a little glimpse into my daily life


NYC Wrap-Up November 27, 2011

Filed under: Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 6:22 pm

I didn’t blog every day this month

I did post 25 days in a row which, I believe, is more than I posted in the first 6 months of Fiona’s life!

My participation in National Blog Posting Month did help me get back on the writing-wagon so I will, I am promising myself!, be back more often!

Tonight, I am exhausted!

New York City is fabulous but after parades & eating & drinking & biking & the circus & playgrounds & the park & Chinatown & Little Italy & Vietnamese lunches & pie & euchre & wine & stroller napping I am one tired mama

Here are some highlights of the trip!





Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade



Dinner and post-dinner (pre-pie) walk in Central Park



The Big Apple Circus


Nursing and playing in Central Park


Sunrise … Sunset



Goofing around in Soho

Night y’all


I can’t post today …. November 25, 2011

Filed under: Things that make me smile — gastromami @ 7:47 pm

… because I’m playing Euchre and

“Gretchen!  You can’t blog while we are playing cards!”


The Impossible Task of Capturing a Quality Christmas Picture November 22, 2011

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s … i … g … h


Beach Bums November 15, 2011

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I refuse to break my NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) streak but my Miami family is gathering for dinner so I’m just going to leave you with some pictures of my kids enjoying the beach!  We’ve been totally bumming on the beach for the past 2 days – and this Gringa Mama is showing the proof on my shoulders while my Cuban children have fantastic tans!

Assuming the “Miss Priss:  Uh, mama, no more pictures please” pose


Burying Dada


My little Cuban eating pastelitos on the beach


Miss Fiona refused the stay on the blanket & kept crawling to sit in the sand where she would promptly eat an entire fistful of Key Biscayne


I’m on a boat November 14, 2011

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Ren with his cousin Brennan & friend Frankie

Fiona decked out in her pink resort wear

It may having been snowing last week in Philadelphia but yesterday we enjoyed the most beautiful afternoon on a friend’s boat.  My husband, Reny, has the best group of friends here in Miami and “the boys” (which, freakily enough, are simply a Cuban version of Prep boys) headed out fishing early Sunday morning – I think all they caught, however, was a buzz.  We joined them after naps and headed down to Boca Chica Key.

Oh – and saw dolphins!  Lots of dolphins!



Father & Son … Cousins … Nursing with a beer (’cause I’m classy like that)



Abuela’s 90th Birthday November 13, 2011

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Abuela Maria Teresa (Reny’s dad’s mami) turns 90 years old today

Last night we surprised her!  And celebrated!  And danced!  And laughed!  And drank wine!  And danced!

2 children, 6 grandchildren & 10 great grandchildren – what a legacy