Category Archives: Baby adventures

Halloween Dessert Bazaar

Normally an upper west side flea market on weekends–this weekend was a sweets bazaar. A nice alternative if you were unable to get tickets to the Dessertgoals first annual fest that was also happening today.  

Rainbow ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ Rice krispy treats

Truffles 

Pumpkin custard donut     

Apple butter donut with white cheddar 

There was a fancy decorate it yourself cake kit

Earl grey gelato 

International muffins 

Creepy Halloween nyc themed cookies 

Chocolates 

Chocolate chip cupcakes 

It can be hard to juggle all the sweets at the bazaar 

If you need a savory break from the sugar rush there was a tornado potato truck 

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Tompkins Square Dog Park’s Howloween 2016

Our dog showcased his Stranger Things’ Wall costume once more at the 26th annual Tompkins square dog parade. This time we added a demogorgon (the carnivorous flower faced monster) to the mix.

Waiting to enter judging area (Giuliana Rancic was the celebrity judge today). Rain didn’t stop big crowds from showing today 

Our normally comprehensive cataloging of dog costumes was cut short this year due to the cold and rainy weather but here are some of our favorites! 

Trojan horse & roman soldiers 

Harry Potter & friends 

Game of Thrones: daenarys & three dragon eggs

Joker & jokermobile 

Chik-fil-A dog

Pizza

The purple one: Prince 

Freddy Kruger & taco

Sweet Shoppe (the grand prize winner) ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ

Sheriff 

Three headed dogkissing booth 

Calypso lady 

Psychic/Tarot card reader

Fisherwoman & Orca

Danny & Sandy from Grease

Flower box & bee & ladybug 

Piรฑata 

Minion 

Star Wars: obi wan kenobi

Totoro (my favorite!!)

Campbell soup can!! 

Post judging: the Wall & Eleven bask in spotlight 

Eleven wanted to see what being a demogorgon feels like….

Photoprops at the Beggin strips photobooth

Goodnight sweet Bichon (time to R-U-N)

Hudson Valley Blaze: Jack-o-lanterns on steroids!!

Croton-on-Harmon hosts a jack-o-lantern extravaganza every October!  It’s simply out of this world.  Thousands of pumpkins (both real & foam craft sort) are carved & stacked into enormous sculptures. Located an hours train ride from nyc, it’s an easy day trip for the family. 

Trains!

Dinosaurs 

Wedding cake/proposal 

Spider web

Hall of stars!!

Haunted house & grandfather clock


Pumpkin Zee Bridge

Monsters!!


bride of Frankenstein 

Sea Dragon

China cabinet 

Haunted house

Zoo animals! 

Witches brewing a potion

RIP

Jack in the box

Scary face 

Venus flytraps & sunflowers 

Scarecrows 

Beehive Upside down (maybe it’s just me but this looks like the Bolton Sigil from Game of Thrones)

Care bear commute ๐Ÿก after a wonderful Blaze 

Halloween Howl @ Carl Schurz Park 2016

There are many dog costume contests in NYC–this is one of the earlier ones in October.  

Perfect weather meant the crowds came out !

 There were so many great dogs costumes; here’s a few of my favorites:

Lobster 

Pineapple 

Ghostbusters

From Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things the Wall & Eleven

Then they meet another Stranger Things dog version of Eleven plus Dustin 

Pokeball from Pokรฉmon 

Camel


Unicorn 

Half of Cellino & Barnes/barks

A mummy & pharoah 

Toothpaste & brush 

Where’s Waldo?

Thing 1 &Thing 2

Minion 

Bees & beekeepers

Cop & donut

Alice in wonderland, Cheshire Cat & teapot 

Cupcake & baker

Super dog & superman car

Eggs & bacon 

Hamburger, ketchup & fries

Sushi

Dragons 

Wonder Woman 

Batman 

Sherlock Holmes 

Breast cancer awareness cow

Super girl dogs

Spaghetti & meatballs 

Curious George, man in yellow hat & bananas

Where the Wild Things Are

Magic Schoolbus 

Wonka Bar

Voting ballot box

Pan Am stewardess 

Starbucks frappuccino 

The Wall enjoyed dazzling the crowds with custom twinkling lights 

Queens Night Market…October editionย 

After hearing many things (both good/cheap & bad/crowded) about the Queens Night Market located at the New York Hall of Science, we finally made it on a rainy Saturday night.  


Normally the night market operates in summer (late april-august) but this year it’s open for Saturdays in october starting oct 8.  In the past, especially for the opening last apr 23rd, the crowds had been immense & made the night market hard to navigate, however last night due to the drizzling rains it was perfectly uncrowded.  There were still a smattering of rain hardy foodies enjoying the cheap eats (most things priced $3,4,5 or $6) & playing in the inflatable knockerballs. 


Halloween is looming so of course there were jack-o-lanterns 

 
Now onto the food….meat on sticks

Next mac & cheese (baby’s fav)

Ecuadorian hot dog

Chocolate rugelach

Brownies galore!

Shark Sandwich (when I asked what type, they said Mako-not sure what I was expecting–great white?)

Gourmet twinkies in crazy awesome flavors (pandan, rose macadamia, bananas foster, maple bacon, fruity pebbles)

Random Chucky doll at a t-shirt stand (when asked if Chucky was October only we were told he is always there)

Tornado chimney cakes

Cotton candy art 

Opted for the heart (orange & blue raspberry)

The minion cotton candy is too cute!

Peking duck being sliced for baos

Pork rice bowl with egg

Arepa filled with mozzarella topped with beef

Bubble teas 

Now to play!! The muddy field next to the food had a wine/beer garden & giant inflatable balls to collide into your friends (Knockerballs)

Who says you can’t have fun in the rain?

Kickstarter Fest in Fort Greene brooklyn

We checked out the first Kickstarter Fest in Fort Greene Park in brooklyn!  It was lively but not crowded due to the light drizzling rain. 

The event centered around multiple games and small businesses that use kickstarter to raise funds.

Highlights include exploding kittens card game with huge giant sized cards, virtual reality headsets (though the wait to use these was really rather too long), food trucks, giant beer pong games, light & art installations, boneyard pets…..

Exploding kittens even had free cookies that look like the playing cards & avatars from the game’s app!! Yum. 

Giant beer pong and  Some awesome light art installations! Like lite brite 3d!



Food trucks! Best were ramen & thai noodles!  Drunken noodles with shrimp. 

Seared tuna ramenthai iced teaboneyard pets! These really cool toys come normal & mega sized. 

There was candle making class.  $10 gets you a custom decorated coconut wax candle from KEAP with one of their signature scents


There were also DJs, some musical performances & a really cool light installation in the trees near the dance area so it was like a Techno Forest! 
Voila! Even better in darkness

There was strobe lights & a dance party in the rain! Some other cool light art installations!

Let there be night!

Dinner at the Red Cat in Chelsea

We had an excellent dinner with friends in the Chelsea neighborhood in NYC at the Red Cat. 

Started with green bean tempera with mustard dipping sauce ๐Ÿ˜

Then a bevy of appetizers including: foie gras and chicken liver terrine. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Gnocci with in season fiddlehead ferns

Chilled corn soup

Grilled calamari


Next the main dishes!! 

Salmon with summer succotash of corn

Skirt steak with thinly sliced fingerling potatoes & mustard greens

Atlantic Hake with romesco & white beans

The glorious Coffee crusted rack of lamb!!!!


Before dessert:  yes surprisingly the restaurant is kid friendly
Now for the sweet courses! Dessert! 
I ordered the peanut butter mousse

Our friends got the chocolate cherry ice cream sandwich & the cinnamon nutmeg churros ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


Last but not least, my guy got the pistachio semifreddo with hot fudge 


Overall this restaurant was a total surprise!! A hidden gem in chelsea.