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CIA: Not Just National Security

This past weekend, I headed to Westchester to celebrate my boyfriend and his brother’s birthday with their family outside the city. From their home in Yorktown (think mountain trails, crickets chirping, and the crisp feel of autumn in the air) we took a drive up to the CIA. While lie detector tests, and information on past secret operatives may have been more appealing to the boys, we were not headed to the Central Intelligence Agency. Where we were headed, was the Culinary Institute of America.

Alma Mater to famous epicurean alumni such as David Burke, Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, and even Lonnie and Karen Kane’s own niece, the CIA is known for it’s rigorous training in technique, taste, and creative culinary endeavors. The beautiful campus, idyllic in the New York countryside, boasts several student restaurants where family and foodies alike can go to sample their executions of five-star delicacies.

We ate in the famed french outpost, Escoffier and the menu and wine list did not dissapoint.  Our server, a little green for an impending graduate, made a few mistakes along the way but more than made up for it with his flaming flambe.

My boyfriend, Avi, and I outside the CIA.

Our waiter prepping his flambe pan.


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Tagged ashly juskus, birthday, CIA, Escoffier, family, flambe, karen kane, weekend, Westchester

Hubby Happy Hour

It’s very easy to take “date night” for granted before the arrival of kids into the family dynamic. Because let’s face it, every night really is date night, it just depends if you are spending time with your significant other “in” or “out”.

The hubs and I try to do date night or even date afternoon once a week, or at the very least twice a month. On Friday, we snuck in a quick Happy Hour date  and split some nachos and one (okay two) margaritas at one of our favorite spots in Boca, Rocco’s Tacos. The 1/2 nachos are only 5 bucks, and soooooo delicious. It’s the perfect appetizer for two: satisfies the craving, but doesn’t fill you up for dinner.

Conversation between me and the hubs every time we go to Rocco’s:

Hubs: “What’s this?” (points to menu) … I am of Colombian descent so he figures I can translate
Me: “Cojita. It’s a mild white cheese. You ask me this EVERY time we eat here.” note: we’ve dined at Rocco’s at least 6 times now

For our “date night” I wore my new Karen Kane striped tie front top (3K77155 on-line if you dig it and want to check it out). I paired it with a black Karen Kane jean (like these) and gold jewelry. I felt comfy and well dressed for our rainy Friday date!

There are a few Rocco’s locations in South Florida, so if you’re ever in the area and looking for some great inexpensive Mexican food, look them up! You won’t be disappointed.

Sipping my Happy Hour Margarita

Me & the “Hubs” at Rocco’s


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Tagged ali buckley, date night, family, florida, happy hour, husband, karen kane, karen kane denim, karen kane top, margaritas, marraige, mexican

Fall is Football Season…

So school is finally back in session and just like magic in the northeast, it already feels like Fall. The coolness of the nights, the need for a sweatshirt on the weekend mornings, and the start of the football season is here.

This past Sunday before we headed out of the house to my son’s first football game of the year, he requested 2 waffles, fruit and bacon. He said, “I need to eat a lot so I can have energy on the field.” At almost 8 years old I can assure you he always has energy – I just wish I could borrow a bit sometimes!

After a hearty breakfast Jack got dressed in his uniform and looked so proud. I stood back and could not believe how big he had gotten (the padding adds quite a lot also). As a Mom, I was nervous for him as I  do not want him to get hurt, but this is something he really wanted to do and practiced for all summer.

So off we went in the car and on the way he asked me to play some “rock” on the radio. This gave me a chuckle and I played some Katy Perry (one of his favorites but clearly not what I would term rock; I mean, I grew up in the 80′s ACDC is rock!).  He sang the whole way to the game and was so excited to get on the field and play.

His team did well and they shut out their opponents.  When the game was over and he came off the field he ran and gave me a huge hug and said, “that was so fun!” Then my little boy asked if he could take off his padding and go play on the playground. I sighed a sense of relief the game was over and happily watched him climb and swing.

I know being a parent is the toughest job anyone can do, and I also know it is the most rewarding, amazing gift to watch your kids grow up. So week one of football is down and this Mom has survived!

Jack in his uniform, ready to play!

With the cousins, about to hit the playground.


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Tagged autumn, fall, family, football, tiffany bowe, weekend

Juggling Family

Although a week behind, I just had to share this weekend story….

This last Labor Day weekend I was fortunate enough to start it off with my family in NYC! I started my Friday late afternoon with a delicious meal with my husband Sean and two boys James and Jack at Bryant Park Grill. We are a seafood loving family and ate some tasty mussels, lobster, clams and tuna!  We then walked through the park and stumbled upon a free juggling demonstration. It was really fun to watch my husband and older son James try and juggle balls and bowling pins! More ended up on the ground than in the air but it was quite entertaining! Next, we headed down Broadway and stopped and had a true NY tradition, a Mr. Softy ice cream cone. Lots of napkins later, we arrived at Radio City Music Hall to see the final weekend showing of the Cirque Du Soleil show, Zarkana.  The show really was spectacular! We all were amazed at the talent the performers had and how flexible they were. After the show, and deciding it had been a long day, we jumped in a pedicab and headed back to Port Authority to get our bus home to NJ. Overall, it was a great way to spend some time with my men and soak up some NYC fun!

Me & the Boys in Bryant Park

My youngest, Jack, with one of the performers.

 

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Tagged cirque du soleil, family, new york city, radio city music hall, tiffany bowe

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