Yesterday, March 19th, was St.Joseph Day. My sister bought two special pastries at Pasticerria Rocco on Bleecker Street. On the left is Sfingi On the right is Zeppole, baked to honor the occasion. “St. Joseph’s Pastries or Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional cream filled pastries from Campagna region of Italy.” -Click for recipe from Italian Recipe Book.
Last night my sister and I were walking around the neighborhood and window shopping at Naadam Ultra Thin on Bleecker Street. Cashmere and silk store. “Responsibly Sourced Sustainable Mongolian Cashmere Clothing” – The sign says soft, soft, soft world.
I ordered a piece of New York Cheesecake when I visited my sister in NYC. With the fresh fruit on top. A generous amount that contrasted nicely with it.
There is no crust.
I thought it tasted really good and had a smooth texture, satisfying and rich but not too rich or sweet.
Mary said when she took a spoonful, it felt like she was biting into a block of cream cheese.
Her pastry looked delicious, filled with ricotta.
Here is the piece I ordered and ate, almost to the last bite.
Just wondering how you feel about cheesecake?
My sister-in-law Bobbie has a great recipe I have baked for parties over the years and guests devour it.
That is, if they like cheesecake.
A bit of a stretch for the Weekly Photo Challenge Zig Zag.
A super guest post is coming tomorrow. Stay Tuned!
Zig Zag shoes. You may have seen them on here before.
A bolt of lightning knocked out the internet so blogging from my phone
Rhubarb says Spring to me.
When the three kids were younger, we’d pile in the car and drive 7 hours to New York City to visit my sister. I’d park in the lot by the pier on the Hudson and we’d make our way up the five floor walk-up to her apartment. Everyone would be asleep on the floor camping out and in the early morning, Aunt Mary would walk to Zito’s Bakery on Bleecker Street, come home with warm loaves. She’d have the butter out and a jar of her homemade strawberry rhubarb preserves. She’d slice the bread on a wooden board. That’s what the kids woke up to – warm bread and butter and strawberry rhubarb preserves-
Berenice Abbott took this photo of Zito’s in 1937.
Today I went to the Farmer’s market on the South Side and bought two bunches of rhubarb and fresh picked strawberries. I was trying to remember the method and chopped the stalks in one inch pieces, put them into a large enamel kettle and sprinkled with sugar to sit.
The loaf from the Farmers Market on the bread board, a gift from my sister.
Before Matthew was born and he’s 33!
Kids grown up and gone but tonight as I taste the strawberry rhubarb preserves, I remember.
P.S. And to answer your question Mary, on the card-
I did get that assistantship and that’s how I was able to get hired at Pittsburgh Public Schools in 1989!
P.P.S. Zito’s is gone now.
iPhone shot of the bike lane on Bleecker Street being painted
and all over the city you see brand new blue Citi bikes (bike sharing program)are parked, waiting to be rented.
Crew painting the blke lane along Bleecker Street- butter mint green?
The Bike Lane before painting.
You can see the bike lane before it is painted green
Man riding a blue Citibike at Union Square
Lower East Side Bicyclist
Bicyclist watching the man do a flip in Battery Park
Coney Island Bike Rental
Along the Hudson River
man on cell phone on bike
Bicycles parked along sidewalk
What is a Vactor truck?, I had to ask.
Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”
(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.
It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th. What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.
He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.