The Tulip Tree Out Front

The Tulip Tree out front was slow to change color this year. Liriodendron is in the Magnolia family

l’m told they grow up to sixty feet tall, which I probably won’t see, but it’s a lovely tree.

I lost my 90+ year old Sycamore in 2002. I’d gotten a second opinion that it had to be taken down. a living thing that had come to the end of its life.  I filled out a request for a new tree  and the city planted this one.

It’s growing straight up it seems to me.  The sky was blue today and made a perfect backdrop for the changing leaves.

The tree today

The tree on Tuesday

Lovely shaped leaves two weeks ago.

 

 

Ice Cream Truck on a Summer Afternoon

Maura and I went to Staples today and the man in front of us was getting signs laminated for his business-  AN ICE CREAM TRUCK. I am nostalgic for the ice cream trucks of my childhood.  We discovered he would be in our neighborhood later after lunch so Maura and I went by the Highland Park Pool and saw some campers lining up to order cool treats.  When I met him in the morning, I’d asked if it would be okay to photograph him as part of the ongoing People at Work series and he agreed.

A minimum order of $20 and he will bring his truck to your game, fundraiser, company picnic, birthday party, sporting event, church socia or family reunion. You name it. He sponsors a lot of East End sports teams, too.

Maura had the water ice, cherry flavor and I had a classic ice cream sandwich. Perfect for a summer afternoon. As we left to get into our car Maura said it was great he didn’t play annoying music!

Meet the Youngblood family. James, Eric and Ziarrah. James told me he has been in the ice cream business for six years now.  He became self employed as he was having difficulty finding a job so put everything he had, plus a loan of a thousand, into purchasing the truck.  I asked him what he does in the winter,  Deep Fried Cornish Hens!  On a FoodTruck.

I will be sure to check that out. Stay tuned.

 

James, Ziarrah and Eric work as a team.

How about a Jolly Rancher Popsicle?

Campers and swimmers and families line up to buy ice cream or chips and a drink.

You can see me and Maura and his ice cream truck in James’ sunglasses.

 

Geppetto Café in Lawrenceville

At noon, I met my former teaching colleague and friend Jennifer for lunch. Her suggestion. My first visit to Geppetto Café –  Butler Street in Lawrenceville neighborhood ofPittsburgh. Open for breakfast or lunch. It is a delightful place to eat and the service was excellent.

Coffee,latte, espresso, teas, milkshakes (a Nutella milkshake was on the menu) and ice cream. too.

Savory crepes, sweet crepes, eggs, fruit, waffles, paninis and salads. Mmmm. I had the Challah French Toast. Jen ordered The Bonjour pictured below- scrambled eggs and Brie in a crepe with fresh fruit on the side and Applewood Smoked bacon on top. A leaf shaped  dish of maple syrup.

Patrons have contributed much of the decor. I didn’t count all the wooden Pinocchio figures but the owner graciously showed all the items that people have brought in- the books, paintings,wooden Pinocchio puppets and marionettes.

Margaret Welsh wrote a wonderful review in City Paper calling Geppetto Café a “European-style breakfast nook.”

Hospitable Owner Evren Karabacak

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How about all these books suspended in net from the ceiling?

A snowboard bench in the front.

P.S. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinocchio_(1940_film) “PInocchio is a 1940 American animate musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)”  Geppetto was the wood carver/carpenter who created the wooden puppet Pinocchio who can” become a real boy”

Romeo und Romeo Cafe in Berlin

Romeo und Romeo Cafe in Berlin. Schoenberg neighborhood on our way to shop at KaDeWe

A six word Saturday.

  The middle close up shot of the sign taken by my DIL.

Here’s a Six Word Saturday post about the official originator of the concept and the one who is carrying it on now.

Chef Sam Cooking Class with Lentil Cheeseburgers and Caesar Salad

Chef Sam cooks a Lentil Cheeseburger recipe with a Roasted Red Pepper sauce and prepares a Caesar Salad during Cooking Class. He told how he sterilized the eggs for the dressing, gently lowering them into boiling water for five minutes. Safety was emphasized.  Lentils, mushrooms, beets, carrot, onions and garlic were a few of the main ingredients.  Miso paste helped hold it together.  There were ten participants and we all enjoyed the delicious meal at the end of the class.

The class was held Wednesday afternoon at The Stephen Foster Community Center on 286 Main Street, located next to the Lawrenceville Branch of the Carnegie Library. The center is housed in an 1865 brick building now on the National Historic Register. The center offers fitness classes such as Cardio Strength and Flexibility, Tai Chi, Yoga, Soul Line Dancing, and Practical Meditation in addition to craft and  other recreational activities.

Next cooking class with Chef Sam is May 29 at 12:30. $4 is the cost of the class.

 

 Thank you Chef Sam for a great class and delicious meal

Allegheny County senior citizens can eat lunch for a modest donation of a dollar but should register by calling the Community Center office by noon the day before at 412-350-5460.   Contact Allegheny County Seniorline 412-350-5460 for eligibility, if you need a Home Delivered Meal.