Ess-A-Bagel, Lower East Side

Dear kids,

I’ve lived here for awhile now and in that time I’ve consumed many a bagel. Yet until I went to this place, Ess-A-Bagel, I didn’t really get the hype. Maybe my spot in RVA was that awesome (yeah, it really was that awesome). The coffee shop that served as my second kitchen for five years, Harrison St Coffee Shop, sold RVA-local Cupertino’s bagels that were always so freshhh. So I started off my journey here with already high standards. BUT ALAS! After almost nine months, I have enjoyed the most epic, delicious, mouth-watering, crave-inducing, can’t sleep until I have another BAGEL. Auntie Katrina and I went last week. Read more about it here –> yaybagel yaybagel yaybagel yaybagel yaybagel

Image credit: Jennifer Feuchter via Melissa Stanger @ Business Insider

Image credit: Jennifer Feuchter via Melissa Stanger @ Business Insider

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Lobster & Beer on a Boat

Hi kiddos,

A few days ago Uncle B and I went aboard the Clipper City, an old-school schooner, and proceeded to delight in luscious lobster rolls, beer, and some of the most beautiful sights either of us have ever seen! For two hours we were in heaven. I can’t remember the last time I was on a boat and I’ve never been on a boat as big as this one. The weather was perfect for it: mid 80’s, nice breeze but not too windy, a good little chop goin’ on in the water… Ah, just perfect. The sea air was so refreshing and calming in itself. Add some of the best damn lobster I’ve ever had and unlimited craft beer into that mix. Fughetabboudit!

The music was nice, too. It was as if for just a couple of hours that boat took us all away from Manhattan and an attitude of “play nice” washed over everything. Life went calm again; no more taxis and cranky suits. That boat took me back to age five, clutched to Uncle Joey on the back of a jetski as we and a pack of dolphins smashed into wave after wave. I can still see it all so clearly and feel the jetski smash smash smash and the waves spray. I thought a lot about Uncle Joey during our trip. He’s always been the great water lover and that is something we share. The sea and Uncle Joey are almost synonymous for me. Both so calming and reassuring. Both remind you of what’s important in life and that it’s important to take it easy. Uncle Joey, [my] Mom, and AuntNet made sure that I got to the water aplenty as a kid, and they made sure that I was as surrounded by love as I was the water we’d visit. I’m kind of a rough-around-the-edges person sometimes, but I am confident that those precious childhood water visits are a lot of what made me smoother in-between. To this day when I need calm and I seek clarity I turn my heart to the sea.

Maybe in a year or so it will be from there that I write you. Who knows what the future holds for me, and Uncle B., and for you. 😉

Our sailing experience really was just way too visual to explain with words, so I leave you with these photos.

Love always and always and always,
Aunt Cat

PS: WATCH THE VIDEO!! (All of it! It’s only 24 seconds.)

The lovely Clipper City!

The lovely Clipper City!

our starting location

our starting location

Brenden & Aunt Cat escape Manhattan!

Brenden & Aunt Cat escape Manhattan!

he drinks in twos (no, not really)

he drinks in twos (no, not really)

Luke's Lobster Rolls ...omgsogood

Luke’s Lobster Rolls …omgsogood

The State Island ferries. I love the old school fonts!

The State Island ferries. I love the old school fonts!

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty. Believe it or not, this photo is unedited and that glow around her just kind of happened on the camera!

...but this one is edited

Lady Liberty at dusk

Returning to the Manhattan docks at dusk

Returning to the Manhattan docks at dusk

So, there I was!

So, there I was!