Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Walk in Hoboken

Lovely day in Hoboken. We went to Pier C Park on the Hudson, amazing park with million dollar views of Manhattan skyline. It was a perfect spot to catch some autumn sun and just relax. I can't even begin to count how many times I was there last summer with my daughter, looking for a comfortable breeze and some shade. Definitely one of my favorite places in Hoboken. 
On the way back we stopped at Sobsey's Produce to pick up some more pumpkins for our balcony. Did I mention how much I love this store? It specializes in fresh, organic produce and imported goods. Mike Sobsey is really a talented shopkeeper with a rare ability to pick truly superb products for his store. I always stop by to get apples here. I grew up eating mouthwatering apples from my own backyard, so I consider myself  a little bit of an apple snob, and apples he sells taste just as amazing!
Besides, the store looks like it belongs to a small street in Providence rather than Hudson County and feels so nostalgic, European and neighborly. Lili had a blast picking pumpkins here, we will be back again soon. 


Autumn is so beautiful this year, a dream. As the air gets cooler we take advantage of comfortable temperature by taking really long walks and playing in the park. Last week we took a trip to the Hamilton Square Park in Jersey City, right next door from Hoboken. I love Hamilton Park area, it feels so relaxed and welcoming. the trees are and majestic and the park  surrounded by beautiful historic brownstones. I was lucky to run into a farmers market there, it's there every Wednesday afternoon until late December. I got some delicious focaccia and stocked up on caramelized pecans. Lili really enjoyed chasing squirrels and picking acorns.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Apple Picking

The leaves haven't turned just yet, but the autumn is certainly in the air. Farewell to the humidity that had been lingering for months, I will certainly not miss you!  Hello to cooler weather,  the smell of pumpkin spice, fresh apple cider, butternut squash soup and warm tea!
I have a soft spot for Autumn. I love everything about this season, and I am so glad that Autumn is especially beautiful and lasts so long here  in the East Coast. I was raised in Poland, where it was also wonderfully colorful, but wetter and colder much sooner. My favorite thing to do in the fall over  there was wild mushroom picking, an activity almost unknown in the US. It really is so much fun! However, while In the US, I grew very found of apple and pumpkin picking. This year, we went to a lovely Riamede Farm  in Chester, New Jersey and had a blast. Lili ate apples she picked up herself from the tree, and  also loved fresh warm apple cider donuts that we bought in the farm store. Oh, what a day!