We found a great little bagel shop last weekend called Brooklyn Water Bagels. Not only did they have good breakfast sandwiches, it was educational as well. The idea appears that they start by purifying the water that is used in the process of making the bagels. You can watch the entire process of making the bagels through the windows – from water purification, to mixing, all the way to baking. One thing that I didn’t realize before was that they boil the bagels in water before they go in the oven. It appears that they use the purified water to make their coffee as well. The restaurant had a great feel to it, with old black and white sitcoms playing on the mounted flatscreen. Others seem to have caught on as there were several people in line. It was a chilly day so seating was limited.
Everyone is was very nice and willing to take the time to explain the process to us. The lady behind the register was very helpful & patient as we made our selections. You can get your bagels to go and they will give you a freezer bag to keep them fresh. A great experience that I’m sure we will try to re-create in the future.
The ADVENT season was a great time to be with my family and friends this year. My wife and I have tried very hard over the years to have Christmas traditions of our own. It’s something that I think has been especially important for her and at the same time hasn’t come easy. When you think of traditions it conjures up images of Norman Rockwell paintings. It’s a trap that I have fallen into many times over the years and as a parent can leave you feeling defeated. I can remember times when the kids were little and trying to put up the tree. Decorations, Christmas music, hot cocoa – you get the picture. Well reality; about a ten minute attention span intervened by a sugar rush. I’m not going to lie – it was tough with two little boys. I think the best we were able to do in the way of traditions in those days was going to the tree farm to cut down the tree. We would hike around looking for the perfect tree, have the Clark Griswold like angelic illuminated moment when it was found, and a ceremonial “Timmmmmbeeeeerrrrrr”.
This year, we took another run at the ADVENT calendar. Every day in December there was a different activity to do as a family. Some days we coordinated the fun with some other families so we could do things together. Some of the highlights this year:
Purchase a Christmas album
Work on a puzzle together.
Play Texas Hold’em at the Odell farm
Christmas party around the fire pit in the back yard
Christmas cookie exchange
Ginger bread house decorating contest
Line dancing at the Odell farm
See A Christmas Carol play (my personal favorite)
Christmas gift shopping as a family
One night stay-cation (Gaylord Palms)
We stayed very busy this year with something to do every day, but it was well worth it in relationship and in tradition making. We even broke a tradition (I had a hard time with that) this year and opened our gifts on Christmas eve. The teenagers slept in on Christmas morning and we did stockings when they woke up. It worked out great! After the stocking my wife shared some things she had learned from her devotions this month, and we all prayed as a family. What a sweet way to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Afterwards, Christmas morning Eggs Benedict breakfast.
So yes, even when it seems the boys are all grown up traditions can be made. You have to just keep trying and just keep loving. Merry Christmas!
We went camping a few weeks ago at Fort Wilderness and spent four days and three nights there. Each year we have a group of about 30 families that get together for a long weekend at the Disney campgrounds. It really is a lot of fun and Disney knows how to make it well – Disney. Continue reading
I have to say that I have been wanting to write about this for several months now. This past Saturday I was invited to one of my favorite family’s home to participate in the harvesting of honey from one of their bee hives. What an absolutely fascinating process. Continue reading
You heard right – I went to the Festival of Bacon in Orlando with my son and some of our friends yesterday. The atmosphere was electric, as in griddle, over the famed pork belly. Let me say that having grown up on a hog farm and hearing my dad spin this into a patriotic experience by referencing the animal as “The Great American Hog” – I’ve had my share of bacon. Continue reading
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Last Friday night we met our friends at another local University of Central Florida student favorite the Lazy Moon Pizza. We took our resident college student along as the preverbal guide. If college students love pizza then what better way to improve on that then serving up giant slices (20″ & 30″ pies) of this higher education staple? Continue reading
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My wife and I took our oldest son to Burger 21 today after church today. He’s been feeling a little left out of the food blogging experience. Since he is a new UCF Knight this fall, I decided we should see what this restaurant has to offer the college students.
The burgers were very juicy with a lot of flavor. I ordered the Black and Blue angus burger, my son the Tex-Mex Haystack burger, and my wife got chicken at the burger restaurant with the Buffalo Chicken with a lettuce wrap. Everyone felt their selections lived up to their expectations. We had the an order of their Cheese & Ale Fries to split among all of us. For drinks I tried the Boylan Black Cherry soda made with cane sugar. I wasn’t completely impressed with the soda, but I also sampled the shakes that they had ordered – the Chocolate Malted Milk Ball shake & the Strawberry shake. The shakes were very good and would be worth stopping in just for one of them. They offer several different sauces at their sauce bar for either your burger or fries.
The restaurant has a feel almost like you are at an IKEA store. There’s plenty of space even though there were quite a few people there for lunch. They do a play on the letter B wherever you look. B kind, B Shaken (shake bar), B Saucy (sauce bar), and for the bathroom B a Man.
I try to keep my blogs about local restaurants to those that areindependently owned but in this case I made an exception. After all it’s my blog so it’s my rules. I’m glad I broke my own rules today and tried Burger 21. I’m sure that we will go again, and the next time I will order my own shake.