Sakura, Kabuki & Me

In a little departure from my previous posts to celebrate Hanami, today’s is a portrait.  Was able to get all gussied up earlier, as we went down to the city to a Kabuki performance at Japan Society.  The show was AMAZING!

That would be me hanging out under the beautiful Sakura :)

We were given free admission to the art gallery with our theatre purchase.  And in a little room annexed to the gallery, in a corner they painted a Sakura tree outline.  JS welcomed  guests over the past few weeks to write wishes and prayers on pink paper blossoms.  These blossoms were then attached to the branches of the tree.  What a sweet idea.

Sakura wish tree at Japan Society, NYC

Sweet Dreams, Sheri





Sahadi’s: Nuts, olives, chocolate, cheese, falafel and so much more

I have many memories of growing up, but as for food memories what sticks out the most is having access to the best Lebanese food you can imagine in Dearborn, Michigan.  Now many years later, and equally many cities away, new precious memories are being made thanks to Sahadi’s Specialty & Fine Foods in Brooklyn, New York.

sahadi fine foods brooklyn

For 2 lovely years I lived walking distance from this gem.  You enter and your senses are first lifted by the freshly ground coffee beans.  The coffee’s nearest neighbor is floor-to-ceiling shelving packed with spices from every corner of the world.

sahadi pickles olives garlic

A few steps further and you are now on your way to a culinary adventure like no other.  Be sure to promptly pull a number to be served from the plethora of nuts, olives, dried fruits, grains, pickled delicacies, chocolates…  Many a Saturday the line spills out onto Atlantic Avenue.  So worth it, but fair warning. In fact if you come with a friend, make sure one of you jumps out to pull a number while the other finds a parking spot!

sahadis dried fruit

sahadi fresh nuts

The variety, history, and charm all draw me to Sahadi’s.  But because I am not the only fan of this century old establishment, the best part is the booming customer base ensures the products are always fresh!

sahadi middle eastern food

What further makes Sahadi’s rate high on the list for Life’s Sweet Essentials #1 – Food, is also their price.  For $200 I went home with 4 shopping baskets stuffed to the gills worth of items.  Mind you, the scale in the bathroom might also reflect this later this week.  Still worth it.  Bon appetit!

Sweet Dreams, Sheri



P.S.  I am not in any way affiliated with Sahadi’s store or products.  As I have said before, I am just really fussy about food and what I eat.


Hanami & Flexibility

March served up a valuable reminder about the importance of being flexible.  Even the best of plans need to be agile.  I had high hopes of blogging every week, getting a fresh coat of paint up in the bathroom, reorganizing the bookshelves, and so so many other things.  But between work, school, and apparently trying for the world’s record for longest cold – life had other plans in mind.

And with Spring making an early debut, it was all a very good reminder to live in the moment.  To see the beauty in the fleeting of time and live life to the fullest no matter how mundane the task is.  Truly the secret to a very rich life.

Hanami Sakura Blossoms

The first of this year's cherry blossoms at BBG.

Hanami, the Japanese tradition of flower viewing this time of year, epitomizes being in the moment.  The blossoming of the cherry blossoms usually last one or two weeks at best.  The perfect excuse to slow down, take a deep breath, and simply enjoy Spring’s splendor.

ducks and sakura at the garden

Several year’s had past since my last visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  And so yesterday my better half and I put aside our carefully laid out weekend plans to dash off and see the Sakura.  The Japanese Garden has the first shocks of bright pink.  Cherry Esplanade is patiently waiting to provide the crescendo for the season.

japanese lantern rabbit carving

We are thinking of heading back in a couple of weeks to celebrate the Easter holiday.  But between now and then I am certain to be more aware of my surroundings.  I hope you and your loved ones are also able to gather together and celebrate Spring’s ephemeral beauty.

Sweet Dreams, Sheri




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