#AskAwayFriday is a fun “interview” between two bloggers so they get to know each other better and their readers do, too. This is my first time participating in #AskAwayFriday so for my inaugural post I’m partnering with Ophelia from LatinaMamaRama. I got to meet Ophelia in Dallas at Bloggy Boot Camp and I’m so glad I did. She was so fun and funny and now that I’ve had a chance to stalk/check out her blog, I cannot wait to try out some of the recipes. Ophelia loves to cook and her recipes look fantastic, she’s also a sports mom so she’s no stranger to the crazy, hectic schedule so many of us have these days.
My answers to Ophelia’s questions are posted below. Once you’ve read (and commented, if you’re so inclined) please head over to LatinaMamaRama and get to know Ophelia a little better. I guarantee it will be time well spent!
Here are the questions she sent me!
I had the pleasure of meeting you at Bloggy Boot Camp in Dallas. One of the topics discussed was the “End Game.” Have you figured out your “End Game”?
I have not figured out my end game. I’m in the process. On the way to Dallas I encountered many delays getting there, at one point I considered just going home and writing off the whole trip. I had to figure out exactly why I would go through the delays and irritation and possibly missing the start of the conference. I kept wondering what was making this trip worth it? I thought about it a lot and wrote about it last week (Figuring Out My Why.) But as for where I want to end up? I’m really not sure. I’d love to…well, there‘s a lot I’d love to do so I need to get setting some goals and working towards them.
On your about me page you mentioned that you lived in New York. Do you ever go back there to visit?
I do. But when I say New York I mean I grew up in Northern New York, on the St. Lawrence River, 45 min south of Ottawa, Ontario, not NYC. I go back home twice each year, for a week/10 days in the summer with the kids and again for Christmas. My parents and my husband’s mom still live there.
I have never been to NYC and I really want to go to, tell me where I should eat, grab a drink and what is a must see spot?
Ahhh… I’m not an expert on the city at all but I do have some opinions. Two places I’ve eaten and loved: The Green Table in the Chelsea Market – and while you’re there you have to walk all around and visit the different shops. You can even do a food tour and it’s very cool.
I also loved Spice Market which is in the Meatpacking District. The food is amazing and so is the space itself.
For a drink and a lot of fun you’d have to go to Café Wha? Their house band is crazy good and they play all the music you know all the words to, it is so much fun. My sister and I ended up there by mistake one night about 8 years ago. We were on “A Margarita Tour of NYC” (of our own design, complete w/rickshaw) and it was one of the fun-est nights of my life. We went back for her 40th birthday last year and it was exactly as fun as we remembered.
When we spoke you mentioned that you love to make cocktails, what is your favorite drink to make?
My favorite to make, that’s tough, my drinks can be a little complicated so for simplicity: Champagne flute, 1 shot Hendricks gin, ½ shot St. Germain liqueur, top with chilled prosecco, squeeze of lemon. That is one of my faves.
How do you manage your time between your kids sports schedules, work and your blog?
I’m still working that out. It used to take me hours to do a post so when I started I would post about once/month. Which is ridiculous. I just couldn’t squeeze in the time. I’ve started writing at practices and jotting down ideas so when I do sit down at the end of the day after the kids have gone to bed I can write a little and get my posts done a little faster.
What is your favorite thing to do with your kids?
I like just hanging out at home with them, listening to music and talking. As a family we like to ski/snowboard in the winter and go to the beach in the summer but in general my favorite part of the day is when we’re all home from work and school and getting ready for dinner and talking about our day.
I love to cook and you do too. What is one of your best dishes?
Pan seared sea bass with puttanesca. It’s fantastic. Greg cooks the sea bass but I do the sauce. We also do a spicy shrimp & peppers dish with garlic, ginger and citrus.
What has been your favorite book and why?
Until this past week, for years it’s been Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Now it’s an even split between that and Thorn Birds. I just finished that book and loved, loved, loved it. Both stories were so engrossing and felt so real, I couldn’t wait to “go back to that world” each night. I like books that are deep and gut-wrenching, I’m not into light and fluffy books.
While you worked as a bartender did you meet anyone that was interesting or had a good story to tell?
I’ve definitely met some characters bartending. It’s amazing the things people will tell you and I love talking to people in that capacity. I’ve met and served famous people and made some good friends through bartending but no one in particular stands out – in fact, sitting at a bar – it’s kind of a level playing field for everyone. I do love it though, it’s one of my all-time favorite jobs.
Where is your ideal family vacation?
It’s pretty simple and we’ve done it for the past three summers: we rent a house on the beach in a quiet town in NC and just hang out for the week. We surf, swim and really relax, there’s nothing else you can do. The only thing I’d change is to make it two weeks (or three.)
That’s it for me. If you want to check out some of the other bloggers participating (and of course Ophelia’s answers to my questions!), head over to LatinaMamaRama as she is one of the link party hosts!
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