Latke Press Sandwich
During the Great Famine of 1845, when the four-leaf clover supply was prolifically more abundant than the bumperless crop of starchy tubers, one would not have dared to dream of a lusciously sculpted spud luncheon. Seven thousand years earlier, the itinerant farmers on the Chiloé Archipelago had only begun to domesticate this mashed Nightshade perennial, and hadn't even fantasized about where it's ultimate apex of culinary evolution would lead it. Fast forward several eventful and horseradish filled millennia to Seattle, where a young chef toils and snacks restlessly but deliciously in his nocturnal galley. The fickle spark of genius might only strike man once, but as Johnny Silverberg, inventor of the Latke Press Sandwich reports, "It's been happening over and over since then." Meet a sandwich so enthralling that your mouth will send you a bottle of '63 Alsace Pinot Blanc and an hour long private massage as a thoughtful but hardly representative thank you. Taste a sandwich so luxurious that your teeth will chatter amongst themselves hours later about the succulent and emotional flavors that passed between them. Love a sandwich like you've never understood food before.
The Survival Project
Survival, which was at one time thought to be exclusively for the fittest, is now being offered to the populace at large. Don't be fooled, however, by this seemingly wide availability; if you want some, you'll have to fight tooth and nail to achieve it, just like your neanderthal predecessors who duked it out with the whims of nature in the open wild. Watch as Jonah Canner, director of the Survival Project, leads NYC youth through a series of life changing challenges and sends them back to school with an enhanced sense of achievement and possibility.
Mila and Poppy's Day at the Beach
Every now and then, you're one and a half, wide eyed, and alternately being carried or stumbling around. From time to time, you're lucky enough, in said circumstances, to end up at the beach with your Poppy. When this type of situation arises, it is wise to enjoy the ocean waves, the sandy beach, and an occasional sip of water from your bottle. Oh, and don't forget the big, blue sky.
Greentree Astronomy Fieldtrip
The Greentree Foundation hosts year-long educational programming for Long Island public school teachers. Here's a short recap from their phenomenally informative astronomy fieldtrip.
Sunken Meadow 2014 Fieldtrip
The Greentree foundation in partnership with Seatuck Environmental Center provides year long ecology workshops for Long Island public school teachers. During this 2014 visit to Sunken Meadow State Park, teachers got to fiddle with fiddler crabs, catch fish with their hands, and get their toes into the sand.
Greentree Documentary 2014
The Greentree foundation in partnership with Seatuck Environmental Center provides year long ecology workshops for Long Island public school teachers. This long form documentary film is a summary of all programs held during the 2013-2014 school year. That includes the initial weeklong summer workshop and all of the subsequent nature field trips.
Home for the Holidays
There's everything else; and then there's family. Philly; Hannukah; 2010.
The Long Haul
When your best friend is getting married, it is unfortunately time to get out of your flannel penguin pattern onesie, into your travel gear, out of your house in Brooklyn at 6:30 am, onto a bolt bus to Baltimore, onto an Amtrak train to BWI, onto a subsequent shuttle to the terminal, onto American Airlines 681 direct to miami (2 hrs delayed), into a private taxi, out at Vizcaya gardens, two and a half days late courtesy of the blizzard and JFK shutdown. Party? check. Travelogue? lockdown.