Ice Skating

November 28, 2010

Mishy's first time on skates.

Having been raised a Canuck – born in Seoul, but raised in Toronto, Canada – I have many fond memories of my childhood spent ice skating. I was never a good or even decent ice skater. I’m pretty terrible on ice – but my lack of abilities has never lessened the joy of skating, or the ritual of spending time on and off the ice – sharing hot chocolate after many falls, enjoying the camaraderie of hurting ankles, and watching other skaters breeze by. Every year, different indoor and outdoor skating rinks pop up in the Los Angeles area in November. When we were invited by friends to join them on the ice, I was surprised Mishy was incredibly excited and delighted by the invitation. (Maybe it was my husband reading Roch Carrier’s, The Hockey Sweater that piqued Mishy’s interest.)

Mishy and I didn’t last long on the ice, but we did enjoy the hot chocolate – well, she did – she didn’t want to share and I felt my ankles hurting. Together, we enjoyed watching other skaters breeze by. The most enjoyable part of Mishy’s premier time on the rink? I think by far was her father coming down last minute to join us on the rink.

Babba and Mishy on the rink

Details:

Santa Monica – I.C.E.

From Nov. 5th – Feb 15th, 2011.

1324 5th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(Corner of 5th St. & Arizona Ave.)

(310) 496-9880

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Thursday: Noon-10pm

Friday: Noon-Midnight

Saturday: 10am-Midnight

Sunday: 10am-10pm

Admission & Skate Rental:
$10

http://www.downtownsm.com/about/icerink.html

I.C.E. also has location in Perishing Square, downtown L.A.

Year round ice rinks in Los Angeles area:

Culver City – http://www.culvericearena.com/

Pasadena – http://www.skatepasadena.com/

Burbank – http://www.pickwickgardens.com/sqs/dsk.aspx?tabindex=1&tabid=17

Lakewood – http://www.glacialgardens.com/view/glacial-gardens-cms

Van Nuys – http://www.vannuysiceland.com/

Paramount – http://www.paramounticeland.com/

Cooking Playdates

November 28, 2010

I’ve been gathering supplies to start having cooking playdates for Mishy and friends. Here are some of my favorites.

Kitchen Utensils:

Headchef:

http://www.headchefs.com/

These child sized kitchen utensils are made of silicone, have posable arms and legs, and even suction cups so they can stand and be decorative when not in use. They are also excellent toys. For the next day or so, gaggle of chicks is having a 33% off sale on these items. If you are not a member of gaggle of chicks, here is my member code:

www.gaggleofchicks.com/r/204

Amazon is also having a special on them – buy three, get the fourth free. These items are not cheap, but I do believe they are worth the price and fun of having them around the kitchen. That is why I also love that they are sales on them right now. I have been wanting these cooking utensils for Mishy for over three months, just hoping they would be having a sale on them.

Cookbooks:

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson – by the author of the Moosewood Cookbook series. This bookcook specifically for preschoolers and up have simple and inventive recipes which are fun to make and yummy to eat.

HandStand Kids – Mexican, Italian, and Chinese – by Yvette Garfield. These cookbook sets have simple recipes which are tasty too. Perfect for children who like to experiment in the kitchen. The Italian kit comes with a chef’s hat, the Mexican Kit comes with an oven glove and the Chinese kit comes with chopsticks.

Here are reviews of the Italian kit on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Handstand-Italian-Cookbook-comes-packaged/product-reviews/0979210704/ref=pd_sim_b_cm_cr_acr_img_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Right now, zulily is having a sale on these kits – instead of $28 for the Italian Kit on Amazon, it’s $13.49. Free shipping is included if you spend $50 or more on the site. Here is my invitation link to join this site:

http://www.zulily.com/invite/mkang883

Everybody Eats Lunch – created and written by Cricket Azima, art by Titus V. Thomas. This inventive book, which is in the shape of a lunchbox, is a travelog of eating around the world. It stops in four different continents – Asia, North America, South America, and Africa where you meet children from that place and find out what they eat for lunch. Recipes included.

Here are more reviews of this book on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Eats-Lunch-Cricket-Azima/dp/0979338441/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1290973573&sr=8-1

Happy cooking with your children! Mishy and I love to make, eat, and most importantly, experiment in the kitchen!