July 25, 2014

Brooklyn Cyclones: Stitch n Pitch night

Filed under: Baseball, Knitting — Tags: , , , , , , — soozeinthecity @ 9:39 pm

Hey, a blog post! Sorry that’s it’s been a while. I have several entries I want to post in the next month or so.

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) organizes Stitch n Pitch events at the Major League Baseball level. The purpose is to promote the fiber arts (knitting, crochet, needlework, etc) while enjoying a baseball game. There is an upcoming Stitch n Pitch at Mets game in September.

Last night I attended a Stitch n Pitch event (organized by the Brooklyn Knit and Crochet Guild) at the Brooklyn Cyclones game. The Cyclones are a minor affiliate of the New York Mets. It was a nice, cool summer night in Coney Island with low lying clouds and a beautiful sunset.

We had amazing seats, to the right of home plate:


During the game I took a walk around the ballpark and got a gorgeous picture of the Parachute Jump tower:


I believe this used to be a real ride but has been discontinued ( I guess to safety reason, lol).

I enjoyed Nathan’s French fries, popcorn, and mini melt ice cream in the flavor “Cotton Candy”. And yes I did knit:


It’s my annual “no thinking required” project for summer knitting. Using two skeins of sock yarn I’m knitting in the round to create a double thick scarf for the winter. It has quite a ways to go.

By the way, the home team won. The Cyclones were playing the Vermont Lake Monsters (?) and I believe the score was 7-2. I usually pay close attention to baseball games but my knitting distracted me.

The Guild has been doing some really fun events and the members are friendly. If you are in the New York Area consider joining for a year to see what it’s like. Our next meeting is yarn swap.

May 31, 2012

Casa Ventura

Filed under: Living in New York — Tags: , — soozeinthecity @ 3:42 am

Tonight’s dinner was a rare midweek meal out and we were not disappointed. The food at Casa Ventura was authentic & delicious. Their menu consists mainly of Puerto Rican dishes with a sprinkling of other Latin cuisine.

We started with colada drinks (made with Barrilito rum) and ate Guacomole with Plantain Chips. Then we moved onto two entrees: Asopao (stew) with Chicken and Shrimp with crispy yuca mofongo. These are two dishes that we have had many times and Casa Ventura versions are at the top of the list.

Buoyed by our culinary good fortune we ordered flan for dessert. It was homemade, smooth to the taste with just the right amount of caramel syrup to accompany it.

We haven’t found many Park Slope restaurants that bear repeat visits but Casa Ventura may change that, especially once they start serving Medalla, a beer from Puerto Rico.

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