Rock the Guac!

Recently I have been making a lot of guacamole with a new recipe that I created myself.  It includes avocados, diced onions, garlic powder, chili powder, cilantro, and salt.  I did not start putting in chili powder or garlic powder until my friend Jeremy, who grew up in Southern California, suggested I might add some.  I did, and it tasted ten times better.

image1Some restaurants or stores make their guacamole very chunky, and some make it very smooth; I like to make mine with small chunks of avocado, but not so big that you are just eating avocado with seasoning.  A note about the salt is that you should always make sure whether or not your chips are salted, or else the salt in the guac might be underwhelming or overwhelming.

Everyone likes their guacamole differently, so the trick to a good guacamole is tasting as you go.  Adios, and good luck with your guac-making!

Weather or Not, Here I Come

At Newton Montessori School, the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders take Integrated Studies. In this program, we combine the actual knowledge of history and science and the study skills of applying that knowledge into test taking and note preparation.  After every unit, there is some sort of culminating event.

We just finished our unit on Weather Forecasting. As the culminating event for our unit, each student in the class created a weather forecast on video and then broadcasted it to the class parents. Today was the day that I did mine and I think I did very well.  Check out my video and see for yourself!

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The thing I liked about doing the weather was that we got some practice being in front of a camera and It made me extra happy because I was feeling fabulous and looked camera ready.

The next unit we are doing in Integrated Studies is on World Explorers. Everyone in the class is doing a different person.  I am doing Marco Polo.  Stay tuned for info about more cool projects.  ….Marco…?

Wishes and Dreams for Kids with Cancer

IMG_8043.JPGTonight, my school’s Y3 Council came together for a community project benefitting One Mission, a pediatric cancer foundation.  We made Wish Boxes which are metal boxes with a pen and paper inside so that the pediatric patients can write hopes and wishes for their future.  While making them, all of the Newton Montessori School students got to include their own wish for the patient’s future.  Although none of us had met the children getting the boxes, we thought hard about what we would want to receive if we were in that situation.  It was delicate, because you don’t want to say anything that would be wrong, but it also felt good inside because you knew that you were giving it to someone who would gets lots of joy out of it.

One of my fellow students, Miki, came to the community service event and made a wish tin for her friend in Israel who has cancer.  Hers was extra good because of all of the extra love that was attached to it.


Snow Day Bakin’

This year for Christmas I got loads of cake decorating type presents, so I asked my mom if I could make her a birthday cake. When she said yes, I asked my friend Isabella if she wanted to bake it with me because she is a great baker. We had a snow day so she and her sister, Ava, came over and we baked and made fondant decorations. We decided to make a nature inspired cake with a waterfall and cherry blossoms. The hardest part was when we had to ice it because we couldn’t get it to smooth correctly.

I think that the cake looked great for our first time ever doing it.


Litte Diner, Big Taste

This evening we went to Little Big Diner, a little restaurant with big taste. My three highlights of the meal were crispy Berkshire pork ribs, the shrimp salad buns, and the miso ramen with grilled pork belly. I have a soft spot for any type of Chinese meat buns from eel to pork to shrimp. The pork in the miso ramen was super tender and it smacked of umami. The ribs were the star of the meal: they dry rub them and braise them and then they sit for two days before being pan fried and tossed in a Korean barbecue sauce. It opens at 5pm; get there early, we only just got in!

Traveling in Tobyland

This weekend I was thinking about my future and into my mind came the Toby Hotel, which is a land, air, and sea operation which involves five star cruise ships, five star airplanes, and five star hotels. Everyone of the Trifecta will have unique factors but will still have some similar elements.

The first part of the operation is land. These hotels will have locations in Tokyo, NYC, Rio, LA, France, Boston, and Milan. When you walk into the hotel there will be ceiling high waterwalls on either side of you and then a table with seasonal flower arrangements and huge chandeliers. The best rooms in the hotel are the four ones on the top floor. They each have four bedrooms and bathrooms, a lounge with floor to ceiling windows, and a dining room with fabulous views. On the second to top floor there is a big pool with rivers leading to hot tubs. There is also a gym with 360 views and 3 different restaurants.

The airplanes are decently small but are very luxurious. When you board the plane you are gifted with designer toiletry kits and pjs made of the finest Italian silk. The airplane has ten guest suites which are all lined up along the perimeter of the cabin, a bar and a lounge. Inside the guest suites There is not only a seat but a seat and a bed, there is also, a tv, storage drawers, vases of fresh flowers, and a table for dining.

The last part of the chain are the cruise ships. There are family cruise ships and then the adult only cruise ships. On the family cruise ships there is a Flowrider which is a surf imitator, Three pools and then one adults pool, seven waterslides, four dining halls which include a formal dining room, an around the world rotating buffet, a desert hall which include a make your own cupcake bar and a sweet crepe bar, the last dining hall is a theatre dining room which is where you eat and watch shows depending on the night like how on Monday it is a Broadway musical and on Thursday it is figure skating. The ship also includes a grand promenade lining the inside of the ship. On the adults ship There are three restaurants inside the ship and then one restaurant on the top deck, also on the top deck there are five jacuzzis with rivers flowing between them. There are three decks with rooms and the higher deck you are on the fancier the room. The fanciest room onboard includes a full king bed, a full living room, a bathroom adorned with a massive jacuzzi style bathtub, A hollywood style vanity, and buttons to do things such as: summon a hairdresser, makeup or nail professional to fix you up. The room also includes a barbie style closet stocked rent the runway style, and a dining room with ocean views, but if you are going to be dining in your room you are going to need a fabulous room service menu which includes food styles from all around the world.

Be sure to book now because reservations are going fast!

No 9 is No 1

Every year on new year’s eve my family and I go out for a fancy dinner. The last two years we have gone to No. 9 Park which is an amazing restaurant right on the Boston Common. On new year’s eve they have a fixed tasting menu including a  delicious mediterranean sea bass crudo, an aromatic parsnip agnolotti with winter truffles, and a duet of duck served roasted and confit.  I’ve never met a duck confit I didn’t love; it’s the best way to serve duck, in my opinion.FullSizeRender-1

While we were there one of the staff came up to me and asked if I was the Junior Sartorialist and it made me feel realy cool because he recognized me and my bowtie.

As an added touch, at the end of the meal, they gave the patrons boxes to take home; the boxes had a bloody mary mix and a wonderful scone and the menu of each person’s dinner.  Since each person’s dinner was different, depending on the choices and substitutions they made, they had to carefully plan who to give which box.  No. 9 Park definitely goes up as one of my all-time favorite restaurants.