Monday, January 6, 2014

Coolinary Cafe and Palm Beach food and wine festival

My husband and I are both teachers. One of the BEST things about being teachers is to hear how our students have been successful beyond the doors of our classrooms. Tim Lippman, the owner of Coolinary Cafe in Jupiter, FL, was a student of my husband's at Florida Culinary Institute (now part of Lincoln Tech). We found him first working at the Food Shack (also in Jupiter), which became our favorite restaurant. But when he opened Coolinary Cafe, he really kicked it up about 10 notches. We saw Tim in the fall and he told us about how he was participating in the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival and how the chefs together had planned the menu. It was SO exciting for both of us to be reminded how education can help people get where they really want to go and how proud we are to be even the smallest part of that. Most especially, how our students can take the small things we have taught them and turn them into something completely amazing. Check out this video about the Coolinary Cafe and Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.

And then I caught a cold.

Winter break is so awesome! Until you catch a cold. I thought at first I was just feeling the effects of the wine I had on New Year's Eve (I rarely drink alcohol... not a teetotaler... I just like chocolate better). So I laid around and read on New Years Day. Very indulgent. Until my throat got sore. I won't bore you with (any more) details but let's just say I've had a lot of time to read. And nap. And read. And watch TV. And, happily, read!
So here's what I've been reading this week. Ungifted by Gordon Korman I liked this story about a middle schooler who is struggling to find his place but keeps allowing himself to be led places he doesn't really want to go until he ends up in a school for the highly gifted and finds out maybe he belongs there more than he thinks he does.
The Barnstormers by Loren Long. Not my favorite. It felt more like a first chapter than a whole book. Three kids who's dad just died go on a barnstorming tour with their mom and the rest of the team to raise $10,000 (in the post Civil War period). Lots of baseball jargon.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Dystopian future. Clones. Drug war. Very interesting premise and very well written.
The Son by Philipp Meyer (Look! I read grown up books too!) A sweeping saga of a family from Texas. It starts with the great grandfather in the 1800s who is kidnapped by Comanches. It's told from his perspective, his son's perspective, and his great granddaughter's perspective. I liked the part narrated by the great grandfather the best.
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau I liked this dystopian future one about two kids who are trying to find a way out of their corrupt and dying city.
And because I didn't feel good, I also re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for about the millionth time.
I never get tired of that one or get over my feeling of amazement that J. K. Rowling is such a genius. And hopefully next week I won't have quite such a long list because I'll be feeling SO much better!

It's Monday, what are you reading?

Winter break is so awesome! We're finishing up some yard projects. I also thought it would be a great time to paint the living room (it's SO much more interesting to try to paint the walls when you have all those lovely Christmas decorations up, plus there's all the entertaining! Genius!). Anyway, I have had a LITTLE time to read and here's what I've been reading! Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (not bad)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (I also re-read Insurgent. I would have re-read Divergent but I couldn't get my hands on it!)
The Circle by Dave Eggers (very creepy)