September in NYC is a tough act to follow, but October in the OC is a pretty nice kicker. Since Tina and family moved from Connecticut to Orange County, it has become one of our favorite weekend destinations.
We drove southward on a Thursday morning and stopped in the Valley for lunch along the way. In a New York minute we decided that Katz’s better watch their back, because the CE and I agreed that the matzoh ball soup we ordered at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Woodland Hills was the best we’ve ever tasted.
We were excited to arrive in Newport Beach and head over to visit our favorite eight-month-old:
And don’t forget these guys:
On Friday we rode along with Tina to pick Evie and Viv up at school. We got to see Evie’s classroom!
Grandpa and I offered to take the older girls that evening so Tina and John could go out to dinner with just one child instead of three. That idea seemed to go over pretty well with everyone. We all had fun!
On Saturday morning, John took us all out to breakfast at Plum’s Cafe. It’s always crowded there. Their “Dutch Baby” pancake might be the reason.
After breakfast, Tina gave us a tour of the amazing Roger’s Gardens emporium in Newport Beach. It’s the most amazing garden center we’ve ever seen – miles of aisles of every kind of plant and rooms and rooms of home and holiday decorations.
On Saturday evening, Tina and John took us to hear Salman Khan, the irrepressible founder of Khan Academy. He shared his journey from hedge fund analyst to educational game-changer. You have probably heard his story: he was tutoring a niece in math and the “how-to” videos he posted to YouTube became so popular that he quit his job and is dedicated full-time to creating a “world-class education for free”.
The educational implications of what he is doing are staggering. Not only are children in remote areas of Mongolia learning math, but also this old lady in southern California – I’m determined to make up for my less than stellar performance in high school geometry class. I wonder if the fact that my instructor was the school’s Drivers Ed teacher had anything to do with it? Here’s one of Khan’s videos:
After the lecture, we went for a “grown-up” dinner at Gulfstream. Wow! The OC has some great restaurants!
Sunday was Duffy boat day – the CE’s favorite thing to do in the OC. John rented the boat and picked us up on a dock near their house and we cruised around Newport Harbor, gawking at the waterfront mansions and stopping off for soft-serve ice cream and cotton candy. So much fun!
We had so much fun in the OC. It’s always hard to say goodbye to that baby, but we know she’s in good hands…
Many thanks to the OC fam for the great weekend! Can’t wait to visit again!