Summer travel last year was traveling to Washington DC with our teenager. We had a great time. In planning summer travel this year, I realized that our teenager had never been anywhere without us for longer than three days. Ever. And no one else had ever cooked for her.
We need to prepare for college. All of us.
Since moving to Brooklyn eight years ago, I’ve kept in touch with our best friends in Los Angeles and their daughter is the same age as ours. We arranged for “the allergy exchange.” This is where her friend from Los Angeles would come to Brooklyn for a week, and she would go there for a week.
As I write this, we are in week two of “the allergy exchange” and day two of our daughter being away from us. We miss her terribly. We are excited that she is having a wonderful time and thankful that we have such a good friend who agreed to host her. I sent a box of food in advance, and also a copy of Cybele Pascal’s book Allergy Free and Easy Cooking.
In case you have teenagers in Brooklyn this summer, or are thinking about a trip, here’s a listing of what we did while they were here:
Tenement Museum; Sweatshop Tour, 103 Orchard St New York, NY 10002 (212) 982-8420 (hint, do both the 9/11 memorial and tenement museum, take the M9 bus for a nice tour)
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, a nice walk in the park and at night, free music at the Bandshell
Lot2; restaurant. Review soon to come of this allergy friendly restaurant
Luigi’s Pizza; visitors always need to visit this 2nd generation family run pizzaria
Pier 6 Brooklyn – we didn’t make it here this time, but it’s a great place to take kids of any age.
I’ll let you know how the week went in a forthcoming post. Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying your summer.