Sunday, March 16, 2014

Florida Sunlit Sunday

I'm happy to join one of the sunniest places in BlogLand, "Sunlit Sunday."

Today was sunny in New York City, but it was barely above freezing. I had my gloves and winter coat and definitely closed toe shoes. I couldn't help but think of last Sunday in Florida. The day was sunlit, warm and beautiful.

This was the view from the parking lot outside the restaurant where we had lunch. We moved on to Del Ray Beach for a leisurely afternoon of iced coffee, strolling and window shopping. No coat, no gloves and no closed toe shoes. What a treat!

Despite the cold today was a very festive day. It was Purim, which commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire centuries ago. The traditional food is the Hamantaschen, Haman's Hat, a triangular pastry. It is traditionally -- for Jews of Eastern European origin -- filled with poppy seeds or prunes. Of course without refrigeration my ancestors had few choices for sweet fillings at the end of the long winter. Now we've branched out into many different flavors and a friend featured Hamantaschen with Nutella filling on her Facebook page. This was always a day of major importance when I was in Hebrew School and we got to dress in costumes. Though the focus might seem to be sweet treats and costumes, the story of deliverance was always read and took center stage in the celebration. 

The window of a local cafe...The Hamantaschen are directly behind the apple crumb pie. #DelsihintheCity  

I'm so glad that you stopped by to visit my corner of New York City. Thanks so much and wishes for a very sunlit week. 


bj said...

UMMM, that sweet in the window looks amazing.
Thanks for coming by...hope you will come again soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Our weather changes daily, too!
Thanks for sharing tonight.

Mevely317 said...

So glad the sun was shining for you in Del Ray! Back in Phoenix, I was actually glad to see the sun after so much rain in northern Florida.

Your Hamantaschen bears a striking resemblance to the kolachi (sp?) enjoyed by Tom's Polish ancestors. Isn't it fun realizing the history behind ethic foods?

Have a great new week!


What a lovely view. Happy Purim. Hamantaschen are delicious. I've only had them with poppy seeds.

Grammy Staffy said...

I am out of the hospital and able to blog again. I was too sick and the internet was bad in the hospital. I've missed visiting you.

What a lovely celebration. Happy Purim. I wish I were there to have some hamantaschen with you.
We had a hot 90 degree Sunday here today. I think we are in for a terrible summer, but I hope that won't deter you from visiting us. I hope you can spend some time here at the Staffy Bed and Breakfast.

Thank you for the comments you sent me on facebook. I was able to do that in the hospital and it lifted my spirits. I just published my blog post with pictures of my adventure. I hope you will drop by and say hello. Hugs, Lura

Sola Scriptura said...

It's really interesting to learn about Purim and the traditional food made for the celebration. Thanks for sharing :)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It was very cold here in the 20's yesterday even had a few flakes of snow but thankfully nothing of significance. This week we may just see several days in the 50's and that will be very welcome. I loved seeing the Florida picture. And the pastries sound wonderful. Hope you have a great start to the new week. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Theresa said...

Beautiful picture:) I'll take a few bites of those yummy treats, PLEASE! Have a blessed day and week ahead, HUGS!

Simply Linda said...

Love the store front pictures. Thank you Buttercup for the smiles. Blessings

My Little Home and Garden said...

You've definitely experienced a contrast in weather conditions recently. I gather your time in Florida allowed you to warm your bones.

The Hamantaschen looks delicious and sounds wonderful from your description. I just read a bit more on the significance of Purim.

Have a wonderful week.


Chatty Crone said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Just stopping by to say hello!

Dee said...

Dear Carol, thank you for sharing with us the traditions connected with Purim. I so love to learn new things and to grow in appreciation of the traditions of all people. Peace.

Melinda said...

Everything looks so yummy.

Great memories for you at this time of year.

M :)

Ida said...

Your lunch looked delicious (that pie mmmm) and what a pretty bird you captured.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Thanks for sharing your Purim tradition with us. It sounds fun.