A Cold Day in Astoria, Queens

It’s been CHILLY in New York, but we have an itinerary!  We are visiting our old neighborhood of Astoria, Queens.  To prepare, I’m pulling on my thickest Falke tights under my pants and sucking it up, literally.  Julius looks pretty beat, doesn’t he?


Still, we are dropping him off at Doggy Daycare, so he won’t have to be in his bag all day. At the suggestion of Abe’s cousin Lucy, we’re using The Puppy Loft.


$20 for 5 hours is a good deal! We drop him off and walk 10 blocks down to Union Square, where I am always tempted by the Farmer’s Market.


Next up, coffee with a friend! Or tea, rather, for me. Peppermint, to be exact.


Even though I love everything at Le Pain Quotidien, we have a very specific lunch in mind. Hopping on the N train to our old neighborhood, Astoria, Queens!   This is where we lived for seven years.


And this is our subway stop – the Broadway one!


Of course, the neighborhood’s changing a lot, in the last four years since we moved.  But we are so glad to see that our favorite restaurant, Aliada, is exactly the same.

There’s the warm, open kitchen upon entering…


…the flavorful, light and airy Spinach Pie…


…the overflowing basket of pita.


And my old standard, the Pantzarosalata.  This is a salad consisting of boiled beets, eggs, and potatoes over a pile of greens/herbs/olives, dressed simply with olive oil and lemon juice.


Also, I am glad to see that they’re getting some props from The Village Voice, voted “Most Satisfying Salad” in 2005.


Ah, memories.


I’m splitting the spinach pie and salad with Abe, and eating only half a piece of pita (which was kinda dry – not soft and warm like I’ve had before). The salad itself is delicious, but I have to say, since moving to the land of salads, it pales in comparison. Sorry, Aliada!  This was more of a nostalgia meal – I felt warm and fuzzy while we were there and was very glad we made the trek out to Queens for it.

Next, a walk down to our old apartment building; we want to see if our beloved Supers Tony and Manny will be there, and sure enough they were – hanging out in the lobby as usual!


Now the temperature is rapidly dropping so I want to get back to the Chelsea apartment immediately, though it would have been fun to explore our old stomping grounds longer. Abe even went to pick up Julius so I could get back quicker.

Over at The Puppy Loft, they’re giving us a little Report Card, complete with pictures of what Julius had been up to all day!  They informed us that he had a new girlfriend named Sophia. I want to know more about this bitch.

P1100576.JPGFor the rest of the evening we’re staying in, catching up with Lucy and our friend Rachel, then watching a rough cut of Lucy’s documentary, Kings Park.  Abe’s worked on this movie almost a decade ago. So it’s amazing to see how far its come; hopefully the whole world will get to see this powerful and important film soon.


32 thoughts on “A Cold Day in Astoria, Queens

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite

    What great pictures! I love the name of the 18 Rabbits Bar “Bananas Foster” YUM!

  2. Lauren

    Dying to try these 18 rabbits bars. I hear such wonderful things about them. Too bad no Petes around here, but hopefully someday I’ll spot one.

    Glad you had a great day in the city!

  3. theemptynutjar

    Looks like you had an eventful day. I like the title of your post: I could say that now too. I take one short walk daily, and I am barely able to do that because the temperatures and wind have sharply turned severe, and its enough to make you cry no matter how bundled up I try to be.

  4. Anna

    Awwww…that puppy report card is so cute! Looks like Julius had a full day too!

    I love 18 rabbits bars– I had never seen them before my trip out to Seattle a few weeks ago! They’re so chewy and moist.

    So fun that you’re visiting all of your old “stomping grounds.” Trips like that are always kind of bittersweet for me, but lovely all the same.

  5. Ada

    Haha, I loved the “I want to know more about that bitch” line! You certainly picked a chilly time to come to New York, it was freezing yesterday! I’m glad you got to go to your old hood and see your supers though:)

  6. Christina

    That’s so cute that the doggie day care gave you a report card with pictures! It sounds like Julius had a really good time 😉

    I love all the random shots of you in the city. Your hubby is a good photographer!

  7. Daria @ Daria Can Cook

    I admire that you braved the cold. My goal this winter is to get out more and not be intimidated by wind and snow.

  8. Cindy

    Great pic of you on the subway! I bellowed out laughing at your “I want to know more about this bitch” comment. You got the first laugh of the day. Thanks. Nice when your mom still acts like your mom even when you are all grown up, huh?

  9. Rosey Rebecca

    I’m so jealous that you’re in NYC! I’m only 40 minutes away! I need to get there before I head back to Albany. That restaurant looks fabulous! Glad you’re having a great time!

  10. suzanne

    I have never seen those 18 rabbits bars 🙁 They look so good!!
    How cute is julius??? It looks like he had a pile of fun. Nice that there’s somewhere you can take him while you do other things.

  11. lpskins

    Hey, I’ve been reading for a while but never commented (I don’t think..) Anyway, your story is similar to mine (minus the famous part) and I’m happy to know that this bingeing can some day come to an end. I like your idea of sucking on something sweet after every meal, but I fear I’ll keep hitting up the candy jar. I’m really hoping for a better year to come, with less binges, and more time following intuitive eating. It’s such a struggle. Thanks for putting it out there. Any other tricks of the trade would be soo helpful!

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      hey lindsay – thanks for your comment – it’s so nice to “hear” from you. i understand what you mean about the constant struggle – i’ve definitely been there myself for years – but i’m living proof that you can find peace even after years of ups and downs. have you read my guest post at tina’s blog:


      my best advice is to show yourself as many examples as possible of getting through old triggers without resorting to binges. the more you do that, the more you know you can get through anything!

  12. Ameena

    You’ll be happy to note that LA is about 80 degrees…so you will have no problem thawing out when you get back!

    How funny is the report card??

  13. Susan

    Aww looks like Julius had a great time at “puppy day care” and you are having a great time in New York!
    Aliada looks awesome – both the salad and the spinach pie look like things I would totally order.

  14. Suzanne

    Yep, Ameena is right, the weather in LA is gorgeous! It looks like you are having a lot of fun on your trip though and that’s what counts. I love the the doggy report card… a very cute touch! And, congrats to Julius on finding a girlfriend so quickly. 😉

  15. chrysta

    That granola bar sounds fantastic. I love anything with a strong banana flavor. Just sounds so yummy. All your eats look great. That salad looks awesome! Although I totally agree sometimes its the nostalgia that just takes a dish to the next level=) Totally cute about the puppy loft and the report card they give! Ha! I love it! Anyways I hope you are enjoying the rest of your trip!

  16. Light Delight with Tou Tou

    it is cold!!! I can barely walk outside !! and its super windy in Maryland. Hope this winter can end soon!

    Love spinach pie , that one looks so cute !! ( and small ! I need two of them :-D)

  17. Wendy Lee

    I remember Aliada very fondly. Just a perfect place…
    Sorry NYC and the east coast is so beastly cold; it’s not typical at all.
    Enjoyed reading about Julius’ exploits at puppy day care…I wonder if they have good treats there too!
    Enjoy getting back to balmy L.A.

  18. candice

    Wow, so much delicious food! The roast beet sandwich looks beautiful—pink fillings are so much fun. 🙂

  19. Marina

    Aww look at little Julius! 🙂 You definitely picked a great time to come to NYC Lynn! lol It just couldn’t be any colder. I was complaining about it on my blog tonight actually. I mean, it literally hurts to be outside. I live right by Union Square and the farmer’s market, so I’m there all the time! I never tried that restaurant, but it looks nice.

  20. Maria

    Heehee, you look adorable in that red hat! Looks warm too 🙂

    The restaurant sounds fabulous! No wonder it was your favorite. I need to visit New York soon!

  21. monicaonthego.com

    LOL, I’m reviewing that bar in the morning too! IT was yummy.

    That is too funny about your doggy daycare giving you the note about the girlfriend, so cute.

    1. Lynn at The Actors Diet Post author

      i think haute diggity date is pretty great – i’m a date freak.

  22. Andrea (Off Her Cork)

    “I want to know more about this bitch.”

    Awesome. 😀

    That salad actually seems really fantastic! I have beets that I am totally going to roast for this evening. Fabbo idea!

    I’m glad that you are having a great time reconnecting and visiting. Sometimes looking back on where we’ve been is a great grounding experience. 😀

  23. Bekah

    You’re so pretty Lynn. 🙂 I love all of your nostalgic NY pictures. And gahh I’ve been wanting to try an 18 Rabbits bar! I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off..

  24. dianacheung

    glad abe got to revisit your past with you. Although it may not be as tasty now, just being in that atmosphere sure must take you back.

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