Posts Tagged 'La Tavola'

The Writing Gene

sofia-fall-2008It’s official: There’s a writing gene in my family, most recently evidenced in my nine-year-old niece, Sofia (left, decked out in finery from La Tavola, the family restaurant in Burlington, Iowa). Sof’s been writing for years, and I’d heard reports that she just can’t stop. My sister/her mother told me Sof will come home from school, announcing, “I have to get on the computer right now — I’ve got a story!”

So I emailed Sofia and asked her to send me something. Boy, did she send it:

“i did write this on book called the pastry battle to is about a girl named emily stood up to this on girl that said she was better a baking pastry then anyone in the world . and emily said she was way better then holly and then they said that on one day they will have a battle against each other . then emily went home and turned to a dumb old easy bake oven with a cold blue lightbulb . and emily’s mom taught her how to bake but she still was not good at it so on they day of the battle emily’s pastry was burt and holly’s hade egg shells in her pastry so they both lost the battle and they we friends.”

I’d say she’s got the one-graph pitch DOWN, spelling and punctuation not so much. Now, if I can just get her to send me a story she calls “Hulu Baby”!

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My Vacation in Burlington, Days 1-3

When my sister Cathy announced that she wanted to celebrate my birthday with me and asked, it took me no time at all to come up with the perfect idea: Opening Day with the Cubs! Cathy, Carol, Caity, and Chris had gone to last year’s opening game; I was supposed to have gone, but couldn’t go. So this was a no-brainer. Plus, I decided to make a week of it and just hang with the family in Burlington and mangia mangia at La Tavola! To top that all off, Bradley University had a home stand in Peoria that weekend, which meant I could go see my nephew Chris play ball (See #6!). BONUS! Cathy took care of EVERYTHING, even finding a flight that took me directly to Burlington “International” (ha ha ha!) Airport on March 27.

We had a plethora of birthdays to party on: Caity turned 16 on March 11, Cheryl’s birthday was March 22, and Carol and her best friend James “Celebrity Slut” Woods share a natal day on April 10! So the Wichita contingent of Carol and James drove up on Saturday and joined in on the baseball festivities.

I worked the phones at the restaurant during the lunch hours on Friday and Wednesday. Several people commented, “You HAVE to be another sister!” That was a kick! What was really great was seeing how fond the regulars are of Cheryl and Carlo. Several of Cheryl’s birthday bouquets were still decorating the joint.

Not only was it great fun to hang with my family, but I also enjoyed exploring more of Burlington, which is actually quite charming. Cathy and Cait live over the restaurant in the historic downtown, just two blocks Continue reading ‘My Vacation in Burlington, Days 1-3’

Bragging on the Family Restaurant!

La Tavola, my family’s restaurant in Burlington, Iowa, made the news again! Check out this article in The Hawkeye! My sister Cheryl reported that when my niece Sofia heard that, she announced, “I am so NOT seven!” (that would be because she’s nine!).



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