New York, New York II: Pepper Spray

“I can’t belief you vould drag me up dis early for a stupid trip,” my mother said as we walked towards the main entrance of the Middlesex Mall. Even the security guard looked sleepy as he unlocked the doors and ushered us into the empty corridor. I however, was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. I was going […]

The Barbecue

After some minor technical issues,I arrived at my cousin’s house. I clumsily fumbled with my luggage and keys trying to get through the extra-narrow corridor. Luckily, I don’t think anyone heard me because the crazy cat lady next door to my cousin fell asleep with QVC blaring on her TV again. I could hear Vince […]

Failure at Cooking: Strawberry Pie

“I have an idea”, my cousin announced over the phone.”Oh, yeah?” I couldn’t hide my concern. Usually when anyone tells me they have an “idea”, it’s usually time to reach for the aspirin. “In all the years we’ve been alive, we’ve NEVER had a family BBQ at the house. Let’s have one for this 4th […]


Nichole Remmert writes: Hi there – I love your blog and tweets; I remember bits of my own childhood when I read your stuff. My own nagymama died before I ever knew her, when my mom was just 14.  Her father was always at work (and not Hungarian), and The Uncles (her mother’s brothers) saw […]


I handed Anyu some Mother’s Day presents after I got her to settle down and put on some pants. After dealing with last year’s drama, I decided to give my mother a GIANT bottle of Arbor Mist to help her relax during our weekend “vacation” at the LBI Bible Camp. Sure, it’s totally against the […]