I’m Back! So What’d I Miss?


Hi everyone! Yes, the rumors are true: I’m back! I can’t believe it’s been three months already…. the time really flew. My baby daughter, Samantha Grace, will turn 12 weeks on Monday. Gosh… I can already see that what they say about “the days are long but the years are short” is very true indeed. Here’s a photo on my last week of maternity leave, when we made a visit to the new American Wing at the Met:

Samantha Grace is named after my father, Samuel, and my grandmother, Grace, both of whom died when I was in college. It’s nice to keep names in the family, I think — it reminds me how much I loved both of them. Right now, we’re also calling her Srimp — that’s shrimp without the “H.” We say it like that because that’s how my other grandmother, Elizabeth, would have pronounced it. She died just a month before Samantha was born. Elizabeth was from Texas and had a sweet Southern drawl (she also would say cris-tchl instead of crystal!). She absolutely loved shrimp — Peter Kelly’s famous coconut shrimp, right, was one of her favorite dishes!  And so when my husband blurted out the nickname “srimp” because Sam was so tiny, it just kinda stuck. I consider it another family tribute!

But enough about me! I’d like to take this first post to thank Mary Lynn Mitcham for doing such a great job on Small Bites while I was out. I hope she kept your hunger for food news somewhat at bay! (haha). Thank you, thank you, Mary Lynn. I especially loved her burger story. Poor Mary Lynn, having to go try all those burgers! I’ve got a couple of posts coming up to supplement her story — a trip to The Filling Station in Palisades (the burgers are fab) and also a call out to you guys to find out where we can get great veggie burgers.

So what else did I miss? I think one of the last things I reported before I left was the upcoming opening of the new Jean-Georges restaurant in Pound Ridge. Any other tips? Any thing new I should be looking at? Trends? Events? Help a new mom out, folks! And thanks for continuing to read while I was gone. I missed you all!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Welcome back! You both look great. I look forward to exploring the “green restaurant” idea with you… local food, organic food, energy efficiency, renewable energy, composting, etc. What Westchester restaurants are engaged in these practices?

    Best, Dani

  2. Beautiful Daughter!

    Any idea what’s going on with the Bird and Bottle? The sign out on Rte. 9 says “Closed.” No mention on their website.

  3. Welcome back!
    Looking forward to your weekend eats on Monday.
    Can’t wait for HVRW to begin. New semester of cooking demos at http://www.sunywcc.edu Taste of Westchester. Hope you get to try one or two.
    The buzz on PR is a lot of renovations to the old building(Emily Shaws) before Jean-George can begin his magic. Striped Bass is closed for renovation and Pinacle/Bistro 19 in Somers have just closed. They are renovating a new place in Bedford where Bistro 22 stood for many years, Spanish I believe. Glad to see new places still opening as times have been tough.
    Enjoy that cutie pie! Precious!

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