Since we’ve skipped spring and jumped straight into summer, dive into these picnic-perfect recipes by Almond’s executive chef (and dad) Jason Weiner.
Mango-Banana Tango Parfaits
1 very ripe mango (peeled and rough chopped)
2 pints strawberries
2 bananas (peeled and rough chopped)
2 c. full-fat Fage Greek yogurt
1. In a blender, puree each fruit separately.
2. Whip yogurt into soft peaks by hand or using a mixer.
3. Alternate layers of fruit puree and yogurt in four-ounce jars or glasses.
4. Garnish with store-bought vanilla wafers and a sprig of fresh mint.
Elbows and Peas with Cheese
1 c. cooked elbow macaroni (or other bite-size pasta)
1/3 c. cooked fresh English peas
1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese
1/3 c. canned chickpeas (strained)
1 tomato (seeded and diced)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1. Gently combine ingredients and top with a squirt of lemon juice.
Want to eat out, but inside? Try Almond’s newly launched kiddie plat du jour brunch menu, featuring such faves as baby lentil and polenta raviolini.
Almond, 12 East 22nd Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue (212-228-7557 or almondnyc.com).
Kid O Spring Sale
What: Save up to 50 percent on tasteful puzzles and playthings for preschoolers.
Why: Less is more.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Kid O, 123 W. 10th St., b/t Greenwich & Sixth Aves. (212-366-5436).
Cinderella and the Prince Who Slays the Magic Dragon
What: This concert for young people is an updated, urban version of the favorite fairytale.
Why: If the shoe fits.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway, at 65th St. (212-875-5030). Tickets online at littleorchestra.org.
Dribbl Jr. at Kidville
What: Dribbl’s first hoops program for 3-year-olds debuts on the Upper East and West sides.
Why: It’s a slam dunk.
When: Mon.-Aug. 24.
Where: 163 E. 84th St., b/t Lexington & Third Aves. (212-772-8435); 466 Columbus Ave., b/t 82nd & 83rd Sts. (212-362-7792).