Thursday, December 8, 2016

Things to Do/Sights to See: New York Hall of Science/nysci & GingerBread Lane, NYC--Queens--Corona/Flushing


New York Hall of Science/nysci  47-01 111th St., in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  (718) 699-0005.  M-F 9:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10-6.  $15, 62+ $12, 2-17 $12, students $12; free Sun 10-11am and F 2-5 pm; parking $10.  Restaurant.  Founded during the 1964-65 World’s Fair, this energetic science museum aimed at children has become New York’s center for hands-on, interactive science.  You’ll find more than 450 exhibits here, plus demonstrations and workshops galore.  Adults seem to really enjoy the radar gun that measures how fast you can throw a baseball, while toddlers love Preschool Place--it provides great fun for under 5s.  The innovative outdoor Science Playground (seasonal) is a don’t miss, and 3-D movies provide a nice break (both have separate admission).  When you leave, consider a stop at the park’s Rocket Park Mini Golf (seasonal), kiddie amusement park, or zoo (separate admission). 

exterior of New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
exterior of New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
Preschool Place at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

The seasonal GingerBread Lane event is included with admission.  Both children and adults get excited when they see this gigantic gingerbread village.  Situated on a protected glassed-in ledge around the edge of a bright circular room, it consists of all kinds of buildings and roads.  It takes chef Jon Lovitch a year to design and build it.  He uses only edible ingredients--candy, icing, gingerbread dough--and it weighs more than 1½ tons.  All structures are dismantled and given away at the close of the exhibition.  Related workshops are scheduled.

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC
GingerBread Lane at New York Hall of Science/nysci in Corona/Flushing, Queens, NYC

(If you find yourself stuck at home one snowy winter day, make playdough and construct your own little village.) 


We like tying in a visit here with a meal at Tortilleria & Taqueria Nixtamal


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Things to Do: Kavalan Whisky tour, Yilan, Taiwan


Kavalan Whisky  326, Section 2. Yuan-Shan Rd., Yuan-Shan.  Tours daily.  Free.  Tours of this family-owned single-malt whisky distillery begin outside on the lawn of the spacious campus with a viewing of a fiery show presented by coopers refreshing oak barrels.  Inside, a variety of displays enlighten visitors, who also have a chance to view the gigantic copper stills.  The tour concludes with a tasting of several whiskeys.  My favorite was the fruity, light, and silky-smooth classic signature whiskey, which stings the tongue and then tingles all the way down.  I purchased a packable small amount in a cute lab-bottle flask to bring home.  
exterior of Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan
exterior of Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan


barrel refreshing at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan
barrel refreshing at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan


copper stills at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan
copper stills at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan


Christmas tree at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan
Christmas tree at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan


Carole Terwilliger Meyers tasting at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan
Carole Terwilliger Meyers tasting at Kavalan Whisky distillery in Yilan, Taiwan


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