Guilt Trip

by Balaboosta on August 30, 2011

My kids are at Balaboosta almost once a week, usually on the day that Stefan and I are both working together. So last Tuesday their nanny, Ahoova, brought them to the restaurant. They joined me at the big round table during the staff family meal and I fed Liam and Mika. We hung out together for a while and when it was finally time for me to kiss them goodbye, Liam started whining and asking me to come back home. Then, like a bolt of lightning, he struck me with “I don’t want you to cook anymore!” My heart broke into a million pieces.

I took Liam aside and sat him down on one of the benches in front of the restaurant. “Let’s play the Pretend Game,” and I had him close his eyes very tightly. I painted a very different picture of our lives for him. A life where I am no longer cooking.

I started without his brand new bike, and then only some of his favorite superhero toys all crammed into a much tinier bedroom. Then I changed his diet from sashimi to fish sticks (not that there’s anything even wrong with fish sticks but Liam has the palate of a Top Chef). I told him he would be going to a new school, different from all of his friends. And then I told him, like a bolt of lightning, “Mommy would be a raging bitch because she wouldn’t be doing what she loved.” Okay, maybe I changed a few words around but I think I made my point clear. Though I think I already had him at “You wouldn’t have your brand new bike.”

This is never a walk in the park. It’s always a juggling act between career and family. Stef and I work our asses off to provide our kids with a comfortable life. So every now and then, I think we both deserve a little Sex on the Beach…


2 oz pomegranate juice (the original recipe calls for cranberry juice but this is my sexier version)
2 oz orange juice
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz peach schnapps
  1. Combine all ingredients and pour over ice.


Went to Balaboosta on Saturday night and loved the experience, it is such a warm place and the food, which matches the atmosphere, was delicious.

Question: While there I had a drink called a Lily… I see on the menu it has cucumber, mint, lillet… could I have the recipe? It was so refreshing, I want to make these for my house guests during the summertime!

todah rabah,


by Alexander P. on March 5, 2012 at 3:17 AM. Reply #

Hi Alexander
I’m very happy you had a good time at Balaboosta and hope to see you again.
here is the Lily recipe:
2oz lillet blanc
2 cucumber sliced
!/2 oz elderflower syrop
1/2 oz lime juice
5 mint leaves
press or rip mint and drop in shaker.
add rest of ingredients. shake and drop into hi ball glass top with cava.
chef /owner balaboosta

by Balaboosta on March 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM. Reply #

Einat, I just saw you win for the second time on Chopped on I was so impressed with your style that I googled your name and found this blog. I read through the whole blog, and absolutely love it, but it makes me sad that you haven’t posted anything for a few months. I hope you aren’t giving it up. I am so excited to try your recipes. This was my favorite post, though, by far. So very touching. PLEASE keep blogging! Kol tuv!

by Batsheva on July 31, 2012 at 6:24 AM. Reply #

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