Abby And Jonathan
Abby, Jonathan, and Ayla Fisch
Where do you live?
How long have you lived in the area?
3 years 1 month – we moved June 29, 2014, a week after we got married in Los Angeles.
Where are you originally from and what brought you to town?
Abby is from Los Angeles and Jonathan is from Ventura (a beach city just south of Santa Barbara and about an hour north of Los Angeles). We moved due to Jonathan’s work and finding an unbelievable community at Temple Judea in Coral Gables and we were fortunate enough that they extended a job offer.
Please share about what you do for a livelihood or what keeps you busy during the week?
Jonathan is an associate rabbi at Temple Judea in Coral Gables and Abby is a special needs advocate and private tutor. Our 18-month-old keeps us busy with whatever downtime we have left.
How often do you come to the market?
Abby comes almost every Sunday with Ayla and when Jonathan isn’t working, he joins as well. Our family from California always makes it a must-do when they’re in town visiting.
Do you have a market ritual? If so, please describe.
We come for a mid-morning snack and to stock up on our favorites for the week. When the weather is a bit more manageable Abby and Ayla go through the market, head to the splash-pad, and then have a mini-picnic in their trunk before heading home.
What’s your favorite thing to buy at LNB Grovestand and why?
The smoothies! Our daughter learned how to drink through a straw (after many attempts at home) by giving her a taste of our LNB smoothie! Last weekend we reversed our route, and as we passed by LNB to grab Jonathan a cup of coffee, Ayla refused to leave the side of the blenders until she got her smoothie.
What’s your favorite thing to buy at other stands at the market?
Ceviche, buffalo kettle corn, fresh orange juice, jams, ZTB bread, and an arepa.
For parents: A favorite activity we enjoy with our kids?
Riding our bikes around town. Last weekend we parked at the entrance of Matheson Hammock and rode all around enjoying the scenery and early morning weather.
Most-frequented local restaurants and what dish to order:
Kitchen 33 in the Grove – we love their ceviche, fried rice, beets, and the Peruvian beer.
For special occasions, I go to:
Cafe Vialetto in Coral Gables. When we were here for Jonathan’s interview in February 2014, we were taken here for a delicious meal and since moving to Miami we have celebrated our anniversaries, work accomplishments, and birthdays here. Our favorites at Cafe Vialetto are the caprese salad (not on menu, but they always make it when we request), Caesar salad (not on the menu, but they always make it when we request), risotto (we keep kosher so any of the vegetarian ones), their fish dishes are always delicious, and wine!
Do you have a family recipe that you would be willing share?
Abby’s challah which she makes weekly. For the recipe see below.
Even after 3 years, we still haven’t figured out how to deal with the torrential downpours. All suggestions are welcome.
Do you participate in any community or philanthropic events that you would like to share?
We are both passionate about supporting agencies that work with kids and adults with diverse abilities such as Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and other local groups.
Do you own your own business or offer a service? Would you share a pitch about yourself or company with the community?
Abby works as an advocate at Making School Work, PL where she helps families who have children with special needs ensure they are receiving the services they’re entitled to at public schools. She also uses her background as a former teacher to tutor students privately in all subjects K-6 and prepare for standardized entrance exams.
Is there a question that you would like to ask the LNBs?
Do you have any plans to develop weekly recipes using the ingredients you have on hand?
When will you be the weekly interview? We want to hear your answers for all these questions 🙂
A+W: We can start adding our recipes to the newsletter – maybe not every week but certainly will work on compiling some for future issues. We interviewed each other last month – see here, as well as Walt’s dad – see here – and more family members coming soon.