The Keeper of Time

The Keeper of Time

Chapter 1

“Are you feeling better honey?” Asks mom.

“A little.” Responds Johnny in a raspy voice.

“Grandpa’s coming over.” said mom.

“Aww man grandpa always pinches my cheek, I hate it why can’t you tell him i’m sick?!” Says Johnny.

“Thats why he’s here. And maybe this time he won’t pinch your cheek.” Says mom, agitated. Just then Grandpa walks in with a present

“Hey how’s it goin’ Johnny boy?” asks grandpa, pinching Johnny’s cheek  

“Hey i got something for you” says Grandpa.

“WHAT WHAT WHAT IS IT?!”asks Johnny.

“A watch” Johnny says “a wa-”

“Not just any watch, a magic watch made of dragon scales and the strongest metal ever, passed down from the medieval times. It’s the time traveling ‘keeper of time’. It was made even before mankind invented pocket clocks, which is what they used to call watches.” Grandpa cuts in.

“Alright, give it here and let’s see if your ‘time travelin’ wa…” says Johnny

“Don’t be rude Johnny!!” says mom

“So how do you use this thing?” asks Johnny

“Ahh…so twist the front knob to go into the future and vice versa”

After a few minutes of thinking, Johnny goes into the future but wherever he looks there’s blood. Then he notices he’s in the middle of a war, so he turns the back knob, planning to go back to his present time. But he turned the knob too far and he accidentally ends up in the medieval times. He looks around and notices a man sitting at a table with tools, weirdly perfect green rocks that look like scales and pieces of some shimmery, silver metal that glow. His vision is still a little blurry, but he sees the man look over at him. That man is his grandpa!! He reaches for the ‘keeper of time’ to turn the knob, but it’s not there.

Everything goes black, just as he hears the man whisper his name.


to be continued…….

(there will be a new page a week, just give me an idea for the next page and i’ll pick out one idea that i think would fit. As long as you give me an idea a week, i’ll keep writing a page a week. Have a nice day)

Tavolata Sunday Feast


Tavolata is an Italian restaurant owned by Ethan Stowell. I also like his other restaurant Anchovies and Olives. I also really want to go to Staple and Fancy one day. Basically I want to go to all his restaurants. And every month at Tavolata, they have a sunday feast. When me and my family when to Tavolata for a sunday feast, the feature was Duck.The sunday feast at Tavolata was like a pre-fixe. That means the chef picks the menu for you.There were three courses plus sides and dessert, so four courses total. It was a lot of food, my brother and I can eat a lot but we still had leftovers.


 The first course was seared Foie Gras. Basically my favorite meat. I think this because it was also done very well it was also very tender but juicy.


Next was Foie Gras Mousse on Crostini with Fried Duck Egg and Green Beans. we ate the whole platter (see the Before and After pictures below). This is my first time having fried duck egg. Obviously I liked it because it’s in my belly.

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The second course was Duck Confit with Gnocchi. I didin’t like the Gnocchi but I don’t like Gnocchi in general. Even when I was in Italy I didn’t really enjoy Gnocchi. Because I find Gnocchi too starchy and chewy. But I liked the Duck Confit part of the dish. 


The main course….was a whole duck. The breast meat was juicy, unlike chicken. It was very tender and it was on the verge of being too salty but it also felt like it wasn’t salty enough. It came with a Braised Farro salad and Escaraole salad. The Farro was almost like a turnip. I didn’t really like the two salads because they were a little bit bitter. 






Dessert was a Almond and Pear tart with caramel gelato. The crust of the tart was flaky but not dry. The pear filling tasted like real pears and the almonds gave it a good crunch. The gelato with caramel drizzle made the whole dish lighter so that it wasn’t too heavy. The dessert tasted yum yum. 


The kitchen at Tavolata is open to the dining area, so you can see the chefs preparing food. But there’s also a room in the back because that’s where I saw them take the duck. I liked watching them cook. It was cool to see my food being prepared.


I got to meet Chef Clevenger. He was funny and nice. We talked about food and food. My two favorite topics! I highly recommend Tavolata and I want to go back again. I want to go back to try the regular menu, I already know what I’m going to order….the spaghetti!!



I wish that my mom hadn’t taken any pictures, then I can make her take me there again to get more pictures….wait am I thinking out loud!?


*pictures by my mom