November 22, 2013
After a very successful Brooklyn Brew Tour a few weeks back, we decided to try out the Brooklyn Brownstone Food Tour - because the only thing better than beer, is food of course!
This tour took place mostly in Cobble Hill, which is much different than Williamsburg. Although not quite as hip and up and coming, Cobble Hill is one of the most lovely neighborhoods I have ever explored - it has that familiar feeling with an eclectic mix of old and new. I have already decided that I need to live in a brownstone overlooking Cobble Hill Park one day. Our tour guide, Natalie, was great at giving us an extensive background on all of the restaurants/eateries. I found it especially neat that many of the places we tried had been there for decades - old mom and pop bakeries and coffee shops that locals never stopped supporting - and trust me, longevity is easier said than done in New York, so this said a lot about the community.
Now my favorite part of the tour was when we to the center of Cobble Hill, past the pretty brownstones, to Cobble Hill Park. Our tour guide brought us out mini pork sliders from the famous Ted and Honey right next door that we enjoyed on the lovely benches, soaking up the crisp fall weather. Although the sliders were amazing, the real magic of the day had nothing to do with food. While listening to Natalie explain the history of the local park, I happened to hear a familiar voice nearby - I turned around (not quite able to place the sound) and right behind us was Michael Cera - sitting in the park, eating his Ted and Honey's too. Now as a huge Arrested Development fan (George Michael), this was one of my biggest celeb sitings to date and I was completely freaking out. The best thing was that Michael Cera looked exactly how you would expect Michael Cera to look - a quirky wool hat and a tan jacket, just mozying around Brooklyn. Browning had to restrain me from following him the rest of the day, but alas the tour continued as did the food.
Below is a little breakdown of all the places we tried, and I highly recommend taking food tours in whatever city you may be in - there really is no better way to get to know the neighborhood and history behind it - plus your belly won't mind!
Where We Ate:
- Stinky Bklyn - Best grilled cheese I think I have ever tasted - but really.
- 61 Local - We sampled the spiced nuts and home-brewed kombucha
- One Girl Cookies - Itty bitty cookies with big taste
- Damascus Bread and Pastry - A famous Middle Eastern establishment in the neighborhood and nationally know for its bread (two thumbs up on the falafel)
- Ted and Honey - I mean if Michael Cera goes here, it must be good
- Court Pastry - Sweets galore - my kind of place
- D'amico Coffee - One of the oldest shops in Cobble Hill and still family owned today
- Farmacy - Although new to the neighborhood, this retro soda fountain is fun and the egg cremes are tasty!
November 20, 2013
Hello! It's been awhile - not because I've been too busy, but I've just been fussing around with a lot of different things, you know how this time of year is...Anyways, here are just a few updates about what I've been up to lately (in case you are interested):
- I decided that I will be crafting my Christmas gifts for my family this year - above is a little sneak peak of my most recent work-in-progress (it's a Mindy Kaling quote - obviously). Turns out that I am quite the cross-stitch fanatic and never knew it - can't quite decide if this is a good or a bad thing yet...
- I've been hitting up my local gym's spinning classes after work lately. They are offered free by my gym and I don't know what took me so long to start - I'm addicted - the music, the movement, I love it all. It also goes by sooo fast - which is a big thing for me, because usually I feel like I am watching the seconds tick by on the clock.
- I'll be heading back to NYC yet again this weekend but this will likely be my last trip til the New Year - I still need to share photos from our Brooklyn Food Tour the other weekend because it was amazing andddd involved seeing Michael Cera (aka George Michael) - one of those perfectly Brooklyn hipster moments I'll never forget.
- And last but not least, I CANNOT WAIT TO BE HOME FOR THANKSGIVING! It is my favorite holiday (tied with Christmas) - but really - good food, Macy's Day Parade, DOG SHOW (hello!), lounging, and the official start of the Christmas music season - what more could you ask for??
Hope everyone's week is going well, now that it's Hump Day, mine is going smoother :)
November 12, 2013
Tonight my lovely roommate and friend snagged all of my housemates last minute tickets to a showing of the Sleeping Beauty ballet at The Kennedy Center, which happens to be her workplace - not a bad perk. I am always so mesmerized by how the dancers move, andddd I am always so angry that my mom obliged my request to quit ballet in the 4th grade....if only...
^^ The most beautiful light fixtures all around the theater ^^
^^ Backstage adventures // Hall of States ^^
^^ It's Showtime! ^^
November 8, 2013
Happy Friday! I'm heading to NYC after work today and am very excited! It should be a low key weekend, but I'm planning to maybe start my holiday shopping a little early this year. Hope you all are off to a happy and relaxing weekend!
Here are some random reads around the web to get your Friday off to a nice start:
"How Strong is Pope Francis" - Really excited about what Pope Francis has in store for the Church
"Confused College Students Pose for Photos in Front of Video Camera" - Watch this for a great laugh
"Bar None" - For all of my fellow It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans
"Vintage PJ's" - I'm with Jillian on this - definitely craving a cozy set off classic pajamas for the holidays
"Top Holiday Tablet Picks" - I know, huge gadget nerd over here - but I love CNET reviews and I'm contemplating investing in a tablet this season...
"Fat, Sugar, or Carbs?" - Found this article interesting as I want to be healthy but find myself constantly confused with what is good/bad (currently on the 'sugar is bad' train)
"Is Pretty All That Matters?" - Really lovely post about growing up and what beauty truly matters
"Love Actually's 10th Anniversary" - Does it need any explanation? It's officially "Love Actually" season - already have my copy ready to go!
Also this had me practically bawling at work.
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November 7, 2013
Although this past Saturday was a bit of a dreary day, the coolness in the air and crisp fall leaves made it the perfect setting for a leisurely Saturday afternoon. After wandering around Georgetown and walking down R street, as I like to do, I passed the lovely Dumbarton Oaks estate. To my surprise, the usually closed gates of the grand mansion were wide open and people were filing in. It turns out that the gardens are actually open for free admission during the 'winter season' (November 1st - March 14th) - so of course, I decided to take advantage and enjoy this little solo adventure.
Now I had no idea how large the grounds were - stepping through the gates was like stepping into another world, I could not believe how much land there was and I was just blocks away from the crowded streets of townhomes and shops. I expected to spend about 15 minutes wandering in and out, and I ended up staying almost an hour and still feel like I did not explore half of the grounds. Although I'm sure the gardens are beautiful with flowers come springtime, I really could not imagine a more gorgeous setting with the grey skies and bright orange and red leaves. This place is definitely a DC treasure, and I cannot wait to visit it more throughout the changing seasons.
(See here to read more about the history of the gardens - really quite interesting!)