Greetings little ones! Hope you all had a wonderful week. Both halves of Bean and Nash are currently paralyzed on the couch while watching Scandal, a show that’s too dramatic for its own good. Seriously, does Olivia really need to flare her nostrils when she gets mad and open her entire mouth when she makes out with Fitz? Alas, we are addicted. We had a busy weekend exploring the city and every corner of our stomachs while hosting a friend from Boston/LA. Much fun and food was had. Warning: get ready to get hungry.
Sunday: I (Gabby) decided to venture to the lower west side while I waited for my luvr aka Caroline to return from DC. I stopped in 192 Books to pick up something new to read and loved the vibe of the store. One corner was dedicated to favorite books of the store’s employees, each of whom wrote a little note about which books they were loving and why. After walking for forever and a day, I found my way to Third Rail Coffee where I sipped an iced soy latte and enjoyed the air conditioned café. Later, Caroline and I dined at The Smile, where I had the quinoa and lentil bowl and Caroline enjoyed the Moroccan lamb meatballs and a side of spicy kale. Sorry we have no pics to prove that this actually happened; the restaurant is underground, which means insufficient light for pictures. You will have to use your imagination!
Monday-Thursday: Nothing worth noting, sorry. I know that’s not what you wanted to read.
Friday: Kellie and I ventured about the entire world. We started with smoothies at Liquiteria and made our way to The High Line, which is quickly becoming a New York institution. We stopped for coffee at the Blue Bottle pop-up stand, which did not disappoint. After
making sweating our way down the High Line route, we returned to Chelsea Market for lunch. I dined on a brown rice bowl at Friedman’s Lunch and Kellie chose Tuck Shop‘s Thai Chook Curry pie. Both met our high standards. Post-lunch, we explored Eataly, New York’s Italian heaven. Kellie is a mega-fan of Nutella, so she had to try the Nutella on brioche at the Nutella bar. After the chocolate overload, we relaxed in Central Park and people watched, my favorite activity. After chilling at #bnapt for a while, we met a friend from high school at Amelie, a wine bar in the west village. I’m not saying we didn’t finish the night with valrhona chocolate fondant, which was basically chocolate lava cake. Good decision.
Saturday: The best day of the week, by a long shot. We three lassies subway’ed to Brooklyn to visit Smorgasburg, ‘a Brooklyn flea food market.’ It is exactly that; Smorg features dozens of stands run by local food trucks and restaurants. Every food imaginable is available and it’s overwhelming in the best way possible. We started with more Blue Bottle coffee and truffle fries from Home Frite. Yes, a thousand times yes. I chose a veggie burger from Chickpea and Olive for my main meal. So good. Kellie cooled off with a pop from People’s Pops and Caroline enjoyed honey butter cornbread from Jack’s Chedbred. I sipped mango lemonade from Bombay Sandwich Co., which was other-worldly good. To finish off the day of eating, Kellie and Caroline shared a Mexican fried chicken sandwich from Semita’s Mexican Sandwiches. After eating our weight in all-the-things, we headed back to the LES to relax pre-shopping. A solid day of food and clothes. Nothing is better.
Sunday: At this point, we were fairly exhausted from the weekend. Kellie and I began our day with a trip to Doughnut Plant, an otherworldly doughnut shop in the city. We met a friend and tried the creme brûlée, blackout, and oatmeal doughnuts. No disappointment there. Afterwards, we
walked rolled to Central Park to row in the pond, which was surprisingly super-fun. We returned to our friend’s apartment to watch the World Cup final (sorry Argentina, we were cheering for you) and finally returned to our own apartment. A well-spent weekend, if I do say so myself.
Wishing you all a wonderful week!