Wednesday, April 23, 2014

macy's flower show 2014

When I was in college, a group of friends and I took a Spring Break trip to NYC. We crashed on friends' hard floors, walked until our feet cried, froze our tails off in March (these Alabama kids were so confused), learned that no one is happy on an empty stomach, and actually had the best time ever. Although my NYC seed had been planted years before, it is still one of my fondest trips and a big reason I moved here after college. One random point of the trip that stands out for me is going to Macy's to check it off our very ambitious list of city sights we just had to see. We happened to be in town during the annual flower show where the ground floor handbag, jewelry, and beauty counters were draped in the most gorgeous floral arrangements. There was a strict schedule to abide by but our group wandered through and enjoyed the blooms for a moment before running off to our next destination.

Last year, Jenn and I decided to check out the show and I was shocked to see it housed in a trailer outside in Herald Square. Don't get me wrong, it was gorgeous, but the show was nothing like I remembered from my previous visit ages ago. This year, I was secretly thrilled to see the show return indoors. It might have been a little less grand and really hard to get photos without people walking through them, but there is something so charming about a familiar memory. I was happy to reminisce about having a fantastic time with dear old friends excited to absorb as much of the city as possible. 

So much has changed but so much remains the same. If you visit now, I will offer you a hard pull out couch to rest your head. You will be forced to bike miles until your legs scream. You'll sweat buckets because I do my best hosting June-August and I don't have A/C. But rest assured you will be well-fed and hydrated because I've learned NYC is best experienced through food. I do love this city!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

weekend in review

Weekends are pretty much reserved for food and fun these days. There really was an absurd amount of food...

Sunshine runs around Prospect Park to make room for all those calories!

Cucumber margaritas at Bar Bruno

Kurt and I took a much awaited trip to Lucali in Carroll Gardens. So good!

Fried chicken and red velvet waffles at The Dogwood

DIY project that needs a little more tweaking

Dinner in with friends and a few rounds of Joker

Kurt doing some lightning fast kale planting in his garden

I made deviled eggs for our Easter Sunday Feast.

A few rounds of sidewalk cornhole and enjoying the last few moments of sunshine

I also made some strawberry shortcake with gluten free pound cake and homemade whipped cream. One of my better creations!

A full and happy few days for sure. (I need a few days to detox from all that goodness!) I hope you all had great weekends too!

Friday, April 18, 2014

#nycdonuttour @ doughnut plant [chelsea]

I've seriously been slacking on my doughnut touring recently. It probably had something to do with our terrible winter and my desire to stay within 3 blocks of my apartment (where there are sadly no doughnut shops). So now that spring has arrived, lookout city! I'm coming for you and your sweet treats! 

My latest endeavor was to the Chelsea outpost of Doughnut Plant. I went on a Sunday afternoon, so many of the flavors were already picked over, but I was still able to grab a few tasty options for Kurt and me to "share". The Meyer Lemon & Poppy Seed [yeast] and Valrhona Chocolate [yeast] made it back to Brooklyn but I gobbled up the Blueberry [cake, not pictured] for lunch while running errands. I have always fancied myself a yeast doughnut girl, but that cake was so moist and delicious. I don't even know what to think anymore. Two thumbs up for the Plant.

220 West 23rd Street
Chelsea, Manhattan

379 Grand Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan

And completely unrelated, I've been playing "Divisionary [Do the right thing]" by Ages and Ages on repeat recently. The song is crazy catchy and the video is adorable. So go out there and kick some ass this weekend!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

crochet jewelry class

I recently attended a class at the Brooklyn Craft Company in Greenpoint. I've been eyeing their courses for several months, but none of their (kind of pricey) offerings ever really inspired me. However, when I saw this jewelry making class being taught by Andrea Bocchio, I was excited enough to spend the $65 without much question. I have seen Andrea's pieces at markets and craft fairs around the city and was really interested in learning how she makes them.

We chose some colored yarns and chain while Andrea walked around showing us her technique. I've never done crochet before and it was much harder than I thought. [Andrea is from Peru and has a very adorable accent. She was constantly saying "perfect! perfect!" even though what we were creating was far from perfection.] After a few rows of color, I slowly got the hang of it.  Three hours later I had a pretty sloppy looking product which could possibly pass as a necklace (Andrea says a typical one takes her 15 minutes or so) but I look forward to trying it again and honing the skill.

Until then, I've got my eye on this bracelet from Andrea's collection. Check out all of her beautiful pieces here. And check out Brooklyn Craft Co. classes here

Monday, April 14, 2014

weekend in review

Kurt and I finally got to try out the new shuffleboard club in Gowanus this weekend. I'll go into more detail later but let's just say I'm a natural (I think "dream crusher" was the exact description). One day we had breakfast at Dub Pies (which is becoming a weekend ritual) before I baked piles and piles of cookies for Kurt's softball team. I then foolishly agreed to accompany him to the game on our bikes...25 miles later (not even kidding) I earned a lovely dinner at Van Horn in Cobble Hill. I miss their sandwiches (and hushpuppies!) but our sweet potato gnocchi and bone marrow grits were incredible. The ride was actually great and not all that strenuous along the west side bike path. My butt is sore today but I am so thrilled to be back in bike riding weather that I almost don't notice. Almost.

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