Wednesday, August 20, 2014

domino factory exhibit

Several weeks ago when Kurt's parents were in town, we went to see Kara Walker's art installation at the defunct Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg. It was the final day of "A Subtlety" so the line was many blocks long even before the exhibit even opened. Thankfully, it moved pretty quickly and we were shaded under the Williamsburg Bridge for most of it. The sugar sculptures were pretty amazing but my favorite part was seeing inside the old factory that will soon be torn down to make way for a new development.

Monday, August 18, 2014

weekend in review

I've been home in Alabama this weekend visiting my parents. Here was my Friday view landing into Nashville.

All trips are planned around meals, so after fetching me from the airport, my parents and I had some tasty Mexican food at Rosepepper Cantina followed by ice cream across the street at Jeni's. I tried the Saison with Sunflower Seeds and Golden Flax, Sweet Cream Biscuits and Peach Jam, and Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet. So delicious! We even continued our Jeni's love through the weekend by using her base recipe to make some blueberry ice cream on Sunday. 

I went on a couple runs while at home (hopefully to combat all the awesome food we ate). The roads are flat but deathly boring...nothing but cow pastures and corn fields. However, trying to outrun a thunderstorm on Sunday made it a little more exciting!

I had big plans to spend all weekend in the pool, but with so many other things to do, I only got in once. I'm not much of a swimmer but I do love relaxing in the water and paddling around. I could stay in there for hours.

My mom and I walked through Lowe Mill in Huntsville and checked out all the artist studios. It's such a funky little hippy bubble in a very non-hippy town. I hope it keeps getting more popular and adding some much needed variety to the area.

We popped into Pizzelle's Confections for creative little chocolates. 

When in Rome, right? Extra points for eating it in the mall food court.

I had dinner with my parents and sister at The Huntsville Brewery one evening. 

My grandmother is turning 90 this year, so my sister thought it would be a good idea to gift her a portrait of our family. I did a lot of timer setting and running to be in the shot, but I think we got some nice photos.  

Sadly, I had to head back to NYC. On the way to the airport in Nashville, I suggested having lunch at Pinewood Social (after hearing about it from Allie). It was so much fun and I loved the building! I can't wait to bring Kurt back next time we visit.

The building is part of a larger development that revitalized old warehouses/factories along the river in the downtown area.

I had a tasty catfish sandwich and an Alabama 11am. Don't judge. I'm on vacation.

There is a bowling alley inside...

...and a bocce court outside!

There is lots of outside lounge seating, an Airstream trailer serving tacos, and even a couple little swimming pools! (I seriously thought I was in Brooklyn.) I think it would be fun to come back at night and enjoy the awesome cocktail/beer list.

Until next time Alabama/Tennessee!

Monday, August 4, 2014

weekend in review

It was such a fantastically full weekend (and summer...hence all the not blogging)! It all began with a twilight bbq in Prospect Park on Friday night. The sunlight hours weren't on our side but a strategic location (read: street lights) and candles helped us extend the gorgeous summer evening. 

Some friends graciously invited Kurt and I to a matinee Cirque du Soleil performance on Saturday afternoon. What an incredible show! The way those people move is out of this world. I was in pain (and awe) just watching. We followed that up by trying out the Other Half, a new brewery in Carroll Gardens, and getting some snacks at Lavender Lake. Since we were already nearby, I also convinced Kurt to try the new Ample Hills Creamery. I waited in line for a stupid amount of time to try their new flavor "It Came from Gowanus" but it was delicious (so worth it!). 

On Sunday, Kurt and I went to brunch at our friends' apartment in the Upper East Side. Their gorgeous home and impeccable entertaining skills made me feel like I live in a college dorm room but it was still a lovely time. Since I was already in Manhattan, I popped up to the Met to see the Charles James show before it closes. The dresses were lovely but I think the real art was in the construction (which was a little lost on me). I spent more time wandering through the American Wing of the museum. Did you know the Met has an enormous permanent collection of decorative arts? It houses everything from furniture to silver pieces to glass vases from colonial/Revolutionary times. The spoon collection alone is astounding. My fall resolution (those exist, right?) is to spend more time perusing all the fantastic museums we have here in the city once the weather turns chilly. Break up the eating and drinking with a little bit of culture! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

berkshires wedding weekend

Back in May (oy, where does the time go?), Kurt and I went to a friend's wedding in the Berkshires (I gave a quick instagram rundown way back when). Sometimes life without a car is complicated and expensive, especially when trying to get out of the city. We thought we would be clever (i.e. cheap) and take a Metro-North train to Poughkeepsie and rent a car there to save some $$. The train ride along the Hudson is fantastic but we ran into some complications with the rental car. After some cursing and stressing, it all worked out and we sped to get to the wedding on time in our minivan :)

The wedding was at Jiminy Peak in Western Massachusetts. It's a cute little ski resort that seems pretty sleepy in the summer months. We dashed for our hotel room and changed into our fancy clothes just in time to beat the couple to the ceremony. The wedding was small and sweet; the crowd mainly family and a few friends. We ate and drank and even did some dancing. After the main festivities, the groom fell asleep and the bride demanded we party it on. Being a small hotel in the middle of nowhere, we convinced the restaurant bartender it would be worth his while to stay open late for us. I think everyone went to bed happy.

The next day we had to return the rental car to Poughkeepsie but on the way stopped in Hudson, New York for breakfast. The town was very cute with lots of shops and restaurants in the historic downtown. I want to take the train back sometime and do some antique shopping!

points of interest: Jiminy Peak Resort, Hancock, MA // Half Time Beverage (fun beer store!) Poughkeepsie, NY // Le Gamin Country, Hudson, NY

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