Monday Eats

Different kind of Monday. We moved into a new office space at work today! It wasn’t quite done this morning so I worked from the comfort of my couch. Somehow I’m infinitely more focused and productive if I start working right away. Made an extra delicious breakfast while I worked. Oatmeal with anything and everything I could find in it!

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The new office space is just one floor down from where we are currently but somehow the views seem to be even better. Brooklyn Bridge in one window, Manhattan Bridge in the other and a clear view of World Trade. Kinda crazy.

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Dinner was Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup. It turned out quite well. Tasted even more delicious than it looked and was just what I’ve been craving for weeks now. I mostly followed the recipe – didn’t blend the ingredients (because I don’t have a food processor) and did vegetable broth instead of chicken.

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My bowl of noodles didn’t quite live up to the photo on the blog where I found it.. but not too shabby for a Monday night and no food styling! The hardest part always seems to be having the right ingredients on hand and actually starting to cook. After that it’s easy & delicious.

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Father’s Day

So Father’s Day happened… a few days ago. Mom, Dad + Sarah all drove up for the weekend. It was Sarah’s first time in Brooklyn (since I moved here anyway). Friday night after their long trip (due to traffic) we met for dinner in Park Slope at Olive Vine, a cute outdoor mediterranean restaurant. Aside from getting slightly eaten by bugs, it was great! Walked around the neighborhood before Mom & Dad headed to Jersey for the night. Meanwhile, Sarah and had a rambunctious night… and were in bed by 10:30 🙂

Woke up Saturday morning to enjoy some crossword time on the stoop. Headed to Colson’s Patisserie for breakfast: croissants! We actually ended up loving it so much that we went twice during the weekend. How I don’t stop there every morning for breakfast is no small feat of self-control.

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The day included much walking. Jon met up with us and we headed to the High Line in Manhattan. Walked the entire length of it (14th-34th street) before crossing over one avenue to the Hudson walkway. Walked the Hudson path from 34th-14th street before figuring out that the lunch place we wanted to go to was 2 avenues over and 10 streets up. So much walking. Had a super delicious lunch at Co. – so much pizza! The rest was much needed. After lunch we wandered from 24th street back down to 14th street to go to Chelsea Market and walk through.

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Jon split off and we continued across Manhattan (towards 1st ave and 34th street) making a pit stop in Madison Square Park and Eataly.

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Eventually made it to the East River Ferry dock on the far side of Manhattan. It was my first time walking across Manhattan in one day! Sarah was less than pleased. Rested for a good 20 minutes or so before boarding the ferry to head down to DUMBO.

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Stopped by work to show Sarah around before heading back home to grab some dinner. Picked up salads at Just Salads and took them to the park to watch some baseball games and have a picnic dinner. I think we were all a bit exhausted but we managed to walk a few more avenues in search of some frozen yogurt!

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Sunday morning was Father’s Day so we finally let dad have some say over what we were going to do for the day 🙂 He requested another breakfast at Colson’s. More croissants! Before heading back down to DUMBO for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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After walking we made our way to Brooklyn Bridge Park for Smorgasbord, a food festival in DUMBO. Had fun taste testing a bunch of different things included this jello, edible cup that Dad found. Had some bubble tea, pork something (not me…), a shared arepas and some terriakyi dough balls filled with potato.

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Headed back for some more frozen yogurt in Park Slope and ran into a street festival that went on for about 25+ blocks. Before long it was time for them to hop back in the car and head south. Overall a super fantastic weekend of walking, eating and catching up. It was great to get to show them around some of the places and things that I’ve been doing and writing about. Having people visit is starting to make me feel like I actually live here!

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Side note: If you decide to visit, I won’t make you walk this much 🙂

 

The Artichoke

Thursday after work 15 Carrots all headed to the Financial District for a 5k run for the American Heart Association. Unfortunately it was the hottest day in NYC so far this year – 92 degrees is NOT, in fact, fun running weather. When we arrived there the race was absolutely packed so it took a bit to get up to the front and get started (ie. sweating before you even started). Absolutely gorgeous race course right through the lower part of Manhattan – right under the World Trade Center, down to the tip of the island and then ended along the Hudson looking towards Jersey City (hi Eric & David!). It was a fun run despite the fact that I had to walk some of it – better luck next time. But I finished! We all went out for celebratory beers at a bar afterwards. Sounds like this is going to be a yearly Carrot event so I have another year to train for the next!

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Friday came super early this week (or so it felt) due to having Monday off. Headed to Midtown after work to meet up with Jon. I was feel generally discombobulated and annoyed with the number of people around so I plopped down on a bench outside to wait. Soon after a lady walked up to me and pointed to her camera and then herself – indicating she wanted her photo taken. I figured she was a tourist so I quickly took a few shots of her. Instead of leaving she sat down on the bench next to me and began (in broken english) telling me that she was visiting NYC (clearly). I discovered it was her first time in the US and she was from China along with a tour group that was apparently doing a huge cross country tour of all of our major cities (LA, DC, NYC, Hawaii, etc.). She stayed around for about 10 minutes telling me about other countries she’d been to and telling me how much NYC was like Shanghai and that I should visit. The conversation involved a lot of me asking a question and her responding to something totally different but it worked out! Soon she spotted someone she knew across the street and darted off. Thanks for the small bit of community NYC 🙂

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Eventually met up with Jon and we headed down to 23rd street (Flatiron District) for cheap tacos and dinner in Madison Square Park (mom & dad, that’s the one with the cool rope art installation). Hung around that area for a while before heading to get a drink at this dive bar down the street – full NYC date night experience. Ended the night back in Madison Square Park looking at Shake Shack and the Empire State building in the background! Jon headed to Hershey this weekend to see his family so I’m on my own for the weekend!

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After saying goodbye to Jon I swung by Trader Joe’s because it was just down the street. Picked up some frozen fruit for smoothies & a impulse purchase – an artichoke! Turned out to be the best impulse ever because while I was waiting in line the lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder to ask how you cook artichokes. I confessed that I usually buy them in a jar so I really had no idea and that I was using it as an experiment. Soon enough the lady next to us in the other line chimed in with directions of how to prepare it and what to eat it with (along with detailed nutrition facts). The lady behind her also joined the conversation and before I knew it there were 6 of us standing around talking about the artichoke in my hand. Best purchase ever. One of the people noticed I had a RISD bag and said that since I was clearly a designer if cooking it didn’t work out I could always turn it into a nice center piece! By the time I got up to the register I was laughing and the cashier said “sounds like someone had a good Friday!”

It’s those little moments that make NYC great.

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Started Saturday morning off early with a yoga class in DUMBO with Casey. Walked up to Brooklyn Heights afterwards for breakfast at a place called Siggy’s – super delicious tofu scramble! Walked Casey to the train before parting ways and I continued walking to fit in a bit more exploring. There was a middle eastern grocery store I’ve been interested in trying out for a while so I walked to Atlantic Ave. It was seriously so cool! Filled with bulk food items, so much cheese, coffee and the best part was.. everything was so cheap! Even by not NYC standards. I got a bag of pita for 85 cents! Picked up some dried strawberries and two varieties of hummus (Kalamata Olive & Feta Cheese Hummus + Zaatar Hummus).

Stopped in a kitchen supply store just because it looked cool – ended up getting in a conversation with the store owner for a bit. Apparently the theme of the weekend is talking to strangers.

Walked further down Court Street to Cafe Pedlar a new coffee shop I’ve also been wanting to try out. Sat down for a bit to catch up on email and drink iced coffee – it’s HOT out today!

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Eventually ended up back at home all hot and sweaty (and no AC) so a shower and strategic fan positioning was in order. Spending the rest of the afternoon catching up on blogging, listening to music, reading the NYTimes and eating strawberries from Farmigo! Definitely a good Saturday so far!

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Girls Reunion Weekend

This past week has absolutely flown by. I can’t believe it’s already been 8 days since I headed up to Queens to pick up Remy and Kristin for our first hangout in 10 months! Was so ready for some quality girl time and catching up with them in person instead of daily emails, IMs or texts.

Met them after they got off their (delayed) plane and headed back to Brooklyn where we promptly order pizza, walked down the street to pick up wine & met Casey before getting ice cream. Clearly we know how to start girls weekend off right. Friday night included much catch up time before finally falling asleep a little after 1:45am. Yikes!

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Woke up early on Saturday to get a head start on the weekend with brunch at a diner down the street. Introduced them to the concept of mimosas and brunch, a NYC staple. At this point Kristin’s boyfriend had driven down from RI and joined us as well.

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Started off with a visit to 30 rock before walking north to the MoMa. One of the guys who worked at Leo last summer with Remy & I had moved to NYC a while back and now works for the MoMa so he had generously left 4 free tickets at the information desk for us! Super good plan for a rainy Saturday. It was packed! 968895_863941542299_2094721358_n 972032_864020529009_656530743_n

Spent a good 2+ hours wandering around, talking and looking at art. Reminded us of our art history days at RIT. One of the exhibits was a huge screen with a video of an elephant. We discovered that if you walked on the other side of the screen it made cool shadows. So we caused a little trouble there.

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Eventually left the MoMa after we had all decided we had enough of modern art. Jon headed into Manhattan to meet up with us just in time for the MoMa design store & a coffee shop down the street where we all got the most amazing hot chocolate and relaxed for a bit. Casey, Rob & Kristin all split off from us at this point so Jon, Remy and I wandered up to the Apple Store at the bottom of Central Park. Walked through Central Park despite the ominous clouds above in search of the Waffle  Truck in Columbus Circle (didn’t end up finding it). It started absolutely pouring so we hopped on the subway and headed down to Chelsea Market. Had fun wandering around looking at all of the shops there – art fair, olive oil/balsamic vinegar tasting, ate crepes, and took funny pictures.

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Headed upstairs to walk on part of the High Line (it was less rainy by then). Made it about 5 blocks on the High Line before it started raining again and we headed to a hotel to check out the (new!) Intelligentsia Coffee shop that went in. That coffee shop was the one that was at the end of the block Kristin & I lived on in Chicago last summer (and where she lives now) so I’m super pumped they opened a NYC location. We, of course, had to check it out on opening weekend.

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Hung around there for a bit before heading down to SoHo to meet up with Kristin & Rob and then walked down to Chinatown for some dumplings (I’m working on a list of 21 places to go in Chinatown as recommended by a coworker).

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Ate pretty quickly and then headed north to the East Village for an RIT reunion at a bar there. There were about 15 of us who all graduated from photo or design within the last two years so it was super fun to catch up with everyone!

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Sunday morning Remy and I woke up early to head out on a walk through Prospect Park. Showed her all of the fun secret parts of the park before exploring some Brooklyn streets filled with brownstones and finally ended up at a coffee shop (theme of the weekend).

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Quickly headed home to shower and get ready before all of us headed to DUMBO for Smorgasbord and hanging out in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Finished a quick brunch there before walking across the Brooklyn Bridge all the way down to the tip of Manhattan to catch the ferry across to Governor’s Island. The island opened for the first time this season the day before we went. It was super windy over there but provided amazing views of Manhattan & was welcome after a hot walk across the bridge.

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Sunday night we all split up for a bit as Remy had friends to meet up with, Kristin & Rob went to Chelsea Market and I took a (much needed) nap 🙂 Kristin, Rob, Jon and I went out for frozen yogurt nearby after dinner and then acted like little kids playing in the park across the street. Swings are still my favorite! Stayed up for a little bit talking to Remy and then promptly passed out.

Monday morning we had a slower start and all met up at a local bagel place (same park from last night). Super gorgeous weather that made up for a rainy Friday and Saturday. Rob left to go home to RI so us girls spent the rest of the day wandering and talking. Walked all the way down 5th avenue, through Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Stopped in lots of shops along the way. Eventually ended up at Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens to sit down for a bit & meet up with an old coworker that Remy knew at Leo. Had quite a good time watching a neighborhood gang of 8 year olds playing with water guns around the park. Everyone was a wee bit soaked! Took the train back home and stopped for a late lunch/early dinner at Zito’s Sandwiches before Remy and Kristin had to hop on the plane.

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It was a whirlwind weekend but so much fun! It was fun to get to show them around Brooklyn and definitely made me feel like I actually live here! Can’t wait to make this reunion a yearly thing 🙂

Daily Adventures

I’m growing arugula. I can’t bring myself to thin it, even though I should.

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I’ve been eating mass quantities of vegetables and last week got ramps through the CSA to make homemade ramp pizza. It was alright. I didn’t think to make or buy dough before hand so I got frozen dough at the Italian place down the street and proceeded to wrap it in warm blankets. Needless to say, I ate at 11pm.

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Some nights I just chop up veggies and roast them in tinfoil. Those nights I feel a bit smarter. And less hungry.

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One night last week I met up with Jon after work but he was slightly late so I hung out in Bryant Park for the first time all season. Lots of trees with christmas lights underneath them, a rather ominous looking sky and little park benches to sit on.

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Our purpose for the trip was to see the Target Dream House that they had built life size in the middle of Grand Central Station. We got there just as they were starting to tear it down. Perfect timing.

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Last Thursday morning a coworker found an article about “Cronuts”, a crossiant donut hybrid that a baker had invented and was releasing to the public for the first time on Friday morning. We happened to have already made plans to go to Creative Mornings, the monthly design lecture that is put on by Swiss Miss. This month’s talk was near Union Square. This bakert was near Union Square. So we set our alarms early and ventured there for the opening at 8am. Good thing because they sold out that day. Not far after we were there. We managed to snag 5 cronuts and brought them back to work to share with coworkers.

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But first we had to carry the 5 cronuts to a lecture by Seth Godin (!). It was amazing. Add this to reasons I love NYC. We got to sit around and drink coffee and listen to someone who I’ve followed on blogs and through their books for a few years now. And it was free.

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The minute we got to the office, we were descended on by vultures.

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It was delicious. And so worth that early alarm.

What I’ve Been Up To: Recap

I’m rather behind in posting so, in an effort to catch up without boring you, here’s a rundown of what I’ve been up to:

We have new office space! I came in on Sunday a few weekends ago to help paint the walls of the new office – bright green. Pretty sweet space! Amazing views of the bridge and Brooklyn.

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Enjoying some beautiful sunsets. This particular one was taken before heading home on a Friday. That particular Friday I was also headed home to Maryland! Went home last weekend to visit Sarah who was home on Spring Break (and recovering from rather painful arm surgery).

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Low key weekend spent catching up, eating delicious food (that I did not make) – thanks for all of the fresh baked Irish Soda bread, mom! and hanging around.

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Got to see our neighbors on Saturday followed by a St. Patricks Day dinner with Pattie, Dave & Ariel that included Pattie’s famous scones and homemade whipped cream and a new addition of celery root soup (for vegetarian st. patricks day fans).

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Had yet another Monday morning commute back to the city – this time was not as early as the one before. Still in love with traveling on Amtrak – apparently trains make me productive.

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Work has looked a lot like this lately: tea and sketching. Lots of new and interesting (also challenging) projects lately. Been keeping me busy!

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Had another Carrot girls night last Tuesday – at the Carrot Condo in DUMBO. Wine, cheese & amazing views of Manhattan from the roof. There are so many girls now! Also in company news: just hit the 50th employee. I think I’m # 35? Or something like that.

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Thursday was spent in Queens after work hanging out with Jon, his roommate and two of his old roommates who were back from Italy to visit (and perform – they’re dancers). No pictures.

Friday night Jon came to Brooklyn & we went to Beet (a Thai restaurant a few blocks away) for dinner. Watched Argo (well, Jon did – I fell asleep about 10 minutes in). Finished it the following night – great movie!

Saturday was an RIT event for accepted students. It was at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Time Square and involved a current student & alumni panel. Fun to talk to a few accepted students as well as catch up with RIT alum who live in the area. Hung out with everyone there for a bit after the main event before meeting up with Jon for some wandering. Ended up going to a tapas restaurant along the Hudson (I was starving after having missed lunch – and it was 6:30pm). Walked out to the water overlooking New Jersey & checked out some of the giant boats along the piers – including the Eclipse which is apparently some giant private yacht.

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Sunday morning was church in Queens, brunch at M.Wells in PS1 in Long Island City – super long wait to get in there but really amazing food, wish I had taken a picture. Actually went to brunch with Jon & 3 other friends from church which was fun. After brunch we all headed down to the Brooklyn Flea Market in Fort Greene – my first time there!

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Checked out everything there and ate some Dough donuts – a famous place in Brooklyn. The flea market is in an old bank which makes for pretty sweet architecture all around.

After that we all headed to No.7 a bar in Fort Greene to hang out and chat – for what became 3 hours. Great way to spend a Sunday.

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Last but not least: here’s a painting that Jon bought & gave to me last night. I was eyeing it at the Flea Market 🙂

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Whirlwind wrap up of the past two weeks that hardly does some of the events justice. It’s felt pretty packed.

On top of work, exploring and hanging out with people, I’m in the middle of 2 freelance projects and reading library books at a furiously fast pace (thanks train time). Also have joined a small group through church with a bunch of girls who all live in the same neighborhood! We meet on Wednesday nights for dinner & bible study. I’m testing out this new church in Brooklyn as well – still will probably be switching back and forth for the time being but more on all of that another time!

Saturday Duathlon

In a momentous, bucket list-worthy, moment on Friday night, I ordered pizza online and had it delivered to my apartment. First time ever. There’s always been some reason or another why this has not happened previously. I was not a take-out obsessed college student (Fun Fact: I never once consumed Ramen while in college), if I eat out I always, always walk to the place and end up eating there or just pick it up myself. Every night last week I either stayed late working on a project, met up with friends for dinner or went to an after work networking event. So it seemed like a necessary end of a long week Friday night thing to do. Pizza & a movie (The Exotic Marigold Hotel).

Jon has been out of town since Thursday at a photo conference so I had a full weekend of events that I only find exciting.

Saturday morning began bright and early. Actually, I woke up at 7:10 am and freaked out that I was late for work. I was not. It was Saturday.

Got out of bed anyway and poked around the apartment before heading to Prospect Park for a run. It was absolutely gorgeous outside so I unknowingly ran 2.5 miles. I have this 0-60 problem when it come to running. The last half mile or so, I was cheered on by a whole gang of people who were apparently there for some other race that was happening in the park. Surprise motivation is always nice.

Read the entire Saturday NYTimes (when Jon’s here we focus on Travel, the crossword & picking out houses in Real Estate) while drinking coffee and eating oatmeal. I’ve actually picked up two different freelance design projects so I spent a few hours working away at those. They’re super quick and for co-workers but nice to get my brain working in a different direction.

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Hopped on a train to 50th Street in Manhattan to go to an Art Show on Piers 92 & 94! I heard about it on Twitter last week but there was this giant contemporary/modern art show called The Armory Show going on so I figured it was worth checking out. Ended up running into someone I knew, which is crazy considering the number of people there. Walked up and down every exhibit and when I had become exhausted from art I started walking south.

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Originally I planned on grabbing a quick snack at a deli or something but those plans quickly changed. Walked from 55th Street to 47th where I checked out Amy’s Bread  for some Irish Soda Bread (not as good as Mom’s) and iced coffee. Cute and PACKED place. Apparently it’s insanely popular. Continued walking south in Hell’s Kitchen (it’s a neighborhood) and down into Chelsea. At this point, I figured I might as well keep wandering because I didn’t really have anything better to do & it was sunny!

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Made it all the way down to 23rd Street and then walked 6 avenues over to Avenue of the Americas to visit the Flat Iron building for the first time ever! I guess I keep hanging out just a block away from it, not knowing it was so close. Plus I finally made it to Eataly. Amazing. I wanted to eat everything. Hung out in Madison Square Park for a bit until I heard from Jon and he wanted to meet up for dinner. Hello perfect excuse to book it back to Eataly.

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Picked up some tasty looking fig bread and then made my way to Trader Joe’s a few blocks away for some other supplies. Eataly, I’ll be back.

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Ended up making salad with pomegranates and honey almonds along with the fig bread & goat cheese for appetizers. Dinner was mashed/baked cauliflower with parsley and a baked portobello mushroom- thanks for the sweet dish, Aunt Barb. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of it in there! Guess I’m just going to have to make it again soon. Super tasty and everything seemed to work out pretty well!

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In total it was 2.5 miles of running and 8 miles of walking.

My legs are not so pleased with my decisions.

A Weekend at Home

I got on the wrong train tonight. I guess it’s inevitable, checked one more thing off my “New York” to do list. Unknowingly headed from Manhattan into South Williamsburg after having dinner with Jon. I suddenly found myself on a train that reeked horribly of old pee.

It was the city’s way of welcoming me back, I guess.

Early Friday morning I packed up and headed home for some much needed family time and a break from the city. I was up before the sun and just a few hours later, sitting at the kitchen table in Maryland! Alison and Scarlett (her niece) came over Friday afternoon for some coloring, hanging out and sandwich eating. I think I was more interested in coloring than she was. Friday evening Dad was at a guitar jam session with some guys from church so Mom and I had a girl’s night out at Facci’s, a super delicious brick oven pizza place. So delicious and so thankful for the time to sit down and chat!

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Saturday morning included some tasty oatmeal and Washington Post reading – I’ve discovered their crossword is far easier than the NYTimes nonsense that I attempt each Saturday. Then a trip to Wegmans! Oh goodness, I miss that place. There are definitely thousands of food options in NYC but I miss the Wegmans experience.

 

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Saturday afternoons big plan was cheese making! It was the one thing that I requested for the weekend – to make mozzarella.  It was close to a 3 hour process when everything was done but lots of fun. I got to stir my very own curds and whey 🙂 While sitting on a tuffet, of course. We ended up making mozzarella, ricotta & Jim Lahey’s stecca bread! Lots of cooking going on. Saturday night’s dinner included our freshly made food along with some other cheeses, spinach artichoke dip and kale salad. After dinner we settled in to watch Beasts of the Southern Wild – the only one of the Oscar Nominees that I’ve actually seen.

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Sunday morning was church followed by a super fluffy egg omelet – filled with sauteed mushrooms and onions. So tasty! If you haven’t noticed a trend yet, basically the whole weekend involved food 🙂 Alison came over again on Sunday afternoon and then Sunday night’s dinner was enchiladas (by my request!).

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When I bought tickets, I purposely got one back to NYC for early Monday morning. I figured that would help make the weekend feel longer, to have all of Sunday at home. And it definitely did! But it made for a rather early Monday morning – 3:45 am. Sorry Mom & Dad! Hopped on the 5:17 am train headed north and was able to make it into the office in DUMBO by 8:45am. Definitely the longest commute I’ve had so far. Pretty cool to start off before the sun and to be able to watch it rise out the train window all morning! Enjoyed seeing the NYC skyline come into view. Every time I leave and come back now, it feels a little less weird. I realized this morning walking to work that I was completely on autopilot & didn’t even have to think about subway turnstiles or which way to go. (Clearly autopilot didn’t help tonight on the trains…)

I actually remained rather awake all day yesterday! Shocking considering the amount of sleep I had and the time the alarm went off. I did, however, come home and immediately put on pajamas.

Thanks for the great weekend at home, mom & dad!

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Some Things Take Time

Today was fantastic. Despite having today off, I wanted to make use of it and not sleep in too late. Started off the day with the aforementioned oatmeal, coffee, candles & music (see last post). Read all of the Saturday paper, caught up on email and blog reading. Then I got time to sit down and really work on some hand lettering! It’s been on my list forever to do so but everything else always seems to get in the way. Nice to spend an hour or so just practicing letter forms and new techniques. Not happy with all of them but I’m hoping this gets me into practicing it more regularly. And like I wrote, some things take time.

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Finished lettering & ate a quick lunch of chobani with flaxseeds, frozen blueberries & one strawberry for color. Two bell peppers on the side to get some veggie in there.

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I then headed out on the most fantastic of walks. I was all bundled up and prepared for the cold weather (30! eek!). Ended up walking just over 3 miles all around Park Slope. It was so sunny out today and lots of other people were out wandering around – they probably do this on a regular basis, I’m just not there to witness it. Got to explore a lot of the little side streets and look at the cool brownstones along the way. Stopped in ‘Snice, a vegan restaurant, for coffee & some warmth!

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Hung out around my sunny warm apartment for another hour or so before heading into Manhattan to meet Jon. He apparently got a froyo craving today and texted me that we were going somewhere to find some for our Monday date night. Met him around Greenwich Village at 16 Handles to hang out for a bit. Quick date night (since I won’t see him next weekend) and then headed back to Brooklyn.

Dinner consisted of a leftover portobello mushroom from yesterday (amazing), roasted broccoli & brussels sprouts and a little bit of couscous (my new favorite quick dinner item).

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Speedy but packed 3 day week ahead of me – work all day then work events every night & then I leave on Friday! Can’t wait!

 

Windy Weekend

Good weekend all around – and even better that I have Monday off! Currently in my pajamas, candles lit, made delicious oatmeal with walnuts, apples and almond milk, coffee has been made and music is on. No real plans for today but that’s the beauty of it. Planning on wandering down to a local coffeeshop eventually today along with a few errands on the way. Was hoping to get a walk or run in this morning but it was a chilly 18 degrees when i woke up and the wind was howling all night so staying inside sounds like a better idea. Eventually I’m planning on meeting up with Jon tonight once he gets out of work.

Thursday night was Valentine’s day! Headed up to Queens after work & Jon had made a surprise dinner. Chocolate covered strawberries and crepes filled with sauteed mushrooms and goat cheese. Making crepes was actually what we did on our first date ever, way back when 🙂

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Friday was a whirlwind day – so many back to back meetings. The morning started off with Creative Mornings, that monthly Friday talk I go to in DUMBO. Quickly ran off to work to start the day. I knew I had 2.5 hours to get some wireframes done and was hoping to not have too many distractions. From noon to five I had nothing but meetings and reviews – busy, busy! The good kind of busy though – the kind that makes me love my job. At five, a coworker and I headed into Manhattan for an RIT alumni meetup. Unfortunately we got the address wrong so ended up on 34th street and had to quit jet up to 49th but we seemed to make it on time. Was happy to run into some professors from college along with some other friends I had known (and didn’t know they lived here). Good to catch up but certainly made RIT feel like a long time ago. Stayed around catching up for a bit before Jon & I headed to Sunnyside (Queens) for a Taco Night at a friends. This is our monthly (rotating) group of friends that meets for movie nights, game nights or taco nights. Super tasty food all around and always fun to meet new people!

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Saturday morning started off with cinnamon buns and strawberries. Hung around for a while before heading to Astoria-Ditmas (further north in Astoria) to Parrot Coffee which has quickly become our favorite bulk nut/dried fruit & coffee place. Stocked up on some trail mix making things before coming back down to Brooklyn. Got in 2 loads of (much needed) laundry, gave my plants a little attention, cleaned my room & made brownies. One of our friends moved to NYC last November and recently moved into a new apartment so she was having a housewarming party. Met up with Jon around Grand Army Plaza – had a nice walk through Park Slope to get there. So many amazing houses. Good night of hanging out with RIT friends. It’s definitely interesting to see everyone becoming friends based on location. They’re people that I didn’t see that much (or at all) at RIT and suddenly due to our proximity we’ve all become friends.

Sunday morning started off with some super tasty oatmeal – my new recipe (see above) and coffee before heading off to church. Met someone new at church – turns out she used to live in Chicago and is a user experience designer! Helped clean up after church – they have to take everything down and make it look like a restaurant again. Jon’s roommate had prepared a super delicious lunch for us when we got back. He made me a portobello mushroom burger & Jon had a bison burger. Also made an Ecuadorian potato/pepper/onion dish, nachos with beans & goat cheese and homemade guacamole. Seriously amazing. There was absolutely no way we even came close to eating everything. He’s such an amazing chef & is, due to health reasons, unable to really eat much right now so he’s been experimenting and we’re benefiting from this. So thankful 🙂

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One of Jon’s new roommates has a cat named Max – who has previously been featured on the blog. He’s quite the cuddly (& fat) kitty. Spent much of the afternoon hanging out with him. Lazy Sunday afternoon – the wind is crazy! It sounds like the houses are going to fall over at any minute. Walking to the subway last night, it looked like a deserted land. I had to dodge cardboard and plastic bags flying in the street. It was so windy that the trash was blowing everywhere.

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Good Sunday & now I get a full day to add onto my weekend! Feeling pretty lucky. Quick 3 day week after this & then I’m headed home on Friday morning! Looking forward to some Maryland time.