Monday, August 22, 2016

Soaking up Summer: NYC Day 3 + 4

On Saturday we headed to Jacob Riis Park to check out the beach. It was hot but the water was cool. The waves sucked me under enough times to send me home with a bathing suit full of sand but it was a blast.
After we got home and showered off, we ordered a pizza and salad from Williamsburg Pizza and enjoyed a quiet evening of conversation and Netflix.
After a rain shower on Sunday morning, we picked up breakfast at Gimme! Coffee. I had an almond croissant and a latte.
And then, we arrived at the Museum of Ice Cream!
The museum was a super fun use of 25 minutes. We got to eat ice cream, take selfies in front of waffle cones, eat edible balloons and swim in a 3' pool of sprinkles (which was what I was most looking forward to). The sprinkles were plastic, which was a little disappointing, but when they got in my pants - I was happy they were fake. Baby Emma enjoyed the first few minutes of the tour and then she fell asleep.
At the end of tour, there was an ice cream playground, complete with an ice cream sandwich swing and an ice cream scoop see saw. The wall next to it was the perfect backdrop for a family portrait of my wonderful friends.
After a sugar high, we headed across the street to Untitled at the Whitney Museum for a light lunch. I ordered this delicious salad of tomatoes, peaches, grilled pole beans and feta. Afterwards, we headed home and then later to the airport. A great weekend all around, hope yours was enjoyable too!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Soaking up Summer: NYC Day 1 + 2

I arrived in NYC on Wednesday night. My trip is half work and half play - the best kind of trip really - and I finally get to meet my friends' baby, almost six months old. On Thursday I worked from the office here and headed back to my friends' place to a yummy pasta dinner (I chopped the tomatoes and garlic, but Jessica's Brian did the magic - aka 'cooking'). It looked like a restaurant had served it, so I had to share.
The view from their balcony of a summer sunset in NYC.
On Friday, Jessica and I had lunch at Cookshop, next to the High Line, al fresco. I had the watermelon mint cooler (mocktail - it was still a work day), the vine bean & squash blossom frittura with herbed aioli, and the gazpacho of beefsteak tomato, tempranillo wine, mint, and garlic. Everything was so delicious!  
Around the corner from lunch sits this awesome store called Story. When I was in NYC last November the theme was (no surprise) the holidays and was filled with interesting, unique gift items for anyone you might want to buy for. This trip, it was themed for back to school, in partnership with Nickelodeon.
The Nickelodeon theme was also a throwback to my childhood. I used to love watching the show Double Dare (you know, the one that ended with a crazy obstacle course?). There was a lady in the store next to this big hamster wheel and she asked if I wanted to try it out.  Um, yes please! So I signed the safety waiver, donned the protective gear and got in the wheel. It was so much harder than it looked on tv. I was trying to see if I could get it to go all the way around with me in it - video footage here.
For dinner, Jessica booked a reservation for us at semilla, a vegetable forward restaurant in Brooklyn. We feasted on nine courses (plus bread) of yummy dishes - too many to capture all the details of without having to whip out my notebook. From the French cider to the leaf-wrapped sweet potato tacos to the cuttlefish corn chowder to the saffron foamed peaches over almond panna cotta and everything in between - I was in heaven.