Smorgasburg!

Listen up Manhattan-ites!  Brooklyn has a lot more to offer than you may think.  The more I read about innovative restaurants, undiscovered neighborhoods, quirky bars and cool parks, the more I realize Brooklyn is where it’s at!  In fact, I have even recently heard about several celebutantes who you’d be surprised call Brooklyn home.  Where would you picture Olivia Palermo to reside?  The West Village?  Central Park East?  NOPE!  Brooklyn baby!  That’s right, there might be something these hipsters are keeping under wraps so that us Manhattan folk don’t take over and raise the rent (the rent is too damn high!).

In the same event, I’d like to introduce you to example #1 of why Brooklyn is cool.  Smorgasburg!  Yes, just as it sounds – a smorgasbord in Williamsburg.  Smorgasburg is a large venue of carefully selected food vendors combined with the famous Brooklyn flea market, which occurs every Saturday (Williamsburg) and now Sunday (DUMBO) throughout the fall.  Both venues are right along the East River which creates a very scenic backdrop for an afternoon of Brooklyn Bangers and Blue Marble ice-cream.

hipsters grillin’ dogs!

Some of the vendors I am most looking forward to are Alchemy Creamery, Cemita’s, Blue Marble Icecream (if you haven’t noticed this is a problem), Granola Lab,  Brooklyn Oyster Party, Red Hook Lobster PoundBite Size Kitchen, and Home By The Range.  Don’t they all have the cutest names?  I love it!  Is your mouth watering yet?

For all of you New Yorkers, have you experienced Smorgasburg yet?  Check it out before it closes November 18th!  The bf and I may even rent bikes and ride over the Brooklyn bridge!  Why not?  Come on people – live a little!

HAPPY WEEKEND!

XOXO

PS – a feel good song for your weekend : )

Have a Ball in the Fall

This weekend is my first weekend in NYC since MAY!  Hard to believe that’s the case, but I am so excited I can barely stand it!  The thought of not having to pack a bag tomorrow puts such a smile on my face.  With this new appreciation for living in the city, I have decided to put together a fall bucket list.  New York has so much to offer and I always find my self saying “I want to do that one weekend!” which usually comes to fruition a year later… if at all.  Hopefully writing these out will motivate me (and you) to take advantage of the fall and all the glorious things there are to do in your own ‘hood!

#1. Bike to the Cloisters

On a beautiful Saturday morning, rent a bike (for around $35/day), pack a bag with some cheese, bread and wine, and take a ride up the Hudson River Parkway to the Cloisters.  It’s a scenic ride along the Hudson River which is about 11 miles starting from Pier 25 (see #8).  The Cloisters is a European medieval art museum, constructed from five French cloistered abbeys, which were then shipped to New York in the 1930s.  It is located on a park overlooking the river with gorgeous views of the city – perfect for a picnic.  Voilà!  A romantic, European afternoon right at your fingertips!

#2. Make this delicious fall soup for a Sunday night football game – recipe here

#3. Go wine tasting in Long Island (again)

My girlfriends and I did this last year and we had an absolute blast!  It was very affordable and we were able to organize a package like this with a car that took us to four different vineyards, sampling 5/6 varieties at each vineyard and they even provided lunch!  The wine wasn’t anything to write home about but hey!  It’s not Napa.

#4. Pick Apples

Growing up, we would always go apple picking in the fall.  It’s something I will always remember and definitely continue when I have a family of my own (crisp New England MacIntosh apple… nothing like it!).  There are plenty of options not too far from NYC, but Applewood Orchards has a great reputation (and they have a vineyard…and conveniently located 20 mins from Woodbury Commons Outlets… just sayin’).  Check it out!

#5. Go to this restaurant – SO fall-ish and cozy!

#6. Hike up Bear Mountain – Get your nature fix on!  About an hour drive from the city and public transportation accessible. (check out that foliage people!)

#7. Run a race in Central Park – so many options on any given weekend – just do it!

#8. Play mini golf on Pier 25 – I live so close… yet still have not done this.  Pier 25 not only has mini golf, but beach volleyball, a soccer field, kid’s playground and lounge chairs for the warmer months.  How much fun would it be to have a cocktail, play a little mini golf, then go to dinner or out for the night?  I’m in!

#9. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and see what the BK has to offer (still a foreign land to me).

#10. Go to the beach in a sweatshirt – one of my favorite things in the world!  (probably with a pumpkin spice latte in hand)

What’s on your fall bucket list?  I know I’m missing something!

XOXO

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