Thoughts on a Tuesday (and Shave Ice)

You’re reading this post right now and I’m in Oregon! As I write this, it’s the night before I leave and I’m clearing out my camera so, you guessed it, I can take the maximum amount of photos on my trip! Here’s a compilation of pictures I took when my friend Caroline was visiting me a couple weeks ago. We did so many things that weekend including going to the Ace Hotel, several farmer’s markets, and Rosie’s NYC for tacos and their famous watermelon margaritas. Yum.

Also, I finally watched the mid-season finale of Pretty Little Liars and I have so many questions. SO MANY. I asked my sister all my questions and she basically told me to go find an online forum so I could ask my questions without bothering her. SO, if anyone knows of a good one please let me know. The stress is real, people. I hope you’re all having a good Tuesday!

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Review: Egg Shop NYC

One of the great things about having a blog is that you can literally do whatever you want with it. Thus, I am using this blog to channel my inner (and not-so-secret) dream of being a restaurant and food critic. So, here goes!

Over the weekend my friend Caroline came to visit from Boston. I’ve been wanting to go to Egg Shop for a while, ever since I saw drool-worthy photos popping up on my Instagram page, but the brunch wait is insane (trust me, another friend and I tried to go last weekend and it was a fail). Since I had a summer Friday, and Caroline was working from my apartment and then taking a half-day, we thought that Friday afternoon would be the perfect time to go. Turns out, we were correct! Egg Shop, located in the Lower East Side, was still pretty crowded but we were able to squeeze into two seats along the window.

Scanning the Egg Shop menu, you’ll notice that it’s broken down into two sections: sandwiches and cruisers (which are bowls). After much debate, Caroline and I decided to go with the Cruiser section and both ordered El Camino, a bowl with a poached egg, avocado, tomato, pulled pork, a fried tortilla, and cilantro. Now I realize that if we were true critics, we would have ordered different items to try them each out but it’s not my fault we were both starving and El Camino immediately caught our attention! In addition, we split a buttermilk biscuit with honey butter and I ordered a black ice tea. You can see another picture of the whole ensemble on my Instagram. I may have discussed this before, but biscuits are basically my guilty pleasure (ok, non-guilty), so if I see one on any menu, or in life, I must eat it. There is nothing better than a buttery, fluffy, and flaky biscuit in my book.

The El Camino cruiser was on point! Although I have to admit when it first came out I thought it looked a bit small. I hadn’t ordered a second poached egg. However, once I dug in, it was evident that this bowl was going to be extremely filling, and I barely finished the last few bites. The flavors were so clean, with the savory and juicy pork, smooth avocado, sweet tomatoes, and fresh cilantro that added some more brightness. I thought that the poached egg was cooked to runny perfection and I loved that I could kind of stir everything together and each bite was different. Plus, the fried tortilla was broken up into long strips, making for some satisfying crunchiness. Delicious. ALSO, I haven’t even mentioned the glory that was the buttermilk biscuit with honey butter. First of all, it was SO BIG and not shaped like a traditional round biscuit. This biscuit was super crunchy on the outside, yet still fluffy and moist on the inside. Caroline and I were slathering on as much butter as would fit on a single piece and shoving it into our mouths. I wished that it would never end. The main thing I love about Egg Shop is the atmosphere. It’s a very tiny venue but at the same time it’s open and airy, with white walls, floor to ceiling windows, and super cool light fixtures. The whole place seemed to be buzzing! Egg Shop is definitely a place I want to come back to and try everything else on the menu and now that I’ve had the food, I’m convinced that the wait during the popular brunch hour is totally worth it.

Coney Island

And yet another item is crossed off my summer bucket list! Last Friday I went to Coney Island with my friend, Kate who was visiting from out of town. It was a very interesting experience to say the least. Immediately I was shocked at how huge it was. I had thought that Coney Island was just a couple rides and a beach, but the rides were endless. It was also so packed in the amusement park area, but really empty in an area that was full of semi-outdoor arcades. The rides also seemed really expensive! Isn’t an amusement park ride supposed to be like $2.00? I hate amusement parks so I guess I’m not up to speed on the typical prices. We did check out the two iconic rides though – the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel and they were kind of cool! It’s crazy how old they each are, yet they are still fully functioning.

Afterwards we went to the original Nathan’s hot dog stand and I got a fried chicken sandwich (don’t worry, Kate got a hot dog). We walked along the boardwalk, looking over the beach and it was kind of nice with the breeze, although I don’t think I could ever imagine going to the beach there because it was so crowded. There is also this area right on the beach that’s sort of like a jungle gym, but there are grown shirtless men all around working out. They were doing pull-ups, and other exercises on the equipment. Apparently it’s called Muscle Beach, which I thought was hilarious. I’m so glad I finally made it out to Coney Island – I can’t say that I’ll be back frequently, but it was awesome experiencing a corner of the city that I never see.

Thoughts on a Monday

Wow, the weekends always seem to fly by! The hydrangeas that I brought back from the yard in Cape Cod died, which seemed to signify that it was time to get out of vacation mode and back to real life.

Last Thursday I went to La Birreria at Eataly for the first time. The rooftop is so cool! I love going to Eataly just to browse around because it makes me feel like I’m back in Rome (where I studied abroad). My weekend was pretty relaxing too. I went to the farmer’s market near my apartment and then met up with my friend for brunch at Rintintin. Afterwards, I strolled aimlessly around the West Village with some other friends who were in town from Boston for the weekend. The heat has finally arrived in full force in NYC and it’s SO HUMID!! I was drenched in sweat after about five minutes.

It was nice having nothing to do this weekend, since in August I’m going to be traveling almost every weekend. Exciting news – I booked a trip to Oregon in mid-August to visit my cousin who lives out there. I’m so excited to explore Portland, the Oregon coast, the mountains, and the Columbia River Gorge. I’ve been able to do some planning for that over the past couple days, and I also started watching Chef’s Table on Netflix, a documentary series about chefs around the world. I highly recommend if you’re interested in cooking!

Here are some more interesting discoveries from the past week:

– “Why Women Apologize and Should Stop” from the New York Times. Unfortunately, I’m exhibit A of this problem, and since reading this article I’ve made a concerted effort to stop saying sorry to people, whether it’s my friends, co-workers, or random people. Why should I say sorry for not doing anything wrong? I hear women saying this to people all the time (particularly men) and it’s something we need to start thinking about.

– “Secrets of the Ring Road: Iceland’s Epic Road Trip“. I’ve been wanting to go to Iceland for a while and am hoping to plan a trip for next summer. This article only validates why I must go!

Huckleberry Shrub recipe from Bon Appetit. I’ve never heard of shrubs, which apparently are fruity vinegars made from berries that can be mixed with seltzer or a drink. Definitely a recipe I’d like to try soon.

– “Yes, Animals Can Think and Feel” from National Geographic. I’m a huge animal lover and this article is fascinating!

Harry Potter logic puzzle. Enough said.

– “30 Recipes that Reduce Kitchen Waste” from Food52. When I’m cooking I’m a huge waster of food. These recipes made me realize exactly what I’m wasting and what can be done with the food I’m throwing out.

– “The Difference Between $200 Jeans and $20 Ones” from Refinery 29. I went through a jean phase a couple years ago when I bought a lot of expensive jeans. Since then I haven’t really been doing that and I just buy something on sale or jeans from Urban Outfitters. This article breaks down exactly what you’re getting/not getting depending on how much you pay for jeans and was really insightful.

– “Ultimate Road Trips” from National Geographic. Featuring a ton of cool places I had never even heard of! Plus one of the trips is in Oregon.

 

Weekend of Ice Cream

If I had to define this past weekend, it would essentially be defined by the amount of ice cream that my sister and I consumed. She came to visit for a long weekend so naturally I had a bunch of activities in mind. Luckily, we both agreed that it would involve eating, wandering around, and watching Orange is the New Black. On Thursday and Friday (since I clearly hadn’t gotten enough of them last weekend) I dragged Molly back to Blue Marble Ice Cream and Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe.

On Saturday we walked over the Manhattan Bridge, something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I’ve done the Brooklyn Bridge a few times but I had always heard about the great views from the less popular bridge. They didn’t disappoint! The other highlight of the weekend was finally going to Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream in the Lower East Side. I had the salted pretzel caramel ice cream, which was a tad on the salty side (normally I like salty ice creams with just a hint of salt). My sister had that too but also mixed it with angel food ice cream which I think cut the saltiness a bit. Morgenstern’s has such interesting flavors and I can’t wait to go back and try green tea pistachio, raw milk, and blueberry labne. Molly and I finished the weekend off with dinner at Henry Public and a delicious and tangy cocktail. I hope everyone has a great week!

Cherry Blossoms in New York

About a month ago my friend Elyse visited from Boston and we spent almost an entire day at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens basking in the beautiful cherry blossoms. I had been stalking the cherry blossom tracker for weeks like an insane person, so when I saw they were about to be in a prime blossom status during her visit I begged her to go with me. Did anyone else know about the tracker? You can see it here although sadly, everything is in post bloom. We arrived at the Botanic Gardens super early and it was already packed (and apparently free at that time – is this normal?). Anyways, when we saw the blossoms we went nuts. Elyse and I can never pass up a good photo opportunity, and we were in our prime. But seriously, aren’t they beautiful?