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?
My favorite thing about summer Fridays is that it opens up almost an entire day to hang around doing activities I normally wouldn’t have time to do. A couple weeks ago I went to Brooklyn Heights with my friend to explore on a Friday afternoon. Although I live in Brooklyn now, I feel as though it’s still mostly unfamiliar territory to me. Before the winter hits again (I am already dreading it) I’m making an effort to spend time in places I haven’t before. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York neighborhoods each feel so different. I loved the quaintness, peacefulness and easy going vibe in Brooklyn Heights and hopefully I can make time to go back soon.
It’s no secret that I like doughnuts, but lately all of the doughnuts I have been eating have one thing in common. They are from Dough Brooklyn, a small shop in Bed-Stuy. While I haven’t been to the real Dough location, they outsource their doughnuts everywhere from Smorgasburg, to Gasoline Alley Coffee in the East Village, to AP Cafe in Bushwick. With flavors like hibiscus, coconut, and dulce de leche, these are the real deal and Dough has completely re-shaped how I think about doughnuts. And since it’s also no secret that I like taking pictures of food, here are some photos of the Dough doughnuts.
As an avid watcher of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, one of my life’s biggest goals (in terms of food) has been to go to one of the restaurants featured on the show. On a lazy Saturday night that I spent watching DDD for four hours, I decided to go to The Smoke Joint in Brooklyn after it appeared on one of the episodes. It did not disappoint. I don’t consider myself to be a barbecue connoisseur by any means (in fact, I’ve only had it a few times in my life), but even an amateur would recognize the quality and tastiness of the food here. The pulled pork BBQ sandwich I had was amazing, but one of the best parts was the coleslaw. For me, coleslaw is either hit or miss. I’ve had some pretty gross varieties but The Smoke Joint definitely knows how to do it right and next time I go, I plan on ordering a side of just slaw. I definitely understand why Guy Fieri and his crew loved this place and I can’t wait to go back and sample more items on the menu.