It’s Been a While…

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I have seriously been the worst at posting on here, but I am going to make a concerted effort to be better and to post on a consistent basis. I still have been taking just as many photos, so I’m hoping to get everything caught up over the next couple of weeks. We’ll see.

Big news – at the end of April I moved to Brooklyn Heights. Since then I’ve taken an embarrassingly large amount of photos. I swear that people probably see me and wonder why I am sketchily taking pictures of their apartment building. I can’t help it! Everything is so pretty and the addition of the warm weather just gives me more reason to explore my new neighborhood. Also, summer Fridays have kicked in at work, making each weekend that much better. On Friday, a group of us at work left and immediately went to the Shake Shack in TriBeCa. I haven’t been there in over a year and forgot how amazing the black and white shake is. Yum. On Saturday, I met with my two friends for brunch at Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe in the West Village. I’ve been dying to try this place forever and it was amazing. I had an iced latte and the avocado smash – it must have had 3 avocados! My sisters is visiting this weekend and I may have to drag her back so I can get a better photo. Afterwards I saw the Entourage movie – which I have been waiting for for two years and is my guilty pleasure, even though I know it’s terrible.

This morning I made a Coconut Bread from Smitten Kitchen that’s so good! It’s very subtle and delicious. You can get the recipe here. The only change I made was using coconut milk instead of regular milk. Afterwards I took a stroll to Vinegar Hill to meet a friend and it was interesting getting to explore that area a bit. It’s so quiet down there but I love the charming cobblestone streets.

I’m going to try to keep up a regular routine with this! Especially since I feel like I should be doing something more productive than coming home from the gym after work and watching 10 episodes of a random show. Although, Orange is the New Black is back next week and I can’t wait. Hope everyone has a good week!

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Restaurant: Buvette

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I never really considered myself a fan of French food, but after having been to Buvette twice, I have definitely come around. Buvette is a tiny, bustling restaurant in the West Village with an open kitchen behind the bar. Both times I went were for brunch, but I have heard that dinner is great as well, and that they have amazing cheese spreads. The second time I went I had a Croque Madame – perfectly cheesy and crunchy with freshly sliced proscuitto. Buvette also serves espresso based coffee (something I think is a plus) and their cappuccino is amazing. They also have an amazing Instagram account. If you don’t mind a crowd, and possibly a wait, I definitely recommend Buvette!

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Restaurant: Supper

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I cannot handle Supper. It is so amazingly amazing that I feel like I have died and gone to heaven each time I finish a meal there.  And the BEANS! I can’t stop talking or thinking about the beans. After trying countless times to replicate the Supper beans (and coming pretty close) there is still nothing like them. I need to know the secret recipe. Alright, back to Supper. Wait, wasn’t I already talking about Supper? Ok. Supper is a small Italian restaurant in the East Village, but I still have yet to order anything off of their official Italian menu (besides the beans, which are complementary, and the cappuccino). Every time I go to Supper I go for brunch (3 for 1 drinks!!), but trust me, supper is eventually a goal! Supper revolutionized the way I thought about breakfast. Typically, I am an eggs benedict kind of girl. Growing up, I always felt like carby breakfasts (pancakes, waffles, etc.) were sub-par. I hated when they were overly drenched in maple syrup and became a soggy mess. That was until I had the pancakes at Supper. Supremely crispy yet moist, topped with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and bananas, and lightly drizzled with sweet maple syrup, these pancakes brought me to food paradise. Next time back at Supper, I knew I had to skip the eggs and go for the next sweet item: French toast. Let’s just say the French toast was on another level of brunch deliciousness. You’ll have to go and see for yourself.

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Restaurant: Cafe Colette

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Confession: I came across this place by accident. I was wandering around Williamsburg with my boyfriend and I had to go to the bathroom so badly that we just stood at the intersection of Berry St. and N. 9th and picked the corner restaurant that looked  most appealing. I’m glad to say, though, that we made the right decision because Cafe Colette is quiet, charming, and has great light fixtures (points for lights!). There is a really cute back garden patio and if we hadn’t been in such a rush (it was kind of a pit-stop) I would have spent more time snooping around. I had the grilled flatbread with kale, ricotta, and prosciutto. The burger looked great as well and the fries were on point. FYI, you can always tell if a place is good or bad almost instantly based on the fries. Also, after doing some research it looks like Cafe Colette has an amazing Instagram account, which I’m all about! I’m definitely coming back here for brunch.

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Restaurant: Cascabel Taqueria

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Cascabel Taqueria is the bomb. I was joyously introduced by my cousin a few months ago and I’ve been back several times. Sometimes I’m not a huge lover of Mexican food so I was a bit hesitant, but after reading reviews I decided I should just get with the program and go check it out. Cascabel is relatively inexpensive for amazing food and the staff is really fun and laid back. Two tacos are $8.00 and each table comes with a variety of sauces to choose. My favorite so far is the Carnitas taco. They also have a really great happy hour from 5-7 P.M., serving discounted appetizers and $6.00 margaritas. These aren’t your typical margaritas. Since being there three times, I’ve tried the pomegranate hibiscus margarita and the cucumber basil margarita. Even better, Cascabel doesn’t stop at dinner and happy hour. They also serve brunch, where I happened to have a buttery and crisp stack of pancakes topped with goat cheese, cilantro, and a fried egg. It came with a side of bacon and they serve a mini churro after every meal (!!!). Cascabel has two locations – one on the Upper West Side and one on the Upper East Side. If you’re ever in either area you should check it out, but I would say it’s worth making the trip uptown.

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Restaurant: The Penrose

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I have a confession to make. The first time I went to The Penrose, I went another two times afterwards in the same weekend. By the third time, I’m pretty sure the servers were thinking, “Who is this random chick I have seen literally every 12 hours this weekend and never before?” It was extra embarrassing but I’m not mad about it, especially because it has become a bright spot in an otherwise un-happening section of the city. The Penrose, similar to The Wren, serves trendy American-style comfort food and Gatsby-era cocktails (maybe it’s only the glasses they’re served in that makes me think that – see picture below). The inside is decorated with things I love – vintage typewriters, tiny glass jars with flowers, Bulleit Bourbon jugs for water…the list goes on. Sometimes I ponder taking the decorations for my own apartment (lol)!! While I have only been for brunch, the food is great. I have had the Eggs Benedict twice and a frisée salad with a poached egg on it. I tend to branch out a lot, clearly. The Bloody Mary’s are extra strong and spicy, the Ginger Lee’s extra gingery, and the beer list is extensive. Also, The Penrose is really fun at night and they have awesome pickle back shots. What’s not to like? After my three visit weekend extravaganza, I had to play it cool so I stayed away for several weeks. However, like a bad romance, The Penrose came calling again and we have been in love ever since.

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