July Instagram Recap

I can’t believe it’s already August! I keep telling myself that summer doesn’t really end until September 21st, so it can seem a bit longer. In case you missed it on Instagram, here is a recap of my pictures from July that I didn’t feature on the blog.

July Instagram

 

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1. Even though I work in the financial district, I haven’t done much exploring! The other week I finally made it down to Delmonico’s, one of the oldest steakhouses in NYC. What an iconic building.

2. Awesome brunch my friend Caroline and I had at Walter’s in Fort Greene. I had shakshuka and she had an omelette.

3. My sister Molly looking pretty on the beach in Cape Cod. 🙂

4. Ollie is a dog that I dog-sit on occasion. He is the cutest and snorts a lot!

5. Molly again, paddle boarding in Cape Cod. This was the first time she tried it and was killing it!

6. A typical scene from Brooklyn Heights. One day I dream of living in a brownstone like this one…

7. Overlooking Cahoon Hollow Beach in Cape Cod.

8. Last week I ventured out to Jersey City with some friends for an author event. We went to see Megan Kimble, author of Unprocessed, speak at Word Jersey City. She is awesome and I can’t wait to read the book! A bonus was going to Porta Pizza, which was delicious.

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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.

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!

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!

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: The Donut Pub

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I wouldn’t exactly call The Donut Pub a restaurant, but if donuts are your thing this is the place for you. I happened upon it on my way to see a Banksy and since I’ve been having a fanatical craving for donuts lately I had to go in. The inside looks like an old school diner and there are dozens of donut flavors to choose from, including a deal where you can get a donut and a coffee for about $2.00. I went for a classic chocolate sprinkle donut that was crispy, fluffy, and one of the best choices I made all day.

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