Going off the Grid in Cape Cod

I am already drained from this week and I was on vacation for half of it! That seems to happen though when you miss the first half of week at work. Despite my exhaustion, it was wonderful being able to spend some quality time with my family (minus my brother, sadly) this weekend in Cape Cod. I’ve been going to Cape Cod every summer since I can remember, so it holds a special place in my heart. My parents and I woke up early Friday morning for the three and a half hour drive. My sister would be joining us later in the weekend.

About twenty minutes in I realized that I’d forgotten my phone at home! I freaked out but just asked my sister to bring it with her instead. It ended up being kind of a blessing. Living in a world where we’re all so connected and constantly fiddling with our smart phones, it’s easy to forget that we can manage without them. It was peaceful being able to enjoy the small things for the first couple days, like exploring the beach, reading, smelling the hydrangeas, and doing a lot of baking (I’ll be sharing a lot of new recipes soon!)

The long weekend in Cape Cod was perfect because we were able to do all of our traditions including eating a ton of fresh seafood, making the drive to Welfleet to go to Cahoon Hollow Beach (the most majestic in my opinion), laughing a lot, swimming in the bay and pond, and lighting a lot of sparklers (apparently I am terrible at drawing hearts). We also were able to try new things like paddle-boarding. My dad hilariously fell off a few times and the whole beach died laughing. We also checked out the Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis which was delicious. Did you know that there are two styles of lobster rolls? A cold lobster roll with mayo is Maine style and a warm roll with butter and spices is called Connecticut style. I had no idea! Anyways, my sister and I split a Maine style lobster roll and it was delicious and massive! I have to say that my favorite part was waking up early each morning and going on a long run with my dad. He’s a runner so he motivated me to keep going and I was able to start each day feeling refreshed and spending some quality time with my dad.

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Fourth of July Weekend

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July! Even though I only had a three day weekend it felt so much longer and was some much needed time off. On Friday morning, Pat and I drove down to my friend’s beach house in Old Saybrook, CT. It was gorgeous! I couldn’t get enough of the beach-weathered exteriors and the beautiful hydrangeas. My friend is moving to Boston this weekend after living in Europe for a year, and even though we won’t be in the same city, it’s wonderful having her back. After making a couple more stops in Old Lyme and Niantic, we made our way to Rhode Island for some much needed beach time.

I’m exciting to be heading to Cape Cod this weekend with my family for a real vacation – five days! Cape Cod is so special to me – I grew up spending most of my summers there so I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family. Now that we’re all doing our own thing it’s hard to get everyone together. I’ll be mainly offline (another thing I am looking forward to) but will be occasionally posting on Instagram. Have a great weekend!

My Summer Bucket List

The summer always seems to fly by (too quickly in my opinion) and this year I want to make an effort to do some things that I’ve been planning to do. It’s already almost July so I better get on it! I’m a list maker – it keeps me organized at my job and in life. I can be kind of scattered in my thoughts so lists help me focus on my priorities and things that I want to do. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to do all the things I really want to do this summer, but I tried to narrow it down to the top ideas. It will be fun to check back in at the end of the summer and cross off what I did.

Bucket List: 

  • Visit Coney Island. I’ve heard mixed reviews about Coney Island, but I’ve lived here over three years now and still haven’t been. This is a top item on my list – I need to go and formulate my own opinion.
  • Make a pie from scratch. Pie crust has always been intimidating to me. How does the crust get so buttery and crispy? I think I’ve done enough research by now, and I made a Triple Berry Galette over the weekend which gave me some practice!
  • Try Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew Coffee. Apparently this nitro infused cold brew is the new coffee trend. It’s fizzy and has a creamy finish. I’m intrigued. Well I’m at it I also want to try the Stumptown Cold Brew Tonic that uses cherry. More creative iced coffee drinks here
  • Go for a run over the Brooklyn Bridge. I would have to do this super early in the morning before it gets packed with tourists.
  • Eat crab at the beach. Ever since I saw pictures on Instagram of Brooklyn Crab in Redhook I have been dying to do this. I’ve been looking for places on the Connecticut shore, Rhode Island and Cape Cod but can’t find any. If anyone has a recommendation please let me know! 
  • Try boxing! After watching a video of Gigi Hadid boxing, I’ve been wanting to try this, even though I know I would be hilariously terrible. It just seems like a new and fun way to exercise. My friend boxes during the week on the Hudson River Park so I’m hoping to go with her one week.
  • Eat pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Drooling. Do I need to have a reason to want to go here? I’m on a pie-high. 
  • Become better at photography. I already know that I take a ton of photos, but I want to focus on taking higher quality photos and really learning how to use the features on my cameras. 

The Last Two Weeks in Photos

As promised, here’s some more photos from the last two weeks! I will probably have to do longer posts later about the trips I took to California and Florida over the winter another time. I am trying! I’ve been to the beach a few times this season already, although, weirdly it hasn’t been that warm both times I went so I haven’t actually had a real beach day yet.

For Memorial Day weekend, I went to Rhode Island with Patrick (boyfriend) and the water was so blue. Seriously, I couldn’t get over it. It was much bluer than normal – these photo’s weren’t even color edited that much. It was so blue. We went to one of my favorite places there – the Matunuck Oyster Bar, which has amazing seafood, and you guessed it – oysters. Pat and I tried three different varieties from Rhode Island, enjoyed tuna tartar tacos and each had grapefruit shandy – my go-to summer beer (actually my favorite is Leinenkugel Lemon Shandy but they didn’t have it). I didn’t try the bloody mary, but it comes with an oyster so I’ll have to get that next time.

Last weekend, I went to Rosarito Fish Shack with some friends after work on Friday. It’s one of my favorite places in Williamsburg – the seafood is incredible and they have an oyster happy hour (drinks also) and I just love the fun atmosphere. Pat and I also hit up Blue Marble Ice Cream in Cobble Hill. The coconut-caramel with chocolate chunks is unreal. Other than that, we just did more organizing in the apartment. Hope everyone has a good week!

Charlestown Beach, RI

Charlestown Beach, RI

Celebrating MDW

Celebrating MDW

Rosarito Fish Shack

Rosarito Fish Shack

 

Orange Blossom Gimlet from Cafe Mogador

Orange Blossom Gimlet from Cafe Mogador

Bookshelf in my apartment

Bookshelf in my apartment

Blue Marble Ice Cream

Blue Marble Ice Cream

 

Changing Seasons

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetAlthough these pictures are from the summer (and the ones for the next few posts will be), it’s finally starting to feel like fall in New York. This summer was strange, to say the least. I feel like I am finally in the swing of my new job and I love it, but this summer felt more depressing than previous years. Most of it had to do with a myriad of apartment issues and the stress that went along with all of that, but for some reason I felt like I was mentally stuck in a rut. I left the city on most weekends and when I was here I could never bring myself to want to do anything interesting. It’s weird here in the summer. The past few weeks have been much better and I have made a concerted effort to be more active and to re-find all of the reasons why I love this city so much. Processed with VSCOcam with f3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset Processed with VSCOcam with h1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with f3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 preset