Quality Time

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New York makes me want to rip off my clothes and dance down the street screaming i love this place and i have no intention of ever leaving.

– Pamela Barsky

Quality time with my friends, my family and my significant other is extremely important to me. I recently read an article about how meaningful experiences become a big part of who you are and I truly believe that memorable adventures I’ve taken with my favorite people, has shaped and strengthened my relationships. As I continue exploring NYC,  it’s really exciting to think about the new experiences I’ll continue having in my favorite city with my favorite people. 

This past weekend, I ventured off on a Brooklyn adventure. It was beyond gorgeous out and I’ve always loved exploring Williamsburg with a partner in crime. I love that the adventure took me out of my hustlin’ Manhattan comfort zone. It’s so much fun being a tourist in my own city so I definitely took full advantage of it on Saturday – with my backpack all buckled up and my flowy white dress all ready for spring, I was ready to go.

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Things to do:

+ Take the Ferry // It.is.awesome. Even though it may take a little longer than the subway (heads up: the L train is not working these next few weekends) it’s really fun to be outside on a boat, on the water, with a gorgeous view of the city and the Brooklyn Bridge. It made me feel like a true tourist being sucked right into the huge city.

+ Walk around the Smorgasburg Food Market // Oh my goodness, there is a plethora (yes, a plethora) of food stands at Smorgasburg. It is actually pretty crazy and pretty thrilling. I ended up walking around in circles for hours just looking and watching all of the delicious food being prepped by all of the vendors. It smells amazing too.

+ Walk around the Brooklyn Flea Market // This time around, the Brooklyn Flea Market wasn’t open but I definitely wish it was. There are a lot of super cute, hipster, stores right by the water with an entire view of the city as you thrift shop.

+ Walk around Bedford Ave. // Bedford Ave. is sort of like the fifth ave of Brooklyn but without all of the wildly expensive stores (not that there’s anything wrong with Chanel). There are a lot of cool stores, restaurants and events happenin’ on Bedford Ave. Especially dainty jewelry stores which are probably my absolute favorite.

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Places to Eat:

+ Smorgasburg Food Festival //  I just talked about walking in circles around all of the food vendors but obviously you have to take your pick at some point! I had an amazing Red Hook lobter roll which was perfectly mayod up on a toasted brioche role. For dessert, I scarfed down a Good Batch ice cream sandwich. I was so full but there was just so much more I wanted to try like the Ramen Burger despite the insane line.

+ Juliette // A sweet French restaurant right off of Bedford Ave., great for brunch, lunch, dinner and anything you want. It reminds me of the cute little cafes lined up on the beautiful streets of Paris. It’s perfect to stop by for a small quiche, eggs Benedict or a little something healthy. The bar is super cute too for a nice glass of wine or champagne.

+ Sweet Chick // All I have to say about this place is chicken n waffles. Chicken n waffles.

 Places to have a Drink:

+ Radegast Biergarten // Saturday was the first time I tried Radegast and it was awesome. It is a rather large beer garden with tons of places to sit and hang. There are hundreds of beers to try (I’m a wheat beer type of person) and they cook food right in the middle of the hall. There was a band too which made it more German like!

+ Wythe Hotel // This hotel has a gorgeous view of NYC if you go right upstairs. The cocktails are absolutely delicious and the decor is so chic chic. The roof is a definite must, especially at sunset.

+ Berry Park // This place is so much fun. Inside, it’s a bit of a darker bar with huge TV’s (perfect for sports watchers, which I am not) but you head to the rooftop, it becomes a sunny garden in the heart of the ‘burg. It’s a true gem with greenery surrounding all sides of the bar. The drinks are really great and the fries are even better!

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On my list to try: 

+ Allswell //

+ Brooklyn Bowl //

+ River Cafe //

+ Peter Lugers //

+ Diner //

 

PS. If you haven’t see my San Fran To Do and San Fran Bites/Cocktails guides, check ’em out!

 

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Tipsy Parson

Belly Filling Goodness

– Tipsy Parson

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Whenever friends come to visit, I always want to show them the coolest, yummiest spots in New York City. There are tons of amazing places to choose from so I never want to let anyone down especially if they are visiting for just a hot minute. Sunday brunch is definitely a BIG event which I take very seriosuly but at times it can be tricky to find the perfect brunch spot for larger groups. I am a pretty big foody and I love reading reviews or asking friends for restaurant recommendations.

I ended up choosing Tipsy Parson, recommended by a friend, and let’s just say it was southern comfort galore. Absolutely delicious & had just enough space for a large group. Not only was the food filling but it was extremely tasty and it reminded me of a nice home cooked southern meal. The staff was friendly and attentive – southern hospitality at it’s best. The overall vibe was charming and it brought back memories of my trips down to Charleston where I love exploring the food scene.

We started off with drinks and an appetizer – a Spicy Bloody Mary pitcher and a Tipsy Palmer pitcher (sweet tea, fresh mint & vodka) along with an order of “Frickles” (fried pickles) dipped in buttermilk dressing. All so perfect. 

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We all ended up ordering different dishes which made it so much easier to try multiple meals from the extensive menu. From the Biscuit Bomb to the BBQ Pulled Pork Spoonbread to the Farmstand to the Granola and the Savory Biscuit, the dishes were perfectly sized and we all left with our tummies very satisfied.

I had the Savory Biscuit with pimento cheese (I only recently found out how much I love pimento cheese) and scrambled eggs. The biscuit was warm on the inside and the pimento cheese was amazing. The combination of the three flavors worked really well together and let’s just say there was nothing left on my plate… 

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My friend ordered the the BBQ Pulled Pork Spoonbread which consisted of pulled pork topped with fried eggs and oozy bbq sauce. It was a mix of smokey flavors and the eggs ended up being a perfect topping.  The pork was tender and the corn bread was a nice balance to all of the rich flavors.
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 My very good friend Caroline (and roommate from college) had the Farmstand which made it to the very top of my list. Two poached eggs with veggie and greens sound simple but the pesto and almond pieces were the cherry on top. The meal had pieces of artichokes (which i love) peas, tomatoes and salad. The poached eggs were runny and really worked with the pesto and veggie flavors.
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Now this meal was pretty intense and unique but definitely super cheesy which is ALWAYS a good thing. They call this the Biscuit Bomb! Fantastic name, right? I unfortunately do not eat sausage so I disappointingly was not able to have a taste but holy heck when the plate came out oozing with cheese, it looked unbelievable!

The biscuit bomb is stuffed with country sausage and cheddar cheese. Doesn’t that sounds amazing?! The side of scrambled eggs may have been too much of an addition but you can choose to have the Biscuit Bomb on it’s own or I saw it ordered as an appetizer too.

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 Last but definitely not least, the Granola. Granola CAN be boring – but not this magic granola. The granola pieces were sweet just like frosted flakes but it was balanced perfectly with the non fat greek yogurt. I loved the preserved fruits too which had a syrupy flavor to them. A healthy meal that is deceivingly sweet = best of both worlds in my book. I almost ate the entire thing (after I finished the savory biscuit).
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Since brunch is a must do meal and calories don’t count on the weekends, Tipsy Parson is a MUST try. There is something on the brunch menu for every craving – sweet, savory, cheesy, eggy, waffly etc. The cocktails are on par, the service was really great, the food was perfectly seasoned, and the ambiance was super cute. I can’t wait to go back to try the Shrimp & Grits which is all I’ve been reading about.

Do you have any favorite brunch spots in NYC? I would love to know so I can add them to my list of places to try!