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. 

Weekend in Boston

I had a great time in Boston a couple weekends ago, visiting my friends from college. We went to a bunch of new places (for me, anyways) including Gaslight, which has phenomenal brunch, Bourbon Coffee, and the Harpoon Brewery. I also went back to one of my all time favorite places - Tatte Bakery! My friend, Elyse, also turned me on to a great smoothie recipe consisting of soy milk, pineapple, banana, blueberry, and honey.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with h3 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with n2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with h1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with s1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

My Weekend As Told Through Ice Cream

IMG_2263 This weekend was apparently the weekend of No Self Control because it centered around the gloriousness of ice cream. Maybe it was the exhausting heat that brought on the craving so badly. While meandering around the West Village as it started to rain, I spotted the CoolHaus truck. I had been dying to try a CoolHaus ice cream sandwich for years and never got around to it. A sense that I needed this swiftly took over my brain and I waltzed over to the truck and ordered a chipwich with peanut butter ice cream and snickerdoodle cookies. Best. Decision. Ever. Nothing could hide my joy, even as it started to rain, as I ate the sandwich like a lunatic on a bench. Apparently even that couldn't hold me over, because on Sunday I found myself taking the subway down to the East Village with the sole purpose of hitting up Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. An artisan ice cream store with exotic flavors such as cinnamon, earl grey, and palm sugar, Van Leeuwen had also been on my to-d0 list for a while now. And what was holding me back from going there? Nothing. I happily treated myself to a two-scoop cup of their creamy espresso and vanilla (that is made with bourbon and vanilla bean) ice creams. Needless to say, I think I have had my fare share of ice cream for a while, but if you're ever looking for some spot-on ice cream these two places are definitely the way to go.