I loved visiting the Catskills last weekend, but it was wonderful to be back in Brooklyn over the weekend. Even better was that my sister Molly came to visit. In usual form, we basically planned our weekend around food - I am not ashamed to admit it! I've noticed that the early mornings are sometimes the best times in New York so on Saturday we woke up early and walked over to DUMBO for some coffee at Brooklyn Coffee Roasters. The streets are still quiet in the morning and I love watching people in their morning routines. It feels like the calm before the storm.
Eating pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds was on my summer bucket list so even though I technically didn't make it there in summer, I'm still going to say I can check it off. The pie here is basically like heaven on earth and I was having serious bakers envy. Molly had a slice of salted caramel apple and I had lemon custard. SO DELICIOUS! I am still dreaming about it. I won't be done with this place until I try ALL THE PIE! We quickly fell into a pie coma, but it didn't last long as later we went to Gran Electrica, a mexican place with a beautiful outdoor garden for dinner, before heading off to my friends housewarming party in Astoria.
Fear not, my friends, the eating parade did not stop at this moment. On Sunday, before my sister sadly departed, we woke up again at the crack of dawn (not really) to walk FIFTY minutes to Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen for some food. If you haven't realized, I find a lot of my potential food destinations on Instagram so as soon as I spied their account I knew I must go, and that the trek would be worth it. More on this later! After each eating an avocado smash, we discovered that Dough was right around the corner so naturally, if we were in the area already we might as well drop in for a few doughnuts.
One of the big things I've realized since living in a city like New York is that even though there are endless possibilities of things to do, it's important to treat it like your home. After hours of walking around in the morning and then meeting a friend for coffee in the West Village it was great to kick back at my apartment and laugh with Molly about random memories. On weekends especially, I feel the need to fill every moment of my free time. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught in the draw of doing things that I forget to cherish the small moments. I hope everyone has a great week!