somewhere between moving to a new position at work and jersey city having the BEST weather this summer, a whole month has flown by since my last post! it's not that we haven't been doing anything fun, it's actually quite the opposite. our home is now dinner-party-friendly, visitor-friendly, and project-free (for now). the weather is great for evening walks, sundays at the beach, and bike rides in the city. hung and i spent the majority of last summer traveling, so we're trying to fully take advantage of being at home this summer.
a few weeks ago my dad and stepmom visited from florida. they were the first family to see the new house, and what a blast it was! while hung and I are used to being on the go and walking til our legs fall off, it's pretty typical that visitors who don't live in a city get pretty zonked by the end of the first day. it was sort of nice to be able to come home around dinner time, eat food at home, relax for the evening (instead of staying out until the wee hours of the morning) and sleeping in. we still got to enjoy the best hours of the day and do everything on the list.
we took a trip on the circle line for the very first time for all of us! surprisingly, this super-touristy-but-must-do adventure turned out to be pretty awesome. i don't think i'll be doing it again, but i'm glad we did it! who knew that the northern-most end of manhattan was so forest-like? and that there are so many islands around it? i mean, really, most of the time you even forget that manhattan itself is an island!
for lunch we headed over to brooklyn to eat outside at surf bar's back patio/garden. you might as well call it a beach without the water, because the floor is sand, even in the inside part! what a perfect setting for one of the most beautiful days of summer.
on the way home we walked to milk sugar love, my first time eating it! first of many, i mean. we've been there a few times since, and are never disappointed (how CAN you be with THOSE flavors!?) i'm so in love with that place, and the idea that now i can get it any day of the week, not just on the days they are at the farmer's markets :) :) :) they are located right on hamilton park in jersey city, what a perfect spot to grab a cone and stroll through the park!
the next day we headed to pier 13 in hoboken, where we enjoyed gorgeous views of manhattan, the hoboken waterfront, and ate brick-oven pizza from a food truck (practically hung's dream).
the rest of the time was spent cooking at home and re-watching the entire first season of orange is the new black (now i've got THEM hooked on it too!) because i needed a good refresher before i started in on the second season (who's finished with it!? omg the last episode was good!)
of course when family visits they can never stay long enough, but at least we get to see them again in august.
p.s. can you tell we got a new camera lens!? we're loving the low aperture if you haven't noticed already :P