Showing posts with label Brooklyn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brooklyn. Show all posts

Friday, February 14, 2014


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happy valentine's day! we're actually a non-celebrating house. we're hanging with friends tonight instead of being romantic (we're romantic everyday!)

however, in the spirit of valentine's day, i thought i would share a recent print i bought from artists and fleas in chelsea market when my mom was in town in december.  it is (appropriately) named "hug". is he not the cutest?  we're not shy about buying "monster" art.  this is actually our third print from leroy's place, and we have another block print from kudu-lah that has a cutie pie monster on it (see it here ).  this guy hasn't found a permanent home quite yet, but we still get to enjoy it while we work at the computer for now.  

i guess it represents our love for new york city? yes, yes it does.  if i could give the empire state building a big hug, i'd do it too.

leroy's place sells prints and jewelry at artists and fleas in williamsburg, brooklyn and the brooklyn night bazaar (also in williamsburg).  prints are 1 for $15, or 2 for $25.  BUT, the cool thing is if you want the original painting, you can purchase them when they come up on their facebook page ! (gosh i just found this out! now i NEED one!)


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

october date

it seems that lately mr p and I rarely get truly alone time, except for those few minutes of the day we're snuggling before bed, oogling over things we see on  we know how to make great, cheap food at home, so often times it seems hard to justify spending even just $50 for a dinner date when we could make the exact same thing at home for $10.

but every time we DO go on a date, we wonder why we don't do it more often. there's something different about going "out".  you get all dressed up and get that "look good, feel good" feeling, and there's instant romance.

a few weeks ago i told mr p that we need to go on more dates, and we should try to be more conscious about it.  if we don't plan ahead, next thing we know we will have spend 3 or 4 months of spending every weekend night with family or friends and not 1 with just each other.  now we're going to start off with dedicating 1 day or night a month going on a date.  it can be going to a restaurant, it can be going for a picnic, it can be taking the circle line or a tour bus, going to a museum, taking a cooking class, going to a concert, it doesn't matter... as long as it's something we do just the two of us.

i started off the "initiative" with a brunch date at talde in park slope brooklyn on sunday. i heard about this place recently because this article on the jersey journal mentioned that anthony carrino and john colanari of the kitchen cousins and cousins unvercover on hgtv will be collaborating with the head chef at talde Brooklyn to open another talde location very close to our house.  the menu in Brooklyn is American/Asian fusion, and the one in jersey city will be Asian/ITALIAN fusion! i'm pretty excited to see how they mix "noodles" and "pasta" on the new menu, haha.

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when we got off the train in park slope, i was instantly in love.  the homes look JUST like the homes in our neighborhood, but the neighborhood is much more developed with more stores, more people... i can just imagine that our neighborhood will look like this in 5 or 10 years :) 

when we got to talde, we got seated right away (a big plus for brunch in Brooklyn at 12:30pm on a sunday!!) we ordered tater tots with siracha ketchup, lobster bao, and Korean fried chicken wings with waffles and coconut browned butter sauce.  lobster bao was meh, the tater tots were the crunchiest I've EVER had (score!), and if it wasn't for me wearing red lipstick and mr p sweating buckets with any bit of spice we could have eaten 4 orders of the wings and waffles! lets just say i feel sorry for the person who has to wash the white linen napkins all full of red lipstick and sweat :P

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we walked around the sunny neighborhood a bit, we were on a mission to find a mini rolling pin for rolling out dumpling dough (as soon as i think we have EVERYTHING for the kitchen, there's always something else :P) when we didn't find it at the kitchen store nearby, we trekked to Chinatown where there are kitchen stores galore.  with intentions of googling one when we popped out of the train, we saw one right in front of us, as if it had rays of light beaming from it with sounds of "ahhhhhhhhhhh" like in the movies. mr p and i both got a good chuckle out of it.  we walked into the store, which looked like it was someone's messy garage. we asked for a tiny rolling pin for dumplings, the girl behind the counter took us down a very narrow isle, fumbled through a basket of stuff on the floor, and finally pulled out a half-opened mini rolling pin, exactly what we wanted!! when we asked for 2 of them, she sighed, went searching again, and thankfully found another. "four dolla each".  SCORE!!!

after achieving all we wanted for the day, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather and walk to the world trade center train.  again, our internal NYC senses won over google, and we made our way back by just following the big tower!  it's amazing how tall the freedom tower is, and how well you can get a sense of direction by landmarks. its sort of like when you're in midtown, where you can tell where you're at by looking for the empire state building (except this one is MUCH taller!)

finishing off the day by making over 100 dumplings rounded out a perfect sunday :)

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date day deemed a success.  now it's mr p's turn for our November date, he's got a month to find a place and pick a day!


Friday, October 5, 2012

little monsters

what's your design style?

are you the type of person who wants to walk into ikea (or pottery barn, or west elm, or cb2, or....), pick a room and buy everything in it because it looks good and it's easy?

or, are you the type of person who can handle having blank walls until you find the right piece?

do you decorate in calm colors and prints? or go w i l d with colors?

do you fall in love with trendy art or whatever is in the store? or do you seek out vintage shops and craft fairs for the quirky stuff with its own personality?

mr p and i like conversation pieces with personality.
which means when someone walks into our house, they will ask about the artwork on the walls, and we will tell a story.

instead of saying "oh, that? i just picked it up at bed bath and beyond, we needed something for above the television"....
i can say "well, we were out with our friends trying brooklyn's finest street food when we stumbled upon an art fair and couldn't resist them!"

the latter is the case for the majority of the art in our apartment.  i have a few pieces that came from pier 1 or bed bath and beyond, but the pieces we truly enjoy the most are the ones with a story (like this one , this one , and this one )

we found our our little monsters prints at artists and fleas (can't remember the artist, so sorry!!!) in brooklyn after stuffing our faces with delicious food at smorgasburg one VERY sunny summer day.  they patiently waited for their permanent home all summer while we searched for cheap 8.5x11 frame to put them in (and even now the frames aren't perfect, they are a bit too small for the space, but they will work!) but they have finally made their debut on our walls!

we like converstion pieces, and comical conversation pieces they are!  monsters sketched into classy art pieces!?! now that's our kind of style!

now we just have to frame the best art piece yet... it just stinks that it has to be custom-framed since it's an odd shape.  mr p surprised me one day with this poster, but we keep pushing off shelling out hundreds on getting it custom-framed... it's going to be so cool when we hang it up though... but you'll just have to wait to see it ;)

cheers to the weekend !

p.s. i'm SO glad the weather is starting to cool down and we will be able to take that ugly air conditioner out of the window soon! i can't STAND looking at it anymore!  But... the reality is that we live in a 100+ year old brownstone that HASN'T been gutted, so central air is just not in the books.... i suppose it's ok though, it's only 1 of a handful of things we don't like about living where we do compared to the 432890432890 things we LOVE!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

smorgasburg glutton-fest.

SO much eating.  

and eating.

and eating.

bbq brisket.  don't remember the name of the place.  just look for the big line.  that'll be it.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

playing tourist

it doesn't matter where you are, or where you are from, sometimes it's just FUN to play tourist for the day.

what better time to play tourist than when you have visitors!?!?

as i mentioned here, my mom came to visit last weekend!  and we played tourist all weekend... but a FUN kind of tourist.  we did the cheesy kind of tourist LAST time she was here (statue of liberty, times square, radio city, etc... cheesy but necessary for newcomers!!)

mr p picks up mom from laguardia
eat vietnamese food in jersey city

explore historic downtown, waterfront, and van vorst park areas of jersey city 
eat AMAZING food at made with love bakery
eat homemade tortellini for dinner when mr p comes home

made with love: mac 'n cheese

sophie sophia: choco cupcake with buttercream frosting

jersey city public library: very old, very beautiful, looks VERY much like the old library in van wert!

jersey city public library: original marble stairs, worn thin at the inside rails

pita, cukes, and hummus... perfect snack after a long day!

cucumber vodka and club soda... refreshing summery cocktail (with a cute bottle to boot!)

homemade tortellini with watercress and tomatos (see recipe here), except this time we made it creamy by simply adding a splash of heavy cream!

explore brooklyn by going to the brooklyn flea, brooklyn botanic garden, and the transit museum
catch an early dinner at nook in hell's kitchen

started off the morning with a bit of relaxing :D

mom picked up some letters from an old letterpress at the brooklyn flea
(whatever she does with them, it will be SO cool!!)

prefect weather for perusing the flea.

kumquat cakery, so yummy.

bacon.. on top of cream cheese frosting.. on top of cupcake? too hard to resist!

tacos double-wrapped in corn tortillas.  the ONLY way to go!

mr p was too fascinated by the MOBILE wood-fired pizza oven, he had to buy one.

random building with pretty random art on the pretty walk from the flea to the botanic garden

brooklyn botanic garden: cherry blossoms!

brooklyn botanic garden: cherry blossoms!

sometimes he's just so cute... even when we drag him around all day

deep purple lilacs, smells SO pretty!

transit museum: one of the first subway cars!

random brooklyn building, with random fun art, on the way to the train

nook, quite possibly my favorite restaurant in NYC... in close competition with enoteca maria in staten island

nook: mushroom cigars and tuna tartar

nook: filet mignon

nook: steak fritesm with rosemary fries

nook: thai-marinated grilled rack of lamb

weather decides to monsoon, so mom and i (naturally) go shopping
(target had all beach essentials on sale, so i couldn't pass up getting two beach chairs and a floppy beach hat!! saturday beach days, here we come!!)
mr p makes homemade sammich bread and herbed chicken and we eat delicious herbed chicken sammiches
i make ice cream, and we layer in homemade granola to the ice cream (ahhh so good!! kudos to mr p for the wonderful idea!)

mr p started our morning by making egg, miracle whip and tomato sammiches!

mr p's herbed chicken sammiches on homemade bread

homemade ice cream with homemade granola layers (thanks to jeni britton and her manhattan williams sonoma ice cream tutorial and book-signing, otherwise we would be blind to this delicacy!!)

i decide i NEED a swimsuit from old navy (tried on earlier) for the summer, and for a atlantic city trip a few weekends from now, so mom and i drive hours through crazy traffic to find a mis-tagged suit in union city for $20 (paid only $16 after a 20% off coupon!! yaya! originally priced for $45)
eat at bareburger in manhattan before dropping mom off at laguardia.

bareburger: fries with THREE dipping sauces!

bareburger: mr p's original beef burger, medium, on brioche with fried egg and bacon.  he came late, and i knew EXACTLY how he wanted his burger :D  (brownie points for me???)

bareburger: we really wanted the fried pickles, so i ordered "assorted pickles" not realizing that the "assorted" ones we NOT fried (super sad face)

we walked A LOT , ate A LOT , shopped A LOT , and got to spend LOTS of quality mom and daughter time!!
a rather successful weekend if i do say so myself :D

can't wait for the next time she comes to visit!!