Weekly Wrap-Up; Birthday, Buffalo, Brooklyn

First things first:  Hi, Jill!  Hi, Nikki!!

Now then.  Everything in this wrap-up is on the go {go, go!}.  The end of July/beginning of August was definitely a fun time for me.  I turned 28, traveled back to Buffalo for five days, and continued the excitement when I got home with some fun trips to Brooklyn.  I’ve made some really tasty meals at home over the past few days too, but I’m going to save them for a subsequent post since this one’s so full.  Off we go!

Birthday

Adam got home at 7 am that morning, so we kept my entrance into 28 pretty low-key.  I had three birthday objectives…

Glitter nails (which I painted on the subway to the complete horror of the man sitting across from me),

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froyo,

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and my free Starbucks birthday drink.

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A venti non-fat latte with 1 shot each hazelnut and white chocolate syrup and a nice message to boot.

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If you haven’t registered a Starbucks card yet you need to do so; the perks are amazing.

Adam had to go into work that night, but I got to have a very special celebration with some family and friends from St. Thomas.

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My aunt and a family friend and her son were all in the city for summer courses/internships and they took me to the very famous Lombardi’s for pizza.

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My veggie slices were good, but Pinos is definitely better.

Afterwards, we went somewhere very exciting for dessert.

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Rice to Riches has been on my “must-try” list since the first time I lived in the city!  After the long wait it did not disappoint.

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The space was great and my pudding (with a candle on top!) was delicious.

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I got a diva-sized (aka small) caramel rice pudding that was awesomely creamy.  I will not be waiting another six years to go back, that’s for sure.

Then I took the train home by myself at 2:00 in the morning and got up the next day and drove to Buffalo.

Buffalo

I got lucky and Jean Inman* (a review course for the Dietetics registration exam I have to take) and a good friend’s wedding fell on the same weekend, so I only had to make the 7-hour drive back to Buffalo once this summer.  Not that I’m going to lie – I have been missing the walkability, charm, and fantastic Thai food of Buffalo enormously since the move!

My long weekend was a glorious whirlwind of class, food, friends, and booze, but I had too much fun to take many pictures so I’m just going to share some highlights.

My friend’s wedding was gorgeous, of course.

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The bride and groom did so many adorable, sweet things during the ceremony that even I got a bit teary eyed.

On my first night in town I met up with my old coworkers for dinner at Blue Monk (I miss those girls!).

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We waited more than an hour for our table and were deeply, dramatically hungry so this shared basket of duck poutine disappeared in about a minute.

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My friend and I also shared a grilled cheese that was pretty ridiculous.

On a later day, another group of friends and I walked over to Saigon Cafe for Thai food.  I know I hated Saigon but on my final visit I was finally a fan!  My previous complaint was that their “five-star spicy” was basically unseasoned but this order of Pad See Eiw was so hot that it practically blew smoke out of my ears.

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I cooled down my mouth with drinks at Founding Father’s, a bar I loved as much the second time as the first.

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Founding Father’s is near the top of the list of things I’ll miss about Buffalo.  Amazingly, I don’t think I ever really blogged about the place I’ll miss the most: Mezza, my number one favorite place in Buffalo.  The food isn’t out of this world, so the bar is kind of a hidden gem, but the drinks are well-made and astonishingly cheap and the bartenders are very cute.  If you live along Elmwood I highly recommend giving Mezza another chance if it’s not already your favorite.

On Sunday, I headed up to Canada to visit the cabin a friend’s family own right along the beach.

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It was great to have the sand all to ourselves for the afternoon.

On my last day in town I had coffee at Sweetness_7 with two of my favorite people.

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I walked the loop around the perimeter of the zoo and said goodbye to the official buffalo of Buffalo on my way out of town.

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It felt like a poetic way to make my final exit from the city that became my home over the last four years.

*Fellow future RDs – I highly recommend doing Inman when you are ready to prepare for the exam.  I haven’t taken the test yet, but the course made me feel 100x better about having to start studying after a summer’s break.  The class is actually taught by {the} Jean Inman and she is absolutely fantastic.  Please feel free to e-mail me if you want more info; I can’t recommend it enough.

Brooklyn

One of my Buffalo friends is moving to the city now too {thank, God!} and I met up with her at Sea Thai on Wednesday night.

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We went out for drinks afterward so we decided to split dinner to help spread our money a little further and eliminate the hassle of carrying around leftovers.  Lettuce wraps – chicken & peanut wrapped in rice skin and lettuce with red vinaigrette tomato sauce.

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And tofu Bangkok Panang Curry – medium spicy curry with string beans and lime leaf.

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Plus the best (read: sweetest!) glass of Thai Young Coconut I’ve ever had.

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The atmosphere in Sea is great and I want to head back soon for Drunken Noodles.

I was loving Williamsburg while we walked around that night, so it was great that I spent Adam’s day off on Saturday there as well.

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I was just too flipping excited about Smorgasburg, a food market that set up near the Brooklyn Flea Market.  Basically it’s a park loaded with stand of delicious, delicious food.

We shared {among other things} frozen s’mores;

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Smorgasm and Salted Sailor.  I ordered chocolate and Adam ordered caramel but we switched one bite in when we realize our favorites were the opposite.

An Arnold Palmer Kelvin Slush with caramelized pineapple.

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The texture was perfect.

And a mini cone of sweet corn and Old Bay ice cream.

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This had just enough spice and was not at all weird like Adam thought it would be.

The best bite(s) of the day was “cheese pop.”

 

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Does any food not get better once you put it on a stick??  I wish I could remember the name of the vendor because the workers were so sweet.

Check out our lunch view –

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Getting to stuff myself with cheese right along the water is basically as good as it gets!

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NYC readers, have you been to Smorgasburg yet?

Buffalonians, what do you think of Mezza??

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