Wonderful Weekend Walking Weather

Oh my gosh, thank you so much, New York, for the gorgeous weekend weather!  We took full advantage and fit a long walk into our fun on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Daytime Eats

My new favorite ridiculous coffee.

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Butterscotch latte with an extra shot.

Oatmeal bowl.  Rolled oats, chia seeds, freeze-dried blueberries, and toasted walnuts.

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Topped with a chocolate coconut peanut butter packet.  The pb gets so gooey good on the hot oats.

Drinks in my carts while I did a giant shopping trip.

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Green juice with spinach, kale, cucumber, and pineapple.

Sunday was our Brooklyn date.  We saw Deadpool (<– loved it!  loved that it was just funny, hilariously, and not sad at all) and took another long walk, including some exciting food stops.  Iced Vietnamese latte.

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It was so warm out that I enjoyed my iced drink whilst walking along in only a tank top and cardigan!!

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A “hot dog” at the Smorgasburg Industry City location.  Pan con queso is a grilled chunk of marinated white Latin cheese on a hot dog bun, topped with onions, cabbage, crushed potato chips, ketchup, mustard, and guasacaca (cilantro and parsley).  It was scrumptious.

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Amazing, freshly-made cheese and potato pierogis at Baba’s.  These were out of this world, they had the best pierogi dough I’ve ever tasted.

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And an ice cream cone to top it all off.

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Ample Hills’ salted crack caramel (smoky caramel ice cream with hunks of crack candy) and It Came From Gowanus (salty dark chocolate ice cream with hazelnut crack candy, white chocolate pearls, and orange-scented brownies) in a cookie cone.

Nighttime Eats

I hit up my grocery’s deli for a quick meal on Adam’s overnight shift.

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Tortellini salad and crunchy broccoli salad.

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Plus lemon rosemary focaccia hummus with baked garlic pita chips and baby carrots.

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Best store-bought hummus of all time.

A fancy dinner date at Upland.  We really enjoyed our meal here, the menu changes seasonally and we will definitely be back in the summer.

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They brought us a potato bread loaf with chive and lemon zest butter.

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And we started with the whole crispy hen of the woods mushroom, with cloumage cheese and meyer lemon.  This was fantastically meaty and loaded with umami.

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Plus a greatcocktail, Bill Pay Buck – Tito’s, Aperol, ginger, and lime.  I think that I hate ginger in drinks but somehow this felt very balanced.

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And I got the cioppino for my meal, clams, red shrimp, mussels, striped bass, jumbo lump crab, and gochujang.  I have been so brave with my seafood consumption lately, this was my first ever clam! (<– I hated it, but at least I tried)

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My soup came with a thick slice of butter bread and I ordered a can of Genny Cream Ale that just felt right.

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Dessert was the only part of the meal that didn’t blow us away.  Devil’s food cake, milk chocolate ganache, and hazelnut praline, sounded good in theory but was just meh.

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But we ran into a Woop’s so we had our sugar fix covered.

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Good timing too, we found it just before we crossed the bridge back to Queens.

Burger night to end the weekend.

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TJ’s brioche rolls are wonderful.  We made our burgers with ground turkey, whole-wheat panko, eggs, spices, and browned shallots, cooked in a pan with evoo.  Topped with pickle slices, raw milk cheddar, and Sir Kensington’s special sauce.  So delicious we had to go back and split a second one!

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With an easy salad of baby kale, pomegranate, pecans, chai seeds, and lavender salt / lavender honey / evoo / balsamic.

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If the upcoming week is half as good as my dinner I’m in for a good time!

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