I have eaten some very yummy things over the past four days! Adam and I both worked the holiday, but first we got to spend almost two full weekend days together!!! Good times.
Things [literal things] that made me happy this weekend…
Thanks to all of Target’s cheap “back to school” goodies, we have a jazzy new shower curtain and bedspread.
The sheets underneath are pretty happy-making too.
A Saturday trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Such a fun way to spend a morning. We were expecting things to be sparse due to the season but there was still a ton of beauty to admire.
As of last Friday, it’s Apple Month.
This spiced apple bourbon hand soap is currently the best smelling thing in our house!
I haven’t eaten anything apple yet but I did cram some pretty fall-forward flavors into my coffees. Cinnamon.
And toasted marshmallow.
Though I also had a very summer-y Australian iced coffee with Wandering Bear cold brew and vanilla Curious Creamery ice cream.
Cheddar-chive biscuit and a matcha iced latte at Annex.
Brunch at Maison Premiere. We had a pastry assortment that was out of this world.
Maison Jungle Bird – Hamilton Black Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum, pineapple, Campari, and sugar cane.
I had the duck confit hash with bell pepper and poached egg. <– not as good as Colonie, sadly
While at the Garden, we had lunch at the Yellow Magnolia Café. (<– newest venture from the chef/owner of Wilma Jean)
I had wonderfully crispy, lemony fried chicken. Served with habanero honey, collard green slaw, and delicious wild rice. I suspect that there was honey butter in the rice because I don’t even like wild rice.
We took a long post-lunch walk for coffee and ended up also getting ice cream for dessert – blueberry with blue velvet cake from Little Cupcake Bakeshop.
Friday night I met a girlfriend in the Lower East Side for dinner and drinks. Sizzling noodles at The Tang.
I ended up with way too much food because I also couldn’t resist the Chungking Express salad – romaine, soft-boiled egg, honey, black vinegar, and chili oil.
How fantastically ridiculous are the drinks at Mother of Pearl?! My daiquiri – with Campari, grapefruit, and rosemary tincture – was tasty to boot.
We made an oldie but a goodie – buffalo blue cheese black bean burgers. Served with raw carrots and celery the first night.
Our citrus-y sip-while-you-cook line up did not contain any winners, we hated both of these drinks! <– normally I wouldn’t include this in a “highlights” section but they both sound so good in theory that I wanted to make sure I warned you
Sunday night I got fancy with a Southern dinner.
Pan-fried catfish! I made a spice rub with salt, pepper, cayenne, cumin, brown sugar, and smoked paprika and cooked the fish for 3.5 minutes on each side. Drizzled with a lemon butter pan sauce.
Plus sautéed collard greens with shallots, toasted coconut, and avocado (plus lemon, rice vinegar, and liquid smoke).
Flavor themes of the weekend – Campari / eggs / coffee / collard greens.