happy weekend

what are you up to this weekend?  mk and i are heading east for a few days to spend time at the rental house in east hampton. i’m hoping for great beach weather… beach juice… and maybe a visit here, here, and here. have a great weekend!

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friday favorites…

happy friday, everyone.

don’t ask how, but i managed to come down with a major sinus infection during the heatwave we’ve been having here on the east coast. i’m hoping to shake it by tomorrow so i can practice some baking. turning on the oven might sound like a dumb idea, but there are so many fruits and berries available right now… it just seems like the perfect time to experiment.

if the weekend lasted more than two days, i’d love to do each and every one of these things:

the cheese market and dairy fair at the new amsterdam market tops my to-do list on sunday!

visit monet’s garden exhibit at the new york botanical center

check out williamsburg’s farmers market

a class in making and decorating model boats? sounds interesting…

take a tour of castle williams on governors island

visit the cloud city exhibit by tomás saraceno at the met

(image credits herehere, and here) 

what’s in your beach bag?

i just ordered a new bag to use at the beach this summer. it’s hasn’t quite arrived, but when it does, it’s getting stocked with these goodies for sure…

1. tote from Lotta Jansdotter’s collection

2. 100% cotton honeycomb weave towels (or shawls) pack light and are great for when it’s really hot

3. gotta have shades at the beach

4. reusable glass bottles are perfect for water… or my special “beach juice”

5. i like to keep my phone, lip balm, and wallet in cute waterproof cases, like this one

6. love this necklace from calypso. i can throw it on with a cute beach cover up over my swimsuit and be ready for a cocktail

7. another must have…. a hat to hide my crazy beach hair

okay, there will be some snacks in there, too. and a book, but i have yet to find my summer beach books… stay tuned.

weekend snapshots

happy monday! i’m hoping everyone had a great weekend. mine flew by and the theme was indulgence… (too much food! too much drink!) but the weather was perfect and mk! and i did some great exploring. highlights? a drink and a snack at the recently opened parish hall, and a great little cocktail at two door tavern, involving cucumber vodka, black pepper, soda water, and lemon or lime. the weekend was nicely bookended by beverages on rooftops – and the ease and frequency with which this is possible might just be one of the best things about new york city.

strawberry season

there aren’t many things better than berries straight from the farm, are there?

growing up, my family had strawberry and raspberry bushes in the backyard, a small grove of apple trees, a couple sour cherry trees, and a row of pear trees in the front yard. i think this is why i’m such a fruit fanatic. i’ll take a fruity dessert over a chocolate one any day.

living in brooklyn, i can’t just walk outside and snack my way through the backyard, but i happened to be by the union square greenmarket yesterday, and everyone had strawberries for sale. i bought two big containers, and aside from slicing and eating them, or making fruit tarts like i did in my pastry class, i need to figure out what to do with the rest. thank you, interweb, for these great ideas.

above from left: (click the number to see original recipes and photos)

1. vanilla roasted rhubarb & strawberris

2. strawberry shortcake cookie

3. grilled strawberries

4. strawberry-vanilla swirled frozen pops

5. fresh strawberry pie with whipped cream

6. strawberry fool

(top photo by laurakinsey)

three-day weekends should always look like this…


this is from last year, but i did kind of the same thing this year, just in a slightly different place. the weather wasn’t the best, but that’s kind of okay. i’m still trying to figure out where i put all my summer clothing and i need to get my beach bag items figured out. i like to keep it packed so i can just grab it whenever and go!

i love hearing about everyone’s summer plans. my brother is going to turkey and some greek islands. i have many friends going to the south of france in a couple weeks. (for work. pffft.)  anyone else doing something fun?

(instagram photo by laurakinsey)

hester street fair

last summer i became a huge fan of the hester street fair, which is held every saturday on the lower east side in manhattan. well, every saturday from mid-spring to mid-fall, that is, and when they closed up shop last october, it gave me mild anxiety. which is why i was so excited when i heard saturday was opening day. i contemplated going at 10 on the dot but waited until the more respectable hour of 2pm to stuff myself. and i ate enough calories to cover me for about 3 days…but it was totally worth it.

favorites? the korean bulgogi from we rub you. grilled, thin-sliced marinated beef with sesame apple slaw, plus shredded carrots and cilantro on a challah roll. i mean, come on! i could have eaten two. or six, but i wanted to save room for other things.

i scarfed a couple of pork tacos from brooklyn taco. enjoyed a to-die-for cup of salted caramel crack ice-cream from ample hills creamery. downed a mini mojito flavored cupcake from prohibition bakery and a little s’more from s’amore! (which i love – see this old post). the sugar was starting to hit and my friend betty jo and i were super full. she got coffee from the amazing cafe grumpy and we walked around some more, looking at prints and jewelry and old books… but thoughts quickly returned to food. should we get a lobster roll from luke’s? a ricotta cheesecake pie from pie corps, or maybe a popsicle from la newyorkina? i did buy the fruit & nut granola from spatzi’s and thought about buying some pickled cauliflower from sour puss pickles. but i was too full and suddenly my bag felt to heavy. i know what the solution is.  i will have to go back next week.

(the hester street fair runs saturdays 10-6 from april 28th – oct 27th. more info here)

beach day!

finally, a beach day! the weather out here has been a little less-than beach-y lately. yesterday was an exception. the waves were enough to attract surfers and paddle-boaters, too. we stocked up on sunscreen and snacks from Mary’s Marvelous! and parked it in the sand for the entire afternoon…. t’was nice!

have a look and a listen to the waves if you like:

by the end of our beach day, i was doing silly things like taking pictures through the holes in my hat and making a “beach still life”. but i love doing that! and there were lots of things on the beach to play with – washed up seaweed, some seedpods, pieces of wood and shell. i think this one is superior to a recent beach still life from Mexico – which was a flip flop, my visor, and a water bottle.

our lovely beach day was topped off by dinner at Duryea’s in Montauk. eating and watching the sun set is a real treat, no? and there is that orange water again…

photos by laurakinsey


weekend wrap-up

greetings to a new week!


(photo by laura kinsey)

did anyone get up to anything good over the weekend?  i left brooklyn last friday for points farther east, at least until this thursday. the weather has been crap, but you know what that means? naps. 90 minute coffee breaks in town. afternoon prosecco and brisk beach walks. even with all the rain, i had a great weekend here, here, and here.  hope you did, too!