friday favorites…

happy friday! i’m really craving a nice long brunch this weekend. i’ll take an old favorite or somewhere new. we’re talking about an indulgent brunch here, one that starts with a cappuccino, moves on to a few bloody marys, and involves something sweet. and lasts for so long that it just makes sense to have a pizza afterwards. what are you going to do to celebrate your weekend?

enjoy these little dribs and drabs….

these will put you in an italian state of mind, and you only have to go to the west village…

or learn to make your own ice cream here in brooklyn…

i need to get this cheese grater

i tried this last weekend… on sourdough bread with sliced grape tomatoes and truffled sea salt. it was good. it was sooo good…

if you love the summer-camp-for-adults vibe of ruschmeyer’s, you’ll love it here

speaking of hotels, there’s a king & grove hotel in my neighborhood. and it has a pool

speaking of pools, how does swimming near the brooklyn bridge sound?

or maybe you’d like to swim under it. looks fun, right?

this video teasing mixologists is cracking me up. i’ll take a moist yoga mat, please…

have a great weekend.

(image credit)

cheese, please

across the pond raw cows milk cheese from lucy’s whey

i hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. we had great weather here in nyc… the kind where it’s a shame to be indoors for even one minute.

being a total cheese nerd, of course i had to go to the cheese market and dairy bar at the new amsterdam market on sunday. i love this market – it’s steps from where the famed fulton fish market was held for years before moving to the bronx, it’s in lower manhattan, which is steeped in the (to me) fascinating history of the first dutch settlement in what we now call manhattan, starting around 1609, and it’s right on the water, with the brooklyn and manhattan bridges posing nicely in the background. it’s also held directly under an overpass of the fdr freeway, making it a wonderfully loud and uniquely nyc-style experience.

in addition to buying as many goodies as i could carry – including some amazing sullivan street bakery bread with tomatoes baked right in –  i also had a milk tasting. it was kind of like having a flight of wine… but instead you sample milk from different breeds of cows. how great is that? see more photos from the afternoon below…

(all photos by laurakinsey)

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.

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!