w is for weekend.

there is something about saturday mornings that makes the day’s possibilities feel limitless and free. here is a recap of my own saturday from a few weekends back. these were my favorite moments after what had been a long and trying week.

i started the day with a long walk in central park. i tracked my route and finished after about 7.5 miles, with my legs feeling like jell-o (in the best way possible, obviously).

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i later headed to williamsburg, brooklyn, where a friend and i checked out the kara walker exhibit in the old domino sugar factory. the massive warehouse smelled strongly of sweet brown sugar and evoked childhood memories of chocolate chip cookie baking.

the main attraction of the exhibit–entitled a subtlety–is the 75-foot long, 35-foot tall sphinx-like sculpture that serves as a complex symbol of the sugar trade and the brutal slavery that accompanied it. unfortunately this photograph does nothing to demonstrate her sheer size, but you can trust my word that the structure dwarfed onlookers.

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other parts of the exhibit included sugar boys, sculptures holding bowls filled with crystallized brown sugar that gleamed like gems inside the dark building. sugary syrup gathered in puddles on the floors, too (below).

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after enduring the subway trek and the line outside the exhibit (mind you, both took less than 30 minutes…), we decided it was time to reward ourselves.

first we sat…

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…and then we sangria-ed.

the drink (from the meatball shop) lacked fruit, which was disappointing, but its white peach flavor were undeniably on point. when the waiter misunderstood our request to share another glass and brought us another carafe instead, we thought it would be rude to correct him. so, we accepted. it was the only polite thing to do.

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sunday was full of family time and home cooking. i used this recipe for a bit of a “healthified” comfort meal: loaded baked sweet potatoes.

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the loaded sweet potatoes were stuffed chock full of sautéed bell peppers and onions and black beans and then topped with shredded cheddar, parsley (subbed for cilantro), avocado, and salsa and greek yogurt (subbed for sour cream) on the side. the oozing boat-like spud was accompanied by a side salad to balance out all its mighty flavors: just a simple mix of romaine lettuce mixed with shredded kale, olives, tomatoes and an olive oil/red wine vinegar/dijon mustard vinaigrette.

sunday night done right.


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