farmer’s market finds.

i recently made a sunday trip to greenpoint, brooklyn, where i stumbled upon a small but mighty farmer’s market in mcgolrick park.

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amidst tall, tangly trees, i found some of my favorite healthy treats…

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…like this super sparkly, effervescent kombucha from a company called champagne tea. after sampling every invigorating flavor on offer, i opted for the crisp, spicy/sweet ginger variety.

i then moved on to horman’s best pickles, a stand with nearly 15 pickled products on offer. my purchases included containers of full sour pickles and lemony sauerkraut (not pictured), and a big ol’ bottle of the best bloody mary mix you ever did taste.

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 the instructions for the mix are simple: add vodka. this virgin mix doesn’t even require alcohol, though–the spicy drink has an intensely fresh kick that will wake you up all on its own. think of it as a sort of souped-up, pimped-out, all-around-elevated tomato juice.

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i’d say i’ve got my probiotics covered for a while…my digestive system thanks you, mcgolrick park farmer’s market.

brooklyn and pizza and everything nice

what’s better than a weeknight trip to dumbo, good new york pizza, and an east river ferry ride at dusk?

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trick question. nothing.

a few weeks back, my cousins and i planned to meet up for a monday night meal. with one of the boys visiting the city from the west, we knew we needed a noteworthy new york nosh for dinner. grimaldi’s it was.

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the original location of this new york institution is located under the brooklyn bridge, at front street. it’s there that pizza experts use a coal brick oven that heats up to 1,200 degrees to make their masterpiece: a smokey, crusty, cheesy dream. we decided to design two of our own pies: one with meatballs and ricotta cheese (pictured below) and another with onions, italian sausage, and sun dried tomatoes.

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we inhaled our slices from a perch on the second story of the classic italian joint. we overlooked the main floor, featured below, where red and white checkered tablecloths absorbed the drippings of quality olive oil that would inevitably dribble from diners’ antipasto plates, pizza pies, and calzones.

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when we finally felt full enough to stop picking at meatballs and grabbing at stray onions, my cousins got the remaining slices wrapped up–for breakfast the next morning, they said.

satisfied, we made our way out of the restaurant, where a line had formed out the door and down the block. word to the wise: even on a monday, get there no later than 6 p.m. to avoid a wait.

my cousins were heading back to the east side, and i to the west. so, we said our farewells and while they made their way to the f train, i wandered over to the east river ferry stop a mere 100 or so feet from the restaurant. i paid $4, hopped on the boat, and furiously snapped away amidst similarly excited tourists and dissimilarly uninterested new yorkers who were simply making their daily commute home from work.

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the ferry ride was over far faster than i would’ve liked, and soon i was back on the subway, zooming uptown towards home.

summer sunday style.

slipped into my sunday best for an afternoon adventure in greenpoint, brooklyn this weekend (and by sunday best i mean ripped jeans and sneakers, clearly).

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i paired my favorite eyelet tank (remember it from here?)…

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…with a black and white les halles flannel, ripped light-wash AG jeans, and olive leather ash sneakers.

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accessories included ray ban sunglasses (hard to see here, but i promise they’re sitting on top of my head) and my everyday wine-colored botkier satchel — see me and this very handbag featured here, on fashion website haute talk’s instagram account.

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what does your weekend wear look like?

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.