Saturday, May 31, 2014

Smooch // Brooklyn

When it's 26°C in early May and your favorite pair of shorts are being worn the first time this summer, and the sky is deep blue, the wind is blowing in a mild breeze, then it's time for a nice breakfast outdoors. 

I had previously been to Smooch to buy ice lattes, and always peered nosily over at the plates of those people who had ordered one of the sandwhiches on the menu. So, on that early summer day in May, I decided to give the Smooch-sandwhiches a try. I chose the tomato, egg and avocado sandwich on toasted ciabatta. 

It came with a lot of olive oil, yum! As always, my main complaint is the portion size. One of the two slices would have been perfectly enough and that way, I would have even had room left for something sweet.

Smooch is totally a neighborhood-hang out, especially for hipsters and their kids. The it-accessory is a newborn and a toddler sibbling with a scooter, and of course one of the parents only speaks Swedish/French/Spanish/Turkish/Hebrew with the kid. Might sound off-putting, but I really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and the meeting-point vibe it had. Plus, it's a perfect spot for people watching!

I then walked off the meal in Williamsburg, admiring different kinds of street art: the good old graffiti, the art of stenciling and the art of dripping - the latter being the one that impressed me the most.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Russ & Daughters // Lower East Side

Feminism rules! Russ & Daughters rocks in a world in which most businesses that celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2014 would probably be called '... & sons'!

It is an incredibly charming store that has been famous for its smoked fish since 1914! So, obviously, the best thing to get there is a bagel with schmear and lox. For some strange reason, I was not really too keen on lox when I was there, and, 5 seconds before ordering it anyway, I had the flash of genius to ask them whether they also sold warm smoked salmon and whether they could put that on my bagel! And yes, indeed, that was an option. The most delicous one, dare I say! 

The award for cutest and most timeless wrapping paper goes to.... Russ & Daughters! Wonder if they sell it by the yard?!? (Note for my imaginary to do list: don't be too shy to ask next time you go there...)

With my months in NYC coming to an end, this is definitely one of those places that I want to go back to before I leave the city for good. And it helps that il laboratorio del gelato is just a couple of minutes down the road, they really do have the best ice cream in New York, the scoops are European sizes (as in: small compared to the American sizes, but I like them a lot better that way) and if it's your lucky day, they even have cassis ice cream!!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oh the places we'll go! Storm King (and DIA:Beacon)

This, dear sister, is the place you'll go after a breakfast at Stone Barn Farm in June!
Storm King Art Center is an absolutely gorgeous outdoor museum with sculptures and landscape art by artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Maya Lin and Richard Serra.

The park is huge, but even if you arrive as late as we did (one hour before closing), you should still go in, because more time to stroll around would be better, but within one hour, you already get to see a lot. It is also possible to rent bikes, but walking around is equally nice. Another thing I really really liked was that if you go there with a zipcar, you get two tickets for the price of one! Awesome! Hach, I will miss my little zipcar back in Berlin!

Now, before we went to Storm King, we visited DIA:Beacon, which is about a 40 minute drive away from Storm King.

You are not allowed to take photos at DIA:Beacon but at least it didn't seem to be illegal to take photos of the cherry tree garden. We timed our visit perfectly right and the trees were in full bloom. Dare I admit that the cherry trees were the nicest thing about DIA:Beacon? Well, let's put it this way: there are so many German artists on display (such as Blinky Palermo), that it's kind of boring if you're from Germany. The building however, an old factory, is absolutely stunning. That said, if you only have little time, I would always advise you to go to Storm King over DIA:Beacon.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Fort Greene Farmer's Market Brooklyn

As I write, I munch on the most delicious strawberry crumble cake with a hint of cinnamon which I discovered weeks ago at Fort Greene farmer's market in Brooklyn. 

As a matter of fact, I liked it so much, that I went back there this weekend to get another slice. Only foodies drive around half the city in determination to get another helping of a dish, right? (And of course it helps that Brooklyn Flea market is just a short stroll away...)

Fort Greene is one of the nicest farmer's markets in New York taking place every Saturday. I suggest you stop by the close by Smooch, get an ice latte, then, walk over the farmer's market to buy a decent picknick and then head to Fort Greene Park for a breakfast-picknick!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Absolute Bagels

With a true bagel lover and connoisseur (or connoisseuse?) on visit, I just had to go to Absolute Bagels, supposedly the best Bagel shop you will find in New York and just a couple of blogs from my place. 

It's a great place for breakfast but it is crowded all day, every day.
It's very simple, incredibly old school, but I love it even more because of that. I usually get the breakfast bagel, packed with an egg (that oddly looks like a sponge), bacon and Scheiblettenkäse, heartburn is complimentary. I couldn't have that for breakfast every morning, but once in a while, it is the best breakfast imaginable!

I usually like my bagles plain and simple, such as with good old schmear, but I am sure that some of their flavored schmears, though weird-looking, also taste great! 

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