Recap: Overnight in NYC

Happy spring 🙂

I just got back from a whirlwind overnight trip to NYC (Saturday morning bus to Sunday evening bus). It was a really great trip. We had amazing walking-around weather, we kept our energy up by eating small normal-sized, frequent meals, and we tried to have a variety of experiences while not driving ourselves crazy trying to “do everything.” Here’s a recap of my favorite things we did:

Food
Butcher’s Daughter – This was our little afternoon snack break heaven. Organic, raw, fresh…this place offered all the healthy and delicious food adjectives. We got incredible fancy juice blends and an egg sandwich with their signature vegan cashew cheese. I immediately started wondering if I could recreate it.

The Butcher's Daughter - yummy sandwich

The Butcher’s Daughter – yummy sandwich

Brooklyn Bagels – Touted as best bagels (given the quality of bagels in the city I’m sure its a close call to call these best, but we felt it was deserved). We got a lox bagel sandwich with dill cream cheese and an everything bagel with cream cheese to split. The bagels were huge, fluffy, crispy, and all that we were hoping for.

Brooklyn Bagels - BAGELS

Brooklyn Bagels – BAGELS

Dirt Candy – A vegetarian restaurant! One that treats vegetables with TLC! We had to try. Super tiny and popular, we dined like pros and snuck into the restaurant before the reservations trickled in (tip: show up at 5:30 or a little earlier). We loved each dish, especially the mushroom one which had mushroom pate and roasted portobellos, and the jalapeno hush puppies with maple butter. So glad I’m not vegan just for that butter. Man. Delicious. Not to mention it felt like I was being pampered the whole time.

Dirt Candy - our meal

Dirt Candy – our meal

Sights
Artists & Fleas – we stumbled across this walking in Williamsburg, but loved the vintage clothes and beautiful jewelry. The people watching was great, too (NYC really is full of beautiful people).

The High Line – more heaven. I thought I knew what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of sunshine, benches, and happy people. Super relaxing up there, and a good way to go from Chelsea to midtown with a view (tip: stop off at Chelsea Market for a snack).

Arlington Darling | Brooklyn Roasting Company

Brooklyn Roasting Company – decaf mocha

Brooklyn Bridge – this is an iconic tourist attraction, so it was crowded, but totally worth it for the views and as a way to experience the great neighborhoods on either side. Stop by Brooklyn Roasting Company for a coffee (this coffee neophyte ordered a decaf mocha which I thoroughly enjoyed and was also approved by N, coffee expert) before your walk over from Brooklyn.

We did so much more, but I could write for days! Message me for more trip deets if you’re interested. I’ll give you the inside scoop :).

Arlington Darling | Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Oh, and if anyone out there has advice for how to approach a stranger who is out walking his cat in Williamsburg and you want to pet it, let us know. We were a little baffled by that one.

Loving: Lily Allen L8 CMMR

Happy Monday! I am struggling through this day. The warm temps this weekend have my brain fooled into thinking it is vacation time, and each task in a ever-increasingly-busy work schedule is just getting harder and harder!

However, I remembered (just in time) that good jams will get me through. Today’s jam that I am loving: Lily Allen’s track “L8 CMMR” which was recently featured on an episode of GIRLS.

Lily Allen – L8 CMMR – Girls Soundtrack Vol. 2

It makes me want to buy a fabulous new spring dress (a la Hannah this season) and bounce around my office. Until I can do so, the beat is adding some much-needed productivity to my day. Enjoy 🙂

October Recap – Pottery, Happy Hours, and Music

Hey there! It’s a Sunday night here in Arlington, which is the perfect time to reflect on this weekend and the past few weeks. It’s been a whirlwind. Here we goooo!

  • Last week, M and I painted pottery at All Fired Up in Cleveland Park. My handiwork is shown below. If you haven’t been to All Fired Up, check it out! For some reason I’m always inspired to go in the fall. The studio is cozy, never too crowded, and they let you BYOB any night of the week and just hang out.

Arlington Darling | my pottery teardrop bowl

  • When we went to pick up the pottery the following week, oh but what a coincidence…Pulpo was having its half-price wine night a few doors down! Not only is this an amazing deal that lasts all night, but their regular happy hour isn’t a bad deal either. The small plates are, well, small, but delicious – and the bartender on shift on Wednesdays is a total sweetheart (case in point: he poured M an extra half a glass of beer because he noticed that I still had wine left and thought M should have something to drink while he waited for “the lil’ lady” to finish. Cuteness).
  • The next night, I tried Duke’s Grocery with N. They have a small and adorable converted rowhouse in Dupont with craft beers and craft sandwiches described on chalkboard menus. N got the bahn mi and reported that it was delicious, and I got the snapper tacos which were perfectly proportioned and perfectly cooked. Mostly, I enjoyed the casual vibe (they didn’t bat an eye that we were loaded down with bags and I had obviously just come from running). They have lunch, too – but no takeout apparently.
  • Thennn (tired, yet?) the next night I enjoyed happy hour with an old friend from college at an old standby, Ping Pong Dim Sum. Ya’ll know all about this place since I’ve written about it before, but the new twist which I had to share is that they’ve updated their specialty cocktail menu to include a chocolate & tobacco old fashioned (picture below) and a honeysuckle margarita. Yum.Arlington Darling | chocolate and tobacco old-fashioned

Okay, I know I’m throwing a lot at you, so hang in there, it’ll be worth it I promise – and I’m almost done!

  • The next adventure was breakfast at Buffalo & Bergen in Union Market. Although this place promises amazing drinks, I’ve only ever had the bagels. I’m extremely passionate about good bagels (coughbornandraisedinNewJerseyobvicough) and these are just OK, but they really hit the spot when you’ve just biked a few miles and are hungry in the morning and need fuel to tackle the rest of the market. I like their everything bagel with cream cheese – classic. And next time I vow to sample B&B’s knishes and report back.
  • And last but not least, M and I caught a show at Hill Country BBQ on Saturday night. The 19th Street Band was playing, and we had a blast watching them! They did mostly country music covers, but the singing and instrument-playing was top notch. The place was packed! Plus, it was free. Definitely going to visit Hill Country for music again soon.

Whew :). Hope you enjoyed the recap and will forgive me for my prolonged absence. More to come soon on bunny rabbits, lavender farms, cooking, and brewing beer in the country – in other words, fall adventures continue!

Jazz in the Garden

It’s the official start of DC summer! Memorial Day Weekend and Jazz in the Garden :).

Except…it’s sort of cold. Brrr. I will probably go to Jazz in the Garden anyway as long as the ground doesn’t seem too wet. I’m dedicated and/or a little fanatical. Hopefully it starts to clear up/warm up a little bit!

If you need deets on Jazz in the Garden (or JING, as we fondly call it), visit NGA.gov.

Have a great holiday weekend!