Posts Tagged ‘friendlies’

I should not be allowed to take pictures. Because then I look at them. All day. You know what I’m talking about. And I can’t post them, at least not yet. We’ll see. There’s too much going on here. AHHH. Yes, I am fourteen.

Okay, I’m glad I got that out of the way. Let’s talk about brunch.

Brunch is one of the greatest inventions in the world and a huge obsession in NYC. You could get yourself killed in a conversation about the best place to get brunch on a Sunday afternoon. Absolutely killed. I have my own favorite spots: Stanton Social for one if you’ve got a big group of people. Good Enough to Eat is another favorite on the UWS. There’s a lot of good stuff out there and I’ve got a running list of places I’d like to try (Clinton Street Baking Co., please).

So this Sunday after my very eventful evening involving Christmas trees at 4 a.m., I met up with some friendlies for brunch at Poco in Alphabet City. Oh, Alphabet City, how I miss you.

I was exhausted. And there were unlimited drinks. Not the best combination considering I was going on twoish hours of sleep. Yay, Amanda.

Anyway, we were there for two and a half hours. In that time I spilled two glasses all over the table/myself and broke a glass. I was confused, as were my friends. Who was this person? (I will state though that the glass must have been CHEAP because I barely clanged it against another glass and it just broke in half.) When brunch was over, one of my friends was like, “You’re going home, Amanda, you haven’t said a word in the last hour.” I was exhausted.

But before I fell asleep, I did have a lovely brunch. Cause what is better than going to brunch with a bunch of girlies?

Now can we just look at what everyone is eating, please? We’ve got the usual eggs bennie and we’ve also got some grilled chicken sandwich (yeah, what?). And there’s Amanda, in the back, bringing it home with the lobster mac and cheese.

Can I just say. Over the past couple weeks since it has become FREEZING in this glorious city, there is talk of truffled mac and cheese everywhere. Seriously. In one day alone, three people I follow on twitter talking about either making truffled mac and cheese or eating it. There were even pictures! So it was on the brain.

And it was fabulous. It may be my new favorite mac and cheese in the city. And yeah, don’t bring up S’MAC, that place is OVERrated.

So I had my delicious lobster mac, some mimosas (regular and raspberry) and then I went home and took a nap til 9p.m. Oopsies.

Here’s a riduculously awful/blurry picture of my mac and cheese, for those interested:

I figure the more I complain about how much I need a new camera, the more likely that a shiny new SLR will one day magically appear on my doorstep.

Also there were these yummie things too (another awesomely bad photograph):

For the life of all of us, we never actually figured out what they were and the web site isn’t giving me much clues either. They were like muffins and then one of the girls said it reminded her of carrot cake? I have no idea and the interwebs are failing me. They look really gorgeous in that bright flash, though, that’s for sure. We would split them so we’d feel better about ourselves and then two minutes later split another one again. So, whatevs. It’s Sunday brunch.

Alright, I’m going skating tonight so it’d better not rain or something silly. I tell you, the weather here, lately…

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I love my friends. These people are not allowed to leave the city, ever. I love walking into a room and laughing within the first five seconds. They are just so great! It had been a few weeks since I had seen these two lovely ladies, MK and MB and let’s just say we had lots to catch up on. :)

And this is also my new favorite bar. It’s called Lillie’s it’s on 17th street, and it’s the cutest.

I love high ceilings and I totally dig their style. They had some really cool Victorian paintings in the back and along the walls. A bunch of us met up here to see our friend Jackie who was back in town. We were all talking and all of a sudden she goes, “I smell french fries.” Haha. The girl next to us had them and they were quite distracting.

It was really hot inside though, so I asked for a glass of water and this is what the bartender came back with:

Have you ever seen a bigger jug of water? At a bar, no less? It was about the size of my head and it was fanf*cking tastic. Seriously, I cannot tell you how hot it was inside that bar.

Oh, I also want you to meet my friend Erin. She’s the coolest and she runs a really awesome NYC fashion blog with her friend Lani.

Check her out.

I’m feeling good. I love my friends, I love our love lives and I especially love living in NYC.

Hope everyone stays warm this weekend!

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I just want to say that I love my friends and I like hamburgers. So if you’ve got a hankering for one (a hamburger, not friend – although you could perhaps find one of those there too), I suggest you get yourself to Paul’s Burgers on 2nd avenue. They’ve got a million different burgers you can order (all super healthy, of course) and you get a giant bowl of pickle chips at your table, which gets automatic points from me.

It’s quite the spot; lots of kitsch, with checkered table cloths and road signs like “Trailer Trash Avenue” and the like. They also have TVs so you can watch your college football team get killed (ahem) or you can sit on one of the bar stools and watch the cooks in action. The burgers are deeelicious, as are their shakes. My little sister even got a shake there once when she visited me and she’s not a shake person by any means. It’s just good, people.

Ok, that is all. Eat a hamburger. And get ready for City Mitten: Detroit Edition, as I’m on my way to Thanksgiving weekend back home. :)

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Hey, hey, hey! It’s Friday!

This is Lisa. She’s my lunch buddy. Her office is all of a half a block away from mine, so on good days we sneak away and grab a bite together.

One of our fave spots is Chat N Chew. It’s kitschy, it’s cheap, it’s good and I wish I was going there for lunch today.

But it’s the weekend so have a good one, y’all.

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Last week, my friend Melody was baptized with The Journey Church. Me and a couple of girlies went to support her. First there was a concert and then all the people who were getting baptized went on stage and had the chance to introduce themselves if they wanted to. She totally gave us a shout out.

Congrats, girl! And here’s a picture of your support team. :)

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lunch time

I went to Curly’s Lunch on Sunday with a couple of my friends after the retreat. I just love this place. They have so many options and it’s all vegetarian! We got nachos with grilled veggies, stuffed eggplant and vegetarian chili. It was all good. This was actually only my second time there, which is odd considering how often I’m in the neighborhood (Union Square).


The place is tiny but we got there early enough to get a table. You can draw on the place mats and they use them for decoration. Some were really cute with ponies and sunshine and others were totally funky. Maybe I’ll draw one one day.

elizabeth what

Elizabeth couldn’t stop laughing when I was trying to take a picture of her in front. I asked her why she was laughing and she was like, “Cause I’m not a tourist!”

You know we all are a little bit sometimes. :)

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I spend way too much time in Long Island City for a girl who lives in Brooklyn and has to travel by way of Manhattan to get there. But two of my best friends in the city live there, so what’s a girl to do?


Yesterday we went to a barbeque on my friend P’s roofdeck. It’s a huge roofdeck, which is what you get when you live in a huge high-rise.  We had burgers and skewers and someone brought brownies that they ruined with nuts. We played some football and lost it over the edge and someone had to try to throw it up six floors back to us. Well, they failed and threw it into the parking lot below us but we were able to get it from there.

This really cool girl started playing football wish us and boy did she have an arm! I wish I could throw like that. Turns out she played Division 1 softball in college. Nice. Her and P were totally hitting it off so my other friends kept saying “ABC” and singing, “ABC, it’s easy as 123” and I was like, “Why are you guys singing that?” and apparently it’s sales talk: Always Be Closing. They were telling him to seal the deal and get her number. It was hilarious.

Anyway, it must have gone well between us because when we all went out later, P stayed behind and texted us asking where we were because “we” could come join us.

And for another glimpse of Long Island City, here’s my very good friend D in his very brand new apartment:


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Tonight my good friend Laura is staying with me as well as her (and my new) friend Grace. They are moving to New York in September and just found their very first apartment today! Congrats, guys! I’m so excited for them to move here. They’re awesome and I hear they make some good sushi. :)

Friends in my living room.

We’re going to get some good old-fashioned (and cheap!) diner food in the morning. Eggs or pancakes? Hmm…

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