Posts Tagged ‘Things I Like’

First things first. I am obsessed with this mirror. So if you go to the Brooklyn Flea next weekend and buy it, I will come after you, break in your window next to the fire escape, and be out in less than seven seconds. You’ve been warned.

Although, its’ not the exact size I want. I want it to be more of a rectangle, but this color is gorgeous to me so I feel like I should just buy it already. I mean, I wanted it months ago and it’s still waiting for me.

Anyway, let’s talk about some snackies, shall we? I freaking LOVE the Brooklyn Flea. LOVE IT.

We had some Red Hook Lobster Pound:

I had one of their mini lobster rolls at the BK Blogs event back in April, so I was more than willing to split an entire roll with my mom. For the record, I also had her try Luke’s over the weekend and her vote went to Red Hook. FYI.

Another lovely, lovely thing we tried was from The Good Batch. And oh my goodness.

Dutch stroopwafels, just like we had in Belgium and Amsterdam! I was so glad to be there with my mom, since we had the stroopwafels together in Europe. And then I saw the sign for the ice cream sandwich!

The. Best. Ice. Cream. Sandwich. I. Ever. Had.

There are no words. And I absolutely hate that phrase. Basically, you need to get yourself to the Brooklyn Flea, not buy my mirror and instead have snacks from Red Hook Lobster Pound and The Good Batch. Maybe a People’s Pop, too.

I also bought these fancy shoes from Guatemala:

They probably cost a $1.50 in Guatemala, but let’s be honest… am I going there any time soon? Probably not. Probably never! So I’ll pay a pretty penny more for some lovely shoesies. Now I just have to break them in so they stop giving me blisters!

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I love Johnny Weir.

That is all. Happy weekend!

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You’re never going to guess where this mini ice cream is from. Actually, you will, since the name of the restaurant is in the title of this blog post. Opps. But it was at the Oak Room at the Plaza. The Plaza. They serve ice cream cones. Hilarious.

Okay, remember yesterday when I voiced the need for feeling like you’re being taken care of when you’re at a nice restaurant? Well if you’re not sure what this is like, go to the Oak Room. You feel like a million bucks. The place just looks like a million bucks. Actually more. But I don’t want to think about numbers.

The Oak Room is so nice I almost didn’t blog about it. I certainly didn’t take five million pictures like I do normally. There’s just too much class. And my cousin was embarrassed. Haha. There was a girl there wearing a suit that looked like it came from the closet of Hilary Clinton. And she was probably younger than sixteen. That’s just the Upper East Side, y’all!

Anyway, the Oak Room and Bar is somewhere worth going to. I had such a great time. Lobster and corn bisque and hanger steak. A million bucks. I’m just going to keep saying that.

The only thing I wasn’t too impressed with was the Oak Bar:

It’s chocolate-praline mousse and brown butter ice cream, but it sure didn’t taste like it. It tasted like a frickin Butterfinger. Yep. My cousin thought it was amazing. I had one bite. So that’s that.

Here’s a picture of my cousin telling me to “Stop it” with the pictures (seriously):

And those were the only pictures I took. Ha.

We walked down a hallway for a bit and saw this ginormous room with nobody in it:

Even in the basement, huge areas were blocked off. How much would I love to explore the Plaza? It has so much history! I just learned that it was originally opened as a bar for men only. Which means white men, at that. What an interesting world we live in.

And now here is my favorite part of the evening. So I had just enjoyed a fabulous meal and fabulous wine with my fabulous cousin. When we came out of the the restaurant, it was lightly snowing. When I came out of the subway stop near my apartment it was still lightly snowing. And gorgeous. So I had the hugest smile on my face because I just love everything and then I get up to my apartment entryway and what do I see? An action figure sitting on one of the posts, covered in snow:

Just like that. It was so great. In the morning, he was gone, but when I came back from work the next day, he was there again! I wonder where he is now.

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Image: Mario Tama/Getty

I’m in love. This is a chandelier from Tavern on the Green, that either went on auction yesterday or is going to be auctioned off today, as the Tavern has closed. Geeze, I cannot imagine being at this auction and the type of people who will be there. It would be quite an experience, I’m sure.

I actually never dined at the Tavern. It always sounded so cliche, something tourists do or city people on their anniversaries, but after seeing this picture I kind of wish that I had checked it out. I did try to go there for Halloween though and we all know that was a debacle but I guess I did try!

But the point is, this is the chandelier, people. I already told everyone on Twitter, but I’m going to tell everyone on City Mitten, too. If you’re at the auction today, and you buy it for me, you will have my undying affection until the end of time.

That is all for today. Oh, and if you haven’t seen Julie & Julia yet, you should. Meryl Streep is fantastic.

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You know what I love, right? Hot chocolate! My friend Andrea knows cause recently she sent me a box filled with all kinds of hot chocolate mixes. Look at this most beautiful thing I made a few nights ago, with some of the hot choc she sent me and my chocolate liqueur I got in Belgium. Those little dark chocolate pieces on the top? I got those in Belgium, too. I had been waiting forever to use them and when I remembered I had whipped cream in my fridge, it was so on.

The whipped cream got really melty before I was able to try it. Mmm…

And yes, that is an “A” for Amanda on that mug. I love this mug. I bought it years ago at Anthropologie when I was with my friend Eugene, who got an “E” one for himself. I think of it every time I use it.

So good!

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Hello. That’s me. And my house in Michigan. My little sister is totally crazy and fun and wears weird things so I bought this awesome hat for her in New York and now she’s refusing to wear it. Everybody was shocked. Even her best friend thought it was weird, cause the hat is obviously awesome. I wore it into Target and everyone stared at me and it was great. I love this hat. I also love these boots which are, guess what, Hunter boots! I got them for Christmas and was so excited! I can’t wait for a rainy day in New York because I plan to wear them all the time.

By the way, the hat is so cool, even my friend Eugene wore it when we were picking out movies at Blockbuster:

So there’s that.

In other news, it’s the last day of 2009 and I am back in New York City. Thank goodness. My girl Abby is here and we have some major plans so everyone have a Happy New Year and be safe! See you in 2010! :)

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I love Christmas in the city. I love when Christmas trees cover the sidewalks and people carry them home after work. I love that you can buy one at 4 in the morning if you want to. Yep, I took this picture at 4 a.m. Sunday. :)

One year I’ll actually buy one for my apartment, but for now I think they’re just great to look at and I love the way they smell. It’s just one more thing that makes me smile when I’m walking around the city in December.

Now all I need is a little snow. Could you do some of that for me, please, New York?

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This past Sunday I woke up in the wee hours of the morning to meet up with my friend Laura Leebove and company in line for the Bust Craftacular. She went last year and showed me all the cool stuff she bought, so this year, I just had to see it for myself.

When I found her in line, it was already reaching around the corner and later it made its way around the entire block.

The line was worth it. Two dollars and a free goodie bag (for the first 500 people) later, we were inside and there was SO MUCH TO LOOK AT! I did not know where to begin. Vendors everywhere. Jewelry, purses, clothing, chocolates, cookies, toys, stuffed animals, handmade cards…

We made our way around the maze and I ended up with one thing for one of my sisters. I obviously can’t tell you what it is. There were a million things I could have bought for myself, but that wasn’t the point of going there now, was it?

I’ve realized I really like handmade cards. They are so adorable. And they’re about the same price as the mass-produced ones you find at Kate’s Paperie so why didn’t I buy some? You tell me.

Here’s a table of some interesting stuffed animals:

And a t-shirt display I was pretty fond of:

And now for the killer. There was one particular booth that really stuck out at me. You know I really like creatures. I especially like penguins. So here was this table with ceramic mugs and ceramic necklaces with different creatures on them. And the creatures were just so CUTE! I seriously wanted to cry about it, they looked so sad and lonely on the mugs and necklaces and I wanted to be their friend.

This necklace I wanted especially:

A penguin in front of the Brooklyn Bridge! This is even better than my amazing photo of the ice cream in front of the Brooklyn Bridge! This necklace is City Mitten!

Why didn’t I buy this? I don’t wear necklaces that much but that penguin should have been mine. The woman who made them was really nice, maybe she can make a pendant for me and make it into a bracelet. I would love love that. For now I can only hope that Mr. Penguin here found a home at the Bust Craftacular. And, you should check out the 3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair this coming Sunday, cause SKT Ceramics is gonna be there.

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I’m not going to lie, this is my new favorite picture. My life in one frame, haha. The Brooklyn Bridge and ice cream. Yes, please.

Yesterday I finally, finally was able to check out the New Amsterdam Market, a monthly market in the South Street Seaport where the Fulton Fish Market used to be. It’s butchers and bakers, farms and wineries, cheese and chocolate – all kinds of things – all local or locally sourced. And it’s amazing. Aaaamazing. And there’s lots of samples for you to try.

You’ll never guess what kind of flavor that ice cream is. It’s sweet potato pecan. I was a little apprehensive at first, but once I tried it, I was sold, sold, sold. It was from The Bent Spoon, an ice cream shop from Princeton, New Jersey. It had honey-candied chocolate pecans in it. Hello. I might have to buy myself a pint of whatever flavors they bring to the next market.

Before I tried the ice cream, I got myself a small lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster, which I have been hearing soo many wonderful things about. At their booth, they had a little chalkboard that told you exactly where today’s catch was from (in Maine, by the way). Luke’s had the longest line, well-deserved. I only got the “snack” portion of the lobster roll, but it probably wouldn’t have killed me to get a whole one, $14 or not.

This lobster roll is hands-down the best thing I’ve had in a month (okay, maybe besides Gotham Bar & Grill). They have a place on E. 7th street that I am going to visit immediately.

And here’s some other things you’d find at the New Amsterdam Market:





The next Market is Dec. 20th and you can bet your booty I’m gonna be there.

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My goodness. Gothamist just clued me in on the cutest little blog. Sophie Blackall draws up different posts from the “Missed Connections” section in New York’s Craigslist. She posts her illustrations with the original text from the “Missed Connections” post and I find them intriguing.  If you’ve never perused that section, it’s very interesting: people describe a moment when they caught a glance at someone, maybe shared a smile. Then, since he or she was too shy, they go home and write about it on the internet. Ha. I wonder if anyone ever finds their connections.

It could be you!

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