Weekend Recap: Brooklyn Bound

by agirlandhermutt on April 6, 2015

Life has been a little hectic lately. I needed a break from Boston for a few days so we headed down to NYC for a little rest and relaxation. Ha. NYC for relaxation. How about them apples?!

I used to take a bus from Boston to NYC, but it was time consuming and I hated being stuck on a specific schedule. Plus, the bus always smelled funky (chinese food and urine). For the last few visits we have just driven, parked in a garage and stayed in Brooklyn. So much easier!

On the way down I wanted to start to work on my 35 While 35 list. Specifically, #27 and #30. We took a pit stop to the Two Roads Brewing Co in Stratford, CT.

I’ve tried several of their beers at various beer fests, but wasn’t expecting such a big brewery or for it to be as crowded as it was. I got the sampler so I could try a few new-to-me brews. The two worth noting are definitely the Road 2 Ruin (Double IPA) and Rye 95 (Belgian Tripel).

By the time we got into Brooklyn it was about 6:30pm. We quickly checked into our hotel and cabbed it over to middle-of-nowhere-Bushwick to pay a visit to Arrogant Swine, a Carolina whole hog bbq joint.

Pitmaster Tyson Ho had written several articles on Serious Eats about his experience of moving from the financial industry to opening a a BBQ restaurant in Brooklyn. The articles were really interesting and made you want to visit his space even more.

When we got there on Friday night it was busy, but not crowded. We were able to easily grab a spot at the bar and order almost everything on the menu.

East Carolina Whole Hog w/ cornbread and apple mustard slaw
-Western North Carolina Outside Brown Shoulder w/ cornbread and red vinegar lexington slaw
-Kenny G’s Mac & Cheese (a waffle made out of mac & cheese!!!)

I can’t lie. The best at this bbq spot is the mac & cheese waffle. Seriously out of this world! Amazing!

Bathroom graffitti

And what is even cooler, we got to rave about the food to Tyson Ho in person. He stopped by our section of the bar and we chatted him up for a good solid hour. He told us little tidbits about how the bar was made (burning wood with a flamethrower) and that the mac & cheese is his best seller. A tidbit he wasn’t too pleased with since it is a bbq place. Chatting with someone who is passionate about their work and the product they produce is always entertaining.

For dessert we headed over to the famous Junior’s for some cheesecake. However, I didn’t take a picture so those calories don’t count. Isn’t that how it works?!

The next day we were up bright and early to meet up with some friends for brunch at Chez MOi. The menu said they had a “Grits of the Day” dish. Yes, please.

Creamy grits, shaved and fried artichokes and a poached egg. Delish. I have never had eggs on top of grits, but I most certainly will in the future. Question though…how do I even shave an artichoke?!

I really enjoyed Chez MOi except for one tiny thing. Am I the only one totally grossed out by this?!

I desperately wanted to take a nap (and wash my hands with soap) after brunch but we had plans to meet up with my friend, Meg, in Manhattan. She had told me tales of a Bauble Bar jewelry sample sale happening and I was determined to make it there. It’s like she knows what makes me happy deep down in my soul.

First, a stop at Eataly, a huge space filled with gourmet Italian ingredients and a few restaurants. They always have the best looking produce section!

It was a gorgeous day in NYC so we grabbed a beer at the rooftop restaurant, Birreria.

It was sunny and warm on the rooftop. Actually, really warm. I was sweating in spots you shouldn’t in a matter of minutes up there. Fortunately, my friends put up with my sweatiness.

My skin was frying with so much sun. I felt like a chicken breast just baking in the oven. The whiteness of my skin is ridiculous. I feel like a vampire. Need.more.sun!

After the beer and a sweat, we headed over to the Bauble Bar sample sale.

Statement necklaces as far as the eye could see.

I came home with some good deals and all kinds of things I don’t really need!

Sorry for the funky lighting. You get the idea.

Meg is the same person who introduced me to J.Crew Factory. She is gunning for every penny in my wallet! 😉 I haven’t seen Meg since my bachelorette party back in October, but keep up with her NYC shenanigans through Facebook. It was good to see her in the flesh and give her a sweaty hug.

We said our good-byes to Meg and headed up to Central Park. My husband has never been to the park and I was feeling second-hand embarrassment for that fact.

Central Park never disappoints me. There are always interesting characters which means people watching galore. I’ve also taken my fair share of naps on a big rock in the middle of the park. This was back when I was stupid and didn’t really think about people robbing me.

We saw a few popular spots in the park and enjoyed the sun as it started to set.

We even took part in an actual wedding. Well, a wedding and a photo shoot. I’m sure these people will love seeing our big heads in the background of their photos.

That night we went to a “going away” party for some good friends of ours. They are moving to California and this weekend was their last one in the city. The night ended with a mustache bathroom mirror and a shot with pop rocks. Totally adult.

My last outing for the fuzzy vest this season.

Proof of what time we got home on Sunday morning. Ugh. This lady has a hard with anything after 11p.

Despite a late night, I was up bright and early on Sunday to get to church for Easter mass. Two thumbs up for staying up late, but not really drinking much.

The church in Brooklyn was quite lovely. It was right next to our hotel so I was able to really look around and check out all the lovely details.

The altar was practically glowing and it was perfect for an Easter service.

While folks were with their families dining on Easter ham, we hit up Smorgasburg in Williamsburg for some serious noshing. We met up with our friends again and went to town eating. Did you ask about Weight Watchers points?! There were no such things as points on Sunday!

Scotch Egg from The Imperial Egg

Cheese Curds with Truffle sauce and Pesto Sauce from Curd’s The Word

Teriyaki Balls from Mimi & Coco

Ice Cream Sandwich from The Good Batch

Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches

This was our 3rd or 4th trip to Smorgasburg and probably the best one yet. If you ever get a chance to hit up Smorgasburg, you just have to. Bring friends to split meals with. Bring cash. Go hungry.

Thanks for having us for the weekend, Brooklyn. Although there wasn’t much relaxing, we had an excellent time.

FYI: Steps walked on Saturday 22, 000. Sunday 13,000. My feet and shins were on fire.

See ya later this week!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen @nutcaseinpoint April 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Food, beer and jewelry?!! We would have been great friends if I was still living in Boston 🙂


heather April 12, 2015 at 6:17 pm

I just found your blog!! love it! ready for the bikini series?!


Jessica April 16, 2015 at 11:25 am

Hi! Just came across your blog and really enjoyed reading it!

I’m in CT and my boyfriend has a pizza truck that we’ve brought to Two Roads a few times. It’s such a cool place. And yes, definitely way bigger than you’d expect.

Your weekend looks amazing! I need to get to smorgasborg. asap!!


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