Weekend Recaps

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!


Still getting back into it…

by agirlandhermutt on March 23, 2015

Hi folks! Just a quick drop-in to say hello! This is a nice little brain dump of what has been going on in my life.

Last week was a little bit of a hot mess. I started off the week with my debit card number being stolen online and charges for Overstock.com that added up to about $6k. Fortunately, my bank knows that I’m not in the market for a remodel of my living room and was able to quickly cancel the charges. There is a special place in hell reserved for people who mess with other folk’s money.

Do you know the best way to go on a no-buy challenge? Have your debit card cancelled unexpectedly. 😉

I somehow managed to mess up the start times for a fitness class that I love not once, but twice. I made the most of it though and discovered a class called Kettle & Core.

I decided to take it easy since it was my first time using weights since my surgery. Poor decision. My instructor decided to call me out on how I needed heavier weights. Normally I would be embarrassed but instead I was smug and pointed to my incision mark. Um recovering from surgery over here! Hey. At least I was there!

I did discover that my neck does NOT like crunches. Funny, my abs don’t either. 😉 It is just way too much constant pressure on my incision. It feels like any minute my neck is going to come unraveled like Raggedy Anne and my head is going to roll off. Maybe a better analogy would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas?!

My husband was traveling last week so I got to do a little lazy girl cooking in the kitchen. I try to keep things normal when I’m cooking for the both of us, although he will eat ANYTHING I make, and try new/lazy things when I’m cooking for just myself.

This time I decided to go the tortilla pizza route. Just a tortilla, sauce, pepperoni, a little cheese and a crap ton of arugula with balsamic drizzled on top. It was weird and delicious all at the same time. Plus, for those of you that remember I’m on Weight Watchers now, it was just 5 points for the whole sucker! I managed to slam 2 down.

While I was being lazy in the kitchen, Korky was busy getting into anything and everything. He just gets super antsy when one of us isn’t around as much as he would like. To calm himself he likes to knock over the kitchen trash, pull out my chapsticks from my purse (that I have no idea how he grabs off the bed!) and “knocks” on the front door to go out every 10 minutes. I bribed him the whole week to behave through treat after treat after treat after treat.

I’m so cute and I have something on my lip that I probably found in the bathroom trash. That I ate about 3 times.

Oh, and yes. He IS looking a little homeless puppy right now. He gets groomed tomorrow and I think the whole house is ready to be a little less hairy.

On Thursday I met with my book club and proceeded to eat all the rest of my 49 weekly points in one sitting. Seriously. One piece of bread was 6 points. Don’t get me wrong. It was totally worth the splurge.

Mustard Chicken at Not Your Average Joe’s. Ugggghhh. So good.

We also discussed the book. Like for REAL discussed the book. This month’s book was Elizabeth Gilbert’s The Signature of All Things. Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love, which I loathe, so I wasn’t surprised to find that I didn’t really care for the main character in this book either. I liked the book for the most part, but I found a lot of the text to be just filler and totally unnecessary. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? Or did I totally lose you when I said Eat, Pray, Love totally stunk?

In weather news, it is still cold as crap and it snowed on Saturday.

Isn’t it so pretty?!

Saturday was the Beer Advocate Extreme Beer Fest. We dragged our feet a little on getting tickets and decided to volunteer instead. I’m so glad we did! We had a good time doing something different from our normal weekend schedule and we got to try some really interesting beers. Jalapeno Apricot? Yes!

Sunday was a day of rest. I slept in ridiculously late, went grocery shopping and wondered around Target for about two hours. It was just lovely!

This week promises to be pretty busy and I’m ready to get going!

See ya soon!


Week of Workouts: 10/13- 10/19

October 20, 2014

Hello, hello, hello! I had one of those weeks where I thought Tuesday was Wednesday, Wednesday was Thursday, etc. By the time Friday rolled around, I was pooped and ready for the weekend. Despite my lack of knowing what day it was, I had a pretty great workout week! I finally felt back in the […]

Continue Reading…