the weekend, Brooklyn edition

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Well, I finally made it up to Brooklyn! This felt like the longest short-weekend-trip ever, because we packed in so many sights and activities. I always hear that I would love Brooklyn, so it was high time for me to visit.

I left the office a little early and met Ashley at Union Station where we boarded our Bolt bus to NYC. (FYI, I so prefer the DC2NY bus, despite the name. Their buses seem newer, they give you water bottles, and the play movies. It’s the little things that get me.) When I arrived in New York, I said good-bye to Ash and took the train to the Upper East Side to meet up with Suj for a celebratory dinner at Maya. This was the real excuse for the trip; we were toasting our good friend who just graduated from Colombia business school (yeah!). The restaurant was great! I love Mexican food and DC is sadly lacking in that area. After dinner, we headed out to Brooklyn to stay with one of Suj’s friends. He has a great place on a really cute block in Cobble Hill.

We started our Saturday early with brunch in the city then spent the afternoon exploring Brooklyn. I will admit, I’ve never loved Manhattan. I get a little overwhelmed with the noise and the people, so Brooklyn was much more my speed. I liked browsing the shops and strolling through cute neighborhoods, and I got ice cream twice. We were all over the place; Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, then Fort Greene. Oh, and we saw Ice T. It was quite the day.

Our walking tour was really nice, but I was exhausted by late afternoon, so we regrouped before heading to dinner. We met up with friends at DBGB for our 10:15 reservation. Considering this is usually my bedtime (old, I know), I felt very swanky and European by our dinner plans. The food was worth the wait (the burger and the Thai links, all I’m saying) and the company was even better. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun at dinner.

On our last day in the city, we headed over to Williamsburg to do a little shopping at the flea market. We grabbed brunch at Nita Nita, where I had an excellent BLT that I will be attempting to recreate at home. After the market, we said good-bye to friends and started the journey back to DC. Whew, how did we manage to pack it all into one weekend?!

20120515-090524.jpg{salted caramel sundae from The General Greene}


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MG 0056{banh-mi style hotdog at the flea market (plus hipster)}


MG 0004{view from our Manhattan hotel room}

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