Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I'd been eyeing Smorgasburg, the Brooklyn Flea Food Market, for months. It's hands down one of my favorite things we've done in the city. Let's be honest, all that good food in one place is destined to speak to my heifer heart. Almost 100 News York City food vendors gather on the Williamsburg waterfront on Saturdays and in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sundays to showcase their goods. They are opened every weekend. Rain or shine. 

This company + this view = a successful Saturday in our books.

Dough. Enough said. Those doughnuts were fluffy and flavorful. This had to be one of the longest lines we waited in all day. The hibiscus doughnut was worth the wait. 

We tried Vermont Maple Lemonade, Mighty Quinn's, and Brooklyn Piggies. All were delicious and left us wanting more. 

And don't forget BeeHive Oven's biscuits and The Good Bakery's ice cream sandwiches. That's an embarrassing amount of food. Like whoa.

We took the East River Ferry back to Manhattan. My oh my, that skyline gets me every time.

Scott and I ran some errands later that day, got the famous reflexology foot massages in Chinatown, and had dinner in West Village with friends. Love this place, love these people, loved this day. Summer, please stay. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Andrews Visit the City

Our dear friends, the Andrews, came to the city for a week. Thanks to weddings and work training we've been able to see them a lot in the last year, which is such a treat. They are lifelong friends to us. Scott and Dave met freshman year at BYU and were roommates after their missions. Karly and I were neighbors our sophomore year and became fast friends. Little did we know, we would be dating these best friends just a few years later. Needless to say, we were thrilled when we learned D+K were headed east for a bit. When Scott and I weren't working we were partying with this pair. 
Karly and I met up for brunch at Good Enough To Eat for some yummy home cookin' on the Upper West Side. I love that white picket fence in front. Such a contrast on a busy city street. 

Another day, Karly and I met up with Estee for lunch at Naples 45 in the MetLife Building. Then, we headed to Madison Square Park to see this Orly Genger: Red, Yellow and Blue exhibit. It's made up of miles of colored rope. We went exploring and saw the Flatiron Building, Eataly, Union Square, and Fishes Eddy. I don't think I'll ever tire of being a tourist here. 

It's not uncommon to see young children holding their own during a chess game in Union Square. 
Doughnut Plant is a guilty pleasure of mine. We soon learned that National Doughnut Day was later that week. Can't blow doughnut day. 

I die over these pillows. Perfect. 

We hit up the High Line and did a little browsing in Chelsea Market. It was a lovely day with my sweet Karly. She is such a ray of sunshine. 
Date night. Scotty was a seventh wheel while I worked. 
On the weekend, we rented bikes and rode the entire loop of Central Park. Between those hills and my broken bike, it was quite the sight. Afterwards, we ate at one of our favorite restaurants in the city, Empanada Mama. It's a hole in the wall and probably seats 20 people on a good day. Scott's brother, Austin, discovered this place while he was living here almost five years ago. It's a Maddux family fav. I could eat their cubano arepa any day. 

 Thanks for taking the time on your fun trip to see us, Dave and Karly. Love you long time.  


Monday, July 29, 2013

Pippin The Musical

One Saturday in June, I went to TKTS to grab discounted tickets to Pippin the Musical. We hadn't heard much about it but, man, were we surprised. Think circus meets broadway. Pure magic! It's about a prince named Pippin who is on a journey to find the meaning of life. The plot was interesting and the music was catchy but, both Scott and I agreed that the best part was all of the crazy acrobatics and stunts. We watched with our jaws-dropped in astonishment. A few "get out's" and "no, they didn't's" left my lips during each scene. It's playing at the Music Box Theatre which is pretty magical in and of itself. 

I'm so glad my main man enjoys the theater just as much as I do. We were even more excited that we saw this show a week before the Tony Awards. Pippin was up for 10 nominations and took home four awards  - Best Musical Revival, Best Director, Best Actress (Patina Miller - Leading Player), and Best Featured Actress (Andrea Martin). Both are unreal.  And speaking of the Tony's...please tell me you saw the opening number? If not, do yourself a favor and watch this. I'm still in awe. NPH is such a star. 

Next on our list: Matilda, Kinky Boots, Motown the Musical, and Cinderella. Who's with us?!

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