My Breakfast Philosophy- Quote

“Everyone runs around trying to find a place where they still serve  breakfast because eating breakfast, even if its five o’clock in the afternoon, is a sign that the day has just begun and good things can still happen. Having lunch is like throwing in the towel.”

Johnathan Goldstein, “Lenny Bruce is Dead”

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Pinterest Picks: Summer Breakfast

My summer job growing up was picking strawberries on a farm, and there’s not much better than newly picked strawberries for breakfast. Summer breakfasts should be just that: light and fresh and airy. I’ve collected a few picks from Pinterest that would fit right in eaten on a rooftop or at a sunsoaked table.

1. Strawberry-Kiwi Jam 2. Coconut Macaroon Pancakes 3. Strawberry-sour cream scones with brown sugar crumble

Enjoy! Do you have any favorite summer recipes?

Brunch With Us

I got an email yesterday from Daily Candy about Brunch With Us– sponsored content for Kahlua but created by Thrillist and Daily Candy. Brunch With Us basically works as a handy brunch recommendation tool.

I was a bit wary at first, since you can select by gender (email copy says “Girl’s stomach growls for dainty bites, ambience, and dressing on the side. Boy craves piles of friends eats fast.” Um..) but I played around with it and it gave me a lot of different recommendations based off neighborhood and scene. It even gives post-brunch plans geared towards each spot.

It has suggestions for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. I think I might give it a try in a few weekends- in a city like New York, it never hurts to have a little help narrowing down your options.

 

Weekend Updates

This past weekend was pretty peaceful- after being out of the city for two weekends in a row, it was nice to decompress with slow mornings and hot chocolate.  I did get a bit of activity:  the Central Park Zoo! This has been on my NYC to-do list for ages. I got caught up in the Puerto Rican pride parade up on the east side, but once in the zoo, you couldn’t hear a thing. It was easy to forget I was even in Manhattan.

Saturday breakfast

This polar bear would swim from one side of the enclosure to the other, only to climb up on a rock and push himself backwards to the other side. Then do it again.

Where The Wilds Things Are. A nice surprise on the stairs- the zoo is full of literary quotes.

 

How was your weekend?

Pinterest Picks: Spring Brunch

My apartment is too small to entertain for big meals (…or little ones) but I still find myself pinning home accessories. Despite the weather jumping from summer heat to gloomy rain, I’m in full spring mode.  A few picks below are perfect for hosting a spring brunch.

1. Glasses from Ideeli (Members Only)   2. Modernist Bowls from West Elm 3. Yellow Lattice Table Runner from Target 4. Savannah Dessert Plates from One Kings Lane 5. Farmers Market Basket from Anthropologie 6. Teacups from Fab.

Clinton Street Baking Co

I had family in the city this weekend (while I was unfortunately out of the city!), which meant I got to recommend them my favorite brunch places. I stand by Clinton Street Baking Co as the best pancakes in Manhattan, not that I’ll find many who disagree. Literally, I’ve been pulling out my phone and showing the below photo to friends like it was a snapshot of my kid. Chocolate pancakes with melted maple butter, because- like I was going to try anything but the chocolate chunk.

The wait for Clinton Street Baking Co is ridiculous- we showed up at 10am the last time I went and still had to wait 1.5 hours- but its totally worth it. Put your name in and take a walk down to the waterfront park.

Just look at that powdered sugar. Worth it.

Honey

Happy weekend!

Part of the purpose of this blog is to get me to paint more, to share it more, to just grab a paintbrush and do more (I’m leaning on the idea of public pressure). I want to get better so its practice practice etc- and finally the first post: a few happy honey bees for the weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend

I spent the long weekend out of the city and up in New Hampshire, in a rented cabin on a lake.  We didn’t leave the beach for two straight days- eating meals on a picnic table in the sand. Breakfast places I passed  but didn’t visit: Sunshine & Pa’s. Middle of the Griddle Pancake House. Fantastic.

A country breakfast spread below.

 

How was your long weekend?

Cornelia Street Cafe

This past weekend, I went to brunch on a Saturday for the first time in a while. Cornelia Street Cafe is located in the West Village, and their fixed price brunch menu is amazing- your choice of juice/alcoholic drink, coffee or tea, some kind of bread, and entree for $20. My highlight was definitely the chocolate bread; its the fluffiest bread, still warm, with bits of melted chocolate folded in. Delicious.

We got there around 11am, and there wasn’t a wait. We were able to sit in front of the floor to ceiling open windows, and the place has such a relaxed atmosphere. I’ll be going back.

A few pictures from the rest of my Saturday: my mint green sneakers and the view from my rooftop