I often take for granted that I live in a truly beautiful, massive city. One of the best things about having out of town guests is that their trip becomes my perfect excuse to get out and explore right along side with them.

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{My cousin + his guest enjoying the LIC waterfront}

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{Brunch because duh}

My favorite way to play tourist is to take the East River Ferry from LIC down to DUMBO. We usually start out at Gantry State Park in LIC for some beautiful midtown views, brunch, and the LIC Flea. The ferry is pretty costly in comparison to the subway, but you just can’t beat the view.

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{LIC » DUMBO}

I’m a (mostly) proud Queens girl, but I really do love the sights in Brooklyn. Sometimes the people I’m walking around with get a littttttle annoyed since I’m constantly stopping to take photos of everything. Yes, I’ve lived here for 7+ years and yes, I’ve seen all of this before. But my short term memory requires me to photograph everything so I never forget it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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{Brooklyn Sightings}

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{Instas from this weekend. Follow along @lovelarisalove}

Life has been non stop lately, and finally this Sunday we have no plans other than Church. The hubs and I cannot wait for a day filled with nothing - it’s been multiple non stop evenings and weekends of entertaining and tons of fun, but my PJs are calling my name!



The hubs and I watched “Food Inc” the other week and let me tell you: it was freaking life changing. This McDonald’s lovin, chip obsessed girl is committed to changing her ways. If you haven’t had a chance to catch the documentary, I would highly recommend it. It’s on Netflix, so no excuses!

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Watching this documentary inspired us to stop being jerks to our bodies and to start eating better. It’s good for us, it’s good for the environment, and it’s delicious to eat! I can’t tell you how flavorful the tomatoes and the arugula were. And the plums! YOU GUYS… I’m drinking the kool-aid and I’m into it.

Anyway, we joined a local CSA, which is Community Supported Agriculture. If you’re in the NY area, you can find one that is close to you at JustFood.org. It’s great because instead of going to a Farmer’s Market and accidentally spending a little too much money on lavender honey soap, I just pick up my farm share of locally grown, organic produce that has already been pre-paid. AND you know where your food came from, and that chemicals and other weird crap is not being used. Winner winner, organic chicken dinner.

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We get so many items that I don’t even have time to think about grocery shopping: apples, pears, plums, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic, broccoli, arugula, chard, cilantro, mixed greens, and potatoes. It is definitely worth the price.

The only problem with all that green is what to do with it. I love broccoli and arugula, but salads every day with the other items can get a little old. When in doubt, do what all the cool kids do and make a green juice. It wasn’t amazing, but my first try at a recipe is rarely successful. Maybe it had something to do with making this in a blender instead of a juicer? But a wise man once said, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”… This small NYC apartment definitely does not allow for another kitchen appliance!!



This weekend was the busiest. We’re trying to cram in everything we want to do before the weather turns to sh*t, so we I made plans morning, noon, and night. I’m a little exhausted today (which is pretty obvious given the time stamp of this “weekend recap”) but I’m not complaining - this was one of those weekends where late nights turned into early mornings very quickly :).

This weekend we had…

One Birthday
One Off-Broadway Debut
One seriously kick ass concert
One viewing of “Gone Girl”
One trip to Cracker Barrel
One visit to the Queens County Farm
Two Swedish Indie Artists
Two failed hours in the car driving upstate
Three sleepovers
Four Pumpkins
Five Apples

& Lots of Fall Festiveness!

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{FRIDAY: An amazing night celebrating a one friend’s birthday and another friend’s Off-Broadway Debut. I am EMBARRASSED at how much fun I had catching up with old friends that I haven’t seen in years! It’s a beautiful thing when you can pick up right where you left off, even if you left off several years ago. Gotta love having friends like that.}

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{SATURDAY we “drove” upstate to look at a wedding venue. The rain was so heavy that we had to give up an hour into the trip. At least the Fall Foliage was lovely!}

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{SATURDAY NIGHT was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. Loved watching Mapei and Lykke Li!}

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{SUNDAY we enjoyed a failed photo shoot with baby pumpkins at the farm. And also being the only people without children on the entire property.}

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The Queens County Farm is a little gem I found out about by googleing “Fun Nature NYC not far also not New Jersey” a few years ago (can you tell I love search terms and run on sentences?). We try to make it there once a year for the Fall Festival. It’s great to get apples and pumpkins and roasted corn while also visiting with our good friend Al (last name Paca). This year I also had the privilege of falling madly in love with dahlias and getting the best apples eeeeever. 

My cousin comes to town this weekend, so next week’s post should be filled with fun touristy things! We’re going to be walking on the High Line, eating at some of my favorite restaurants, and exploring all the stops off the East River Ferry. Until then… here’s to a productive week! 

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