The Perfect Day in Red Hook, Brooklyn

One of the coolest things about living in New York City is that with the swipe of a MetroCard, you can immerse yourself in a different culture or neighborhood. An area of New York that’s quickly become one of my favorites to explore is Red Hook, Brooklyn. I spent a day in this quiet neighborhood recently and had the most amazing time. Read on to see some of my favorite spots!

I’ll be honest, getting to Red Hook is a bit of a trek. There’s not a convenient subway or bus from the city but there is a ferry. It’s free on weekends and drops you off at a fairly central location in Red Hook. Plus, you can take in some great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty from the ferry.

After the trek from Manhattan to Red Hook, it was time for a snack. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies serves pies made from real key limes. Steve has been making these pies in Red Hook for 23 years and people visit from all over the world to sample these delicious treats. Their personal sized tarts are the perfect size for snacking.

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Just around the corner from Steve’s is the Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. This charming park offers plenty of grass and shady trees to relax under. Be sure to walk along the pier for a great view of the Statue of Liberty and all the sail boats and water taxis floating by.

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After taking in the gorgeous lower Manhattan skyline from the park, it was time for a refreshing beverage. Brooklyn Crab is a short walk away and offers three levels of dining, drinking and outdoor games like corn hole and mini golf. It’s got a beachy, laid back feel and is the perfect place to take a break and refuel for the rest of the day.

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If you want to check out some local shops and art galleries, head up Van Burnt Street from Brooklyn Crab. You’ll find shops like Pioneer Books, Kentler International Drawing Space, Golden Anvil Sculptures, and Baked, the perfect shop to pop into for a sweet treat or iced coffee.

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To work off the day’s snacks, wander over to Van Brunt Stillhouse, a small whiskey distillery that offers refreshing cocktails, whiskey flights, and tours of the facility. My drink pick was the Moongarita, a margarita made from moonshine and it was delicious.

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After consuming a couple adult beverages, it was time to act like a kid at Shipwrecked, an amazing indoor mini golf experience. It can be a bit tricky to find Shipwrecked, but once you’re inside you’ll be happy you made the journey. If it’s your first time, be sure to purchase the special tokens for additional special effects and entertainment.

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18 holes of mini golf certainly worked up an appetite so it was time to head to my favorite Red Hook spot for dinner: Hometown Bar B Que. Depending on what time you arrive at this popular spot you may have to stand in line for quite a while. However, the wait is definitely worth it. My favorite menu item is the pulled pork paired with the queso mac and cheese.

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While this certainly isn’t everything there is to do in Red Hook, it made for a great day outside the city. I’m looking forward to my next trip to Red Hook and can’t wait to continue exploring!

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Life Lately

If you saw this post, you know I’ve been doing a good bit of traveling. After a cruise to the Bahamas, nearly a week in New York and a girls weekend trip, I’m finally settling back into my routine.

As nice as it is to be back home I haven’t stopped reminiscing about my travels just yet. Scroll on to see some of my favorite photos from my adventures!

Are you planning your own trip? Tell me in the Comments section below!


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Life Lately: Cali-forn-ia

Where oh where has the time gone?

If you saw my last post, you know I recently spent some time on the West Coast. I went to visit a friend and we took a little road trip to Los Angeles.

I hadn’t been to LA since high school so I had quite a bit of catching up to do with the City of Angels. Scroll on to see a few of my favorite photos from the trip!

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Recipe Alert: Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cups

There’s nothing I love more than waking up in the morning (ok, or afternoon!) and treating myself to a delicious breakfast–eggs, bacon, coffee, etc. So when I stumbled across this amazing recipe from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body on Pinterest recently, I knew my life would be forever changed for the better.

This recipe combines three of my favorite foods (eggs, bacon, and cheese) and it’s ridiculously easy to make. You’ll need a muffin tin, 12 slices of bacon (thick cut bacon worked best for me), 8 eggs, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese (the original recipe calls for cheddar but I used mozzarella and parmesan) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Feel free to kick things up a bit with some garlic powder, basil or even red pepper flakes.

First, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, wrap each piece of bacon around the inside of your muffin tin cups. Don’t forget to spray your muffin tin first!

Then, beat the eggs, cheese, and spices just like you would if you were making scrambled eggs.

Carefully pour the egg mixture into each bacon-wrapped cup. I filled mine up about halfway. Once all your bacon cups are full, pop the muffin tin into the oven for about 35 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked.

These are best served fresh, but feel free to refrigerate any leftovers for later. This also makes a great on-the-go breakfast!

P.S. You can make this recipe healthier by using only egg whites, adding veggies, omitting the cheese/bacon, etc.!

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2b60b75c366d21b5f45b949f0faece99So as much as I love makeup and clothes, there’s something else I’m extremely passionate about: FOOD. Yup, I absolutely love to eat, try new dishes and share those experiences with the people in my life.

For that reason, I’ve decided to add a new section to my blog that will be all about food, drinks and other culinary-related things. I’ll be sharing recipes I love, foodie pictures, and dishes I want to try. Stay tuned!

What I’m Loving: Mint

No, not the color! I’ve been having a serious love affair lately with all things mint flavored and scented. So today, as I sit here with my mint scented mask on (more on that later), I’m sharing a few of my current favorite mint products.
1. Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask: I’ve heard amazing things about this mask for a while, and finally was able to pick it up. First of all, the price is amazing–it’s such a steal! Second of all, it smells ridiculously minty and awesome. I haven’t been using it for very long, but I definitely think it’s helped clean out my pores and make my skin look more even and smooth.

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2. Sleepytime Herbal Tea by Celestial Seasonings: Every now and then I have a really hard time falling asleep. I’ve started drinking this tea most nights as I get ready for bed and I really enjoy it. I’m not sure if it actually makes me sleepy, but the chamomile and spearmint flavors definitely help me relax and unwind before diving under the covers!

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3. Orbit White gum in Spearmint: If you know me, you know I always have this gum on me. I buy it in bulk, and I can’t help it–I’m obsessed. I’m very particular about the gum I chew and this has been my go-to for quite a long time. It’s nice and minty and it even claims to whiten your teeth. Who doesn’t love that?

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If you happen to share my mint flavored/scented obsession, please let me know in the Comments section what your favorite mint item is so that we can be obsessed and weird together!

Weekend Shots

This weekend was such a whirlwind and I’m exhausted! However, it was so fun and I don’t regret a minute of it: I finished my sixth 5K, watched some cycling, went to some concerts, and ate lots of tasty food!

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the weekend, courtesy of Instagram:

IMG_5745I’m by no means a runner, but I was pretty pleased with my 5K time

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IMG_5772Cereus Bright, one of the awesome bands I saw perform this weekend. I highly recommend them!

photo-17My #sundayfunday lunch–I think I deserved this after my 5K!

I hope you all had a wonderful, fun-filled weekend! If you have any weekend-related posts, share them with me in the Comments section!

I Scream, You Scream

Ahh, ice cream. The one thing that most everyone can agree upon. And since it happens to be Free Cone Day over at Ben & Jerry’s, there’s even more reason to celebrate its frozen-ey goodness.

After a long, long day at work, I walked over to Ben & Jerry’s (yes, I work within walking distance of a Ben & Jerry’s. And a bunch of bars. Trouble, I know.) and had a scoop of Chocolate Peanut Buttery Swirl. It was delicious and well worth the price!

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So if you have the time, head on out for a scoop of your own! Or just take some time today to relax and have a scoop wherever you may be!

 

 

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Life Shots

While I’ve been working hard lately, I’ve managed to spare a little bit of time for some fun! Here’s what I’ve been up to, courtesy of Instagram:

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I had the privilege of puppy-sitting these cuties…

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…And then I hung out with these baby chicks on a farm!

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It finally warmed up enough to eat frozen yogurt–outside!

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There have been SO many gorgeous days lately…

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…I’ve tried to get outside as often as possible!

I hope all of you have been doing well lately! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

My Favorite Holiday Cocktail

Although technically Christmas may be over, I can still feel the holiday spirit in the air. Plus, with New Year’s Eve just around the corner, there’s still plenty to celebrate!

So to keep the holiday spirit going, I thought I’d share my favorite holiday cocktail–the Red Rooster–with all of you. My mom and I make this recipe every year around this time and it’s definitely a tradition I look forward to!

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You can find the original recipe right here, but I like to jazz it up just a bit. For this recipe you will need:

     1 1/2 quarts of cranberry juice (I usually use a low sugar version)

     1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate (You can use a little bit more for some extra zippity pow!) 

     2 cups of vodka (Or, you know, you can use a little more depending on how your day is going)

     Bourbon (This is one way I jazz up the recipe–I find it adds a little extra flavor and you can add as            much or as little as you like)

     Lime/Key Lime juice 

Once you’ve gotten all of your ingredients together, combine them in a plastic container (preferably one with a lid). Pop it in the freezer for a few hours, or until it reaches a slushy consistency. Keep in mind that the more alcohol you add, the slushier it will be. You can also make this recipe sans alcohol, but it was been a little more frozen.

Serve in festive glasses with the garnish of your choice–I’m partial to a lime. You may also squeeze some lime or key lime juice on top for extra flavor.

Do you have any holiday cocktail recipes? Share them with me in the Comments section!

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