Bedford Date Night

Back in October, Jess, one of my oldest friends here in NYC, introduced me to Bedford, Williamsburg. Actually, prior to Dumbo this was the spot in Brooklyn that I would frequent the most often. There is just something about a leisurely stroll down Bedford Avenue, in and around the shops and cafes that chills me out. A couple weeks ago Gino and I fell in love with spending our weekends there popping into the markets or grabbing a bite to eat is some of the amazing spots they have there. 

Well this week due to busy schedules, Gino and I haven't been able to see one another. Which is actually pretty weird when we live 4 miles away from each other. Although in fairness. 2 miles in New York terms, is practically long distance. So we decided that on this holiday weekend, we would have both a relaxing, lazy Saturday morning as well as aim to get out the house and see some of NYC. Well the lazy Saturday morning lasted longer than we had originally planned meaning that we didn't actually get to Bedford until 5PM. But hey! That's what the weekend is for right?! Besides, in the morning we watched the amazing new Netflix Original Movie starring Allison Janney and Ellen Page, "Tallulah". I cannot recommend watching this movie enough. Gripping, symbolic, darkly-humorous and beautiful. Watch, watch, watch. 

Once ready, myself and this tit-head hopped on the train along to Lorimer. You can actually get a subway to Bedford from Clinton Hill however we love the walk up to Bedford from Metropolitan Avenue so decided to hop off there. Also it is good to note that on the way up to Bedford, if you head up North 6th Street, you will pass an amazing vintage store called "10 Ft Single By Stella Dallas", the stores content is as quirky as the name itself but I have come out of the store with some many good finds. A couple of friends have been in and found it expensive, which for some of the items, it most certainly is. But if you take the time to really dig around I can guarantee you'll get a good find. Whilst popping in there Gino and I actually bumped into Jess and Wyatt. I tell you what I'll never tire of bumping into friends in New York. It still makes me go "what the hell is my life right now". So of course we stood around and chatted for a bit. Look at them, sassing up the store...

We then wandered up to Bedford Avenue to look around some shops and find a restaurant to eat at in the evening. Everytime that we come here Gino always seems to find some good, inexpensive purchases. Last time we came we found some awesome button-ups for amazingly cheap prices, this time G managed to find really inexpensive bespoke jewellery from a market table on Bedford Avenue itself. Always good to note. That is one thing we both love Bedford, and even Brooklyn itself for. GIFTS. There are so may good unique stores that have great gifts, Brooklyn Charm, Verameat Jewellery, the Market. etc. the list goes on. Down the line I really want to do a blog that discusses New York gift ideas and the best places to get gifts from! 

We seemed to have timed our trip perfectly, strolling the streets as the sun began to set along the streets of Williamsburg, and the shops were quiet as they began to shut up for the evening. One of my favourite parts of Bedford, Williamsburg is the street art. We have it all over New York, but I love the street art the most, here in Bedford. It seems to blend into the background of the streets here, whilst also evoking thought and emotion. It is both in your face but integral to the surroundings. Its amazing! You can see for yourself in the head photo of this blog post and the following photos! 

I mean I guess you can hardly call the last one "street-art" but more "someone holding a Sharpie who clearly had something to say" but you get my drift. We finally settled on a restaurant after wandering around the streets. 

QI Authentic Thai Grill:

Gino and I both instantly loved the look of this place, it didn't seem to busy, the menu looked intriguing and the prices didn't make us want to run for the hills. It had actually been a while since we had both eaten out together, finding that we often opt for the old "lets pop to the grocery store and knock something up" kind of meal. Which is a somewhat foreign concept to most New Yorkers. What can we say, we go against the grain. However we are always attracted to Thai food whenever going out for dinner, maybe it has something to do with out first date being in a Thai restaurant! 

I mean we could not believe how reasonable the prices were for such an ambient restaurant. You can see from the photos it is 10/10 for aesthetic. For dinner we opted for the Toasted Bread and Peanut Sauce for an appetizer at $2.50 each. And for our mains/entrees we ordered something each that we both wanted, Chicken Roasted Cashew Sautee and Chicken Red Curry with Sticky Rice, each at $12 each. Perfect! The deciding factor for us that this was to be a new fave was that the food was delicious!

We loved it so much that we've actually made a reservation for Gino's birthday meal next weekend! I cannot wait to head back there and try some more dishes! Personal decor fave is the bathtub sinks and the Karma Sutra models surrounding the restaurant! #dreamdecor

We rounded off the night, chilling up on the swing chair on my roof. I can't tell you how much of an ideal Saturday it was. Extremely rewarding and well deserved after a crazy crazy busy week here in New York City. And the best part was I got to spend it with the guy I love! #soppysoppysoppy. 

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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"Wait, there's a beach in New York?"

The title of this blog post is a question I asked, naively, when arriving here in New York. Geography, although I'm a relatively well-traveled individual, is not my strong suit. And my naivety lead me to believe that New York was nothing more than Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. WRONG!  Okay, I wasn't THAT naive but I had no idea we had white sandy beaches on our doorstep! It's kind of crazy to think that really, having lived by the coast most of my life (being born in Portsmouth, living in the North East of England and now the North East of America), I am not much of a "beach baby". Don't get me wrong, the beaches back at home are great but I had never even thought twice about sunbathing on them or spending the day there, I suppose that would change now that I'm able to drive back in the UK etc. But here, it seems to be the done thing in summer to spend the day or weekend at the beach, whether it be out in the Hamptons, Jersey Shore or a quite beach off of the coast or Coney Island/Brighton Beach. 

After weeks and weeks of nagging Gino for us to spend a day at the beach we each finally had a corresponding day off! So it was off to Coney Island for us. Now we had been told that Coney Island was not the best beach that NY had to offer but its iconic so we thought lets start here and then check out the rest throughout the summer! 

(Sidenote: there is a lot of photos for this blog post!) 

Now the nearest station to me is Classon Avenue, it takes about a 5 minute walk to get to it, and from there we were to take the G train all the way to the end of the line in Brooklyn (Church Avenue) and then swap to the F train and take it all the way to Coney Island, which is in fact the last stop. The whole journey took about 40 minutes, and I was just completely baffled that the beach was in Brooklyn. After spending the past 10 months in bustling city, it was just crazy to me that a white sandy beach and lovely boardwalk was just a hop, skip and a jump. To Gino's dismay this meant 40 minutes of me being loud and annoying on the Subway, and after having next to no breakfast and the time approaching 3PM, we were soooooo so hungry and dreaming of crappy greasy burgers and hot dogs. 

The weather was GORGEOUS! We opted for a wander through "LunaPark" the theme park here in Coney Island, whilst on the look out for food. Right near the station we spotted a Wahlburgers which Gino told me was quite popular back in Boston. A burger joint owned my yep, you guessed it, Mark Wahlberg and his family. I have to say it was daaaaamn good. I got the "Melt" which was basically a grilled cheese with beef and bacon. I struggled to eat it all in one sitting but holy f*ck it was so so good. Whilst Gino went for the Chicken Burger which looked a damn lot more healthy than mine did. I can't tell you how nice it was to just sit on the beach munching away and chatting. The sounds of the waves, which I love beaches for was somewhat drowned out by the music blaring from the theme park. We were told only a short wander along the beach there is many a quieter spot. #rookieerror. However even while it was loud I managed to fall asleep for a while. 

As you can see, Gino seizes any opportunity to bring out his cheer leading past. WHAT TEAM! WILDCATS. Although I'm repeatedly told his high school days resembled nothing of "High School Musical 1, 2 or 3. Dammit. Dreams = CRUSHED.
We spent around 3 and a half hours on the beach, perfect for our day off of work. I managed to squeeze in some reading and have a wander down to the water which was freezing! I couldn't help but wonder how people could bring themselves to take a dip in the water as all I could picture was the murky water that runs through the Hudson and East river a mere 5 miles away. *gags slightly*. But it honestly felt like I was on holiday somewhere abroad, no wonder people never leave New York. Life recently has been going a mile a minute since I got back from England and I have loved it but it's so nice to stop once in a while, especially somewhere like the beach, and especially with G.

HAHAHA that first photo of this bunch cracks me up. We look like absolute tourists. A short walk down the beach is a pier that jets out quite far into the ocean. A pier that I was told is relatively new, after having been built post-Hurrican Sandy. Gino was telling me that Coney Island took a massive hit from Hurrican Sandy and a lot of what we were seeing was refurbishments in the recent years. The pier is massive and was host to fishermen, sunbathers and tourists having a late afternoon stroll! It was hard to look out into the distance and picture the bustling cities where we both live!

Of course no beach trip is complete without ice cream! It seemed the diet Gino and I had discussed going on from Monday had long gone out the window. But hey YOLO! Exhausted from a day in the sun doing absolutely nothing we headed home for a night in front of the A.C. a cheeky Gin or 4.

Apologies for a lack of blog this week! Work has been crazy crazy busy but I wanted this next blog to be something cool and very different! And finally I have a summery blog post up! haha

HAPPY FRIDAY FEELING EVERYBODY!

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