Above, is a photo of an incredibly overwhelmed and emotional 24 year old me. (Seriously, I had to wear sunglasses most of this day because I couldn’t stop crying). It already seems like a lifetime ago, but last December, I visited LA for the first time. And whilst there, I could never have expected…Read More
Last year when visiting Florida with Cassy and some other friends, a few of us slipped away for a day in Disney's Magic Kingdom and it was the BEST! This year a bigger group of us did the same thing, and it was just such an incredible day. I was so lucky to be able to share it all with Gino as well, it was always a complete dream of mine to visit the park itself with someone I love, and that came true! We decided...Read More
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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For some reason our New York "early-riser" mentality didn't disappear so on Monday morning we both got up at the butt-crack of dawn. However if I'm completely honest I actually really really like getting up early on holidays/vacations, there's something about getting up and ready really early so you can go explore the area that I love. We got up and got the train straight into Boston to see the Boston Common and the Public Gardens. G showed me the State House of Massachusetts, and it is SO beautiful. Here is an awkward as hell picture of me in the Public Gardens.
Lets just all be thankful I'm not a model...#shneck #awkwardhand.
The gardens were so beautiful though and G and I spent about an hour in there taking photos and wandering around the flowerbeds. Wow I'm so old. Immediately as you cross through the south exit of the Public Gardens you are straight onto Newbury Street. Newbury Street is the main shopping street here in Boston. There is a few other places to shop around town but Gino had said before that this area is the nicest to wander down and mooch around the shops. We spent the day wandering through this city and then met up with two of Gino's good friends Connor and Matt. It was so nice to sit and get to know each other over some gorgeous Italian food. I love those days on holiday where there really isn't a set schedule or plan so you just ending going with the flow. We didn't really have a solid plan for the Monday and we ended up having a really great day in the city.
On Tuesday we had a slightly more relaxed morning as Gino had a dentist appointment near where he lived. We popped along to Porter Square to the dentist surgery and I caught up on some blog work in a nearby Starbucks and set the day in motion. We took an easy stroll back towards Boston to visit Faneuil Hall, a food, shopping area near the harbour. We opted for Fish & Chips from inside Faneuil Hall food market. DELICIOUS! Gino also took me to the old library which had a gorgeous outside garden where he used to sit and read back when he lived in Boston. I love having someone with me to show me their version of the city.
That evening my Uncle Bob had organised for Gino & I to go and see the Yankees vs. Red Sox game at Fenway Park. How amazing! We wanted to go all out so planned on getting a Red Sox t-shit and baseball cap from 47' store. The official merchandise for the Red Sox, a store that was on Newbury Street where we had been before. Once in the store we tried on different baseball caps and as we were over by the mirror one of the store staff came over to Gino & I and asked if we had tickets to the game. When we said yes he let us know that he was choosing us to receive a free hat, t-shirt and ride to the game. EACH! Amazing! Gino has the habit of getting us to the right place at the right time. So we got our photo taken outside the store in our chosen gear and went along to the game on the back of a bike which this poor guy had to peddle...
Nothing set us up for how freakin' cool the seats were! Right behind the batter. Amazing! Huge thanks to my Uncle Bob for sorting them for us. And THE RED SOX WON! Considering I'm not exactly a sports fan, nor do I follow a particular sport, I really really enjoyed the baseball game and the crowd was electric. When we got home we had planned originally to book our bus home for the following day but we decided to stay through Wednesday and return Thursday so that we could go for dinner with Dawn and Anthony, just the four of us. Wednesday was a chilled day where we went and got gifts for his parents for having us stay and then we went out for Italian food with his parents. It was so nice to just sit for a couple of hours with his parents and catch up. It's absolutely crazy how much we all have in common. It's safe to say that I had one of the best trips I've ever been on. It really feels like a second home and Gino's parents were so welcoming that I really feel like I have a second family. Most importantly though it was so nice to spend a solid 6 days with G and was such a relief to know that we genuinely enjoy each others Company. I'm so excited for what the future holds for us both but I'm so happy that this step was so effortless yet incredible. Now for him to meet the Nev's at Christmas! #bringiton