You know what’s even better than scoring that expensive moisturizer at a Sephora sale or finally finding the purse you’ve been lusting after for half-off on Ebay? A weekend away in the mountains, where life just seems to fade away and the most difficult decision you’ll have to make all weekend is what book you want to read by the fireside and whether you want a glass of red or white wine to sip along with your book.
Matt and I took the perfect retreat up in New York a few weeks ago and let me tell you, Scribner’s Catskill Lodge is the place to go if you’re looking for the perfect weekend getaway in the upstate area.
As I’m sure is the case for many of y’all, I’m the kind of person who takes approximately a million photos while on vacation. I like to think that I have somewhat of an artistic eye, so I spend a decent amount of my vacations squatting and angling my body in an attempt to perfectly capture each moment. While I’m sure it can be annoying for those around me, I can’t help but want to try to capture the beautiful moments that I might otherwise forget (i.e. the way the sun shone through the cherry blossoms or how perfect the streets look after a rainstorm).
After a long winter filled with snow and freezing winds that made me want to curl up in bed and never leave my apartment, I’m really loving spring. Although the pollen makes me sneeze like crazy, I always look forward to all of the blooming flowers and the sunny days to come. If the sun is out, you’ll probably find me going for a run, hanging out on my porch, or finding new restaurants and/or rooftop bars.
So Smorgasburg is one of my favorite things to do on a sunny Saturday in Brooklyn when I want to indulge in some of the best new and innovative food items New York City has to offer–a few of these include the ramen burger, boozy popsicles, and spaghetti doughnuts.
Nine times out of ten, I will order something savory for breakfast/brunch. Whether it be eggs benedict, cheese grits with shrimp, or a breakfast burger, I love it all.
So when I order pancakes, it’s a big deal and I only do so when I know that they’re going to be fantastic. Which is exactly what happened at Clinton Street Baking Co, which has some of the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted in New York!
I’ve been in love with Granger & Co.’s ricotta hotcakes since I first tried them three years during a morning trip with friends out to Notting Hill. I’ve tried to recreate them a few times since but their never turn out quite the same–maybe because I don’t have honeycomb butter readily available??–which means that I’ve just been drooling over the memory of the hotcakes for the past few years.
So when I was planning/trying to figure out what restaurants I wanted to eat in while Matt and I were in London for a few days, I immediately put Granger & Co. at the top of the list.
There’s very little that I love more than a good meal in life (other than binge watching shows on Netflix, of course). So when I was in Paris, I was excited to eat all of the chausson aux pommes, cheese, meats, and croissants that my heart desired.
I was especially excited when Matt surprised me with lunch Le Relais de l’Entrecôte on our third day in Paris, after we had spent the past few hours building up an appetite walking through the Musée d’Orsay and admiring some of the best works of the Impressionist movement.