Apr 252011

Our final stop before the end of our East Coast trip was Brooklyn, NY. We bused back to Manhattan from Boston so we could fly out of JFK later that day. To my most delightful surprise, I was able to meet up with one of my closest friends from high school who currently lives in Brooklyn! It was seriously one of the best gifts of the entire trip! We didn’t waste a second and headed straight to the Brooklyn Public House for brunch. When I say brunch, I am understating the quaint atmosphere and savory food that makes up the Brooklyn Public House. We soaked up the sunny day by taking the table with the window bench and ordering three types of eggs benedict! To my further amazement, our dishes included a complementary mimosa or bloody mary with our meal (I have yet to find a place in California that offers that!!!). So as we sipped our bloody marys, feasted on our eggs and potatoes, and indulged on much needed life updates, the rest of Brooklyn seemed to be having just as wonderful of a day–families and kids eating and laughing, people walking their dogs, and an overall lively presence on that Saturday afternoon.

Eggs Florentine at the Brooklyn Public House

Eggs Benedict

Maryland Crab Benedict with crab cakes and red pepper sauce!

After gaining a few pounds, we headed towards the local farmer’s market. Here we enjoyed tasting some freshly whipped honey, smelled some of the best scented soap I’ve ever smelled, admired some fresh produce, and contemplated on purchasing some starter herbs for a garden. The Farmer’s Market was a small isle but nonetheless gave a great vibe of the community within Brooklyn.

Hand-made, sweet smelling soaps and whipped honey at the Farmer’s Market!!

Fresh herbs that released wonderful aromas as we walked by!

Delicious apple cider and fruit

We then ventured over to the Brooklyn Flea. This outdoor market has everything from clothes, to trinkets, to food, to furniture. It was just lovely to see what neat items were there, and I was pleasantly surprised with the food selection they offered! Home beer brewing kits, shaved ice that is actually shaved for a huge block of ice when you order, an outdoor pizza oven that my friend’s friends helped design, fresh prosciutto sliced directly from the bone and placed on bread, hand-made raw chocolate from Brooklyn, and so much more. We probably could have spent hours there wandering the area and admiring the scene. Here are some pictures from the Brooklyn Flea!

Raw chocolate handmade in Brooklyn

Handmade belt bucks made from match boxes from around the world!

Home Brew Kits

Beautiful mirrors galore!

Outdoor Pizza Oven (in the back) and pizza assembly line!

Anyone interested in buying a pink elephant???

Fresh prosciutto sliced right in front of you! 

Amazing Vintage Boxes!

Order up! Shaved ice from a huge block right there on the spot. So fun!

And after the wonderful experience at the Brooklyn Flea, we ventured over to a local coffee shop, Tillie’s. As we sipped our iced drinks, we sat outside and did one of my favorite things: people watch! Taking in the Brooklyn neighborhood, kids zooming by on their scooters and bikes, observing how poorly some people are at parallel parking, looking down the streets at the rows and rows of stoops (I LOVE the stoops!), and soaking in the nice weather. We got to catch up on some well-needed and overdue conversation, and simply enjoy the last couple hours we had left on the East Coast. On the side of Tillie’s, we also got to see a wonderfully painted mural of a map of Brooklyn. The colors are amazing!

Brooklyn Map Mural

And then we walked back, said our goodbyes (to my friend and the city) and hopped on the subway to the airport! What a trip!!! It was so amazing, and I will remember it for a very long time. I would say that it was a very successful first experience to The Big Apple and Boston. And not only was I able to find adventures in a completely new environment, I had the chance to catch up with old friends (in Boston and Brooklyn!), build an even stronger relationship with my fellow travel mates, and just have fun! After all, that’s what life’s about, right?! Sometimes we need to remember to take time out of our busy lives and let in all aspects of greatness that surround us. And I believe that this trip allowed me to do that! I am so lucky. Ah, sweet bliss!!!

Thanks for reading, Everyone!

This is part 6 out of 6 about my recent visit to the East Coast. Normal posts will resume shortly!

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