This past weekend's trip to Brooklyn has been months in the making. Laura dragged herself all the way out to Marlinton in July; returning the favor was the least I could do. Plus, I like Brooklyn!
I took the Bolt Bus (which I love) up from DC. It's easy, cheap, and stops not too far from where Laura works in Manhattan. On Saturday, we brunched at Bubby's in Dumbo, which is a pie shop. It also has a photobooth. As far as I'm concerned, pies/brunch/photobooth is the trifecta of awesome. Brunch was AMAZING (I had an omelet with apples, bacon, and aged cheddar cheese), and then we gleefully monopolized the photobooth. I haven't scanned the strips yet, but they're coming.
In Manhattan, we decided to head to the Neue Galerie, which I had heard about but never visited. I was thrilled with their collection of decorative arts works (mainly pieces by Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser--they're the museum of German and Austrian art), and especially impressed with the decision to use a Moser-designed jewelry display piece to actually display jewelry. I love it when museums use decorative arts for their designated purpose. We also caught the tail end of their "Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte" show, which I loved.
We tried to go from there to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (the only Smithsonian branch in NY), but found it was closed until February. Saturday night was a movie night. We caught The Green Hornet, which, I'm sad to say, was just okay. And made Laura very angry.
Tom's. Tom's has been open since 1936 (and even had a song written about it), and is extremely popular. Like, line-around-the-block popular. However, at Tom's, the line is part of the experience. We waited something like an hour to be seated (most of that outside in the cold), but were fed cookies, oranges, sausage, and toast with honey while we shivered. The food is just a step or two above your basic hearty diner food, but includes some unique options, including throwbacks to its seltzer-era founding. I had a Cherry Lime Rickey, and learned what a Rickey is.
We decided to spend the afternoon lounging and reading, in the best Kelly-and-Laura fashion, grabbed dinner at a nearby Mexican joint, and then settled it to cast snarky comments at the Golden Globes. All in all, a good day.
Laura had Monday off, so we went exploring in Park Slope. The Brooklyn Museum was sadly and shockingly closed (Laura lives so close to it that visiting is practically tradition), so we strolled and munched on goodies from Sweet Melissa (Laura had a truffle, I had a madeleine). On our way home, we grabbed burgers at Dutch Boy's (medium, with bleu cheese and fries for both of us--SO good), packed me up, and sent me home!
All in all, every visit to Brooklyn makes me love it more (though I can hardly afford to). Seeing Laura in her natural habitat is always a treat, and as she works in publishing, I was sent home with almost more books than I could carry.
Now I am home, from NY and VA both, and for the next month (or so) will be sitting for the dog and cat which usually live with my parents. It's been an odd sort of experience for all of us so far, but hopefully we'll settle in. Vista is (of course) loving it.