Greetings friends, from one very exhausted jet-setter. It feels like I barely left on Friday for my jam-packed weekend in the Big, juicy Apple of New York!! Though I plan to write a more serious grown up post documenting my experience in the future, this travel-addled brain thinks that, for right now, I’d better stick to the easy stuff. Namely, a Six Pack Sunday! Here are a few little nuggets from my trip that I can’t wait to share.
WARNING: Graphic images of cobra genitals are in this post. If that offends your delicate sensibilities…. read no further.
Six Pack Sunday: Brooklyn, Baby!
1. I’m Bringing
Sexy Pickle Back
Have you ever heard of a drink called a Pickle Back? It’s not really a drink, per se, as much as it’s a series of two shots. In my fraternity, we used to call it Dickle and a Pickle, I believe. But that’s just semantics.
You start with a shot of whiskey (preferably Jameson). Then, you chase it with a shot of briney pickle juice.
Well, I finally tried one (I was down to try any/everything this weekend). My reaction?
Claire’s a bit of a pickle princess, but I really don’t think I’ll be ordering this one again. Then again, I’m pretty pleased that I can proudly claim the experience.
2. Anne Hathaway Reading a Book and Drinking Wine
I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a celebrity-crazed lunatic most of the time if/when I’m near a famous human. This weekend, I had an especially lucky brush with fame.
I spotted Anne Hathaway, in Ippudo, reading a book and drinking white wine. Well, technically, Claire spotted her first. And I tried not to ogle. And then, demonstrating EXTREME restraint and self-discipline, I didn’t run over and wildly demand a picture. In fact, I played it cool. I was all like, “Oh, Anne, I will acknowledge we’re dining at the same establishment, nbd, this happens all the time.”
This should sort of paint a picture for you.
Secretly, though, all I could think of is “I’ve seen your boobs” which is (normally) not something I think about my dining buddies. Oh well, part of the business, I’m sure.
3. Museum of Sex? Yes, please.
Speaking of “boobs”, we went to the Museum of Sex! Through Google Offers (Google’s group buying site!), I got my ticket for half-price, and definitely saw enough that I definitely got the bang for my buck (bahahaha cheesey sex jokes).
There were oodles of exciting and interesting exhibits but, I have to admit, the Sex Lives of Animals was beyond fantastic.
4. Hot Cha Cha!
Since I’d already tried one crazy cocktail in the Pickle Back, I couldn’t resist the Jalapeno Quencher at our fancy, amazing dinner at Aqua Grill.
Described as: Chilled Ketel One Vodka, Pomegranate Liquor, Jalapeno, Lime, and Cranberry Juice, this left my mouth on fire in the most delicious way possible.
5. Smorgasburg Started Off Right!
One event I’d been looking forward to since the moment Claire described it was Smorgasburg. A Brooklyn Food Flea Market, I couldn’t wait to go for brunch Saturday morning. And what better way to start off brunch than an oyster shooter?
The oysters were from Brooklyn Oyster Party and I couldn’t imagine a better appetizer for the meal we enjoyed later!! An interesting way to start a morning, without a doubt.
6. You Look So Good in SWEAT!!
Easily the most inspiring part of the weekend was cheering on the runners of the famous New York City Marathon. Sunday morning, we strolled to Prospect Park-ish, right around the 8 mile mark to cheer them on. We saw so many runners, shouting encouragement to them all, as I tried my hardest not to burst into tears from being blown away and inspired and proud all at once.
Shouting things like “You’re KILLING IT out there!” or “You’re a speed demon” was great, but my favorite were the runners who had their names on their shirts. To be able to pick out Katie or Paul (easily the most frequently seen name, I’ll never know why) from the pack and shout personalized encouragement was my favorite. They always looked so excited to be called out and some of them gave us high fives as they raced their hearts out.
It was beautiful, it was awesome, and I think I got a sunburn from the whole thing. Worth it.
Congrats to all the runners!! You’re amazing.
Clearly, we packed a lot into the weekend (perks of being hyper-planners) so I think I’m off to relax a bit before an early bedtime.
Have you ever been to New York city?
If so, what was your favorite part of your visit?
If not, what would you want to see/do if you visited?