i finally made it to coney island

After living in New York for 11 years, I finally made it to Coney Island! HHH got an invitation to check out the opening party for Coney Island Art Walls, and when I heard that there would be free Smorgasburg food, I got in the car. :) 

Boardwalk snacks. Photo by hhh.  

Boardwalk snacks. Photo by hhh.  

We arrived early so we could wander a bit and check out the boardwalk. It was a gorgeous, breezy day and perfect for a walk on the beach. Even though it's just at the end of the R line, it feels like a different world. The beach itself is not anything special to look at, but it's sand, sun, and water right in Brooklyn! (And clam rolls and oysters and Nathan's hotdogs. Yum.) 

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Sweets. 

Sweets. 

We went over to the Art Walls party after our walk, and ate a lot. I'm not even going to say all the things I ate, since there's no need for written records of that kind of thing. The art was pretty cool too. 

The party setting up in the shadow of the roller coasters. 

The party setting up in the shadow of the roller coasters. 

The band getting ready.  

The band getting ready.  

I ate here. 

I ate here. 

I ate this.  

I ate this.  

I may have also eaten a lobster roll. 

I may have also eaten a lobster roll. 

Some of the other vendors, including Blue Marble Ice Cream. 

Some of the other vendors, including Blue Marble Ice Cream. 

More art. 

More art. 

The famous Nathan's.  

The famous Nathan's.  

taiwan series: maji maji

It's been a few weeks since I returned from Taiwan, and I'm already again craving all the delicious food that we ate there. One of the new-to-me spots for tasty treats was Maji Square, an outdoor food court/flea market that occupies the former site of the international flower expo a few years back. There are clothing and tchotchkes, wine and Taiwanese tea-flavored ice creams, and a long line of savory food stands with all different types of food (Taiwanese, of course, but also Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai, American, etc.). The Maji Food and Deli is also pretty cool! There are lots of locally made and produced dry goods, but also a deli where you can get bento lunches, and more ice cream. There are also some nice kitchen wares. 

The entrance. 

The entrance. 

A line of non-food shops and vendors.  

A line of non-food shops and vendors.  

Some more of the shops.  

Some more of the shops.  

Inside the food market.

Inside the food market.

Some kitchen goods.  

Some kitchen goods.  

Soups, teas, and all manner of pantry goods.  

Soups, teas, and all manner of pantry goods.  

A view of the deli.  

A view of the deli.  

Some additional restaurants around a courtyard. 

Some additional restaurants around a courtyard. 

Our visit was pretty short, but I'm definitely looking forward to going back next time around!  

a sunday in greenpoint

I'm almost packed for another trip to Asia...Hong Kong and Taiwan this time. I'm going to eat a ton of dim sum, Din Tai Fung, and mangoes. Can't wait! Before I go, I thought I should post these photos from last weekend in Greenpoint, where Julie and I checked out BKLYN Design 2015 at the Greenpoint Expo Center. Last year, I went to the stalls at Industry City and saw some great locally-made furniture and accessories. Here are some of the displays from the 2015 event:

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I wandered around a bit after and found some fun secondhand shops, and this adorable coffee shop+florist place called Homecoming.  

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And of course, I never go to Greenpoint without dropping into Bakeri, where I snagged the last apple cider flower (like a financier, but flower-shaped!). Those things are soooo good. 

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lazy weekends

It's been gorgeous around here lately. I'm not sure if it makes the awful winter "worth it," but I'm very pleased that there are now summer dresses and outdoor suppers in my immediate future. One of the best things about the weather is the chance to resume long neighborhood walks with hhh and Willa. We have a couple routes, either west to Prospect Park, or east towards Carroll Gardens through Gowanus. We'll usually walk for an hour, or possibly two. One of my favorite spots, though, is right across Fourth Avenue - the Gil Hodges Community Garden. 

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It's a bit of a secret garden, and I like it best when the eastern redbud blooms magenta. It'll look like this for another week or two, and then turn completely green. That's nice too, but not nearly as thrilling as a wholly pink tree.  

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Last weekend, we went to a slightly less secret garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It was a gorgeous, sunny day - so of course it was as packed as SoHo on a Saturday afternoon. But it was still nice. 

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We checked out the bonsai trees, the herb garden, the Japanese garden, and the cherry blossoms.  

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And in my own backyard...the stonecrop came right back, totally delightfully. And the hydrangea, which was only budding a couple weeks ago, is now nice and full and continuing its ascent up the wall. (Not sure what's going to happen when it starts to climb over to the neighbor's side....)

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And lastly, another shot of Gil Hodges. It's such a lovely spot!  

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