Cheers to the first full week of October beginning today! After work on Friday, I ventured into the city for a weekend full of F & F (family and friends) time.
When I arrived in the city Friday evening, I spent time with my brother, his girlfriend, and a couple other people. We had a fantastic steak dinner at my brother’s apartment and we spent the remainder of the evening unwinding from the week. I rarely go out on Friday nights because I’m usually exhausted from the week, so having a low-key night at my brother’s place was the perfect compromise.
I was supposed to participate in a run with a group of friends on Saturday (see #1 below), but due to extremely poor weather conditions that run was cancelled. We had to postpone participating until 2016 but at least we didn’t have to run in the rain, cold temps, and wind! Since the run was cancelled, Saturday morning was a continuation of Friday night’s low-key energy. I decided to meet up with one of my friends from junior high/high school and we had brunch at where else but The Smith! (Surprise, surprise? Not at all) I’ll admit- I was extremely tempted by the Salmon Benedict and the Blueberry Waffles that The Smith has ha on their breakfast/lunch menu, but after indulging by eating a heavy steak dinner the night prior I chose to order an omelette. It turned out to be the perfect energy-booster on a cold and dreary day!
Later on I met up with a friend for dinner. I’d never been to the East End Kitchen before, so I was thrilled to try out a new restaurant. I absolutely adored the simple yet sophisticated decor of the restaurant, and the food was just delicious. I’ve already added it to my list of restaurants that I love in NYC! I ended up staying in the city an extra night, and left the city after having a late breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien on Sunday morning.
Sunday was a continuation of a mix of friends and family- the clouds cleared by the time I got to my father’s home, which was perfect timing for our rather new weekly routine of tennis practice. Sadly, despite the fact that the clouds had cleared (for the most part), the wind lingered from the storm so our practice was cut a bit short. Later on I spent time with more family, since a relative was in town from out-of-state – then I headed back out east just in time to welcome a dear friend visiting from Germany.
I’ve said it so many times, to so many people- the autumn out here is by far my favorite time of the year. Besides the beautiful scenery, the energy in town changes completely from hipping-and-hopping to being absolutely cozy. One of my favorite restaurants, Tutto il Giorno, is a perfect example of this. In the summer, it’s very difficult – if not impossible – to drop in for dinner, as there is usually a long wait. The front of the restaurant, where the bar is, is usually bustling with people who are having a drink before dinner or with people who are waiting for their table. Last night though, the girls and I were able to drop in and be seated at one of my favorite intimate corner tables without having to wait. Perfect! The girls and I indulged in pasta (their Paccheri is unbelievable), veggies galore (oh my BRUSSEL SPROUTS!), cheesecake and good conversation (of course). It was the ideal ending to a weekend of being here, there, and everywhere.
5 Things…To Take Note Of
- I was so excited to run this (last Saturday), but it was cancelled- now I can’t wait to run it in 2016!
- Shopping for gifts for a certain someone and this, this and this from West Elm caught my eye (monogrammable!)
- Chelsea boots + a bit of leopard = LOVE
- This is pure brilliance.
- …and last but not least, if I won the lottery this is how I’d spend a chunk of it