williamsburg escape

Architecture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

There's nothing like leftover crêpes for Saturday lunch. The frozen spinach in our freezer was calling out to me, so I decided to cook us some Popeye style galettes. Super simple: just throw a crêpe on a pan, crack an egg on top, cover it all with spinach (reheated) and cheese (we did mozzarella and feta) and wait for the egg to be cooked! Remember to salt and pepper generously.



Olympe and my dad leave for Europe in the afternoon, so Mom and I are the only two left (with Morris, of course). We decide to make an impromptu trip to Williamsburg. There, we pay visits to our regular stores: Crossroads Trading Co., Artists & Fleas, Mociun (lustworthy pottery and weavings) and Red Pearl (lovely little things, including the stitched pouch below).

On our way for coffee, we make a quick stop by the Sketchbook Project's Brooklyn Library and Mast Brothers Chocolate, which still engulfs you in its nauseatingly divine cocoa smell. Mom grabs an iced latte from Blue Bottle, her absolute favorite coffee joint in the US. She discovered it for the first time in 2010, during our trip to San Francisco. At the time, Blue Bottle didn't exist on the East Coast, but it has since then opened multiple locations in NYC.

Blue Bottle Coffee in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

          



Mast Brothers Chocolate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Mast Brothers Chocolate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


          



It's music shopping time. At the faux-indie Rough Trade Records, we get the latest releases from Ratatat and Tame Impala (which comes with two free posters!). We don't buy anything from Earwax Records, but it's always a nice spot to visit. I really hope Rough Trade doesn't eat up their business, because that would be awful.

The last store we visit is PS9 Pets, the pet store adjacent to Earwax Records, on 9th St. PS9 is a double-win for us: not only is the super sweet employee very good at helping us find a harness for Morris, but she also lets me cuddle with one of the kittens up for adoption for a good twenty minutes (at the end of which the tiny creature nearly falls asleep in my arms). It's never a bad time for cat therapy.

          

After checking out some street art, we take the L back to Union Square and walk up to 26th Street. We've been invited to our friend José's for a rooftop soirée (I just hate how pretentious that word sounds in English, but there's really no better alternative). José, my Québécois godmother, is the perfect hostess, and delights everyone with her little amuse-bouches. We catch up with Sandy and Valerie, two of my mom's good friends I also love. It's a very enjoyable evening, and I'd almost forgotten how breathtaking the view is from that rooftop. See for yourself!

Street Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Street Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Street Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Street Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Street Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn





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