That’s right, not only is it officially summer, but Momma Fuelling was in town for a fabulous girl’s weekend ~ shopping ~ eating good food ~ exploring and more.
Thursday night we met up with some family friends and ate oodles of delicious pizza and gnocchi at the ever so popular Eataly. I’m truly blessed to have these guys on the east coast since they are pretty much my east coast family. I love it!
First thing Friday morning, we set out to New Jersey to visit Hoboken. The real search was to find a jewelry store that my mom’s college friend had started. Apparently it was called Anastasia’s Accessories but sadly has since closed down.
It was not a total fail since I had never been to Hoboken and we soon found ourselves outside the famous Cake Boss Bakery. Obviously we had to get in line and see what the real atmosphere was like.
Just look at those monstrous cookies and cakes! All the fondant!
Since it has become such a big deal, that there is a line outside the bakery and a man giving numbers for when you enter the store. After we picked up our sole cannoli (later to be put in the freezer) we headed back into the city to do some shopping.
The rest of Friday was spent cleaning my apartment top to bottom. No really, Madre, bless her, got right in the tub with a toothbrush and cleaned all the grout and tile. Doesn’t that sound fun? But really, I don’t think I’ve seen my place this spotless and it’s sort of incentive to keep it up. I did try to pick up a bath caddy but had the most difficult time getting it to stick to the wall.
Friday night was a night on the town ~ A quick dinner at TGI Fridays (keeping it classy) before watching Motown the Musical. I was so looking forward to the music as much of it was on the local stations I listened to growing up.
THE BLACK & WHITE COOKIE ~ Two flavors living in perfect harmony (homage to the Seinfeld episode)
A New York classic that may have been consumed three days in a row. It’s safe to say I’ve found a new favorite dessert (or just add it to the list). I had to include the picture of cookies at Pick-A-Bagel where they create separate cookies, for those who like one flavor over another. My mom and I were laughing all the way home about this.
Both Saturday and Sunday started off with a light jog down the east river trail. Even though we were walking all over the city, it was helpful to start off on the right foot and of course work up an appetite for the fabulous food we planned to indulge in.
Literary adventure on Saturday – a trip north to Tarrytown and Sunnyside, NY where we visited Washington Irving’s estate (post to come soon…I’m sure y’all are dying for some English gossip 😉 but really, it’s a neat trip).
Then for dinner we went to Pete’s Tavern where O. Henry (author of Gift of the Magi) was a regular. My mom had spotted the tavern back in November and kept telling me to test it out. I had no clue what she was talking about even though I walked past the place almost every other day.
It’s safe to say I had one delicious burger with sweet potato fries and my mom had the most amazing turkey burger. I have no idea what seasoning or sauce they used but I was hooked!
We wrapped up the weekend with another run along the east river trail (got to get this girl back in shape…slowly but surely) and then dressed up for brunch at The Boathouse. I have certainly lucked out with weather because it was another brunch to remember.
Today she heads home and it’s back to work I go. Looking forward to the summer days ahead and hopefully a Fourth of July fete.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox.