I had a great weekend, although slightly over-caloric, with no triathlon training to undo the damage. Oops. Basically, I spent the weekend with friends and family having great conversation, wandering, grazing, tasting, exploring, and sampling food and drink. Not too shabby, and pretty much an ideal weekend, in my book. Friday night I hosted a small rum tasting and dinner at my house, followed by a quick visit to the Rhum Rhum Room where I had a few sips of the lovely drink pictured above.
Saturday I slept until noon, which I haven't done in ages -- I guess I needed it -- and started my day with a fundraiser at Terroir Tribeca with @daisy17, tasting some incredible Spanish wines and raising money for Lydia Tillman, a former Casa Mono employee who was the victim of a horrible attack earlier this summer (you can learn more and donate here). We walked back up to the West Village where we met @jordanarothman for some tasty, light French fare at Buvette, and after lingering there for a bit, we headed to Employees Only for cocktail hour. Part two of my evening shifted to Brooklyn and consisted of cocktail bar exploration with Kim (with some food for stamina) in Prospect Heights and Park Slope. Over the course of the evening, we visited Bearded Lady, Cornelius, Woodwork and Blueprint, sipping and nibbling along the way.
Sunday, I continued the lazy grazing theme with my brother. We started at New Amsterdam Market, where we took advantage of many free samples, then (passing the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, pictured above) headed up to Chinatown with a pit stop for Liang Pi noodles at Xi'an Famous Foods. Afterwards we crossed the bridge into Brooklyn and into the gorgeous backyard of Maison Premiere, where we sipped rosé before the massive thunderstorm. After moving inside for protection, we decided oysters (and another glass of rosé) were in order. Sunday evening I spent at home, watching garbage movies on TV and doing laundry, gearing up for the week ahead.