weekends / good friends & good eats

On the road again

Snagged a few samples of the Clarins Double Serum and piled it on with moisturizer pre-flight. I quite like the serum! Pat, don’t rub.

Weddings are a precious time especially when you’re allowed to stand on the sidelines.

Eden Gardens

Waiting for brunch at Griddle Cafe.

Finally met my girlfriend’s toddler. I love pudgy little hands and babies in checks.

Tons of quality time with one of my longest friendships!

Tres leches cake from Porto’s.

Fried boquerones drizzled with honey and saffron at Bäco Mercat.

Root beer + chocolate soda at Bäco Mercat.

Finally tried Jeni’s brambleberry crisp ice cream!

Monday Sundae at Big Gay Ice Cream

Back home and back to the routine!

to shop & eat / joe fresh and rainbows

I was doubtful of Canadian import, Joe Fresh, but I have fully jumped on the JF bandwagon. Its inaugural collection in NY was heavy on neoprene and did not impress. JF fully redeemed itself with Repetto-esque knockoffs in their Spring collection, which I never got around to blogging about. If you struggle to grasp the JF concept, think of a trendier version of Uniqlo. For my friends outside of NYC, do not fret. JF is collaborating with JCPenney’s nationwide!

I am loving their Fall 2012 outerwear. As much as I love real leather, I have nothing against faux because it is much easier to maintain (I don’t even let purse straps sit on most of my leather jackets! I hate the thought of friction). And how long have I been waiting for someone to make affordable Moncler-esque down jackets?

I do think it is crazy that they have so many stores in NYC. I’ve only been to the upper Fifth and lower Fifth Avenue locations. The gentlemen at the lower Fifth Avenue provide the best service.

As for rainbows, you have to try the rainbow paleta popsicle by La NewYorkina at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. My favorite layer is the coconut.

to eat / {my east village} van leeuwen & big gay ice cream

I love ice cream. When I heard E 7th St was getting not one, but TWO, ice cream shops, I thought to myself once again, I love my neighborhood.

Van Leeuwen is a little further away and outside of from my area of frequent movement. After my experience, it’ll be a while before I return. VL ice cream is still good on its own and you can also buy it at Whole Foods. My advice is to stay away from the hot fudge. There was a weird waxy, unmelted texture going on and I got sick from it.

Big Gay Ice Cream started out as a truck. I’d only been to the truck once and the lines were horrendous. I was ecstatic when they decided to open a storefront really close to me. They had a Groupon that forced me to eat there more often then I preferred, so I visited it frequently. The lines were long when the shop just opened, but they have died down. Also, their staff is super friendly. I witnessed a proposal here. The last time I popped in, I got a salty pimp for free. I have no idea why none of the other patrons wanted a freebie. Not pictured are the ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery, which will be another post. I’m no ice cream sandwich connoisseur, but these were the best I’ve ever tasted!

  • My top recs are the sundaes and the ice cream sandwiches. I like the spicy hot fudge.
  • I advise studying the menu before visiting as the store layout is not slow decisionmaking-friendly.
  • Subscribe to their Facebook/Twitter for specials and updates.

Some pictures with commentary. Please note that the following items were consumed across a span of four months.

The menu that changes – and has changed a bit since it opened.

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