Being a blogger is a very unique occupation in a number of different ways. One of them – unlike with most jobs – is that it can sometimes become difficult to separate real life from blogging. That was the case over the past weekend, where I must’ve said just about a dozen times, “I should blog about this!”
Rewind to Friday, where Jessi and I met up right after work for an evening adventure that included a FreelyBe meeting, 16 Handles, and a top secret BFF mission (will reveal that later this week!). It all led up to something we’ve been planning for months – dinner at The Stanton Social.
With a reservation at 11pm that didn’t seat us until 12am, I must admit that I just wasn’t in the mood to perform my blogger duties of photographing the delicious food and fun, trendy vibe of the Lower East Side hotspot. BUT – I will say that the (tapas) meal was literally the best food I’ve ever had. Four words: French Onion Soup Dumplings.
These. were. PHENOM. I could’ve easily eaten three servings by myself…! Everything we tried was delicious, though, including: the Kobe Philly slider (truffle & goat cheese fondue), Red Snapper Tacos (creamy avocado, spicy mango), and the Duck, Fig & Bleu Cheese Pizetta. Since I didn’t snap photos to share, I guess that just means I’ll just have to go back to Stanton Social soon, right? 😉
Our night ended around 3am, and then Jessi and I woke up the next morning to embark on her tradition (which has now become my own) – No-Plans Saturday. The concept of No-Plans Saturday is pretty much self-explanatory: instead of making plans, we just let the day take us where it may, and essentially do things one hour at a time. This past weekend that led us to the Financial District for the 4th annual Oyster Festival.
I’m not a huge fan of oysters (AKA I have never and will never understand how people actually eat them), but I am a fan of day festivals that include food, live music, and droves of single men. Just sayin’. We met up with a few of our girlfriends for what turned out to be a perfect Saturday.
I stuck around until 6pm and then headed home for a night of relaxing and a 9pm bedtime.
Sunday turned out to be another day-long adventure, complete with gorgeous fall-like weather. After meeting up at church in Tribeca, Jessi and I headed back down to the Financial District where we stumbled upon the New Amsterdam Market right around the seaport area. With tons of unique food fare and vendors from all over the Northeast, it was obviously a blog-worthy experience.
Side note: what is it about farmers’ markets that are just so…happy??
We wandered around and tried some samples before heading over to Heartland Brewery for a (bar-food) brunch. Jessi dug into a big pile of chili nachos…
…and I went with a chicken Caesar salad + a full plate of sweet potato fries.
After lunch we walked up to SoHo for a FreelyBe meeting at Saturdays, and then we finished up the apparent cover-as-much-of-NYC-as-possible day by heading to Union Square for the launch of Liberty Church’s second community. We completely packed out the New York Film Academy for what was a night full of amazing worship and fellowship.
Needless to say, though, the weekend left me slightly exhausted – so much so that I slept in way too late this morning 😕 (the fact that I clearly don’t know how to set up the alarm on the stupid iPhone certainly didn’t help, ugh). NYC does that to a girl, I suppose…
You know, it’s funny – back when I first started blogging, the idea that I had to blog about certain things actually stressed me out. But recently I’ve realized that not only do I not have to blog about everything (sometimes it’s better to just live the experience), but that having the option of documenting my life experiences is actually a really neat opportunity. While there are a ton of things I love about blogging, what I probably love the most is that I’ll be able to look back one day and see the story of my life unfold. And, well, I think that’s pretty rad.
On that note, unfortunately it doesn’t look like these next few long days will be particularly blog-worthy. But hey – it’s all about balance, right? 🙂
Enjoy the new week, friends! xoxo G