August 5 – “Devine” History

4422 8th Ave – Brooklyn, NY

After a delicious brunch at Rue 57 we sluggishly walked back to the car, full and hot. This was not a good day for walking around the city, and I was so glad mom and dad drove to NYC.  Our first stop: Brooklyn. 4422 8th Ave to be exact! Now a Chinese restaurant, this was once the home of Joseph Zingale, my Nana’s dad when he lived in NYC before moving to Rhode Island sometime before 1920.

It’s crazy to think about how much recent history depended on Joseph’s move to RI. If he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have met Victoria, would not have had Diane (my nana), who would not have met my Poppy.  And they wouldn’t have had my dad who wouldn’t have met my mom, and they wouldn’t have had me or my sisters! So… thank you Joseph for moving to RI. There would be NO V LIFE! Oh my…

After exploring Park Slope until it was too hot to wander around, we drove to Di Fara’s pizza -well work the hour wait, as long as you walk around and avoid their hot indoors. No AC- how do they do it!? We took our sausage and pepper topped pizza to Brooklyn Promenade where there was a great view of lower Manhattan. One more food mention of the day – we stopped at One Girl Cookies Cafe and boy oh boy, do they do it right!  Well, their cookies were a bit small, but in their iced coffee, they have COFFEE ICE CUBES. I imagine them saying “Duh” to other coffee shops because it is so simple and so smart! No watery coffee! Genius!

Thanks for a great day Mom and Dad!

-V

June 16 – Hipster Twister

Latte at Stumptown

Stumptown on 29th was a few blocks from the hotel I stayed at for BlogWorld and I didn’t get around to trying it. Madison and I drove over for a latte before a morning at the conference to make sure I didn’t miss out again. Such a good latte – they really have it down here.  I loved the Italian feel, drinking while standing at the bar, watching people walk past outside. I think this just may be my favorite coffee shop in NYC now… but 9th street espresso remains a close second!

In the afternoon we drove over the Brooklyn Bridge, headed to a pizza place that was unfortunately closed for lunch.  Bummer! Not to worry – there are a lot of pizza options in Brooklyn! We ended up at this little Italian restaurant – pepperoni pizza for me and sausage and peppers for Madison. Mmm! We walked around Carroll Gardens for a couple hours.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the homes there are so cute (most with yards alive with lot’s of color from all the gardens).

We were exhausted after that, and headed back to the upper west side. I took a nap I was so zonked – can’t remember the last time I napped! Madison’s parents took us out to a lovely dinner at Le Monde –  a great French restaurant on Broadway. I ordered the coq au vin, which was really rich and paired perfectly with the wine Madison picked out!

-V