All posts tagged: Favorite Places

My Favorite Places: Smorgasburg

Spring is (almost) here! And with the warm(ish) weather comes the opportunity to emerge from my winter-long hibernation on my couch and take advantage of all the fun outside activities the city has to offer. One of my favorite places to frequent in said warm weather is Smorgasburg – an open-air food market that pops up in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. So, with empty stomachs and high expectations, Matt and I made our way to Brooklyn to indulge in a day full of decadent dishes. Not only is the food out of this world, but the views don’t suck either. It’s fun to see the skyline from the other side of the East River – I’m so used to the view from across the Hudson in Hoboken. East River State Park has both grass and beach areas, making it a great place for a photo opp (or several). Brooklyn is always a fun place to visit in any case – although I usually don’t feel like I’m cool and/or trendy enough …

My Favorite Places: Sunnyside Cafe, Hoboken

Recently, Matt and I have been trying to branch out from our typical weekend routine of hibernating inside on the couch binging Netflix and Hulu all day. Don’t get me wrong, that is still probably one of my favorite ways to spend time, but with the spring drawing nearer I think we are both getting sick of wasting away inside. So, this past weekend we decided to spread our wings and fly – staying within the approximately square-mile radius that is the city of Hoboken. Now, if there’s one thing you should know about Hoboken, it’s that there are the most bars and restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the country. (Okay, in fairness I have never seen an official report supporting this claim, but most people seem to agree that it’s true.) In any case, there are a ton of new places to try. Having lived in Hoboken for close to three years now, I have made my rounds in terms of its bar and restaurant scene. But, as a millennial constantly …

My Favorite Places: Alstede Farms

Ever since I was in high school, one of my favorite places has been Alstede Farms, located in Chester, NJ. My friends and I would go to Alstede for the vast and expansive apple orchards and pumpkin patches — not to mention their INCREDIBLE apple cider doughnuts. Around this time last year, I started getting that familiar annual urge to head out to the farm — nothing says “fall” like a good pumpkin patch Instagram. I asked Matt if he would go with me and, being the trooper he always is, he agreed. But of course, the one weekend we chose to make the trip had awful weather. It was cold and rainy, which does not make for an ideal pumpkin/apple picking environment. So we bought a 6-pack of apple cider doughnuts, ate two each in the car, and headed home. So this year, I was determined to have the full farm experience. Matt and I picked a weekend to go and all I week I anxiously checked the weather, praying for sun. I may have …

My Favorite Places: Bungalow Bar

Over the past few months, I’ve admittedly been pretty behind on my blogging. So as a final ode to summer, I decided to do a catch up on everything that has happened between now and my last post. One of the places I want to highlight is called Bungalow Bar, eloquently described by Google as a “waterfront restaurant with a casual vibe offering American food, drinks & frequent live music.” Google, you’re not wrong! My boyfriend, Matt, introduced me to Bungalow Bar at the beginning of the year, but the first time we went it was still too chilly to eat outside. Bungalow Bar in the summer, however, is a whole ‘nother ballgame. It’s an awesome summer spot for dinner or drinks, and the night we went happened to have ideal weather – warm enough to be outside, but cool enough that I wasn’t wading through my own sweat. It was the perfect weekend getaway to escape the city while staying close to home.

My Favorite Places: Grand Vin, Hoboken

One of my absolute favorite places in Hoboken is Grand Vin, a quaint restaurant and bar located on the corner of 5th Street and Grand Street. I stumbled upon it accidentally when I was (hangrily) searching for a brunch place that had little to no wait – a rarity in Hoboken on a Sunday afternoon. As soon as I saw its beautiful rustic exterior, I had a feeling this place was right up my alley (only figuratively though, since it was a decent walk from my apartment). The inside was even more beautiful; its repurposed decor, organic textures, and soft lighting provided a natural warmth and welcoming atmosphere. I felt instantly at ease in a place so full of charm and character (which may be even more rare these days than a brunch place with no wait). The food was excellent, too. I had never had avocado fries before, but I can confidently give them a 10/10 and two thumbs up (especially paired with the chipotle aioli sauce, yum). Every meal we got looked and tasted delicious, which increased my love for this newly found …

My Favorite Places: Wynwood Arts District

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to go on an all-expenses-paid (well, most-expenses-paid) trip to Miami, FL for my company’s annual offsite. Although the offsite only lasted Tuesday through Thursday (at the Eden Roc Hotel, nonetheless), we were given the option to extend our stay through the weekend and adjust out flight to Sunday. My friend, Alex, and I jumped at this opportunity and found a little Airbnb in South Beach for the remaining three nights. It was great spending a few days with my company at such a beautiful hotel, but Alex and I were excited to do some exploring on our own come Friday. Our first night at our Airbnb was lovely, and we decided that the next day rather than going straight to the beach we would journey to the Wynwood Arts District, which had been strongly recommended by one of Alex’s friends. In case you haven’t heard of it: The Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 art galleries, retail stores, antique shops, eclectic bars, and one of the largest …

My Favorite Places: Newport, RI

One of my favorite places in the world (or at least, the world that I’ve seen so far) is Newport, RI. A big part of that definitely has to do with the fact that I went to school nearby. To say Rhode Island is small is definitely an understatement; for the most part, anywhere you want to go is less than a thirty minute drive. So naturally, my friends and I frequently visited Newport during the school year, so typically in the fall or spring. I’ve always loved Newport for its boutiques and shopping, its great selection of restaurants and bars, and (of course) its breathtaking harbor views. I went back this past August for the first time since graduating school in May of 2015. My boyfriend, Matt, and I stayed at the Newport Hotel & Marina and had a beautiful view from our room overlooking the harbor. Newport in the summer was just as amazing, if not more so, as in the fall or spring (photo gallery from our trip below). From bougie brunches and fancy drinks at Forty 1° North, …