John and I traveled separately to Brooklyn last weekend so I could get there early to spend some QT Lady Time with Kayte and Melissa. After I met up with Kayte on Saturday afternoon, we made the most of the winter sunshine by getting brunch and visiting some of Park Slope’s numerous little shops.
Brunch was at the French bistro Belleville. It turns out that the antidote to hours on a Peter Pan bus is a Bellini, coffee, butter, and laughter with one of your best friends.
To start we shared a basket of flaky, buttery croissants served with cinnamon butter and wild-berry jam. For my main dish I ordered poached eggs on puffed pastry with spinach, mushrooms, and hollandaise. This was one decadent meal, but that’s what special occasions are for!
Shopping (and hopefully a little calorie burning) was an enjoyable disaster. We tried on several dresses at several stores that all managed to look hilariously terrible. We also stopped into the random junky vintage shop, which is always fun to wander through and check out the many overpriced things I want but don’t need.
We met up with Melissa for a delicious Italian dinner in Gowanus, then the three of us braved the winter wind back to Kayte’s apartment for a night of cocktails and storytelling. At one point in the early hours of Sunday morning we were all in tears laughing at Melissa’s story about a monkey named Butch “acting bad” by gambling on a WWII navy ship…the best part being that a good chunk of the story is actually true. Kayte made us a “giant pancake” in the oven at 3:00 am. We watched the George Harrison video for “I Got My Mind Set On You” (mostly the part with the stunt double dancer) more than once.
It was a blast and I slept like a baby.
It was crowded inside so we took our pie outside into the sunshine. Salted Honey, Salted Caramel Apple, and Black Bottom Lemon…all with a spoonful of fresh whipped cream.
Each slice was perfection, as always, but I closed my eyes when I tasted the Salted Honey slice Melissa chose. It was creamy and sweet, with the great bite of the sea salt sprinkled on top.
It’s a good thing it’s Kayte that lives around the corner from the shop and not me, because I would need to buy all new pants…or at least a pair of Pajama Jeans…to make up for how often I would be there.
We did meet up with the boys eventually for a fun-filled Sunday night, but I have to say…I needed that Lady Time on Saturday.
Love these girls.
As soon as this winter weather takes a hike I hope I can get down there more often. Cities aren’t really my preference, but when you’re with your favorite people in a place as fun as Brooklyn, you find you don’t want to leave.
This is the only picture from the weekend that I am in, so I am including it even though Melissa and I are bathed in shadows. I asked a stranger to take it. You only get one chance in those situations…and I was just glad Melissa didn’t offer the explanation “She has a blog..” like she did a few moment before when strangers were walking by while I took the other pie pics.
Classic Melissa. I am still laughing.