Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Exploring Brooklyn: The Bridge, The Market, The Ice Cream

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Brooklyn Bridge - New York, NY

Mardi Michels' Guest Post for Taste As You Go inspired me to write about a day I spent wandering around Brooklyn at the beginning of September. You see, for the past few weekends, I've been taking advantage of the gorgeous fall weather in New York City and exploring various neighborhoods with my friend Candice.

Our first adventure took us down to City Hall Park in Manhattan, then across the Brooklyn Bridge. We didn't have a plan once we got to Brooklyn, so we just let our feet do the thinking. Eventually, we found ourselves in Cadman Plaza, surrounded by the stalls at the Cadman Plaza Farmers Market. Holy tomatoes!

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Cadman Plaza Farmers Market - Brooklyn, NY

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Cadman Plaza Farmers Market - Brooklyn, NY

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Cadman Plaza Farmers Market - Brooklyn, NY

I've never seen so many varieties of tomatoes before. If I had prepared properly, I would have whipped out my canvas grocery bags and started loading up. Alas, I had to settle for posing for a picture with all of these beauties.

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Cadman Plaza Farmers Market - Brooklyn, NY

Curious to see how long the line was at Grimaldi's, we headed over to Dumbo to see whether our chances of buying a slice were good.

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Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo

Unfortunately, the line was already snaking its way down the sidewalk, so we skipped the pizza and went straight for dessert.

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Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

By the time we got to the front of the line at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, they were out of the strawberry ice cream, so I "settled" for one scoop of the coffee ice cream on a cone. Heaven! We took our frozen treats back outside into the afternoon sun and stood by The River Cafe, where Stephen and I had dinner last November thanks to a gift certificate I won, admiring the view of Manhattan.

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The River Cafe - Brooklyn, NY

I know I won't live in New York forever. And, given the fact I'm still unemployed after being laid off at the beginning of August, I'm not even sure I'll be living in New York in a few months. So I am truly thankful that I had this day with Candice and that we took the time to enjoy the city, on our own terms, at our own pace. The day really could not have been any sweeter.

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