Is it really over?!

I’m guessing that summer is officially over. If today’s weather is any indication, I think it is officially time for me to start cooking again. Have I told you how much I LOVE Brooklyn summers? Oh I have? I also racked up some frequent flyer miles this summer. I tried to remember to take pictures of my most epic eats, but sometimes I was just too busy chewing to stop and break out my camera. Please forgive me. Down below are some (and probably very few) of this summer’s most epic eats.

Dallas, TX
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The Dessert Lady! First seen here. Just as good as i remember.

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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice! Perfect for that insane southern heat.

Brooklyn, NY
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As you can tell, I will probably NEVER be a vegetarian. Random fact: My dad is a vegetarian.

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Alabama Chicken Taco, BBQ Short Rib Taco, and BBQ Pork Slider that I shared with Mama Suite. All from the Mexicue food truck in Grand Army Plaza. Truth: their BBQ Short Rib Taco might just change your life.

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I love dumplings. I love pork. Pork & Chinese Chive Dumplings with soy sesame dip. I now love Rickshaw.

* I always stayed away from food trucks in the past. I always thought that food trucks would inevitably lead to me taking shots of Pepto Bismol, breaking out into a cold sweat and quite possibly curled into fetal position on my bathroom floor. I was pleasantly surprised by the fresh ingredients used on both trucks and I am now happily stalking them on twitter.

San Juan, PR

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Breakfast sandwiches from a tiny spot in San Juan. Obviously I ate more than a sandwich, but my mouth got to it before my camera.

I also had pics of interesting fruit (sugar apple) and an avocado the size of my forearm from my week in Antigua. But my camera ate the pics ={.

Until next year summer! Our love affair is strong.

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Too hot to cook

I’ve been a bad blogger. I admit it. Here’s the thing, I just don’t really cook in the summer. There, I said it. Every year, like clock work, I am hypnotized by the awesomeness that is a Brooklyn Summer. It’s honestly amazing. All of my favorite sidewalk cafes are open extra late, dining al fresco with friends is simply amazing, and it’s just too hot to turn on the stove. Even with my house air conditioned I burn up, seriously. But about once every few weeks I miss banging around my pots and pans and the look my cats give me every time I set off the smoke detector. I promise that I’ll eventually get back in the kitchen, but for now here are a few random pics of where I’ve been and what I’m loving.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream (say whatttt?!) and Heavenly Praline (yummm!). The line is long, I know, stand on it. It’s amazing.IMAG0051 IMAG0052

Every 3rd Sunday of the month from 11am-5pm, food trucks invade Grand Army Plaza. This red velvet cupcake rocked my face off!

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Rice Thai is AWESOME and super cheap! The staff is super friendly and sadly (maybe not) they know me (“Beer right?” “Yes, you know this.”) and they’re 10steps away from PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH ice cream!

Sometimes, I’m a beast and forget to take a picture. There’s also been: Banh-mi sandwiches, Gyros, Falafel, lots of salads, bubble tea, BEER (my love), wine, thin crust pizza, and specialty donuts (cheesecake? passion fruit? lemon poppyseed?!).

*All these pics were taken on my phone. Not too bad right?

**I will cook eventually. Maybe. I guess.

Lobo Tex Mex

I love Cobble Hill, it’s one of those neighborhoods where you can wander around for hours and never get bored. You instantly lose yourself in the fantastic bakeries, vintage shops and of course the restaurants! Last weekend Mama Suite and I decided to park the car and wander around Court St in search of dinner. There was no help from Yelp (ha!), no google, nothing. We walked from window to window browsing menus and waiting for something to jump out at us. In the words of Mama Suite, “I want something that will make my mouth go ‘BANG’!” Oddly enough, when we settled on Lobo, we never glanced at the menu. It was the atmosphere that got us, and anywhere that has TEQUILA sprawled on the sign is an instant winner in my mind.

Lobo has an array of flavored Tequila which I would have loved to try, but I was the designated driver (boooo!). I stuck to beer while Mama Suite got a margarita. The service was fast and friendly, our waitress knew the menu and was able to make suggestions and help us to match our meals with the best drinks. I can’t remember the beer she suggested but it was delicious and I can be a little snobby when it comes to beer. The guacamole was a little bland for my taste (Chipotle reins supreme) but I enjoyed everything else. My only qualm was that this location (they have two) was CASH ONLY and the in-house ATM was out of commission, so I had to run to a shady ATM across the street when it was time to pay the bill.

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Obviously, we didn’t finish everything! The portions are extremely generous, I wasn’t too thrilled with the flan but I think I’ve maybe had flan one other time before this. I would definitely go back to Lobo’s especially for happy hour!

Perelandra Natural & Organic Food

Perelandra is one those hidden gems that you stumble upon randomly when walking around. I’ve been shopping here for about the past year and I always find everything I need. The staff is super friendly and very knowledgable, if you need something that’s not in store, then they will get it for you. The selection is amazing and I always go little wild with the bulk bins. Plus the chocolate selection is amazing! Who doesn’t love chocolate?! Go visit Perelandra NOW and follow them on Twitter!

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Best of Brooklyn: 67 Burger

I have a confession. I’m completely and totally obsessed with burgers. On any given day, at any given time I will choose a good quality burger over pretty much anything else on the menu. I have made it my life’s mission to visit as many burger joints (yes, I said joints) as possible. Luckily for me I live in the greatest city in the world and will never run out of places to visit. But there is one spot not too far from my house that I make it a point to eat at at least once a month. If you live in New York City and you’re not a part of the handful of people who are still unwilling to travel to Brooklyn, stop into 67 Burger. You’ll thank me. I promise. The people are friendly, the prices aren’t bad at all, I love the french fries, but I especially always order a bottle of Boylan Vintage Soda Pop in orange (of course. . .Kenan and Kel anyone?)

Everything’s made to order in the open kitchen right in the middle. First up are the fries. Hot, salty, deliciousness. Yum. I always smother mine with ketchup and mustard. Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

That would be the boy in the background. Forget him, focus on the Boylan Vintage Soda Pop. Later I decided to shove the empty bottle in my purse. It’s currently on my night stand, stuffed with flowers being used as a vase. Double duty people!

Ranch Burger with crispy onions and goat cheese for him.

Turkey Burger with goat cheese, avocado, and chipotle mayo for moi. Epic.

Other Burger places I love:

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Shake Shack

Talk to me:

  1. What are your favorite burger spots?
  2. How do you like your burger?