One of my favorite things about being a resident of Jersey, is the accessibility to so many cool places. My #1 favorite cool place is (duh) "the big city," as we call it around here. I love being able to take the train in for day trips and not feel s'touristy. I went there by myself a few weeks ago and spent hours wandering aimlessly...best day ever. Our new favorite place is a neighborhood in Brooklyn called Park Slope. We went there to check out a bike shop for B and found several gems that must be visited. And revisited. So, the other night when we were falling asleep, I said to B, "I'd really like to go to Brooklyn again sometime soon." "Yeah. Me, too," was all he said, but the next day he came home from work early and told us to get ready, 'cuz we're going to Brooklyn! (On a side note, this is one of a million reasons why I love B, he is spontaneous and adventurous.) Would you believe this is the "world's largest bike shop?" True story!
We visited all the baby shops that I'm in love with: Area Kids, Lulu's Cuts and Toys, and Lulu's Then and Now. Area kids has THE BEST sale section ever. A whole wall of adorable half price things, and they also have the best shoe selection evs. Lulu's Cuts and Toys is a dream come true if your kid needs a haircut/nightmare if you don't feel like buying your kid a toy. Josie got a much needed haircut/cleanup from a recent "friend cut" incident. They had the cutest clips, so we avoided buying a toy by letting her pick out new clips for her hair. Awesome. Lulu's Then and Now is definitely the best children's resale shop I've ever been to. I've found several treasures in those racks.
The highlight of our trip, though, was our new favorite restaurant...Miriam. It is Israeli/Mediterranean food to die for. A little family owned restaurant with super sweet service. My kids went nuts over the meatballs in pomegranate sauce, the Mediterranean salad was mine and B's favorite. We had kabobs, falafel, and many other tasty little dishes. I cannot wait to go back.
After dinner we had chocolate from the Chocolate Room. Since we had dessert at Miriam, we just bought chocolates out of their case, but B glanced at the sit-down dessert menu and almost went for a second dessert round. Can't wait to try it next time.
Flirt is really cute with only locally designed and sewn clothing for women. Their sewing classes sound like so much fun...
The moral of this long story is: Come visit me, and we'll go to Brooklyn. We'll shop for cute kids clothes, eat awesome food, then lots of chocolate. Also, I just read that Park Slope has two AMAZING yogurt shops...wanna go?