So, it’s July already. Actually it’s the end of July which means it’s basically August and that also means that summer is almost over in New York. Depressing thought. I’ve decided that I really only like to wear sandals and flats. Not a huge fan of socks and shoes. Socks alone, yes. But not with shoes on top. So the thought of fall and winter approaching is not thrilling. I might be the only person who doesn’t get excited for pumpkin spice lattes, uggs and sweaters. Put the AC on high enough in your house and you can still enjoy those things while it’s still summer outside. Best of both worlds if you ask me.
With this realization that summer is coming to an end, I wanted to take a day to explore somewhere outdoors. I chose the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights. I’m not too familiar with that area so it felt new and exciting. And believe it or not, I’ve never been to that Botanic Garden! I almost don’t believe it myself considering most of my days are spent drawing and painting flowers. It was about time.
Ample Hills Creamery is a must for anyone who has never been. They homemake small batch ice cream fresh on site everyday. Their flavors are totally intriguing such as “Mexican Hot Chocolate” which is dark chocolate ice cream mixed with hot chili flakes. Pretty Awesome. They also have your originals like “Cookies and Cream” but they call it “Sweet Cream and Cookies” and it’s about a billion times better than the regular stuff. John, my husband went rogue and ordered a Rice Krispy flavor. To. Die. For. Adventure part one, operation success.
The Botanical Gardens were of course, beautiful and serene. I gathered some beautiful photos of roses to put to good use sometime this week. Taking a long walk is also something I never do and made me very aware that I need to up my cardio so I don’t have an early heart attack. I’ll definitely be taking a trip back for the cherry blossoms next spring and hopefully in better physical shape. Shin splints are real.
After the gardens, we ventured out to one of our favorite areas in Williamsburg, Bedford. Rosarito’s Fish Shack stole my heart about 6 years ago when I was still a student at FIT. Their tacos and margaritas are incredible. This Argentinian restaurant is not only delicious but an entire source of inspiration. It’s got a very spanish, nautical vibe going on and you feel like you left Brooklyn and sailed away to an island. Or maybe like you’re on an actual boat. Either way, it’s an escape. The neon colored buoys are my absolute favorite. Along with the stunning pink opuntia margarita. Thank you Rosarito, whoever you are and wherever you learned these recipes, for satisfying my mouth and stomach.
The rest of the images reflect random finds on our walk through prospect heights. Vintage fabrics, a sweet logo from a bagel shop, an adorable pie store, etc. It was revitalizing to get out of my office and out of my town for a day and see something new. Looking forward to the next adventure, for sure.