Today the Egan family clambered on board the new East River Ferry and headed to Williamsburg. We started at Brooklyn flee where we stopped to try the many culinary delights, including my favourite Milk Truck sandwich of aged wisconsin gruyere, farm fresh fried egg and caramalised onions on rye bread. Afterwards we headed to Bedford Avenue and looked in all of the little boutiques. After stopping for a refreshing pellegrino, we also went to one of my favourite interiors shops, Brook Farm Store where I loaded up on a few treats and, as always, felt very inspired.
We’re trying to introduce the family to the local area so today we all descended upon the beautiful area of Brooklyn Heights. After a stroll along the promenade we went to the Brooklyn Historical Society and explored a few of the local exhibitions all about the local area. We also managed to pick up a book about the history of our new neighbourhood, DUMBO. We then walked home via Montague Street and had a look in a few of the shops, including one of my favourites; Design Within Reach. On the way home we stopped off for a cone of Jacques Torres salted caramel ice cream as a delicious treat. A lovely day out.
This evening we left Rory at home with a babysitter and headed out with the family to The River Café, a wonderful, decadent, old style restaurant which has amazing views of Manhattan. Whilst the lights of the city came on and a piano played in the corner, we tucked into delicious ‘foodie’ food. It’s certainly not cheap at $100 a head for the meal alone, but a fantastic treat to treasure.
I thoroughly enjoyed a rare morning off today as O looked after Rory whilst I went to Bumble and Bumble to get my hair cut. My fantastic hairdresser, Alan, knowing it was a treat to have an hour or so to myself, treated me to a hair masque to ensure shiny, shiny hair and even hunted down an old edition of Grazia (before the Royal Wedding) which I loved. Afterwards I met O and Rory with the rest of the family at Soho House for a spot of lunch before walking home via Soho and picking up a slice of Brooklyn Blackout cake from Dean and Deluca.
This afternoon the lovely Dorothy and Eileen popped over to ours for a play date and some afternoon tea. Being slightly healthy, I forwent my usual biscuits and served delicious ripe strawberries that I had picked up earlier from the Farmer’s Market. That evening I hosted a special 60th birthday supper for Grandma Penny, serving a summer linguine with a shaved fennel, courgette and feta salad. We followed this with more ripe strawberries, a burnt sugar and almond ice cream and lemon polenta shortbread. All went down very well, especially with the chilled Veuve champagne.
O is away on business at the moment so it was left to Rory and I to show Grandma Penny and Granddad David around the local area. After a tour of the apartment, we walked around the park and then up and down the cobbled streets where I pointed out all of the lovely local shops. We stopped for some lunch at the delicious Almar, where Rory sweetly slept whilst I enjoyed my goats cheese, beetroot and walnut salad. We spent the afternoon at home catching up and opening a few treats from the UK (lots of books, magazines, chocolate and a few clothes). It felt like Christmas.
O and I enjoyed a rare date night at one of our favourite restaurants; Vinegar Hill House. The food as usual, was divine and the company wasn’t all that bad either! I love going on dates with my husband.
Today we had an explore of the Cobble Hill area which is lovely. A bit like the beautiful Brooklyn Heights with all of its Brownstone houses and tree lined streets, but younger with lots of children. There were so many lovely cafes and boutiques we were spoilt for choice. One place we made a bee line for was the famous ‘Blue Marble Ice Cream’ which was utterly delicious and worth the walk to.
Finally the high chair that I ordered for Rory has arrived and it was worth the wait. As far as high chairs go this is a beauty. It’s a Stokke Trip Trapp, which in my opinion is the chicest of high chairs as well as the most functional. It grows with your child from 6 months until adulthood (although I don’t know many adults who would fancy sitting in it over a ‘normal’ chair). It comes up to the height of the table and doesn’t need a tray which means that Rory can eat with us and learn the all important social skills of eating as well as the mechanical ones he’s trying to master. As a bonus we ordered a special edition one in solid oak which matches our table perfectly. Family eating just got a whole lot more fun.
There are a lot of baby bowls and plates currently on the market that aren’t very stylish (a friend recently commented that their baby’s bowl looked like a dogs one), so obviously I spent a long time researching both a stylish, functional and safe brand to use with Rory. My solution was Kinderville. Not only are these stylish but in their words “Kinderville offers innovative, functional and safe products for your little ones. With a focus on quality and the use of safe materials, which are thoroughly product and safety tested. Kinderville products are perfect for use around the home, to send with your little ones to daycare or for use when the family is on-the-go. Safe, resilient and easy to clean. They also encourage reuse and less waste as they are designed to last.” A great find that I’m incredibly pleased with.