The thing is, once you live in a place, no matter how magical the place is, to go back is about the people and the homecoming more than anything. We are lucky enough to have just about the biggest, most soulful collection of friends you could ask for, all reside within a few blocks of each other in Park Slope, Brooklyn. What's even luckier, is that a couple of those friends, on summer adventures themselves, offered up their apartment for our Brooklyn stay, putting us just three doors down the street from where we used to live. So aside from sleeping in someone else's bed, all of our steps felt eerily ordered and deliciously familiar.
I didn't say no to anything, didn't miss one chance to spend all our seconds with this unique collection of people; so much of our time was spent just meandering the park, or admiring the skyline and my gorgeous friends from an enviable rooftop patio.
Of course, that doesn't mean I skipped out on my favorite places all together. It's just to say that these links are more a map of where we went than the absolute destinations should you be visiting Brooklyn. And I'm okay with that because these adventures are about the memories, and I've got plenty of those associated with each of these spots.
I'd so missed collecting small groceries and picnic needs at Union Market + The Ploughman; breakfasts, respectively leisurely and fast-paced, at Couleur Cafe and La Bagel Delight; lunches with my loves at Ha Noi Vietnamese, Primrose in Clinton Hill, and small bites for an earlier dinner at Prospect Bar + Grill; coffees at DuJour and Colson Patisserie and Blue Bottle (because NOW Park Slope gets one); and the slow kind of browsing shopping that is the best in New York at Lion in the Sun, Modern Anthology, and The Strand, with LaTonya, talking about books while we perused the books.