Summer has finally arrived here in New York… the heat, the often unpredictable rain showers, and the gorgeous sunshine. The sun sets later and when I leave work, everyone’s out and about enjoying the weather. And on the weekends, it’s like the city’s awoken from a long hibernation. The smells of barbecues waft through the air and there’s music and laughter on every street corner it feels like.
This is my second summer in Bedstuy and I feel more at home now! I know the neighborhood and the community and after finding my footing in my new home, I’m ready to explore! There’s so much to see and as much as I want to relax, I want to see it all! I don’t want to miss a second of this summer (though I say that now before it’s 100+ degrees and all I’ll want to do is sit in A/C).
But anyway, last weekend, embracing this wanderlust, I explored Hoboken for the first time! We hung out on the piers and got burgers and beer. The views of Manhattan are incredible and its so beautiful over there. It’s a cool little community and the piers might just be my new favorite place!
And this past weekend, I took the Staten Island Ferry for the second time…. I love being on the water and those views once again! After getting vaguely lost in Staten Island, we caught the ferry right at sunset back into Manhattan.
**As you’ll see, I love a good skyline!
And then on Sunday, I had a little picnic with my lovely friend Irena on Governor’s Island. I’d never been to Governor’s Island before and I’d love to go back! It’s free and open to the public and so quaint and lovely. It used to be a base for the Coast Guard so there’s a mix of rows of cute homes (with rocker chairs on porches which are one of my favorite things behind skylines) and spans of greenery and a Fort AND a Castle! You feel like you’re miles away from New York, but Staten Island is farther than Governor’s Island and you’re never far from those skyline views again!
But anyway, enough skyline porn… for our little day trip, I made caprese sandwiches on homemade focaccia bread! This are a great summer sandwiches and are perfect on homemade bread with homemade pesto. Of course, as always, store bought ingredients would do the job too!
I decided to top my focaccia with chopped olives and grated parmesan, but rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes or even caramelized onions would also make great toppings!
I also made homemade pesto for the first time with my fancy new food processor!
Slice your bread and top with pesto, sliced mozzarella and thick slices of tomatoes.
And no picnic is complete without a good baked good and Irena outdid herself with these adorable (and delicious) carrot cake whoopee pies!
Well another beautiful weekend… ready for a week at work and ready to see what else this summer has in store for me!