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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Countdown...2012

For New Years, I headed home to celebrate the new year with my friends. I arrived bright and early New Years Eve morning with time to unpack, clean and even squeeze in a run. Let's face it, after the holidays, who isn't feeling a tad heavier from all the delicious food. Let's not forget to mention the extra couple of pounds I packed on from all the holiday treats and not working out. The dress I was planning to wear isn't forgiving either. It is faced with zippers that do not stretch at all. 


Tess and I spent the first half of the eve at Emma's apartment. 
Side note: Tess and Emma are not wearing the same dress. This was not planned. They just happen to dress alike a lot. 






We got the dance party started...









Around 11:00pm, we headed to Williamsburg to bring in the New Year with a bunch of random people we did not know! Well, at least that was the case for me. Tess on the other hand knew almost everyone it seemed! No worries, I made a new friend right away!   We drank champagne, danced and watched the ball drop, literally!


We had a very successful New Years!

 The next day, Chris had a trip to Coney Island for the Polar Bear Swim planned for us. Unfortunately, or was it fortunately, not everyone was feeling fantastic, as it should be on New Years Day. We skipped the bike ride to Coney Island for a bike ride practically to Coney Island, to have brunch. For a year now, Tess has been telling me about this fantastic brunch she experienced at The Farm on Adderley I figured, why not check it out. We were already in Brooklyn, ready for an adventure, and we had all day. 


About the Farm on Adderley

The Farm On Adderley opened in the Summer of 2006 in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. The restaurant was conceived of by Gary Jonas and Allison McDowell, residents of the neighborhood. Together with Chef Tom Kearney and the help of friends and family they opened the doors.
The name comes from an expression that Gary grew up with in South Africa that basically means a long shot. Adderley is a main thoroughfare in Cape Town and to have a farm there is somewhat of an impossibility. “If that ever happens I’ll buy you a farm on Adderley,” so the expression goes.
The Farm on Adderley tries to speak to the way we want to cook and feed ourselves and our neighbors. The restaurant aims to bring thoughtfully produced food and ingredients to our community in a totally accessible way. Much of the way The Farm has evolved has been to pursue the principles of supporting local farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs as much as possible, making delicious food from that, and serving it in a completely honest way.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch seven days a week. There is a full bar and outdoor garden seating.

The whole ride there, Tess was already telling us about the dish she was having, The Fisherman's Eggs. After some much needed ginger ale, black licorice and a bench break, we were seated at a cozy little round table in the back room (photo below).  It was yet again, one of those times where you're too hungry to make a decisions. Everything sounded too good to be true, and even better to be happening.  


Brunch


I couldn't make up my mind so I chose two things. Why not? I figure New Years Day only happens once a year. The Poached Eggs & Grits sounded too good to pass up. I was right.


Along with my Grits, the Bibb Salad sounded fantastic and healthy. Bibb lettuce is one of my favorite greens. Top it with pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and you've got yourself a simple but tasty dish. Plus, you can't go wrong with goat cheese. Those goat cheese fritters are what actually sold me.


Dave copied Tess with the Fisherman's Eggs. 


Chris and Emma both had the Farm Burger and Fries. As small as they look in the photo, neither were finished, packed in to go box, tossed in the back pack and rode all over the city until they were safely fridged. Dave's snack for later. 


Sides

It wasn't until these two mouth watering Chocolate Brioche with Sea Salt and Butter and Goat Butter and Maple Sugar toasts were set on the table did I have any idea Tess ordered them. Everyone needs a little sweet at the end of every meal. Both were amazing, but the Chocolate Brioche took the cake. This is big news coming from someone who isn't a "chocolate girl." 


It was a fantastic brunch with friends. I'm sure we will be back someday. For now, some candid moments of our New Years Brunch!





Once we were feeling like we could hop back on our bikes without falling off, we headed over to our new apartment. Wait, what was that? Yes, it's true. It's time to break the news...

I'M MOVING TO BROOKLYN!!! 

Can you believe it? Because, I still can't. Three quarters of me is stoked but the other quarter is still wondering what the hell are you doing? Some of you might be thinking, isn't she moving backwards in life from living alone in an apartment in SoHo to an apartment in Brooklyn with roommates. Well, there are pros and cons, just like every move. But I feel the pros outweigh the cons. Plus, I love my roommates and if there was ever a time in life for me to be making these changes, now's the time. 

We laid around on the hardwood floor, in our unfurnished apartment, for a long time joking, laughing and enjoying life. 






It was a great way to start off the new year. I've got a lot of changes and new adventures happening this year and I'm ready for them to begin. Plus, I've got a whole new house to furnish. No one, I mean no one, is more excited about that than me! I can't wait to share.

Happy 2012!

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fantastic NYE. I had fun celebrating with the rest of the Skibs!! The morning after brunch looks delish!! There are too many good places to eat in NYC!! And, I CAN'T WAIT until you move in your new apt so I can come visit!! :)

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  2. It sure looks like you had a lot of funnn!!! Kick start 2012 with a bang, Lexi! :D

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  3. I hope you enjoy living in Brooklyn! Will this blog be getting a new name? Or does your new apartment happen to be five floors up? :)

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