January 30, 2012

A Spontaneous Weekend

I love spontaneous weekend adventures. While my spontaneous weekends usually take me  to 35,000 feet, this weekend, I hung out in the city and had a nice, impromptu weekend here in New York.

On Friday, The Pilot came to see me after work. We found ourselves in Midtown looking to grab drinks but when that fell through, he suggested going to Brooklyn to go have my favorite pizza in New York!

While some might argue that Patsy's is the best pizza in New York...my vote is for Grimaldi's hands down. (There's a fun rivalry between the two places too!) I don't know if it's the coal oven pizza (with sweet red peppers and onions!), the unbelievable cannolis or the absolutely stunning views of Manhattan from the restaurant's exterior, but this place makes the trip to Brooklyn well worth it!

After pizza, we headed back to my neighborhood and went to a bar for some drinks. The night ended with us on my couch watching Season 1 of How I Met Your Mother. It was time for me to stop watching reruns of that show and start from the beginning so that I could figure out what the heck was going on!

I had glorious plans of sleeping in on Saturday morning after having worked all of last weekend and up bright and early every day last week but 8:30 rolled around and I was wide awake. After a quick breakfast, I decided to head to Central Park to get my 10 miles in before The Pilot woke up. 

When I got back to my apartment, I told The Pilot to find us a nice place for breakfast in the West Village. I love it over there. So off we went to the Bus Stop Cafe...small and cozy with great service and fantastic cappuccinos? Just what I needed after a long run!

On the way back home, we stopped at Magnolia for cupcakes and right after we left Magnolia, we saw Sarah Jessica Parker walking out of her apartment! I'm actually not an SJP fan at all but I thought it was super cool that we saw her after leaving Magnolia. 

Sunday, I had an all-day research symposium at my former/still-go-in-sometimes internship. It was really great and I got to meet some really well-known and respected scholars in my field. After the symposium, I had rehearsal for The Vagina Monologues and then headed to the library where I came home with about 40 pounds worth of books for my thesis research. Yay! *Note the sarcasm.

All in all, it was a great weekend. Fun, spontaneous, sweaty, productive...all the makings of a good weekend in my opinion!

Hope everyone had a good weekend!
Have you ever spotted a celebrity where you live?
Do you have a favorite pizza place in your hometown?
Have a great week everyone!


  1. Sounds like you had a great weekend! Cupcakes sound amazing, and I love that you got in a run before The Pilot woke up. I decided to shower and clean and read before M woke up on Saturday... Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

  2. Wow what a time! Cupcakes and Sarah Jessica very cool!! Erica

  3. How I met your mother is my all time fav show and makes me want to live in NY so bad! haha Enjoy watching it through the seasons, I love it!

  4. You had a weekend that I dream about - NYC pizza, running and celebs! I die!

  5. I've had Patsy's more times than I can count, but never Grimaldi's! I need to make it there soon.

    I once ate lunch next to Ethan Hawke and saw Meg Ryan at a birthday party I was babysitting for.

  6. The cupcakes look delish! I ran into Tom Selleck (Magnum PI) in a bar after a Kings game. But he had aged so much since the show (I used to watch as a kid) that I hardly recognized him. SJP is a much better celeb siting.

  7. What an incredible weekend - you guys squeezed so much in! And that is pretty awesome that you saw SJP!

    Hope you're having a great week! How's operation get bf to take me to Paris for my bday going???


  8. my sister lives up the street from grimaldi's, definitely they make a mean slice!


  9. I've tried both and I also agree that Grimaldi's > Patsy's. One of my favorites is also Piola on Broadway and 12th (close to you; have you been?). They have a bunch of unique pizza combinations; my favorite is the Copenhagen, which is brie and smoked salmon. Second favorite is the carbonara pizza. :)

  10. Is it too late to sign up for the swap? I would happily sign up now if there is another person available! Sorry this is so late! : )


  11. Ah your food shots are making me want to be in NYC. I agree Grimaldis is the best, plus the walk over Brooklyn Bridge makes it even better.

    Yum cupcakes!

    and HIMYM is one of my fave shows! You should do a marathon watching session!


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