Some photos above from my weekend. Friday afternoon was spent in an air-conditioned corner of Barnes and Noble devouring (quite literally devouring--I'm almost done with it!) Eat, Pray, Love, then meeting up with some friends to watch Inception....but more on all that another time! I spent Saturday evening alone in Riverside park on an empty bench. I picked up some take out Indian food from Bombay Frankie's on my way over and ate while watching the sun set over New Jersey and the Hudson River. It was nice. I do love Riverside Park. Then I proceeded in true Lydia form to eat all of the food I bought, even though some of it was supposed to be for the next day, and made myself sick (entirely my own fault). It will be a while before I eat at Bombay Frankie's again...although it is one of my favorite places!

Sunday, a friend invited me to a fantastic wine class at New York Vintners by city hall (which I would highly recommend!...we went to the "Biodynamic and Organic Wine" class). Afterwards, we walked around Wall street and I realized it was my first time truly seeing/walking around the financial district. It was really bizarre though, being there on a Sunday afternoon when it was almost entirely deserted! It felt like we were in a movie walking through the closely compacted buildings and streets...alone. Creepy. We made our way back up to the lower East side eventually and had Japanese food and then cupcakes from adorable Butter Lane for dessert (last photo).

Hope you enjoyed your weekend and maybe had some good eats in there too :)

Happy Wednesday!!


Mini Manhattan Road Trip

The concrete jungle has been ridiculously hot as of late. Today is one of the first days in a long while we've been greeted with pouring rain and cooler temps. Last week I was pretty miserable in the heat.  So a friend of mine was kind enough to invite me on a mini road trip in her air conditioned car from Manhattan to Brooklyn. I was so excited, as I had never traveled around Manhattan by car, besides the extremely rare occasion when I take a cab. It was a fascinating experience...I have a whole new perspective on New York City now.  We drove along the highway by the Hudson River (1st two pictures), and then continued over the Brooklyn bridge and into Park Slope, Brooklyn (7th picture down).

In Park Slope we stopped by a CSA Share drop off/pick up point (not pictured, unfortunately) to pick up a box of fresh fruit and veggies for some friends who were out of town. Have you guys ever heard of these CSA Shares? What an excellent way to buy and eat fresh food locally. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, if you purchase a membership to a CSA near you, a local farm provides you with a very large box of fresh produce and/or dairy items every week! I'd highly recommend considering a subscription to a CSA if you live with your partner or family, or within a larger community...they provide you with so much fresh food!!

After a delicious thai food dinner, we headed back into the city...the last picture I snapped was driving back over the Brooklyn bridge.
New York, thank you for cooling down a few degrees so I can enjoy living here again :)

*all photos snapped with my canon powershot sd1000


Being home in Colorado means...

farmers markets:

Hammock in the backyard:

Dog in the backyard

Mom's homemade 4th of July cobblers (peach and blackberry)

Bike rides.



Last week, I headed home to Colorado for a quick visit. A heat wave hit New York City a few days after I left. I can't tell you how happy I was to be outside in cooler weather. On Monday, I hiked up to Catamount Falls near my parents' house with my mom and little sister. Blue skies, freezing cold water. Beautiful. Now here I sit in New York City, 12:34am, sweating my brains out. Happy summer.