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Foodie Friday: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

TGIF, friends!  And Happy National Run at Work Day!

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I’m heading out shortly to co-lead a run for a company, but first, I want to share my latest Foodie Friday adventure.  My friend and fellow foodie Gabby and I finally crossed off one item on our New York City Bucket List this week: getting pizza at Grimaldi’s!

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Its flagship restaurant is situated in DUMBO (district under the Manhattan Bridge overpass, aka Brooklyn), but there’s also a location within Chelsea’s Limelight Marketplace.  This restaurant was on the smaller side (Gabby said it used to be a club back in the day), and it was packed when we arrived around 7:30 p.m.  We immediately ordered a regular pizza (Grimaldi’s doesn’t do slices) with peppers and sausage …

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… and devoured every last bite.

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Let’s say I was carbo-loading for my 3,000-yard swim and four-mile run the next morning, ha!

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Anyway, besides the obvious—it’s pizza, therefore it’s delicious—we really enjoyed the thin crust.  The crust itself tasted crispy, and the sauce worked to soften it a bit in the actual pie.  It gets two thumbs up from me!

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

Brooklyn Highjinx

Hiya!  As if you couldn’t guess from this post’s title, guess where I went today!

Hello, BK!  After my workout this morning—running and strength training; nothing to write home blog about—I met up with Gabby and Connie, two fabulous William Smith women and feminist activists to check off a few items on my NYC Bucket List.  First stop?  Brooklyn Cupcake!

Holy cow—just check out all these options.

Each of the ten-plus flavors seemed to stare back at me from the display case.  And each flavor—from the coconut to the chocolate cheesecake to the tres leches—seemed to say, not so subtlety, “pick me!”  Hello, red velvet.

And hello, homemade cream cheese frosting.

From the first not-so-graceful bite—did you see the mound of frosting?—I knew this would easily be one of the top three cupcakes I’ve ever had.  The cake tasted perfectly moist, and it was the cream cheese frosting that stole the show.  And I don’t even like frosting.  Since Brooklyn Cupcake changes its menu often—it even offers special weekend options like tiramisu and apple pie—I will definitely be back.

After our afternoon indulgence, the girls and I headed to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Sure, a stroll across the bridge would help burn off those sinfully delicious cupcake calories, but we also had another destination—Bluestockings, a bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side, aka feminist heaven!

So much room for activist activities–activism and social justice books lined these shelves. (Michele, come visit ASAP!)

And obviously, there was room for Ryan Gosling.  Love me some Feminist Ryan Gosling.

Would you believe me if I said some of us even got tattoos?  Well, we did!  No, not me, and no pictures.  You’ll have to head over to Gabby’s post to see the ink.  I will say this:  it’s very rhetorical.  Thanks for a great day, Gabby and Connie!

Edited to add link to Gabby’s post.

How was your Monday?  Did you do anything fun?