Brooklyn: Food, Fashion & a Familiar Accent, pt. 1

 

ST. BALMAIN

Last week I posted about my dream proposal in NYC. I mentioned that Jared and I went to Brooklyn the morning of the big day. You might remember how much I love Brooklyn from the post I had written this last Spring, Inspiration in a New York Minute. I love Brooklyn for the food, architecture, graffiti, shopping, and culture. I'm doing a two part series to show you our last escapade. Hint: A common (accent) thread ran through each place we visited.

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Jared and I started the day off early on the back porch of St.Balmain, a fabulous Aussie run restaurant. He actually knows of the owners, being Aussie himself, so it was only fitting.

We went "splitsies" on Brooke’s Brekky Bowl and Avocado Toast with coffee. Did you know that Australians shorten everything?! One of my favs is breakfast = brekky. The brekky bowl was heaven. Pure heaven. Any time you combine an organic fried egg, cured bacon, fontina cheese, and crispy kale on a pretzel bun...you can’t go wrong! The most outrageous gem at St.Balmain is the syringe & cream doughnuts. Customers pick between chocolate, vanilla creme and strawberry jam and then fill up the doughnut themselves. Heaven again? I think so. 

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As I was fighting Jared for the last bites of fontina cheese, I noticed the cutest belle in an epic skirt sitting at another picnic table. I had to talk to her. And this is Jenn, the Brooklyn photographer in a cute skirt.

Tulled skirt: JOA via Piperlime; Tee: Everlane (love them)

Tulled skirt: JOA via Piperlime; Tee: Everlane (love them)

Shoes: JCrew; Necklace is Verameat (a camera of course); Sunglasses: a little shop on Bedford 

Shoes: JCrew; Necklace is Verameat (a camera of course); Sunglasses: a little shop on Bedford 

If Jenn had that cute of a skirt...she must have some great insight on Brooklyn to do's: 

- How long have you been a photographer? 

On and off since college but I've been really focused on it since moving to NYC 6+ years ago.(People check her out at www.jennhixrosen.com!)

- What kind of photography do you specialize in? 

I've done a lot of fashion and e-commerce, and I enjoy working with new and upcoming fashion designers. I'm currently working on creating a dog (and pet) photography business, and I'm beginning a project about New Yorkers and their dogs. (I love this idea because I have a theory that all dogs look like their owners!) We have a special relationship with our pets here in the city, and I want to document people at home with their pups.

- Do you live in Brooklyn? 

Yes, I've been in Williamsburg just over two years.

- What are some of your fav things to do in Williamsburg? Fav shops?

Well eating and drinking is definitely a favorite pass time around here. There's no shortage of great restaurants and bars, and there's always something new popping up. I love to ride my bike around the neighborhood or over the Williamsburg Bridge, and there's also lots of great studios like Soul Cycle and Pure Barre plus yoga popping up here (which helps even out all the eating and drinking). Taking my dog to the park is also fun (and a little less uptight than the parks in the city). 

Fav shops... Verameat is great as are Catbird and Norbu. I often just walk along Bedford and pop my head into all the shops, there's always something cute. Artists and Fleas is fun on the weekends.

Thanks for reading! I can't wait to tell you about the next stop I found. Oh my goodness, the best vintage store I've ever found! See you next week!