An Orchid and Oyster Weekend

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I have a little weekend recap coming your way today 🙂


Saturday was a busy day and I woke up early to fit in a 7 mile run. It felt great but it was pretty rainy outside and I don’t love running in the rain, so I was happy to finish up and take a nice warm shower.

I had to hurry because we had to make our way up to 112th &  Amsterdam by 10:30 for a tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. This is a massive Episcopalian church in Harlem that we’ve walked by and stopped in before, but AJ really wanted to explore it a little bit more.

The title of the tour was Unfinished Symphony and we spent the next hour and a half learning about the history and various architectures of this church. It was quite the story, and we didn’t realize exactly how incomplete the church actually is, both inside and out! If you take a look at this photo, you’ll notice the tower on the left side isn’t even built – something I never noticed before.


After the tour, the rain stopped so we decided to walk home. I was getting pretty hangry at this point, so we stopped into the Westside Market for some prosciutto and mozzarella sandwiches to eat along the way so I would stop being cranky.

After some afternoon relaxing, and a little cat nap for me, we set out again because AJ planned a surprise for the evening!


A couple years ago we went to Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and we had tickets to go again! We had a great time walking around the Conservatory with a complimentary Ginger Vanilla Fusion cocktail (aka vanilla vodka and ginger ale) in hand admiring the flowers.


However, when we first started our tour we were less than impressed, it seemed like none of the flowers were in bloom! We were thinking, are we early, are we late? Why is everything just green?

We eventually made our way to the second half of the Conservatory where all of the flowers were on display. This was much more like it, however, it was very crowded. Last time we went, we felt the flower displays were much more spread out, and so were the people. It was very beautiful, but it was hard to walk through and enjoy at your own pace.


After about an hour and a half, we had enough of the orchids and crowds and hopped on the train back to Manhattan. We were happy we made it back before 9:30 because that meant we were able to get a final seating at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station!


We were both craving oysters and prosecco, so this was the perfect nightcap 🙂



Sunday was freezing and windy outside, but lucky for me, it was a day of AJ cooking inside! He made egg, avocado, mozzarella, and prosciutto breakfast burritos for an at-home brunch.


We watched a bunch of movies and Netflix throughout the afternoon, and then he got to work on his homemade pizza for dinner, which we paired with a delicious 2010 Barolo. I was a very happy girl!

You might notice an episode of Parks and Rec up on my laptop below, that’s because AJ took over the TV to watch WWE Wrestlemania, which was hilarious. I never had the pleasure of watching WWE before, so I had a few questions.


First of all, I ask, “But isn’t this all fake?” To which, AJ explained, yes but the pain and the hits are actually real. So my confused self asks how there can be a “winner” if this is all scripted? Finally, I think I put it into a context I understand – it’s kind of like an episode of the Real Housewives…kinda real, kinda fake…but thoroughly ridiculous and entertaining.



Hope you’re all off to a great start of this week!

How About You?

What has everyone else been up to this weekend?

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