So last weekend my roommate, Russell, and I decided to bum around Brooklyn. The day was beautiful and we just wanted to take advantage of the amazing weather. We also had a few things we wanted to do. We started by walking to BAM-Brooklyn Academy of Music to catch a showing of 42-the Jackie Robinson movie.
This movie was especially poignant for me as the Dodgers, especially the Brooklyn Dodgers have a special meaning in my life. I may have already written about this but my dad was born in Brooklyn and legend tells a few stories about the Brooklyn Dodgers. The first being that my grandparents had actually broken up at one point and my grandmother had a friend give my grandfather a ticket to the Dodger game and she “happened” to be there. Second is that my family lasted one season after the Dodgers left Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles.
The movie did not disappoint! It was a wonderful story of how Jackie Robinson was the first black player in Major League Baseball and Branch Rickey, the manager who got him there. I loved seeing different parts of Brooklyn and loved thinking that we were on Flatbush Ave-only a few short miles away from where the Dodgers used to play at Ebbets Field!
Even the walk was beautiful:
We walked back up to Prospect Heights after that and ended up getting some Mexical for dinner–hard to find good stuff in NYC but this wasn’t bad:
We also just played around with the camera:
There was another reason I wanted to end up in Prospect Heights I had read about an Ice Cream place called Ample Hill Creamery. And let me tell you, the line was out the door and around the corner!
It took us about 45 minutes just to get into the store and then the line wound around the restaurant. I felt like I was at a ride at Disneyland. It didn’t hurt that there was tons of cool murals and stuff on the walls!
Some really interesting stuff about the owner:
And we finally got the front and by goodness, the ice cream did not disappoint!
I had Salted Crack Caramel: salted caramel ice cream with pieces of Deb’s famous crack cookies (saltines, butter, sugar, chocolate) and Ooey Gooey Butter Cake: The smoothest, creamiest vanilla ice cream with gobs of St. Louis Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Pieces.
Russell had Bananmom: a twist on banana pudding: organic bananas, Saigon cinnamon and vanilla wafers and Sweet As Honey: homemade honey comb candy in a sweet cream ice cream.
At the end of the day, thanks to my handy dandy UP by Jawbone bracelet, we had walked nearly 7 miles. A very good chill day in Brooklyn!