ST and I always start slow on Saturdays. We get up at around 9:30 but we stay in bed until 11:30 or so. Then, ST makes brunch, which usually includes something artery-clogging. Yum. Then, as we’re digesting, we slowly plan our day out.
Hmmm… what to do, what to do…
Today, we decided to explore a neighborhood in Brooklyn and have a movie night later.
Winnie kindly gifted us with a Groupon for free rentals from a Blockbuster Express kiosk – sweet! We had to reserve our picks (Thor and True Grit – one for each of us) and then drive to our local Duane Reade to pick them up. Unfortunately, that particular branch was closed, so we had to call Blockbuster, cancel our reservations, and get the promo codes reissued. Their customer service is stellar – everything got done within 5 minutes. Then we had to go back home, redo the reservations, and then drive all the way out to Bay Ridge to pick up our DVDs… kind of annoying. Also, the rentals are only for one day but you can drop them off at any kiosk.
The jury’s still out on whether we’ll actually use the Blockbuster kiosk when it’s not free. It’s only $1 but I hate running around returning stuff. I would much rather prefer the mail-in system like Netflix but alas, I can’t go back to that on principle.
Anyway, after Bay Ridge, we decided to check out Baked in Red Hook because I had a hankering for cupcakes. There are bakeries in Bay Ridge such as the Little Cupcake Bakeshop but they really leave something to be desired.
Baked is on Van Brunt Street, which is a cute tree-lined street with some hipster stores. It made a for a short but delightful walk during which we went into a store with vintage arcade games and saw cute street art.
ST got a thick slice of cherry cheesecake and black cherry soda while I indulged in a chai latte and a sweet and salty cupcake (chocolate and salted caramel).
Besides being delicious, Baked really sets itself apart from the typical bakery because they offer a variety of sweet and savory goods while charging a fair price. A crappy cupcake usually sets you back anywhere from $3-$5. At Baked, our snacks came out to $10 total. With goods and prices like these, it’s no wonder they have such loyal customers.
After picking up four more cupcakes, we took a leisurely stroll down the block and chanced upon Dry Dock Wine + Spirits. A super cute store with sweet, helpful staff. Despite being hungover, ST tried some of their scotches and we left with a bottle. Because sometimes you just have to treat yo self.
From my favorite episode of Parks and Recreation… love it.
Cupcakes… treat yo self. Scotch… treat yo self. Lattes… treat yo self. DVDs… treat yo self. Word.