Hello Brooklyn!

This week, I had the opportunity to travel with my sister to Brooklyn on a road trip for a Philadelphia 76ers game. We had a blast! Well, I had a blast. She was working and ripping and running between Manhattan and Brooklyn. She’s a busy woman!

We took the Amtrak train from Philadelphia to Manhattan. It was my first time riding an Amtrak train and I enjoyed it. The ride was smooth and it was only about an hour and fifteen minutes long.

amtrak 1

amtrak 2

amtrak 3

My sister was hosting some clients for the game, and I joined them for dinner at Queen, an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn that has been family owned and operated since 1958. It was delicious! I had the homemade cheese ravioli. I was so hungry and it was so good, that I forgot to take a picture! I didn’t remember until the last bite, as you’ll soon see. 🙂

Queen sign

Queen menu

Queen food

During the day on Tuesday, I ventured out to Brooklyn and met with a friend who happened to be visiting also. He had a craving for za’atar and labneh, so we were on a mission. Thanks to a mutual friend, we found an amazing Arabic market, Sahadi’s, that served fresh mezza. They had fresh foods and spices galore. We walked around and admired the offerings, then picked up labneh, tabouli, olives and date cookies. And it was very affordable, which I loved! The food is take out, so we found a stoop in the neighborhood to sit on and eat. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day, and it was nice to share a meal outside.

Sahadi's

Inside Sahadi's

Sahadi's food

Later that evening, I attended the basketball game at the Barclays Center with my sisters. It was my first time seeing the new arena and it was quite a sight!

Barclays

Before the game, we had dinner at the 40/40 restaurant at the arena. OMG! The food was amazing! I don’t usually like buffets, but the selection there was impressive. It offered a lot of fresh foods and healthy options. There was a cheese bar that I couldn’t stay away from! I made 3 rounds. Yes, three.

40:40 menu

40:40 plate

40:40 plate 2

At the game, I didn’t know who to cheer for, since my sister works for the 76ers and I love Brooklyn. So, I decided to cheer for both teams. haha

Nets ticket

Nets game

The Nets took home the victory, but it was a win/win for me 🙂 I had a great trip and it made me miss New York…that beast of a city!

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