Up on the rooftop

I discovered my roof this summer in a way that I never have in all the years I’ve lived in my apartment.

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Sure, I’ve gone up there before, but I never thought it was anything worth talking about … until the sound of fireworks lured me up there at one point early this summer. I thought I might be able to get a glimpse of what was happening and BOOM! I noticed that I have a view of the NYC skyline???!!

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Not too shabby! When our un-airconditioned apartment became too much to bear after approximately seventy-six 90-degree plus days in a row, Erik and I headed up to the roof with a yoga mat to enjoy our snack/dinner to catch the teeny breeze.

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We went to town on this Trader Joe’s concoction of sundried tomato, pesto, and cream cheese with gorgonzola cracker:

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And a homemade smoothie (I think?)!

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Yay for snacks! On the roof!

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Also this summer, I found myself on a DC country club balcony one gorgeous late August evening at a pre-wedding cocktail party …

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Could the view get ANY greener?

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Mint juleps were the specialty of the night, so I dove in and ordered one, putting aside my ulcer concerns:

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It was too alcohol-y for me, though, so I gave it away and got some Malbec (my new favorite wine!) instead.

Here’s a smattering of the scrumptious cocktail fare:

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100% Maryland crab crab cake!!

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm …

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Make-your-own shrimp-and-grits station:

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Mmm, again!

Stunning sunset:

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What made the night even better was that I got to hang out with my sister Emily:

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And my dad and stepmom and more family that that rarely see!

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I was so inspired by those baby crab cakes that I ordered a crab cake burger at lunch the next day.

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Once again, it was 100% crab and sooooooooooooooooo amazing.

Fast-forwarding through the wedding …

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… here were the post-wedding dessert selections!

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My brother came over for a chat, but I was clearly too invested in my creme brulee to notice:

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Post-wedding dessert was followed by post-wedding drinks (and unpictured post-wedding artichoke dip!):

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To cap off this lovely summer of outdoor fun, Erik and I went out to Staten Island to visit with his aunt, uncle, and cousins on Labor Day. We worked up an appetite strolling the Staten Island beach that I had NO idea existed:

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Linner involved garden gazpacho, homemade by Erik’s aunt Lois:

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Garden salad with steak strips and roasted veggies:

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And (sadly unpictured) grilled pineapple with coconut sauce! Ahhh, I am getting so hungry writing this post, that I must go raid the fridge this instant.

Later!

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2 thoughts on “Up on the rooftop

  1. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) says:

    I had roof access at my Montague St. apt but we “weren’t allowed” to be up there. Totally should have broken that rule (more often)! Not sure about the current building but I know some of the higher-floor apts have terraces…maybe I should make some friends. :) Love me a good view!

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  2. erin says:

    i miss outdoor access in general! we don’t have roof access, or a balcony, or any grass on the property. someday… enjoy your roof and balcony while you have it!

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