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Though I live in New York City, I hardly ever venture out to the outer boroughs.  Recently, my friend Judy and I made our way to Brooklyn to visit our friend and her newborn baby.  We decided to make a day out of it.

Basically, we ate our way through the borough.

We began with brunch at the Stone Park Cafe, in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.  The food was delectable and comforting, ideal to kick off a lightly raining Sunday morning.

The earthy and homey short rib hash topped with poached eggs was the perfect way to begin a food marathon day.

The asparagus salad was one of the best I’d ever eaten, with thin, fresh asparagus over fresh greens drizzled with a vibrant balsamic vinaigrette and showered with parmesan shavings.

Creamy, cheesy, gooey shrimp and grits hit the spot on a chilly morning.

After brunch, we headed to Baked, a bakery in Red Hook known for bringing sweet goodness to an up and coming area of Brooklyn.  The Brookie – a chocolate chip cookie cooked in a brownie shell – is a unique way to satisfy a serious chocolate craving.

The sweet & salty brownie is the classic elevated with a savory element.

A tangy and sweet lemon bar is mouthwatering with a delicious shortbread-like crust.

After all that food, we took a break in Brooklyn Bridge Park and savored the majesty of the views.

Of course exploring the park made us hungry again.  So we hit the legendary L&B Spumoni Gardens for some pizza, as only a Brooklyn pizzeria could make.

It was heavenly.

And finally, the real reason for our excursion.  It was actually better than anything we ate that day.

Because, really, this is the grace and goodness of life.

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The only thing better about a beautiful fall day in New York City is spending the day eating good food.  And luckily, today was such a day.  This autumn weekend ushered in the third annual New York City Wine & Food Festival.  Our day began with Milk & Cookies at the spectacular New York Times building in midtown Manhattan.

The event was hosted by the legendary Martha Stewart.

Of course, the day wouldn’t have been complete without the goodness of Nutella. These Nutella sandwich cookies were the ultimate vehicle for the beloved spread.

MadMac brought a rainbow of macarons, which we savored in all of their scrumptiousness.

Surprisingly flavorful and delicious gluten-free double chocolate cookies were offered by Glow Gluten Free.

The chocolate master Jacques Torres was there to show off his creations…

…which included these chocolate chunk cookies.

One of my favorite bakeries from the Upper West Side, Levain Bakery, sampled bites of their notoriously massive cookies, including the chocolate chip walnut, oatmeal raisin and dark chocolate chocolate chip.

And my favorite of the morning, a simple – but by no means ordinary – chocolate chip cookie was brought in from John Barricelli of The SoNo Baking Company & Cafe in South Norwalk, Connecticut.  It was thin and crispy, buttery yet airy and full of an overall yumminess.

Satiated and full of sugar and butter, the afternoon then took us to the Caviarteria event at the very cool Astor Center on Lafayette Street.  This session was hosted by Ray Isle, executive wine editor for Food & Wine magazine, and Walter Drobenko, owner and president of Caviarteria.  The pair led us through a tasting of four different caviars: American Sturgeon, Russian Sevruga, farm-raised Oscetra and Kaluga, which is a high-quality (and very tasty) substitute for the now-endangered Beluga.

There aren’t as many pictures from this event because, well, we experienced caviar paired champagne, wine, sake and vodka.  But it sure was good!

Wherever you are today, be sure to celebrate the goodness of food!

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