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.