I have been trying to extend my traveling beyond the east coast. But with limited days off, there is only so many places a girl on the budget in the northeast can go! Then I thought, why not go on vacation in Brooklyn? My aunt thought I was crazy, but I’d never been: if Miranda Hobbes is good enough for Brooklyn, so am I.

First on the agenda: eat chocolate. Simple enough, right? After arriving in the adorable Park Slope neighborhood, my hostess and I went out for dessert! Only the closest of female friends can go out for dessert, split something, and still feel confident in our sexualities. The Chocolate Room is one of those sweet New York restaurants that fit so much ambiance into a tiny little room. Not to mention, delicious.

The next day we scooped up some baked goods at Blue Sky bakery (yet another adorable, delicious, only-in-new-york-atmosphere-y place), and off we went to the market at Grand Army plaza. Let me just say that I could not stop staring at…everyone. Is it because I live in the suburbs? I saw a woman…with a full grown Santa beard…buying apples.

Strange clientele at the market did not distract from the beautiful fall day in Prospect park. We walked and hung out in the sun for a while before we realized that it was time to fulfill our cheese destiny. That’s right. Brooklyn Larder – THE cheese store in Brooklyn. Not only did they have Chaorce, one of my favorite cheeses ever, but they let us try as much as we wanted, and gave us adorable little pitches each time, like, “this is gruyere’s sassy little sister”. The sales people there study cheese in college ! This is not a joke.

Saturday ended with a visit to Williamsburg, the “hipster” part of town. I wasn’t too intimidated by said “hipsters”, although I did wear my “JLo” look to offset any feeling of displacement (the Bronx is close enough!). Plus I got a kick out of my favorite couple wearing the same outfit…”by accident”.

Have you been to Brooklyn? Did you love it as much as I did?