Weekend Recap: more Italian food and NYC

Happy dreary, humid Monday, Baltimore! My day got off to a rough start when I walked half the way to work only to remember I had left my work laptop at home. Oops! Don’t worry, I got some coffee and now I’m feeling much more chipper. This past weekend was a great one though so it makes Monday morning a little more manageable.

Friday night Adam and I wanted a quick and easy dinner out and headed into Federal Hill to try out Brendali.  I had seen it promoted a few times on the Fed Hill neighborhood facebook group (hooray for grassroots marketing!) and Adam was on board to check it out. I think we both had Italian food on the brain after my Friday Five post.  The small restaurant was aesthetically not much to look at but the staff was friendly and it had a welcoming, neighborhood feel. It’s also BYOB so we brought a bottle of wine to share.

Fresh rolls at Brendali

Fresh rolls at Brendali

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Our meal started with hot, fresh baked rolls and a caprese salad. The rolls were perfectly crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. The caprese salad was also really good, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic and a pinch of salt and pepper. The tomato slices were a little thicker than I usually see with this dish, but still very tasty. For my main course I got the chicken cacciatore and Adam got the linguine with crab sauce. Both were huge portions and we brought home leftovers. My dish was good, but Adam’s was definitely the winner – there was a ton of crab meat and a great marinara sauce. There were a lot of dishes that caught our eye on the menu and we hope to head back soon to try some other things. We hope the place succeeds since there aren’t any other Italian options nearby!

After dinner I came home to pack since I had an early morning train to New York. Saturday morning I arrived in Manhattan for a friend’s baby shower. The shower was held at an unlikely location – a wine shop in Tribeca! New York Vintners has a great event space and the shower hosts decorated with some nautical touches to match the “Ahoy – it’s a boy!” theme.

Nautical baby shower decorations

Nautical baby shower decorations

Guests enjoyed wine and sangria while the mom-to-be sipped lemon water and we munch on cheese, charcuterie and a make your own taco bar. We had a great time catching up though yours truly may have had one too many glasses of sangria. Sunday morning we went for a run through Central Park and had a relaxing brunch at Hundred Acres before catching a train back to Baltimore. It was a great 26 hours in Manhattan!

Linking up with Katie to read about the blogosphere’s weekend highlights.

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