Our B&B

A small stream of guests has flowed through our apartment over the last couple of weeks. I’ve noticed there’s a fun chain reaction: once a new guest arrives and the couch is unfolded, we try to show them some of the best of Brooklyn. When San Franciscan Gavin arrived on the last leg of a long trip, we took him to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club for a league night, Brooklyn Central for their delicious specialty pizza, Juventino for a crisp, fresh brunch, and High Dive for a World Cup game. Val, taking a short break from jet-setting around the world, had just competed in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest but made room for delicious gourmet tacos at Taco Santo, good old fashioned pizza at the bar, and Al Di La for delicious Northern Italian food in a classy but relaxed atmosphere.

We did mix in some home cooking. By that I mean dinners at home, but more importantly, dinner parties. When your partner swears by them and is always prepared for one, you learn how much fun you can have by inviting a few friends and opening your door. Any summer night can turn into a backyard party with s’mores, sparklers, music and a little alcohol to keep the conversation going. There’s a long list of great restaurants within blocks of us, but the best part of our neighborhood is that it feels like a neighborhood, not just a nook in the city. That makes it home.

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