tip of the tongue

Coffee is always top of the list when we start our day. We literally travel the globe with our little stainless steel espresso maker! One one of our early morning trips we happened upon this little place, Baked & Brewed, in Brooklyn on our way to the farmers market opposite the Brooklyn Library.

Well worth a visit - the pastries are fresh and delicious, and the coffee is so good and so STRONG! The best.

cool sign

just opened, nice and quiet

where the magic happens

yes.

morning starts to get busy

ooooh.

espresso...

STRONG.

love the all wood interior

Delaneys Briskettown

Our first day in New York we visited the Museum of Nautural History. Right outside is a food truck run but a couple of guys from Brooklyn. We asked one of them where the best place was to get really good meat: "Delaneys in Williamsburg, you won't find any place better".

So, a couple of days later, when we explored Brooklyn, Delaney Barbecue or BrisketTown was 1st on our list of places to eat. It's well worth the visit. It's a tiny place, great vibe and one super friendly waiter. Probably the best food experience we had in NY.

BRISKETTOWN. with TWO T's.

BRISKETTOWN. with TWO T's.

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we took a shine to these bar seats - reminded us of our chart table seat on Melody :)

we took a shine to these bar seats - reminded us of our chart table seat on Melody :)

New York restaurants have tiny tables. maybe the people there are smaller than the rest of the US.

New York restaurants have tiny tables. maybe the people there are smaller than the rest of the US.

so simple

so simple

where's the meat???

where's the meat???

Rufus asked for a "real American beer"

Rufus asked for a "real American beer"

rad menus. we had to pretend I didn't see the desert section or we would have blown our budget for that day :(

rad menus. we had to pretend I didn't see the desert section or we would have blown our budget for that day :(

they can't hide meat from me. no one can.

they can't hide meat from me. no one can.

one of the best potato salads I've ever had
one of the best potato salads I've ever had
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aaaaallllll miiiiiiiiiine!

aaaaallllll miiiiiiiiiine!

meat makes me happy

meat makes me happy

 

grimaldi's

I'm going to start on our NYC posts. We stopped over for just under a week on our way from South Africa, back to the boat in St. Lucia. Since food is such a big thing for us, and we stayed in Brooklyn while we were in New York, I thought I would start with "the best pizza" place in the area.

It was another one of those "we don't know where we are going or what we are doing today so let's just walk and see what happens" kind of days. We walked a LOT - under bridges, over bridges, around ships and down bicycle tracks. 

The bridge, Brooklyn Bridge to be exact, took us to Grimaldi's. A friend of ours, Rehgert, recommended the "pizza place under the bridge". It is well worth a stop, especially if the block long queue is any indication.  

Grimaldi's has a lot of character and the big burly Russian waiters are an interesting twist on the Italian theme. The pizza is fresh and tasty and the service is efficient. The only negative is that they don't serve alcohol which meant we couldn't have an ice cold beer after the long-ass walk. The pizza was still worth it though!  

planning our next route while we wait for our order to arrive

planning our next route while we wait for our order to arrive

cheesy tasty pizzery goodness

cheesy tasty pizzery goodness

root beer since 1924

root beer since 1924

the magic pizza men hard at work

the magic pizza men hard at work

what would a pizza place be without a picture of Ol' Blue Eyes and his buddies

what would a pizza place be without a picture of Ol' Blue Eyes and his buddies

and of course a pretty dame

and of course a pretty dame

no slices / cash only / spandex welcome

no slices / cash only / spandex welcome

view from the queue...

view from the queue...

Melody

working on a boat refit is definitely not glamorous and it's not always fun but there are a few things that can put a smile on your face, other than a clean bilge... for us it's redesigning the boat name and our "boat cards". these small aesthetic elements make a big difference for us so this was exciting to see the new designs!

my fantastic, and super patient, best friend Diana (you might know her from Miss Moss) is always there when i need design help! she's ridiculously talented and awesome and she knows just what i mean when i don't even have a clue of what i'm talking about. 

this is the awesome result! thank you lady, you're the BEST.

the new paint job - we added a white boot stripe, a new wooden toe rail and of course the newly designed name :)

a lot of yachties have "boat cards". you meet so many different people along the way, in different countries and it's handy to have a card with all your contact info to give and to get. this is our new one, with a nifty contact no space so we can change it as we travel to different countries.


life lately

so, if you follow us on instagram or twitter, you know that we have finally left Trinidad and returned to Grenada! 

we spent a total of 3 months in Chaguaramas and we got a lot of great work done on Melody. we arrived back in Grenada almost 2 weeks ago and immediately started work on our first job in the yacht charter industry. we are preparing a fleet of sail boats for the upcoming Caribbean charter season, for Sail Grenadines. this will keep us busy till end October.

after we finish up in Grenada we have another amazing opportunity that will take us to Central America until end August 2015 - more on that a little later ;)

here are a few iPhone photos of life lately... my camera is till busted :/

last bit of Trinidad's headland as we left the island to sail North to Grenada

St. David's Harbour with Melody riiiiight in the back

the beach bar where we set up our office for the first week

every lunch break we swim off the boat  - this day we had turtles visiting Melody :) Rufus only managed to capture my "kiss face" though...

no South African boat is complete with a proper CHARCOAL BRAAI (gas does NOT count). we got this awesome "vintage" Force 10 barbeque in Trinidad from a wonderful New Zealand couple. we are ready for National Braai Day tomorrow, also know as Heritage Day in South Africa ;)