Household Mag.

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Della & Windsor Terrace

BrooklynHailey AndresenComment

Zack and I recently set up a schedule to give ourselves a little more time alone each week. This time is intended for whatever we want or need so long as it's out of the house and independent from the family. This is a hard system to get used to because I value our time as a family so much, but I've learned the hard way that it's essential to take in a little me time. Mondays are my evenings and this past Monday I decided I needed a little bit of a break - I've typically been using my "me" time to work. I met Amy at Della, a restaurant and bar we both had been dying to try after her sister recommended it in Windsor Terrace. Windsor Terrace is Amy's neighborhood, and call me a bad friend, but I've only been a couple of times. She clearly gets a gold star for typically coming to us - this was true in my pregnancy and since Owen has been born, but either way we hadn't seen each other in far too long which meant there was tons to talk about as we indulged in a couple glasses of wine and dinner. 

Dinner was fantastic. You can check out their menu here, but we each had a couple glasses of the Grenache-Syrah and I had the roasted chicken and Amy had the cacciucco. Both we're excellent. Windsor Terrace is located right off the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop if you're taking the F or G which makes it super accessible. It's a great little neighborhood with numerous hidden gems like Della. If you're local and haven't been I highly recommend checking it out, and same goes for all you summer travelers. This definitely isn't an area filled with tourists and I can guarantee you'll enjoy it! 

Photography by Amy Frances

Fort Defiance

BrooklynHailey AndresenComment

We've had the hardest time finding breakfast restaurants we would return to in New York, but Fort Defiance is an exception, and yes, we've already been back. As someone who worked in the service industry for ten years, primarily in breakfast restaurants, I appreciate a high quality casual restaurant more than I can put into words. The folks at Fort Defiance are doing it right. They source their eggs and the majority of their seasonal produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op, their milk is from Batten Kill Family Creamery, and their bread is made fresh in Soho at Grandaisy Bakery which is right down the street from their butcher shop, Pino Prime Meats. I had their all-american breakfast and Amy and Zack each had the biscuit egg sandwich. Both meals were a+++. We all had coffee which was fantastic as well - they serve pour over drip coffee along with espresso drinks. Considering Owen is up early we were happy to discover that these guys open at 9am for breakfast/brunch on the weekends which is slightly rare in our area where brunch seems to being at lunch time. On top of it all fort defiance is kid friendly - high chairs and all! If you're in the red hook area i definitely recommend checking this place out, plus they serve lunch and dinner as well.

Photography by Amy Frances

Gold Star Beer Counter

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From the moment I e-mailed the owners of Gold Star, they were unbelievably warm and inviting. So many times setting up photography like this can feel awkward and forced, but this instance was the complete opposite. When Amy and I arrived we chatted about the process of opening the space, how long owners, Josh and Maria, have lived in Prospect Heights, their kiddos, my family, Brooklyn, beer, and hospitality. This was my first time at the Beer Counter after passing by several times the past few months, and I can honestly say it won't be the last. Not only do they serve up snacks and some of the most unique beers in town, but their space is gorgeous. These two and their staff have truly mastered what it means to make their customers feel at home, which I appreciate more than I can put into words. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself! And if you can't make it into the bar, these guys offer growlers to go from their adorable window which are perfect for a date night at home.

Photography by Amy Frances.