When I’m playing by
my 80/20 rule (80% eating healthy, i.e. paleo; 20% being a teeter totter between an Italian feast, soul food, Mexican, or something completely new) — which I try to stick with on the weekly — I really look forward to the “20” part: it’s my little reward for being so good all week. While the abundance of food festivals (not to mention the usual business dinners, after-work drinks, or midweek events) makes sticking to “80” quite difficult, with a bit of diligence and planning to make the “20” really worth your while, it can be done. What was my “20” last weekend? It entailed getting acclimated to me new ‘hood, Brooklyn, and I decided to head a-30-minute-G-train up from Downtown Brooklyn into Williamsburg to experience (err, devour?) Smorgasburg. It’s a weekend event from 11AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday at East River State Park, and food vendors both big and small cook up snack size portions of they’re famed menu items for you to try. Bring your wallets, empty stomaches, and comfortable shoes.
In collaboration with Brooks Heritage. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
It doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style when stuffing your face is on the agenda — just be smart. Start out with a comfortable shoe that you feel great walking it for long distances and one that also looks good, like these by Brooks Heritage. I love these shoes, which are dubbed the Chariot, part of the Academia collection. While they have a great assortment of lifestyle shoes, I chose this specific style and color (i.e. gray) to compliment a neutral look I was going for. The texture of the shoe is also really cool: it has a light canvas upper finished with a refined tweed, so it’s quite eye catching in a good way. Next, opt for drawstring pants (no brainer for obvious reasons), but keep them slender, roll up the cuff, and don’t shy away from cargos — when done right it adds a cool military/utilitarian look (also super convenient — and perhaps more important — to store vegan cookie cream sandwiches that you couldn’t finish while you where there). Tucking in a t-shirt refines the look and a good bomber jacket prepares you for the unexpected, like 50 degree mornings and the occasional drift from cool to hot that fall tends to bring.