on the 4th we stayed local, and watched the fireworks from the williamsburg waterfront. before the sun set we laid out a blanket, and brought snacks and wine, and waited for the fireworks to peak over the manhattan skyline.

for sean’s birthday on the 5th, we went out for a romantic sushi dinner at 1 or 8, followed by fancy cocktails at donna. as per our usual birthday tradition, it was our first time going to both places. the space donna occupies is gorgeous, and i definitely plan on becoming a regular there! the tall vaulted ceilings, and distressed wood floors give the bar a reclaimed look, and makes you feel like you’re walking into a different era. all the cocktails are “exotic but approachable” as described by nymag.

as for 1 or 8 the space has a very cool, minimalist aesthetic, the service was great, but it wasn’t my favorite sushi restaurant in the neighborhood. i loved the shrimp dumplings, and crab and lobster croquettes, but it didn’t make it on my list for favorite places to get sushi.

after drinks we grabbed cookies from milk bar as a movie snack, and went to see this is the end. i highly recommend the blueberry and cream cookie! and side note….wouldn’t it be great if there was a milk bar kiosk at the theater? you could order soft serve, milk shakes, cookies, pork buns, endless options! rather than smuggling these delicious snacks in, it would be part of the theater! just a genius thought i had.

the day after sean’s birthday i realized we overloaded on cookies, but never had a dessert with a candle, so i surprised him with a pie from the blue stove. i would compare the pie to a snickers with whip cream on it. the filling was chocolate and caramel with peanuts, with whip cream and swirled chocolate and peanuts on top, all in a flaky crust.