July 7, 2014

All-American Weekend: Dueling, Cupcakes and Lady Liberty

We had no plans for the weekend other than the Stars and Stripes festival on Saturday (more on that tomorrow) so I had to get creative.  We challenged ourselves to an All-American Scavenger Hunt this weekend and finished with 9/10.  That's an A minus, so I'll take it.

1. Eat Fried Food.  We accomplished this during our trip to Roosevelt Island.  We stopped and watched a little of the Yankees vs. Twins and enjoyed fried mac & cheese bites.  Those rarely disappoint.

2.  Find a site with historical significance.  We visited the site of the Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr duel on the 4th.  I've seen it on google maps while looking for restaurants near us, so we drove up the hill to check it out.

3.  Drink an American beer.  We outdid ourselves with this one.  We drank a beer on Friday from each region of the country.  Anchor from California, Sam Adams from Mass, Abita from Louisiana and Founders from Michigan.

4.  Light a sparkler.  EPIC FAIL.  Turns out these are illegal in New Jersey AND New York.  I was really sad.

5.  Locate some creative American flag gear.  This was easy and really entertaining.  My favorite is always Quincy wearing this hat.

6.  Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  This was completed and I forgot to video tape it.

7.  Sing your favorite song about America loudly for all to hear.  Thanks to snapchat - a few friends were able to enjoy my Miley Cyrus performance.

8.  Find a famous landmark or a replica of one.  The rain made this a little less fun, but we headed down to Liberty State Park and paid our respects to Lady Liberty on America's birthday.

9.  Enjoy a good summer dessert.  We indulged in bite size cupcakes this weekend from Baked by Melissa.  They had special 4th of July treats in Cherry and Blueberry flavors and they were amazing.  We will definitely be returning for more of their mini-cupcakes.

10.  Thank a solider.  This should be done as often as possible, but I made sure to reach out to a few of our friends and family this weekend who have served our country and fought for freedom.

So tell me, how many of these things did you accomplish this weekend?


  1. haha that is awesome, what a fun idea!!

  2. Gosh, you guys are SO fun.

    I cannot even begin to express my disgust for sparklers being ILLEGAL. Children play with sparklers, what on earth could be so bad!?

    Also, fried mac & cheese. GIMME.

  3. Looks like y'all had a fun weekend!

  4. You rocked it! The sparkler fail is not your fault.

  5. Sounds basically like a perfect weekend. Minus the shitty-ness of illegal sparklers. I mean really???

  6. Is it all of NY? My family is all in Syracuse and they may or may not set off fireworks all the time. I can totally see inside the city it not being allowed.


  7. Baked by Melissa is across from my office - so dangerous during my lunch strolls!

  8. I didn't know sparklers were illegal ANYWHERE. That's crazy to me! In related firworks news... the chief meteorologist at the biggest news team in town lost his EYE in a fireworks accident this weekend. Scary stuff.

  9. I think the only one I accomplished was drinking American beer.

    Oh well. Can't win 'em all.

  10. what a fabulous idea! so doing this next year. sparklers are illegal in some places?! thats crazy! and um fried mac and cheese bites? yum.

  11. Oh Steph,

    Either you're really great a taking pictures or you have a really awesome camera because every time you post pictures of foody items, you make me so hungry! Those fried mac and cheese bites look amazing! Unfortunately, South Carolina is pretty lame and we weren't able to catch fireworks ON the 4th of July. They only have pre-4th and post-4th events; sounds stupid, right? By the way, I wanted you to know that I changed my blog over to ticklemepinkxo in replacement of therealityinsider, so please feel free to follow. :)

    Happy Posting,


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