On the weekends, ADinLOS try to take a trip to one of Essex County’s incredible parks. Many of which are famously designed, including Brookdale Park. Designed by the same firm that designed Central Park; Brookdale Park combines verdurous landscapes, gardens, sporting fields, and two great dog park full of ramps, jumps, toys, and dogs. Unfortunately, Sake doesn’t understand it’s purpose and hangs around us as if someone might eat her if she stretches too far. Seyval unintentionally intimidates the other dogs with her enthusiasm. After a stretch of time without visiting the park we took a chance that Sake’s disposition towards dog parks had changed. Not a chance. Still, it was a beautiful, warm, September day. Sake met a few new wonderful dogs, we met a few new wonderful people, and got to enjoy Brookdale Park’s Chalk Walk.
Afterwards, we strolled around Church Street, did some window shopping and ate brunch at Raymond’s. Our favorite time to hit the street is Sunday morning. It’s not too crowded, stores are just opening up, and brunch. Church St is amazing on it’s own, but the French Toast at Raymond’s puts it on another level. How they make French Toast on a baguette so soft, light, sweet, and crunchy all at the same time is anyone’s guess (we have ours).
If you haven’t been to Church Street in Montclair, this time of year is our favorite time to go. It has a bit of everything, and if it doesn’t, it’s right around the corner.