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Thai at Waugh Chapel

Finding new places to go at home is harder than I thought it would be. It’s not because there’s nothing to learn more about or discover, but I don’t have the same desire to find something new here like I did when I attended university in New York City. Also, I have to drive everywhere at home. The Q46 bus was right outside of my Fresh Meadows dorm, which made traveling a breeze compared to transportation here. Plus, MTA’s fare is MUCH cheaper than the Metro fare in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

I’ve had a strong craving for Thai food for about a week now, so I took advantage one of the very few days off that I get to make it happen.

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I really wanted lobster fried rice similar to the one at Pure Thai Cookhouse and searched until I found a close restaurant that had decent reviews. Thai at Waugh Chapel had crab fried rice, which is even better for this Maryland girl.

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My sister ordered Gyoza dumpling appetizer. I forgot that she ordered it for herself and ended up eating one. Thankfully, she was unbothered by it and shared a couple more with me. It was  absolutely delicious. The dumplings had the right amount of crunch. The filling has everything you’d want in a dumpling: deep-fried ground chicken, cabbage, green onion, and ginger. AND THAT THAI HERB SAUCE?! My goodness.

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The crab fried rice was nothing short of perfection. I was happy with the amount of crab meat in the dish. The serving was pretty big. I had enough for lunch + leftovers. I definitely will be making another trip to Thai at Waugh Chapel

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Until next time.

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That’s SoCal: Day 6

The past month or so has been crazy! So much to do, so little time. Also, I think, deep down, that I’m not ready to end this series. It was such a wonderful experience for me, and I’ve loved sharing my story with you all. Thanks for reading.

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I woke up to the best croissant I’d ever had. Justin bought some for the house, and I’m so glad he did. I hadn’t had one in so long! Like, why are croissants so tasty?! *insert crying emoji here*

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Just look at that beautiful pastry. It was delicious.

It was a pretty chill day. We figured we should get some good food. I mean, all of the food I had in San Diego was awesome, so we went to go find more awesome food.

I told Justin about my horrible first experience with Hawaiian food. I had some delivered from a seemingly popular restaurant. I was SO excited. When I finally tried it, I regretted every cent I spent on it. Every bite I took. I didn’t even eat half of the food. It was that bad. I was actually really bummed about it. After telling Justin my story, he suggested a different Hawaiian food spot. Thank God. He said that he heard it was good, so I was up for it.

The Island Cafe is in San Diego not too far from North Park. I loved the atmosphere. We went at lunchtime and were the only customers there. It’s a family-friendly restaurant, and you could feel that even though there weren’t any other customers. Also, I loved how simple the interior was and thought the pineapple lights were a nice touch. The staff was really nice, too. That’s always a good thing.

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I ordered the Island BBQ Chicken with fried rice and a garden salad with mango dressing. My beverage of choice was the Michele Wie, which is a passionfruit iced tea/lemonade mixed. I don’t think any word could describe what this meal was actually like. I would say scrumptious, but that kind of feels like it’s an understatement. This meal was one of the best I have ever had.

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The BBQ chicken was very flavorful. The fried rice was perfect. The two went together so well. And that salad. My goodness. This was the first time I had ever heard of mango dressing. I’m so glad I chose it. This dressing was otherworldly. Life-changing, even. Actually, I think “otherworldly” is the best word for this meal. If you’re ever in San Diego, go to the Island Cafe.

I ended up having more great food for dinner. We went to the Lucha Libre Taco Shop. You may have heard about it on the show, Man vs. Food. I didn’t know it existed until Justin and Eric told me about it. They said it was awesome, so of course I was excited to check it out. They suggested the Surf n’ Turf burrito, which is basically the California burrito with a seafood twist. When I tell you this burrito was like heaven on Earth, I mean it. I’m a Maryland girl, so I love me some seafood. I loved the California burrito the minute I tried it. Of course these things made a beautiful combination.

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Just look at this beauty. My goodness.

Inside of a Surf n' Turf burrito.

Inside of a Surf n’ Turf burrito.

And they have jokes.

Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Raspberry Ice-T. Haha.

Until next time.

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That’s SoCal: Day 5

I had no clue what this day would be like. Most of our trip was chill and spur-of-the-moment. We had the urge to have a picnic in the park that morning, which didn’t work out. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but it was still fun. I was with some of the most amazing people I know in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, so how could I have a bad time? We walked to a park and just chilled out and talked. It was nice. I got to see so many beautiful things on the way there: homes, trees, flowers, etc. It felt like time was moving so slow, which was great because I didn’t want the trip to end. IMG_4960 IMG_4985

Slight tangent, I wanted to post an awesome picture of one of the houses near the park. It doesn’t have the address or house number. But it felt weird to possibly post it, so I just want you to know that there were some beautiful houses out there.

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It was kind of weird seeing palm trees at a park. I’ve always associated them with beaches, but I quickly learned that that’s not the case, at least, in San Diego. I have this random obsession with them, which I think came from being excited about this trip.

We were blessed with another beautiful day, and I’m glad I got to spend time outside without worries.

We planned to have a bonfire at Mission Beach that night. I was so excited! I’ve always wanted to do that. It has always seemed like a fun thing to do. Little did I know, things wouldn’t go as planned.

My friends got on a roller coaster, and I decided to wait in the longest line ever for some ice cream. It was worth it though! I had the best Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream ever, so I couldn’t be mad. Do I wish the line was shorter? Yes. But I guess their ice cream is so good that they have a line like that. Waiting that long made me wonder how people wait in a line out the door at Georgetown Cupcake. Haha.

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We headed to the beach with our bonfire supplies. I couldn’t wait to experience it. We searched and searched and searched. None of the bonfire spots were available. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bummed. I had been looking forward to this experience all day. We stayed on the lookout for people leaving so we could get a spot. We put a blanket on the sand, kicked off our shoes, and enjoyed each others’ company. Eric and I tossed a baseball back and forth. There were great conversations. I was loving this night despite the people were being stingy with the bonfire spots.

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Day 5 was an amazing day, and I was excited to see how Day 6 would be.

That’s SoCal: Day 4

I woke up on Day 4 amazed. I still couldn’t believe I was in California, a place I’ve wanted to go to for years. I wondered what San Diego had to offer on this beautiful spring day. We chilled out; enjoyed the weather; and decided to check out Mission Beach that night.

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As we walked closer to the park, the sounds of laughter and joy grew loud. I didn’t know what Mission Beach would be like, but I was excited!

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I’m not a huge rides person. I’m scared of rollercoasters. I briefly considered trying this one out, but I couldn’t. It seemed like my friends had a lot of fun on that ride.

Mission Beach’s park is family-friendly. The lines for the rides weren’t too bad at all. I think it was similar to a carnival.

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After bag-holding duty ended, we walked to the beach. This was my first time being on the beach at night. At first, I was a little apprehensive, but I couldn’t stay away from the ocean for long.

The breeze picked up as we walked closer to the ocean. I took my shoes off, and my feet seeped into the cold sand as I made my way to the water. Of course the water was freezing! I didn’t expect it to be warm at all, but it’s something about walking into cold water.

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I truly felt like I was living in the moment. I was with some of the best friends I’ve ever had in a place where I’ve always wanted to visit. We talked. We laughed. We were silent. We truly and genuinely enjoyed being together on this cool San Diego night. As simple as this day was, I couldn’t have asked for a better one.

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Side note, this picture looks like a mixtape cover. Haha.

That’s SoCal: Day 3

When so many things are in walking distance, there are so many possibilities–even at midnight. I was blessed with the opportunity to get a California burrito for the first time on my third day in San Diego.

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Colima’s Mexican Food

Colima’s Mexican Food, a University Boulevard gem, has plenty of options. Eric let me try some his California burrito that he got from here on my first day. It has beef, sour cream, cheese, and fries. I know. I couldn’t believe it either! I loved it so much that I decided to get one myself. It was scrumptious!

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California burrito: beef, sour cream, extra cheese & fries

One burrito and hours of sleep later, we decided to take another trip to Hillcrest. Continue reading

Where Have You Been?

School. For the past week and a half, school has been kicking my butt. I’ve been wanting to post, but I had to get through hell week and finals week. Finally done! I have more time to work on posts and other things for the blog now. New post soon.

Best,

Kelci

That’s SoCal: Day 2

I woke up to a fairly quiet, beautiful, sunny day, and I couldn’t have been happier. I was excited for whatever San Diego had to offer me. I loved not knowing what we were doing for the day and not having to worry about anything school-related.

My wonderful friends, Jasmine and Eric, made us breakfast. We came up with a plan to explore places that were a good walking distance away. We decided to check out North Park and Hillcrest. These areas are so chill and artsy. There was art everywhere!

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We went to North Park first. We stopped at this cute, quiet cafe that I never knew the name of. Sorry. I’ve tried to find out what it was called, but I haven’t had any luck. I got this delicious Iced Raspberry Mocha drink. OMG. I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but it was! I wish I could’ve gone back to get another one at some point. I actually think it was better than most of the frappuccinos I’ve had at Starbucks. (Shhh. Don’t tell them I said that.)

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After walking around North Park, we decided to turn around and head to Hillcrest, which is known for their LGBT community. This place was very artsy as well. Hillcrest was beautiful just like North Park. I couldn’t help but look around and take in all of it and the chill vibes.

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We walked…and walked. Then, I saw it.

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That’s SoCal: Day 1

I woke up at about 6 to get ready for my 8 AM flight. Traveling in comfy clothes was a must. My excitement overpowered my sleepiness. I was ready to embark on this journey to the West Coast with my 2 of my closest friends, Marjani and Donia.

Marjani and I left New York’s cold, snowy weather for warm, sunny San Diego. That was the first time I had flown in 6 years. I was actually kind of scared of flying, especially after the French Alps crash. When I went to Italy in 2009, I was scared because that was the first time I had flown since 9/11 happened. But I refused to let that bother me during my flight. I put it all in God’s hands, and He blessed us with a safe flight.

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Swiped this from Marjani’s Snapchat.

I was so excited that I barely slept on the flight. I saw so many beautiful things from my window while I was thousands of feet in the air. One of those things being some of the Colorado Rockies. My screen had a feature that let us see about where we were and how far, which I thought was pretty cool. I was wide awake when the screen showed that we were in California. *Put a million heart eye emojis here*

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Colorado Rocky Mountains

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[I Want to] Go Back to Cali

I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to California for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I went to San Diego to visit one of my best friends. I’m so glad I got to experience the Golden State with amazing people and even met some new people while I was there.

San Diego is a very beautiful place. The vibe is very different from NYC. I’ve heard about how chill Cali is for years, and now, I can say that I’ve experienced that.  This incredible city in SoCal was even better than I thought it would be. I’m a sucker for palm trees and beautiful weather, so that was a given. But that along with the beautiful ocean, beaches, genuine people, food, and art really touched me. I got to experience a completely different culture than the one in the place that I’ve spent most of my time for the past 4 years. It was so refreshing to be in a new place that was similar to my suburban Maryland hometown with a West Coast twist.

I’ve been over the New York weather and busyness for a while, so it was nice to get a break from it. Not many aggressive walkers; beautiful, consistent weather; and complete strangers saying hello… it was wonderful. Someone randomly stopped my friend to tell her that her shirt was dope. Another person, who may or may not have been under the influence, told my friends and me to have a wonderful Easter. Everyone I’ve come across in NYC hasn’t been rude, but it’s really weird for people to be nice or say hi. When people randomly smile at me on the subway, I awkwardly smile back because it’s not typical of a New Yorker to do that, based on my experience here. It’s weird when random people say hello and start interesting conversations with me.

Also, when I got picked up from San Diego International, I got to hear “The Recipe” by Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. I think it sounds just like the California vibe. It was definitely a different experience than hearing it on the West Coast. Just like when I listened to Jay Z in NYC for the first time.

Note: I apologize for any errors. This was an off-the-dome/free write kind of thing.

Stay tuned for my California adventure series: That’s SoCal.

– Kelci Reedy

Update (6/21/15): I made life a bit easier and listed all of the links for this series. Enjoy!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Mighty Quinn’s

I’m a sucker for BBQ. I actually can’t remember the last time I had some. But recently, my friend invited me to this awesome BBQ place in the city called Mighty Quinn’s.
The dimly lit restaurant creates an ambience that made me feel like I was so cool. Haha. I was so excited to order my food! The way you order your food is most similar to Chipotle, in terms of building your meal. First, you say which meat you want. Then you’re asked what you want on the side and if you want their cole slaw. I ordered a brisket sandwich, fries, cole slaw, and a sweetened mint tea. If you order brisket, you have the option to get it naked (just the brisket) or a sandwich. I’m not sure if the other meats have that option. Some of the sides are fries, sweet potato casserole with maple and pecans, and sweet corn fritters.
Sweetened mint tea (top left), fries (bottom left), cole slaw (bottom right), brisket sandwich (top right)

Sweetened mint tea (top left), fries (bottom left), cole slaw (bottom right), brisket sandwich (top right)

The brisket sandwich was perfect. I added Mighty Quinn’s signature BBQ sauce, which was also awesome. The sandwich was good with and without it. I couldn’t lose. I don’t know if I’ve ever had any brisket that yummy. The fries were amazing. They didn’t need sauce, but it was awesome with it. I wasn’t really a fan of the sweetened mint tea. I would’ve liked it more if it was a little sweeter.
The service was awesome and fast. The food was awesome. The setting was great.
Marjani told me that this place was amazing, and that, it was.
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Until next time.