And the Beat Goes On

Happy New Year! I was out of town for the first time ever on New Year’s Day for my friend, Donia’s, birthday. She organized a trip to New York that was super fun.

I had heard good things about Beatstro, a hip hop-themed restaurant located in the Bronx AKA the birthplace of hip hop. We decided to make the trek to the Bronx from Brooklyn, and I’m glad we did. Per my friend, Remi, it’s strongly recommended that you make a reservation. Shout out to her for recommending this spot, too! This place is poppin, especially on the weekends.

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This restaurant felt just right. It felt home-y to me. I’ve been a super hip hop fan ever since 2011, when I started college at St. John’s University. This was my kind of place: the vibe, the food, the people, the art-covered…it was dope.

The drink menu had a lot of great options. I chose the sangria before dinner and (finally) tried limoncello after. This was the best sangria I’ve ever had! It was the perfect balance of alcohol and fruit, and I definitely wanted another one. Instead, I chose to try limoncello, like I’ve been meaning to do for years. I don’t regret a single calorie. It’s the sweetest alcoholic beverage I’ve had, which is right up my alley.

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I chose the Thick Thighs & Hot Waffles, which is a waffle topped with fried chicken, pickled strawberries, and syrup. I’m a big fan of chicken and waffles, and this dish did not disappoint. The chicken was made to perfection, and the waffle was fluffy and delicious. The strawberries complimented everything, particularly the syrup, very well.

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I absolutely would get this dish again and can’t wait to go to Beatstro the next time I visit NYC. There are so many great options for food and drinks that it’s hard to just choose one! If you’re looking for a great brunch or dinner spot, this is it!

Until next time.

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Fryguys

During my recent day trip to NYC, I went to EEEEEATSCon and left hungry. Thankfully, I made a list of places to go after while I was on the bus ride up there. I know myself well enough that I knew I wasn’t going to be at that event for 6 hours by myself.

I had a couple of dessert spots in SoHo on my list, so I hopped on a train back to Manhattan. After walking in the weird weather that day through droves of people styled like Tumblr, I finally made it to Dominique Ansel’s bakery…and saw the long line. It’s wild that the line has been long since I’ve known of its existence. I quickly dipped and looked for the hot spot, Bar Pa Tea, to get some ice cream. Another. long. line. I chose not to give up and went to another place on my list. I needed something to hold me over.

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Creamy Peach at C Tea NYC

Thankfully, CTea didn’t have a line and plenty of options to choose from. I finally narrowed it down to the Creamy Peach, which was as delicious as it looked! I would absolutely get this perfectly fruity drink again. It was so rewarding to finally get something I’ve been wanting to try after being let down twice and before I was let down again.

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EEEEEATSCon

I saw a lot of promo for EEEEEATSCon in New York City on Instagram and decided to go on a whim. I had never gone to a food event that sounded like this one, so I was down to try it. This was the first big event away from home that I’ve gone to by myself, so this was different for me. I was hoping for the best.

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The lines in the first section were pretty long, so I skimmed over the menus to see if there was anything that jumped out at me. I didn’t see anything I wanted. It was great that they had a giant map posted, but I had never been to this stadium before. Winging it was the best option for me.

What really got my attention was Bailey’s Treat Bar. There were quite a few pastel-colored chairs and tables set up for eating the desserts offered in that area of the stadium. I had my eyes on Dulcinea, a churro spot, first.

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Finding a Good Burger Is Hard to Do

Oh, New York City. I’ve missed you so much. I’ve missed exploring and experiencing what this city has to offer, and my sister was nice enough to treat me to a 4-day trip! We stayed at a hotel in Chelsea, and thankfully, it was barely a minute walk to the nearest subway station.

This trip was touristy, which I had mixed feelings about at first. I had no desire to go to Times Square, but one person in our group had never been to NYC. We planned to see this New York City landmark our first night in the city.

We all agreed that the first stop had to be food. Narrowing down a list of restaurants for this trip was so hard because there are too many places to choose from. American food was what we ended up going with this whole trip.

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Black Iron Burger & Beer Co. is about a 10-minute walk from Times Square, which was perfect. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table and chose to wait outside since the space to wait was super small and cramped. The wait time was better than I thought it would be on a Friday night in New York City.

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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 ambiance 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.

Doughnut Plant

I finally went to Doughnut Plant. This place has been on my “go to” list for a while, and I wasn’t able to go to last semester.

My friend, Kristin, and I ventured out in the New York cold on Saturday to make our first city trip of the semester. After our seemingly long subway ride, we walked until we saw Doughnut Plant. We went to the Chelsea location, but they also have one in the Lower East Side and one in Brooklyn.

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A busy Saturday at Doughnut Plant.

This small shop was quite busy when we went. The line wasn’t out of the door when we got there, which was awesome. When I looked at the menu, I had a hard time choosing which flavors to buy. So many of them sounded delicious. I quickly chose a few to get right before it was my turn to order.

Some of the flavors they have are Coconut Cream filled, Vanilla Bean yeast, Orange Blossom Cashew yeast, Apricot cake, and Pistachio doughnut seed, and more. A doughnut seed is a smaller doughnut. See why I had a hard time choosing?

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I bought Wild Blueberry cake doughnut, a Crème Brûlée doughnut seed, and a Peanut Butter and Blackberry Jam square doughnut. I really wanted to get a Tres Leches doughnut, but they ran out. 😦

The Wild Blueberry cake doughnut was my favorite out of the three I bought. I thought it was perfect. I mean, I love almost everything blueberry, so I could be biased. Haha. Crème Brûlée was different for me. I’ve never actually had the Crème Brûlée dessert, but based on how Kristin described it, it tasted just like it. The Peanut Butter and Blackberry Jam square doughnut was my least favorite. It was dipped in peanuts and filled with blackberry jam. I wouldn’t have asked for it if I knew it did because I don’t like peanuts. If you can don’t mind the peanuts being on it, you might like it.

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Wild Blueberry cake doughnut

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Creme Brulee doughnut seed

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Peanut Butter and Blackberry Jam square doughnut

I had a wonderful experience here. I definitely want to come again to try other doughnut flavors. The service was great. The employees were very nice and quickly finish orders. The only downside was not having many places to sit on a busy day.

Here are a couple more photos from my day.

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Met the King.

Until next time.

Update: Added 3 photos. (2/25/15)

 

A Park and a Burger

Hey, there! I’ve missed blogging so much. Cheers to another semester running around the city to find new places to go!

A little over a week ago, my sister came to visit me. I’ve missed her so much, and I’m glad she got to hang out with me! On Friday, we kept it simple and went to Potatopia. Oh, and I had my first Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino of the season. 🙂

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Saturday was our exploring day. Alicia (my sister), my friends, Justin & Rich, and I explored the Meatpacking District and ventured to SoHo. We didn’t have any plans, so we just walked around until we found something interesting. We walked to some street (don’t remember the name) and got to see the New Jersey/Lower Manhattan skylines. I love skylines, so I was pretty darn happy.

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After we walked a little bit further, we decided to look for the High Line. I’ve wanted to got for so long, and I finally got the chance to go!

Of course we stopped to take pictures along the way.

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We eventually got to the High Line. It was nice, but I think I would’ve liked it a lot more if there weren’t a lot of people. Also, I’m sure it’s prettier before the flowers start turning brown. They have food and sell souvenirs, if that fancies you. I didn’t buy anything, but the view was nice.

The 3 wonderful people I hung out with on Saturday.

The 3 wonderful people I hung out with on Saturday.

I loved the view of the city. I believe this was at the halfway point. We didn’t walk through the whole park.

When we got tired of walking, we decided to find something to eat. We walked around until we found something that sounded appetizing. We found the New York Burger Co., which was fantastic!

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I kept it simple and ordered a New York Cheeseburger and Idaho fries. They had a few sauces that caught my eye, but I thought Chipotle Barbecue (I think that’s what it’s called) sounded yummy! It was the perfect combo of tangy and spicy. My burger was already yummy, but this sauce definitely made my burger taste even better! My friends also enjoyed their meals too, so I definitely recommend this great burger place!

Here are a few more shots from our day.

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Until next time.

Summer Trip to NYC

Hey there! This time 2 weeks ago, I was packing for a weekend trip to New York City. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to visit and hang out with a few of my wonderful friends.

On the first day, I took an uber necessary trip to Amy Ruth’s, and of course, I ordered the Reggie Harris. I learned that it’s open until 5:30 AM on Saturdays. 🙂 If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen my tweets about my soul food cravings.

My friend, Marjani, told me about a couple of awesome places that we went to on my second day: Brooklyn Cupcake and St. Mark’s. I’ve been wanting to go to Brooklyn since I left NYC for the summer, so when she mentioned “Brooklyn” and “cupcake” in the same sentence, I just HAD to go!

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Brooklyn Cupcake in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Cupcake is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which is a pretty popular area. They have a lot of yummy-sounding cupcake flavors, so I had a hard time deciding which ones I wanted! After I found an ATM to take out cash (you can’t use a card for any purchase under $10), I finally decided to buy French Toast and Guava con Queso. I decided to wait for the perfect time to devour these lovely cupcakes.

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Brooklyn Cupcake interior

Marjani and I walked around Williamsburg until it was time to head to Manhattan to try a sliders place she told me about. We chilled out at Starbucks for a bit, and that’s where I found out this dreadful thing happened…

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Mille-Feuille Bakery (Updated)

Updated 1/8/19: Fever NYC’s Twitter seems to have been deleted. A new page wasn’t available on Twitter.

I decided to go to the city on a whim, which is something I like to do. I saw Fever NYC’s tweet about free macarons at Mille-Feuille Bakery. Later on, I found out that it was Macaron Day. I didn’t get there before they ran out of free macarons and decided to get a couple to try. I’ve wanted to try macarons for so long and finally got to try them!

I decided to walk around Washington Square Park before I went to Mille-Feuille Bakery. A couple of women stopped me and asked me if I knew it was the International Day of Happiness, and I nodded. We had a nice chat about school, and they gave me free food to celebrate this wonderful day. I thought it was such a kind gesture. The women I chatted with and some other people were giving food to everyone in the park. I thought it was such a nice thing to do and a great way to celebrate!

Washington Square Park (taken by me)

Washington Square Park

My free food (taken by me)

My free food

I eventually made my way to Mille-Feuille Bakery. I thought macarons would be good, but I didn’t think they’d be that good! So thanks to them for the yummy treats.

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Mille-Feuille Bakery storefront

I bought passionfruit and rose, and ended up with rose because so many of the macarons were gone. Passionfruit was my favorite out of the two, and it tasted even better than how I thought it would. I wasn’t a huge fan of rose because flower-flavored food isn’t my thing. I’d absolutely go back to try the other flavors.

Passionfruit and Rose macarons (taken by me)

Passionfruit and Rose macarons

 

Until next time.

Potato Heaven (Updated)

Update on 12/7/18: All Potatopia locations have been closed. The closest one is located in Edison, NJ. The other two are in Florida and Toronto.

I went to Potatopia for the second time, and it was amazing. After standing in the terrible cold to catch a bus and waiting for what seemed like forever for a train, seeing the menu made me feel like I was in potato heaven. One of my good friends and I made this trip just because we were craving tater tots, which were added to the menu not too long ago.

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This is only the front of the menu. There are a lot more options on the back.

The menu might be overwhelming at first because of the amount of options you have. You can either order a signature meal or create your own. Curly fries, shoestring fries, smashed potatoes, au gratin, baked sweet potato, and more! Not only are there tons of options for types of potatoes, but they also have a lot of options for toppings and sauces, and you can have as many veggies as you want!

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My view

First, you choose a cut of potato: tater tots, shoestring fries, curly fries, baked potato, and more. Then you choose your protein (extra cost), if you’d like to have one. You can add as many veggies as you’d like at no cost. I decided to get tater tots with bacon, cheddar cheese, and broccoli. The tater tots were perfectly fried, and the toppings complimented the dish well. It was AMAZING! I highly recommend it.

Until next time.