[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!

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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.

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)

Back at It

Hey there! I’m excited that Apple of My Eye is back. Sorry for the lack of posts last semester. I didn’t expect my semester to go the way it did, but my studies had to come first. I really missed blogging about my city adventures and can’t wait to go on my first one of the semester.

Thanks for reading and look out for my first post!

Best,

Kelci

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…

My poor cupcakes. :'(

My poor cupcakes. 😥

I was so sad when I saw this. Of course the cupcakes flipping over wouldn’t keep me from eating them, but it was still sad because they were so messy. Just know that perfect or flipped over, those cupcakes were yummy!

Then we headed to Markburger, the slider bar. This restaurant is small and doesn’t have many seats, but this doesn’t take away from the experience and chill atmosphere. I ordered 2 bacon sliders and a mocha milkshake. Thank God the food didn’t take forever to get to our table because I hadn’t eaten all day!

Sliders! (taken by me)

Sliders!

The worst part about this experience happened when we were waiting for and received the check. That night, we ended up with a waitress that took forever to bring us the check and forever to come back with our cash/card. We could see her from where we were sitting, and there’s no way handling a check should ever take that long. If you’re willing to (possibly) deal with that, I say go. If you’re looking for a restaurant that has great sliders, cool music, AND doesn’t break you, Markburger is the place for you.

Here are a couple of other pictures I took.

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A picture I took in Midtown just before I left NYC.

Until next time.

New York International Auto Show

Hello, hello! I wanted to wait until my finals were over before I wrote my final post for the school year. Thank you for following me and reading my posts. It’s greatly appreciated! I hope my posts have been helpful and that you all get a chance to go to these great places. Feel free to tweet (@KELeidoscope_) or email (kelci.reedy[at]gmail.com) me over the summer.

 

I look forward to the NY International Auto Show (NYIAS) every year. If you know me pretty well, you know I love cars! One of my friends told me about it my freshman year of college. I went for the first time in 2012 and instantly fell in love with it.

This year, I didn’t get to see every car, but I was happy that I got to see most of the cars I love. Rolls Royce, Mustang, Beetle, and more!

One thing I loved about the show this year (other than the cars, of course) was how the NYIAS used social media (#NYIAS). A couple of my photos were favorited, and they even replied to a few of my tweets! Here are the pictures I posted my Instagram:

One day, this Escalade will be mine! Photo creds: Alicia.

One day, this Escalade will be mine! Photo creds: Alicia.

Look at this beautiful Alfa Romeo 4C! Photo creds: Alicia.

Look at this beautiful Alfa Romeo 4C! Photo creds: Alicia.

Look at this gorgeous Maserati Granturismo convertible. Photo creds: Alicia.

Look at this gorgeous Maserati Granturismo convertible. Photo creds: Alicia.

Candy paint! I'm in love with this green apple Dodge Challenger. Photo creds: Alicia.

Candy paint! I’m in love with this green apple Dodge Challenger. Photo creds: Alicia.

Fiat 500 selfie with my sister, Alicia.

Fiat 500 selfie with my sister, Alicia.

Yes, I got to be close to a Granturismo AND a 4C. I didn’t have the same opportunity the first time I attended the NYIAS, so I was glad they let people get this close this year! The Challenger is one of my favorite American cars. I don’t like Fiats, but I guess the 500 is an exception.

If you have not been to NYIAS and you love cars, you NEED to go! The vehicles definitely look more beautiful in person.

See you in September.

Sweet Everythings: Mia Chef Gelateria

Hello, hello! The school year is almost over, which means my NYC posts will stop soon for the summer break. I’m thinking about doing something for the blog this summer, but I’m not sure yet. We shall see.

Anyway…

I went to S’MAC again! It was just as great as it was last time.

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4 Cheese macaroni: Cheddar, Gruyere, Muenster, and Pecorino

Look at that wonderful mac & cheese. Yum yum!

When I was planning this NYC adventure, I looked for new places to go in that area. While doing so, I stumbled upon Mia Chef Gelateria.

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Mia’s Chef Gelateria (sorry about the blurriness).

Let me tell you…it’s the second best gelato I’ve had since my Italy trip in 2009. (My number 1 is now Chocolat). I’ve only had gelato a handful of times since then, but none of them have been like the gelato I had in Rome. NONE. It was such a great choice.

My gelato. :) (taken by me)

My gelato. 🙂

I had Nutella and Cap’n Crunch. They were AMAZING. The Nutella gelato was just like the one I had in Rome. I highly recommend this gelateria. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Until next time.

Sweet Everythings: Mille-Feuille Bakery

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

Passionfruit and Rose macarons (taken by me)

Passionfruit and Rose macarons

 

Until next time.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This week, I went to the city to complete an assignment and ended up running into the St. Patrick’s Day Parade…good and bad. Good because it was my first New York City parade. Bad because I felt like I was walking through a maze trying to make it my destination. I caught the last 20 minutes of the parade. I thought what I saw was cool. I loved the parade outfits. Also, I got to see my school in the parade. Here are a some of the pics I took.

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Note: I took all of these pictures.

Until next time.