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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[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 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.

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.

Mille-Feuille Bakery (Updated)

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

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.

S’MAC (Updated)

Update 12/7/18: S’Mac closed this location but still has one in the East Village! The address is 197 First Avenue on the corner of 12th St.

Often, I find myself searching for restaurants I’ve never been to/heard of in this great city. I’ve been meaning to go to S’MAC for a few months now, and I finally got the opportunity to go!

S’MAC (taken by me)

S’MAC is a restaurant that has different macaroni & cheese dishes. When I stumbled upon this place on the ‘net, I looked at the menu and thought, “I NEED to go to this place!” Macaroni & cheese is one of my favorite foods, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to try it. I invited my good friends, Felicia, to join me on this adventure.

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Being the plain Jane I am, I ordered 4 Cheese macaroni & cheese with breadcrumbs. It was amazing! I’m definitely going again.

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After we finished our wonderful food *tear*, we decided to head over to Central Park. I had never seen the fountain or the beautiful place in picture below. I have no clue what it’s called, but it was beautiful.

Photo creds to Felicia. My phone just didn’t want to take this picture, but I think it looks cool.

Here are a few other pictures taken that day:

The tunnel in Central Park (taken by me)

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Me in the Columbus Circle subway station. Photo creds to Felicia.

 

Until next time.

A Walk Down Super Bowl Blvd

The NFL events staff put a new spin on the NFL Experience and temporarily renamed Broadway “Super Bowl Boulevard” from 34th Street to 47th Street. It started last Wednesday and ended on Saturday. I didn’t get to go until Saturday, which was unfortunate because it was packed. There was a lot of foot traffic and confusion. There were so many people that if you were able to participate, or get to, any of the various events, you were lucky.

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The Super Bowl Blvd. sign (taken by me)

Each day, there were a few NFL players there to sign autographs. There was an XBox One station. The Toboggan Run, which was a huge slide they had in Times Square, and the only thing people had to pay for.

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The Toboggan Run (taken by me)

I think this was a wonderful idea, but it would have been even better if they had a way to accommodate more of the people who came, especially on the weekend.

A couple of my friends and I not only went to Super Bowl Blvd but also made our way to lower Manhattan. One World Trade Center looks quite nice.

1 WTC and I (taken by me)

Side note: Apple of My Eye turned 1-year-old yesterday! Thank you for checking out my blog. It really means a lot. I look forward to the great things that are happening very soon!
Until next time.

All of the Lights

Turn up the lights in here, baby. Extra bright, I want y’all to see this…

I really do, Rih. Haha. Manhattan is beautiful during the holiday season, and if you get the chance to see it, I’m sure you’ll understand it. Christmas is my favorite holiday, which makes me love the city’s holiday look even more!

I recently went to Dylan‘s Candy Bar for the second time and got to see how ready for Christmas they are. The amount of candy there is unbelievable. So. many. options. Here are a few snapshots of this wonderful place.

Yes, that’s a red velvet chocolate bar on the right. (taken by me)

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen this much gum. Photo creds to my friend, Felicia.

Last week, I went to 5th Avenue for an assignment. I always look forward to what displays the stores on this particular avenue have to celebrate the holidays. Here are pictures of some of them:

Fendi. (taken by me)

BVLGARI. (taken by me)

Bergdorf Goodman. (taken by me)

Tiffany & Co. (taken by me)

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Cartier. (taken by me)

Salvatore Ferragamo. (taken by me)

Until next time.