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Caffé dell’Appartamento: The Bialetti

Living in a New York City apartment has taught me two things: I own way more things that I actually need (not having any closets makes that painfully obvious) and that of the things I do own, most of them are coffee-related equipment and gadgets. This post will be the first part in a new series here on Briana Augustina: Caffé dell'Appartamento. This is the Bialetti edition. The Bialetti Moka Express is an Italian household staple. It's a stovetop espresso appliance. To learn the nuances of brewing with a Bialetti Moka ...

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How to Wear Black & Khaki: Everyday

'   Welcome to the new and aesthetically improved Briana Augustina. You made it. It's been a little while. I've been contemplating a blog update for a while now, but wasn't sure what I wanted to change and whether or not I was using it as a procrastination method that would just distract me from studying and posting more often. They say not to fix what's not broken, but I felt like my blog was a little cracked. And I'm a perfectionist. Sometimes to a fault in which I feel like giving ...

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Weekend in Washington, D.C.

This weekend, I hopped on the Megabus and headed to D.C. for a weekend away from the big city. Friday night around midnight, I took my first steps in the capital city. It was a much needed escape from New York's chaos and was reminiscent of San Francisco (aka home) in its more expansive layout. My first stop on Saturday was the White House while on a morning run (early enough to beat the heat). We brunched at Kafe Leopold in Georgetown and then I was caught in the middle of ...

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A Glimpse of Nature Yosemite, CA

  This post is really just a photo gallery of a recent trip to Yosemite featuring my adventurous parents who decided we NEEDED to go because I had never been. Now I have been and I'm so glad! My parents stepped in as my blog photographers for the pictures of me in nature, but the solo shots of nature were all me. Sometimes I step into the city joyously overwhelmed by the energy and the people. Other times I walk around eerily aware of the concrete jungle that surrounds me: brick and cement ...

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Food & Fashion Soup Dumplings and The Puffy Shirt

  One day recently I came across a NYC Dumpling Map on the internet. Since then, I had been craving soup dumplings, which I have never had. So I dragged a couple friends to Chinatown this weekend to embark on what would be a dumpling adventure at Noodle Village. We all had soup dumplings in the back of our mind, but we ordered a bit of a variety to fully immerse ourselves in the experience. Chicken fried rice (possibly the BEST fried rice I have ever consumed), not-one-not-two-but-THREE orders of Steamed Shanghai Soup ...

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Prince Coffee House Bronx, New York

Take a stroll down Arthur Ave. in the Bronx and you'll come across a few things. Italian restaurants, some grocery markets, a few bars; all seething with an Italian and Albanian influence. But keep walking! On the corner of Arthur Ave. and Crescent (right before 183rd), glass windows enclose Prince Coffee House. Upon walking in, you are greeted by copper Turkish coffee pots hanging from the ceiling. It is a specialty of the shop and a personal favorite. Turkish coffee is finely ground beans brewed directly in those copper pots on ...

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