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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Women’s March on NYC A Sincere Thank You!

Yesterday I was surrounded by positivity, empowerment, passion, support, and some AMAZING women. According to The New York Times, over 2.9 million people marched yesterday in solidarity with women--on all 7 continents. I have never been surrounded by so much love and pride in my entire life. Yesterday was a manifestation of hope and was a chance to show how far we've come and how unwilling we are to take steps in the wrong direction. The march was filled with strength from experiences of our past and strength in our dreams for the ...

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Food & Fashion  Ruby’s Café and a Red Lip

My roommate and I recently headed to Ruby's Café for lunch and then stopped at the New York Public Library. At the first aforementioned location, I ordered an ah-mazing salad with a soft boiled egg on top which is truly the perfect addition to any meal. My roommate got a burger that also had an egg on it and it was also delightful. I highly recommend Ruby's burgers, I've even taken my mom here so they are mom-approved burgers. At our next stop, we were only served with books and lengthy ...

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Czech CultureBrooklyn Kolache Co.

Still stuck on a culture high from the Czech Republic and from making traditional Czech kolaches at home with my mom, I sought out what seemed to be the only kolache bakery in New York City. Kolaches are a traditional Czech pastries that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings. The pastry has also infiltrated Texas and has become a classic dish in the Czech belt of Texas. I grew up with my grandma's home-made poppyseed kolaches, which often lined a platter on Thanksgiving or Christmas. This summer, I ...

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