Secret Garden

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I went for a lil stroll around East Village today. It started off as a sunny day and according to the weather, it was just going to be cloudy. Nope. After I got a Salty Pimp from Big Gay Ice Cream, it started to rain. I still headed on over to 6BC Botanical Garden. What a cute and serene getaway! Since it was raining, not many people were around. Made it a bit more magical.

As I was fumbling around with my camera, I felt something weird when I put my foot down. It was that black cat! I’m not a fan of cats. I don’t understand them. But this one instantly became my side kick. It made friendly gestures to me and followed me around the whole time! He or she had a funny personality as it would jump on top of rocks and stare in the distance.

Walking around the neighborhood made me realize how distinct each neighborhood is here in NYC. In a couple blocks, you have a completely different feel. As I walked around, the stores and the people give you clues of what the neighborhood is like. I heard someone practicing their saxophone, passed by a bunch of painted Ukrainian eggs, and saw a family preparing for dinner. It’s better than tv. It changes your perspective instantly. Sometimes if I’m feeling stuck, I just take a stroll like this and my mind is refreshed. Also catching new Pokemon on the way doesn’t hurt either 😉

May/June Favorites

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I visited the famous Di Fara pizza! I usually like getting square pizzas but they had sold out. So I grabbed these two delicious slices. The ingredients are incredibly fresh, imported from Italy and Israel. The cutest thing is seeing DeMarco there making pizzas for more than 50 years. True dedication! He says that when he’s in the kitchen, he just thinks about making pizza. He leaves all his problems behind and this is his time to focus. You can read more about him and his family here.

Tip: Don’t go at times that you think you’ll be hungry. I went at 5pm and there was no line. Once it hits 12pm or 6pm, the line is eternal.

 

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My family bought me a NutriBullet as a birthday present in May. I’m a real adult now! Lately, I like mixing frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, milk and a dash of vanilla. I get this gorgeous purple drink in the end! Perfect after coming home on a summer day from yoga class.

 

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I know, more tacos. I can’t help it! It’s a party in my mouth. I made them a bit more festive than usual. Grilled some garlic and lemon marinated chicken while preparing the side ingredients such as diced avocado, corn, tomato and red onion. After I add the diced chicken, I sprinkle Mexican cheese on top of it so it starts melting from heat residue . Then the grand finale is some dollops of ranch and Sriracha dots! Best tacos I’ve made so far. Tati original.

 

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I’ve been searching for a new scent but nothing was really grabbing me. I then found it in the place I’d never suspect. At the JFK airport. It was in one of those magazine gum stores. Anything with amber or sandalwood in it is me. So naturally I tried this one and went to wait for my plane. I couldn’t stop sniffing it every 5 seconds. I went back and bought it asap. I’m in love with it. I try not to use it everyday, afraid I’ll get bored of it. Only $27!! See their collection here. Free samples with every order!

 

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I’ve been helping my coworker rebrand himself for his 2016 reel. The Tombow brush pen has been the winner in selecting the right feel for him. Can’t wait to vector this puppy!

 





These two albums kept me alive in this dry desert phase of music. Both did an incredible job coming back strong.

 

I don’t own a tv so Youtube usually is my viewing pleasure. I ran into this video series for the first time and I absolutely loved it. James Corden drives musicians/celebs around to help him get to work. The best way to do it is to Car-aoke! When I drove in Miami, this was basically me minus the IRL celebs. But to have them next to you singing and reacting to their own songs was the cutest thing. It killed me. In my eyes, it made them seem more down to earth.

James Corden is charming and I think even stole the spotlight a bit sometimes! Singing old classic tunes from my youth was obviously the catch for me. I want him to do so much more!