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Thunderbird Powwow

10 Aug

So, this post is a little over a week overdue, but bear with me.


Considering that my boyfriend is Native American, it’s a bit pitiful that it’s taken me so long to get to a Powwow, but better late than never, right? (At least that’s what I tell myself every time I’m running late for something. It helps.) The Thunderbird American Indian Powwow is actually the oldest and largest powwow held in New York City. There were loads of vendors  selling jewelry and handmade crafts and various food vendors. (FYI: You must try an Indian taco – it’s this massive piece of frybread topped with beans, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. There’s no classy way to eat it, but it’s worth it.)

At the end, there was a huge bonfire. And yes, if you check the slideshow below, I did climb a tree to take better photos.

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Mother Nature & Me

3 Jun

As mentioned in previous posts, I’m an absolute city rat (hmmm, perhaps I should find a new way to describe my addiction to city life – note to self). I barely even go to Long Island. Either way, this past weekend was my birthday weekend and because it had been a really stressful school year, I really just wanted to take it easy and have fun. Saturday, I went to Rainey Park where I flew my first kite (with mixed success) and had my first italian ice (or coquito as it’s referred to in these parts of the Bronx) of the summer (cherry and mango thanks very much).

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Sunday, I finally made it over to Alley Pond Park  to do the zip line after pining away for over a year. I’m not afraid of heights, but ask me to step off of a platform x feet in the air and I will laugh in your face (literally. Sorry, Evan.) Eventually, seeing 8 year olds swing by in the air convinced me that I could do it, too (even if I did release a scream heard miles away).

Best of all, everything was free!


Live Music Saturday!

11 Apr

I rarely ever make it out to Brooklyn because from the Bronx, it’s essentially a day trip totaling up to 2 hours to some parts of the borough. Last Saturday, I set out to the Brooklyn Museum to partake in the Target Free First Saturday event. When I first walked in, hoards of people were crowding around a jazz ensemble, the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats. I stuck around for a few of their songs including, “Jumping Pumpkins” by Duke Ellington.  Considering that most of them are probably under the age of 17, it was a really impressive show. There were some horrible Bebe’s kids running around, but luckily the music was able to keep my attention.

I was thoroughly blown away by the museum as a whole.  I had no idea it was so big and had such an expansive collection of unique artifacts. My favorites were  Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, the Native American collection, and The Dinner Party.

Giant Teepee

Psychadelic Photo Inside the Teepee

Afterward, I had a small, but delicious dinner at Abigail’s. Upon perusing their website a little while ago, it sounds like they have some really great stuff to offer, including poetry slams and salsa nights. While I was there, Gillian Harwin and her band  provided some soulful, jazzy background music.

This was a full day, but it didn’t stop after Abigail’s. Afterward, I headed to Terraza 7 Train Cafe in Queens. By far, this is the most unique venue I’ve ever been to. The live band performs atop a narrow platform on the second floor, which also has  sort of mini-amphitheater type seating. Despite my appearance and last name, I really don’t speak much Spanish at all, so I did feel a little lost among all the excitement, but I could tell there was a real positive vibe here.

Band at Terraza 7 Train Cafe

Believe it or not, aside from the museum, the rest of the day was completely spontaneous and I ended up hearing some really great music.

Be sure to check out my profile of PeaceLove Cafe, another great venue that features live music among other awesome things!

Islands in the Sun

3 Aug
This weekend was my grandma’s 90th birthday (it’s weird to think that when she was born, the airplane-“aeroplane”- barely existed and iceboxes still existed). Anyhow, we traveled up to City Island to Lobster Box for her surprise birthday dinner. Now, as someone who always goes to either of the two restaurants at the very end (yes, the ones where the police cars hover around) for the ridiculously cheap food and drinks, I thought the menu items here would be way overpriced (I mean, they have a fireplace in the entry way!), and while we had a prix fixe menu already set up for us, it was unbelievably affordable. Service was great and the food was pretty good, too.

Sunday, I was in Queens at Astoria Bowl. It’s this small, out of the way (basically on Rikers’ Island :-X) alley with an…interesting retro (or just old?) vibe going for it. I can’t complain because the prices were very reasonable and we got vouchers for a free game the next time we stop by. So, while I will be waving to Lil Wayne on my way there, I do think I will be back at Astoria Bowl at some point in the future. For dinner, we went to my favorite Thai restaurant in the city – Benjama’s Taste of Thai. Things I love about this place: 1. the food is amazing (Usually I try to order new things every time I return to a restaurant, but their pad prikh king is so delicious and pungent [sidenote: pungent is my least favorite word EVER, so that I used it means a lot] that I order it every time.) 2. the decor. I love the way it’s decorated with soothing water fountains and plants, very relaxing. 3. service is always really friendly and helpful.

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