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An NYC weekend

Posted on: 10.29.2014

this past weekend, my best friend and i hopped a bus and rode 12 hours TWELVE HOURS to New York City to see one of our other best friends in her natural habitat. i couldn't ask for a better best friend that will literally drop everything and pack a duffle bag and just go with me anywhere. i love her. we got on the bus and after a long night of tossing, turning, texting and too much netflix- we were there. well, chinatown is where we were and then we walked and subwayed for two hours TWO HOURS to get to our friend's apartment in Hoboken. needless to say, new york city is confusing. but we made it, god willing! it's such a different world in NYC. anyone that knows me knows how much i love Cincinnati. this place is just big enough for me and i couldn't ever see myself leaving. new york was loud and crowded and beautiful and smelly and dirty and wonderful and unappealing all at the same time. so many people looking down with their nose to the grind and others with glitter in their eyes looking for whatever they couldn't find from wherever they came from. it's a magical city that i could only handle twice a year, tops. we had the best time spending some much needed QT with jaimie. that's the friend we went and stayed with. we all three graduated together from high school two million years ago and have only gotten closer over the years.

we hit up plenty of spots while we were there, too many to think of and name, but by far my favorite was Brooklyn. Jamie dawn could do Brooklyn. Jamie Dawn could do the hell out of Brooklyn. it feels smaller and artsy and young and holy shit- that Brooklyn Flea is something out of a dream of mine. I picked up the most gorgeous vintage sequin top and two rad pairs of sunnies and wanted to go on and on but then i remembered the subway/walking/taxi drive that would be in my near future and realized that no rug or chair was worth that hassle.

oh, here's a quick little video i made of our weekend!
music is Arcade on Fire "City with No Children"


here's a quick run down of some of my favorite spots we got to hit up!
Shake Shack we hit up shake shack and it was everything i thought it would be. i even posted a photo of our food (obviously) and shake shacks official instagram page reposted it! those crinkle fries are life. and i don't know what the heck is in shake shack's sauce but i'll take a jar of it home, please and thank you.

Doughnut Plant we also hit up Doughnut Planet  and those were pretty mind blowing too. The tres leches was so moist and had some sort of gooey delicious mystery goop in the middle that was a fun little surprise. The banana peanut butter was a little rich for my blood and definitely required a friend to help finish it.

Ayame Sushi: while the service was less than to be desired, the sushi didn't disappoint. Maria and I split the volcano roll and the bagel roll and then we rolled out of there stuffed and happy. plus, i like any restaurant that allows me to bring my own alcohol inside. yep. Ayame is BYOB.

After the burgers, donuts and sushi all you have to do is throw in some pizza the size of your face and you have what i like to call the perfect New York City weekend diet. and all that walking makes for a pretty guilt free life, don't you think?

Brooklyn Flea: brooklyn flea was the number one thing i wanted to see and go to while i was in New York and i could have stayed there all weekend. so many amazing treasures and waaay too much good stuff to go through. if i lived there, i would redecorate my apartment every month just so i could buy all those yummy persian rugs and wall decor and lamps and and and oh my god. all of it. be mindful though, if you plan on taking pictures or videos some vendors get a little not happy about it.

The High Line: Busy busy busy, that high line. a few too many people in such a small congested area, but still a gorgeous view with great gelato and really cool shops. I can't imagine how much an apartment would cost on the line, probably $1 billion dollars, but it would be worth it to see that view everyday. and did I mention the gelato? Maria liked the hazelnut, and I liked the bite that she let me steal.

we visited about 2 million more places, and it's all became one big hazy memory at this point. but it was so much fun getting to spend some quality time with two of my best friends. life in Ohio was getting a little crazy lately and it was time to get away for a little bit. my favorite part of going out of town is always coming back. i missed my bed and my puppy and my smells and everything else that is mine mine mine. heres a few photos (and i hope you liked the video) !! thanks again, jaimie, for housing us!
 
the best weekend with the best friends anyone could ask for. 

cincinnati eats: pi pizzeria

Posted on: 10.20.2014

so you know how sometimes, you'll go somewhere or do something out of the blue in the middle of your work week and it just totally amps you up?  it's like going on vacation at home. well,  for me, this past wednesday was one of those days. one of the biggest joys that comes from writing a blog about your city is that you get to experience some of the coolest things going on. i'm not going to lie- you kind of walk with your chest puffed out a little bit when you get to go to an event or a show and then tell others about it later, am i right? you guys get it. so anyways,  we recently became the latest lucky city to get a Pi Pizzeria and I personally welcomed it with open arms. I can eat pizza hot, cold or standing on my head so anytime there's an opportunity to get my hands on a slice, I've probably already called shotgun and am waiting for you in the car. 

our Pi is located right smack dab in the middle of downtown Cincinnati, and is inside one of the coolest buildings. think new york city loft meets marinara sauce. and that is pi.  we were greeted with the sweetest staff and everything was totally on point. they're known for their cornmeal crusts but we opted for the thin crust because we're wimps. It was pretty spectacular, though, so I don't know how it could be improved upon. I washed my slices down with the Pi2 cocktail, which is any basil lover's dream. 
the whole place was something i haven't seen around cincinnati yet and i'm so excited that they're here. it was just swanky enough for a hot date and just casual enough to go there with your girlfriends for lunch. I love places that are like that, don't you? it's like GOOD FOR YOU, RESTAURANT, FOR WELCOMING ALL OF US! 
here's a few photos i shot on wednesday during my tasting! 
The lincoln park / central west end (we did a half & half because I'm no good at making choices) 
 
the neatest piece of art was a floor to ceiling Pete Rose literally created out of dots? holes? tiny holes in a wall? I'm not really sure yet. I will have to investigate this piece further. it was kind of tricky to see, but I guess that makes it even cooler, right? 
homemade french onion dip and chips. i may have allegedly snacked on this dip for the next 2 days. and maybe i ran out of chips and just used my finger to eat it. it was that good. 
 
like i said, hot or cold works with pizza. so those boxes are still lingering around this house! hashtag college dorm. but really, all of you Cincinnatians out there need to get down to Pi and check it out in all of its glory. The perfect new addition to our city! 

Glad you're here, Pi! 
Excuse me while I roll out the welcome mat!

October City Flea

Posted on: 10.13.2014

this was past weekend was gooood. i hope yours was as well. but if not, you can just live vicariously thru mine, cool? i'll just stick with a quick priority moment of the weekend- saturday was the monthly City Flea! my favorite day of the whole damn month. working with the city flea team over this past summer has been a dream come true and for the october flea, i got to come as just a regular ol' visitor. i wanted to come and take pictures and search thru the goods and bring the puppy along, too. this was the best flea yet in my opinion, with some amazing new vendors and all of my familiar favorites. 

one of my favorite things about living in the city, and a small city at that, is that we all kind of come together for things like this and are all so proud of it. it's like a private cincinnati club that we're all invited to. so many different faces come out every month and it just keeps getting bigger and better- and more dog friendly i might add. (dogs. freaking. everywhere) the weather was absolutely perfect for an october day, almost like mother nature was letting us have just a few more beautiful days before she goes crazy this winter. i wore a light jacket and t shirt and was perfectly comfortable all day long and that never happens at the flea. let me explain. see, i always have to either by a thrifted sweater to help myself warm up or strip down to my wife beater underneath everything to try and cool down. for some reason i never dress correctly and i'm never comfortable all day long. but saturday? yeah, saturday was pure gold. my partner in crime maria came with me and as always, we had a blast. everyone needs that friend that you can take to any type of event or situation and god love maria, she's up for anything all the time. 

we ate korean bbq tacos and went thru racks and racks of gorgeous treasures. we brought bronson who ran around like a nut licking every other dog that walked by. he's hit puppy puberty so i really can't blame the guy. there was one girl that had a booth that literally looked like she had gone thru my apartment and was selling everything i owned. seriously, such similar style. and of course, i liked all of her stuff more than mine because i'm a girl and the grass is always greener and all that stuff. but i refrained from buying 8 serape blankets and 12 copper bowls and just took photos. but i gotta say, that chair you see up in that top photo? the one that i'm holding so proudly? i scored that baby for $10!! do you guys remember when i went to the House with all of the Vintage goodies ?  well he now has a booth at the city flea and had this amazing chair and i knew i had to leave with it. ironically, that t shirt i'm wearing up there was bought from him the day i went to his shop. so that felt kinda good, ya know? 
anyways, amazing day. amazing finds, perfect weather in a beautiful city. here's a few million pics of the day! enjoy your week! 
 

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