Happy August!

To celebrate the start of this wonderful month, which also happens to be my birthday month, here’s another entry for the Food Diaries!

Korean BBQ is something that I have always wanted to try ever since witnessing it in several kdramas that I watch. When Mutay and I were in New York and found out there was a Korea Town, we just had to go and check out whether there were any good BBQ spots! We didn’t do any research, but luckily we chose good because the place we ended up in was the best.

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Another post in the New York travels pipeline! This time we went to the High Line.

In case you didn’t know, the High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. You get amazing views whilst walking along, and there is some awesome art by different artists.

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In which I discuss how amazing fried chicken is and nobody can tell me otherwise.

Fried Chicken Heaven

Photo courtesy of Mutay

Happy June!

It has been a while since I posted, but between arriving back from New York, getting back to work and starting my new internship, I have had absolutely no time for this blog. This makes me sad, but it is what it is.

I’m really excited to write about my New York adventures avec Mutay, and since I was there for two weeks I’ll have to break it down into parts.

New York was amazing. It’s surreal that I’ve actually been now, because NY has been on my travel list for the longest time. Now I can cross it off! The thing is I’ll have to go back because there’s still many places I want to visit and explore, and you’d think 2 weeks would be enough, but it’s definitely not. NY is MASSIVE.

I managed to get most of what I wanted to do on my list, which you can read here. I was seriously happy when Joy introduced us to $1 pizza! Food in America is amazing. I have never eaten so much fried chicken in my life. Seriously.

I spent the weekend in DC, and the first meal I had was fried chicken. When we met up with Joy, we went to a place called Pies ‘n’ Thighs in the Lower East Side and I had fried chicken. I had some of Mutay’s fried chicken when we visited Harlem. Honestly, though, no regrets. Fried chicken is my god. 

There’s something about the crispiness of the skin and the tenderness of the meat that gets me going. I could probably write a book about how good fried chicken is. I’m going to wake up one day and the only words I’m going to be able to say are “Fried chicken”.

All of the food I had in NY was heavenly, from the chicken over rice at The Halal Guys on W. 53rd St to the fried shrimp I had at Amy Ruth’s; I’m surprised I’m not the size of house, right now. I have so many entries for the Food Diaries!

Of course, I also took in the sights and not just ate food. Everything is insanely massive in NY, so it was a little overwhelming. Skyscraper, much? I did get to witness some amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and the boat rides I took were so nice.

Anyway, I thought I’d give a quick update to let you know I’m here and I’m raring to get back into blogging. Watch out for my upcoming travel/food posts. Lots of exciting stuff to come 🙂

I love lists.

The process of writing one up and then getting to check off things one by one, probably fills me up with more excitement than it should. It’s definitely why I’m so excited when I look at my bucket list and get to cross things off.

Last year I posted part of my bucket list, and whilst I didn’t do everything I was still happy that I got to do some of the things.

Much like everyone else, I’m sure, my bucket list is miles long. I did try and do the 101 things to do in 1001 days challenge, but sadly didn’t get to finish it. I am quite happy because I get to cross off something that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I started blogging and getting readers.

2015 is definitely the year to get some things crossed off. Cannot wait 🙂

Watch this space.

Just like Holly, I have a New York bucket list. I mentioned what I’d love to do when I’m in New York, but I thought I’d go more into detail. Having watched a few vloggers on YouTube who recently went to New York, it’s definitely made me even more excited.

I think the number one thing I want to do in New York is visit the Empire State Building. Partly because it’s where Danny and Mindy, from the Mindy Project, got together, and partly because it is such an iconic building. (But mostly because Danny and Mindy, I ain’t even gonna stunt here)

Secondly is definitely watching a Broadway show. If I get to watch Lion King whilst I’m in New York, I will probably die. Authentic New York pizza is a must, as well. The pizzas that I’ve seen people posting on Instagram look mouthwatering. Honestly, I just need all the food in my life when I visit. (Hell, I’ve even looked up the places Guy Fieri goes to on Diners, Drive-ins & Dives)

I would love, love, love to explore Central Park. I think another thing I’d love to do when I’m in New York is geocaching. It’d be fun way to go around New York and find little treasures around the city. I love myself a good adventure. Imagine getting lost in New York.

I can’t believe that my trip is in May. That is so soon – it’s already March on Sunday! Time is flying, and I don’t know if I’m ready yet.

79 days to go.

My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do. – Walter Kirn

What does it mean to travel?

travel
/ˈtrav(ə)l/
verb
  1. make a journey, typically of some length.
    “the vessel had been travelling from Libya to Ireland”

Fairly simple explanation. Of course, there are many different definitions of travel, but they all boil down to the same thing. The thing about travelling for me is the excitement beforehand.

The anticipation of leaving the country you live in and exploring a whole new part of the world you’ve never been to before. The build up is what really gets me going – the planning of where to visit, the packing, the organising, the endless Tripadvisor visits you make to make sure you get the best out of your trip.

The endless chatter you make with friends and coworkers about where you’re going, and hoping you don’t sound too boastful.

Then it’s the flying. The arriving at an airport filled with dozens of people also going away. The excited families with children running around. Of course, you’ve got to love the duty free shopping. Nothing beats duty free shopping – unless you’re shopping and someone else is paying for you. I think this Love Actually quote is the best when it comes to airports:

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

When you arrive in this new place, it gets even more exciting. You have to deal with people that are most likely different to people you’ve encountered in your own country. It’s whole new culture. It’s breathtaking and amazing and kind of scary, especially if you’re travelling alone.

Travelling is the best feeling in the world.

There are a lot of places that I’d love to travel to. Parts of South America, see more of Europe and Asia. I would love to visit Egypt and see the Pyramids, go Down Under and experience the most amazing food wherever I end up.

And well, I think I’ve rambled enough to finally get to the point of this post. You probably have an inkling already because of the quote at the beginning. It’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time, and finally – finally – it’s happening. I’m going to New York in May, and I am going to have the greatest time of my life. I know it.

I feel like when you’ve lived in London for so long, you always get an urge to leave about every 6 months or so. London is great, don’t get me wrong, BUT unless you’re from another part of the UK and visiting London for the first time or the second time or whatever, then you get bored.

London is my hometown, and well I think it’s safe to say that everyone needs to escape their hometown every now and then. And what better way to escape than to another great city that people love and adore. I’m sure New Yorkers probably feel the same way Londoners feel about London. I’m excited, though. I can barely contain my excitement.

There are so many things I’m looking forward to when I go to New York, these include and are not limited to:

  1. Doing all the touristy stuff – Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square; you know the drill
  2. Food
  3. Seeing my family whom I haven’t seen in donkey’s years
  4. Food
  5. Shopping – I’ve heard shopping in New York is a whole different ball game. I need to mentally and physically prepare myself
  6. Food
  7. Perfecting my Noo Yawk accent
  8. DID I MENTION FOOD?!

Mutay will be joining me on this trip, but she’s heading to Washington, D.C. first. It will be my first time travelling completely alone, so I am slightly nervous. I do think that I’ve been on enough holidays to make it through with no harm done. Hopefully I don’t get stopped by US Customs for trying to bring something that I didn’t know was allowed.  :F

It would be stretch, but if anyone is in or around the Brooklyn area then you should come and see me! I know a lot of you are in different states, and it it’s easy, then would love to see you guys, too.

Honestly, I probably won’t stop going on about this trip for the next few posts. Can you blame me?

101 days to go

Arrivederci, bitches.

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