Little Bites

Seems like I have been doing everything but keeping fit this month.  All my time has been spent at work, all the while trying to steal away little moments with my friends. Consequently for my fitness, these moments usually are surrounded by food and drinks. Luckily for you, I get to offer you a few more options in case you’re ever in the city.

I have an issue in which my eyes are often bigger than my stomach, and am rarely able to finish all that I seek to conquer on my plate. But I’ve found a kindred spirit at Mark’s. Those who are easily satisfied with just a quick bite will be quite pleased with this spot. What I love the most about Mark is that you can order it in any amount. So a nibbler like me can be happy with my ones and twos, while those with a much bigger appetite can order more with all the fixings. And since the menu consists mainly of sliders, they’re always on the grill. That means the wait time for your meal is rather short, no matter how much is ordered. You must be warned, if you’re looking for more than just sliders, chili cheese fries, and amazing old school shakes, this is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quick bite, maybe a little pregame meal before a night of drinks, or even something to soak up all the shots you’ve just had at Continental, then get comfortable.

Marks Sliders

Marks Sliders

Jack Daniels Bread Pudding

Jack Daniels Bread Pudding

Oxtail, Mac n Cheese, Candied Yams from Freda's

Oxtail, Mac n Cheese, Candied Yams from Freda’s

Havana Central

Cuban food at Havana Central

If you have a sensuous appetite for desserts,then you must stop by The Dessert Club. It’s right around the corner from Mark’s and  has a lovely selection of unique desserts and cupcakes. One of my favorites is the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bread Pudding! It’s made fresh every day, and is baked to perfection. The top has a lovely crunch from the hardened baked sugar glaze. But don’t let that distract you, for  there’s a soft moist whiskey soaked center that awaits you. All this accompanied by a scoop of soft churned vanilla ice cream to calm your taste buds down after that lovely experience. I’m not sure how long this one will be on the menu, for the menu is known to change every now and then. Personally I love it, because you never really get a chance to be bored, but it also means you could miss out on a new flavor cupcake or dessert if you have been in a while.

 

While assisting in a local skate competition on the upper west side,  my friend and I stumbled upon a great Caribbean spot that I must revisit soon. Freda’s is a small locally owned restaurant known in that area for delicious, authentic Caribbean food. It’s everything you love about mom and pop establishments, it makes you feel like you’re back at grandma’s having dinner with family. It’s cozy and intimate, without all the fuss of a typical New York City restaurant. And in a city where you’re used to paying a lot and getting a little, you’d be surprised to know that the portions are quite hearty.  As usual, I couldn’t finish mine, but my boyfriend cleaned his plate and was left satisfied and in need of a proper bed.  So not only does your money go a long way here, but you’re sure to leave fulfilled.

 

Another spot to try out is Havana Central. My friend had an assignment to go and interview the musician at the restaurant and I couldn’t help bu tag along. Thankfully I did, because it left me nostalgic and took me back home to Miami for a moment. Havana Central is a fabulous chain of Cuban restaurants that can be found on the Upper West Side near Colombia University and midtown in the Theater District. In case you’re a little further from the city there’s one up in Yonkers, and one even in Long Island. The food is amazingly flavorful and sure to leave you wanting more, but it’s the live music that really sets the tone of the restaurant. The musicians who perform take you away with the rhythmic beat of the bongos, seductive stringing guitars, and luscious Spanish vocals. The only thing I wished, was that there was a dance floor. Because by the time you’ve sipped on a few of their infamous Mojitos, and that music hits your ears, you’re gonna want move. It’s truly a lovely experience, so  good you’d forget that you’re actually still in New York and nowhere near the Caribbean.

Stay hungry my friends,

Kay Wanderz

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Mini Bite of the Apple

I seem to be in a munchies faze at the moment. Maybe it’s all the foodporn that’s been going through my feed on Pinterest and Instagram. Or maybe it’s been a little more than a week since I have gone to a new place to eat. I get bored pretty easily from eating at the same places. Which is why my boyfriend and I have a “Mini Adventure” at least once a week. It isn’t anything crazy, we just search through the Yelp App for someplace new to eat depending on our cravings.

Living in a city like New York makes it hard to be bored, especially when it comes to food. I told myself that when I moved here I wouldn’t be like some people and take that for granted. This city is too amazing not to explore every inch of it.

Here’s a sample of a few of the adventures we’ve gone on so far…

Lunch at Van Horn

Lunch at Van Horn

Breakfast at Cafeteria

Breakfast at Cafeteria

Dinner and drinks in DC

Dinner and drinks in DC

Girls Night at San Loco

Girls Night at San Loco

Lunch at Cafeteria

Lunch at Cafeteria

Korean BBQ with the booys at Kang Suh Restaurant

Korean BBQ with the boys at Kang Suh Restaurant

Williamsburg Smorgasburg with my buddy James

Williamsburg Smorgasburg with my buddy James

Fish Fry at Williamsburg Smorgasburg

Fish Fry at Williamsburg Smorgasburg

Tea Shop Bakery in BK

Tea Shop Bakery in BK

The infamous Meatball Shop

The infamous Meatball Shop

Some southern cooking at Jimmy's Diner in Brooklyn

Some southern cooking at Jimmy’s Diner in Brooklyn

While writing this post, I’ve come to the decision to start bringing you guys along on our “Mini Adventures” around the city. I’d love to share with you the restaurants, bars, clubs, or food carts that we stumble upon. Not to mention, let people see that you don’t have to have a lot of money to enjoy the city. Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that bring about the best memories.

Grub on my loves,

Kay Wanderz

Hello world!

Everyone has to start somewhere right? One of the hardest things about making a blog is starting one. The second hardest thing is to actually  keep it going and stay motivated. I had a blog last year that did pretty well for itself, but I got caught up with life and just didn’t really think it was anything worth reading. My friends seemed to believe differently.  Real friends only want the best from you and often times see the potential in you that you never knew existed. I’ve been blessed enough to gain a few of these people in my life and from here on out they won’t allow me to come up with any excuses when it comes to my writing. They don’t care how awful I may think it sounds, because I can only get better from here right?

As life would have it we all needed to seriously get out of the city for a little bit. We were all stressing from either work, matters of the heart, or both. The closest place that we could think of to get away was Daytona Beach. Now granted, it may not have been the beaches of Miami that I’m used to but,  it was still our little escape to paradise. It’s crazy how a little salt water and ocean breeze can make you forget the world so quickly. Literally the minute we got  out of the car and onto the dock we all breathed an involuntary sigh of relief.

My friend Jay suggested that we go to this restaurant on the dock that he knew. It was just the thing that we needed. The food was great, service friendly, and the view was absolutely serene. So here are a few shots of our little 24hr Vacay.

It’s always great to have such good people around to help you through the tough times. The only thing that I would have changed about that day would have been not forgetting to bring our bathing suits. The water was so perfect that day. Not too cold or too warm, just right. I would highly suggest taking a day and just getting out of your home city or town with a great group of friends on your next day off. It does wonders for getting rid of stress and helping to recharge you mentally and emotionally.

Happy blogging!