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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Stranger Inspirations

Kinda strange and almost cinematic at the conversation I found my self in with a complete stranger today. What started out as simple stroll through the High Line in New York City, turned into a little photo opportunity, which turned into a moment of inspiration.

I stopped for a minute to take a few shots over looking the traffic under us, when a gentlemen with an accent I’m far too familiar with complimented me on the photo I’d just captured. I turned and thanked him humbly and went back to taking more photos. He then decided to introduce himself and join me on my stroll through the High Line.

We made light conversation of our origins and shared our New York stories. He then caught me off guard when  he asked, “so what are you doing now?” I paused for a minute quite puzzled, because I thought I had thoroughly explained to him my reason for being in New York. Catching the look on my face made him laugh. “I know  why you are here, but are you doing it now?” I looked down and said, “kind of, I’m working on it. Got a bit more planning to do.”

“Just do  it! Stop hesitating. You’re here now, so don’t sit still. Planning is done now give yourself something to write about,” cheering me on emphatically with fisted hands in the air. I couldn’t help but laugh at his enthusiasm and optimism. His randomness was  contagious and so refreshing.

It suddenly dawned on me. I spend a majority of my time planning, just planning! Not that planning is necessary, but that’s only the first step. Plans are nothing without action, and faith without works is dead. So I can sit here and plan and hope all day long, but sometimes you just need to dive in and do it. Waiting for a good time to start could have me sitting on the sidelines for the rest of my life if I’m not careful. And you certainly don’t get memorable experiences just planning things out.

 

High Line Experience

High Line Experience

Umberto may be a humble mechanic back in Brazil, but he’s lived one hell  of life so far and never let his circumstances dictate his outcome. He’s been to nine different countries, surfed in Australia, and still makes sure he’s in Portugal to see his family for the holidays. Most of his most memorable adventures came from the things that he didn’t plan and to no surprise, he has no regrets. I’ve made tons of new plans this month for the future, time for step two, the doing.

Sometimes it takes a complete stranger with a different perspective to give you the clarity that you’ve been needing. Now, by no means am I encouraging you to run around your city or neighborhood talking to random people.  I’m just saying sometimes it’s good to  listen and let yourself be inspired. Inspiration doesn’t have to come from some grand light in the sky. It could be something as simple as a random stranger.

And with that, back to my writing and adventures in The City. I would hate to miss out on another inspiration.

Be inspired,

Kay Wanderz

New Adventures & Endeavors

It’s official, this little lady is writing for a real website. I’m so excited to share with you guys my new project. I just submitted my second post for a website called Firstklassbreakfast.com

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I’m the new writer for the Pop Culture Round Up. Meaning I’ll be posting some major things that happen in pop culture every week on Sundays. Everything from the government shutdown to Kim and Kanye’s engagement. This was almost too perfect, because I tend to read about all these things every morning online as a breakfast ritual anyways.

This will be the first time that I have ever written anything under my real name. The fear that I had towards being criticized is no longer gonna hold me back. Putting yourself out there is always a hard thing to do, because our pride is one of the most difficult things to let go. This is such an exciting and scary moment in my life, but I’m going full steam ahead. I came to New York with a mission, and this project is taking me one step closer to getting there.

Keep chasing, keep dreaming, keep wandering,

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

Apple Event: Scandal

Hello Lovelies,

The Scandal Fall Premiere that we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Okay, maybe not all of us, but I sure as hell have been anticipating this night. The cast of Scandal has been going all over the States to promote the new season. I was lucky enough to get a seat for the Question and Answers Event that was being held at the Soho Apple Store in New York.

One of the great things about living in this city, is not only is something always happening, but it’s usually something that you could only do in New York City. Had I been back home in Florida, this would have never happened on a random weekday for me.

While waiting for the cast of Scandal:

Apple Store Soho Theater

Apple Store Soho Theater

The writer of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice, entering the theater:

Shonda Rhimes entering the theater

Shonda Rhimes entering the theater

The cast of Scandal on stage:

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho Q&A

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho Q&A

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho Q&A

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho Q&A

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho Q&A

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho Q&A

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho

Cast of Scandal at Apple Store Soho

 

A brief clip from the Q&A session:

 

 

The cast was just as entertaining off screen as they are on screen. And I had no idea that Scott Foley, who plays Jake Ballard, was such a comedian. They also made it apparent that even they have their sides when it comes to team Olivia/Fitz versus Olivia/Jake. Poor Jake just couldn’t seem to get a break with the scandalous fans in attendance.

I must apologize for the briefness and quality of the clip. I only had my iPhone and had just learned of the event that night. Not to mention I have a whole new respect for all Youtubers out there. Video editing on Youtube is no joke!

I hope you guys enjoyed the premiere and I must know, are you team Olivia/Fitz or Olivia/Jake?

Stay Scandalous,

Kay Wanderz

Miami, It’s Been Fun

So like I promised here are a few shots I got while home in Miami. Just a quick warning, these were all done on my phone at very random times. So they  may not be the best shots, but you get the essence of what I’m trying to capture at the time. Nothing but blue skies and a chill vibe. And the endless beach of course!

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Miami Sunset While Driving

Miami Sunset While Driving

Miami Beach

Summer on Miami Beach

Miami Beach Empty

Empty Miami Beach in the morning

Miami Beach from the Airplane

Miami Beach from the Airplane

Sorry if most of the shots are at the beach. It’s just that I can’t help but go to the beach every time I’m back home. The beach is my place of solace. Something about the sound of the ocean, surrounded by cool blue water, and the rhythmic waves always puts me a trance. It was a lovely getaway, but it’s time to head back to work and back to the New York grind.

See you back in New York,

Kay Wanderz

M.I.A For A Little

Sorry about being MIA. I just flew home to be with my loved ones because someone near and dear to me is having surgery. Luckily, things are looking good and they are pretty optimistic about a speedy recovery. At least he has a great view t cheer him up and his lovelies by his side.

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

Anyhow, while I’m here I will share a little bit of my city, Miami with you in the next post.

Hope you all are doing well.

With love,

Kay Wanderz

Run for Goodness Sake!

I like running. It’s something that has slowly become apart of my life and helped me to achieve a few fitness goals. Lately, I have been in a bit of a running slum. It’s getting progressively harder to lace up and pound the pavement.  This year, ninety percent of my runs have been on a treadmill. Which would explain why it has become increasingly difficult to run at the parks.

The gym membership was great for when it was cold, or raining, or at a late hour after work. And the treadmill was a convenient place to run because I work in the city, which is far from home, but my gym membership soon became my excuse for any major outdoor activity. The gym became my safe haven, not for convenience or reliability, but because of comfort.

I have read countless articles about people who run through every climate imaginable. The only difference between them and myself, is  they have a purpose that drives them to push through discomfort. My fear of looking ridiculous is where my discomfort lies. It’s why if I do ever run outside, it’s through a park or on trails in the woods. Where the only thing that can see me huffing and puffing every mile are the little woodland creatures and other runners who are too absorbed in the war of  man versus distance.

This fear has been keeping me from my full potential of being the runner that I have always inspired to be. I envied runners for their amazing bodies, look of purpose when in motion, and athletic abilities. I’m from a family of athletes. I’m an only girl and all my brothers play basketball plus another sport. My father has been playing soccer since diapers in Jamaica and my mother played Netball for her school. And even all of these reasons couldn’t get me to run a lap around my own block.

So I’m biting the bullet. I have signed up for a 10K race. Not just any race, but one that is for charity. If there’s anything that would put fire to my heels, it’s a charity. Now, not only am I running for my own personal development, but for benefit of others. Not to mention I find it hard not to stick to something that I’m paying for.  I’m challenging myself to run 3-4 times a week outside leading up to the race which is in a little less than three weeks. Running outside is MANDATORY, especially since the race is around Prospect Park and the treadmill just isn’t gonna cut it.

 

Here’s a clip for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon NYC, which is the race that I’ve signed up for.

 

And on that note, off for my first morning run of the challenge.

Keep challenging yourself,

 

PS.  Any running tips or advise on running a 10K in an hour would be greatly appreciated!!

Kay Wanderz

Now What….

It’s been nearly a year since my last post, nearly a year since I have published anything in my own name, and nearly a year since I have done anything that would make me uncomfortable. Now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t just been sitting on my arse for the past year. I have gone on a few of random trips and adventures, met new people, and even started a fitness challenge. Despite having done all of those things, I have still kept it pretty safe. Being safe is really starting to get to me, but nothing has shaken me more out of my comfort zone than with the sudden news of a loved one’s sickness.

Though the situation is sad and is currently being dealt with, it has also reminded me of how short life is. Not to mention, how precious each moment.I would truly be a fool if I continued going along my life as is. The restless wanderlust in me has been dormant for way too long.

I need to take a risk on my dreams. I crave the discomfort, mixed emotions, lump in your chest feeling you get when you’re being challenged to your limits. Because only then do you discover that the limits you thought you had weren’t actually your limits at all. That you can survive.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to take a page from Shameless Maya and I’m going to put myself out there. I mean really put myself out there. I’ll be challenging myself to actually put my writing out. Where it can be publicized, scrutinized, and critiqued by the masses. If not for myself, then for the ones that I love.

Urban Nights

I opted to slow down last night and get some much-needed work done instead of going out in the city. Unfortunately,the WordPress App and I had a bit of disagreement on the matter. Nonetheless the Urban Outfitter and Lomography party was pretty cool.
As expected there was an eclectic crowd of people. Everything from your usual hipsters to the college nerds just looking for what’s happening tonight. I was able to snap a few photos before the drinks got into my system and distracted me entirely. The DJ was on point that night and as I looked around I realized not a single could refrain from bobbing or your ever discrete finger tapping.
 
 
 
 
 
As expected New York City has a great night life and something for everyone. I’ve been to a few bars and clubs now and have never been disappointed by the music, the setup on the other hand is a different story. Goes to show that no matter how great the music and drinks are, ambiance is everything. And I think the Lomography store was the perfect setup for the party. I hate to say it, but it had the classic hipster vibe written all over it. Kinda hard to deny it, when you look around and notice the retro vibe from the old school photos, Ray Ban glasses, grandfather cardigans, and high-waisted everything.  All in all it was just another Urban night in the city. On the plus side, I was able to do some networking and meet some pretty interesting people and got a cute little gift for my best friend. These cameras are a perfect gift idea for friends that are obsessed with Instagram and all those photography apps. 
 
Anyhow, I’ll be sure to post the pics from the other bars/clubs that I actually remembered to take photos of for you. Also, I’m almost done with the update post and should be sending them out this week. I’ll be posting them at work of course, I think I’ll use the app for quick short post only. I would hate for it to have to actually be useful and turn out a post as expected. 
 
 
Much love,
 
Kay W.