My family and I went to the Fela! concert last night near the Coney Island boardwalk. The concert features members of the original Broadway Tony Award-winning production, Fela! It has electrifying rhythms from a live 10-piece Afrobeat band, singers and dancers. The lyrics of Fela Kuti, the founding father of Afrobeat, proved why he’s one of the world’s celebrated and revolutionary music legends.
Duain Richmond is a talented actor whom successful narrated the connection of Kuti’s life and his music. The atmosphere was filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Laughter, happiness, and excitement ran through everyone’s veins. I was truly amazed! The dancers including Rachel Oneika Phillips were outstanding! I couldn’t be more proud of my African roots!
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My family and I went to a Brazilian festival on Sunday at Hester Street Fair. We had an amazing time. There were delicious food and drinks, beautiful merchandise, talented Batala New York drummers and Samba dancer. Everyone at the fair was enjoying themselves. The environment was very welcoming. I always loved Brazilian culture due to its’ festivities, music and proud culture. My family is also from the Caribbean (Barbados and Panama) so attending Caribbean events were always a must. We ate amazing food from Beija Flor and had authentic Brazilian drinks such as Palma Louca and Guarana Antarctica soda. For pictures of the food and you can check my Instagram “Eats” stories and click right until you see the name of the restaurant.
There was a performance by Batala New York which is an all-women Afro-Brazilian drummer group. Everyone at the festival danced to the beat and even joined Batala New York’s performance. The Brasil Summerfest street fair was very engaging! We stayed at the festival till the end yet we didn’t want to leave. It was such an unforgettable moment. This year we plan on attending all Brazilian events, for more information follow my instagram: mostlikely_reese.
A friend and I were on the lookout for our next food adventure. We traveled to Union St, Brooklyn. There were an unlimited variety of restaurants around. We picked an Indian restaurant called Namaste to fulfill our food temptations. The dim lit restaurant was cozy and tastefully decorated. We were greeted by a waiter and handed menus with a glass of water. We were overall impressed by the quick service. It seems as if we had the whole place to ourselves. It was 10 pm and after skimming the menu we settled on our entrees. I requested Fried Crab Cakes and she ordered Tandoori Wings with Mango Lassi. The evening was going well. We were filled with smiles and laughter. Our server kindly handed us the plates. We couldn’t wait to sample the delectable meals. The crab cakes seem overcooked but they were tender and quite flavorful. I had some of my friend’s Tandoor Wings and they were amazing! As we continued to enjoy our meals, we realized that we were being watched. The waiter and the manager were eyeing us from a distance. Despite their presence, we continued to dine. The waiter asked if we would like to order more but we politely declined. A couple of times the waiter would pass us with his eyes looking in our direction. We started to not feel welcomed. Once we were done with our meals we paid the bill. I paid with cash and she paid with her credit card. We both carefully counted the money and placed it between the booklet. The waiter opens the booklet and counted the money three times in front of us. We were not only uncomfortable but disappointed. We gathered our things, with both meals fully paid and mannerly said goodnight. Namaste’s Indian food was delicious but they lacked proper service. I guess it explains why the restaurant wasn’t full of people so namasgo (now I must go).
A group of my friends and I were craving Ethiopian food. We finally got together and planned to eat at a restaurant called “Abyssinian”. The Abyssinian restaurant is located at 268 W 135th street in Harlem, New York. Ethipioa is in the horn of Africa. Traditionally, Ethiopian cuisine consists of vegetables and very spicy meats. It is usually served with injera bread which is a large sour-dough flatbread that’s made out of fermented teff flour. The low-lit atmosphere of the restaurant was quiet and filled with traditional Ethiopian music. It was tastefully decorated with a bar and friendly staff. You’re quickly seated depending on the party of people and served water. The menu was filled with a lot of lunch and dinner meals with wines and authentic Ethiopian beers. A friend and I decided to share a meal which is the picture of a big plate. Furthermore, my other friend decided to get a separate one due to a difference in order. To share a plate cost $38 and a separate one was $19. I ordered a Lamb Awaze Tibs which was cubes boneless lamb marinated with spicy sauce and served with tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and split peas. My friend ordered Lamb Lega Tibs which was a mild version of the Awaze. We all finished our meal with a delicious Ethipioan Honey tea wine which was very smooth. For those who may not want to order any meat, there is also vegan Ethiopian food at this restaurant. I encourage anyone who’s interested in trying Ethiopian food to go to this eatery! It’s an experience you will enjoy!
My friend and I went to a beautiful, cozy Japanese restaurant called, “Misoya”. It is located in New York City on 129 2nd ave. Misoya is a great place to visit with friends or a significant other. The staff is very friendly and the food is beyond delicious! Once we entered the door we were quickly greeted, seated and offered menus. There are tons of cuisine to try whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a full meal. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and lively music. Misoya is the perfect place to not only escape the cold but to try something new. The menu was filled with many foods and drinks such as hijiki (homemade simmered seaweed), gyoza (homemade pork dumpling), sake and more! My friend ordered, “Mame Miso Ramen” which contains beans, dark-colored miso, beef with fried breaded shrimp. I ordered, “Kome Miso Spicy” which includes half of a boiled egg, corn, beautifully sliced pork, potatoes and beef marinated in a broth. The dishes were affordable and ranged from $11- $15. We were very pleased with our meals and made plans to visit again.
What’s not to love about New York? You’re surrounded by people from different cultures, beautiful sceneries, unlimited events, and restaurants. I lived in almost every borough such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and don’t wish to leave New York. You may also want to live in the Bronx, Staten Island or New York City. There are unlimited options to live in this outstanding metropolitan New York utopia. However, living in New York City is expensive but in this post, you’ll find areas that may cater to your needs.
It’s located in Manhattan New York on the West Side. Chelsea is known for its’ attractions and one of the best places to explore art. Additionally, it’s also known for the “Chelsea Markets” and the “High Line”. The neighborhood also has an impeccable nightlife scene. This neighborhood most certainly has character! Apartments range from $3,000 – $8,000.
This neighborhood is a good balance of vintage and modern. Furthermore, there’s a lot of history here. Each block displays beautiful old row houses and mansions. Many people love to buy homes/condos here but you can also rent. Apartments usually go for $2,400 – $10,000.
It’s no longer a NY kept secret! Hell’s Kitchen is located in Manhattan. It is filled with a lot of luxury developments with a few mom and pop shops. Homes, apartments, and condos here range from $1,200 – $50,000.
Upper West Side
This is area is filled with very friendly people and a great spot for millennials. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,150 – $800,000.
The Flatiron district is more than a shopping area. Flatiron NYC is also a nice area to dine with friends and family. Many would also say, it’s a very safe part of NY. It has an elegant and professional vibe with lots of pizazz. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,900 – $600,000.
East New York
It’s a residential area in the eastern part of the Brooklyn borough. Despite its very rough history with crime, East New York is an upcoming neighborhood. Additionally, it’s a very diverse and friendly neighborhood. It’s attracting lots of buyers due to its potential and location near the city. It also has a lot of delicious cultural restaurants. East New York is going to be the next big thing! Apartments, condos, and homes range from $850 – $600,000.
Bedford-Stuyvesant aka Bedstuy
It’s located in the north-central part of Brooklyn. Bedstuy is still a developing area with lots to offer! It’s very diverse and filled with friendly neighbors. It’s affordable to live in this district. Additionally, you can easily hop on and off new york transits to get to your destination. Apartments, condos, and homes range from $900 – $40,000.
This is a quiet neighborhood filled with young professionals and families. There’s a lot of good restaurants nearby and close to transportation. Apartments, homes and condos range from $650 – $40,000.
Williamsburg is one of NY trendiest neighborhood and it resides in Brooklyn. It displays a combination of industrial and modern life. You will have multiple transportation options and you can get a good real estate deal compared to Manhattan. The homes, condos, and apartments range from $900 – $30,000.
Forest Hills has a very suburban setting yet it’s near transportation. It’s surrounded by great schools, restaurants and shopping districts. Apartments, condos, and homes range from $700 – $500,000.
This district is very close to Manhattan. Sunnyside Queens is an ultra-diverse neighborhood with immigrants from Ecuador, China, Korea, Mexico and more! This area also has a lot of lost landmarks such as Queen’s version of CBGB which once opened for Kiss. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,300 – $200,000.
There are wonderful restaurants located in Park Slope. It’s a family-friendly and quiet neighborhood away from Manhattan. There are excellent schools, diversity, and gorgeous historic houses. The district is surrounded by train stations which mean easy transportation/traveling. Apartments, condos & homes range from $1,050 – $20,000.
Soho is filled with lots of cast-iron buildings and also one of the trendiest neighborhoods to live in NYC. However, living in Soho is expensive. Soho living can range from $2,050 – $40,000.
The population of Crown Heights has fluctuated. It has a harsh history but things are different!This district is filled with stunning architecture and cultural attractions. Crown Heights is also known for the famous, ” Brooklyn Botanical Garden”, “Brooklyn Museum” and the northeastern edge of Prospect Park.This districts apartment, condo and home range from $650 – $9,000.
Astoria is a neighborhood in Queens. I spend a lot of time in this district. I love the culture and diversity. It’s close to midtown Manhattan. Real estate has increased but still affordable compared to many Manhattan apartments. The views in Astoria are breathtaking and the restaurants are divine. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,400 – $20,000.
Upper East Side
The upper east side is part of Manhattan. It is known for upscale buildings. Additionally, there’s well-known prep schools, townhomes, affordable apartments, and designer boutiques. Apartments, condos and homes go for $1,600 – $32,000.
I love Harlem! I spent most of my years there. Harlem is part of the borough of Manhattan. The people are very friendly and Harlem is rich in culture. It’s known for the popular “Apollo Theatre” and the “Cotton Club”. The night scene is filled with jazz music and afro culture. Additionally, there are plenty of brownstones and public transportation. The apartments, condos, and homes range from $1,000 – $15,000.
Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn borough. Despite its’ rough history, Prospect Park is an upcoming neighborhood with modern apartments and brownstones. It’s very affordable to live here and great for middle-class families.Apartments, condos and homes are from $700 – $18,000.
Riverdale is a beautiful and quiet residential area in the northwest part of the Bronx. It’s relatively affordable to live here. You can buy a house/condo or rent an apartment. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,100 – $8,000.
The fresh and natural flavors of a poke dish compel me to buy it every weekend. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this Hawaiian delicacy. Poke to me was a quick escape from reality. As you continue to read this post, you’ll discover all about poke and local poke restaurants in New York. Join the craze!
What is poke?
It’s a native appetizer or main course that consists of diced raw fish such as salmon or tuna in Hawaii. In other words, it’s one of the main dishes to many native Hawaiians. The word “poke” (poh-kay) means to slice or cut. Hawaiian poke is heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. Therefore, it represents the diverse culture of Hawaii. A poke bowl is made up of a base; rice, cubed sushi-grade raw fish, vegetables and Asian toppings such as seaweed or soy sauce.
Is poke healthy?
Yes, it is! Poke is one of the healthiest current food trends. It contains salmon and tuna which offer lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Four ounces of poke is under 150 calories. However, it should be eaten in moderation due to mercury poisoning but that’s with all seafood/fish!As
You must be hungry and thinking, “Is there poke near me?”.
Here are my top places for a delicious poke bowl or dish in New York.
The regular signature bowl is $10.95 + and the large is $13.25. There are many sides to choose from such as miso soup or a kani salad. The Poke is also a great spot for vegans! Also, you can order Asian-style hand rolled ice cream with toppings!
A very nice trendy and cozy environment to go with friends or family. You have a huge variety to create your poke bowl. Additionally, the staff is very friendly! They even have a “nacho supreme poke plenty bowl” for people craving spicy poke.
104 FULTON STREET ( NY, 10038 ) 386 CANAL STREET (NY, 10013) 840 8th ave between 50 & 51 east side (NY 10019)
This modern Hawaiian restaurant elegantly prepares brunch and dinner poke cuisines. They offer authentic poke Hawaiian food and meals such as mochiko chicken wings, grilled octopus, truffle gnocchi, mentaiko spaghetti and more! Lets’ not forget dessert!! You can also order a pineapple upside down cake, chocolate haupia sundae and SO much more! There’s even a wine list! Everything at this restaurant is under $40.