Travel with The Discoverer

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, but my least favorite thing about traveling is knowing where to go and what to do. I know what you’re all going to say – “that’s what Google is for.” But…Google can only do so much, until you give up and say “f*ck it!”

I recently discovered The Discoverer and let me just tell you, it’s life changing. You can sign up for it and get a newsletter sent to your email whenever they send it out to their readers. My favorite part of this site is that it lists out the most unique places you should visit in each city and when the best time to go (specific months included)! This is a great tool, because it helps me plan accurately ahead of time, since PTO days aren’t unlimited.

Let me know what your thoughts are on this site and if you think it’s helpful! Leave me a comment below if you signed up.

Much Love,

V

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City Kitchen in NYC | Foodie Review

Do you love food and hate how restaurants don’t have a wide range of variety? Well, City Kitchen is the place for you! City Kitchen’s layout is essentially an IKEA food hall layout, but with different vendors in the food hall. The vendors range from sushi to mexican food to seafood to dessert. You will never get bored or hungry when you’re here.

Here’s a list of  their vendors and their menus:

Azuki | BOX | Dough | Gabriela’s Taqueria | Kuro-Obi | Lukes | Whitmans

At Azuki, I didn’t get anything because I got SO much food everywhere else.

At BOX, I got a Roasted Duck (shawarma) which was different than the usual shawarma that I’ve had. It was different but really delicious. Imagine a peking duck with shawarma sauce inside a pita wrap, that’s what it tasted like.

At Dough, I got a Dulce de Leche with Tasted Almonds doughnut that was HUGE. It was bigger than the size of my hand, but again, it was delicious. The dough wasn’t hard, it was flaky and the toppings were to die for.

At Gabriela’s Taqueria, I got an Al Pastor tacos and it was delicious, again. The taco shell was freshly made and so were the fillings. It was super moist and tasty, definitely one of the best tacos I’ve ever had.

At Kuro-Obi, I got a Pork Bun which is essentially a steamed bun that is shaped like a taco shell, but soft and moist with pork belly inside. It was DELICIOUS and very tasty. It came with two buns, so the portions were small, but definitely worth the money.

At Lukes, I got a Lobster Roll which I’ve gotten before in Boston, and it’s still just as good as I remembered. The bread was perfectly toasted and the lobster was drenched in butter. OMG thinking about it makes my mouth water. 

Lastly, I didn’t get anything from Whitmans because they had burgers and fries and I’ve had that every day for the past few days. I can’t help it, but I LOVE BURGERS AND FRIES!!

After trying out most of the vendors, I have to say…I CAN’T CHOOSE A FAVORITE, THEY’RE ALL SO DELICIOUS AND YUMMY!!!!

 

If you ever end up trying out City Kitchen or have ever went to City Kitchen, let me know which vendor was your favorite!

Much Love,

Veee

Bae watching in Hoboken, NJ

 
Looking at bae, aka NYC ❤     I whip my hair back and forth, haha jk.
Arm band: Icings // Dress: JCPenny // Shoes: Call It Spring // Bag: Coach // Sunnies: Target

My family and I decided to go to Hoboken, New Jersey for the first time in forever yesterday. The breeze felt so nice against our skin as we stepped out our car. We saw a local soccer game happening, it was real intense. We walked on the “board walk” area, which basically is just a walkway along the side of the Hudson River.  As you look up, you’ll see a small image of New York City right in front of you. It looks so small and peaceful. New York City looks so quiet from afar, all the stress and pollution seem to disappear. The water looks so calm and rough at the same time from the wind. So let me tell you a little bit about Hoboken! Hoboken is basically a NYC, but less crowded. It has all the advantages of a city, like beauty scenery, restaurants everywhere, late hours, etc. except less busy.

My outfit is a super boho, casual outfit that I would wear everyday. The dress has a simple floral pattern on it, it’s from JCPenny. You wouldn’t think you could find cute clothing at JCP, but you’d be surprise. The sandals are also from JCPenny as well. I’ve had them for years, so they’re kinda old. The studs are also falling off of them, I need a new pair! My bag is from coach, super slim, but big enough to hold everything I need. The arm band is from Icings, it was super inexpensive and it’s actually my sisters. It just added a little more boho feel to the outfit. Lastly, my sunnies are my usual ones from Target. Super comfy and super stylish.

Have you been to Hoboken? If so, where should I check out there??

Much Love,

Veee

PS: I recently became a writer for the Odyssey Online, check out my newest article here. Share on Facebook if you agree with what I wrote! 🙂 

Daydreamin’

Sometimes, we all just need to sit back and relax. Whether we decide to watch Netflix, shopping, binge eat, or work out, we define relaxing on our own terms. My definition is a combination of all 4 that I just listed, I’m kind of a multi-interest girl. Is multi-interest even a word?? Anyways, whenever I decide to sit back and relax, I always tend to daydream a lot. I feel like it’s a great way to unwind and understand yourself better. Often, I think about my future and dream about what it will hold for me. It’s hard to know exactly where you’re going to be in 5 years or what you’re going to be doing, but it shouldn’t stop you from creating an achievable goal for yourself.

I feel as if every goal is achievable, as long as you believe in yourself. That might sound a little naive, but if you think about it, is it really? If you put your heart and soul into it, you can definitely achieve it. It might feel like your dream is so far fetch, but to me, I think it’s so great that you have such big dreams. That just proves that you’re a dreamer and we need more of them in this world. For myself, I know my dream is to hopefully have my own clothing line one day. And let’s be real here, that’s a little crazy. I think the crazier your dream is, the more rewarding it’s going to feel in the end.

No matter how big your dreams are, you’re going to have to start small. Everybody came from nothing and became something. Remember that, perfection takes time. Just take small steps, take on little related jobs. It might not be the best paying jobs, or the most glamorous jobs, but it’ll at least teach you more about the industry you’re interested in. Most importantly, be yourself and have fun. Don’t try to be someone you’re not, people can see right through that.

Much Love,

Veee

Up, up, and away!

 Look Ma, I’m flying a plane
Over & out!   The plane we flew.
Here’s my boo!    Global Aviation Corp

“YOU’RE GONNA FLY A PLANE FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY!!” As those words slipped out of my mouth, I can see my boyfriend’s happiness turn to excitement. He looked like a kid trying candy for the first time, so cute! As the day got closer, he got more and more excited and nervous; and I, remained kinda – emotionless. I can’t really think of a word to describe how I felt, but I just wasn’t as excited about it as my boyfriend was. I think I was just trying to remain calm and not psych myself out about all the bad things that could happen on that plane ride. Usually, before I do any crazy activities, I tend to search up – “wisdom teeth surgery gone wrong” or in this case, “plane ride gone wrong”. Especially with all the crazy plane crash stories lately, it’s kind of hard not to think about it. My boyfriend hates that about me, but you know, you want to be prepared for the worst. Or as he would say – you’re just being silly.

The day finally approached and I can honestly say, I was SUPER excited and nervous about it. It’s really happening, like omg I might die in the next hour or so feeling. As we approach the plane, we were both kinda speechless. We felt the adrenaline rushing through our body, as we stepped into the plane, getting ready for take off. Our instructor gave us approx. a 15 minute or less of instruction on how to fly this plane. We both take turns flying the plane, my boyfriend flew us to CT and I flew us back. There were a million things I wanted to ask while he was giving us instructions, but my mind was drawing a blank. Out of the blue, the instructor said, “Okay, we’re gonna start flying now.” All I remember was thinking – Oh shit, what the heck?? We’re flying? Wait, what’s going on? OMG WE’RE GONNA DIE!!!!! Keep in mind, I was freaking out because my boyfriend was the one flying it and we only had a 15 min orientation. Once again, I was freaking out for no reason at all. (I bet as my boyfriend is reading this, he’s probably laughing at how silly I am.)

The plane ride itself was around 30 minutes of flying per person. It’s a small, one engine plane, ours was called the Piper. It has a dual control system, so the instructor can essentially take over at any time. Our instructor was really laid back and fun. When we were on the ground getting ready to fly, we had to control the plane on the ground. There are two pedals on the bottom, just like a car, you utilize them to turn left and right on the ground. As you’re navigating on the ground, you start speeding up your engine and once you hit the 70mpg mark, you start pulling the steering wheel back towards you half way for lift off. When you’re in the air, it’s a pretty smooth ride. As a passenger, you can take pictures and enjoy the view. As the pilot, you have to really pay attention to the sky (aka your road) and make sure you’re leveled. The ride itself was pretty smooth and relaxing. The landing is probably the hardest part, but fortunately, we don’t land the planes. I wouldn’t trust myself landing a plane and not crash into the ground.

Overall, the whole experience was unbelievable. Definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking to fly a plane. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The location is nice.

Much Love,

Veee

MOMA date <3

   – Enjoying a cup of coffee – 
  Coffee, sunnies, & sugar
  Coffee date with this cutieOur view 

We all love art, whether is historic, modern, or “weird art that we will never understand what it means”. Yesterday, my boyfriend and I went on a little date in NYC and we decided to stop by the MOMA museum. He just went there a couple of days ago and this was my first time. When you think of museums, you think of yourself spending the whole day there and enjoying the art, sculpture, etc. But…since we were running a little late from our previous activity, we only had around 30 minutes to spare. In case you didn’t know, the MOMA museum closes at 5:30pm; (Which is normal museum time, but we just assumed that it’d be open later) we arrived at 5:00pm and practically ran in. The only reason why he wanted to bring me was for the rooftop cafe. He said it was a beautiful view and the environment itself is amazing; so naturally, I was intrigued.

We quickly ran into the elevator and pressed “5”. Went to the hostess and asked for 2 seating outside, by the balcony. As the hostess speak, our happiness level went from 10 to a solid 3, real fast. She apologized and said that they are starting to clean up the balcony and that they can’t seat any more people. My boyfriend insisted to sit outside, in a polite manner. Explaining to her that we drove all the way from NJ, just to have a cup of coffee at the rooftop cafe. After (what it feels like) 5 minutes of persistent from our end, the hostess finally gave in and allowed us to sit outside. As we sip our latte and cappuccino, we looked out and admire the beautiful view of the city. While we were sipping our drinks, I obviously had to snap a few pictures – for my memory and more importantly – my blog, obviously! (I’m only kidding)

It felt so peaceful up on the rooftop cafe. Not a worry in the world. With absolutely no stress in my mind, I looked at my boyfriend and – smiled.

Let me know if you have ever been to the MOMA museum before!

Much Love,

Veee

Mitsuwa-wa-wa

   Black sesame ice cream from Matcha Love – large $4.95
Green tea and red bean pancakes with mochi – $2.50/piece Salmon sashimi over rice – $8.50

Let me tell you about Mitsuwa, it’s located in Edgewater, NJ. It’s a supermarket that mainly sells Japanese food items, but there are also restaurants inside. The supermarket itself sells fresh meat and fish, along with fresh vegetables and other non-perishable items. My family and I went to Mitsuwa mainly for lunch, but we ended up buying food for our hot pot dinner the next day. While we were looking for food at Mitsuwa, I stepped outside my comfort zone and got something other than a fried pork cutlet over rice (which is delicious, btw!). As you can see from above, I got myself a bowl of salmon sashimi over rice. It came with a bowl of miso soup and a small container of soy sauce. The salmon was so tender and juicy, and I don’t usually have sashimi! The rice was so perfectly moist and sticky; the miso soup was the perfect amount of saltiness and water. Overall, my meal was a 10/10.

After lunch, my sweet tooth was yelling  – “get me something sweet!”, so I looked around. I usually go for this pancake like substance, where they put red bean paste inside, and mold it into a fish shape. But, I got something different this time. I got myself a black sesame ice cream from Matcha Love. Let me tell you about this ice cream – it was SO creamy and the black sesame taste was SO strong. You were definitely getting what you paid for. Lastly, we also tried something new. I’m not sure what they are called – but they made the dough right in front of your face. It almost taste like a pancake, with a crepe texture. They filled it with green tea and red bean paste, with mochi on the side; so we got two of each. It was really tasty, but definitely not worth $2.50/piece. However, if it’s your first time trying it, I’d splurge on it.

Have you guys ever been to Mitsuwa??

Much Love,

Veee

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Beach Bums and their Essentials!

    Swim suit: h&m

Ahhhh, it’s finally hot enough to go to the beach and relax! I know I’ve been waiting for this moment for ages, I feel like. We actually ended up going to the beach later than we anticipated, but nonetheless, it was still a gorgeous day. We went to the 7 presidents beach, located in Long Branch, NJ. I’ve been going here for years now and its still just as beautiful as my first visit. The beach itself is so clean, because you have to pay a fee of $8/person, so people that tend to go to this beach are usually more well-mannered. You also have to pay for parking as well, unless you find street parking or meter parking. But parking is $8/car, which isn’t too bad. For this beach, there’s also a food area, showers, and bathrooms by the “boardwalk” area. I’d highly suggest anyone in the Monmouth area to go to this particular beach, if you have the chance!

On this gorgeous beach day, it was around  80 degrees outside – the water was perfect, the sun was beaming, and the sand was warm. I felt like I was on paradise for a second, that’s how much I missed the warm weather. The beach itself was fairly crowded, which I was not expecting – but then, why wouldn’t it be crowded on a warm Sunday?? Whenever you go to the beach, you gotta prepare yourself to the fullest, in order to be worry-free.


Beach Essentials:

  • Umbrella – to keep out the UV rays and keep your food cool
  • Cooler – for your water and food
  • Water – so you don’t dehydrate
  • Food: sandwiches, watermelons, snacks
  • Bathing Suit – duh!
  • Flip Flops
  • Change of clothes
  • Plastic Bag – to hold your wet bathing suit
  • Sunnies – to keep them eyes protected
  • Sunscreen!!!
  • Aloe – in case you get sunburn
  • Book – to keep yourself entertained
  • Headphones – for music
  • Hat – to keep the sun out of your face
  • Lip balm with SPF – to make sure your lips are moisturized
  • Small Wallet – for your license, credit cards, and cash
  • Towel – to lay on

There you have it, your beach essentials! Tell me about your favorite snack for those beach days!! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

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Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream

  Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream, Ledgewood, NJ

Who doesn’t love ice cream? I know I do. ;P It’s such a fun treat to have during the summer time, when it’s super hot and super humid out; it helps you cool down your body temperature. Other than that, it’s also delicious! …but remember to always eat in moderation.

So where are all my Jersey peeps at?? This place is located in Ledgewood, New Jersey, right next to a Toyota Dealership. Cliff’s has been around for a loooooong time and it’s still just as good as it was back then. If you don’t believe me, check this review out! Cliff’s was named one of the top 33 best ice cream places in America, that’s crazy!!

The ice cream I’m holding is called “Morris County Mud“, it consists of: chocolate (obviously), oreos, and chocolate chunks. The consistency is so rich and creamy, but not too creamy where you feel like you’re gulping down whipped cream. The chocolate chunks and oreos are distributed fairly evenly. You really get what you paid for. The size I’m holding is a medium! (When I saw it, all I could think about was, “how am I going to finish this chocolate goodness of …oh my gosh, it’s HUGE!”

Side note: I didn’t actually finishing it (which I’m pretty bummed about.) 

I give Cliff’s a 10/10 in my book. So if you guys ever get the chance to go to New Jersey, definitely check this place out. 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

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My ultimate to-do list

My ultimate to-do list consists of activities and tasks that I want to accomplish in my lifetime. This list grows daily, help me add to it!

  1. Go skydiving
  2. Go fishing
  3. Go cliff jumping
  4. Go on a roller coaster
  5. Go to college
  6. Get a full-time job
  7. Meet someone famous
  8. Go running
  9. Try yoga
  10. Get married
  11. Start a family
  12. Graduate college
  13. Buy my own car
  14. Go to a Beyonce concert
  15. Get a dog
  16. Be kind to everyone
  17. Donate your unwanted clothes
  18. Help out at a soup kitchen
  19. Rent a car
  20. Go on a road trip with friends
  21. Go on the vacation of your dreams (Mines Australia ;P)
  22. Be confident

Comment below as to what I should add to my list that you have done or want to do, and think it will be fun!

Much Love,

Veee