Review: All Set 👌🏼

Someone from All Set recently gave me a promo code to try them out, and honestly, idk how I’ve survived without this app. 

Basically, you choose the restaurant you want to dine at, your meal and pay for it beforehand. When you get to the restaurant, you tell them your name and everything is all set. 😂 (hence the app name) 

If you wanna try it out, I have a promo code (INSTAGRAM) for you, which will give you $10 off your first 3 orders. 😘 Check them out and let me know your thoughts! 

Much Love,

V

Stripes in the sun ☀️ 

If you’re ever in downtown Tampa and looking for a cute date idea, go to the Riverwalk. It’s such a relaxing walk and the scenery is to die for. At the end of the walk, there’s a fine arts museum that you can go to. (You have to pay for admission obviously) Also, this place is one of the best places to go watch the sunset 🌅. *fellas, you’re welcome” 

Shirt: forever 21 // Shorts: JCPenney // Shoes: G.H.Bass // Belt: H&M // Bag: Coach // Sunnies: H&M 

Much Love,

V

Foodie Heaven 😍🌟 • Hong Kong 

For those who haven’t been to Hong Kong or know where it is, Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia. (totally Wikipedia that). But what I really wanted to say is, Hong Kong is the ultimate foodie heaven. I mean…just take a look at some pictures of food I had below:

Is your mouth watering yet?

Alright, I’m done torturing you with pictures of delicious, mouth-watering, food porn pictures. But if my pictures aren’t persuading enough to have you book a one-way ticket straight to Hong Kong right now…go check out @hongkongfoodie on instagram to convince you some more.

Let me know in the comments below whether you’ve been to Hong Kong before or is planning a trip there soon!

Much Love,

Veee

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Not your average Brunch 

Ah, summertime – best time of the year for getting brunch with your girls / family / significant other. However, brunches can get pretty expensive if you go out every weekend, so here are the steps to create the BEST DIY BRUNCH DAY EVER!

First, you’ll need to create a cute & fun invite to send out to all your friends – making it super official. There are a few ways you can create that perfect invite:

  1. Check out Paperless Post for ready to send custom invite instead, making your life simple while making you look chic. My favorites on the site are: Cucumber Lemon Vodka, Mother’s Day Brunch & Pop the Bubbly.

    Cucumber Lemon Vodka Invite

    Mother’s Day Brunch Invite

    Pop The Bubbly Invite
  2. If you’re feeling EXTRA creative and want to create your own, try using Canva for an easy DIY “hand crafted” card! Just choose the “Card” template and start designing. (They also have already made cards as well)

Now that you’re all done with your invites, it’s time to send them out and wait for their RSVPs. In the meantime, you need to start preparing the menu – the main event of brunch. Here are a few of my favorite dishes:

  1. Eggs Benedict with Shortcut Hollandaise
  2. Nutella Stuffed Pancakes
  3. Cranberry French Toast with Mascarpone
  4. Twisted Sticky Caramel-Pecan Roll
  5. Tomato-Cheddar Strata with Broccoli
  6. Overnight Savory French Toast

And now onto the mimosas

  1. Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas
  2. Pineapple Coconut Champagne
  3. Raspberry cream mimosa
  4. Tangerine Sorbet Champagne Floats
  5. White Cranberry Mimosa 
  6. Lemonade Mimosa with Bloody Orange

Lastly, time to decorate the shiz out of your place to make it the best brunch ever. The best place to find the best decor idea is on…PINTEREST! (How basic)

Comment down below your favorite location / food for brunch 😊

Much Love,

Veee

The High Line • Chelsea Market • Meatpacking District 

Beyond this point you may encounter nude sunbathers. In case you were wondering, I didn’t see any.


BEST. POPSICLE. EVER. All homemade, fresh fruit Popsicles that melt your problems away on a hot summer day. 

This past July 4th weekend, Sagi and I went on a mini vacation to explore NYC! This is one of the many places we stopped by – The Meatpacking District. 

We first went on The High Line, and walked up and down the bridge. Throughout the whole bridge, there are art left and right for you to admire. When you walk towards the middle, there are a bunch of vendors, such as this popsicle place.

When you walk down the stairs from the middle, you will end up at The Chelsea Market aka the best location for all foodies. There are more than 15 vendors inside, from Italian food to fresh seafood. Sagi and I found the BEST food combo ever and inexpensive as well. If you purchase a fresh pita bread from DIZEN GOFF and a bowl of fresh lobster bisque from The Lobster Place, you will taste heaven in your mouth. No joke, Sagi wanted to tell the security guard to try it. 



Besides those two vendors, there are lots of other delicious places to try from. Unfortunately, we ate too much before we arrived :(. Tip of the day: don’t be like Sagi and I, be sure to go on an empty stomach!!!

If you’ve ever been, please let me know which is your favorite vendor! Also, leave a comment below on where we should go next in NYC.

Much Love,

Veee


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

The Lion King: On Broadway | Review

lion king broadway picture

Disclaimer: My review of The Lion Kong is solely based on a personal opinion.

Hakuna Matata, it means no worries. Who has heard that phrase before? Probably everyone…I hope. Well if you don’t know this phrase, then you should go to your local public library to pick up a copy of The Lion King and watch it ASAP.

Recently, I got a chance to watch The Lion King live on broadway at Minskoff Theatre in New York City (NYC) and here’s what I have to say about the experience. Initially, when you get there, you wait in a line outside. The line wasn’t too bad and it went by fairly quickly. They check your bag and jackets prior to entering so it made me feel safe(r) being in a dark theater. The theater itself is 3(?) stories tall and there are theater staffs at every floor to help navigate you to the proper seating area. Outside of the theater is a little concession stand with alcoholic beverages, snacks, and soft drinks. The pricing of the items are a little expensive, but that was predicted. (Imagine the movies, but a little bit more expensive.)

After getting my drink, I walked into the theater and a theater staff helped me find my seat. The whole process was pretty smooth and it was enjoyable. The theater itself is a decent size, I sat in the orchestra section towards the left. I could see basically the entire stage and the seats were comfortable. The theater wasn’t too cold or hot throughout the whole show, it was the perfect temperature.

The show itself was great, the costumes were amazing and the actors/actresses were awesome. But, I would still personally won’t recommend this as a “must-see” broadway show. Here’s why. The beginning of the show is incredible with great songs and acting. However, as the show goes on, it gets more…boring. It was hard to adjust from cartoon characters to real life people with masks on top of their heads. Even though they sang each and every song flawlessly, the show itself as a whole was just not as enjoyable as I imagined so. The beginning of the show is the most exciting part, the middle and end are the most “ehh” parts.

If you have seen The Lion King on broadway as well, what were your thoughts on it? Do you agree with my opinion or do you disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Much Love,

Veee

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XFinity Live! | Philadelphia, PA

A few weekends ago, I got a chance to go to XFinity Live! in Philly and it was a pretty interesting night. We first got an Uber to drive us from our college to the destination. Our Uber driver was the absolutely best, she was hilarious but awkward at the same time. Imagine your high school bus driver, with big glasses, a baseball cap, big funky hair and sweats. Got that image? Well that’s what our Uber driver looked like. If I could request her every time, I definitely would.

When we first got to XFinity Live! we didn’t have to pay a cover because my boyfriend’s roommate had a free cover. (That came in clutch, because #BrokeCollegeStudentStatus) We started at the 1100 Social Bar, which is located in the front of the entrance. The bar has a restaurant with a full menu and a bar attached to it. They had a happy hour deal from 8pm – 11pm, so we tried to take advantage of that. Unfortunately, I accidentally ordered a drink that wasn’t on the happy hour menu for a whoopin’ $10 for a cocktail. I mean it was pretty damn delicious, but I wasn’t planning on spending $10 a drink… After my first drink, I learned my lesson and decided to only get well drinks. Basically it consisted of me getting a few Gin and Ginger all night, aka my FAVORITE drink of all time.

After a few drinks in, we decided we wanted to get some crab fries from Chickie’s and Pete’s but unfortunately it was closed. 😦 But we settled for Geno’s Steak instead, which was really delicious – definitely recommend it to everyone.

If 1100 Social Bar doesn’t sound too appealing to you, There’s also 3 other bars in Xfinity Live! Each bar with different music and environment. The bars are: Broad St. Bullie8, PBR Bar & Grill and Victory Beer Hall. Broad St. Bullie8 has a similar feel to 1100 Social Bar, but it’s a little less “sophisticated”. It feels like a relaxing place for people to whine down and relax. PBR Bar & Grill on the other hand has a mechanical bull in the bar, and I personally didn’t ride it, but it looked pretty fun. It’s definitely the place to be if you’re turning 21 and want to have a little more fun. Lastly, Victory Beer Hall is a pretty chill environment. They have a live band playing at night and a patio with a bonfire. It’s definitely a place for people who want to have fun but relax at the same time. I definitely liked Victory Beer Hall the most out of all the bars.

Update: I went back last weekend and I still liked Victory Beer Hall the most out of all the bars. 

Much Love,

Veee

Livin’ that High Line Life


  

“Let’s go to a historic railroad in NYC, and walk around all day in the blazing hot sun!!” – my mom. As those words were coming out of her mouth, I remembered my dad, sister, and I looked at each other, then looked at her, and said “NO” But, somehow she convinced us to all go and…it was fun!

The scenery is beautiful, from the historical railroad to the magnificent art on buildings. Did I also mention that it’s definitely a place where every instagrammer should go?

Have you ever been there? If so, what did you do?
Much Love,

Veee

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Free Kayaking in NYC?!?


 I recently learned how to kayak from a close friend of mine. I’ll be honest, I was terrified at first, I chickened out, but my friend forced me to go on it and guaranteed it will be fun. I eventually went kayaking, and laughed at how silly I was for being scared. Ever since then, I want to kayak again, but never wanted to pay for it. So I searched online and found “Free Kayaking in NYC”. My initial thought was, “This cannot be real…” But, decided to go for it anyways…and what do you know? IT’S REAL!

This free kayaking location is at Pier 26 in NYC. You have to be able to swim, in order to participate. They provide you with a life vest, kayak, and paddle. All you have to do is sign a waiver, saying you understand everything. Everyone that’s working the event are all volunteers, which is so great. They are open everyday from May to October. (I believe) You are able to go kayaking for 20 minutes on your own, which is awesome. You get pretty tired afterwards, so 20 minutes is more than enough. You do have to stay within a certain perimeter, which isn’t really a problem. Everyone is very respectful of on another, it’s a great environment to be at. I’d definitely recommend this place/activity for anyone who is looking to do something in NYC.

Much Love,

Veee