Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Won't you be my neighbor?!

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I can pretty much bet my life on the fact that these are the best cookies in New York City. But we already established that last summer, didn't we?

This is about the fact that the beautiful apartment we applied for happens to be right across the street from the new
Levain in Harlem. & we want it. Really bad.

Please, please, please let this cookie be ours.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Burger Joint

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I had heard about Burger Joint, a hole in the wall tucked inside a schmancy hotel, a couple of years ago and after a particularly long weekend of apartment hunting in the city, Amy & I found ourselves in Midtown, a block away from Le Parker Meridian. This place is hidden in a dark hallway by the concierge and the only indication you've arrived is that neon burger sign. I've heard if you don't have your order ready by the time you get to the register, they'll go New York on your ass so I was ready: cheeseburgermediumwelllettucetomatoesketchuppleaseandthankyou.

Burger was decent. Fries weren't. If you're in the area, you should stop by. If you're not, find your nearest Shake Shack and shut up.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sprinkles Cupcakes

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Naturally, my first stop when I arrived in New York was a cupcake bakery,
Sprinkles, which opened less than two weeks ago. I had already done my research on their flavors of the day and was set on the salty caramel, lemon coconut, orange and strawberry flavors. The strawberry was one of the best, freshest cupcakes I've had and their flavor of the month, salty caramel was so addicting!

Cupcakes just a trend? Yeah, not so much.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lately: NYC Edition

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1. Amy's hallway via peephole
2. Artist Will Ryman installed huge rose sculptures along Park Avenue back in January to lift people out of the winter blues. How romantic, right? They'll be taken down at the end of this month now that it's officially spring and actual flowers are in bloom.
3. I can get used to this.
4. I never really know where I am when I wander around New York and I always get excited when I happen to "bump" into the Chrysler Building (or the Empire State Building). I love how it lights up the sky.
5. 12:30am sugar fix. Amy & I ordered McDonald's chocolate chip cookies for the train ride home from Murray Hill.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mandarin Gourmet Donut Shoppe

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Never fear my beloved and old friend, Cake, you are still number one on my list. But doughnuts are a very close second in my sweet, sugary addiction.


I bought a coupon from Living Social for Mandarin Gourmet Donut Shoppe - $12 for 12 doughnuts & 12 minis. Hell yes. Except, they pick the flavors for you which is both shitty and genius on their part as there was a lemon and guava/cream cheese that didn't make it into my box that I must go back and try sooner than later.

These are really doughy. I know they're doughnuts smart ass but I personally prefer the airy Krispy Kreme type. That twisty, cinnamon one was "money" though.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Steak 954

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My family treated me to brunch at the very posh W Hotel after graduation. The decor was pimp, you could see the ocean across the street and service was
perfect but the main courses left much to be desired. I still like this place. A jellyfish tank and short rib eggs benedict? C'mon!

& in case you're wondering (please be wondering), I've lost 10 lbs! Downside? If you thought I had small b00bs before, they're pretty much nonexistent now.


Off to sleep. NYC in the AM! Send me positive apartment & job hunting vibes!


Steak 954
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Bachelor of Science

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I wore the Dumbledore costume so it's officially official.


A big thank you to friends, family and the Boots for all the love and support these past 4 years.


I fucking love you guys.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

All your life you've never seen a woman taken by the wind



I don't watch American Idol but if I did, I'd vote for this chick. She's a badass.


(Okay, I just found out she was eliminated. So much for that.)

School's out for summer. School's out FOREVER.

I'M DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dunkee Doner

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The same friend who calls Shake Shack, "Shack Attack" calls Dunkin Donuts, "Dunkee Doner". In her Pakistani accent, it's hysterical. But this isn't about Dunkee Doner. This is about a far superior doner. A doner I've been depriving myself of for months.

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& in about 2 minutes flat, that's what was left. The original glazed is majorly underrated. & they serve it all warm and stuff. Aw, man.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A conversation

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To be read in Spanish if possible.



Mom: You know, when you move to New York you have to be prepared for anything. You should carry a pair of flats in your purse "por si acaso se arma un rebulu" (a dramatic way of saying "in case an emergency occurs" in Spanish).


Me: I always carry a pair of flats in my purse but is that your discreet way of saying I should prepare myself for Osama's retaliation?


Mom: Yes. I think of everything. One should always be prepared. I even thought of buying you something for you to always have with you.


Me (loling): What, mace?


Mom: Well, yeah that too but I also wanted to buy you something you can use in case you get trapped somewhere and can't free yourself...something that people will be able to hear. I want to buy you "un pito" (a whistle). You know, some people were saved during 9/11 because they made noise and were heard. With a whistle, it'll make it easier.


Dude...how fucking nuts is she. Speaking of nuts, it gets better.


Mom: I'm even gonna buy you some small bags of peanuts so you can sustain yourself for a few days in case anything happens.


& there you have it, folks.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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I took the golden apple as a sign of positive things to come.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Lately

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1. You're totally gonna judge me because these chocolate bars were $10 each but I couldn't pass them up! Vosges is known for their chocolate & bacon bar but I've tried the whole chocolate/bacon mix and meh, not for me. These two flavors seemed much more interesting & the peanut butter/sea salt bar was worth every cent!

2. Chicharr
óne & mofongo from La Tambora. It wasn't very good but I thoroughly enjoyed the Dominican accents, morir soñando and old school merengue they played throughout the meal. Merengue is my favorite genre of music by far. I realize you probably can't relate but I like to joke that I'm a 60 year old Dominican man with a love of merengue and a weird thing for Kanye West and Sade.
3. Please note that I am wearing a Miami Heat shirt in this picture. However, do not confuse me for a fan (I have a Florida Marlin shirt and I can't name a single player on the team). I just like being festive and partaking in events that involve curly fries from Hooters. I do think it's awesome that so many people are rooting for the Heat. It would just be a bit more respectable if people were
always rooting for the Heat. Not only when they're in the playoffs.
4. Oh, Bahama Breeze! Are you laughing? Well, stop because you are a fool. I'm against chain restaurants for the most part but Bahama Breeze is consistently delicious. Everything on the menu is Caribbean inspired (Jamaican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican) and I've never ordered something I didn't like. I hadn't been in a long time but they have new menu items and this chicken with cilantro cream and mashed taters with roasted corn are holy shit good.

5. Blue suede shoes! I am Raquel. & I only talk about food & shoes. Stay tuned for next week when I switch things up and post pictures of me enjoying my third passion, sex. Hello, family.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

To Do List

I just pulled a 5 page paper out.of.my.ass.

Whenever my to-do list gets tedious and plain mind boggling, this happens. By "this" I mean, I'm wired. My mind is racing with all the things I have to check off.


In the middle of finals and final projects/powerpoints/papers/omgwtfbbq, I'm trying to find an apartment and go through an extensive application process, sell my car (anyone want a beat up Civic?), figure out how to move all my belongings about 1500 miles up north and fit them into tiny crevices of these NYC apartments, figure out who is going to take over the rent in my current apartment here in Miami. Oh, and trying to find a job that will pay my rent and actually allow me to eat once in a while. That, not eating this chocolate bar that is currently making googly eyes at me and trying to keep my house neat while two messy mofos take over my house...uuuuuh, I'm going out of my mind.


I'm not even double-checking to see if this post makes any sense. Why am I even here. I'm going to sleep.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sra. Martinez

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Boots & I took his mom to Sra. Martinez for mother's day & the vibe was perfect. The space used to be an old post office and is now clad in dark woods, chocolate leather booths and red accents. Very chic.

Sra. Martinez (the very famous Michelle Bernstein) herself was there and the service was friendly and attentive. From what I saw, I would recommend going for brunch as the tapas portions that are commonly served for dinner were really tiny and not so reasonably priced.

We shared the huevos rancheros, banana stuffed french toast and pork belly eggs benedict and everything was super delicious. & in case you're wondering why eggs benedict makes an appearance in every brunch post, it's because Raul is an addict.

Hope your day was special!