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After what felt like an eternity of not reading as much as I’d like, I’ve been steadily keeping up a pace of about 2-3 books a month this summer.

When I was younger, I almost always had my nose in a book. But between work, errands and general procrastination, it’s harder nowadays to find uninterrupted stretches of time to read. So, lately, I’ve been adamant about carving out time before bed to get some reading done, even if I only get through a few pages before my eyes start closing. Turns out that’s been enough to at least get me back on track.

Here’s a super random list of books I picked up over the last few months:  View Post

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Alex and I had dinner recently at this cute, little island-inspired restaurant in West Harlem. I discovered through a Pulsd deal for a $35 dinner for two, and I’m so glad I found it.

My favorite part of the restaurant was all the colorful, Caribbean-themed decor that reminded me of casual seaside eateries in Jamaica. They actually describe themselves as “Caribbean meets Cape Cod,” but either way, it’s always nice to get away for an evening without leaving the city.  View Post

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I can still remember the moment I fell in love with Rome like it was yesterday. Alex, our mutual friend and I were nursing glasses of white wine and sharing a small meal at a tiny restaurant, surrounded on either side by happy, laughing Italians. View Post

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My friend Jordan recently took me to lunch at Cafeteria in the Meatpacking District. He’d been raving about this place for at least a year now and has gone multiple times, so I finally gave in a few weeks ago.

The interior of the restaurant is modern and airy, with lots of clean lines and Instagram-worthy vignettes. Make sure to sneak into the back dining area, which I assume is for large reservations or private parties, for a look at the Pop art display and decked out tablescape. The wait staff all look like models and Mariah Carey’s had brunch there, so that’s gotta be saying something right? View Post

IMG_1880A couple weeks ago Alex and I took a trip up to The Cloisters. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, especially because it’s part of The Met, which can do no wrong in my book.

Set on top of a hill overlooking Fort Tryon Park on the border of Washington Heights and Inwood, the museum features European Medieval art and architecture. I accidentally took the long way up from the park, through leafy back roads and up a series of hidden steps, and I’d recommend that to anyone visiting. Perhaps the best part of The Cloisters is the way that everything feels like an adventure, even before you get to the actual museum.  View Post