Manhattan Pt 3

Originally posted November 2016.

Of course we checked out the bar scene and one thing we noticed was that none of the places we went to played current music. It was the oddest thing. It wasn’t like we researched these venues. It was all random and spur of the moment choices. And all played music from the 80s and 90s. 

Now unfortunately I didn’t take pictures in some of the bars because I was too engulfed in the “experience”. And if I did, a lot came out blurry…for obvious reasons.

Here’s the list:

Le Bain (rooftop lounge w/ amazing gin and tonics and crepes) – Meatpacking District

Mulberry Project (a hard to find speakeasy…duh) – Chinatown

Hudson Bar and Books (a cigar bar) – West Village

Sid Gold’s Request Room (Piano bar) – Chelsea

George & Jack’s Tap Room – Williamsburg, Brooklyn (I know, it’s not Manhattan, but we met incredibly nice people there). Did I mention New Yorkers are friendly?

Manhattan Pt 2

Originally posted November 2016.

I just want to put it out there that I met so many friendly people in New York. I honestly have yet to meet the mean New Yorkers people always talk about. Everyone was so nice and helpful, even when we asked the obnoxious “How do I get to there from here?” or “How does the subway work?”

Our main way of transportation was pretty much split between walking and riding the subway, in addition to the late night Uber rides back to our apartment. 

Manhattan Pt 1

This was originally posted November 2016.

So I recently went on a trip to NYC. I have visited the city a few times before, but had never experienced it as a full grown independent adult. I went with two other friends and decided to see New York the way the locals do. We stayed away from major tourist activities successfully! I think the most tourist thing we did was see Chicago on Broadway and maybe running into protesters in Times Square. 

We stayed in a Brooklyn apartment, spent a night in Williamsburg, spent most nights in Manhattan checking out piano bars, cigar bars, rooftop lounges, and speakeasies. I think we hit every district in lower and midtown in Manhattan.  

The first entry in this Manhattan series is about arguably the most important part of the trip; Fooooooood!! I ate so much and was so excited about the different cuisines that I only took pictures fifty percent of the time. From late night dinners at Chelsea Market to Brunch in Hell’s Kitchen, street food (hot dogs duh!!) to some grub from Chinatown. And of course, New York style pizza!!

List of Restaurants we tried:

Joe’s Pizza – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

44 ½ – Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

Doughnuttery – Chelsea, Manhattan

Los Tacos No. 1 – Chelsea, Manhattan

Bar Suzette – Chelsea, Manhattan

Two Boots Pizza – West Village, Manhattan

Xi’an Famous Food – Chinatown, Manhattan

Fraunces Tavern – Financial District

I Love Autumn

This was originally posted October 2016.

One of my favorite fall activities is going to an orchard to pick apples. I’ll be baking apple pie this season. A lot of cider mills also have corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches and donuts (the number one reason I go to cider mills). Many of my Nigerian buddies make fun of me for doing these kind of activities because they are “white people activities”. I’m over it at this point and have stopped making excuses because while they might be “white people tinz”, I’m having a blast! I live in this country now, I might as well try out the things that are a cultural norm. You probably won’t find me hunting though. I don’t think I have the heart to shoot an animal. But I do enjoy a good venison burger!!

The Heidelberg Project

This post was originally written in September 2016.

With every city I find myself in, I make effort to explore every nook and cranny, from the safe cliche tourist attractions to the weird hidden gems. The Heidelberg Project is definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve seen in any city. Weird as in it involves a burned down house with a basement filled with nappy haired doll heads and random shoes. It’s “art”.

“The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art project in DetroitMichigan. It was created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey (“Grandpa Sam”) as an outdoor art environment…The Heidelberg Project is in part a political protest, as Tyree Guyton’s childhood neighborhood began to deteriorate after the 1967 riots. Guyton described coming back to Heidelberg Street after serving in the Army; he was astonished to see that the surrounding neighborhood looked as if “a bomb went off”.” –

The Comeback City

This post was originally written in September 2016.

I don’t even know where or how to start when it comes to describing this city. I just moved here about a couple months ago and I’m really trying to familiarize myself with the area. It’s definitely been through a lot. There’s so much history. There’s the great migration (the migration of black Americans from the south to the north for more racial freedom and opportunity). She gave us Motown, and the music industry was forever changed (and Eminem!!!). And of course, Motor City. Detroit is home to global car makers including the BIG THREE (GM, Ford and Chrysler). There was a time in history when Detroit flourished.

Unfortunately, Detroit has basically been knocked out and stripped naked. I say this because nearly a decade after the recession, the city still looks down and worn out. Abandoned houses and buildings, boarded up windows and doors, weeds climbing up the walls, homeless people hanging out on the streets, old graffiti everywhere. It all just looks grimy and gritty. My dad says it’s like being a war stricken area.

But there’s something in the air. It smells like hope. You can feel it through the spirits of the people. There’s a new energy and rejuvenation. Jobs are coming back into the city. People are investing in the housing market. There’s an influx of the young gen Xers and older millennials moving in due to the opportunities. The city is scarred and bruised, but you can feel the new breath and vibrations. And the graffiti that I mentioned, adds to the energy, bursting colors on what used to be grey, moldy, and worn out. It says, I’m gritty and hardcore, but I’m young, urban and strong. Detroit is on the rise and I’m glad I get to be a part of it. And for the moment, I am going to concentrate on the beauty of this city. God knows there are big issues, both apparent and subtle, but I’ll leave that for another post.

A Few Hours in Helen, GA

This post was originally written in July 2016.

Took a trip to this old Bavarian town in the mountains of Georgia. Helen is one of Georgia’s secrets. It’s a cute small town with so many outdoor activities. I went specifically to go tubing down cool river and to visit one of the many waterfalls in North Georgia, Anna Ruby Falls. I definitely want to return during Christmas time. There’s something about an old German town and Christmas that go so well together.

Across The Pond to My Birth Land

This post was originally written in July 2016.

My family and I just got back from our trip to the UK. It’s been about a decade since my brother and I last visited. He and I were actually born in Sidcup; that’s in London. We got to revisit the some of the usual tourist attractions and also reunite with old friends. This was my first time in London as an adult so the experiences were just a little different… I could drink. And that allowed me to spend a lot of night time in Soho.

We also visited Scotland. Edinburgh to be exact. I absolutely love that city and can’t wait to go back. I didn’t take as many pictures as I should’ve because I was just in the moment. Plus I was relying on my siblings with the professional cameras to handle it. I am patiently waiting for the release of those pictures so that I can brag on Instagram and Facebook. These will have to do for now.