New York To-Do Listicle

NYC this weekend! Some of my best friends will also be visiting, so we could do absolutely nothing and still have the best time, but just in case…

  1. Order a cotton candy bubble tea float at ViVi Bubble Tea. This is at the top of my list because I’d really wanted to go last month, but the LES location was a bit inconvenient. Also wouldn’t mind going for round two of rolled ice cream.
  2. Get drinks at Please Don’t Tell. To find this hidden speakeasy, patrons enter via a vintage phone booth inside a hot dog place. Their cocktails have been voted the best in the world, but I mostly want to go because the idea of covertly stepping into a different world reminds me of so many of my favorite books. And I still haven’t been to a speakeasy, unless you count the Safe House.
  3. See the Roof Garden Commission at the Met. This summer’s exhibit is a loose replica of the house in Hitchcock’s Psycho! There’s a bar on the roof, as well.
  4. Choose a Broadway show for Sally. She’s only seen one musical before (The Lion King) and wasn’t too impressed. But she’s finally willing to give it another try, and I’m making it my personal mission to make sure she doesn’t regret it. Currently wanting to see: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The CrucibleBlackbird, Do I Hear a Waltz?and A Streetcar Named Desire (obvi).
  5. Win the Hamilton lottery. By now you’ve probably heard how much the record-breaking tickets are going for. Never mind the fact that there are apparently over 10,000 lottery entrants per show…
  6. Go to Smorgasburg (and Brooklyn in general) for the raindrop cake. It’s so wild! If the line is too absurdly long, the ramen burger would be my second choice.
  7. Do a moderate amount of shopping, mainly for Lollapalooza festival wear. Also on the hunt for an appropriate shirt for my first Pizza Club meeting next week.
  8. Stop by CW Pencil Enterprise. Initially, I felt that a store devoted to pencils sounded annoyingly hipster and pretentious. But on second thought, for avid readers and writers… Why not?
  9. For one last food goal, drop by Dominique Ansel Bakery–not for another Cronut, but for the burrata soft serve and all the other amazing pastries they have.
  10. A major EDM festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, will also be happening this weekend. Just putting that out there…

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March 2016 Playlist

Haven’t blogged in ages, but my G-Little requested a playlist for the road trip from Detroit to Toronto for her bach party, so I had no other choice. Also, I’m ridiculously excited about scoring tickets for Lollapalooza in July and can’t stop thinking about it, so I’m featuring the bands I’m most looking forward to seeing at Grant Park. Listen below or on my Spotify page. For more cool jams, check out this previous March playlist.

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Homecoming Listicle

Written to the sound of “I Wanna Go Back to Ohio State.”

It is 7:00 in the morning, and I am leaving for Columbus in a few hours for a number of reasons. But the majority of this weekend’s visitors to my hometown will be going for one reason alone: Ohio State Homecoming. I am fairly certain that I do not need to explain the significance of Homecoming, as any student or alum of The Ohio State University will probably understand. However, as my agenda is already packed with events, it was suggested that I make a list of all the things I wanted to prioritize for this weekend…

  1. Visit all of my favorite Columbus pets, including, but not limited to, Rumi, the Shiba Inu; Darcy, the Bernese Mountain Dog, and her baby brother, Homer, the Blue Great Dane; and Ezra, the Holland Lop.
  2. Get coffee at Yeah, Me Too, Sally’s favorite coffee shop. This place is truly something… “Minimalist” would be an understatement. The building is unnoticeable and looks like it could easily have been closed down. There are only two options for coffee–hot or cold (cash only, of course). Its biggest draw is coming up with conversation topics to try to get the owner/barista to speak.
  3. Somehow stay away from Jeni’s, Insomnia, and Pistacia Vera. Leaving the last week of my no-sweets challenge for this weekend was fantastic planning on my part…
  4. Drop by Chateau DZ. I always love seeing how much my beloved sorority house has changed or not changed since I lived there.
  5. Walk into Bullwinkles. I already despise the idea of this newer campus club, but someone sincerely believes I must check it out. This is probably one of those places I have to be dragged to, but four drinks later, never want to leave.
  6. Eat at Hot Chicken Takeover. I don’t even like fried chicken that much, but the ridiculous number of times I’ve seen this food truck/North Market establishment on my Instagram feed has convinced me that I finally need to try it.
  7. Go to Ethyl & Tank. I wish this campus bar had existed when I was still in school because I absolutely love it.
  8. Stay awake for all of Saturday. A noon game means waking up much earlier, before spending the entire day, hopefully into the night, drinking. It’s been a while since I’ve done that.
  9. Glam Fam photo shoot. Always a priority.
  10. Avoid Fireball at all costs.

It is now 7:45 in the morning, and *ichigan still sucks.

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My precious Little and G-Little at Homecoming last year.