Sweet Chick

Brunch always seems like a good idea to me.  On Sundays, I normally try to venture out and find new brunch spots but on this particular Sunday I decided to do a repeat.  Good ol’ Sweet Chick.  I was first introduced to this chicken and waffle staple in Brooklyn, New York.  Hop off the L train at Bedford Ave and just a few steps away is Sweet Chick in Williamsburg.  Why not do a repeat while on the west coast?

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Fairfax Ave is a trendy street/area in Los Angeles.  You can literally stop for coffee, grab lunch, dinner and or drinks, stop at Supreme, check out kicks at Flight Club or grab brunch at Sweet Chick 😊.  As you can see, I opted for the latter option.  Sweet Chick is very popular and known for their take on chicken and waffles.  You can get a classic waffle of course but why not try one of their many flavors like bacon cheddar, apple cinnamon or spiced pecan?  I was torn between the shrimp & grits or chicken and waffles; from the luck of the draw I went with the apple cinnamon waffle and fried chicken.  Probably the best decision I made on that Sunday was stopping for a bite to eat here.  Something about the perfect crisp of their chicken that gets me every time.  Not to forget, the three butters they serve with the waffle; regular, vegetable/herb and like a raspberry one I believe.  Try them all if you haven’t before.  Each offers a different taste that will not disappoint.  There are a ton of other entrees too that I still need to try So if you’re ever in LA and are looking for a good brunch spot, stop on Fairfax and try Sweet Chick.  Tell them I sent you 😊

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All-Star Weekend LA

As we all know, all-star weekend took place in Los Angeles, CA this past weekend.  This is the biggest event for the NBA organization and I was elated to participate in some of the festivities.  My first all-star experience happened to be in New York and I thought to myself, now what’s going to be able to top when I met Paul George.  There were a number of events going on that weekend so you had to make yourself an itinerary and stick with it; discipline is key people.  Trust me on this 😊

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To kick off the all-star weekend, I went to see Black Panther.  Although this has nothing to do with the actual all-star event whatsoever, the fact that it was released during this weekend meant I had to go and see this.  I mean, I think everyone put this on their agenda for opening weekend.  Now back to the NBA.  I had the pleasure of meeting both Andre Drummond and Lou Will at the Kia Loft space.  Their setup was cool as you could take on a match of NBA 2K, try to beat the escape room within the 10 minutes allotted or post to your social using their hashtag and get an instant Polaroid printout of that picture.  Pretty cool stuff, right?  I also was able to check out the American Express event  in partnership with Shaquille O’Neal.  It was cool to see the converted bank safe that stored a few of the Lakers prized possessions including and autographed Shaq’s jersey, a replica of the championship trophy and the king’s chair with the crown made perfect photo ops. Not to forget the infamous slam dunk gif that I had way too much fun with.

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Of course, there were events like the rookie game, the dunk contest and celebrity basketball match-ups.  I was able to catch the celebrity game at the convention center which was cool to see people with other talents showcasing their basketball skills or lack thereof lol.  Overall still something cool to catch to be a part of the festivities.  In addition to that, I was also able to stop by an event sponsored by Spalding that showcased customized basketballs and featured Demar Derozan and my favorite, Damian Lillard aka Dame Dolla, in a 2K match.

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As if the sporting events weren’t enough, there were also a ton of exclusive releases happening as well.  From the Dame 4 Bapes that dropped at the Adidas 747 St Warehouse, to Russell Westbrook’s pop-up featuring his new fashion collection ‘Inner City’, to the Kobe Protos made available at Nike’s own ‘Makers of the Game’ and even a pop-up from the NYC-flagship store, Kith; soon to have a home in LA as well.  If you’re a fan of the NBA, all-star is definitely something you would want to experience at least just once.  Checkout some of the shots I was able to capture during this LA All-Star weekend.

 

 

More noods please!

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LA is most known for its warm weather year-round.  However, many never mention how cool it gets at night which makes for a perfect time to have ramen.  I started having ramen first in New York which makes perfect sense for the weather there.  While in LA, ramen seems to be best fitting for a late night when the temperature has dropped to the low 50s or even during lunch on those days when its low 60s.  I was on a quest to find the best ramen and so far, I would have to say Kai Ramen has taken 1st place in my books.  I ordered Kai’s Red which is salt based and made with skinny noodles, sliced pork belly, a flavored egg, scallions, stripped black mushrooms, dry seaweed and flavored sprouts; also garnished with red onions. If I’m feeling fancy, I make it a combo and have gyoza potstickers, a salad and a drink for an additional $5.  For the drink option, please try their homemade lemonade.  Just a warning its super sweet but it reminds me a bit of back home when I have it so I always order it with my meal.  The flavors they’ve accomplished with this ramen cannot be put into words.  The broth is beyond perfect with its hint of spiciness, the tenderness of the pork melts in your mouth and the combination of veggies is so complimenting with the pork and flavor from the broth.  I can go on and on about this place.  If you’re a ramen lover like me, give this place a try.  If you’ve never had ramen and are dying to try it, give this place a try.  Kai Ramen does not disappoint.  Check out the gallery below.

 

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Another Day, Another Seafood Boil

If you cannot tell by previous posts, I consider myself a seafood lover.  Since Moving to the west coast, I think my preference for this type of cuisine has gone up just a bit. Not sure why but I could literally eat seafood of some sort in plastic bag drowned in lemon pepper, garlic and whatever house made specialty sauce the restaurant offers.  Sign me up!!!

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Once I moved to California, I liked the fact that I had time to venture into different areas.  Not the popular go to places that I hear about all the time but really stumbling upon other places that were just as good as the mainstream ones.  So here we have the Crawfish Spot, nestled in the West Covina area.  I forget exactly how many pounds of each that I had but crab legss and shrimp along with potatoes and corn is a must for a proper seafood boil.  I tackled this on my own this particular day and had plenty to spare afterwards.  The sauce was undeniably amazing and I tried to finish it all but unfortunately this was a failed attempt.  Here’s a peak at some of the best seafood I’ve had so far in California.  Spread the word.

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Birthday Bae

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10/27….The best day of the year (to me 😊)  So here we are in October in LA and its peaking at above 85 degrees.  Talk about a good birthday gift.  Over the weeks leading up to my special day, I went over a number of things that I could do and just settled on the fact that I wanted to have loads of fun.  So my first trip for this fun adventure began by making it to the infamous Paul Smith “Pink Wall” on Melrose for photo ops.  I finally made it!!!  Yay.  For my day birthday fit, I decided to work with what I had in my closet.  It was such nice weather so I went with a black cropped top, my favorite ripped jeans from Zara and an all-black suede Steve Madden mule.  If you don’t know by now, I love me a nice mule.  I gave so many retro chic 90s vibes with this look.  I recently cut my hair so that added a different element to this vibe too of course. Although it is definitely fall, LA allows you to dress for the weather not season.

Afterwards, I went for margaritas at Velvet Margarita and decided to give Halloween Horror Nights a try for the evening.  I’m not one that desires to be scared but I went for it and had such a wonderful time.  Of course, a night in a theme park required a quick wardrobe change but overall this birthday was one of the best.  Doing something that was actually fun (including an impromptu photo shoot lol) First birthday in LA in the books!  Check out the great birthday shots I was able to get.

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California Dreaming: A Leap of Faith

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As of June 9, 2017, new beginnings were just ahead for me.  That was my official last day at my current 9-5 and my final night living in NYC.  My husband and I decided we’ve conquered the jungle and wanted to change the pace just a bit.  Be somewhere more aligned with our lifestyle and actually be more at comfort while at it.  We decided to take our talents west.  All the way west to the City of Angels better known as Los Angeles. The next morning we finished packing, loaded a Caravan and started a journey towards our true dreams.  When I shared this story, a lot of people could not wrap their finger around the decision to quit a full time job without having another one and the idea of abruptly leaving NYC to road trip it to California.  We also didn’t have a place of our own just yet.  This just added to the craziness and idea of packing up and taking it across country with pretty much ourselves, clothes and shoes.

It took 3 days to make it to California  with 2 pit stops in Texas; one in Dallas and the other in El Paso.  After trying to capture all of the state welcome signs, I finally saw the one I had been waiting to desperately see after over 30 hours of travel. Welcome to California!! Within 2 weeks, I landed a job and a little before 3 weeks secured an apartment.  I say all this to say, never give up on your dreams and do not live a life with fear.  With the faith of a mustard seed, things were able to come into fruition and just fell into place so perfectly.  I’ve made a number of trips to LA and decided awhile back this would be my next home.  So many things I have yet to do but I now can scratch off move to Los Angeles 🙂

Thank you for staying with me on the journey with Lifeofacitygal.  This is a passion project of mine and I will continue to bring great content, food recommendations and a bit of fashion sense.  That being said, this cute little number came from one of my favs, H&M, and is absolutely perfect for LA nights.   I paired it with my classic neutral mule to give me a little height due to the length of the dress.  Stay tuned for more greatness and again thank you for your continued support.  Don’t forget to share this with a friend!IMG_9034

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LA Edition: Part 1

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For those of you who may not be aware, my love for LA is insurmountable and forever growing.  Each time I visit, I fall more and more in love with this place.  The air is different, the people are genuinely nice and the warmer weather that exists, even with winter approaching, is a major plus.  I recently visited during the Thanksgiving holiday and decided to do an LA edition on the blog.  The style of dress will definitely be different when looking at ensembles for the City of Angels versus the Big Apple.  Known for having a more laid back vibe and chill atmosphere, this can be noticed in the pieces chosen for my LA trip.  You don’t really have to overthink it.  Simply a flannel or bomber jacket with nice jeans seems very fitting for the LA vibe.  Pictured here, I went with a cool bomber I purchased in New Orleans at Garb Boutique back in November.  Living in NY, I thought I was going to have to wait until spring to wear it but luckily I didn’t.  I paired the bomber with an over-sized Calvin Klein tee from Urban Outfitters, black denim from Old Navy and my favorite adidas. Comfy and stylish all in the same.  Normally I have jam packed days in LA, trying to soak it all in within the 5-day span, so comfort is key.  Check out more pics below and be sure to check back for other LA posts soon to come.

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Forever 100

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YG’s F*** Donald Trump Tour has made its way to NYC and he decided to have a pop-up hosted by Community 54.  I was able to make it conveniently after work to check it out thanks to my shared lyft ride for $4.75 :-). Upon entering, solid white hats embroidered with 4 Hunnid in red and solid red hats stamped with ‘Make America 400 Again’ lined the wall; the latter item was quite genius and goes great with the overall theme of the concert.  Kudos to YG and team for that one!  Tour shirts with a very fitting picture of YG and others, Kamaiyah being one, with all tour dates printed on the back, camo hoodies with 4 Hunnid printed in red and the solid white hoodie ‘Forever 100’ with the westside symbol were all available for purchase too.

Hoodies were $60, tees were $32 as well as the hats with the exception of the brown 4 Hunnid hat which was being sold for $38. Very reasonably priced merch if I do say so myself.  I decided to grab the camo hoodie.  I’m semi obsessed with camo for some strange reason and it just pairs nicely with a lot of things.  So many ways to rock it so be on the lookout for that later on the site.  I also grabbed the sticker pack which included 3 stickers for $5. Another good deal.  Hopefully this pop up will make it to other areas.  Take a look at pics I was able to capture below and please help make America 400 again.

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