Quarantine Blues

Hello beautiful people! It’s been a while. Life is a little different these days. I’ve been unmotivated to go outside for any extra curricular activities. It’s scary out there and stressful. However, after being in the house for a month straight. We decided to go downtown. Charleston has begun to reopen restaurants for outdoor dining only. We grabbed dinner at Pearlz Oyster Bar. I don’t actually eat oysters, but they have great shrimp tacos and calamari. All employees wore masks and the tables were more than six feet apart. I felt really safe. The streets were also empty, compared to how it would normally look this time of year.

After dinner, we took a walk around Waterfront Park. It was also very empty. I have to say that I absolutely loved it. My daughter captured really cute photos!

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Sunday Funday Charleston

Hello beautiful people! I love the freakin weekend, but I love the end of it the more. Charleston is the perfect place to experience delicious brunches, rooftop drinks, and scenic strolls. These are a few of my favorite hotspots.

5Church

This is by far the most esthetically pleasing restaurant in Downtown Charleston. It’s housed in an old church on N. Market Street with a modern touch. Including, the light fixtures, seating, and the words painted on the vaulted ceilings.

It is a little on the pricey side for those on a tighter budget. You can easily spend $200 on dinner for two. So it’s best to go for lunch on weekdays and/or brunch on Sunday. The menu offers some of the same at a dished at a reduced price. Plus, the carafes of mimosa are $15 on Sunday. Hooray!

Vendue Hotel Rooftop

This is one of my favorite hot spots mostly for the panoramic view of the city. However, they have delicious food and drinks as well. This a great location to come after brunch for an adult beverage or two. It’s great for a group of friends or couples. I wouldn’t suggest bringing children. It has more of an adult ambiance. It’s moderately priced by Charleston standards. Which would be about an average of $40 per person.

Waterfront Park

This picturesque palm tree lined park. Is perfect for walking off those shrimp and grits on a Sunday afternoon stroll. The park overlooks the Cooper River and Charleston Harbor. Where there are frequent dolphin sitings. The famous Pineapple Fountain is located in the park as well.

The 3 locations named above are all within blocks of each other. All off of Bay Street in Downtown Charleston.

A few of my other favorite!

Sol Southwest Kitchen-Summerville, Mt Pleasant. Vicious Biscuit-Mt Pleasant. Grace & Grit-Mt Plesant. Five Loaves Cafe-Summerville, Mt Pleasant. Riverfront Park-North Charleston. Firefly Distillery-Park Circle. Miller’s All Day– Downtown Charleston. The Battery Park– Downtown Charleston.

Hello San Francisco!

Hello beautiful people! I recently made a trip to San Francisco with my daughter. We were only there for the weekend. So, we squeezed in all we could.

Upon landing and gathering our belongings. We caught the train downtown and checked into the charming Hotel Whitcomb. It was built in the early 20th century, and used as a substitute city hall. After the 1906 earthquake significantly destroyed parts of the city. There’s even a jail in the basement to this day. I didn’t know any of this information prior to check-in. However, I decided to do research after. Due to the creepy vibes I was getting in the hallways. There were many reviews that claimed the hotel was haunted. Previous guest wrote about their belongings falling or moving in the middle of the night. Also, seeing apparitions in their room. Luckily, I didn’t experience any of those occurrences. It was a lovely stay. Though, the rooms could’ve been bigger.

One of the advantages of living on the east coast. Is when visiting the west coast I’m an early bird. I wake up around 5 am, get coffee, and once the sun rises it’s time to explore the city.

The first morning we walked to a popular cajun brunch restaurant, Brenda’s French Soul Food. There was a bit of a wait. However, once we were seated the service was lovely and the food was decent.

After brunch, I wanted to do a little shopping. There was a mall within a half a mile from the restaurant. So, we decided to go on foot. As we made our way down a side street. It became sketchy. It was littered with the homeless for blocks. No one bothered us. However, I did see a man bathing himself from a fire hydrant. At that point it was a full moon. The experience made me uncomfortable and sad. The disparity between the rich and the poor in cities like this are heart rinching and disgraceful. Especially, when it represents itself as a place of love and acceptance for all.

Day two started with coffee at a cute cafe across from my hotel. Then, we headed to The Museum of Ice Cream SF. There’s also a location in NYC. It was my girly girl wet dream. With pink everything, unicorns, a sprinkle pool, and lots of frozen treats. Every room has a different theme where you’re offered ice cream confections. We happened to go during the holiday season so the decor was on another level. The tickets were about $40 per person. I thought it was worth it. We had a great time and captures awesome pics!

Last, but not least. The reason we went to San Francisco was for my daughter to see The Golden Gate Bridge. It was an $8 Uber pool ride and about ten minutes from the hotel. It’s truly an American modern marvel. There’s nothing like seeing my kid’s face filled amazement. We also took in Alcatraz Island and just the beautiful skyline of the city.

This was my second trip to San Fran, and the first for my daughter. With that said, I kept the activities easy and quick. On my previous trip, I explored a lot more. My highlights were definitely Fisherman’s Warfs with sea lions. Ashbury neighborhood with hippie and Full House vibes. My favorite was definitely Castro District. It is a community dedicated to the LGBTIA and allies.

I was thrilled to rediscover the city. People are genuinely nice without an agenda. Unlike other parts of California. There’s also no shortage of activities and views. In my opinions, it’s one of the most beautiful major cities in America. 🙂

Miami Art Basel

Hello beautiful people! Miami was my previous city of residence for eight years. It still feels like a second home. Though I couldn’t afford it when it was my first and definitely cant afford it now. I made life long friends and had life changing experiences in those eight years. A few days ago, one of my best friends called me, because she acquired VIP passes to the main exhibition for Miami Art Basel. So, I jumped at the opportunity to take a quick trip back to sunny South Florida.

Art Basel is an international art event held annually in Miami and Hong Kong. In Miami, there are art galleries set up throughout the city. There are hundreds of galleries and thousands of artist from around the world featured. Primarily in Miami Beach, the Design District, and the Wynwood Art District. I had previously attended events in the Design District and Wynwood. This time was disignated for Miami Beach. Mainly due to that horrible traffic and parking in the other two districts.

Outside of Art Basel. I went out to a new lounge by the name of Sweet Liberty. I loved this place. There was good music, food, decor, and had a more local feeling. What does that mean? In comparison other Miami Beach night life establishements. It wasn’t full of horny tourist and girls in bodycon dresses looking for there next sugar daddy. It was just chill. I will say, it is very easy to spend $50 to $100 for a couples of drinks and a meal.

I also made a visit to The Brickell neighborhood to have a fine dining experience at Asian fusion restaurant Komodo. This place is not cheap by any means. It’s an average of $60 per person without beverages. It is denfinitly worth the ambiance and experience. You may even see a celeb or two. It’s been known to host Drake, Derek Jetter, the Kardashians, and many others.

For anyone who just needs to feed themselves while on vacation. My favorite spots on Miami Beach were always Pizza Rustica, Big Pink, and Burger King that serves beer. There are other national franchises for a quick bite as well. Stay away from any restaurant on Ocean Drive. Particularly the ones with pretty girls trying to shove menus in your face. Not only will it cost you. The food and booze they are peddling aren’t worth it.

Although, I spent less than 48 hours in Miami. It was one of the best trips I’ve taken back. I definitely enjoyed the art and food. However, the highlight was getting the chance to spend time with my favorite people on the planet. I haven’t seen them in years and we didn’t skipping a beat. I’m absolutely looking forward revisiting. ¡Hasta luego!