Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vaycay Wrap Up

I'm back! I spent the last 5 days in good ole Harlem, USA, and let me tell you: Whatever preconceptions you have about Harlem, just throw them out the window! Harlem is now more integrated than the south-and it's filled with all kinds of mainstream establishments and ethnicities! As a matter of fact, I think I saw as many Europeans than black, lol. It was a bit of a culture shock-but a pleasant one. I have never visited a neighborhood where you can literally do all of your shopping in a 5 block radius: You've got Old Navy, Staples, H&M, Magic Johnson Theater, Starbucks, and the world famous Apollo Theater all within walking distance of my sister's home. Oh, and for those of you who know NADA about New York (like me), did you know that Harlem is actually a part of Manhattan? It's not an actual city or a burrough.

(This crepe was my sister, not mine-too dough-y for my liking.)

You know, while in New York, you must go out and eat! It doesn't matter if it's the neighborhood bodega or the chic little eatery in midtown. Going out to eat is an event (and a month of conscious eating well and exercising all shot to shit in less than a week!) I ordered this club sandwich for lunch, and when I tell you that it was orgasmic, I am not exaggerating! It was the most delicious club sandwich I've ever had, and it was served on a baguette with a side of mesclun (sp?) greens. O-M-Gee!!!!! It was sick. The bacon was so meaty and tender-not crispy, crumbly, and non-existent like some club sandwiches. Then for my last meal of my trip, we had to go to Sylvia's! It was....SICK! Sylvia's is old school soul food-greens that taste like meat, lol. Kick-ass potato salad. BBQ ribs so good, you'll slap yo mama.....Enough food for two meals-maybe three for you bird-like eaters...

 (Yes, I ate every damn morsel!)

My sister also booked us for these "free" makeovers at Dior in Macy's. Macy's is always a freaking madhouse-no matter what time of day or year that you go. They were doing some kind of garden or floral something, and just imagine all the regular shopper/tourists paired with these garden enthusiasts/tourists: PURE D. HELL! Anyway, after being spackled with over $100.00 worth of product and gunk (by a chick who knew nothing about what colors to use on black skin), I ended up buying $54 worth of crap. I cannot BELIEVE I paid $24 for a tube of mascara. Slap me now! I felt obligated ya know? That makeover wasn't so free after all...
(My sister Myia after her over-priced makeover.)

So that was basically my trip-eating, but you do a lot of walking. I'll end with a shot of this disgusting billboard I spotted on the block. How can you be a person of God and preach this kind of sentiment? What happened to separation of church and state? What happened to human kindness and decency? What happened to getting your facts straight before advertising this garbage?

Absolutely Disgusting!


Anonymous said...

yea!!!! You're back! Glad you had fun and thanks for the awesome pictures! The food sounded and looked great, however, I have never eaten old-school soul food (German family, remember?) but that looks absolutely scrumptious! And yes, I would be the one to get four meals out of it. I'm a waste at a buffet!

Glad to see you are back home safe and that you had such a good time. However, very disappointed I didn't get to see your hoity-toity makeover! Your sis looks great tho...

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

OK I am starving now. LOL

RE - RecycledFrockery said...

Lord Have Mercy You went by Crazy Church. we will not say his name to prevent having to follow up by rebuking him. sha, as the nigerians say.

looks like you had a fabulous time. that's what spending time with family is all about. so wheres' your make up pic sweets ? and where's the shopping ? come now, WE KNOW YOU Got Goodies Mamm.

So did you go by B.Smiths' for sweet potato pecan pie ? oooo to die for.