Life, lately

Life has been going at mach ten these days. I like it, but my introversion has been telling me to stop and smell the flowers (alone) and take stock of the lovely things in my life. 

Rooftops are a thing in the City during the Summer. New Yorkers love to soak in warm weather while they can, and after being here for a couple of winters, I totally get why.

Had the pleasure of attending two showings at the Tribeca Film Festival. These are the moments when I realize how special it is to live in New York. 

Definitely have been eating food that I shouldn't be...but YOLO?

Weddings! This is a picture from my brothers' wedding. Sufficed to say, it was beautiful from beginning to end. 

Coffee, always. 

I've set a goal to do something nice for myself every day. While I've been pretty inconsistent, I finally (after many months of thinking about it) bought myself flowers. 

The Met! I finally went recently after two years of living here. It's shameful, I know. My experience was magical, as expected. 

The view from my apartment's roof. Astoria sunsets are unbeatable. 

Top 5 haunts in Astoria for coffee, wine, and beer

It is no secret that I've fallen in love with Queens, and Astoria, in particular. I've spent sun-drenched summer weekends here, and bitter-cold winter nights, tucked away in this beloved neighborhood. As a creature of habit, it also comes as no surprise that I've found a few places that I pretty much inhabit in my free time. My loyal nature does not limit itself to people, and I've been wanting to give a shout out to my favorite spots for a while now.

So without further ado, here are my top four haunts in Astoria...

1. Gossip Coffee

for getting sh*t done

I'm weird, and like iced coffee in the winter. To make it weirder, I also like extra ice. The baristas here always do an amazing job packing my cup full. 

Gossip has also introduced me to the wonders of macadamia nut milk. It's creamy and thick without being too sweet - the perfect coffee creamer. 

2. Winegasm

for afternoon Happy Hour-ing 

HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY FROM 4 PM - 7 PM:
FOOD - $8
SIGNATURE COCKTAILS - $6
WINE & BEER - $5

Need I say more? Well, if I do, Winegasm has stone flooring and plays old movies on the t.v. behind the bar. The pours are generous, and the happy hour menu is perfect for a late afternoon bite. 

3. Astoria Bier & Cheese

for straight chilling

As North Carolina native, I appreciate the laid back vibe here, which is so uncharacteristic of New York. It reminds me of home, where people go to bars and drink beer and just chill out. Plus the prices remind me of home too. I never leave feeling like I've just drained my life's savings on a drink and some food. 

There are always new beers and ciders to try because they rotate regularly. Don't know what you want? No prob! The bartenders keep nifty tasting glasses behind the bar that let you sample to your heart's contentment. 

4. New York Coffee and Bagel House

for literally every day

Whether I'm heading into work or grabbing breakfast with a friend, this is my go-to spot for good coffee and food. NYCBCH also has alternatives for people with food allergies (try the gluten-free cinnamon raisin bagel. You won't be disappointed).

As an added bonus, the service is always friendly. Surprisingly you can't always expect this in New York, so I consider it a major plus when I come across employees who seem happy to help you. 

So anyway, yeah, Queens is pretty sweet; but I guess that's pretty obvious by now. :)