I’m back in the concrete jungle one year older and one year wiser. I celebrated my birthday at home with my husband for two days then we flew to New York City the weekend. While he was working, I spent time with one of my closest friends Sylvia. Friday night we attended Eddie Huang Been Soigne, the Huang’s World x Adidas Pop-Up at Pizza Beach on the Lower East Side. Eddie Huang, author of Fresh Off the Boat, who’s also a chef and sneaker-head partnered with Adidas to create a pair of kitchen shoes that’s a slide-on sandal. There was food being delightfully served in abundance from Javier Wong and Chef Creole. Living in New Orléans for 10+ years still has me doing back flips over any food labeled creole. Unfortunately the dishes being served had seafood in them, so initially I could not indulge. Somehow Chef Creole got word that he had a vegan guest and personally delivered a bowl of creole rice and veggies topped with fried plantain to my table. It was a spicy, flavorful dish that satisfied my soul on the cool, rainy night. The culture of shoes and food are worldwide languages that bring people together, and needless to say, we had a good time.
After we left Pizza Beach, we caught an Uber to by Chloe in the West Village for some of the best vegan food I’ve had. I had no regard for my appetite or the size of my tummy because I ordered whatever sparked my interest. These menu items included kale artichoke dip with almond parm and tortilla chips, mac n’ cheese with sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, almond parm. and shitake bacon, oh so fancy! fries, and a chocolate cupcake. I ate more than my body could stand. Talk about gluttony! It was worth it and I’m eager to go back.
After I woke from my food-slumber, it was Saturday. We had a late breakfast then linked with a couple of Sylvia’s other friends to check out Skillosophy, an outdoor exhibition at Livestream HQ Lot in Bushwick, BK. While we were there, Rich Medina was DJing, and the live muralist was Fin Dac. After we left the exhibit, we caught a taxi back to Bed-Stuy for food and cocktails.
On Sunday Sylvia and I met up with my husband and friends at Bryant Park for the Roots Picnic. After nine years, the Roots had expanded the show from Philly to Manhattan and we couldn’t have been more excited. From what I heard during the show, the picnic was the first ticketed event held in the centrally located Bryant Park. The vibe of the event oozed in Roots uniqueness – a mashup of styles and genres attracting a crowd as diverse as New Yorkers. Among all the artists performing, we enjoyed Yuna, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, and my personal favorite, Trombone Shorty and Orléans Avenue ft. Mystikal. As expected, we had a ball!