Just some last pictures before I dive into a busy work day . . .
Fashion, Photography, thailand, Travel
It’s hard to choose a favorite thing about my Thailand. The heat. The food. The beach. Phuket was just a small taste of a country that contains endless paradise within just about every square inch of itself. The first thing I would do every morning was throw on my bikini and go sit on the balcony of our hotel room overlooking the main city road that leads straight to the beach. Makeup hardly even touched my face. I even slacked on sunscreen, but none of that mattered. My body grew so accustomed to the heat that just started to get heavy at around 8am every morning. The way it lingered on my skin acted as a sort of wake up call for me every morning in this place. No caffeine required. Vitamin D was my only intake.
Walking along the main road was an energizing experience. But a different sort of energy than the kind you find in a big city like NYC. A slow and steady energy. A humbling sort of energy. A brought down-to-earth sort of buzz where every tiny thing mattered. Where I would stop to look and admire and inquire about everything at each place along the way. The pace of things kept alive by tourists walking up and down the road. Locals wanting to sell and share a little bit of this and a little bit of that of their culture and services. Small groups of Thai men and women gathered in corners having discussions, while slightly amused by out-of-towners who make such a big deal of the local discoveries that they know and see everyday. I loved to watch both sides.
Wish I was back on that balcony right now, feeling that same heat, and eating all the tom yum in the world as I make my way towards the beach. Instead, I’m writing about this in my pajamas, hair a mess and wondering when the heck my landlord is going to turn the heat on in my building because it’s getting a little cold in here.
Dressed to match the environment. Inspired by the mangosteens that I can smell from a mile away. They taste sweeter and sweeter with every bite, before being washed down with a pineapple smoothie. Every day charged by sugar and caressed by sweat. Tired feet left to the hands of acrobatic Thai masseuse because we prefer to walk everywhere we go even when we feel we can hardly walk another step more. Knick knacks and local snacks and bargaining our way from day and night. Smiles and fresh coconut water exchanged throughout the process. At night the beach goers who were dormant on the sand come back to life, burnt red on every inch of their bodies. Europeans and Australians mostly, with lopsided grins, beginning to drunkenly dance their way through glowing lights that come on once the sun disappears. As the sounds change from a mild murmur to a buzzing electrical outlet, the city continues to taste exactly how it feels. Hot and spicy with a splash of something cool. And reliably so every single day. More to come . . .
I’m take pride in my neighborhood. And yes, I think that the best places to eat are in Brooklyn. Many in Bushwick, such as the lovely, well-lit and very Instagram-worthy AP Cafe. I can walk to this spot on a late Saturday morning from my apartment and never have to worry about waiting for a seat. The burger here is diviiiineeeee. I’ve been bopping around all of New York City since 2013 taste testing what should be the best burger in town, but none have yet beat the one from AP Cafe. The caramelized onions add the most phenomenal touch. Complete with a side of the thinnest, crispiest fries that came straight from heaven I promise you. For those looking for a healthier, and less indulgent option that is still well-rounded, the kale pesto quinoa bowl (I like to add chicken to this), is a great choice. I could take pesto on just about everything. AP Cafe just gets it right every time, all the way down to the succulents that add a simple delicacy that makes this one of the best places to get work done if you are just in a mood for a good coffee. If you ever have the chance to explore Bushwick, make sure to come by this spot for a coffee, a burger, a donut, or any of the other delicious plates they have on their menu. You’ll be back for sure.