The first time I visited New York City the entire city lost power for two whole days. Midway through lunch at the ESPN Center at Times Square, my mom and I watched as every television screen in the restaurant fizzled out instantaneously. As a kid I didn’t understand the severity of the situation until we walked outside into the heart of Manhattan and I realized that every scrolling banner, screen, and light in the city was blown out like a birthday candle. It was the closest experience to the apocalypse that I hope to ever to have. 

Since the summer of ’03, I’ve been back to New York a bunch of times. Every trip has been an absolute blast. I just got back from a week in Brooklyn and I have nothing but good things to reminisce about. There’s something extremely special about that city and it continues to mystify me every time I visit. 

I made a quick visit to the Knickerbocker Mfg. showroom and factory in Brooklyn and I highly suggest checking out their wares. They design and manufacture everything in house. Give 'em a gander here


Roberta's ~ Pizza: Margherita

Cafe Colette ~ Drinks: Arnold Salazar

Noorman’s Kil ~ Food & Drinks: Solana Sandwich & Picklebacks

Webster Hall ~ Live Music

Enid’s ~ Dancing & Late Night Shenanigans 


San Francisco has fascinated me ever since my first visit as a child. One of my earliest memories was a day spent wandering the city with my mom, aunties, and grandma. From the harsh barks and potent scent of the seal lions sunbathing at Pier 39 to my first ice cream sundae at Ghiradelli Square, San Francisco left an impression on me at an early age. 

San Francisco is by far one of most interesting major cities in California because of its diversity and rich history. To this day, every visit to San Francisco is inspiring and truly eye-opening. As more of my friends begin to call San Francisco their new home, I am looking forward to more trips up to the Bay in the near future.