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‘Splore Syracuse: Beak & Skiff Apple-Picking

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They had free apple cider sampling.
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We tasted different types of apples, some crispy and tart, others sweet and soft
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Jen wuth her bottle of Hard Cider
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Delicious caramel apple cookie!
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Love this pic!
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Adam, my classmate buddy, and his girlfriend.

After leaving Beak & Skiff, we had an impromptu photo shoot on the side of the road1396046_10151998496496983_1329977057_n

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I can now cross apple-picking off my Syracuse bucket list!

Behind Every Interesting Chair is an Equally Interesting Story

 

 

Chair #1

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On our way home, my friend (who will remain nameless) spotted a couch on the sidewalk in front of a house. The owner saw us admiring the cute design and yelled from her window that we should feel free to take it. At this, my friend got excited and attempted to lift the couch. We then realized that we were about 3 to 4 blocks away from our neighborhood.  At the thought of dragging the couch all the way down the street, I had already resigned, in my head, to leave it where we found it. A kind stranger walked by and suggest, half in jest, that we hoist the couch upside down on my bike and wheel it down the street. We had no other option, so off we went, down the street with our curb shopping spoils. We received many stares and glances. All the while, I reminded myself that I was doing a favor for a friend and tried not to think about how my friend had even convinced me to transport the couch in the first place.  

Chair #2

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This fabulous high heel chair was spotted at the Westcott Street Fair in Syracuse this weekend, in front of the Boom Babies store. It’s funky and retro. It would make a fun personal chair to brighten up the color of a room. 

Chair #3

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This chair was a hard plastic chair in the shape of a hand that we found in front of a consignment shop. Something about it made me feel like a little kid and I had to sit on it.

I’m not sure how I found so many cool chairs this past week, but it made me feel like Goldilocks. Of all the 3 chairs we saw, we only took the couch (chair #1) home. The other two belonged to the stores.

‘Splore Syracuse: Farmers’ Market

Syracuse has a farmers’ market so we took a trip down to see it. This post will be mostly pictures. Enjoy!

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I plan on coming back to the market with some cash in my hands. This time, I was mostly walking around and taking pictures. I only bought a small leather watch with a glow in the dark face for $7. The produce was fresh and affordable. There was a lot of variety. It’s a great alternative to the grocery store for fresh fruits and flowers.

The Syracuse farmers’ market gets my stamp of approval.

Good Eats: Strong Hearts

Yesterday I tried out a new vegan restaurant in Syracuse called Strong Hearts. My roommate strongly recommended their “milk”shakes.

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As soon as we walked into the restaurant, I was immediately reminded of Austin, TX. It was a small shop with a hipster vibe. A few of patrons had ear gauges and full sleeves of tattoos.

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I stepped up to the counter and burst out laughing at the names of the milkshakes. They were combinations with titles like “Nelson Mandela”, “Elizabeth Cady Stanton”, “Cesar Chavez”

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I ended up getting the “West Memphis Three”, which is a chocolate mint shake. It’s made with vegan ice cream but I couldn’t tell. My last encounter with vegan desserts was a vegan chocolate chip cookie from the cafeteria in undergrad that tasted like dirt and dark chocolate.

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I was pleasantly surprised with this vegan shake. It was thick and surprisingly filling. The shakes came in biodegradable cups and straws.

So that was the good. Now for the ugly.
The pizza…was horrendous. I was feeling adventurous so my friend Mirakol and I split a vegan pizza. We had a pesto, tomato and spinach pizza.

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Sounds delicious, right? Wrong. Something just didn’t sit right. It’s not the fact that there was no meat, because even my carnivorous self can get over that. It may have been that there was pesto where I expected tomato sauce. I decided to scrape off all the toppings and eat the pizza bare. The crust tasted fine. I could tolerate it but I couldn’t eat more than two slices.

Overall, I’d give the shakes at Strong Hearts a thumbs up. Everything else was a meh. If I’m ever brave enough to come try the food again, I may try their breakfast.

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Syracuse Week 1 via Instagram

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Our grad school welcome gift– iPad mini! I sure know how to pick my programs. #praiseGod #newbeginnings #gradschool
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Cereal for lunch. I’m not a huge cereal person but I may become one. My bowl is too cute and Multigrain cheerios are sooo good!
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My new bike, Huckleberry Schwinn (Huck for short)
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I solicited the help of my goofy sister to name my bike. Her recommendations were hilarious.
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Got this color-changing egg timer from Dollar Tree. Put it in the pot with the eggs. Turns white when ready. I’m lame for being so impressed.
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Green Lakes State Park. So pretty! And crowded for July 4th holiday…
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The Dean of our school invited the grad students for a welcome bbq. The entrance of this picnic was through the woods.
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Vegan milkshakes from Strong Hearts Cafe. Left to right: chocolage oreo, orange Julius & strawberry, chocolate mint. Coconut lime cupcake. All delcious!
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Friday lunch with classmates. It’s back to sandwiches next week. #japanesefood #bentobox #chickenkatsu #sushi

First Syracuse Visitors & Niagara Falls

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Canadian and America flag

We took a road trip to Niagara Falls!

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Water is such a powerful force!
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I had to get a closer look!
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Me, Dee, and Mom. Heart shape faces unite!

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Farewell pictures

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Me and Dee standing awkwardly so you can see the pretty building on Syracuse’s campus
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My mommy and I
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Dee and I right after I bought Huck, my Schwinn bike.
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Test run down the street
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Made it out alive! All smiles

I had to say goodbye because they were about to fly back to Houston. I love them for coming to move me in. It would have been impossible without them. I hope my whole family can come visit at some point. Maybe they can spend a winter holiday with me and experience the endless snow heheh!