Black Gold Records (and coffee shop)

“Tia, do you want to go to a coffee shop?”

-“Eh. We just ate.”

“It’s also a record store.”

-“Ok!”

That quickly sold me. A record store that sold coffee?

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records is a funky record, coffee, and antique shop located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

As you walk in, you hear the sounds of soft rock and warm crackles of vinyl playing on the turntable.

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records is a great place to stop in and fuel-up on caffeine while sifting through a few vinyls.Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

They also have a ton of obscure gems scattered around the little shop. Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

You can also grab some of their freshly grinded Rook coffee beans for home.
Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

The menu is pretty short but the coffee and tea are great. I ordered their Black Iced Tea.Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunette

I placed myself by the window with my drink and watched as people perused through records enjoying the music. Black Gold Records Brooklyn -a caffeinated brunetteIf you end up in Carroll Gardens, Black Gold Records is a perfect stop for a refreshment and some music. Like me, you’ll probably end up heading out happily caffeinated with some sort of knick-knack to add to your collection.

Enjoy!

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Holiday Market at Union Square

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

Tibetan Lamps

Tibetan Lamps

Some delicious food at the market

Some delicious food at the market

Mini Cannolis

Mini Cannolis

Eggnog Cannoli yum!

Eggnog Cannoli yum!

It was a little rainy at the holiday market but well worth it!

It was a little rainy at the holiday market but well worth it!

Some more food...of course!

Some more food…of course!

Alpaca Hats

Alpaca Hats

One of my favorite parts of NYC is during the holidays. I love walking around looking at the decorated shop windows, enjoying delicious foods and walking through the holiday pop-up shops. NYC is the place to be when it comes to getting into the holiday spirit, all you have to do is head to Rockefeller Center to look at the Christmas tree and ice-skaters to become an instant holiday loving fiend. The Union Square Holiday Market is a lot of fun to browse for not only friends and family but yourself. From interesting alpaca hats to beautiful jewels you can find everything you need on your wish list and enjoy some delicious snacks too!

FREE ICE CREAM?!

I’ve been living in the city for about a week now and man do my feet hurt, in a good way though.

I’ve been everywhere around this city to explore what it has to offer. Yesterday, I was headed down to Union Square and on my way saw a GIANT crowd of people around a food truck. Now in NYC if you see a crowd of people around a food truck it’s either delicious or there’s something going on (it was both!). So my curiosity took hold and I went over to check it out. They were giving out free ice cream! This wasn’t just ice cream though, this was specialized ice cream sandwiches with savory goodness in the middle. They had bourbon pecan,peanut-butter nutella…oh gosh I was in heaven (even the wrappers were edible!).

This was the food truck to find. The ice cream sandwich truck is called Cool Haus and I will definitely be making another visit this summer. If you want to find where the truck is next head over to their website here: http://eatcoolhaus.com/. And why was it free do you ask? Google Wallet this summer, a new application that you tap the back of your phone to anywhere they have a device (food truck, jamba juice, american eagle, etc.), is going to be in a new place giving some kind of delicious food away for free on them to show you how to use the app. Being a college student with a small budget I will happily try any free sample you will give me, hey I have no shame I’m on a budget. This app is awesome though. I signed up for the Google Wallet emails which will tell me the next place they will be going to find some savory free food. To find more information on them just go to their website http://www.google.com/wallet/ .

After I got my sugary fix it was back on track to Union Square. I was a little surprised when I got off the subway and saw an Occupy Union Square on my first few steps. I thought the whole occupy thing was over (come on people get it together!). It’s definitely an interesting sight to see… Anyways… For the past few days I’d been searching for mexican food. I didn’t just want any Chipotle, Qdoba, Moe’s…(seriously there’s this many?) chain. I used my handy dandy phone and it took me over to Tortaria on 94 University Place. Tortaria is a mexican style sandwich shop and tequila bar. I went up to the register and ordered their taquitos and freshly made (right in front of you) guacamole. It was delicious and probably the best guacamole I’ve ever had. They even have 3 levels of spiciness to choose from. Everything there is authentic and freshly made and I will definitely be going back to try some of their margaritas. I did wash my delicious food down with some of their homemade lemonade which was perfectly tart. The best part about it I thought? It looked like an authentic roadside Bodega. There was also open seating so you could enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been lucky enough to have. I love finding restaurants that not only have great food, but a great atmosphere. Can’t wait to find even more places!

❤ A Cup of Tia

Some of my first lessons

So here I was, trudging down the cement sidewalks the past few days (the first day with way too much luggage). I was in the city of dreams, the city of culture and the city of fairy tales. I headed on the train to NYC and started my journey of being a new New Yorker. When I say “new” I mean it, I learned an immense amount of lessons my first few days in the city. My journey on the train wasn’t bad at all beside the hippie that sat beside me preaching his thoughts on weed, love and education throughout the whole train ride (note to self: bring head phones). Then it was off to me getting myself to my building where I lived and learning my way around. Here came the lessons:

Don’t get in an unmarked cab. I did not get in the black unmarked car that honked at me promiscuously my first morning in NYC but this I learned very quickly. They will try to pick you up and who knows where you’re going after that, hopefully it will just end up in a hefty fare but a lot of people are scammers (just like Craigslist)!

Doors in NYC are extra heavy, guess you need the extra protection and I could use some weight lifting!

Papaya on 86th street and 3rd is extra delicious. I never expected to like papaya juice but in the city where culture is everywhere you need to be open to new things 🙂

Take the express train whenever you can. My office ride went from 1 hour to 25 minutes. Think of all you could be doing in that time!

A college student on small pay cannot afford Soho (although it is pretty to look at) And the le petit cafe in Soho? eh nothing that will wet your whistle unless you want to pay triple for semi average food

I may have found my favorite Thai place that I may also be frequenting weekly. Enthaice on 90th and 3rd is absolutely delicious and affordable!

The city that never sleeps really doesn’t sleep.

It’s only been a few days and I’ve got the grid down pretty well. New Yorkers have it pretty easy. You can’t get lost unless you’re trying pretty hard.

And these were just a few of the fun lessons 🙂

Now that I’ve got the hang of this thing and the unpacking is all done I’ll be able to write a bit more often. I have many lessons to learn and stories to tell. ❤ A Cup of Tia