May Favorites

Hi! It’s been a few month’s since my last “monthly favorites” blog post and since I experienced so many wonderful things in the month of May, I wanted to share some of my favorites of the month with you.

Book 

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

This book was a random find that I came across at a thrift store, which turned out to be a signed copy. I found this book to be funny, entertaining, and relatable. The author seems to have a firm grasp on what it means to be a young adult figuring things out and forms sentences describing the subtext of everyday human interactions that gave words to thoughts I’d always had but never fully expressed. At times, this book can sound pretentious, but I think the author does this purposefully as she depicts a specific “type” of New Yorker.

TV show

The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. Do yourself a favor and watch this. Wait three more weeks to start a free trial on Hulu so that you can binge watch the entire season, since Hulu uploads one episode a week and the season has a few episodes left before it’s done.

Movie

Crimson Peak directed by Guillermo del Toro, the same guy who directed Pan’s Labyrinth. This movie falls under the romance gothic category. Every scene in this movie is picturesque and vibrant in color. The acting and dialogue is Shakespearean at times, but in a refreshing way. The melodrama of the scenes seems to be appropriate given the circumstances in which the plot develops.

Restaurant

Franchia Vegan Cafe in K-town (look inside). It was my first time walking into a vegan restaurant that did not look vegan, given the effort put into the interior design. Given the tasty food (I had bibimbap and white tea) and comfy atmosphere, this place would be a “spot” of mine if I lived in NY.

Experience

Mother’s Day. My dad, sister, and I showered my mom with flowers, Mother’s Day cards, and gifts. We ate dinner with the rest of the family at Casa Juancho, a Spanish restaurant in Little Havana where my mom and I shared what our server called “paella de mentira” (translates to fake paella) aka a vegan paella. Casa Juancho has a cozy and homey feel, reminiscent of the ranchos in Spanish countries. If you’re ever in Miami, definitely check this place out but bear in mind the limited options for vegans.

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