Monthly Archives: July 2014

Local – Fourth of July Edition

Happy belated Fourth of July! I hope you enjoyed this past weekend’s festivities. I unfortunately had to work during the day, but come evening time, I was able to fit in a margarita, tacos, and fireworks! So, in the end, I think it was a pretty successful (though mildly hectic) Independence Day.

I started my day off at Good Cup, a local cafe, with a large Americano and the July/August copy of The Atlantic. Good Cup has recently become my go-to coffee spot before work. They always have great music playing and their coffee is well-served. I’ve only had the Americanos (they’re great!) but I hope to try out more of their menu items soon.

Good morning reads @ Good Cup

Work was crazy but I later met up with my boyfriend and family and we all got much-needed margaritas. We then went to La Super-Rica Taqueria (Julia Child’s favorite Mexican restaurant) and it was just what I had been craving. I really recommend the Chile con Queso as well as both the horchata and agua de jamaica. I actually ordered the latter as a dessert, it’s that sweet and refreshing!

La Super Rica has a simple menu loaded with authentic Mexican bites

La Super-Rica has a simple menu loaded with authentic Mexican bites

We tried watching the fireworks but it was so cloudy, so I unfortunately don’t have any obligatory-fourth-of-july-fireworks pictures. Instead, here’s a picture of my evening at the park on Saturday. I needed the rest!

Anyways, I hope you all had a relaxing and festive weekend.

Have a happy Monday!


Listen: Ryn Weaver “OctaHate”

Ryn Weaver is a relatively unknown artist, but given how good this track is, that won’t be the case for long. Weaver, an NYC/LA-based artist, has been collaborating with the likes of Benny Blacno (“Teenage Dream”, “Tik Tok,” “Moves Like Jagger”), Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, and Charli XCX (this summer’s collaborator of choice), according to Mic. And it’s working out for her because I can’t get enough of this song.

“OctaHate,” currently the only track on Weaver’s SoundCloud, showcases Weaver’s rich vocals and a synth-happy background reminiscent of classic Passion Pit sounds. Throughout, the track transitions from rhythmic, melancholic verses to a full-blown anthemic chorus. It’s catchy as hell and definitely a perfect song for those summer drives along the coast.

Happy listening!

Here I Go

Beginnings are scary. As a writer, I find that trying to figure out how and where to start is the most daunting task of all. I’ll ask myself questions like, how do I entice the reader? Do I have an actual point? Or, worst of all, I’ll just do this later. But I’ve also discovered once I let go of the questions and actually begin, everything else falls into place.


For a while now I have been wanting a place where I could write and create, a place that could nourish my thoughts and would push me to learn and explore. I took too long with the questions, wondering how to begin and what to say. But here I am. Finally starting.

So this is my place, my blog, where I will share anything and everything that inspires me, including music, food, miscellaneous think pieces, etc. This is a work in progress, so I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but I’ve got ideas and I’m excited about them. As for the name of the blog, to be splendid is to be magnificent and isn’t to be inspired the most magnificent–the most splendid–thing of all?

That was kind of cheesy, but I had to.