Weekend vibes. 

This weekend, I got to play tourist in my own neck of the woods. The first weekend of 80+ degree weather made me more than ready to get out of the house for some adventures outdoors.

Saturday brought about a trip to the Buffalo Zoo. My boyfriend lives close enough to walk there, so we took advantage. As noted before, I love going to the zoo. Seeing animals brings me an overwhelming sense of happiness, so I was more than thrilled to walk around and look at all my fluffy friends.

After walking around the zoo (and reaching my steps for the day), we were starving. Living in North Buffalo, there is not a shortage of places to eat – it always ends up a never-ending debate in your mind as to which restaurant you should choose this time. We settled for Deep South Taco.

I had never been to this restaurant before, but have always wanted to go since I drive by it multiple times a week. It sits right in the heart of North Buffalo on the corner of Hertel and Starin. The atmosphere is bright, colorful, and welcoming, and the menu is so large that I could not decide on what to eat.

We started off with a couple drinks and chips and salsa. I decided on the 2AM margarita – a blood orange, peach and raspberry concoction that tasted nothing short of summer!

As for dinner, I selected three tacos. Two of which the Pollo Verde, which consisted of green chili braised chicken, queso fresco, onion and cilantro. The other taco I chose was the Papas Con Rajas, which consisted of potato, rajas chipotle, cotija cheese, onion, and cilantro. Both choices amaaaaaazing!

We followed this meal up with a trip to the new Lake Effect Ice Cream location on Hertel. I had previously been to the Lockport location, but my boyfriend was a first timer. I opted for the Extra Cookies, Extra Cream while he chose Omanhene Chocolate. If you have not been, go. Or pick some up at your local Wegmans. Totally worth it, no matter what flavor you pick!

I finished up my “tourist weekend” today at the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls, USA. My brother is currently employed there, so my family decided to take a trip and cool off on this super-warm day (especially since our pool isn’t open yet) and visit him at work! I hadn’t gone on the boat in years, so it was great to re-experience this again! You get so extremely close to Niagara Falls that you leave soaking wet, almost as if you’ve taken a dive into a pool! The ticket ($18.75) gets you access to the boat ride which gets you up close to the American and Canadian Falls’, the observation deck, as well as a walkway alongside the American Falls. You get right into the heart of the Canadian “horseshoe” Falls that it is nearly impossible to take pictures – it something you have to experience in the moment. I definitely plan on doing this again this summer, as my boyfriend has never experienced it before, and it’s something I feel like everyone should do at least once!

All in all, this weekend left me full and tired. What did you do this weekend!? xoxo.

Where the wild things are.

Today, I finally welcomed spring into my life. After a 70+ degree day yesterday, I was ready to venture out on one of these days off and enjoy the weather. I decided to have a little family day, and after pondering what we could do in this new-found glorious weather, we came up with family day at the Buffalo Zoo. My mom had taken today off from work, and my brother was already off for spring break, so today seemed like the perfect day!

The Buffalo Zoo is located right in the heart of North Buffalo. Within the last couple years, the zoo has gone through some major renovations that I had yet to see, so I was super stoked to finally go. It was nice enough outside to park for free in Delaware Park and walk to the main entrance, so that is exactly what we did. Zoo admission costs $12, and for the little more than two-ish hours that I spent there today, I would say it is totally worth it.

I [finally] got to see the new Arctic Edge exhibit for the polar bears, followed by a lion roaring, a giraffe drinking his own urine, a sea lion play with a spoon, and a rhino pass gas. Most of these things seem gross, but when you are with your brother who is 17 years old, all of this is hilarious, thus making me laugh, and making for a good day.

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My favorite part has been the Rainforest exhibit, ever since it has opened its doors. To me, it is so unique and there is always so much to look at.

The last time my brother was at the zoo was for his 8th grade end of the year field trip [he is now a senior in high school, to put that in perspective for you], and my mom hadn’t been there since we were both really little, so overall everyone was really pleased with how much the zoo has improved over the years.

Overall, my recommendation of the zoo is 10/10. If you ever come across a nice day where you don’t know what to do, pack yourself up and head to the zoo. There’s always something new to see. xoxo.