NYC Pride Parade 2017

Empire State Building - NYC Pride Celebration

Hey guys! Long time, no write - or read! I had such a fun weekend, I thought I'd write about some of it. For the first time in about 20 years I went to spectate the Pride Parade in New York this past weekend.  I especially wanted to go in light of the last year and all of the negativity floating about.  There is so much division, anger, frustration, and intolerance.  I wanted to get a shot in the arm of something positive, open, and welcoming.  It was such a fun day once I found a spot to stand.  This parade gets more and more popular every year.   

Progress has been made with LGBT rights but there is still a lot more work to be done.  Now that the Supreme Court has decided to look at the "Wedding Cake" case from Colorado, such objections make me shake my head just because of religious views. I just hope the SC will review this and realize that this is just another form of discrimination and should not be tolerated. Where do you draw the line? Can a doctor refuse to treat a trans person because they think they're a freak?

I digress, the parade is more as a celebration now but it started as a march that took place June 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots, as a form of protest.  Over the years the march has turned more celebratory but there is still a lot of politics and causes represented in the parade.  Check out my Instagram pics below (scroll right!)

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Early in the parade you see the politicians shaking hands and waving flags, then you have civil rights and other protest groups making their statements.  Once all this passes, the corporate sponsor floats appear with the dance music thumping and everyone gets into party mode. The corporate sponsorship was a bit much but they do give away lot of freebies...

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Maybe it's part of that bubble I feel like I live in and sometimes get defensive about, but I was really happy to see people come together and celebrate this way. I wish to see this more.  I love that I live in a state that supports the LGBT community and that I live in such close proximity to NYC.  Not all of New York state is like this which is frustrating, I don't get it.  I don't understand why there are still people who feel the need to preach hate against this group, or any group that's different from what they know. When your only reference to speak out against homosexuals is biblical, I'm sorry, that just doesn't sit well with me.  Unfortunately, I don't see that going away completely any time soon but I'll try to keep doing my part as an ally and speak out for equal and gender rights. 

Not Cake But Doughnuts - A Visit To The Doughnut Project

When The Doughnut Project first opened, I thought "Great! Another trendy foodie place with off-the-wall, unorthodox flavors." Didn't think too much about it but their images kept showing up in my Instagram searches. I'm a cake person not doughnuts. Don't get me wrong, I love doughnuts AND donuts (what's the difference?).  They quickly peaked my curiosity after seeing photos from happy customers, the doughnuts were BIG!  If I'm gonna pay extra for a doughnut, I better get my damn money's worth! 

Not Cake But Doughnuts

I was first drawn to their "Those Beetz Are Dope" doughnuts - not just because of the color, because wow! Look at that color! But the name reminds me of Public Enemy (turn it up!!).  It's filled with Ricotta Cheese, whaaaat?? The glaze has such a delicious nutty flavor - I was quite surprised but if you eat beets (I don't) then you might know that already.  "The Everything Doughnut" is their newest and holy moly, it's got cream cheese glaze!  I don't even eat Everything Bagels. But combine this glaze with the roasted seeds, garlic, sea salt, and this doughnut is quite the bomb!  

After a failed first visit where I showed up later in the day (they sold out of just about everything), I went for a second visit yesterday and got there early - plenty to choose from! So I got the Everything and Beetz.  They're messy but good, messy=good.  I wasn't sure what I was in for but I am a believer now!

Not Cake But Doughnuts

As a bonus, both founders of The Doughnut Project - Troy and Leslie, were there and so super friendly and welcoming.  They have been getting A LOT of press and media exposure lately over their Everything Doughnut (everyone loves it), I was surprised I was able to walk in and just pull up a stool and chill for a few minutes while I indulged myself.  Friendly people not letting success get to their heads goes a long way. Plus, how fun does this place look??

Not Cake But Doughnuts

Ok so we love Star Wars, right on! But the mix of street art, kitschy portraits, Frank Sinatra tunes playing, I was so feeling the vibe of this place.  I didn't even notice what movie was on the TV because I was too busy stuffing my fat face and trying to tweet with messy fingers.   This might have to be a new regular pit stop every time I come down to the city.  Check out their deliciousness on Instagram at @thedoughnutproject