Friendly Advice // Alex

This month’s “Friendly Advice” comes from the lovely Alex, whom I met in London a couple years ago.

Name: Alexandra (Alex) Wong Tuai (2-E)

Where do you rest your head at night? On a pillow I stole from my younger sister. In my bed. In Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Is that where you’re originally from? Nope, I’m from Seattle, WA.

Best thing about the city you live? Some of the people that are closest to my heart and soul live in the same city right now.

If you’re not originally from the city you currently reside, what is the best thing about your hometown? The best thing about Seattle is the harmony of nature and city.

What’s one thing that tourists do that you wish they didn’t? Stop in the middle of the street/subway/anywhere to take pictures/check their phones.

Best places to eat? This dumpling place hidden away in Brooklyn by my old university. Anywhere that can feed me quickly if I’m hangry.

Where all have you traveled? Hahaha oh jeez. China, France, Spain, Great Britain, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Morocco, South Africa, Wales, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Thailand, Taiwan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, and I’ll be heading to Australia and New Zealand in the next couple of years. 

What is your favorite place that you have traveled? South Africa without a doubt.

List five places you want to travel to: South America, South East Asia, all of the United States I haven’t seen, the Scandinavian countries, the rest of the African continent, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. 

Insert one of your favorite photos you’ve taken on your travels:

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Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Alex Tuai is a recent graduate of Long Island University in New York City, where she studied was a global studies undergrad. She loves to watch countless episodes of Doctor Who and beauty vloggers on YouTube.

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Friendly Advice // Emma

Before I leave for a new place, I usually check in with friends who either a) live in the location I am traveling or b) have visited said location. A lot of my friends, hell most of them, are far more experienced when it comes to traveling, more than I will ever be. With all this in mind, I have come up with a small list of questions that I have sent to a number of my friends to answer for a monthly post (possibly more than monthly) of “Friendly Advice.” The first set of questions were answered by my best friend, Emma.

Name: Emma DiPasquale

Where do you rest your head at night? Cleveland, Ohio.

Is that where you’re originally from? Nope. I was born and raised in Pittsford, a town right outside of Rochester, New York.

Best thing about the city you live? The best thing about Cleveland is that you’re always discovering new things to do. It’s a very underrated city – we have a lot going on. There’s an awesome food and music scene which is always fun to explore.

If you’re not originally from the city you currently reside, what is the best thing about your hometown? One of my favorite reggae bands, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, originated in Rochester.

What’s one thing that tourists do that you wish they didn’t? I wish they didn’t feel the need to do “touristy” things. Find your own spots to explore and enjoy. That’s what makes traveling fun.

Best places to eat? This is a tough one. Cleveland is known as a “foodie” city so we have awesome spots all over. Some of my favorites are Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th St. and Great Lakes Brewery on Market Ave.

Where all have you traveled? A few states here and there. I’ve lived in London. Over there I traveled to Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. I just recently got back from West Virginia, which was absolutely beautiful.

What is your favorite place that you have traveled? Another tough one. I’d have to go with Switzerland.

List five places you want to travel to: Germany, South Africa, Australia, Colorado and The Pacific Northwest

Insert one of your favorite photos you’ve taken on your travels: Photo taken in Interlaken, Switzerland)

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Emma is an undergrad at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is studying English and hopes to hike around in Alaska, similar to Christopher McCandless, whose real life adventures are documented in Emma’s favorite novel “Into the Wild.” 

The Sunday Tradition: Brunch St. Louis Style

Because my brother and his girlfriend are coming into town fairly soon, I’ve been doing some research on places to eat for breakfast/brunch. And by research, I mean I’ve been eating out a lot, expanding the waistband on my jeans, and discovering new places I have never been before. Below is a very small list of the brunch places that I have really enjoyed trying lately.

Rooster

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Classic, traditional, and oh-so-delicious. Owner Dave Bailey seems to always do it right with his extremely popular creperie, Rooster. Now with a second location on South Grand, Rooster has more drinks (including a wide array of Bloody Marys), more room (including a brand new patio) and even more meals added to the menu. While there is no better way to start your day (or afternoon) with their savory crepes, make sure not to miss out on their Rooster Slinger paired with the Sunburnt White Russian (dark rum, organic cold brewed coffee and coconut milk). Open daily from 8am-3pm. roosterstl.com

Brasserie by Niche

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Thanks to owner Gerard Craft’s love of French-style brasseries, St. Louisans can now experience traditional French cooking without leaving their hometown. With wonderful, classic dishes featuring fresh ingredients, Brasserie is a “must-eat” for brunch. Wonderful quiche with roasted chicken and spinach or the famous brioche French toast with lemon curd, there is no way you can go wrong at Brasserie. Also, make sure to venture outside of that mimosa or bloody mary you typically go for and try a Corpse Reviver. Made with gin, lillet blanc, cointreau, and lemon juice, it is definitely the cure for any hangover you may have. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm. www.brasseriebyniche.com

The Scottish Arms

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While this may be a little outside of the classic brunch menu, The Scottish Arms should be added to your list of places to brunch. If the word haggis is making you run in the other direction, hold tight as there is no sheep stomach on the brunch menu (although, I’m sure they could make you some if you asked). Known for their Biscuit Breakfast made with the owner’s family gravy recipe that dates over 100 years and their sausage-wrapped Scotch egg that will cure any hangover, The Scottish Arms should be considered a new tradition for you on Sunday mornings. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. www.thescottisharms.com

Half & Half

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While you might have to wait in line for awhile, brunch at Half & Half cannot be missed. The menu features many traditional brunch items, including delicious blueberry pancakes to the traditional-with-a-twist dishes, including pumpkin pancakes served with cinnamon honey butter and crème anglaise. Half & Half serves a variety of classic brunch cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys, but it is the coffee that you must try. There are many varieties thanks to Blueprint Coffee and you have the option to choose from espresso, pour-over, the standard drip coffee or cold brew. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 8am-2pm. http://halfandhalfstl.com