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Look at that beauty on the corner table. 🌿 There are a few things that make me love simple, “ordinary” life: family, friends, sunshine, coffee, and - yes - houseplants. These are my warm reminders of being home. What are yours? ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #home #pilea #moneyplant #plant #green #houseplant #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #jerseycitylife #nofilter #noedit #missmartysays #happy #weekend


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Coffee and Chocolate Babka for the win! It’s disgustingly humid outside but I went for a sunshiny walk anyway and here’s my reward.😁 Whatcha up to today? ••••••• Choc O Pain Palisade Av, The Heights, JC, #NJ ••••••• 📸@missmartysays #instafood #chocopain #french #bakery #chocolate #babka #bread #dough #pastries #local #theheights #jcheights #neighborhood #restaurant #food #jceats #wheretoeatjc #sundayvibes #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylife #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #jcmakeityours #cityguide #missmartysays


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It’s a(nother) beautiful day in the neighborhood! This week’s weather has been fantastic. Have a great weekend, all! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #riverview #jerseycity #jcmakeityours #nj #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #jerseycitylife #skyline #cityscape #newyorkcity #nyc #greensandblues #clouds #neighborhood #views #nofilter #noedit #iphone6 #missmartysays #tgif


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Flashback Friday to my time in... PUERTO GALERA, PHILIPPINES. This was taken in the Mangyan Village in Mindoro and this woman is one of the villagers hand-weaving a basket. Visiting this place was one of the highlights of my trip — again, wish I was back there now. The Mangyans make a conscious effort to retain their culture’s hand-weaving skills and traditions. The material is naturally sourced from neighboring mountains/fields and the weaving techniques are passed down through generations, taught to children from a very young age. I love this! I think it’s so important to, however much we adopt modern know-how, remember the arts and skills tying us to the past. And, these villagers know their stuff. Beautiful products are showcased in one of the open huts and also sold on the property. If you are in the area, i hope you pay them a visit - such nice and knowledgeable people. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #tbt #puertogalera #mindoro #tradition #craft #weaving #handcrafted #basket #nature #view #views #philippines #beauty #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #iphone #noedit #nofilter


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GRAND CAYMAN. While on vacation, we saw a lot of chicks and co- ...We saw a lot of hens and roosters.😂😜 They are all over the place here, roaming freely, even perching over guests’ shoulders during breakfast and cockadoodledoo-ing to their hearts’ content 😆. No alarm clocks needed here! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #islandlife #caribbean #chicken #wheretoeat #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. We literally drove all around the island in hope of finding good fish fry. In past travel, we’ve found the best local food are often made in the most not-fancy, no-nonsense, shack-looking restaurants.😁 So, when hunger struck, this one looked like a viable candidate. We turned from the road into their dusty lot, hopped off the car, and placed our orders. We waited almost 30 minutes for the food and it was... uh... *not* worth the wait.🤦🏻‍♀️. Ugh. (Sorry, Capt Herman — the fish was dry and the taste too vinegar-y.) Then, we later were told by a local — a bit late, unfortunately! — that many places on Grand Cayman don’t have access to truly fresh fish. Mainly those markets/restaurants that are situated right on the docks. If you’re going, couple places recommended to us were: Calypso Grill ( @calypsogrillcayman ) and Cracked Conch. Have you been to either one? ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #crackedconchcayman #calypsogrillcayman #caribbean #food #fishfry #wheretoeat #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. This island is fantastic. Apart from the obvious — great beaches, good weather, etc — traffic, airport, supermarkets are so organized and neat. And the people! They are friendly, helpful, respectful. I’m so glad we came. 🤑 FYI, if you’re planning to go: the FX rate is $1.25 USD for every $1 Cayman Island dollar and cost of living seems high enough here to begin with. So, estimate about $100USD per person per day on average for regular meals. If you want to have a couple drinks each or have, say, a fancier dinner, I’d add about another $50 USD per head per meal. So, definitely budget a bit more than your normal Downtown Jersey City food.😁 That being said, there is a very good likelihood that Grand Cayman might nudge Turks & Caicos off of its #1 spot as my favorite Caribbean vacation destination. But, hey, I don’t know. Guess I’ll have to revisit both just to be sure...?😉 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #sunset #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. First time trying... crocodile meat. I can’t really say I’m daring when it comes to food but these fritters were made of a conch-and-crocodile mix. And, I normally don’t say “no” to conch, sooo... lemme try that croc meat, then.🤪 (I finished all four fritters, btw, if you’re wondering how this went. I thought the fritters were very good. Thanks, @cayman.tukka 👍) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #tgif #grandcayman #caymanislands #conch #crocodile #fritters #caribbean #food #wheretoeat #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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GRAND CAYMAN. Another beach! This one is on the eastern side of the island (Seven Mile Beach is on the West coast, Smith Barcadere is on the Southwest side, Coe Wood is on the South, in case you’re trying to place my previous posts, haha). It’s not as nice and neat as the others and I didn’t go in — the water doesn’t seem to be as crystal clear and there may be a lot of sea grass — but it’s supposed to have great snorkeling. Other than that, we again found this beach to be clean and quiet with two cabanas, restrooms, and outdoor showers for public use. We had to drive off; otherwise, this would’ve been a good place to just relax, picnic, and/or read a book. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #sunset #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. I’d love you show you a photo of Coe Wood Beach but this tree wouldn’t let me!🤦🏻‍♀️😁 This public beach — like most of the beaches here, it looks like — is clean and quiet. I also saw about 3-4 cabanas for use and, yes, there’s parking. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #palmtrees #coconuttrees #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND CAYMAN. The heat and humidity can be pretty brutal here but I’m finding that one of the cool things about this island is that there‘s access to the water all over the place! There are several public beaches with clean restroom/outdoor showers spread out along the coast plus “Public Beach Access” walking paths from the road every few houses. This one is Smith Barcadere Beach. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandcayman #caymanislands #caribbean #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #sunset #view #views #summer #vacation #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC(?)... . Peekaboo, Sun. I see you... Last sunset of the cruise. Of course, I know I can catch the sunset pretty much everywhere but the ones I’ve seen at sea have to be some of the most spectacular ones I’ll ever witness. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #horizon #clouds #sunset #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC(?)... 🎵The loooooove boaaaaat...🎶 . Actually, no, this was more like the kids-running-around-and-screaming-like-mad-men kind of boat 🤦🏻‍♀️ . But, at night: ahhhh, peace.👍 ••••••••••• Come along! 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #horizon #clouds #sunset #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC(?)... Sometimes Mother Nature likes to show off. When she does I say just enjoy it. (Capturing it is a bonus but don’t even think about using a filter!😉) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #horizon #clouds #sunset #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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Well, of course, what’s my feed without another food photo?! SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC (?)... Had I known sooner that there was a fish fry place within walking distance of Pillary Beach in Grand Turk, I would’ve bought bags of it in a heartbeat. But, alas, we found out too late. Instead, to get my fix, I ended up with this Fried Seafood Platter from the Seafood Shack on the ship (try saying that 5x fast). It was, as expected, not as satisfying. The lesson? Ask locals the important questions first: Where is the nearest place to get good food from? ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #resort #fishfry #calamari #seafoodtime #seafoodplatter #wheretoeat #food #caribbean #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SOMEWHERE ON THE ATLANTIC.(?) I’d never seen the ocean this glassy-sm👀th before. And those blues... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #caribbean #sailing #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #calm #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #saveourseas


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GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS. The Turks and Caicos islands are home to my fave Caribbean beaches (at least as of today, haha). But the ones flanking the Grand Turk port were ridiculously crowded — umbrellas-touching-each-other kind of crowded — so we escaped via taxi to this one, Pillary Beach. Much better.🏖 Because it’s at a private resort, it’s quiet and there were probably less than 50 souls on that beach. Just the way I like it.😉 (Taxi costs $8 per person each way and the resort charged $10 per beach chair.) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #resort #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS. I asked our driver if people do daytrips from island to island and turns out they can and do! If I recall correctly, a ferry runs from North Caicos to Middle Caicos (approx 20mins) to South Caicos (roughly 45mins) and then it sails back. And, if you need to get from Providenciales to here, Grand Turk (the capital), you can take a 20-min plane ride for about $150, round-trip. So, next time I’m in T&C with extra days and dollars to spare, I can actually visit the other islands in one day.🤗 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #port #ship #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS. Horses and donkeys roam freely all over Grand Turk. We were told people don’t necessarily own them - they’re just there! Then, those I saw that do live with people were just “parked” out in their home’s... driveway.😆 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #grandturk #turksandcaicos #streets #horses #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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ST THOMAS, USVI. Here’s a view of the ocean, the ship, the cruise port, and the shopping plaza from the Paradise Point Skyride. It’s located across the street from the port/plaza. The ride, itself, is quick — just about 10 mins roundtrip. And, as long as you keep your Skyride pass sticker on, you are allowed to get off at the top where a restaurant is perched overlooking the port and re-board to ride back down. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #stthomas #usvi #usvirginislands #skyride #cablecar #birdseyeview #view #views #sea #ocean #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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ST THOMAS, USVI. Water is what I came here for! This is Magen Beach - lots of people there but it, thankfully, did not get as crowded as, say, the Jersey shore. We left shortly before lunchtime, just as more people were arriving. Some ℹ️nfo for new visitors like me: there were about 5 or so outdoor showers and about the same number of restroom stalls and changing stalls (at least for women). And, iguanas — that seemed indifferent to us — roamed the beach area. Just FYI, in case you care about these things. 😉 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #stthomas #usvi #usvirginislands #streets #beach #sand #sun #swim #ocean #sea #caribbean #view #views #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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Before I continue posting travel pics, I just want to say: these merengues are so good, they’re dangerous! That is all. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #merengue #sugar #candy #sweets #sanjuan #puertorico #caribbean #sweet #treats #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #food #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #vacation #live


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. San Juan streets pic #4 (see last posts). What else can I say? I’ve been charmed and now I’ll have to go back... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streets #streetsofsanjuan #alley #colors #architecture #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #charmed #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. San Juan streets pic #3 (see last post). First-timer’s observation: The port area is clean and folks are friendly. And, even though the bars/restaurants were lively and music was constantly playing, people weren’t rowdy. Great for a pleasant walk. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streets #streetsofsanjuan #alley #colors #architecture #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. San Juan streets pic #2 (see last post). If you remember from a previous post, the national parks were closed the day we were at port in Puerto Rico. So, the best we could do with the limited time we had was just stroll around the immediate area. We ended up hanging out at two restaurants. The food and drinks there were fantastic but wish had more time to explore. I’ll likely come back — are there any places you recommend for staying/eating/drinking/checking out?🗺 Please feel free to comment/msg helpful suggestions! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streets #streetsofsanjuan #alley #colors #architecture #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. I’m a sucker for colorful buildings and cobblestone streets! And San Juan had plenty! And now I’m sharing photos of them! Here’s pic #1!🤗 (And I just had coffee.💃🏻💥😁) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #streetsofsanjuan #summer #vacation #cruise #travels #caribbean #view #views #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #tour #carnivalcruise #iphone #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore


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I am a firm believer that Mr YC makes the best skirt steaks 😉 but this one came wayyy close. Delish. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #instafood #skirtsteak #steak #fries #dinner #food #elasador #sanjuan #puertorico #restaurant #wheretoeat #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #nofilter #iphone6 #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #vacation #live


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. Because of the events that were (still are) happening in Puerto Rico, we weren’t sure we were going to be allowed into town. We were given the “Go” later in the afternoon and then told that the national parks were closed, too. A bit of a bummer but glad that we had enough time to at least walk around the port area, escape the heat and humidity and have a nice little chat with the bartender and a few fellow tourists at this little gem of a place: El Asador. PS: If the bartender recommends that you try their seafood-yuca mofongo and their skirt steak, please do yourself a favor and listen to the man.😉 So good. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sanjuan #puertorico #bar #restaurant #wheretoeat #mofongo #steak #summer #vacation #cruise #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #carnivalcruise #iphone


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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO. Me, unsuccessfully trying to blend into local architecture...😆 ••••••••••• 📸: @coff33g4l #sanjuan #puertorico #cobblestone #summer #vacation #cruise #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #carnivalcruise #iphone


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When you can’t decide between lobster or prime rib, your @carnival server can/will give you both! (And I didn’t even have to ask haha)... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #instafood #primerib #steak #lobster #shrimp #risotto #carnival #cruise #dinner #ship #sea #food #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2caribbean #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #nofilter #noedit #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #vacation #live


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I received this complimentary set of AHC skincare products in the mail for feedback a few weeks back. It’s now been approx 3 weeks of using it — and I like it! (Very much.) I‘m very particular with skincare because I pretty much always keep my face bare/makeup-free. Plus, I was not familiar with this line and I confess I was a teeny bit skeptical as to how these (or any, really, haha) products can compare to some that I was using. But, AHC delivered! I was impressed.🤩 Anyway, I just posted reviews on their site and will try to also create a separate one here with visuals (then, maybe get some public-speaking practice with it, too — maybe!). Before I even attempt that, I wanted to get input on what components of a skincare-product review do people find useful (fragrance? Texture? Results?). If you were reading/watching a review on a facial cleanser (or toner, etc), what about it would you want to know? Helpful input welcome - please write them in comment below, thanks! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #influenster #ahc #voxbox #free #beauty #skincare #product #review #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #thankyou #thanks


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🎶I can’t get enough of you, baby... It seems I’m a Choc O Pain addict this week 😆 Even though it’s a scorcher out there, I won’t say No to their warm quiche... oh, and iced coffee (because it IS H🥵T, after all) 🍽 Stay cool, everybody. ••••••• 📸@missmartysays #instafood #chocopain #bakery #quiche #bread #french #pastries #local #theheights #jcheights #neighborhood #restaurant #food #jceats #wheretoeatjc #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylife #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #jcmakeityours #cityguide #missmartysays


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Good morning. It’s extra hot/humid out there 🥵 - drink lots of water!😁 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #riverview #jerseycity #jcmakeityours #nj #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #jerseycitylife #skyline #cityscape #newyorkcity #nyc #neighborhood #views #nofilter #iphone6 #missmartysays #itshumpday


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. JERSEY CITY. I could so use one of these right now! Really. It’s HOT out here. I can’t remember the name of this tropical beauty or what’s in it, I just remember that the bartender at @huddlebolton didn’t skimp on the alcohol, haha.😉🍹 ••••••••••• The Huddle Kitchen & Bar Bolton Landing, NY ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #cocktails #adirondacks #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #newyork #ny #iloveny #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #explore #iphone #noedit #nofilter


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OK my presentation skills need work 😆 but, man, oh man this pork is incredible 🤤 Thanks, @primalbutcher ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #dinner #pork #meat #meateater #lowcarb #monday #homemade #homecooking #hungry #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #iknowwhatimeating


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. PUERTO GALERA, PHILIPPINES. This is Tamaraw Falls, one of the many highlights of visiting Mindoro. This photo doesn’t do it justice, really. Wishing I was back there. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #tbt #puertogalera #mindoro #waterfall #swim #sun #sand #beach #nature #view #views #philippines #beauty #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #iphone


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. UPSTATE NEW YORK. Auriesville, The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Fultonville, NY.🙏 Such a beautiful, serene place. Apart from its religious and historical significance, this is worth a visit when in dire need of an afternoon of soul-searching walks, quiet inspiration, and mental clarity.😊 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #weekend #roadtrip #drive #nature #view #views #quiet #inspiration #serenity #jerseycitylocal #travels #auriesville #newyork #ny #iloveny #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #iphone #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #travel #explore


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Do you think I got a bit heavy-handed with the white chocolate? Yeah, don’t think so, either... 😉 ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #oreo #oreos #whitechocolate #chocolate #cookie #sweets #treat #desserts #homemade #homecooking #athome #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #noedit #nofilter #instafood #missmartysays #iknowwhatimeating


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. ADIRONDACKS, NY/JERSEY CITY, NJ. Riding into the sunset as we wrap up our 4th of July weekend. I don’t have many photos from this trip, I was soaking in the experience as much as possible and having a great time. Visited a few favorites upstate: Lake George and her neighbors Warrensburg, Bolton Landing and Saratoga Springs; plus, ventured out to the ever-serene Auriesville. These are definitely places I recommend if you’re looking for day- or overnight trip ideas (about 3-5 hour drives) from Jersey City. And, if you’re planning to spend a few days in the region, I suggest making Lake George or Bolton your “base” and then devoting a day each to exploring one nearby town. Some ideas... Saratoga Springs has large, beautiful historic parks, the famous horse races (Saratoga Race Track Opening Day is this Thursday, the 11th), and gorgeous homes lining Broadway towards Skidmore College. You can park your car along Bolton Landing’s main strip and stroll along the row of restaurants there then park outside the historic Sagamore and stroll around the hotel grounds. Or, rent a kayak, SUP, or boat and take to the water. Cruise around quiet Warrensburg and then check out Gore Mtn. Plus, you can explore further and visit the beautiful Lake Placid or Burlington, Vermont, both of which are pleasant, breezy drives (and an auto-ferry ride, in VT’s case) along country roads. Be warned — cell phone signal is spotty (and at times entirely non-existent) around all these places but just look up, enjoy the views, fresh air, and experiences and you likely will forget about your phone. . Hope this helps and that everyone’s had a safe, happy 4th of July weekend💥✨🇺🇸 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sunset #nature #view #views #4thofjuly #beauty #jerseycitylocal #travels #adirondacks #lakegeorge #warrensburg #saratogasprings #boltonlanding #auriesville #ny #newyork #iloveny #nj #jerseycity #missmartysays #travel #explore #iphone


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. ADIRONDACKS, NEW YORK. Here comes the sun, doot-doo-doo...🎵 Hope you’re all having a great weekend! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #sunrise #sunset #trees #wind #sun #roadtrip #drive #nature #view #views #4thofjuly #adirondacks #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #newyork #ny #iloveny #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #explore #iphone


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. JERSEY CITY, NJ. I would’ve posted a photo of the pizza, itself, but I devoured it soon as I got home. Welcome again to #JC, @breadandsaltbakery — I shall return 😊 🍽 I was told they have a rotating menu, for now, and will be offering more items over time. The pizza was good (esp the dough and sauce: 👍👍, I had Salami and Margherita)! Excited for the pastries. 🥖🍞 ••••••• Bread & Salt Palisade Av, The Heights, JC, #NJ ••••••• 📸@missmartysays #instafood #breadandsalt #breadandsaltbakery #pizza #bread #dough #pastries #local #theheights #jcheights #neighborhood #restaurant #food #jceats #wheretoeatjc #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylife #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #jcmakeityours #cityguide #missmartysays


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. HOME. Sometimes, a woman must take matters into her own hands and make the chocolate-covered Oreo she’s been wanting herself. It may not look as pretty as the stores’ but it tastes just as daaaamn satisfying. 😏 Mission accomplished. Want some? Haha😋 ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #oreo #oreos #chocolate #cookie #sweets #desserts #homemade #homecooking #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #missmartysays #iknowwhatimeating


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. JERSEY CITY, NJ. I’ve always had a soft spot for environmental stuff. Yup, I was one of those “geeks” signing up for ecology clubs and picking up recyclables from classrooms back in school decades ago... Today, the Jersey City ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect 👏 so let’s get those reusable totes out! Rah, rah! 🙌😁 Yes, it could be an inconvenience in the beginning and it will take some getting used to but, hey, this will help clean up this place. . While we’re at it, perhaps also consider switching from plastic straws to earth-friendly alternatives like stainless steel or bamboo versions like this one that I’m using. I got this via @ecowarriorph (I’m not affiliated, they were very helpful when I ordered). DM me for info or if you also have environment-friendly product recommendations. I’m no eco-saint but always looking to improve my own personal environmental/social footprint and happy to share good info you may have. Thanks. 👍 (Next, what to do about these to-go plastic cups... 🤔) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #fyi #plasticban #noplastic #plasticfree #nature #earth #planet #preservation #environment #earthfriendly #ecofriendly #philippines #bamboo #jerseycitylocal #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #saveourseas #savetheplanet #preserve


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. JERSEY CITY, NJ. Mmmmm... Chocolate-covered Oreos. Desperate for a couple of these right now... Where can I get these in JC/Hoboken? ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #chocolate #oreo #oreos #pasalubong #missmartysays #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #hoboken #sweets #iphone6 #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays


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Another goody from @cafedelites (thank you, you make me look like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen 😉)! ••••••• Recipe🍽: www.cafedelites.com/creamy-tuscan-chicken/ ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #dinner #chicken #creamsauce #lowcarb #monday #homemade #homecooking #hungry #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #iknowwhatimeating


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. HOME. Better than the restaurants’! Thanks @coff33gal for a yummy breakfast 👍🍞🥑🥚🍽☕️ ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #weekend #breakfast #brunch #avocado #toast #eggs #homemade #homecooking #hungry #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #iknowwhatimeating


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Gaaah! All day I have been chatting with people about the Philippines — you’d think I was missing the place, or something... 😉 Good thing it’s already Thursday and I can post a throwback photo whew . PUERTO GALERA, PHILIPPINES. This is one of the beaches in Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental — Virgin Beach (not to be confused with Virgin Island in Bohol, see my previous posts). True to its name, the vibe here is the opposite of the most popular beach in the area, White Beach: this one is quiet, has beautiful rocks jutting out into the water, does not have one single store or restaurant on or near it that I saw (although, I did see cabanas for public use?). Admittedly, I didn’t swim here, we just made a quick photo stop... but now I wish I had. Oh well, add this to the list of re-visits... 😉 PS: I miss the Philippines!😩 ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #tbt #puertogalera #mindoro #beach #ocean #swim #sun #sand #virginbeach #nature #view #views #philippines #beauty #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #iphone #noedit #nofilter


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. HOME. Chicken wings right outta the oven.... yummm.🍽 Been busy around the home and haven’t posted in a few. Hope everyone’s doing well and that you all enjoy the weekend!🙌 ••••••• Recipe from Cookie Rookie (copy-paste or type URL into your browser): www.thecookierookie.com/simple-spiced-baked-chicken-wings/ ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #dinner #chicken #wings #chickenwings #baked #friday #dinner #homemade #homecooking #hungry #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #missmartysays #tgif #iknowwhatimeating


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. HOME. When there are varying tastes and dietary preferences at home, you learn to make quick, single-serve meals. 😁 🍽 Recipe: Creamy Garlic Shrimp from spendwithpennies.com or @cafedelites (thank you, both!). I added spinach and scooped it over pasta. ••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #dinner #spaghetti #garlic #shrimp #parmesan #cheese #pasta #homemade #homecooking #hungry #athome #jerseycity #jerseycitylocal #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #iphone6 #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #iknowwhatimeating


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. HOBOKEN, NJ. Are you outside today? If not and you want some motivation to step out 😁, there are a few events going on today: • Vault Allure on Bowers and Palisade Av in #TheHeights in Jersey City, 6:30PM. @rnajerseycity • More Jazz performance at The Hutton (on Hutton St) also the JC Heights, 1-3PM. @riverviewjazzjc • Farmers market on Garden St in #hoboken • Also tonight - Jersey City Night Market opening at the Journal Square Path Plaza. @jcnightmarket . Enjoy! PS - Thanks to these cuties’ humans who let me take a photo of their dogs! Check out the corgi’s shades 😎. I couldn’t resist. •••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #weekend #events #farmersmarket #jazz #vaultallure #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylife #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #hoboken #wheretogo #walk #neighborhood #local #corgi #Pomeranian #dog #dogs #pets #sun #missmartysays #live #nofilter #iphone


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#tbt with a photo from Puerto Galera in the Philippines. . MINDORO ORIENTAL, PHILIPPINES. What I liked about visiting Puerto Galera was not having to choose between ocean or mountain because — as you can see in the photo — I got to enjoy both in one trip, here. 😊 More Mindoro pics to follow (I just had to do quick edits to them and reduce glare, it was so bright out there)... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #puertogalera #mindoro #horizon #ocean #mountains #nature #view #mountain #views #philippines #beauty #tour #hike #walk #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #iphone


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Spent time with family in this fine weather today - hope you guys are all enjoying this Memorial Day weekend, so far! . JERSEY CITY, NJ. If you’re staying in town and thinking of going for a stroll, at least a couple local parks are hosting events tomorrow: The farmers market at Riverview Park will be open from 10am-3pm. Plus, the 4th annual Fleet Week celebration at Liberty State Park is happening tomorrow from noon to 5pm. Enjoy! •••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #family #events #farmersmarket #fleetweek #jerseycity #jcmakeityours #local #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylife #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #libertystatepark #neighborhood #wheretogo #wheretogojc #weekend #food #cake #missmartysays #familyfirst #live #nofilter #noedit #iphone


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. JERSEY CITY, NJ. Finishing off my pasta dinner at @corto_jc with their Olive Oil Cake and, of course, coffee. It’s my first time here and happy to add them to dining options in Jersey City! ☕️🍰🍽 ••••••• Corto Palisade Av, The Heights, JC, #NJ ••••••• 📸@missmartysays #coffee #oliveoil #cake #dessert #friday #dinner #corto #local #theheights #jcheights #neighborhood #restaurant #food #jceats #wheretoeatjc #jerseycity #nj #jerseycitylife #jerseycitylocal #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #tgif


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES. Aww, look at that KoolAid smile 😆. I’m not big on selfies (which is why I’m so so bad at taking them, haha). But, here, I couldn’t resist — this is where the selfie sticks come out.😁 What a place. And, I was there! Until next time, Ifugao! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #nature #view #rice #mountain #philippines #breakfast #beauty #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #nofilter #noedit #iphone


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES Rice, rice, Baby. I haven’t quite worked out the reason behind my fascination with sacks of grain/produce, yet 😆; but, here you go... another grain store photo.😊 (See previous posts for more Ifugao travel photos.) ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #local #view #mountain #views #food #store #philippines #beauty #walk #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #nofilter #noedit #iphone


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES These are the Batad rice terraces, still in the province of Ifugao. You can only get to this viewpoint by hiking. Hotel ads will tell you it takes approximately 20 minutes but they don’t mention that this estimate is for “strong” hikers, haha. It took us about 40 mins each way (short stops included). The terrain’s pretty challenging. But, again, absolutely worth it. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #batad #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #nature #view #mountain #views #philippines #beauty #tour #hike #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #nofilter #noedit #iphone


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. HOME. First time making bread in months and using a different oven, to boot. Rolls came out a little pale... Hmmm. Me and this oven need to get better acquainted...🍞🥖 •••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #baking #homebaked #homebaking #homecooked #homecooking #fresh #bread #rolls #buns #jerseycitylife #jerseycityliving #jerseylocal #missmartysays #yummy #eeeeeats


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES I don’t know whose home that is but I envy the residents very much for the view they’d wake up to everyday, haha. For more pics, please see previous posts. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #nature #view #mountain #views #rice #philippines #beauty #tour #hike #walk #adventure #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #explore #itsmorefuninphilippines #nofilter #noedit #iphone


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES. Prepare to see lots of green in my feed haha! I couldn’t decide which pics to post so I’ll post them all, muahahahaha.😈. Kidding - just some. Here’s one of them. I took this photo after spending most of the day walking lots and climbing steps touring Banaue... in a tricycle! (Google “tricycle” if you don’t know what it is😊.) But, look at the payoff. If you’re ever in Banaue, look for large white letters spelling out “B A N A U E” (similar to the famous “Hollywood” sign), hike to it, stand behind it, turn around, and - tadaaah - allow your jaw to drop taking in this view. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #nature #view #mountain #views #philippines #beauty #sunset #dusk #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #itsmorefuninphilippines #nofilter #noedit #iphone


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES. This photo sums up pretty much what I’ve been doing since I got back - except, now, I’m looking out onto Jersey City streets instead of some fantastic, lush, rustic scenery. Let’s continue reminiscing and daydreaming, though, shall we? I’ll start late-posting more travel photos over the next few days...😉 (You know - in case you need vacation inspiration or something...) In this one, I am still in Banaue, Ifugao. I have so many pics from that place, so good i must(!) share 😊... ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #nature #view #rice #mountain #philippines #breakfast #views #beauty #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #itsmorefuninphilippines #nofilter #noedit


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES. This is (Lola/Manang) Bugan. Here she is weaving — by hand — textile that is indigenous to Ifugao province, Philippines. . On the day this photo was taken, I wasn’t planning on doing any shopping. But, seeing her work and watching her weave, I couldn’t bring myself to leave that spot without asking if she had any finished product on hand that she’d be willing to part with (it takes about a week or so to weave even just a couple yards of this cloth). . She did. Now, I am a proud owner of authentic, traditionally hand-woven Ifugao fabric. And, it’s become more than just a souvenir: running my fingers over its threads evokes views of rice terraces cascading in front of me, the crunch of dirt under my shoes, the crispness of fresh mountain air, and the image of this woman sitting on the ground with a frame on her lap and folds of red on her knees. One of my favorite travel finds, to date. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #fashion #fabric #textile #mountain #textiles #memories #philippines #beauty #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #noedit #nofilter #missmartysays #grateful #latepost #travel #seetheworld #itsmorefuninphilippines


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. IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES. Breakfast #views in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. This is just a small portion of Ifugao’s Banaue Rice Terraces. Again, something I’d only seen in pictures as a kid and, as an adult, a place I was really drawn towards. And I made it there! Fun nerdy tidbit: I tell people all the time that I work my tail off so I could become a farmer one day. Experiencing this place certainly was a strong reminder. I want a backyard like this. 😊 Fun nerdy tidbit #2: Apparently, this is also Thanos’ ideal retirement destination😆. If you missed it, watch Avengers: Infinity War again and look closely at the final scene, after “the snap”😉(sans CGI, of course). You’re welcome. ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #banaue #riceterraces #ifugao #cordillera #mountains #nature #view #rice #mountain #philippines #breakfast #beauty #avengers #infinitywar #movie #jerseycitylocal #travels #jc2ph #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #itsmorefuninphilippines


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In honor of Earth Day I just want to insert this quick blurb about this reusable utensils-and-straw set that I’ve been carrying throughout my little adventures in the #Philippines . I’m shamelessly (and unsponsored-ly) plugging it because not only has this set been so useful, it’s light and compact, and i have some small pride in claiming that I have prevented a few plastic straws from messing up our oceans. It’s a small change but it’s a change, nonetheless. Going to try bamboo straw version soon! ••••••••••• 📸: @missmartysays #earthday #noplastic #plasticfree #nature #preservation #environment #earthfriendly #ecofriendly #philippines #jerseycitylocal #travels #nj #jerseycity #jerseycityliving #nofilter #noedit #missmartysays #travel #seetheworld #saveourseas #savetheplanet #preserve #itsmorefuninphilippines


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