A Letter to Myself: A Day in the life of Nicole

A Letter to Myself: A Day in the life of Nicole

Originally written in my notebook on February 13, 2018

A day in the life of Nicole:

What will it take for you to be happy Nicole? I wish I knew the answer. I know a lot of things but it seems the thing I know the least sometimes is myself.

Why do I need a companion to feel happy? I know I am a whole person alone. But is it so bad to want someone who could be there for me unconditionally? Maybe not bad, but perhaps slightly unrealistic. People seem to not have that type of loyalty these days.

Maybe you will find this person, but even if you don’t, that doesn’t mean your life has to be put on hold until you do. Your an amazing woman who gives all you can to everyone you cross paths with. You cannot expect the world to be as bold, pure and noble as you are. Most people do not get the perfect partner or family and that’s ok.

The one person you can without a doubt always count on is you.

Be proud.

This is not the first time you felt this way and it probably won’t be the last.

Embrace the crazy, mixed up emotions that is life.

Bay House – Staten Island, NY – Asian and Vegetarian Cuisine – Yes, I know, it is on Staten Island (Now Closed) – Location now San Rasa

Bay House – Staten Island, NY – Asian and Vegetarian Cuisine – Yes, I know, it is on Staten Island (Now Closed) – Location now San Rasa

Bay House is an Asian restaurant on Bay Street of Staten Island, that is gravely unacknowledged. It is a small, hole in the wall type of place that is great to relax with a friend, your family, perhaps even a group of people. It has all of the things I love about Asian cuisine: bento boxes, bubble tea, you name it.

Before going to Bay House, I had never been there before. So as a past vegetarian (not anymore, but I still like anything soy) I was excited to try their Mock Soy Chicken and Broccoli, in a bento box! Plus, I got Mango flavored Bubble tea.

As someone who went to a popular vegetarian college at one point (shout out to Bardians!) I have had my fair share of soy imitations of meat. The Mock Soy Chicken and Broccoli Bento Box came with rice (I chose brown) salted edamame (ah-ma-zing!) and salad. The soy chicken did not leave me craving real chicken. It was flavorful and moist just like the real thing. So real in fact, my boyfriend had a fun time fooling his mom into thinking it was real chicken and broccoli before revealing the truth with my left over portion. The cup of Mango Bubble Tea was the cherry on top of a perfect meal: Tasty and Fulfilling.

mock soy chiken and broccoli w edamame

If you’ve never had anything to do on Staten Island before, come to Bay House (it’s right by the ferry). They have Asian food that will satisfy every type of person and every taste-bud, not just vegetarians 😛
**update: March 28, 2017.
Unfortunately this establishment has been closed and another establishment is in current ownership of the same address. I stand by my initial review of this great place to eat. Sad that it is not around anymore. More reason to support small, local businesses!
N. Oliva

Xoxo.