Steve Aoki | 2016

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead on Netflix is one documentary that should be seen by all of those who think that they should give up on their dream.. because after watching and learning about Steve Aoki’s journey, I knew I couldn’t give up mine.

Back in April 2016, I found out that Steve Aoki would be headlining HyperGlow, a tour that stopped in Danbury, CT. So I contacted his press thinking I would not get approved, but it was worth the try, right?

This night was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

I walked in and when I say I could not pass through, I literally could not. Sold. OUT. Security was dope enough to get me pass the gate. Sweat, fog, body heat, all night.

I’m writing about this now because after watching Aoki’s documentary, I now understand why he is the way he is. I knew he was dedicated, but now it all makes sense. Aoki even left for his SECOND show that same night after finishing off this gig. This man does not sleep!

He uses his personal background as a method of performance. From rocking out, the inflatable boats, champagne poppin’, Dim Mak Cakes. It was truly a beautiful transition to see.

I am so proud and thankful for the opportunity I was given. If you have the chance to see Steve Aoki on tour, please do so. I have never seen such a dedicated man in my entire life. Steve and I have one thing in common - our father was not really a part of our lives. So Aoki, you inspire me.

Grand Bazaar Food Truck Fest

Our crew got there around 11 a.m. - took the subway in style, crazy hungry. Being up since 6-ish a.m. with an empty stomach, you know it was time to grub.

I love cheese and I heard about this truck called Gorilla Cheese NYC. I ordered their #5, which I was told was a top favorite. They had a lunch special with a drink and tots (shown above). Best. Decision. Ever.:

A sharp cheddar, BBQ pulled pork, onions on white bread, tots, and my Ginger Ale - das it! The line was already pretty long considering they just opened 30 minutes ago. I was #26 in line and after I finished my meal, I turned around and the fest was packed. Lines everywhere. 

Pizz went to the Souvlaki GR truck - all types of gyros. The Souvlaki Pita (shown above) had chicken, red onions, tomatoes, tzatziki sauce, and fries - MM.

I obviously couldn’t leave without another pit stop, and being hispanic and all, my next choice was the empanadas. It’s only around 12:30 p.m. and we are standing outside in NYC during this 20 degree weather. Their line was unbelievable. The Empanada Sonata truck was in for business. They sold out of their Banana Boat empanada within the first hour, which I was dying to try. It had classic beef, sweet plantains, and cheese all in one. So instead I got their Classic Beef Empanada with sweet plantains on the side. Can’t go wrong with that. And our boy Charlie got this massive platano sandwich called The Cuban Jibarito - ham, swiss, pickles, cheese, plantains, YOU NAAAAME IT (shown below).

There was plenty more to choose from - Mac & Cheese, French Toast Sandwiches, Arepas, Pizza, Hot Drinks, much more. But you can’t leave the fest without dessert. The Waffle Cabin had delicious waffles, like the ones you get on the ski slope!

For more information on the NYC Food Truck Fest, follow Grand Bazaar NYC.

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