After dinner in Manhatten I took the train to Long Island and though I’m generally very comfortable navigating around NYC, the construction at the train station threw me off and I ended up on an express train to Long Island! My friend had to rescue me and thankfully I was only three stops from where I was supposed to get off. Oops!
That evening we went for a night out in Brooklyn, where my love for NYC truly lies.
“The Night Awaits” – Long Island, NYC
“Spread The Love” – Brooklyn, NYC
The next few days I spent exploring Long Island, and while very suburban I still found had plenty of character. A big, sprawling burrow with big box stores and shopping malls, the quiet neighbourhoods were lined with beautiful, charming houses – not the mansion like monstrosities that have taken over my hometown city but unique, sometimes fancy, sometimes cozy homes. We took my friend’s kid to a small, local fair that had clothes, jewelry, craft and food stands and even a small animal farm. While my friend took her kid for a ride on a mini pony, I poked my nose around the food stalls to see what looked interesting to eat.
“Time for a Ride?” – Long Island, NYC
I tried a cod fritter for the first time and ohmygod it was yummy! The batter was crispy and bit spicy and the cod inside was sweet and juicy – ohhh yeah I could have had seconds, thirds – a whole handful for sure! But – I wanted to see what else l could sample.
Cod Fritter – Long Island, NYC
I also ate coco bread for the first time. Another ohmygod moment – how have I never had coco bread?! This sweet and fluffy bun complimented the spicy jerk chicken perfectly. I need more coco bread in my life, period.
Jerk Chicken & Coco Bread – Long Island, NYC
On my last day in NYC my friend took me down to Baldwin Bay, which reminded me of a quieter South Street Seaport. We spend the afternoon strolling along the waterfront on this beautiful but chilly spring day.
Baldwin Bay – Long Island, NYC
Finally, no trip to NYC is complete until we have our Swiss Chalet dinner. Back when we were students my friend and I would always order the infamous Canadian go-to comfort food – rotisserie chicken from Swiss Chalet. So, whenever I visit her I stock up on packets of instant Chalet sauce and chicken marinade that can only be found in Canada – a nice little reminder of home.
A Homemade Swiss Chalet Dinner – Long Island, NYC
I’m always so sad when I say goodbye to my friend. I love how easily we reconnect after all these years but it’s still hard to leave, especially after such an awesome trip. Until next time NYC!