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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!