Fall On Long Island

Fall On Long Island

It has been a weird fall season in New York this year, the weather has been 80 degrees Fahrenheit one day and 40 degrees Fahrenheit the next, making it hard to plan fall festivities accordingly. That hasn’t stopped my son and I from enjoying some of New York’s treasured fall activities.

We started our October by visiting Hank’s Pumpkin Town in Watermill Long Island.  This location has the best apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts that you’ll ever eat.  Also on weekends they have a huge assortment of freshly baked pies and breads. Let’s not forget my absolute favorite fall staple, roasted corn, dipped in melted butter, with seasoned salt. Just thinking of their delicious corn makes my mouth water! Besides the food, Hank’s Pumpkin Town has a lot to offer.  Hank’s offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, a train ride, 2 corn mazes, and many activities for the kids.  You can easily spend hours at Hank’s Pumpkin Town without getting bored, the larger corn maze by it’s self is given an hour walk through time

The next place we visited was Harbe’s Vineyard (Harbe’s Family Farm). This location has a vineyard, along with activities for kids, snack shacks, live music, pumpkin picking, and a corn maze. Harbe’s Farm has multiple locations but the Harbe’s Vineyard (Family Farm) location has so much to do for the children. This was my first time visiting Harbe’s and I enjoyed it very much. The roasted corn is not as good as the corn from Hank’s but it is enjoyable.  The activities they had for the children at this location were plentisome; my son easily spent 4 hours just in the activity center. I recommend that families with children, and even couples without children should make a stop at Harbe’s during the fall season on Long Island.

There is so much to do and see on Long Island all year long, but ask any Long Islander what they’re favorite season is and a vast majority of them will answer with fall, for all the fall activities this island has to offer. Along with pumpkin patches, apple picking, corn mazes, vineyards, roasted corn, and apple cider, Long Island also has a lot of Haunted Houses to visit. During the day the Haunted Houses are kid friendly, and at night they turn up the horror for the adults. Everyone should think about making Long Island their fall destination.

Until Our Next Adventure,

Ela

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Food Truck Crawl Pt 2. (NYC)

Food Truck Crawl Pt 2. (NYC)

Hey guys so today Gustaf and I completed our “Food Truck Crawl”, we only added one more Food Truck because we only had 3 hours in the city today.  For those of you who didn’t yet get to read the first entry, on day one we stopped at 3 different food trucks around Manhattan, read about it on the post Exploring NYC In A New Way .

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So today the Food Truck we made it to is actually a Food Cart, its called Calexico (located at the corner of Prince St and Wooster St).  This started as a food cart but became so popular that they have since opened several restaurants.  When walking up to the cart we were immediately surprised by the crowd of people that were willing to wait at this cart for food, so we joined them. (In the picture above you can see half of the crowd in the background, see those people all the way in the back? The other half were behind me).  The gentleman took our order on an iPad then gave us our number.  We were number 8, and they were on order 78, but they moved it along fast.

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I ordered the Gringo Ground Beef Burrito (rice, beans, cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream).  The burrito was HUGE and cost me $10.  I was only able to finish half of the burrito.  Gustaf ordered two tacos, the one on the left side is a Chipotle Pork Taco (slow cooked pork in chipotle sauce, pickled red onions, pico de gallo, and sour cream); the one on the right is the Carne Asada Taco (grilled marinated hanger steak, with pico de gallo, and avocado sauce).  My son also got some food from this cart, Elijah got the Quesadilla Roll Up; this is basically a quesadilla but rolled up like a burrito then flatted, on the side they give you their famous “crack” sauce, which is oh so yummy.

If you’re hungry, and in SoHo I definitely recommend checking this cart out.  After lunch we were all full and I decided to take Gustaf to one last place where he could get an amazing view of Manhattan before heading back home to Sweden.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park has my favorite views of Manhattan.  Also right up the block from the park they have some of the best food places, and according to pedestrians the BEST pizza shop.

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After taking a stroll through the beautiful park it was time to leave the city behind and pack up, but not before grabbing some ice cream.

 

Until Next Time,

-Ela

Exploring NYC In A New Way

Exploring NYC In A New Way

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So Gustaf is back in the United States, for those of you who have been following my blog (or know me personally), you know Gustaf, for those of you just joining in, you can learn about who Gustaf is on the blog post “It’s a Graduation Celebration in Sweden “.  Well, now to the point.  Gustaf has been to New York already, he’s seen the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, and the 9/11 Memorial.  So how do we still be tourist in a city that we’ve seen so much of already!?  We love food, we love supporting small business, so our easy answer was “Let’s do a food truck crawl”.  You’ve heard of Bar Crawls right? This is the same concept except with food trucks.

We didn’t hit as many food trucks as we thought we would, after 3 we were stuffed, so we did three this trip and we will be coming back on Tuesday (September 13th) to hit up a couple more.  I did my research and looked up the popular food trucks in Manhattan, and found Uncle Gussy’s, Rafiqis, and Wafels and Dinges (There was more on the list I found but I’ll update this Tuesday when we visit the rest).

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Our first Stop was Rafiqi’s (This was on Park Ave and 52nd street).  This is basically a high rated Halal food place.  They have you order in Steps.  Step 1: you choose your type of meat, you can choose from grilled chicken, lamb gyro, philly cheese steak, or falafel (vegetarian). Step 2: Choose if you want it over rice or on a pita.  Step 3: choose your toppings (choices are lettuce, pickles, grilled onions, corn, cheese, tomato, black beans, red onions, olives, and garbanzo beans). Step 4: you choose your sauce (white sauce, jalapeño sauce, hot sauce, BBQ, and ketchup).

From Rafiqi’s I ordered the lamb over rice, I order lamb over rice a lot from basic halal food stands often.  The lamb from Rafiqi’s was cut larger and it was more crunchy, the only down side was I felt like I got less food for more money (less rice and meat, with more lettuce).  Gustaf ordered the grilled chicken on pita with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, red onions, and jalapeño sauce. He said the pita was very good, but he barely tasted the jalapeño sauce and it wasn’t as spicy as he hoped for.

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Stop number two was Uncle Gussy’s (this truck was located at Park Ave and 51st Street).  This is a Greek Food Truck.  They have their own customized boxes also which they put your food in, it almost feels a bit fancy for a food truck.  Above is a picture of their menu, and it is all so yummy.

I was a bit full from my visit to the previous food truck so I got a order of “Greek Fries” with a side of Tzatziki sauce.  These fries were so yummy, they were perfectly seasoned, crunchy, and topped with feta cheese.  So much flavor I never knew fries could have.  Gustaf ordered the Pork Souvlaki over fries (with Tzatziki sauce and hot sauce) and a side of salad.  He said the pork was seasoned to perfection and I know he really enjoyed his meal because he raved about it for the rest of the day, haha.

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Our 3rd and final stop for this run was to grab some desert.  This truck is called Wafels and Dinges (they have multiple trucks throughout the city but we went to the one at the end of 5th Avenue by Central Park).  I thought I’d have to go all the way back to Brussels to fulfill my craving for a fresh waffle with amazing toppings, but this truck was everything I hoped for.  There are so many different combinations, and they even offer “build your own waffle”. I could live off of this truck.

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Gustaf and I both got basically the same thing at this truck.  I ordered a waffle with strawberry, banana, whip cream, and nutella (he got the same thing but without banana). After we ate here we were full for the rest of the day but it was so worth it, haha.   All I can say about this truck is, delicious.  We got our waffles and sat on a bench in Central Park to enjoy.

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After our food truck run we went to Grand Central Station, and I showed him the “whispering wall”, if people don’t know about the whispering wall you’ll look like a crazy person, but it amazes me every time.  After Grand Central, we went to the beer bar right down the block and grabbed some beers.  Nothing fancy, but yet the beer was overpriced haha.  After that we walked to Times Square to wait for our play to begin.  We went to go see Aladdin and the New Amsterdam theater.  Aladdin on Broadway was so good, if you haven’t seen it and you’re in New York, go see it, you won’t be disappointed.

Next Tuesday we will visit some more Food Trucks and I’ll add them to this entry so stay tuned!! If you have any good suggestions for unique food trucks leave the suggestions below in the comments section!

EDITED TO ADD TUESDAYS ADVENTURE: Food Truck Crawl Pt 2. (NYC)

Until Next Time,

Ela