Monday, September 22, 2014

These Little Town Blues, Melted away.... for a weekend

Got up Friday morning and headed off to the Airport.. We get to Charlotte and I get stopped at the security checkpoint... because I had sparkly shit on the ass of my wranglers..
so they swabbed my hands looking for explosives.. which apparently I had on my skin..
so then I got taken into a room with two women.. and they searched my bags.. then said they were going to pat me down.. so I told them I was glad I shaved that morning... they were laughing at me.. because I was full of shit and one liners at this point..
Finally Make it to LaGuardia and find my uncle and gramps waiting for us..
so we get in the car with them.. and make our descent into this trip...
Our first stop was a hot dog stand for a dirty water hot dog, then to this wonderful place called the shake shack.. for one of the best burgers I have ever had...
hands down.. my uncle was explaining that this guy grinds 3 different types of meat together to get this flavor.. and oh my god it was great..
He said it was brisket, chuck and sirloin or some type of steak cut of meat all ground together...
It was phenomenal...


After that.. we headed across town and stopped at a place called Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto..
and had some light appetizer...
we got some prosciutto de palma and italian ribs..

Then we loaded up and headed a few street over for a 4 dollar chocolate chip cookie..
this place was wonderful.. and it was about 1/4lb of cookie fresh out of the oven!! this heavenly place was called levain bakery..

From there.. we be-bopped over to Keste... to have the first taste of italian neapolitan style pizza.... *deep longing sigh*  we had a basic margherita pie..


and Madone! it was good..

then we went to Grom for Gelato.. but gelato that is il gelato come una volta.. and it was awesome..
we all piled back up in the car and headed out to Staten Island to drop our junk off at the house.. and stopped long enough to have a cup of coffee.. and then headed to coney island to visit the original nathan's..... which we all had hot dogs there..

and then hold onto your britches because we headed BACK to china town in manhattan to have late night chinese food and abuse the people.. hahah

My cowboy at 69 Bayard :)

and we made it back over the verrazano about 3:30am... and went to sleep...

Day 2

started off early with Dyker Bagels and a everything bagel...
Then I decided to go check on My Grandmother and Great Grandma... they were both doing well, and their Gravestones were good and the grass was cut.. so I said hi to them.. and we headed to Lombardi's to the Harley Davidson store... then we hit the Verrazano and headed to Brooklyn...

We made it to L&B pizza.... and I could have died a happy woman.. with my sicilian pie and spumoni....
mmmmmmmmmm...

Sicilian slices
me enjoying the hell out of pizza 
Spumoni Love



we then headed to Fiacco's in Brooklyn for a "greaseball" sandwich that my uncle has invented.. and it was amazing.. along with broccoli rabe arancini.. a piece of italian information I forgot about.. but, my uncle surprised me with it :)

We then headed to Rye in williamsburg... to have a drink and walk around and see all the new development..
Southside drink.... very good

After this, we headed over to the Feast in Little Italy...
I needed two things....  Mozzarepas and zepolis..
but, before we got there, we were diverted to some mexican hole in the wall.. where we had an ear of mexican corn... I don't know what all was on it.. but, it was awesome topped with taco seasoning hahah..
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Mozzarepa's cooking

We left the Feast as quick as we could, there was a ass load of people.. and we had places to go.. hahah



So from there, we headed to Blue Smoke to have a Mojito
Mojito

Then we headed back towards the lower east side to drive through St. Marks to watch the freaks and then hit up a new desert place called chickalicious...
it was pretty darn good... we had a sample of a bunch of different stuff.. and headed to Katz's from pastrami and a Knish..

I will admit... I opened the car door and couldn't do it... I was about to pop....  so we went back to Staten Island to had a drink and coffee and digest a hot minute...

Sunday we woke up.. and went to a Pastry place my uncle helped develop the menu... and I can't even begin to explain what we ate.. but, I took a picture of one cream puff thingy I had..

Breakfast

After we had a few espressos and enough pastries to feed a starving african village.. we went to my most missed store... pastosa ravioli, and I got, Raviolis, locatelli cheese, pecorino romano, sharp provolone, a whole hot soppresata and anything else i could fit into my bag...
then went to the bakery for sfogliatelle and sesame seed cookies.

I also went into Royal Crown bakery for seeded semolina bread.... and we were off to the Ferry Terminal.. for old time sakes...
we took the ferry to manhattan and my uncle picked us up and off to the airport we were...
I had a great time... I miss New York... but, I love my life here in South Carolina... 
I am very thankful for knowing the best of both country life and city life...








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