Hi everyone, I hope that all is well with you. Today I am going to conclude my “New York state of Mind” post. Most of my time in New York was spent with my husband’s side of the family, but the times we ventured into the city was amazing. I’m a southern girl at heart, but the big city lights just does something to my spirit. I feel so fun and adventurous whenever I leave Georgia behind and venture out into unknown territories. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Georgia, it is my home and there is nowhere else I’d rather be, but I believe that everyone should step out of their boxes and see what the world has to offer. One of my favorite places to visit is Europe, and I cannot wait to go back again.
We stayed in New York for five days, and our last three days were the best. My husband and I went on a date, which does not happen often with our busy schedules back home. My sister-in-law did not have to tell us twice to leave the kids with her. We were as giddy as children at a circus. We visited Roosevelt Fields mall for some shopping and ate at Grand Lux restaurant, by the way, their kale and avocado salad was amazing.
The next day, my husband took us for a tour of where he grew up, in Queens, NY. We stopped to grab some eats at one of his favorite bakeries from his childhood, “Le Bon Pain Bakery.” My husband’s family is from Haiti, and I love learning about their culture. We are hoping to visit with him one day. We ate Haitian patties, which are flaky puff pastries filled with herring, chicken, or vegetables. We also had legumes (vegetable dish often served over rice), and grio (cuts of pork shoulder) with fried plantains and pikliz (spicy cabbage, carrot and chile-laced pickle, which is pronounced pick-lees).
It was such a flavor adventure. I myself is Jamaican, but we do not cook with the same spices as Haiti.
We spent our last day walking through NYC. We took the kids to Dylan’s Candy Bar for a sweet overload.
I also loved the window display at Dylan’s Candy Bar, they called it “candy cookout.”
I was very excited to be in Time Square for the first time, but that excitement was lost once I became so overwhelmed by how crowded it was. People passed by and knocked mine and my children’s shoulders so hard as they were passing that I had to carry my six year old all the way back to the car so that we could leave. Don’t get me wrong, Time Square was not all bad, the saving grace were the street performers. I was even able to video a portion of the performance.
All in all, this was an awesome vacation and I am looking forward to coming back and exploring New York a little more. Though I thoroughly enjoyed New York, I was so happy to be back home. As soon as I woke up in my own bed the next morning, I put on my favorite diy maxi dress, sat on my front porch, breathed in the fresh Georgia air, and thought to myself, “there’s no place like home.”
Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog, I truly appreciate it. Until next time, live, love, and be happy on purpose.