Thursday, July 26, 2012

The LoLo Tour of Astoria / the Bronx

During our week in Astoria/Long Island City (those are neighborhoods in Queens for those of you who are not from NYC), we mostly stayed in the neighborhood like I told you yesterday. We walked a lot and spent some time in our favorite places.

The first part of Astoria that you see coming off the highway
As we walked around, LoLo told me stories about his childhood in Astoria/LIC. LoLo is usually pretty quiet about his life B.E. (before Erin) and usually I have to get all of his stories from his family. Lucky for me, they are pretty free about sharing info with me! But for some reason, during this trip, LoLo was feeling pretty nostalgic.

This is where LoLo went to High School. He told me all about going here and how he used to sneak into the soccer/baseball/football field next to the school to hang out with his friends and meet up with girls.

Then, we walked a little further to a really quiet street and suddenly LoLo said, "This is where I had my first kiss." Awwww how cute! Right near the spot where he had his first kiss was this mural. We decided to strike our most "New York" pose:

Also in LoLo's neighborhood happens to be a Mister Softee base (I know!!) so there are trucks coming in and out of the neighborhood at all hours of the day and night. LoLo took the picture below and wrote this caption: "This truck was taking the turn at 90 mph so that Erin the ice cream chaser couldn't catch up to him!"

 On our way home from New York, we got stuck in traffic on the Hutch so we stopped in the Bronx in our old neighborhood to try to wait out the traffic. Fresh Tortillas is a hidden gem of the Bronx.

Yes,  you read that right. Fresh Tortillas: Chinese, Japanese, and Tex-Mex food. All in one place. Cooked by the same people. I know it sounds weird... we definitely thought it was. But then we tried it and we were totally hooked.

Their sushi is so fresh and so good. Honestly, I haven't tasted better sushi. These are our standby California Rolls.

We also love their bubble tea. Mango for me, blueberry for LoLo. If you're ever in the Pelham Parkway area of the Bronx, you need to go to Fresh Tortillas!

Till next time, Queens (and the Bronx)! You have treated me well!

Oh and since Bronx is the real star of this show, here he is having a fit. At first I couldn't figure out what he wanted...I tried feeding him, I tried giving him water, and nothing. But then I picked him up and he curled right up on my lap and was as happy as could be.


Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I'm in love with NYC. I lived in Gramercy Park and Downtown for a year but worked all over the city -- Harlem, BX, LIC, Bed-Stuy, East NY, Midtown. I loved it all!

Sandra said...

Aww. It's so great when the significant other gets nostalgic. My boyfriend is also pretty quiet about his life before me. So when he speaks I'm all ears!

Katie Price said...

The nicest restaurant here in town (as in it has AC & costs a fortune) serves bubble tea! I'm addicted to thai-milk-tea.. it has gotten me through the summer :)

Lacey in the City said...

He's saying "Mooooom, love on me!!!"

Thanks for sharing those pictures from NY! Oh how I miss it :) I just lived vicariously through you on this post.