One of the wonders of living on Long Island is that New York City is just a train ride away. Believe it or not, until last Sunday, I had not been in the city once this summer! Talk about embarrassing. Clearly, it was high time I rectify this sad mistake. With the companionship of a dear friend, we took the city by storm, well, the Brooklyn part of it at least. So what exactly did we do? Well, we struggled to get on the Long Island Rail Road for one thing; remember, my friends and I kind of suck at organizing things. It took one or two failed attempts but hey, we finally got on board.
Now, I have thought long and hard about how to best describe this specific trip to the city with a single word but I think I have found the perfect word. You ready for this?
We walked about five or six miles that day and every minute of it was sweaty hell. Well, at least we had the beautiful buildings of Brooklyn to keep us distracted, albeit momentarily.
Now, if my friend and I were perhaps, sane, we would have done the responsible thing and have gotten out of the heat and settled into some nice cafe or something. But alas, we are rather silly people, people who will walk around in the oven that is the city streets for a good two hours before even considering the notion of going somewhere with both air condition AND lunch. Yes lunch, that nifty meal that many usually enjoy somewhere around midday. Not us of course. We didn’t eat lunch until four o’clock. But it was totally worth it. Tucked away in trendy Williamsburg is a little pizzeria that not only gives off a relax and somewhat artsy vibe, but may make the best pizza that my twenty-two year old self has ever had. Called Fornino, its tag line reads, “The Art and Science of Pizza”. With a title like that, you know that you are in for something good.
Does that not look good enough to eat? Well it was! This specific pizza is called Genovoese. It has, as follows: Tomato, Pesto, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Cherry Tomatoes. While we both could have gotten our own individually sized pizzas, we decided just to split one. I really can’t describe the food beyond this: pizza perfection. If you are ever in the Williamsburg area and need a good meal, please do yourself a favor and try Fornino. It’s worth it.
Now after a meal like that, it’s hard to believe that the day could get any better. Well it did! While walking around Williamsburg, I discovered my version of heaven. Whisk is shop the specializes in the selling of kitchenware. You can only imagine how hard I had try to control myself from buying everything in the store. From kitchenware to bakeware, to cookbooks and barware, this place really does have everything. And the shop itself is just adorable.
I could have stayed in there for hours, just staring at everything they had. Truly, this is the kind of place that just screams “Come inside; buy things!” Thank god we had a train to catch or I might have pitched a tent and camped out there for the rest of my life. If I ever become a ghost, THIS is the shop that I am going to take up residence in. I’d be like Casper the Friendly Ghost, only with a poka dot apron. Now wouldn’t that be something?
All in all, this was a great city trip, even if we nearly fainted from heat exhaustion. While moving day to Boston is slowly getting closer, I plan on hitting up good old NYC at least once or twice more before then. There is just so much left to do and see before I move. Central Park, the Met, not to mention that there is not sales tax in the city.
Oh New York, you are truly a magical and wonderful place!