Sensory Overload in the Big Apple - My Family Travels

    New York City. One would think that after traveling there for the fourth time it’d be monotonous and boring. Then again, “boring” isn’t exactly at the top of the list to describe NYC. In fact, the city itself is entirely enlivening! There’s a magic that attaches to the deepest of your nerves, a tingling sensation that makes you feel alive and wired.

    My plane ride to New York was riveting in itself. I could hardly sit still in my seat, awaiting the grandeur of possibilities NYC had to offer. When I arrived, I was nearly overwhelmed by the lights, the smells, and the sounds. People say, “Everything happens in Vegas.” Yet, then I have to ask, “Have you ever been to New York City?”

Concretes, Napkins, Noodles! Oh my!

    No matter where you are, you have to eat. It’s the obvious nature humans posses. However, there’s a bonus to eating in the Big Apple: there’s no limit to what your taste buds can endure.

    The first stop on my trip’s list of restaurants was none other than Carmines. After going through a crowd of New Yorkers, I was finally able to step foot into the grandest of all Italian restaurants. And when I say grand, I’m not simply referring to their quality or design. It’s actually their entrees that take the cake. One dish can feed up to FOUR people. It was amazing! I ordered a four pasta dish, that came with a nearly three inchthick, three inch wide piece of lasagna. That’s quite a bit to eat. Not to mention the desert. If you order a Titanic for $25.50, you will receive a mound of ice cream set to serve eight people and I assume an enormous “brain freeze”. In the end, though, it’s certainly worth it! Delizioso!

    After Carmines, my taste buds were destined for more food galore. A second night, I went to the Shake Shack. When on a hunt for scrumptious desert, I came to this restaurant with high hopes. And sure enough, they delivered. Here, I ordered the Pretzel! The Concrete which was comprised of chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels, peanut butter sauce, chocolate drizzle, and marshmallow sauce. That’s a lot of chocolate and a ton of deliciousness. No doubt about it.

    A final destination that I was lucky to enter was Toto Ramen. This Japanese restaurant is a hole-the-wall, one of a kind place, and is packed with people 24/7. The eatery has a waiting list outside its door, takes no reservations, and has no take-out, but it’s the best ramen you’ll ever eat! It’s certainly worth the wait.

Sight Seeing!

    Most of my food excursions were at night, and thus what better to do during the day than explore the scenes around? Near the end of my trip I had the chance to go to the Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 31 with friends and take glorious photos! We arrived on the bridge an hour just before sunset, and to our advantage there were hardly any people present. We took snapshots from evening, to sunset, to night, and then progressed to Pier 31. It was great to experience such amazing architecture. At the pier, my friends and I took more photos and I even found a store called Kara (my name)! It was a great surprise to stumble upon.

    When the trip ended, I left with a satisfied stomach, heart, and mind. Though these were just pieces of my trip, they were undoubtedly the most memorable. No matter how many times you go somewhere, you’ll always discover something new and exciting.



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