I spent a wonderful Sunday back in Brooklyn. I was going to a surprise party for a dear, dear friend at 3 but I decided to get to Brooklyn early and visit some of the old places.
Starting today I'm going to share some of the sights and stories of The MotherLand here and on THE OTHER BLOG
Hope you enjoy.
I think we can all relate to the fact that family and neighborhood and events revolve around food. In my home town of Brooklyn, NY food, like all other things, is taken to a larger, louder level.
Many Sundays begin at Bagel Boy. There's something so wonderful about bringing home that paper bag full of warm bagels. The morning of my son's wedding I stopped there to get breakfast for the wedding party. The morning of my niece's college graduation we stopped there to get bagels for the long car drive to CT. Everything goes better with bagels.
I'll met you at Luigi's. Can't count the number of times I've said or heard that. My niece is famous for - "Could I just go get a slice? Then I promise to do my homework."
Everyone has heard of Nahans but if you haven't eaten at the one in Coney Island then you haven't had Nathans.
The surprise birthday party was held at another Coney Island landmark. Might not be as famous but it is a tradition for many. I have lost count of the number of weddings and christenings and showers and birthdays I have attended at Gargiulio's.
I ran into a local who swore he remembered me. The conversation went something like ...
Him: Hey! Yo! How ya doin? You're Denise right?
Him: So you moved to Long Island.
Me: New Jersey
Him: Yeah Long Island is the place to go.
Him: Your daughter still working for the city?
Me: My son works for the phone company
Him: Kids are great
Him: You still with Vin?
Me: I don't know Vin. I used to go out with Pete, the bartender.
Him: What a douche that Pete was.
Me: Well actually Pete ...
Him - interrupting: Gotta go babe, so good to see ya! Give Vin my best.
Him - as he runs to catch someone else: Hey! Yo! I was just talking to Denise, Vin's wife ...
Ahhhh home - where everbody knows your name.
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