Katie Cerulle ’22
Now that travel is getting closer to normal, many students on Trinity’s campus are looking for a getaway. Campus can sometimes feel claustrophobic, so a weekend trip is the perfect way to get a break from the norms of campus life and experience something new. Look no further than the one, the only, New York City. We left on Friday night and arrived back on Sunday night, so it was a two day excursion. While it is one of the most expensive places to visit, staying in one of the five boroughs other than Manhattan, like Brooklyn, for example, is the perfect way to save a little money while experiencing all the great aspects of city life.
This weekend, Ty Deery, another Tripod staff writer, and I went on a vacation to the big city, specifically Brooklyn, to break away from campus life. We stayed in Brooklyn Heights, one of the many neighborhoods of Brooklyn, but visited a few others, such as Williamsburg and Benson Hurst. We saw many amazing views of the Financial District, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge from just steps of our apartment. The most memorable thing we did, though, was eat! We ate many delicious things from pizza, to burgers, to tacos, all within walking distance from our apartment.
Brooklyn has so many amazing restaurants to choose from in a short walking distance from where you are. Brooklyn is a big place, however, and a short walking distance is approximately half an hour, but regardless. Anywhere in Brooklyn definitely has amazing food. Our first stop on Friday night was a Mexican restaurant called Alma. Authentic guacamole, strong margs, and savory tacos, oh my! I ordered two shrimp tacos, one steak taco, and one carnitas taco and Ty ordered steak fajitas. Let me just tell you, this was some of the most delicious Mexican food either of us had ever had. The margarita had Tajin on the rim, which is ground, dried Chile peppers (a blend of chilies de árbol, guajillo and pasilla), dehydrated lime and sea salt. This spice really made the margarita unforgettable. The shrimp taco had chipotle aioli, cilantro, red cabbage slaw, and red onion. It was by far the most delicious thing I have had in a long time.
“The steak was tender, juicy, and delicious!” Deery said.
The other delicious meal we had was Italian food. New York is known for its signature floppy, thin cheese slice for under a dollar. This Brooklyn restaurant was not quite that, but my meatball pie and Ty’s arugula, parmigiana reggiano, and prosciutto pie were to die for. To start, we shared the buffalo burrata with tomato, arugula, and a balsamic glaze. It was absolutely delicious, the sweetness of the balsamic and the saltiness of the prosciutto accented each other perfectly. My meatball pizza was also delectable, the salty meatballs and the savory sauce went together like no other. Come on, who doesn’t love a meat pizza?
If you’re looking to get off campus in any capacity, I would recommend going on a food tour of a new city within a bus ride, train ride, or drive away. Whether that be Philadelphia, New York, Boston, or anywhere in between. In my opinion, eating your way through a city is the best option. You learn most about the culture and community of a city through their cuisine. So, dig in!
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