This past weekend, I had a fantastic and spontaneous adventure with friends to Governor’s Island! I also tried true bubble tea – or rather, boba – for the first time! I’ve had tea before, obviously, and I’ve even tried jellies (little colorful rectangular ones), but was strongly not a fan (I think it was a texture thing). In any case, I never tried any form of bubble/jelly/pearl after that negative experience. My friend, Anita, however, is a huge fan of bubble tea (especially right now), and convinced me to try it with boba (tapioca pearls). I loved the matcha milk tea; I was lukewarm on the pearls. Definitely not bad, but I still find them a little weird. To each their own!
Anyways, after the bubble tea, we we’re trying to decide what to do, and my friend’s friend (who is happily now my friend too!) invited us to join her and another friend in an adventure to Governor’s Island. We walked over to the ferry station, where we got on a little ferry for the not-too-terrible price of $3, and rippled over to the island. So cute, and so different from NYC! I honestly kind of felt like I was back in Iowa or Minnesota with the prairie flowers and wooded boulevards. It was very quiet – a nice change of pace from the city – and felt a little colonial, with lots of pretty, historic-looking homes.
We also adventured through the hammock park – what a great idea! My aunt had mentioned this to me, and I had been meaning to check it out, and here I just happened upon it! Basically, it’s like a pretty little grove/grassy patch with hammocks, where you can just claim one, and nap/read/or do whatever to your heart’s content – but in a hammock! I was intrigued. It was crowded, but we managed to snag one, and fit all four of us on it (quality hammocks!) for a few minutes, before three of us decided it was too hot and returned to our hammock-less shady spot. We also want up to this fantastic ridge/look-out point on the island, which provided some stunning views of the skyline. After a little more walking around, we decided to call it a day – a great day, at that!
In an effort to keep up with all the things a-happenin’ right now in my NYC life, I’ll jump to my Monday dinner, or rather, brinner (breakfast-dinner)! Monday was a little long, as most Mondays are, and I was ready for a solidly delicious meal when I got home from the lab. The great thing about making your own food, is you get to decide what you feel like eating!
I was strongly feeling a breakfast sandwich. I snagged some English muffins from the hotel when my dad and I were at the family reunion a few weekends ago, and then I froze them, so I popped one of those in the toaster. Then I sliced a tomato, grabbed some kale, scooped out a little avocado, fried up an egg, plucked a few basil leaves, and Voila! I had a fantastic breakfast sandwich! It looked really beautiful until I tried to stack it all, and then the yolk got runny everywhere and the avocado started falling out. But hey, art’s imperfect, right? As a side-note, I tried to call this an egg-wich before a friend pointed out that makes it sound like I had things sandwiched between eggs. I did not mean that, of course, so I will refer to it by the much more boring name of “egg sandwich” here, for clarity. I highly recommend you try one of these for yourself soon!