Fourth of July! The time to celebrate freedom, primary colors, and an incredible sample selection at Costco. (Actually though–the weekend before any major holiday is the prime time to get a ton of samples at Costco because they bring out all the good stuff you’re thinking of eating for that holiday.)
My first stop on the 4th of July this year was Greenport, which is on the northern fork of Long Island.
There was a “Tall Ship Challenge” going on, an aptly named festival where large ships dock in the port and tourists climb aboard to take photos. The surrounding streets are closed off so pedestrians are free to mill around between the shops and the restaurants, many of which set up sampling stands outside. My parents and I had lunch at Claudio’s Clam Bar, one of three Claudio’s restaurants out there. As expected of a port on Long Island, the seafood was fantastic!
After this trip, I took the train into the city to meet up with two friends. We had dinner at Rosa Mexicano, where we ordered guac and chips to share, and the waiter made it in front of us. Fancy. Unlike my photos which I hastily took in poor lighting and with my phone. I got the Quesadilla de Rajas and my friends both got the Carnitas Tacos.
That night, we tried to go to Momofuku Milk Bar for desserts, only to find that they were closed for the holiday. Curses! It was almost midnight, so we hurried over to Magnolia Bakery, where I got what I believe was called a Magic Cookie Bar. I don’t remember the exact ingredients, but it involved graham crackers, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes. I took a horrible photo of it, which you can snort at below. The amalgamation of so many dessert ingredients reminded me of something you’d see on a Buzzfeed list and dream of making but either not have the patience or the courage to go through with it.
And thus concluded my 4th of July. Not the usual beer and barbecue fest but still filled with good company and good food.