Tuesday, July 12, 2011

a slice of home.

about one month ago boyfriend and i traveled up to my homeland for a quick visit with family and to see a rockin' concert!


we were both huge fans of the band in high school and when we saw that they were going back on tour we jumped at the opportunity to snag tickets. and i'm so glad we did. the concert was so much fun, they were amazing live and we were a little surprised at the huge turnout! it was a perfect night for a concert at the red bull arena. warm, but breezy and not humid. what was even better was that my parents dropped us off and picked us up once the concert was over. we felt like high school kids all over again :)

the rest of the weekend was spent eating. eating, eating and eating. tyler was in heaven, as was i. my aunt is an amazing cook and she made sure we didn't leave there hungry.

for lunch on saturday we went to the famous hot dog shop called rutt's hut in clifton. known for their deep fried hot dogs, this place has been around since the 20's and it's a little old place right off the highway. you walk in and it's standing room only. the place is always packed but you never have to wait more than 5 minutes for your food. this place was a staple in my mom's childhood. it was so neat going to a place that my mom went to as a teenager. she told me her and her friends used to drag race on the street over. how funny. and illegal, mom!

the hot dogs were delicious. they were crunchy from the deep fryer and the homemade yellow relish was sweet and tangy which added the perfect amount of extra flavor. we also ordered a side of onion rings which were mouth-watering. take me back now.

after experiencing this magical hot dog moment, we drove to eagle rock reservation, which is a beautiful park and has a magnificent overlook of the new york city skyline. during september 11th people came to this overlook and witnessed the sky fill up in smoke and watched as the twin towers disappeared. it still brings a lump to my throat every time i go there and notice the missing space in between the buildings where the towers should be. the park now has a huge 9-11 memorial set up for those who lost their lives where you can come and pay your respects.

we left sunday late in the afternoon after we had a huge italian dinner of pasta, sausage, meatballs, salad, veggies, and bread. FOOD COMA! i passed out as soon as i sat in the car and didn't wake up until 4 hours later as we were entering DC. let's just say boyfriend was not so happy about that. but we had the best time visiting my family and going to the concert and can't wait to do it again!

have you been to any concerts yet this summer? or been to any really good eateries? 


cailen ascher said...

omg dispatch?! i haven't listened to them in too long - i'm gonna have to pull out some old cds : )

sounds like an awesome time!

Susan said...

Those were the days at Rutts Hutt!


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