Weekend Getaway to Astoria, Queens

11 Aug

Don’t get me wrong – I love summer in Saratoga just as much as the next guy. But sometimes during the six weeks of racing season, it’s nice to get away and enjoy the atmosphere and most importantly the cuisines of other areas.

That’s why this weekend I spent my days walking around Astoria, Queens visiting my brother and sister-in-law, eating all different foods and celebrating different cultures that help to make my job even more enjoyable.

What I love most about traveling outside of Saratoga is that it’s like a breath of fresh air when it comes to creativity and inspiration. Everyone has their own niche down here, as they have to in order to survive. With thousands of restaurants lining every street in New York City, the food baby I currently have from everything I’ve eaten is pretty much in its third trimester at this point.

Here’s a look in pictures at my weekend, and the different cuisines I had the pleasure of consuming in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan:

King of Falafel in Astoria

Falafel in Astoria, Queens

Grapefruit mimosa



Ashley and Brianne


Truffle Panini

Truffle Panini

Green Juice

Yogurt Marinated Wings at The Sparrow

Fries from The Sparrow in Astoria, Queens

Croissant at Sparrow

Eggrolls at New Apolo in Brooklyn

Juice Generation

The Meatball Shop

The Meatball Shop Sliders

The Meatball Shop Ice Cream Sandwich

Brandon, Ashley and Brianne

In closing, I love it here. It makes me happy.

If I lived here full-time, I think my stomach would grow significantly, regardless of the amount of walking you do.

But whenever you get the opportunity to get away, even just for a day or two – do it. Try new things, explore different cuisines. It’ll make your palate, and your life, that much better.

3 Responses to “Weekend Getaway to Astoria, Queens”

  1. Joe Garofalo August 11, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Looks so perfect getaway it is. Nice place, great foods and with the nice people you have spent. Truly a memorable one. Hope I can do that too soon.

  2. Erin Smith August 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    I love that you took a summer getaway to Astoria! I have lived here for 10 years and still love it. Happy Summer!

    • Ashley August 16, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      Thanks so much for reading! I absolutely love Astoria! Can’t wait to come back :)

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