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Arcade, Nashville by Liesl Pfeffer

Arcade, Nashville, Tennessee
June 2016

A two-story arcade in downtown Nashville modeled after an arcade in Italy. I went here because I read about the art spaces on the upper level, but unfortunately they were all closed when I went by. 

The Walgreens adjacent to this arcade was one of the locations of the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins in 1960 - a nonviolent student protest against racial desegregation. 

Dino's Bar, Nashville by Liesl Pfeffer


Dino's, Nashville
June 2016

I dearly love dive bars like Dino's. I think they're in my top 10 things I love about living in America. I love the dimness, the cheap beer and shot specials, the bags of chips, the old decor, the seediness of having a beer in the afternoon, the regulars sitting at the bar, the bartenders' tattoos, the jukeboxes, the dartboards and pool tables, the everything. 

City Island, Bronx by Liesl Pfeffer

City Island, Bronx, NY
November 2015

Afraid that soon it would be too cold for day tripping, in early November we went on a little adventure up to City Island in the Bronx. It's been on my list of things to do in New York for oh... four years. City Island is a small island (one mile wide and one and a half miles long) with a ship building past and a sleepy old town feeling (you really don't feel like you're in NYC anymore. But you are!) It takes about an hour and a half to get there from Brooklyn (two trains and a bus) so I guess that why it took us a while to get around to visiting. 

On our walk down the main street of the island, we found two church thrift stores. I bought an amazing boat themed sweater for $2 and Adam bought a new-looking pair of Doc Martens for $5. We trawled through a couple of nautical-junk filled antique stores (Nicolas bought small glasses for 50c apiece) and then ended up at the main attraction, Johnny's on the water, at the southern end of the island. We went for the seafood but we stayed for the pina coladas. This place is a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy, with old school signage, baskets of fried seafood and a seagull-filled patio area, and cafeteria tables where leather clad bikers sit alongside old ladies drinking daiquiris. It is as excellent as it sounds. 

Eating tacos in Sunset Park by Liesl Pfeffer

Sunset Park, NY
September 2014

Our taco club walked a route of Sunset Park to eat tacos this summer. It was Mexican independence day and Fifth ave was dense with people, corn grills and stalls. 

Don Pepe Tortas & Jugos (This place gets top marks for ambience - it's crazy in there. Great al pastor tacos and candy selection, as well as an extensive and amazing juice menu).

Taqueria El Maguey (Pictured above. This place has seating for about 10 people and is really home style and great. Excellent al pastor tacos here).

Tacos El Bronco (This is a food truck at the moment because the restaurant caught fire a while back. I had the vege taco here - it was so so, but the condiments were good). 

Tacos Matamoros (This is a sit down restaurant with a huge menu. Great chorizo taco here and the back room has awesome wall murals). 

Ricos Tacos (The music here is loud loud loud, and the al pastor taco was probably my least favorite. My friends ordered the pork skin taco and it was seriously blubbery).