Exploring The Oculus and A Feast From The Freakin Rican

Exploring The Oculus and A Feast From The Freakin Rican

My mom has been telling me for months that I need to go and take pictures in the Oculus, so I finally went last weekend and I was impressed. The architecture is incredible and the whole thing was very interesting.  It was also very clean which is unlike New York (sorry, not sorry.)  They had shops and places to eat.  I can’t believe it took me so long to visit there, but I’m not a fan of crowds so that was part of what deterred me. Either way, I’m glad that I went.  I got some interesting pictures and that’s always a good thing.  

These electronic billboards were flashing different ads and I happened to be able to get a shot of this one.  I hope it’s not what I think it is, but what else could it be?  They’re remaking West Side Story?  Why?  Did they learn nothing with the Psycho remake?  With Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights? (Which actually was a pretty good movie, but I put off watching it for years because of the name alone.)  West Side Story wasn’t my favorite movie but it was pretty good.    

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Walking down the halls in the Oculus made me feel like I was in some kind of futuristic movie.  It was kind of cool.  
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I thought these t-shirts were kind of cool.  I would have chosen the one that says “Help!”. 😆35mm, a7Rii, escalator, Help, NYC, reflection, Sony, t-shirts, WTC Oculus

Very true.  I like how it’s written in different languages as well.
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Just indulge me in my newfound love of Sugarfina, expensive though it may be.  I had heard about them before and then this store near me called New Territories had this limited edition drink (I think it was a milkshake) that included a sugar swizzle stick from Sugarfina.  I didn’t have the drink but when I saw Sugarfina I decided to walk around and check it out.  There was a woman standing at the entrance handing out samples of champagne gummy bears.  They tasted delicious so I wanted to see what else they had.  This window display was definitely a good way to draw in customers.  

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I was so tempted by all of these gummy candies.  I wish I could have bought all of them.  How cute are those ice cream cones?35mm, a7Rii, apple frogs, cowboy cactus, fuzzy monkey, gummy candy, ice cream cones, NYC, Parisian pineapples, Sony, Sugarfina, WTC Oculus

The way to my heart is definitely food related.  Candy, food, it doesn’t matter.  This candy bento box would be a good start. 😆

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S’mores?  I love s’mores!  I really wanted to buy this one but I knew that if I started I’d just keep grabbing things until I spent way too much money at Sugarfina.  I would up just getting a small package of gummy rosé roses.  

After one final walk around the Oculus, I decided to go home, but first I had to stop off at the Freakin Rican stand at a street fair that was going on, and bring home some authentic Puerto Rican food to my mother.35mm, a7Rii, NYC, Sony, turnstiles, WTC Oculus

Of course I got sidetracked by the scarves.  I was so tempted to buy the one with the blue starfish.  At least they look like starfish.  I’m a scarf addict.  It all started when my friend Simona brought a cute scarf for me from Italy with an owl print when she was here in NYC a few months ago.
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I finally made it to the Freakin Rican stand.  I had been looking forward to this food for a while.  I love my mother’s cooking but Puerto Rican food isn’t among my favorite foods.  However, there are things that I really like such as bacalaitos, pasteles, and alcapurrias.  There used to be a place on Delancey St. that made these banging alcapurrias, from yucca, but they closed down about 7 or 8 years ago, maybe more.  I had heard lots of good things about the Freakin Rican, so I was anxious to see if they lived up to the hype.  I feel that they did.  

6th avenue, 35mm, a7Rii, alcapurrias, empanadas, Freakin Rican, NYC, pastels, Puerto Rican food, Sony, street fair

As you can see, I went a bit nuts.  It’s just so difficult to find Puerto Rican food around where I live.  Let me explain.  There is a lot of Puerto Rican food being made by people who aren’t Puerto Ricans.  Don’t get me wrong, it tastes good but it doesn’t taste the same.  This was the real deal.  I got two bacalaitos (the two round discs at the top), two alcapurrias (at the bottom of the plate).  They weren’t made from yucca like the kind that I used to get on Delancey St., but they were still good.  I also got a chicken empanada (same plate) and a pastel.35mm, a7Rii, bacalaitos, chicken empanada, Freakin Rican, NYC, Puerto Rican Food, Sony

I love pasteles.  Mostly they are made from green bananas but my mother’s cousin makes them with either green bananas or yucca.  I prefer them with yucca, but that’s no surprise.  Before we started getting them from my mother’s cousin a few years ago I didn’t even know they could be made out of something other than green bananas.  This was delicious.  Everything was delicious.  They even sell sofrito on their website. It’s sold out right now, as of this writing, but I’m really tempted to order some, just to see if it tastes like my mother’s sofrito.
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