Gargiulo Burger at Brennan and Carr

Day one.

My first day in New York, getting Gargiulo Burgers at Brennan and Carr.

When I arrived in New York on Sunday, after an hour-delayed-due-to-thunder-in-New-York flight, I had to make my first important decision: do I take a cab like I normally would do or pay much less but take an hour longer with a bus and two trains. I decided that, on my first day out, while everything was still in English, I couldn’t set a bad precedent.

I managed to find my way fine, despite getting on the wrong train once (a feat that I repeated twice yesterday, this is going to be a long year.)

But I eventually found my way to Brooklyn, to Rob and Amber‘s, who graciously offered up their inflatable mattress to me after seeing my crying on Twitter that every hotel in New York City was way too expensive. The internet is a wonderful thing.

We went to dinner that night and got Gargiulo Burgers at Brennan and Carr: a Man vs. Food delicacy that consisted of a hamburger topped with roast beef, covered in cheese and onions on a dipped bun.

Gargiulo Burger at Brennan and Carr, as seen on Man vs. Food: a hamburger topped with roast beef.

America, I will miss you.

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Justin Hamlin
    July 5, 2011at12:58 pm

    Glad to see you found your way, I know my first few times in the city were quite daunting, knowing which direction everything went, etc.

    I have been there many times now (6-10 times) and I still get a little turned around every now and then on the subways.

    Enjoy NYC!

  • Elle
    July 5, 2011at6:20 pm

    Twitter is full of some pretty remarkable people. I love the sense of community and how people are so willing to give travel advice, share info and even inflatable mattresses. Seriously, how cool is that?

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