5 Questions Any True Long Islander Can Answer Without Hesitation

5 Questions Any True Long Islander Can Answer Without Hesitation

1. Who has the best bagels?

There are certain things that make someone from Long Island a true "Lawnguylander." Here are the top 5 questions that everyone from Long Island can answer.

1. Who has the best bagels?

When I'm at school and I eat a bagel, all I can think about is what a real bagel tastes like. Everyone has their local deli that they go to to get their BEC on a bagel or my personal favorite: egg bagel with cream cheese and bacon.

If you ask another Long Islander where the best bagel place is, they'll each tell you their local store so bottom line: Long Island bagels are the best bagels.

2. Where do you get the best acai bowls?

Acai bowls pretty recently made a name for themselves about two years ago. Whether you're on your way to the beach or just got out of the gym, this refreshing bowl filled with granola, Nutella, and fresh fruit is a staple to Long Island.

3. Where are the best beaches?

Long Island is big on the local stuff. Local foods, local beers, and of course: local beaches. Wherever you're located on the island, you pretty much have one beach that you stick to pretty religiously during the summer months and where you go to take pretty winter snowy sunset beach pics.

Robert Moses (specifically Field 2) is a name and place near and dear to my heart and is honestly the best part of the summer.

4. Where is the best pizza?

Whether you're the weirdo who likes pineapple on their pizza or you're in love with a simple plain slice, nothing beats Long Island Pizza. Referring to the first point, bagels and pizza are the top two foods that Long Island does best, and after a long day at the beach sometimes you just want a slice to finish off the day.

5. Where are the best concerts?

Everyone from Long Island knows that Jones Beach Amphitheater is the place to go to for concerts in the summer. This theater seems to be floating in the middle of the water and has performers ranging from Florida Georgia Line to Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg and much more at the Billboard Music Awards.

It's not summer in L.I. till you've bought your tickets for Country Mega Fest or any one of the concerts at the theater on the water.

I never knew how lucky I was to live and grow up on Long Island until I left it to go away to school. Every time I go back, I am reminded of how much adventure and new experiences it holds and all the great things (see above) about it. If you're a true long islander, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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Why You Should Visit New Orleans

There's more to the city than just Mardi Gras

For my last Spring Break, I decided to do something a little special and venture outside of New Jersey for the week. My friend and I packed our bags, but instead of heading to Florida like many college students, we headed to the Big Easy. While NOLA may not have a beach of its own, there's plenty of other reasons why this trip was so memorable and amazing.

1. The food was amazing!

From gumbo and jambalaya to Caribbean taquerias, New Orleans has so much to offer in the way of flavor and food. And much to my surprise, they had plenty of options for vegetarian, vegan, an gluten free diets.

2. The architecture was beautiful.

The unique architecture of the city will pull your eye in and make it really hard to look away. Picturesque and gorgeous homes litter the streets of the city, especially in the Garden District.

3. Cemeteries

Since the city is mostly below the water table, and due to the influence of the Spanish, many cemeteries in New Orleans feature the unique concept of above ground burials. You can visit the tomb of Marie Laveau and the tomb purchased by actor Nicholas Cage (who is notoriously obsessed with New Orleans).

4. Voodoo and Hauntings

Speaking of Marie Laveau, New Orleans is special because you can explore the world of voodoo in an area where Caribbean and Catholic influences alike contributed to this unique culture. Visiting one of the most haunted cities in America opens up doors for lovers of all that is creepy-- you can go on ghost tours and visit the sites of some of the most gruesome murders and notoriously haunted establishments.

5. Drinking on Bourbon Street

Walking up and down Bourbon Street is an experience in and of itself. The only rule about carrying alcohol on the streets of New Orleans is no glass bottles. Other than that, its open range for walking the streets with the crazy cocktails Bourbon Street has to offer.

6. Jazz on Frenchmen Street

Jazz is one of the first things I think of when I think of New Orleans. Its hard to walk around the city without hearing the soulful sound of a saxophone or trombone. On Frenchmen Street, you'll find more of a local vibe where bars have open doors and jazz bands playing almost 24/7.

7. Shopping at the French Market

Although a bit overwhelming, you'll find almost anything you could need from trinkets to food to cocktails from the various vendors in the French Market.

8. Steamboat tours on the Mississippi

One of the best ways to tour the city is on the Mighty Mississippi. Grab a cocktail, some authentic Creole food, and watch the sights pass you by.

9. A Huge Casino (with a nightclub).

Enough said. Central to many areas of the city is a Harrah's Casino with their own nightclub, Masquerade. If you aren't afraid of your wallet being mad at you, go spend an evening at the casino.

10. Festivals and Parades.

I was lucky enough to catch the Top Taco Festival during my visit, and it was one of the best nights of the trip. A ticket got me endless tacos, tequila, and cocktail tasters, and the vendors were very accommodating to the fact that I was vegetarian.

11. Beignets and Cafe Au Lait

If you didn't get Beignets and Cafe Au Lait at Cafe Du Monde, did you even go to New Orleans? And don't you dare say it is the same as donuts and coffee, because it just isn't. If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further.

12. The Restaurants and Shops on Magazine Street

A little different and more laid back than the French Market, this is a must visit area of New Orleans. The Rum House has some of the best cocktails and tacos you'll ever eat, and its worth the wait for a table.

13. Explore a city with a very rich history.

I was blown away by the amount there was to see and learn during the day in New Orleans. From French rule to Spanish rule, to the Louisiana purchase that made New Orleans part of America, the city has seen the influence of many different cultures as well as the impact of natural disasters such as fires, floods, and Hurricane Katrina.

14. National Parks, Museums, and Art Galleries

If art, nature, or history is your thing, you will love the Big Easy. With plenty of art all around the city, Museums on Mardi Gras and World War II (just to name a few), and plenty of gorgeous parks to stroll through.

15. You'll remember it forever!

Because of all of the things listed above, New Orleans will be a place that I will never forget, and only hope I get to visit again.

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The 5 Stages Of Leaving Spring Break

2. Anger

The week you've been looking forward too all year has come and gone all too soon. Here are the stages that you'll go through while leaving your vacation

1. Denial

This week will never end and I will never have to see snow or go to class again.

2. Anger

It's not fair that I have to go home!

3. Bargaining

Just one more day and I'll leave in peace

4. Depression

I don't want to go home. I'll never be happy again.

5. Acceptance

There's always next year!

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