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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10 things i learned while visiting california

Here's a list of 10 things that I learned about myself and California while visiting there last week.


I recently traveled to San Fransisco California for the first time, and it truly changed my life so much that I felt the need to write about it. This says a lot because I have also traveled to parts of Europe and Hawaii, and I didn't think it could get any better than that!

1. Alabama is too small for me.

I've always known that I wanted to move out of Alabama as soon as I could, but visiting California just showed me that there is a whole different lifestyle outside of these southern states.

2. There are just so many openminded people in one state.

I have blue hair. I am an openminded person. But I still get a few strange looks or comments like "your natural hair would look so much better" when I'm in my hometown. But in San Fransisco, I got at least 5 genuine compliments on my blue hair a day!

3. Speaking of blue hair, everyone has dyed hair!

When you have dyed hair and you meet someone else with crazy colored hair, you automatically bond with that person through your creativeness. I bonded with half of the state.

4. I Feel like San Fransisco has a place for everyone.

Whether it be China Town, Fishermans Wharf, Haight Ashbury, The Castro, or The Mission, there is most likely somewhere where you belong in San Fransisco alone. If you're like me it might just be at the dog park across the street from the Painted Ladies.

5. I think sea lions are even cuter than dogs. At least from a distance.

Don't get me wrong I'm a dog lover all the way, but I cried so hard at Pier 39 when I saw the tons and tons of sea lions being the good boys that they are. They are just big blubbery water dogs, and I love them.

6. I thought that the entire state would reek of marijuana but it, in fact, did not.

The only time I caught the slightest whiff was when we first turned on to Ashbury Sreet, which was honestly expected.

7. There weren't as many naked people as I was told to prepare for.

Maybe I just picked a good time of year. Maybe I just didn't notice the naked people. Who knows? Maybe the weather just wasn't the right temp for all of the streakers out there.

8. The souvenir shops were a lot cheaper than I had expected.

Everyone says that California is expensive, and they may be correct. BUT they obviously have NOT been talked into a sweet deal for sunglasses in China Town the way that I have. Three pairs of REALLY NICE sunglasses for $30.00? Wham bam thank you, Maam!

9. California does not care about my southern accent. At all.

Everywhere else that I have ever traveled, I have always had people freaking out over my accent. It was not brought up once while I was there.

10. Just one part of California is more eco-friendly than the whole state of Alabama.

They charge 10 cents a bag for the plastic bags we use when shopping, to get you to bring your own reusable bag. They have SO much more public transportation than we do. And almost every trash can is accompanied by a recycling bin. Alabama needs to step it up, just saying.

I love my home in Alabama, don't get me wrong. But I think and hope everyone gets the chance to explore new and different places like this. It was truly a blessing for me. I think all of the amazing things in the world are just a million times more amazing once you get out and see them for yourself. You would be amazed at the world that's out there waiting for you.

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