I’ve decided today that I kind of like the pace of running up and down the streets, jumping in front of vehicles in massive groups to cross the street, the freedom of being able to race in front of people without having to say “excuse me” or “con permiso,” and the luxury of being able to walk almost everywhere.  I have also found out what it means to ride the 6 train in the middle of rush hour, and most importantly what a cannoli actually tastes like.  So delicious, let me tell you.

I’m attending the LATISM 2013 national conference in New York City, and of course that means there are a lot of great people to meet and reconnect with.  I’ll start with those pictures first today.

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One of my favorite things about attending national conferences is meeting people in real life. This is my friend Claudya Martinez of Unknown Mami fame.

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And you know us Texans, we always stick together. The theme of the night was El Great Gatsby… My costume, well… it didn’t make it 🙂

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Ay carajo… what can I say about this picture?

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I was very excited to meet my NYC friend@HeiddiZ. We have been following each other on Twitter from Day 1!

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Claro before that, I snuck out on the 6 train (if you know me you know that’s a big deal cause that’s the train JLo used to ride) to go check out a little bit of Chinatown and Little Italy.  I made the trip during rush hour so let me just say I’m starting to feel more New Yorkish too!

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Once I exited on Canal Street, I was in the middle of Chinatown.

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Since I’m not much of a name brand person, I just wanted to walk around and take in the scenery.

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And wouldn’t you know it, a couple of blocks down in Little Italy they were having a festival for St. Gennaro. The smell was too delicious for me to pass up.

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I had to go in and enjoy the festivities with the locals.

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Everywhere I looked there were delicious-looking cannolis in every flavor.

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Even this giant one that was calling my name. I had never tried a cannoli myself, but I have seen them many times on the television show Everybody Loves Raymond.

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I decided to get on of these instead first. And then I ate another one with pork braccioli. They were both incredibly good!

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I stopped in and paid my respects to St. Gennaro. The people at the church were very charming.

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And then I had my first cannoli! And I fell in love!

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I walked around a little more before deciding it was time to head back.

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On my way back to the 6 train through Chinatown I spotted the seafood. It all looked so good.

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They also had pretty big fish in stock, which was cool to look at. I like the way people interact and just kind of do their own thing in Chinatown. It’s a very cool vibe.

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The fruit stands were also nice.

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I had almost made it back to the subway when I decided I couldn’t leave without trying a couple of other cannoli flavors. I settled on these three beautiful concoctions… and as I had expected, my absolute favorite was the plain cannoli. The others were just too sweet with the white and dark chocolate.