The reason why I haven't been posting as often as I would like is that I've been busy. Homework takes up a lot of one's time, not to mention all of the other stuff that takes up the daily life of a teenager: TV, Facebook, procrastination, all in a days work. But seriously, I haven't had much time to write.
My brother was on a Boy Scout overnight camping trip (why anyone would want to go camping in the middle of February escapes me) and I wanted to do something fun in the city. My mom, dad, and I decided to walk around downtown New York City (also called Soho) and find somewhere fun to eat.
Travelwise, I live in a part of the city where most everything in my immediate need is in a mile-radius. From school to church to entertainment to necessities, I can walk just about anywhere, or take the train if I'm in a hurry. Since my schedule is often full, I don't usually get to take a train ride longer than twenty blocks to go somewhere and just walk around. Just walking around certain areas of New York is pleasurable, because all of its culture is packed shoulder to shoulder in such small areas so you can experience so much of the city without having to travel extensively.
One trick for picking a good place to eat (this principle also applies elsewhere) is to stay off the main streets and avenues. Sometimes the most commercial places to eat can be the most tourist-y and not so authentic. Take a couple cross streets, head away from the taxi cabs. This is what we did, and we ended up in a small spaced Brazilian restaurant. Customers were laughing and talking, the waiters were casual but busy, and there were wooden decorations all around.
The first part was to order drinks. A Brazilian brand of soda, cashew fruit juice, and passion fruit juice were our choices. The fruits were not sweet, but they were refreshing with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The soda was similar to ginger ale, but not quite as sweet. For the main courses, my dad and I shared a squid, shrimp and fish with coconut milk, cilantro, tomatoes, and "dend