December Catch-Up

Hello, strangers! I disappeared for a week there without telling you guys, but now I’m back. Since Thanksgiving, I’ve been super busy with Paris plans, my graduate school application, and holiday socializing. Here are a few snippets of what I’ve been up to.

20131216-221727.jpgPart of my holiday socializing this year has been focused on seeing people and eating things that I know I will miss, which is a big reason I made plans with my friend Hillary to check out Ippudo Westside, the new iteration of a favorite New York ramen joint. The evening started with this delicious pork bun, and ended with an extended communion with my couch on the dangers of overeating.

20131216-221704.jpgAnother New York bucket list item: seeing a Rangers game with my friend Rich. I met Rich through a friend and we quickly bonded over our fondness of Duke Basketball, the New York Giants, and the New York Yankees. Now we’re working on becoming Rangers fans together.

20131216-221717.jpgOne of the few gems of Midtown East is Dainobu, a Japanese grocery/convenience store near my office. A lunchtime trip through its aisles the other day revealed these two packs of vegetable (fine, tomato is a fruit) flavored gummy candy. The candies on the left tasted kind of like gummy vitamins, minus the nasty vitamin aftertaste. They were sweet and didn’t taste like any vegetable in particular. The tomato gummies had a distinct tomato flavor, although that was matched by an equally strong plum flavor, which had been used to balance the candy. My office-mates and I made short work of these. Have you ever had any unconventionally-flavored candy?

20131216-221655.jpgOne of my best friends, Rachael, threw her annual holiday party over the weekend, and I got to see our friend Pat for the second time in a week. He’s been in Okinawa, Japan with the Marines for the past two years, so two Pat sightings in one week is a pretty big deal. Plus it’s always nice to get a decent portion of our college gang together in the snow and reminisce about those good ole’ college days.

20131216-221631.jpgI am obsessed in a very literal way with this Cobb salad from Fabiane’s in Williamsburg. Part of the secret is how finely they chop everything; you never have to compose a forkful because each bite contains all the ingredients of the salad. The other part of the secret is that this is the first thing I wanted to eat in the Spring after depression sidelined my appetite for about two months. My excellent friend Lauren lives a few blocks away and suggested that I try it, and suddenly I couldn’t stop eating it. The depression and the appetite problems are gone now (clearly — my week has been full of pork buns, ramen, and gummy candy), but I still love this salad and will miss it very much.

20131216-221646.jpgYesterday morning I grabbed a coffee and breakfast in the Library at the Nomad, which is already one of the coziest places to eat in New York, but is made every more so during the holidays with this beautiful Christmas tree. As excited as I am to move to Paris, I am constantly reminded of how magical Christmas season is in New York.

What have all of you been up to this week?

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  1. That salad looks amazing! And the tomato candy sounds really interesting. I love going to international grocery stores and checking out all the neat products.

    I’ve been getting up early and drinking a cup of coffee by the lit christmas tree and it is so cozy.

    1. I love international grocery stores too! Whenever I travel abroad, I always check out the local grocery store (I’m sure that there will be a Paris grocery store blog post in the future…).

      Your morning routine sounds so lovely. I didn’t get a tree this year, as I live by myself and I’ll be at home in North Carolina for Christmas. Plus I’m not sure what my cat would make of/do to a Christmas tree!

  2. I’m in awe of your bravery with your decision to move and wish you all the best. I look forward to reading about your Paris adventures, but also thank you for sharing your New York adventures too!! And now I’m hungry, lol.

    1. Thank you! I’m so excited to move that questions of bravery haven’t really entered my consciousness yet, but I’m sure I’ll have a few homesick moments over there. Fortunately, Paris is a great place for distracting oneself with food, wine, and art. I can’t wait to blog about all of it, haha.

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