Thankful

I hope all of my American readers had a safe but satisfying Thanksgiving. Adam and I both worked the holiday but were able to continue our tradition of Thanksgiving night nachos! And thankfully our days ended early enough that we had time to chat with my parents while taking the dog on a cocktail walk and Zoom conference with all of my in-laws in the evening.

We spent a little time talking about things we are thankful for which was an easy assignment for me because I feel like thankful is actually my primary state of being – at least five times a day I thank my lucky stars that I just get to know Adam and Webster, let alone have them both love me back.

By the way, even my non-holiday eats were still pretty much on-theme because the short list of superficial things I’m thankful for definitely includes coffee, boba, sprinkles, ice cream, and pizza! Highlights from the past week include…

Stumptown holiday spice iced latte.

Thompson Square Bagels (my favorite in the city) poppy seed with birthday cake cream cheese.

Yogurt bowl win. Plain Greek with peanut butter, cranberry dressing, and granola. Trader Joe’s cranberry dressing (the stuff in the refrigerated section, not the canned one) is the best in the game.

This s’mores kefir was good but not as exciting as I wanted it to be.

Whole Foods has a whole line of specialty holiday ice cream flavors so I am obviously going to be eating ice cream every day for the next month.

Brown sugar creme brulee bubble tea!

Thanksgiving nachos. This year we did Trader Joe’s horseradish and chives potato chips / shredded cheese / duck fennel sausage / shishito peppers / cranberry dressing. Plus roasted brussel sprouts on the side.

And we stayed on theme with maple margaritas.

No pie for dessert, but we did have these festive truffles.

Roasted broccoli and cabbage with spicy cashew sauce and rolled tofu.

We lucked out that Taglio is so close to our apartment because they are currently my favorite pizza in the city. This roasted potato and vodka slice were both 10/10. Plus they have given a ton of food to the workers at Adam’s hospital throughout the pandemic so I am thrilled to support them (multiple times a week!).

Homemade chili topped with sour cream, jalopenos, and pimento cheese. I used duck sausage, black beans, orange bell pepper, poblano pepper, sweet onion, diced tomato, spices, and beer.

Plus a beer for the cook.

Po-tay-to, Po-tah-to

There was not a corn on the cob or a fresh melon to be found in the house this week, everything we ate was aggressively fall. Highlights include…

Freddo skim cappuccino from The Grand in Astoria. <– this is currently my favorite coffee/spot in the city

This New Orleans cold brew from Comfortland wasn’t bad either.

Plus we got a Halloween doughnut! And a Twix-inspired doughnut stuffed with caramel!!

Trader Joe’s snack hour with everything crackers and buffalo chicken dip.

The theme of this pre-dinner snack was orange.

The last of this year’s pumpkin beers. The Atomic Pumpkin was way too spicy for us but the Schlafly is a favorite every year.

I made loaded potato soup. Inspired by this recipe of mine but with additional cheese and spice.

I hope everyone enjoys lots of candy this Halloween weekend!

Sprinkles And Sushi

We were easing ourselves back to work so we kept my birthday weekend pretty low-key.  Adam and I made super exciting, sprinkle-packed coffees and walked around Cold Spring Harbor admiring the flowers in the morning and then got sushi take-out for dinner and  I video-chatted with my parents while opening presents.  And the next night we met up with friends for drinks/dinner/a long walk around Park Slope.  It was perfect!

Highlights include…

Birthday dalgona coffee.

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Quad iced latte from Balancero.

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Fredo cappuccino (espresso blended with ice and topped with frothed milk) from The Grand.  <– my new favorite coffee

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Lox and cream cheese biscuit from Comfortland.

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An epic yogurt bowl – – plain Greek yogurt with cashew butter, plum, plucot, apricot, and Bueno Bar.

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I left key lime pie off of my list of favorite foods the other day, but it’s definitely in the top fifteen!  Westbrook’s Key Lime Pie Gose is fantastic.  I also made a wonderful key lime pie cocktail with lime juice, vodka, sweetened condensed milk, and key lime seltzer.

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Birthday sushi.  I got seaweed salad, a roll with egg and pickled vegetables, and a roll with king crab, crunch, avocado, and spicy mayo.

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Chuko Ramen.  I got the kimchi ramen with soy eggs.  It was so great to see friends for the first time in months… we were sitting outside and only took our masks off to eat and we all felt pretty safe about it.

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Cross your fingers for me that it’s an easy transition back to work, please!

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Sweet Polly, Sweetie Pies

Adam was on vacation this weekend and since we couldn’t travel anywhere we did all of the fun, social-distancing things in New York!  Highlights include…

Breakfast from Sweetie Pies on Main in Cold Springs Harbor.  We got a cookies and cream scone

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and a quad, non-fat, iced latte with toasted marshmallow syrup

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and ate while walking around and admiring the water.

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Lunch from Lunch Lobster Roll in Montauk.  We got lobster rolls for take-out and ate near the beach.  They gave us so much lobster!

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Drinks from Sweet Polly in Park Slope.  The fact that social distancing rules have pretty much killed open container laws in NYC is a giant silver lining.  This pina colada was perfect for enjoying on a long stroll.

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Dinner from Takumen in Long Island City.  We got take-out and ate on the water!!  <– best ambiance of the weekend

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Hoji-cha bubble tea with oat milk.

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Karaage fried chicken.

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Ban ban chicken ramen for me.  Topped with chili oil and a soft-boiled egg.

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Kimchi In My Ramen And My Burger

Real Stuff — This was a hard weekend in the United States.  I don’t think my voice adds anything to the discussion but I do want to use my (small) platform share some posts with my white readers:  A Guide to White Privilege // How to be Actively Anti-Racist // 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship.

Fluff — Some highlights from the past few days…

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We took a social distancing walk across the Williamsburg Bridge to get take-out to eat in Thompkin’s Square Park and I must have said four-thousand times how much I love NYC.

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Nowon was ridiculously fantastic.  I had charred broccoli with sesame caesar, perilla, anchovy, parmesan, and seaweed and a double cheeseburger with american cheese and kimchi mayo.

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Still loving making Phin coffee.

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This new Chobani chocolate oat milk is insane.  It tastes like chocolate marshmallows!

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This yogurt bowl tasted like summer.  Plain Greek, honey, cinnamon, and fresh mango.

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Chicken and kimchi ramen with brown sugar milk tea with boba.

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The best thing I ate all weekend = this taco.  Stuffed with Kewpie, Crystal hot sauce, and soft-scrambled eggs with gouda.

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See Food Diet

Two key housekeeping things –

1) I recently kind of randomly started eating sashimi and burgers and I am now obsessed with both.  Also, apparently I’m into cake at the moment.

2) I had an absolutely fantastic time in St. Thomas!  I spent two weeks hanging out with my grandma and swimming in the ocean!

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Thankfully the weather in NYC has been nice enough for us to do a ton of walking (and a ton of cake, coffee, and fancy cocktail consuming!) so the transition has been pretty easy.

Recent highlights include…

Rum raisin iced latte at the Ace Hotel.  Related – I had a rose cold brew at Brooklyn Roasting Co that was mindblowing.

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I am definitely a fan of these new KIND nut butter bars whose product info is weirdly not on their website.

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Brunch at the Fulton in the Seaport District.  I had a smoked bloody mary margarita!

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We shared sashimi with spicy white ponzu.

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And brussel sprouts with mint and pecorino cheese.

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And I had the gruyere cheeseburger with au jus.

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Now that I’m into sushi, a girlfriend suggested we get lunch at Sugarfish.  I got the “Trust Me Lite” which included edamame and tuna sashimi.

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Albacore, salmon, and shrimp sushi.

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And a toro hand roll.

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Adam and I had a giant, epic lunch at Fan Fried Rice Bar in Bed Stuy.  Golden kimchi / cucumber salad / mush-mame fried rice with shiitake mushrooms, edamame, mixed vegetables, and fried shallots.

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Big Gay Ice Cream is my current favorite.  This was yellow cake soft-serve with dulce de leche and rainbow sprinkles in a biscoff lined cone.

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Dreamy cake slices – strawberry Good Humor bar and Oreo – at Little Cupcake Bakeshop.

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Brigadero cake and a cappuccino at Padoca Bakery.

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Leyenda‘s Candy Striper is a frozen blend of Leblon cachaça, coconut, vanilla, maple, lime, peppermint, and cardamom and it is the single best beverage I have ever put in my mouth.  Every sip was so interesting!

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Dinner at the Hi Hi Room.  We started with smashed potatoes with an herb aioli.

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Other Half Cream Get the Honey IPA.  <– IPAs brewed with lactose are my favorite

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Our reason for being there = hand-cut spaghetti with duck chili, cheddar, and white onion.  I couldn’t get a good photo but it was truly fantastic.

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Our apartment complex lost power for several hours on Friday night and we were forced to go out to a super fun dinner on the Upper East Side.  A friend sent me a list of “the best cocktail spots in NYC” and NR definitely earned its spot!

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Our favorites were the Japanese whiskey sour (above) with brown sugar, yuzu, and egg white and the Pistachio – dry gin, house-made pistachio cream, campari, and clementine!

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We also shared a truffle oil egg salad sandwich.

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And I had the hokkaido ramen with chicken, corn, butter, bean sprouts, and extra seaweed.

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A home-cooked meal!  Trader Joe’s frozen mahi mahi burgers, steak fries, and roasted baby cauliflower with sumac and smoked paprika.  All dipped in a sauce of honey habanero hot sauce, honey, and mayo.

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Coffee Shops And Christmas Pop Ups

Adam and I had such a fun weekend!  We ate all of the things and saw a million twinkly lights.  Sooooooo many holiday pop up bars and holiday themed coffees!!

Holiday things – – –

Ample Hills‘ chocolate peppermint ice cream with white chocolate peppermint bark.  It was insane topped with marshmallow fluff!

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Maman‘s holiday cookie latte with eggnog ganache.

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Stumptown‘s rum raisin latte.  <– most exciting latte of the weekend

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Leyenda‘s Sleyenda pop up.  They have by far the most exciting and intentional pop up menu but unfortunately it was slammed while we were there and we only wanted to hang for one drink.  I had a delicious coquito with espolon reposado tequila, oloroso sherry, Braulio, coconut liqueur, coconut, cinnamon, and egg.

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Loreley Beer Garden‘s Winter Wonderland pop up.  Spiked eggnog with Captain Morgan, whipped cream, nutmeg, and caramel + boozy black and white hot chocolate with bourbon and toasted marshmallows.  <– best holiday cocktails of the weekend

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The Springs‘ Ho Ho Holiday Lounge pop up.  Nog Yourself Out – Mt Gay black barrel aged rum, eggnog, oregeat, and nutmeg + Hot Springs – Cruzan blackstrap rum, hot chocolate, malt, and mini marshmallows.

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The lights in Dyker Heights were so wonderful!

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But the decorations at Chelsea Market remain my favorite New York holiday thing!

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Things that aren’t festive but were still fun – – –

A trip to White Noise‘s Brooklyn location.  We had a scrambled egg sandwich on brioche with cheddar, sun-dried tomato, and plum mayo.

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Rose Wolf in Williamsburg is the cutest newish coffee shop.  And we had the best cake and coffee.  An extremely caffeinated and sugared cold brew with espresso, maple, caramel, cinnamon, and foamed milk + a chocolate funfetti cake.

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A cute and yummy sparkling lime hibiscus tea.

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Cookies and cream cookie with caramelized white chocolate from Mah Ze Dahr.

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Sour cream and brown sugar strawberry ice cream with lemon jam and black walnuts from Morganstern’s.

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Ramona is our favorite cocktail bar at the moment!  Vivian Darkbloom – charcoal mezcal, pineapple, mint, lime, Falernum, and lime bitters + Cloudbursting Daiquiri – Flor de Caña 4 year rum, passionfruit, lime, and grated cinnamon.

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New Yorkers, Chuko makes the best ramen in the city!  And their chili oil is amazing.

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The veggie dumplings at East Wind Snack Shop are next level delicious.  Crispy, chewy, plump, and topped with a ginger scallion sauce.

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I love NY – – – 

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Convenience Foods And Cocktails

It was not a super exciting weekend for me – Adam was out of town and I worked on Sunday.  I spent my single day off on errands and chores around the house.  On the meal front I was all about snacks, convenience foods, and cocktails.

Highlights…

Iced coffee with vanilla bean powder.

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Perfect Bar comes in cookie dough flavor!! <– I’m not sure if this flavor is very old or very new but oddly I cannot find a single mention of it on their site or the internet in general

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Polar unicorn kisses seltzer.  I am obsessed with these fantasy-themed mini cans.

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Am I determined to try every existing variety of pimento cheese before I leave the South?  Yes.  Northerners, take note – this variety from Trader Joe’s is not very good; pimento dip should not be homogeneous but should have individual shreds of cheese.

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On the other hand, these (vegan!) mini marshmallows are vanilla-y perfection.

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Still in love with these chicken and waffle chips.

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Spicy ramen + agua fresca cerveza.

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A not very good frozen meal + a quite good rum and coke (with Vitae golden rum and tons of fresh lime).

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Local Love

Highlights from this week – my in-laws are in town and we had fun showing them Charlottseville one last time // we had some great dinners out, including a new spot that’s a new favorite // Wissotzky Tea Company – an international, family-owned tea company based in Israel with offices in London and the United States – sent me some of their inventive flavors to try…

Coffee for the week: Trader Joe’s espresso blend with sweetened condensed milk.

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Tea samples; their four newest, spiciest flavors: Ginger and Turmeric Spiced Chai, Pumpkin Spiced Chai, Salted Caramel Chai, Spiced Nana Mint Chai.  I cold-brewed my cups per the company’s instructions – a ratio of 4 cups cold water to 5 tea bags, covered in the fridge for 15-36 hours.

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Salted Caramel Chai with a splash half and half (added post picture).

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Spiced Nana Mint Chai with sugar and fresh lime.  <– fair warning, this flavor was too peppery for Adam’s tastes

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Tropical flavors from the Mexican ice cream place down the street: passionfruit, guava, and mamey!

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Plus I picked up these super interesting gummy candies.  They have milk in them and the texture is extra soft and very unique.

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Roasted green beans and TJ’s turkey corn dogs.  Apparently I love corn dogs, I couldn’t stop raving about how tasty these were!

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Sheet pan hash: potatoes, onion, bell pepper, shredded brussel sprouts, and maple chicken breakfast sausage.

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Smoked Kitchen and Tap: a bbq spot we love in Crozet.  I had smoked turkey, cole slaw, and creamed corn with smoked jalopeno.

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The Local: an amazing spot in Bellmont.  I had the best, most Southern plate – buttermilk-brined fried chicken with pimento cheese mac and cheese, collard greens, and house made hot sauce and a buttermilk-chive drizzle.

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Modern Nosh: a newish, super cute deli (which means I finally have a deli in Charlottesville!).

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I had a half turkey reuben and soup with the best matzoh ball of my life.

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Plus we split latkes that were wonderfully full of garlic.  Yum!

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Weekend Warrior

Last weekend we visited my family at their cabin in Solomon Island Maryland.  We got to see my dad, Webster went swimming, we ate crab cakes and rum and cokes… it was a perfect visit.

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This weekend I’ll be taking another trip.  I’m working a half day today and then heading to Charlotte, North Carolina for a nutrition support conference.

Five highlights from this week…

{1} Coffees in cans.  All three were good but the Madrinas vanilla cappuccino was my favorite.

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{2} Pie mixed in yogurt is my favorite dessert iteration.  And this combo was such a winner – Siggi’s guava and leftover key lime pie from the weekend.

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{3} Snow Cone Pouch!  In birthday cake!  The texture and flavor were both great, I highly recommend snagging one of these if you spot them.

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{4} Whole Foods hot bar dinner.  Thai green bean salad // baked beans // macaroni and cheese // steamed broccoli // tofu // orange chicken // Asian cabbage salad.

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{5} Chicken and rice soup.

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