Holidays, Family, & New York

Coming home to New York during the holidays is probably my favorite thing to do of all time.  I know it has been said time and time again: New York really is magical this time of year. This time, I was lucky enough to stay for a whole week. I had all these crazy plans to explore new neighborhoods, discover new eats, etc... But as soon as I stepped into my family's apartment, all I wanted to do was change into my pjs, eat a home-cooked meal, and binge-watch grey's anatomy with my sister. Some things never change! 

I did manage to stop into some of my must-go-or-i'll-regret-it places. I enjoyed my favorite pistachio macarons, black sesame lattes, the most perfectly light Russian tea cookies, curry chicken empanadas, waffles&dinges (with tons of speculoos - duh), so many dumplings, and so much more... 

But my favorite part of this trip? The Korean food.  Despite being completely booked with church holiday events, my mother was a one-woman culinary machine this week, making sure that I stuffed my face with all of my absolute favorites: braised short-ribs, braised pork belly, rice-cake & dumpling soup... I would have captured some pictures, were it not for my eagerness to just dig in! This was probably the most Korean food I've eaten in a span of a week since I was in high school. And it was awesome. There's always something about your mom's cooking that can never be replicated. Though I'll be damned if I don't try!  I'm definitely bringing home some tips & recipes, so we'll see how they fare when I'm back home in Houston! 

You guys. I could not have asked for a better Christmas. I had my family, the comfort of a warm home, deliciously festive food, and all of my absolute favorite things (except for my guy!) I'm writing this slowly, hoping that if I procrastinate long enough, I won't pack, and I just won't be able to leave. But I miss my kitchen too much, so time to wrap things up! 

Hoping everyone had a wonderful & delicious holiday as well. Bring on the stretchy pants.

 

bouchon bakery's pistachio macarons

bouchon bakery's pistachio macarons

black sesame latté!

black sesame latté!

minna, aka my giant & adorable sister. 

minna, aka my giant & adorable sister. 

columbus circle

columbus circle

curry chicken empanadas. she's in love.

curry chicken empanadas. she's in love.

minna, overwhelmed by the amount of studying that needs to be done (but probably won't get done while I'm here)

minna, overwhelmed by the amount of studying that needs to be done (but probably won't get done while I'm here)

dad surprised us with the cutest & yummiest Christmas cupcakes.

dad surprised us with the cutest & yummiest Christmas cupcakes.