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.