vacation recap

it has been far too long since my last post. i’ve come and gone to new york city. i’m back in atlanta again, where the high for tomorrow is projected to be 70 and i am anxiously waiting to debut my bare legs and new suede flats. none of this tights-under-my-jeans and lace-up boots-with-two-pairs-of-socks business anymore. i’d say the tree outside my dorm fully agrees:

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but enough of that. i want to share some bits from my week at home that are  far more enticing than weather talk. here are just a few of the highlights from my spring break. it may not have been cancun, but i was more than happy with my new york city days, as always.

with best friends visiting from LA, i had to stuff them with some of the yummiest bites i could find. naturally we started at smorgasburg, in williamsburg, a food market that offers some incredible options from its 50 vendors. the choices are endless and each leaves you feeling equally euphoric. it turned out that we were in the mood for asian food that saturday morning. our picks?

crispy grilled corn and rice balls.

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brown rice bowls stocked with chicken, caramelized onions, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs in a sweet sauce.

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and pork buns (excuse the impatient baby bite taken from the corner).

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i had to snap a shot of these passionfruit/cocoa nib donuts in passing. we were too full to taste and saving room for our upcoming meal splurge, but i decided that yellowy drippy glaze deserved a photo.

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next was a birthday dinner celebration for one of my beloved visitors at beauty and essex, where even a sunday night reservation comes with a wait at the bar. the accommodations were as flashy and enticing as always.

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and the food was (mostly) on point. my favorites included this kale/apple/pancetta/goat cheese salad…

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along with the tomato soup spoonfuls with grilled cheese dumplings and the pulled chicken tamales (both pictured below). our other small plates included a slightly boring octopus salad, fried lobster tacos, and creamy green pea risotto.

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once my visitors departed,  i was left to do some of my favorite me-time activities, like walking along the hudson river at dusk.

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i also managed a cultural outing with my mama: a trip to the whitney museum’s biennial show.

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and, finally, whipped up some lighter homemade fare. one of my favorites? this salad, made from whatever i could find inside my refrigerator: greens with avocado, apple, carrots, cashews, and homemade zucchini patties on the side.

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all my favorites accounted for.

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