Holiday Things.

The holidays are quickly coming and going and I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. Can’t they last just a little bit longer?

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I guess I’m not ready to say goodbye to ornaments overhead…

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…or roasted nuts on my table. These guys — of the maple chipotle variety — were especially perfect. I found the nourishing recipe on The Crunchy Radish, one of my biggest healthy inspirations. This snack is packed with healthy omega-3 fats and immunity-boosting spices, including ginger and some cayenne (which I subbed for chipotle powder). A dash of fresh rosemary also ups the flavor game on this easy peasy hors d’oeuvres option. Ready, set, roast.

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A Sunday afternoon with family brought me to Brookfield Place, aka the World Financial Center, at the tip of Manhattan. We stopped by for lunch at the complex’s dreamy food court, as well as a quick look at its holiday light show, featured below. Real talk: the lights were cool, but my coconut shrimp sandwich from Num Pang was cooler.

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Other stellar holiday eats included this spread on Christmas Eve, which was spent with close friends. Only a portion of the evening’s beautiful offerings are shown below, but it included a smorgasbord of apps, including purple roasted carrots topped with sunflower seeds; polenta medallions with tomato, mozzarella, and basil; kabocha squash atop kohlrabi and pom seeds; mini goat cheese + caramelized onion pizza rounds; chorizo bites; lamb meatballs; roasted sweet potatoes with creme fraiche; and yogurty chicken kebabs. Can you say variety?

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Though the sights and eats were among my holiday highlights, it has been time with family and friends that has proven most valuable. Here’s to the new year and all it has to offer.

Happy Holidays, lovelies!

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