It’s the holidays? Again?

Anyone else as flabbergasted befuddled appalled that it’s already December? Somehow the summer swam by in three seconds and then fall flew in and out (without me consuming nearly enough pumpkin-spiced things) just like that.

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of this time of year, even when things get nutty. (P.S. Remember these maple chipotle guys from last year? Made them again, this time for Thanksgiving. The verdict: They’re still inconceivably addictive. Get the recipe here at your own risk.)

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I mostly love it because my need to be cozy wins during wintertime, when my affinity for sweatpants skyrockets and my social calendar subsequently gets a slim-down. Needless to say, I’m nowhere near as on-the-move as this Power Ranger that passed me by during the Thanksgiving Day Parade a few weeks back…

That said, I sometimes leave my bed to do things.

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Among those things, a visit to the illuminated New Museum and its rooftop…

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An early a.m. work event at The Gramercy Park Hotel…

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A granola-baking extravaganza…

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And quality refuels (or should I say refills?) always.

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What are you getting into as the festivities ahead get closer?

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I’d love to hear!

DC Scenes.

I spent last weekend visiting a best friend in DC, where I ate, drank, museum-ed, and walked a lot. Here’s a recap.

[But first, a note: Posting on here regularly has somehow become near-impossible for me. I’ve decided to stop beating myself up about it and am instead switching up my expectations. Whereas I used to post weekly, I’m now going to monthly. That said, I hope you’ll keep following along, albeit less frequently!]

Back to business. My weekend started with a pre-train ride coffee at my local bakery in NYC, all dressed up for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I was a fan.

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After three hours on the train — special thanks to Spotify’s “Warm Fuzzy Feeling” playlist for making it as sappy of a trip as possible — I arrived in DC, hungry. Luckily my friend knew a yummy Vietnamese place just close by enough, called Doi Moi. We hurried over to eat // catch up over coconut-crusted chicken skewers, crab fried rice, and fermented bok choy.

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The next day brought unrelenting showers and thus many an Uber pool ride. When we did manage to get out and about on foot, we passed through the National Mall, where I snapped this pic from below the safe cover of my umbrella.

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The weather prompted us to find indoor activities, so we lunched at Union Market and managed a quick visit to the Hirshhorn Museum, pictured below. Though tough to pick what to sample at Union (seriously, options spanned from Japanese-inspired tacos to handmade pasta), we eventually opted to share a stuffed dosa and a falafel bowl. And while our museum visit was short-lived (rainy day + museums = sleepy me), it was fun — and somewhat hypnotizing — to wander the Hirshhorn’s circular structure.

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Saturday evening was a string of less-bloggable moments, including a booze-fueled trip to the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Instead, here’s a photo of the cotton candy skies we spotted at the start of the night:

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With Sunday came sunshine, which we made sure to take full advantage of by walking our way to Georgetown after fueling up with a substantial brunch. The area’s quiet side streets and stately townhouses almost made me feel like I was back in London’s Notting Hill.

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After a stint on a sunny stoop, we slowly made our way back to my friend’s apartment, walking a whopping nine miles over the course of the day. Sleep-deprived but sufficiently satisfied with the weekend, I was more than ready to snuggle into a seat on the quiet car for another soundtracked train ride home.

Special thanks to my hostess for a lovely weekend. I’ll be booking my next trip soon enough.

NYsee

As per yooj, my love affair with NYC continues. Here are some of my recent stops throughout the city.

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Upper West Side.

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Central Park.

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The World Trade Center.

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Upper Manhattan.

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Washington Square Park.

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Williamsburg.

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Lower Manhattan.

Check back soon to see more of the places I pass through.

Summer Wrap Up

Last time I posted about the summer’s goings-ons, it was late June and the warm days ahead seemed abundant. Now, at the start of September, magical summer nights seem to be dwindling and talk of autumn is slowly creeping up. Fall is certainly feeling close by, if not because the sun setting earlier, then definitely because pumpkin-flavored recipes are already cropping up on my Instagram feed…

Before it’s too late, I’m looking back at some of my favorite moments from the past few months. Scroll with me?

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Pictured: side dishes from a summer dinner eaten — where else? — outdoors.

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A from-where-I-stand moment. As seen from a terrace with a terrific view on the Upper East Side.

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A Sunday well spent at Aurora, in Williamsburg. Special thanks to this Aperol spritz.

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An early morning scene, captured pre-Pilates class.

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The envy-inducing interior at Indochine. Why can’t my apartment look like this?

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A mid-week ladies night at Tacombi.

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Taken on an evening walk in the ‘hood.

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Summer essentials. That’s all.

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TFW you are the only people at the beach. Sorta kinda magical.

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An early, rainy morning in Chinatown.

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Dusk enveloping a beach club in Long Island, seemingly frozen in time.

Until next time, summer. For now, I’ll happily fall into autumn.

Life Lately (25).

I can’t really believe how bad I’ve been about posting. I guess real life (or something like it) gets in the way sometimes. Alas, here are some of my moments lately.

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A trip to Rockaway for a sunset stand up paddle boarding lesson was all kinds of new to me. An empty, clean beach? In Queens? Surfboards? What is happening here?

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I quickly ditched the queries for this refuel. All the goodies at Rockaway Beach Surf Club, a must must must try if you’re in NYC–and willing to make the lengthy trip. Expect stellar tacos, watermelon margs, and the coolest clientele you could ever imagine.

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Shot from the window of a 7am pilates class at my favorite studio that overlooks a corner of Union Square.

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A little bit of the Greek islands in NYC, thanks to Souvlaki GR.

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A quiet corner doused in natural light. As seen at a work event I attended at Hotel Eventi.

Check back soon for more of my Life Lately!