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.

Last Atlanta Moments (Part II).

Four years in Atlanta taught me a lot. I learned that I can never again live in a city where a car is a necessity and that humidity is no friend of mine. I also learned that life outside of NYC can be way restorative. There’s less hype, in a good way. Lines are shorter, prices are lower, and strangers almost never curse you out for no apparent reason (this happened to me on the subway yesterday…twice).

 I reflected on these lessons during my last moments in Atlanta, most of which were spent eating. Here’s one final recap of my eats in the city that fed me right for four years.

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First, a stop at Krog Street Market. A confession: I’ve only ever tried Yalla at Krog, despite the market’s diverse offerings including Mexican, sushi, and bbq, among others. Alas, Yalla’s freakishly delicious Mediterranean / Middle Eastern fare had me hooked since day one. So sue me. My last-ever bowl from Yalla was heavily lined with thick hummus and labne, topped with Israeli salad and pickles, and finished off with 5 crispy-as-can-be falafel  balls + a healthy drizzle of tahini. I also added fried eggplant, you know, for good measure.

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Later in the week, I ditched Yalla’s fast-casual vibes for a luxe evening at St. Cecilia, where I celebrated my graduation with all things fancy: think prosecco, oysters, and handmade pasta.

Classy affair that it was, the oysters arrived on ice jewels and the just-baked bread with salt and pepper ricotta…

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We also sampled artichoke-stuffed tortellini for the table, before moving on to our mains. I opted for the octopus (as I almost always do when it’s on any menu, anywhere, ever), which came pesto-slathered and with a hearty three-bean side salad. Also, roasted rainbow carrots. Neither pictured, both devoured.

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My last 48 hours weren’t all cocktails and congratulations, though. I spent a sweaty morning hauling boxes to FedEx, driving donations to Goodwill, and disassembling furniture. As you might imagine, my trip to the dump, where my father and I discarded a broken dining table amidst days-old Chinese takeout containers, just missed the blog-worthy cut. Instead, I’ll show you my post-moveout refuel:

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One last biscuit for the road, paired with cranberry-apple butter, an egg white / cheddar / mushroom / spinach omelette + fruit salad from Atlanta brunch institution, The Flying Biscuit. Solid sustenance for the (not so) long journey home.

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And while I can’t say I’ll miss my tumultuous four-year relationship with Delta Airlines, the place it transported me to will forever be cherished.

Thanks for the memories, Atlanta.

Last Atlanta Moments (Part I).

It’s official — I’m once again living in NYC. But before I left the biscuits for the bagels, I tackled my ATL bucket list and also stopped off at some old faithful spots in the city. Here’s an initial recap of those adventures. Part II to follow soon.

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I finally got to Antico Pizza (see: ode to its perfect pie here) and also tried the gelato joint next door.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my hazelnut cup al fresco. Things I’ll miss: how summertime starts in April in Atlanta…

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Taking advantage of more sunny seating, this time in the backyard garden at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party.

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Finally managed to make a long awaited visit to Buford Highway, a stretch of concrete chock full of phenomenally authentic eats. From tacos to pho to banh mis, the highway offers a global food tour of sorts.

 A friend and I opted for Nam Phuong, famous for its pho / noodles. Not quite the looker from the exterior, but it’s what on the inside that counts, as is exhibited by my friend’s beauty bowl pictured above — a vegetarian sweet and sour soup packed with veggies, tofu, and pineapple for sweetness. Far more photogenic than my oodles of noodles.

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One last walk along the beloved Beltline. A welcome change from NYC’s oft overcrowded High Line.

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A quickie coffee break at Parish’s café in Inman Park. Still regret passing up those nutterbutter cookies. Badly.

Check back soon for Part II and see how I spent my very last moments in Atlanta.

Life Lately (23).

A little look into Life Lately. Scroll on.

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“Enjoyed” doesn’t quite capture how hard I fell for my recent meal from Vietnamese brasserie Le Fat, in West Midtown. The awesome interior paired with food I’m still salivating over made this place an ATL must-try. Order the “clay pot chicken” for one of the better meals you’ve tried lately.

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A weekend walk in the hood, en route to hot yoga.

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A gracious friend hosted an afternoon tea at Candler Park’s very own Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party to celebrate our upcoming graduation. Because what better way to end on a sweet note than by sampling scones and red velvet cupcakes?

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 Swoon-worthy skies, as seen from the Belt Line on a recent evening walk. My favorite way to end the day.

Check back soon for more of Life Lately!