I hope everyone is slowly recovering from the blissful gluttony that accompanies the holiday season and time with family. My holidays began in New York just two weeks ago. Just as I began wrapping up my first semester at Columbia University, Taurin flew into the city from San Francisco. I was really excited to host his brother, Derek, and his girlfriend, who came to visit from Virginia. It’s all the more reason to wake up early to grab some bagel and lox, walk around the park, and spend all day re-experiencing my favorite spots around the city.
My mom recommended stopping by this Korean cafe in Times Square. Taurin and I got really nostalgic talking about all the ice coffee we drank in Korea last summer.
And it was a perfect afternoon break at Caffe Bene. We got some savory bacon waffles topped with goat cheese, fig jam, and walnuts + misugaru latte!
Derek took this photo of me and Lauren.
Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem!
For Taurin’s first evening back in the city, we attended Robert Glasper’s sold-out show at the Harlem Stage.
Taurin and I were strolling around West Village when it started pouring rain. Cold and exhausted, we walked into Hakata Tonton without a reservation at peak dinnertime. I can hardly believe we lucked out with a table right away. We warmed up over some Sapporo on draft, appetizers, and a hotpot for two.