Gourmand (one who takes great pleasure in food) is a word I’ve been called by some of my close friends and it’s most definitely the best word to describe my recent long weekend. After all, Fall Weekend holiday was the perfect excuse for a girls getaway in New York City! Luckily, with a lovely airbnb booked in East Village, my best girlfriends and I were ready to start on a long list of delicious places to visit. Unsurprisingly, right at the top of our list was The Fat Radish, Ippudo Ramen, and Chelsea Market. The Fat Radish was the newest addition to our list of must-try brunch spots–curtesy of my friend Ellie who constantly scouts out amazing finds for me! As for Ippudo–I just couldn’t wait for a bowl of their spicy Tonkotsu ramen. It sounded like the perfect throwback to Tokyo’s noodle shops I miss so dearly (oh but of course, Ippudo’s Hirata pork belly buns are to die for too!). And last, but definitely not least–Chelsea Market. Does it need any explanation? Oysters, donuts, crepes, beef pies, anything and everything. We were even lucky enough to grab a table …
Coffee shops are best on Sunday afternoons when you need a space to relax in before the beginning of another week. Artifact Coffee, a spinoff of Baltimore’s widely acclaimed Woodberry Kitchen, is a lovely place to do just that. I visited Artifact Coffee for a late lunch with my friend Sarika and absolutely loved the hipster decorations. With a spacious interior, Artifact Coffee offers freshly baked goods, an interesting mix of coffee drinks (lavender latte anyone?), and a great all day menu. Plus, if you don’t want to sit, they also have island bar tables you can stand and chat at–a reminder of my favorite coffee bars in Italy.
It was the 200th year anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner recently and Baltimore really celebrated in style with gorgeous fireworks–as Lana Del Rey would say, “Red, white, blue’s in the sky.” On top of that, it was my roommate Lauren’s 21st birthday so delicious celebrations were in order of course. Our restaurant of choice, Ouzo Bay, boasts everything we love about authentic Greek cuisine: delicious seafood fare with a lovely selection of wines and possibly the best bread basket we’ve had in a while.
After a whirlwind year and a half of being in London and Tokyo, it’s hard transitioning back to American culture. I already miss the questions about red solo cups, amused compliments on my American accent, and most importantly, friends I made abroad. But Labor Day Weekend was the perfect opportunity for me to assimilate back to ‘American college’ life and most importantly, American food. And since we were headed to North Carolina, Southern comfort food was a must! Having rented a house on Carolina Beach, we had a long weekend full of sunshine, soft sand, and fantastic company. Although we mostly cooked, we snacked like queens when we visited Carolina Boardwalk and obviously enjoyed our Corona and limes–a perfect end to the fading summer season.