S and I had a lot of fun visiting New York recently and I thought I would share some food- and non-food related photos from our trip!
On the way to the city I made a pit stop in upstate New York and was inspired by a few days of inactivity to take my camera on a sunrise walk. On the east coast, I think some of our most beautiful light comes during sunrise, since it is one of the only times we can have golden hour over the water. When the world is just waking up, places that might be crowded at other times of the day are calm and still.
I’m not a morning person, but to me, being able to watch the sun stretch its first golden rays over the land is totally worth waking up early. Especially on days when I know I can go right back to bed after the best light is through 😉
On this special day I was rewarded on my walk and actually stumbled upon a family of deer and a family of turkey. At one point I watched as four young bucks seemed to greet one another and exchange pleasantries, taking a curious glance over their shoulders at me every once in a while. Too bad I only had a 50 mm with me…!
I’m actually from New York originally, so this was as much as trip for us as it was a friends-and-family visit for me. Every time I go back to New York city I’m reminded of my roots, but the vibrant energy of the city takes some acclimating to since I’m used to laid-back Boston. For those who have never visited New York, it is an immense city full of every type of person you could imagine. This can make it intimidating, but is also one of the reasons I love this city so much. When I walk its streets, I feel I can be whomever, whatever, and however I choose. It can make you feel both insignificant and great, all at once.
While in New York, S and I had brunch with a friend of mine in the East Village at Pig and Khao, a Southeast-Asian-inspired, hipster joint with bottomless brunch options. Score.
Inside the small exterior, there was ample seating that stretched to a back patio that I’m assuming is open-air during the kinder months. We were greeted by the smell of fried pork and a friendly, laid-back host. We actually chose this location because it is one of the few trendy food places in New York that actually takes brunch reservations (according to my friend who offered the suggestion).
I ordered a Vietnamese coffee which was strong and delectable, as well as the longonissa sausage and a side of garlic fried rice. Service was fast and reliable which I appreciated!
The khao soi is pictured above and had a strong but yummy curry flavor and a nice balance of crispy and saucy texture.
Honestly, I have not had much Filipino food so I cannot comment on authenticity, but I definitely enjoyed what I had. There were also a number of other dishes on the menu I would have liked to sample another time. However, after taking advantage of the 2-hour limit on bottomless mimosas (lychee and mango flavors were also available!), I was so ready to get out into the fresh air and away from the smell of stir-fry. Worth a try but not sure I would jump at the opportunity to come back…
While wandering the EV afterwards we stumbled across this beautiful little oasis, which is now officially on my bucket list for next time! Have you been here, and does its exterior live up to expectations? Can’t wait to return and try more delicious food…