I was meeting Vanessa for hot chocolate at Woops, but she was subway late, so I went inside to get us a table. I’ve almost learned to curb my food photography OCD, but I still get occasional relapses. Such as the other day at Woops. Is anybody watching? No. Ok, let’s go! The camera went out and macarons, flowers and hot chocolate were moved around, just like in the good old food blogger days. Gosh, it felt good!
Ehsan and Elena just moved to a new place in Midtown East, and the other night, they had invited me over for dinner. Ehsan and I know each other from university in Sweden, so before the dinner, he brought out different Swedish snacks from IKEA for old times’ sake. Can’t believe we’ve known each other for 14 years, but I’m so happy we’ve managed to stay in touch.
It was Sarah who introduced me to Atoboy in December, and it was love at first bite, so when April suggested that we went there for dinner last Saturday, I didn’t have any objections. Atoboy opened in August 2016, so it’s still a fairly new place, but it’s one of those places everybody is talking about, so a table reservation is absolutely crucial. Don’t wait until last minute like we did. Yikes! Still can’t believe we actually managed to get a table with such short notice.
About a month ago, I checked my Skywards account for the first time in 5 years and realized I had 200,000 Skywards miles to spend. Some of them were expiring this year, so what to do, what to do? I booked a First Class ticket to New York.
I’m back in New York and yesterday I met with Coleen and Sue at James. James wasn’t our first choice, as we had hoped to get a table at Olmsted, which is this nice farm-to-table place on Vanderbilt Avenue. Mondays are walk-ins only, but when we walked in at 6:30pm, we were told that the next available table would be at 10pm. Turns out that you’ll have to go there right when they open and put your name on a list, unless you want to have dinner at 10pm, which none of us did.
375º Thrice Cooked Fries is just across the street and when it comes to fries, I’m easy to lure inside. Especially when the fries are perfectly golden, heavenly crispy and among the best I’ve ever had. When I say thrice cooked you probably think of fries going up and down the frying oil 3 times in a row, but there’s more to it. First the fries at 375º are steamed and then lightly cooked. Then they are frozen before they’re cooked again at 375º, because apparently, 375º is the ideal oil temperature for cooking fries.
Bangkok is a great shopping destination, and almost everything is cheaper than back home. Just steer clear of international brands and look for locally made instead. Ladies, get ready to shop ‘til you drop! Here are some of the things I always bring home from Thailand:
In Dubai, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Pia and Peter, who are also adopted from Korea, and we try to get together once a month for Korean food. We used to get our kimchi fix at Sonamu, which is the Korean restaurant inside Asiana Hotel in Deira, but after a couple of underwhelming experiences about a year ago, we started going somewhere else.