Chicago dipped below freezing all weekend so I scrambled to Chinatown for some pig ears, hand-pulled beef noodle soups, and soup dumplings @ Hing Kee with @moutheyes. Only two more days before a luxurious long holiday that revolves around eating until I burst!! It’ll be my first time home for Thanksgiving in seven (!) years, and I get to play hostess because @cmao's coming back with me~ Kind of hilarious that the second time we're meeting in person is with my family in tow, but get ready for the Immigrant Dream: ultimate Asian-American suburbia edition (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ～★
French toast sampler (strawberry, lemon, caramel, and blueberry) @ Batter & Berries in Lincoln Park. Had a group planning session today for my Dubai trip next month with some college friends. Christmas please come faster~
Two of my favorite things in Boston: the downtown Public Garden in bloom and ricotta cannoli @ Modern Pastry in the North End. When I think about it, Boston is tied with Carmel for the longest that I’ve lived in one city (7 years each way), but this past trip made me realize that I still can’t think of Boston as home, even in past tense. It was great to see old friends and revisit old haunts, but I felt anxious to leave, like I didn’t belong or no longer had a proper space there. The more you move on, the harder it gets to look back.
Someone once told me that human beings have three dimensions: how you see yourself, how others see you, and how you want others to see you. The closer the distance between the three dimensions, the more at peace you are and the more stable you become.
Marwa Rakha (The Poison Tree)
How much difference really is there between McDonald’s super-processed food and molecular gastronomy? … If you put a Cheeto on a big white plate in a formal restaurant and serve it with chopsticks and say something like “It is a cornmeal quenelle, extruded at a high speed, and so the extrusion heats the cornmeal ‘polenta’ and flash-cooks it, trapping air and giving it a crispy texture with a striking lightness. It is then dusted with an ‘umami powder’ glutamate and evaporated-dairy-solids blend.” People would go just nuts for that.
Mongolian hot pot (part mala/麻辣 broth, part black chicken broth) with shaved sirloin and seafood platters @ Q Restaurant, the new gem of Boston Chinatown. Waited almost an hour for a table despite calling ahead; luckily they keep a full bar. AL asked why I only seem to call him out to Chinatown, but I just really… love… Chinatown(s)…
Also couldn’t leave Boston without some pho and seafood congee @ Pho Viet in Super 88, the forever Asian food court of my hearteu ♡
By Silvia Grav, a truly extraordinary set of black & white photographs from the Madrid-based artist, that have such beautiful concepts behind each image. There has been a wave of incredibly talented photographers with a knack for surreal manipulations recently, and these are some of the best I’ve seen.
Last trip check-in from the safety of my bed in Chicago! Some food I ate:
- Homemade spinach & ricotta puff pastries
- Egg waffles from a tiny vender (literally just an aiyi with a cart) in Chinatown
- Convincing char kway teow & pork dumplings in the Financial District
- White sauce pizza, my eternal weakness
- Bacon pecan spinach salad
- Wasabi-crusted salmon
- Lobster mac ‘n cheese @ Boston Chowda Co.
Feels good to be back, but now I need all the cold medicine… ㅜㅜ
Day #7 check-in: color palette inspirations, christmas festivities, stocked bars + backyard views. Brought back a cold from Worcester so I had to sadly cancel my last-night-in-Boston plans :(