-Thomas Keller (1955-), American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer
A few months ago, I had brunch at Mariposa in Neiman Marcus at Ala Moana Shopping Center. They served us an amuse bouche of a single shrimp on avocado mash and a citrus fruit sauce. I liked the presentation. I don’t like shrimp so I gave it to Kiyo, but I did eat the avocado.
They also serve a small cup of their broth, which is a strange concept, but really delicious. Broth is actually trendy right now, with an entire establishment devoted to it in New York City.
I ordered my favorite brunch dish: eggs Benedict. I had it with spinach and either speck or prosciutto (I can’t remember, and their brunch menu isn’t online). It was nothing incredible but it was a solid classic dish. It was served with the perfect side portions of fruit and fingerling potatoes.
Here’s another strange food that my dad brought us from Tokyo, that we ate in Honolulu.
I learned (from WIkipedia) that Matsusaka beef is wagyū, also known as Kuroge Washu or “Japanese Black.” The cattle comes from the Matsusaka region of Mie, Japan. It is one of the most famous beef types within Japan and internationally, with a high fat-to-meat ratio. Within Japan, Matsusaka beef is generally considered one of the three top brands, along with Kobe beef and Ōmi or Yonezawa beef. So even thought this stuff came in a box, which freaked me out, to be honest, it promised to be good.
“Mindful eating is very pleasant. We sit beautifully. We are aware of the people surrounding us. We are aware of the food on our plates. This is a deep practice.”
-Thich Nhat Hahn (1926-), Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist
Just to quickly recap, since it can be confusing:
- May 2014 – I left New York City after living there for 2 years
- September 2014 – I arrived to my new place of residence, Hawaii (which is where I lived from age 13 to 18)
- December 2014 – I visited New York, from Hawaii, for an awesome 1-week vacation to see friends as well as my mom & sister, who both live in New York state
It felt so great to be back in NYC, especially since the weather at the beginning of December was quite nice; it was crisp, a bit chilly, and rainy at times, but also sunny many of the days I was there. However, being back made me even more certain about my decision to leave. I will always love NYC and feel at home there (I was born there too, after all) but it’s not where I want to live as an adult.
Breakfast: these pictures are all from different days during the week. One morning I got brunch with some of my Skidmore friends at Hearth in the East Village. My dish was delicious – kale and sausage hash with eggs and toast – but it was $16, which I felt was a rip off. Welcome back to NYC, am I right?
I did a lot of walking around, running to meet different friends and exploring with my mom.