Stops at old favorites

December 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Whew! It’s been a while. I’m finally on winter break (until forever it seems) and spending most of my days on the couch in front of the television with my laptop. Yesterday I did finally manage to leave the house to reunite with high school friends in New York City and we managed to get a lot of things done.

Jiawen and Cathy with Mario, the apartment bear

First, an obligatory trip to Shake Shack, Madison Square Park with Jiawen and Cathy because I needed to get my burger fix. Between Cathy and me, we ordered our individual single Shack burgers and then split some fries (which seemed to have crispier exteriors and creamier interiors than I remembered) and a Shack-ago dog. Cathy said she still preferred a classic hot dog with ketchup and mustard, but I actually quite like all the vegetables and celery salt, even though structurally, the hot dog becomes a very hard thing to eat with all those toppings.

Oh, how I've missed you

Madison Square Park


A beautiful Shack burger

The fat squirrels of Madison Square Park

On our way back to Jiawen’s apartment, we also stopped by nearby Eataly, which was completely packed with tourists and people doing their holiday shopping. Is the place ever not super busy? Every time I go and want to take my time and look at all the jams and spreads, cured meats, and cheeses, I lose my patience because people are constantly shuffling along and end up giving up within 10-15 minutes. I can’t even imagine waiting for a table at one of the restaurants.

Mushroom varieties at Eataly


We also dropped by Doughnut Plant, right by Jiawen’s apartment, to pick up a couple donuts: tres leches cake and pear yeast (a holiday flavor). The tres leches was indulgent as ever and still one of my favorite flavors (aside from carrot cake and peanut butter and jelly yeast, which were both gone by the time we got there), and even though the pear was quite good, the glaze was a bit too sweet for my taste.

Doughnut Plant


Tres Leches

Finally, we found our way back to Jiawen’s couch and had some time to relax before an evening of Korean food, drinking, and intense karoake. Cathy and I did, however, manage to slip out for a bit in the middle of watching The Adjustment Bureau to visit Whiskers in Wonderland at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 18th Street and 6th Avenue, where there were tons of cats (and not many dogs) looking for a new home. As expected, there was a lot of cooing and “awing” going on, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take home any cute critters this year.

Whiskers in Wonderland


Huge, huge thanks to Jiawen who arranged everything and happy holidays to everyone!


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§ 2 Responses to Stops at old favorites

  • TS says:

    OMG! Just found this page when I was googling images for Whiskers In Wonderland 2011, and you’re not going to believe this but – you know those two kittens in the last photo??


    Their names are Rudy & Henry, and they’re not actually siblings – just foster brothers. They’re sweet as can be and purr non-stop.

    It is so cool finding them here on your blog! Thank you for making them famous!! 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

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