New York Family

This weekend, I met up with the Mister and his family in New York City.  The Mister’s brother and wife live on the Upper West Side and are expecting a little one to arrive at the end of October, a Halloween baby.  It was such fun to spend some time with them and the rest of the Mister’s family on a beautiful, warm weekend in New York, preparing for the baby.  We celebrated my sister-in-law with a safari-themed baby shower at Sarabeth’s, put together the changing table and set up the nursery, and watched in amazement as the baby kicked my sister-in-law, and we could actually see her stomach jump.  Amazing!

One of the food highlights of the weekend was, for sure, dinner at Momofuku’s Ssam Bar, a Korean / Asian fusion restaurant on the Lower East Side. I am constantly amazed by the sheer array of delicious and innovative restaurants in New York City, and Ssam Bar was no exception.  Their steamed pork belly buns with hoisin sauce are so delightfully light, flavorful and delicious and melted in your mouth.  It was a long wait for a table on a Saturday night (they do not take reservations) but the food was certainly worth it.  After dinner, we hopped across the street to Milk Bar and partook in some “Cereal Milk” flavored soft serve, candy bar pie and the famous “crack pie” (addictive like crack, does not contain actual crack).

Last night, as my plane pulled up to the gate at Austin Bergstrom International Airport around midnight, I realized that this was the last time I’d fly into this airport, find my way to the car in long term parking lot, and drive to my home.  It made me feel, in equal parts, sad and excited.



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