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Four Score and Seven…Oh Wait Just 4 Years

My New View at night
It feels like a life time since I moved to New York City but in reality it has only been 4 years and today marks that anniversary…. Also as a surprise it happens to be the one year anniversary of this blog. I did not realize I started it on my moving to New York anniversary last year but while looking through my archive I noticed it this past weekend…
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Moving to NYC was a big, huge, monumental change in my life and after all this time here I feel like I still have so much to do yet at the same time I long for some change of scenery. We will see where this next year takes me but what I know I will continue with is this blog. In starting it I created a reason to cook new things all the time and to improve my skills and while I have been a bit sporadic in my posting, mostly due to lack of good photos and the will to write, it has defiantly influenced my cooking and eating for the better. When I am out I have been trying new things and at home I have been trying to eat more healthy and make more interesting food… In this upcoming year I plan on continuing to do the same and sharing as much as I can here.

Just for a bit of fun I thought I should share my favorite Gratuitous Photo Photos from the past year

Mushroom ToastMUSHROOM ENGLISH MUFFIN

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EARLY FALL EATING: DEAR BUSHWICK
Granola Bars
GRANOLA BARS: THE MASTER RECIPE

Caprese
SUMMER BOUNTY

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Spring Interlude

Butterfly

Nothing beats the warm breeze on your face from that first real spring day. The sun shining down instantly washing away the cold and grey of the winter months.

Beach

The desire to be outside grows and grows making you anxious and antsy all day to leave the walls which confine you. Your concentration wanes until you finally step outside again to soak in all the spring time glory.

Chinese Gardens

Spring has sprung and hopefully it is here to stay….

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Gratuitous Food Photos: Asian Style

If you follow me on twitter @grahamandcook you have probably seen these photos, if not you should follow me to keep connected. But regardless enjoy this Asian food edition of the regular feature Gratuitous Food Photos!

Ramen time at Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen, Theater District, NYC

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Fried Rice From Mission Chinese Food at the Lucky Peach McNally Jackson Event, Soho, NYC

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Noodle Bar NYC, West Village, NYC

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Espresso and Mexican Hot Chocolate Macarons

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This past weekend I decided to attempt The Great Macaron again not realizing that today was Macaron day so the coincidence that I made them this weekend and did not post anything about them yet has seemed to work out quite well. 

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As I mentioned on my first Macaron post (The Great Macaron: The First Attempt) I did everything by hand because I did not have any sort of electric mixer at that point and I had no intention of getting one either. Then randomly my mom, who did not really know I was thinking about getting a kitchen aid, emailed me a great deal that she saw for one so I had to take the plunge and get it. Once it arrived the first thing I had to make was a second round of Macarons, especially since my sister was gone when I made the first attempt and she wanted to try one. This time I went for some flavor experimenting and made espresso cookies with a Mexican chocolate ganache filling. I think they turned out pretty well and I am pumped to make my next batch!
 
If you live in NYC and want to celebrate Macaron day check out this article by Grub Street for places offering free macarons! If you don’t live in the NYC area check out a place in your area that makes them or make your own. They are only as scary as you make them out to be!
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An Ode to Travelling by Air

You disembark from the ground transportation that brought you here, you stand waiting while the large sliding glass doors open and you are suddenly met with the sounds from within. You hear the click clack, click clack of plastic wheels rolling across slick tile, the dull echo of hundreds of voices reverberating off the floors and the walls, that feeling of excitement, anticipation, and joy that you are so close to somewhere else, somewhere new, somewhere exciting all rush in to consciousness all at once. You have arrived at the airport with passport in hand and suitcase in tow, where anything is possible and the whole world awaits you.

Istanbul

That initial rush of excitement quickly fades to the rigours of the procedure, of the process, Where do I check in? Where is Security? Is the line long? Did I leave myself enough time? but still harbored in the back of your mind is the happiness of being there and leaving your life behind to travel somewhere far away. The routines continue and boarding begins, you get your ticket scanned and walk the tarmac to the plane, you look for your seat to find someone sitting in the wrong one, you ask them to move and take your place and await for take off.

 

Cortlandt Alley

The flight might be long and being 6 feet tall you are perpetually uncomfortable on planes but the discomforts are bearable for the rewards of the destinations. Being somewhere new and connecting with long lost friends is worth all the pain and annoyance in the world. Hours upon hours later you land hopefully at your destination and not a layover somewhere.
Oh but this time you have a layover and oh no you once again booked flights with tight timing you race for the gate of your next flight hoping that you do not miss the connection. You make it with time to spare because oh guess what your flight has been delayed… of course. Eventually you board and into the air you go once again killing the time until you finally arrive at your final destination.

Church

Once you land and disembark you go about the process the same regardless of where you have ended up. First stop customs, to go wait forever in line just to have your passport stamped, then off to baggage claim where even after having to wait forever for customs your bag still has not come through. Finally it comes and then you are off to find your way to wherever you are going. Maybe you are lucky and someone picks you up in a car, maybe you have to navigate public transit, or maybe just maybe you take a cab if you are feeling extravagent. If you are somewhere new this can be a nerve racking and stressful part of the journey but eventually after much confusion and drama you figure it out and off you go into the grand unknown finally feeling at peace that you have made it and eager for the adventures that await.

*Please note all the photos in this post are my personal photos, please do not use without consent*

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