The morning after I get back from a trip to New York is always something of a culture shock.
When I travel, part of my job is to eat. And part of my job is to eat the foods of some of the country’s top chefs. So when I travel I tend to eat really, really well.
Highlights of this trip included popcorn truffles by Christina Tosi (of David Chang’s Momofuku fame), a duck ragu with shaved foie gras at Perla, and carnitas with pistachio guacamole at Empellon Cocina. All amazing stuff.
Which of course made today’s 7 a.m. coffee and Parker’s yogurt parfait seem kind of… a wonderful return to reality.
Much as I love the great food when I travel — and I love to bring the ideas home (don’t worry, I’ll be making and sharing that pistachio guac) — I wouldn’t trade my regular, dull life at home for it.
Today I’m kind of winded. Lots of late nights in New York (totally not my style at home) and an ultra-late flight home yesterday. And an ulta-early wakeup by the little guy who was excited to see me this morning. That last part was worth it, though I’m not sure I’ll be conscious when it comes time to pick him up from school.
So I kept lunch simple today. Leftover whole-wheat pasta with red sauce and Parmesan, a foursome of fruit and a special treat I grabbed him in New York — bacon caramel popcorn.
Now it’s time for a nap!