I like Christmas time. I get to have caramel apple cider from Starbucks, nice pressies, and indulge in consumerism (both pre and post x'mas). This year, despite our grand plans to spend Christmas at some exotic locale, we ended up going down to NY yet again. Not that it wasn't as much fun! We got to see my cousin and A and N.
As usual Moxie sticks her nose in the wrapping paper. She has to inspect everything:
We had dinner at Sushi of Gari on Friday night. N thinks this is one of the best sushi places in NYC (less pretentious and greater focus on the food). She must have spent a fortune in her quest for perfect sushi. haha
I know, I know, we always seem to be eating sushi! A and N were shocked that we weren't floored by Chutoro. Scacrilege but I'll say it ... Chutoro just doesn't do it for me. I get a bigger kick from eating uni :D Anyway the sushi was good, though not a wow. Maybe I'm just not a big fan of fusion style sushi ... or maybe we should have gotten the omekase.
We also had a soba lunch on Saturday at Sobaya. I got the cold soba (their specialty) and Tororo set. I loved it! Tororo is japanese yam served over rice. The tororo is white and gooey with the texture of mooshed up cereal. Weird but I like gooey stuff. Why don't they have a place like this in Boston? :( Oh and they make their own soba with ingredients flown from Japan. Though the Japanese purist might be horrified to find that the soba is actually handmade by a little hispanic guy heehee.
Ok ok lest you think that we eat only Japanese food, we did grudgingly go for Italian on Saturday at Assenzio in East Village. The buffalo mozerella with prosciutto was good. I also learned that buffalo mozerella is made from buffalo milk. Hrmmm....
My Jumbo Shrimp with Black Pasta dish:
On Christmas day we watched Memoirs of a Geisha. I had to watch it since I read the book, even though I knew it'd suck. The movie was slow zzz and it was awful watching supposedly Japanese people speak with a Chinese accent. I can tell myself that they're speaking Japanese, but it gets tricky when the americans come. They still speak English, though the chubby geisha pumpkin adopts an american accent. HRMMM. I'll give it a 5/10, at least I enjoyed looking at the pretty kimonos haha.
Of course the gifts! The best one ... for me from me. Yay a mulberry bag! Saks where is my order???? We also got a mini convection oven from my generous cousin L and a cool free people scarf, also a $25 starbucks gift card that I promptly spent. Very cool!