A Turkey, A Hot Pot, and Ippudo Ramen

I’m stuffed. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and spent it surrounded with family and friends! My weekend was so fun and busy but definitely passed by way too quickly.

My cousin came to visit from Los Angeles and we spent Saturday morning watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. It was my first time watching and I would say next year I’ll stick to the TV. Here are some of my favorite giant balloons:


For dinner this year we had a 12.5 pounder. We picked the smallest turkey that was available since I really didn’t feel like eating leftovers for weeks. I always follow Alton Brown’s Recipe, but I usually substitute the candied ginger with chopped ginger + sugar. Alton is my culinary hero. The turkey was so moist and flavorful!


For sides we had my favorite Bacon with Brussel Sprouts, Candied Yams with Marshmallows, Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Creamed Corn, and Cheesy Biscuits.

thanksgiving dinner

For desserts, we had Salted Caramel Apple Pie. It was yummilicious.

salted caramel apple pie

The rest of the weekend was filled with Holiday Markets, (not so successful) Black Friday Shopping, a Comedy Show at Caroline’s on Broadway featuring Tracy Morgan of 30-Rock, and our very first married Christmas Tree (tree reveal later this week!)

and of course… since I was so sick of turkey by Saturday… a Hot Pot in Flushing. Yeah!


and Ippudo Ramen on Sunday, since a friend came to visit and just had to have this ramen. It was delicious but I won’t be coming back for a while… not with the 1 hour wait!


Whew! That was a long post!

Have a lovely week everyone! Let’s finish those leftovers!



B is for Bacon… and Brussel Sprouts!

Back in college, I shared a small 2-bedroom apartment with 3 of my girlfriends. One of the girls, V, loved to eat brussel sprouts and I remember making fun of her because I thought they look funny… like mini cabbage! =) A few years went by without ever trying brussel sprouts, and then I had a delicious encounter when a friend brought them over for Thanksgiving potluck in 2011 (everyone had some so I had to give it a try). My life has changed since then. Sorry V, for making fun of you… brussel sprouts are delicious hehe…

My favorite brussel sprouts dish is this easy and super delish brussel sprouts with bacon. I mean, you can never go wrong with bacon! It was so delicious I forgot to take a picture of the dish itself.. woops.. here’s a pic of it with my herb-roasted chicken (for which I will share the recipe with you later this week ;)) and garlic mashed potatoes.

Bacon Brussel Sprouts

Recipe adapted from Emeril Lagasse

  • 1 Lbs. Brussel Sprouts, washed, trimmed, and cut into halves
  • 4 pieces (or more!!) of bacon, sliced into thin (1/4″ strips)
  • 1/2 piece onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly

Cook bacon in a medium-sized skillet until nice and brown. You can cook it longer to make it crispy if you’d like. Take the bacon out with slotted spoon and set aside, leaving the yummy bacon fat behind.

Toss onion and garlic into the bacon fat (WIN!!!). Cook the brussel sprouts until slightly tender and the cut sides become slightly golden brown. Re-introduce the bacon that was set aside, add s+p and mix together. Serve and EAT! :)

Yes, it’s that easy! so perfect for a weeknight meal.

Until next time lovelies <3