I drove up to Arlington last Thursday to pick up my sister for our Wheat Belly Weekend in New York City. There were alarming reports of tornadoes all the way there, but we would not, could not be deterred from our sisters’ weekend! Together, we drove on chatting and chortling for five hours straight. We cackled so hard we had to suck on cough drops to soothe our sore throats. (I’ll be writing about some of those funny stories soon)! Finally, we reached my second sister’s house in New Jersey, where we would spend the night.
I got to briefly hang out with my adorable niece and nephews:
It’s taken me many years, but I finally figured out how to get kids to pose for a picture…
Let them do this first:
I experimented a little with my brand new macro lens, a Canon EF 100 mm f/2.8L IS USM. I have no idea what I’m doing…
…but I’m having fun figuring it out!
We took the train to Penn Station from my sister’s house the next morning. As we made our way out of the station we were hit with the best smell of all:
We walked a couple blocks to Koreatown:
We stopped at Kangsuh for lunch, where I had my favorite Korean comfort food dduk gook:
After lunch, we went to get our hair done at Hydy Hair Salon on the second floor of this building. It was like a Korean version of the “Barbershop”/”Beauty Shop” movies! I got tsk tsked for the gross mismanagement of my hair by Hydy herself. She valiantly tried to set me straight, but in the end kept lifting locks of my hair with an air of dissatisfaction and saying, “I tried my best!” Which is exactly what you want to hear after a hair appointment.
We stayed in Koreatown for dinner. I was lured over to a restaurant across the street by their poster advertising Dduk boki. Dduk boki is typical Korean street vendor food that looks like this:
It’s got dense, chewy rice sticks that look like halved cheese sticks swimming in a red-hot and spicy sauce made out of fermented chili pepper paste. It’s hard to tell in the picture, but our “small portions” were actually enormous! By the time we left, there was a line out the door
Back at the hotel we collapsed in a carb-induced stupor…perfect for watching a movie in bed!
Tomorrow: Wheat Belly Weekend, Pt. 2