Day 187: Foodie’s Dreams

Had the best last day in NYC and it’s mostly because of all the amazing food I got to try.

Despite not being able to get a lot of sleep, I woke up early and did some quick research on Foursquare on cool places nearby.

First amazing discovery: Levain Bakery, where its famous dark chocolate chip cookie is named Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Basically, every review on Foursquare was glowing. Naturally, we had to go.

Levain Bakery NYC
The highly recommended dark chocolate peanut butter cookie. I can die happy.
Levain Bakery NYC
The unassuming exterior of the popular Levain Bakery.

After that wonderful #breakfastofchampions, we strolled through the Sunday farmer’s market set up along Theodore Roosevelt Park and made our way through Central Park to the Met.

NYC building

Central Park performers
Catching music from performers while walking through Central Park to the Met.
Met Steps
#ARTsy candid on the famous steps of the Met.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Back in Shanghai?

Metropolitan Museum of Art Metropolitan Museum of Art

Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Met
Interesting quotes on the glass surrounding the masterpieces: “Fashion, after all, is magic and miracle…intended to bestow proportion and beauty where both have ben lost or faded with the years.”

Afterward, we headed back to near the hotel to enjoy another lovely meal at a cute little Thai restaurant. Foursquare really does wonders. My parents loved it, too.

Land Thai Restaurant NYC
Land Thai Restaurant’s delicious spicy green curry with chicken.

Right before we left the city, we made a quick pitstop to, yes, BAOHAUS!!!! I thought about the visit yesterday and realized that I just had to make a visit before leaving. HAD. TO. Even though we had just eaten a late lunch, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to at least try the food of a man whose autobiography and TV shows I’ve consumed like an obsessed fan over the last week.

Baohaus NYC storefront
BAOHAUS.
Baohaus framed article
Funny: Eddie Huang actually framed a list (which includes him) of those who passed the bar.
Baohaus Birdhaus and Chairman Bao
Birdhaus and Chairman Bao. You know they’re good when you want more even after just eating a meal somewhere else.
Baohaus taro fries
Taro fries with the BEST peanut sauce I’ve ever tasted. I want more.

Quite a wonderful day 😀