I spent Christmas Day lounging around at home until it was time to head to the airport. Overnight, I flew cross-country to New York City, and there I arrived, dark and early, at 6am. This was my first time spending the holidays in New York, and with all the crazy snowstorms this year, it was indeed tinged with a bit of that classic New York holiday magic, even if the cold was rather excessive. If you’ve been following along, you may have already seen my Art for Art shoot with Melanie and my film shoots in the snow, but below are a collection of some of my personal snapshots.
Because I arrived in New York before my boyfriend had returned, I started off with a couple jaunts to check out the Christmas decor around town. First, Wall Street, and then I even fought through the crowds to see the famous Rockefeller tree.
We ate very, very well as usual. Our first meal when Jesse got back was at Bouley.
Our friends Jess and Rob hosted a low-key New Year’s party at their Brooklyn loft. We made dumplings and then watched Duke’s football game (which we sadly lost).
My crowning achievement: two loaves of Tartine country bread, made from scratch with my wild yeast starter that I brought from San Francisco! It took all day, but they were a huge hit at the party.
The curious cat on the left is my friend Dan’s. The dog on the right was with us, ringing in the new year!
Our first restaurant visit of the new year was a special one: Chez Jose, which is currently operating as a popup in Brooklyn. Jose and Pam run the restaurant themselves, doing everything from waiting tables to creating all the courses to washing all the dishes. They were so well-choreographed, I have no idea how they pull it all off.
Also, I have a pretty cool 2-degrees story with Pam. It turns out she was my friend and business partner Kevin’s high school prom date! Her green basil bread below was a definite highlight of the meal.
It snowed a couple inches while we were inside for dinner!
Afterward, we met up with Doug to watch the movie Her.
Snow! Smoke! Love these two portraits below.
After my first paid real estate property shoot:
Two-Michelin-star Korean cuisine at Jungsik:
Finally, a home dinner party at Jesse’s place. Kellyann was visiting from Kansas City, and she made these pear, bacon, goat cheese, honey appetizers.
In the kitchen; Jon and Jesse; Miho and Kellyann; Jesse and Bob (who was visiting from Boston)
Vince brought his famous mashed potatoes. Here he’s cutting up Jesse’s sous vide hanger steak.
Good friends, good food. What better way to start the new year?
Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco but often jetsetting around the world. Follow her on facebook for more photography and travel adventures.