New York

[Bubble Bread & Fillipino Pig Roasts – New York, NY]

January 2, 2013

After many emails Kait, Fran & I decided on a “Friends-mas Dinner” ahead of them leaving for the holidays. Darn my best friend who insists on having a wedding in Bloomington, IL in January. I postponed my vacation days for mid January where I could fly home to Houston for the weekend and catch a (literally) warmer reception.

We agreed upon a $20 gift limit for swapping gifts which I attempted not to completely disregard. I was mostly successful and talked about our year, regrets and where we think we’ll be next year. I personally was glad for it, looking forward to some big changes this year in happiness levels but still grateful to have great friends and family during those dud years.

The Table

The Table

Kait was in charge of…. well everything but to sum it up – a delicious green bean casserole, salad and “bubble bread” which despite her anger over its collapse is what I have always called monkey bread. She also whipped up one a pomegranate mulled wine via the magazine she works for.

Bubble Bread/Monkey Bread

Bubble Bread/Monkey Bread

Fran took care of sweet potatoes and chicken after much protest over duck. It was delicious and bathed in butter and wine.

Fran!

Fran!

Serving things up

Serving things up

 

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

This was even better than it looked - we made more than enough food

This was even better than it looked – we made more than enough food

I flopped a too adventurous Buche de Noel but pulled off my gougeres – I’d love to say I followed my mom’s recipe but the truth is I used David Lebovitz’s much more dependable one (must add garlic, must add garlic – the one plus to my mom’s version)

The plate came together

The plate came together

Then we opened presents……..

Um, I got way too big bags, I do this apparently

Um, I got way too big bags, I do this apparently

***drumroll***

***drumroll***

 

Kait's Nap Booties

Kait’s Nap Booties

My "phone"

My “phone”

Fran was very appreciative

Fran was very appreciative

Wine candles and all

Wine candles and all

Now that it’s officially the New Year and I’m posting things extremely late – I’m adding blogging more consistently to my resolutions. Hopefully bi-monthly at least, I just didn’t rise above the fiscal cliff… #badnewsjoke. Anyways my two NYU alum friends who had their engagement party a few months ago are now officially married and invited some of us to a Brooklyn Fillipino Pig Roast Celebration, here are a few outakes as a “sorry I have not been blogging” Bonus:

 

Poor Piggie

Poor Piggie

Boats of sushi for pescatarian Kate

Boats of sushi for pescatarian Kate

Giant hunks of meat for the carnivores

Giant hunks of meat for the carnivores

And just lots and lots of food in general

And just lots and lots of food in general

Aww

Aww

They matched their stripes

They matched their stripes

**sigh**

**sigh**

 

 

 

 

 

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