Alright friends, I’m writing this as I have blood dripping down my eye. Dramatic, right? I literally just got my chalazion surgically removed, and although I’m sore AF, I couldn’t be more excited. It’s been two months, that’s right, TWO MONTHS, since I developed this eye sore (literally), and you have no idea how pumped I am to use eyeliner again.
That in itself is a highlight for sure, but I also had an eventful last few weeks so I hope you’re excited for chapter 7 of quarantine adventures! If you follow me on instagram stories, you’re probably somewhat in the know, but I can only share SO much on there. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
JHU Zoom Conference on Personal Branding
I’m not big on public speaking…which is why I insist on doing it as much as possible. If you know me, you know that I’m a total hardass when it comes to pushing myself. My parents were very strict growing up, and they’ve always demanded greatness.
You may think that’s intense, and yeah it is, but it’s very much a part of Korean culture, and I’m a proud workaholic who gives my all day in and day out to become the best version of myself. Fulfilling my potential, or at least attempting to, is extremely important to me so I always try to do things outside of my comfort zone.
Do I enjoy participating in panels? Eh. I like talking to people, having discussions, and sharing whatever knowledge I’ve accumulated, but public speaking isn’t exactly number 1 on my favorite things to do list. With that said, I had a good time all in all, and it was cool to participate at one of my alma maters’ events, virtual or not. The other panelists were wonderful, and our moderator did a great job keeping us on track!
24 Hours in Wilmington, Delaware
I recently recapped my trip here, but if you missed it, definitely make sure to click for the full post. I had a jam-packed 2 day trip planned, but life got in the way SO stay tuned for part 2 coming your way post COVID? Or in December? We’ll see.
TL:DR, you wouldn’t think Wilmington, Delaware would be a cool place to visit but trust me when I say, go. I stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Du Pont, and my one bedroom luxury suite was baller, like the bathroom was bigger than most studio apartments in NYC. No joke!
And dinner at Bardea was incredible. I went to this incredible Italian place on Market Street, and the food was second to none. It was easily one of the best meals I’ve EVER had, and that means a lot coming from me because I basically eat for a living.
I’d honestly make the drive just to eat there again. There were a handful of dishes that were truly unforgettable. The potato tartlet? Fire. The wagyu pizzaiola? Fire. The burrata “al taglio?” Fire, fire and more fire. More on that coming your way on Nomtastic Foods though! Stay tuned for the full feature coming your way Saturday.
My First Time Cooking a Thanksgiving Spread
It’s always been a bucket list item of mine to cook a Thanksgiving dinner from scratch, and I got to do it this year with my favorite human. And by cooking Thanksgiving dinner by scratch, I mean he cooked 90% of it, and I made the cranberry sauce and helped him mash potatoes!
We had a ginormous turkey, stuffing, the most amazing taters, fresh bread (courtesy of Le Gouterbread), and cranberry/pecan sauce. It was honestly one of the best thanksgiving dinners I’ve had, and I couldn’t have asked for better company. Feeling mighty blessed this year, even though 2020 sucks. It brings a whole new meaning to “we found love in a hopeless place,” ha!
I recently partnered with Canopy by Hilton for a fun travel collaboration, and I totally fell in love with the city. The food was so damn good, and I can’t wait to go back.
Some of my favorite eats were from Federal Donuts, Pete’s Place Kinda Korean, South Philly Barbacoa and Pizzeria Vetri. There’s still so much I want to try though – Zahav has been on my list five-ever! It’s only about a 2 hour drive from my place so I’ll definitely be back ASAP.
To see more from my trip, check out my hotel recap and my philly food guide! I’m also working on a “fun things to do in PHL” list, but I’m not sure when that’ll be up. Until then, peep some of my shots from Wonderspaces!
This 24K sq ft venue located inside Fashion District Philly was absolutely incredible. There were instagrammable moments at every corner, and I fell in love with each and every installation. Although everything was socially distanced, I didn’t feel comfortable using their VR headsets so I definitely need to come back in the future.
For those of you looking to go, book your tickets online here! They’re closed for the next few months due to new COVID restrictions, but you definitely want to make a trip when you can.
Alright friends, that’s a wrap for today. I hope you enjoyed my latest segment of Quarantine Adventures. I’m sorry I’ve been kind of shotty with posting – it’s been a hectic last few weeks!
I do social for a bunch of brands/restaurants, and everyone’s trying to push sales right now so I’m ridiculously busy. Definitely looking forward to taking a breather, but we all know that won’t happen! Not complaining though, it’s nice to be busy. Sending you all big hugs! I hope you have an amazing holiday, friends.