November 2018 has been a crazy month of travel and holidays. It was jam packed from the very first day until the absolute last second and it does not look like December will be any slower.
From enjoying time in the sun and discovering new cultures, to coming back to the cold New York weather, I am so excited to really get into the holiday spirit. Christmas is only three weeks away and the weeks will fly by.
This is one of the best times of year to live in New York City. There are so many holiday themed events to attend and New York holiday icons to visit. Most places are decorated with garland, lights and so many Christmas trees.
I love seeing a Christmas tree through so many windows when you walk down the street. The festive atmosphere and decor make the cold so much more enjoyable.
Blog Posts in November 2018
This has been the quietest month on the blog since I have made it public with only two published posts. I plan on there being many more posts in the future.
Favorite Podcast Episode Listened in November 2018
There is a new podcast called Design Your Dream Life with Natalie Bacon that launched at the end of October and it has become my new favorite podcast.
It is all about productivity and goal setting but with a focus of how much your mindset and emotions play into each of these things and how you can use that to your advantage.
My favorite episode so far is called Constraint and it is all about putting constraints around different areas of your life to reduce overwhelm, help you make decisions, give you more freedom and just all around make you a better person.
You should go take a listen here.
A lot of people are really fascinated with her technique of asking yourself questions to help achieve big goals and accomplish more things. So she has recently done an episode on that and also has blog posts surrounding that topic.
Favorite Bar in November 2018
The Mad Botanist in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is a specialty cocktail bar with a focus on gin located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
When you walk up the stairs and into the bar, you feel transported into another world and another time. I loved their light fixture that was made of multiple trumpets and the cocktails here were amazing.
They were innovative and delicious and it was clear that the staff really cared about their craft. If you are in Hanoi, and are not on a backpacker’s budget, it is a worthwhile place to check out.
Favorite Recipes in November 2018
Most things that I cooked this month were for Friendsgiving and the best recipe out of the bunch was this Make Ahead White Wine Gravy from Half Baked Harvest.
It was super easy to throw together before the day of which helped make the day go so much smoother and it was so delicious on the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Also this month, I tried (and heard of) celeriac for the very first time. I never knew this type of produce existed and would probably never pick it up out of a store because of it’s intimidating exterior.
The exterior of a celeriac is still really intimidating and kinda ugly but the flavor is rich and deep. It’s like a potato mixed with celery. Very interesting and something you should try if you get the chance.
Favorite Movie of November 2018
This was the only movie I saw this month and I’m glad it was this one because it was so good. Going in, I didn’t really know anything about Queen or Freddie Mercury. This movie remedied that. It was also just an incredible movie.
Bohemian Rhapsody was probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in 2018 which is saying a lot since I’ve seen 40 movies in theaters this year. And wow, I just counted how many movies I’ve watched this year. That is a lot.
I loved Bohemian Rhapsody. I was nervous that I would find the musical aspect of the movie annoying because I was afraid it would detract from the storyline and the storytelling but the movie was so incredible and the music only added to that.
The movie really stressed how he wanted each song to be a masterpiece before they were finished with creating it and I think that this movie tried to pay homage to that by becoming a masterpiece itself.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you should go see it.
Let’s be honest, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding was a huge disappointment. A Christmas Prince was so good for a Christmas romance movie and the sequel just didn’t even come close. The story wasn’t there, the recasting changed the feel and it’s unfortunate that they didn’t hit the mark.
I’m not sure if there is a Netflix movie that takes a favorite this month. Maybe just all the cheesy Christmas movies or at least the ones that aren’t too, too cheesy.
As for other shows on Netflix, I have finally started watching Chef’s Table. Everyone has been raving about it for awhile but at first I found the episodes to be a bit slow. Now, I really enjoy them. They are fascinating and relaxing and have spurred a new interest into narrative cooking shows about the chefs behind the dishes.
It is was led me to Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, which I had never watched until this month. I was going to Hanoi, Vietnam so I watched his episode about that city.
It is such an interesting show and I love how it is about the place, the history and the culture just as much as it is about the food.
Looking Forward to December 2018
There will be a lot more holiday festivities and more traveling. New York City has been full swing into Christmas and it was great to come back to but I’m sad I wasn’t here to see it all happen.
I’m sure it will be a busy month, as it always is, and hopefully it will pave the way for happy, healthy and productive new year.
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