It seems surreal that it’s been almost a year since being abroad. Now, I’m back into the work grind and easing – sometimes reluctantly – into the hustle and bustle of living in New York City.
As the current news of the politics, climate change, revelations and work stress (inflicted by myself) weather and age my mind, I took the day to relax and be in the moment of my surroundings – I know, it’s a privilege to do so.
I took in the beauty of the late autumn foliage in Central Park, the happiness of sharing a meal with family, and being grateful of the pleasure of daily life.
Connie, my sister, had been itching to try the Chocolate Banana Mille Crepes cake from Lady M Confections, a bakery originating from Japan. We choose the location at the Plaza Food Hall and within 10 minutes, we were seated in the dining area with two slices of mouth-watering masterpieces – the mille crepe and the Flan Aux Pomme.
As our spoons cut through the 20 layers of crepes filled with pastry cream, our neighbors asked what we were consuming and where it came from. As the cool vanilla bean flan paired with sauteed apples and almond shortbread of the Flan Aux Pomme melted in my mouth, it was all I focused on – all other streams of information faded from my mind. I felt young again, when pleasure was truly as simple as apple pie.