Is it just me or do a lot of people these days not know how to cook!? We all love to eat, but not everyone knows how to cook. Sure, we might just be “too busy” and have better things to do but growing up, I watched my mom make delicious homemade food and it was in college when I faced the cruel fact that nothing compares to the food she made with love. Ever since, I have made it my own personal goal to cook at least one meal a week in an effort to be healthier if not to become half the cook my mom is.
If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen a lot of food photos. Well, believe it or not, it’s all food I’ve cooked or made whether it be baked goodies, korean food or random dishes. I’ve been getting pretty good at it if I do say so myself even though I have a long way to go. Turns out the photos don’t just look good, the food also tastes good- Just ask the people I’ve shared it with
When I go out to eat or see photos of food elsewhere, I usually plan on trying to make it myself- especially from scratch with very little shortcuts. Recently I saw that Urban Girl Squad announced a Sage Pesto cooking contest so of course, because of my competitive nature and desire to try and learn new things, I accepted the challenge. I did make walnut basil pesto not too long ago and it turned out delicious… so sage pesto- pft, easy. Why not?
Backtrack to about 5 years ago, to my first DECA regional conference.
Back then, I was just a high school student competing. Today I was on the other side, serving as a volunteer judge.
Oh, how time flies.
This past Sunday, almost a week ago and before Sandy happened, I said I wanted to go to this new Korean restaurant Gaonnuri. I was craving Korean food because I missed my mom’s cooking and wasn’t with my family during this week. I also thought it would be interesting to go to a restaurant that was located basically in the middle of the divide between uptown and downtown manhattan. Besides, I’m a sucker for a great view. When I checked to see if it was open, I saw their most recent facebook post: “Hope everyone is coping well with aftermath of hurricane Sandy. We will be open from dinner today in efforts of resuming back to normal. Cheer up everyone and our best prayers are with all those have been directly and indirectly affected by this monstrous storm.”
So, if there was one thing I was going to do today, it was going to Gaonnuri.
I’m in my room right now writing this post. The same room that never lost power, water or internet the whole time Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc on the rest of the city/east coast. Yesterday, instead of staying inside for warmth and safety as advised, I decided to go for a run, go out for food and even walked 40 blocks to watch a movie. While I walked around in an attempt to get fresh air and work off the weight I must have gained from the sedentary Sandy lifestyle, I also wanted to see how the rest of New York was doing. From where I was and what I saw, New York seemed to be untouched. Midtown/uptown was buzzing, tourists were aplenty, cars were stuck in traffic, people were even in costume for Halloween.
I’ve been seeing a lot of “Things I wish I knew when I was 20 Something” or “Things I learned in my 20′s” articles floating around the internet rcently.
This post is the beginning of the TILWIT series: Things I’m Learning While I’m Twenty-something. 21 to be exact.
I once met a lovely woman while I was volunteering 7 months ago in the city. She and I had multiple talks but she said something I will never forget: “I’m not 72 years old. I have 72 years of experience.”
Having been in New York for 3+ years and having turned 21 recently. I’m not 21 years old. I have 21 years of experience. So here it goes: A list of lessons learned throughout the years and things that are coming into sharp focus this year, especially. (more after the jump)