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For my birthday last year (December), a bunch of my friend chipped in to fly me home. They knew I wanted to see my grandma one last time (although, she keeps holding on), and it had been over a year since I’d set foot in the US. My good friend Lisa masterminded the whole surprise, and I’m still blown away by everyone’s kindness and generosity.

On January 17, 2018, I boarded a Lufthansa/United flight to New York City. It would only take seven and a half hours to touch down in my birthplace, and I was so excited. I mentioned in my previous post, Berlin – Outside Looking, that it was an amazing trip, but I never shared about the actual trip. What follows is a visual diary of the people who love me and the food and drink I desperately missed.

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Step One: I landed in New York City!

 

Little Spoon visit New York City
Little Spoon has coffee at Intelligentsia in NYC

I had to have coffee from my favorite US coffee roaster, Intelligentsia.

Little Spoon tried the rainbow bagel

Finally tried the infamous rainbow bagel! It was good, but a little sweeter than the typical plain bagel.

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Step Two: I flew to Arkansas!

Little Spoon goes to Onyx Coffee Lab in Fayetteville, AR

Coffee from Onyx Coffee Lab, the best coffee roaster in Northwest Arkansas and one of the best in the US!

Little Spoon has brunch with college friends

Breakfast with old college friends.

Little Spoon and friends play Farkle

My seasoned friends gathered together for a rousing game of Farkle!

Little Spoon has a German meal with Master Gardeners

German lunch with my mom’s seasoned friends.

Bagpipe players at Robbie Burns dinner in Fort Smith, AR 2018

A Robbie Burns dinner with live bagpipe music and really good Scottish haggis!

Little Spoon eats biscuits and gravy

Mission: Eat All the Biscuits and Gravy.

Little Spoon loves Farkle

Farkle forever!

Little Spoon has a German meal with Master Gardeners
Scottish Haggis at Robbie Burns dinner in Fort Smith, AR 2018
Sunday lunch with my favorite Italians.

Sunday lunch with my favorite Italians.

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Step Three: Drive to Austin.

My good friend James brewed a beer just for me!

My good friend James brewed a beer just for me!

Step Four: See all the friends!

Chris Seals of Still Austin Whisky gives Little Spoon a tour
Little Spoon hugs Kate Peoples of @theintuitivelife
Little Spoon with Jeff and Liz
Little Spoon with Austin Teacher of the Year, Erin Murphy
Little Spoon gets hugged by Jon-Pierre
Little Spoon gets kissed by two stud muffins
Little Spoon with C3Nami, Seach and Convert, and Ally Digital
Little Spoon with GEN Austin's Amy Wolfgang
All these beautiful people came to my party at Still Austin Whisky Co.

All these beautiful people came to my party at Still Austin Whisky Co.

This is our winning trivia team at Friends & Allies Brewing!

This is our winning trivia team at Friends & Allies Brewing!

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Step Five: Drink all the drinks and eat all the tacos.

Family Business Brewery flights.
Chicken and waffle sandwich from Wild Chix

Chicken and waffle sandwich from Wild Chix.

Little Spoon drinks Topo Chico

The one and only Topo Chico!

Veracruz breakfast tacos.

Veracruz breakfast tacos.

Lazarus Brewing flight.

Lazarus Brewing flight.

Little Spoon drinks Houndstooth Coffee and eats Tacodeli

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In short, it was an amazing trip full of the things I love and miss. Thank you to everyone who made my trip home a smashing success!

I’m off to Kiev for the Kiev Coffee Festival on Thursday!

Until next time,

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