December 26, 2011 |  Category:   dining out holidays life

There is one tradition that we have that I completely forgot to tell you about, but sometimes traditions are like that. You don’t realize that you do something year after year until a few years pass and you finally make a note of it. I remember the first year we went to Ippudo after our first holiday season 4 years ago. We dropped off our last delivery in the East Village and headed over to what would become an annual celebratory dinner – our company Christmas party, ha! (and actually, did I tell you that Mia and Claudine did in fact help assemble over a hundred flat packed gift boxes this year? They took the job super seriously). Ippudo is one of those places where people start lining up at least a half hour before it opens and we don’t go there often if at all the rest of the year, so it always feels special.
Back home to hot chocolate and nibbles off this insane chocolate house my mom brought over a few weeks ago. Watching the Nutcracker on TV. Mark’s first night doing nothing on the couch in well over a month. A perfect start to Christmas vacation.

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  • Aya December 26, 2011 at 12:57 am

    A well deserved break. Happy holidays Jenna and family!

  • Vivian Doan December 26, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Jenna, I’m in love with your blog! Merry Christmas to your beautiful family. I come from an asian family, I’m married to a musician, I’m the main breadwinner and now I’ve got a beautiful mixed baby of my own, reading your thoughts just reminds me so much of my own life… we grew up pretty much in the same era. I’ve got a blog too but I’m too shy to share it as a comment but would love to share it with you. I’m a self-taught freelance photographer and honestly, I’m blown away by your photos… your life looks so beautiful in its simplicity (I don’t mean that in a pejorative way). You inspire me! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Carol December 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Oh Man! I wish I knew about Ippudo before this. We were in NY Dec.4-8 and stayed on 3rd st. in the LES. My daughter is taking Japanese in University because she wants to move there so she is obsessed with their culture. We went to Momofuku Noodle house and I had the ramen, but I literally could not get enough water for about 3 hours afterwards.

  • Diane December 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I so enjoy your blog and your wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing and my best to you and your family for 2012.

  • Susan December 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  • Kimmy December 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Beautiful, dreamy photos! I love the one of your daughter looking up.

  • Jess December 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Merry Christmas and wishing you a relaxing, joyous break.I’ve really enjoyed following your lovely posts and photography this year. You add substance to the blogging world.

  • Atsuko December 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Happy holidays! Hope all of you can rest well after hours of work. Thank you for beautiful pictures and writings.

  • 3lin December 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    enjoy reading your blog. merry christmas

  • Sharon December 27, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I’m so glad you guys made it through all those holiday orders and have some time to finally relax. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and happy new year to you and your family!!!

  • geena December 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    merry xmas i still find joy in your blog 🙂

  • starlet December 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    IPPUDO is the BEST !!

  • Mary Jeanette December 28, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Ippudo is a hit in Singapore too… i’m curious about the one in NYC… happy holidays btw 🙂