“Their pizza a la vodka, I feel, is likely one of the most good meals ever.”
Picture: Melissa Hom
When you aren’t one of many million individuals who follows Eva Chen on Instagram then it’s best to know that three issues outline her life on social media: Style (she’s the platform’s Director of Style Partnerships); her two babies, Ren and Tao, and husband Tom; and her unabashed love of meals. This week, Chen’s normally steady meals routine was upended by the debut of her first kids’s e-book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Footwear, and a e-book tour that allowed her to partake in breakfast buffets, her favourite resort room service, and a few of America’s greatest pizza. Learn all about it on this week’s Grub Road Food regimen.
Thursday, November 1
Proper now, I’m technically on trip, however it’s not a trip. I’m not on a seaside. I’m not sipping a white wine spritzer beneath an umbrella. So this week I’m deviating so, so wildly from what I usually eat. I’ve a really structured consuming plan, normally, however proper now on my e-book tour, it’s prefer it has all gone out the window and I’m consuming pure, scrumptious, junk-food rubbish.
Everybody in my life is aware of that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, however I missed breakfast as a result of my daughter, Ren, was sick — she has croup, which is principally child bronchitis. I used to be up from 3:45 a.m. along with her and I feel the one factor I needed to drink was a La Croix.
That day I used to be doing all these on-air TV interviews, so I acquired my make-up completed and had an enormous cup of matcha inexperienced tea. I principally survive on matcha inexperienced tea, and inexperienced tea typically. So, I made it, like, tremendous thick so it was virtually like a paste and I used to be imbibing that every one day. My husband, Tom, is a tea-drinker too, as a result of he’s English. We drink tea prefer it’s water in our family.
I used to be depressed about lacking breakfast, however I used to be on Rachael Ray, and that set is legendary for having actually good meals backstage. Everybody was rhapsodizing about it. My pal Aliana Lopez was like, “Wait, you’re going to Rachael Ray? You’re going to like the meals.” That they had these, like, apple and cheese biscuits, all these oatmeals in a very cute mason jar with infused cranberries on prime. That they had brussels sprouts. I imply, was it sensible to eat brussels sprouts proper earlier than I used to be going to be actually near Rachael Ray’s face? Most likely not. After which there was a pumpkin spice type of scone factor, so I ate that. It was a good looking, scrumptious, beautiful tray of meals.
I went dwelling at 2:30 p.m. to drop off some luggage earlier than the launch social gathering, which was at Saks Fifth Avenue. Earlier than I went, I had a leftover seaweed soup with bone broth. What’s humorous about bone broth is it’s so fashionable and but Chinese language folks have been ingesting it for eternally. I’ve been ingesting it my entire life, principally.
On the social gathering we had Shake Shack, Sprinkles cupcakes, and Moët champagne. I didn’t get to have any of it as a result of I used to be so anxious and wired and busy. I acquired dwelling at about 7:30 and my mother had dropped off some vegetarian curry, which was so good, so I ate that. My dad and mom dwell in Greenwich Village and I grew up in Greenwich Village, so my mother oftentimes will come over and drop off meals, which is great. She makes a very wonderful potato salad that my children love, she makes macaroni and cheese from scratch. I’m very fortunate to have her so shut by.
Friday, November 2
I flew to Arizona to do a charity occasion, an authors’ luncheon that they do yearly for a company that helps to lift consciousness of kidney illness. So, I missed breakfast, once more, which is the worst. I had some inexperienced tea and a pear on the best way to the airport. On the terminal, the one meals choices have been Ruby Tuesday’s, which was packed, and Phillips Seafood. Who desires to eat that at 10 a.m.? And but, I acquired fish tacos that have been surprisingly not too unhealthy.
Once I’m in airports, I all the time take the time whereas I’m sitting there to reorganize my purse and I discovered an previous fruit leather-based in a pouch in my bag. I do know it was from a fairly current occasion on the Instagram workplace the place there have been all these left-over fruit leathers. It was, like, lined in Put up-it notes and lint, however I ate it anyway.
On the aircraft, I ended up having just a few bites of the airplane meal. I pre-requested the Asian vegetarian meal, which is all the time the yummiest meals on the airplane. Don’t get the vegan meal, although, as a result of it’s actually one lentil and an endive.
After I landed, I had three fish tacos on the resort. So, 5 fish tacos in sooner or later. My private view is that it’s best to all the time eat earlier than a catered occasion simply in case the meals isn’t nice or they don’t cater to your dietary restrictions.
I acquired to the profit, they usually had these actually lovely, artfully organized salads that had, like, a chunk of zucchini wrapped round a romaine coronary heart, prefer it was sporting a belt — and a chunk of rooster. So, I ate all of the veggies from the rooster plate after which I had two bites of cheesecake as a result of I can’t not eat cheesecake. Once I acquired again to the resort, I had a bowl of berries and that was it.
Saturday, November 3
Within the morning, I went to the resort breakfast buffet. I like a breakfast buffet. It’s considered one of my favourite issues in life. Once I was rising up, I traveled rather a lot with my dad and mom, particularly to Asia, and in Asia, breakfast buffets are actually frequent. Each resort has a breakfast buffet. Every time we might journey, I’d watch them strategize on the breakfast buffet — and there’s an artwork to it.
You don’t wish to refill on random, primary carbs. Why would you go to a breakfast bar and have wheat toast? That’s such a waste. And when folks get a bowl of cereal like Cheerios, I’m like, don’t you have got Cheerios at dwelling? Why wouldn’t you get the freshly made crepe?
I consider that it’s best to begin with one thing that’s good for you and filling, like an omelette. I posted a lot on Instagram about customized omelettes that considered one of my mates DM’ed me and was like, “Is that this sponsored by the Omelette Board of America?” I used to be like, “I similar to a customized omelette!” From there, it’s actually good to hit up the recent fruit as a palate cleanser. So, I had a plate of recent watermelon and a bowl of blueberries. After which if they’ve customized waffles or pancakes, finish with that. On this case, I acquired some dried apple chips to go. Actually superior aficionados of the breakfast buffet will convey a Ziploc bag and smuggle meals out. Essentially the most spectacular factor I’ve ever smuggled was eggs Benedict in two to-go espresso cups.
I went to the authors’ luncheon — a thousand ladies have been there to assist kidney well being consciousness. That they had grilled salmon, which was very yummy. There was a giant arugula salad with candied walnuts and pickled onions. I ate that entire factor. After which that they had some type of chocolate caramel tart. I ate two bites as a result of I don’t actually love caramel.
In fact, I had inexperienced tea all through the day. Between the hours of seven a.m. and three p.m., I’ve about 16 ounces of inexperienced tea each hour, on the hour. I’ve this little mug that I refill continually.
I left that luncheon and went to a bookstore to signal some books in Phoenix, after which went to this restaurant referred to as Pizzeria Bianco. Every time I journey someplace new, I ask my followers the place I ought to go eat. Everybody in my life was like, “If you’re in Phoenix, go to Pizzeria Bianco. It’s higher than New York Metropolis pizza.” And I used to be like, there’s no method, however it was so scrumptious. The pizza’s like thin-crust that’s ethereal and fluffy, and the tomato sauce was barely tart. I cherished it. I might have eaten a complete pie. We acquired a big pie that was half traditional Margherita and half pistachio pizza, which was good, however I like a traditional pizza higher. And we had a recent farmer’s market salad, which was nice. I had half a glass of wine as a result of I didn’t wish to drink a lot, since I used to be getting on a aircraft. When you hit your mid-to-late 30s, you simply really feel each drink that you’ve. After one and a half glasses of wine my physique’s like, nuh-uh.
Then I acquired to the airport and there was nothing open — and it was eight p.m.
Sunday, November 4
I landed in New York within the morning and went straight to mattress at like Four a.m. Once I wakened, I had one other large cup of tea. I purchased a mug in Spain and I used to be like, That is so nice! Take a look at this big mug. However then folks identified on Instagram that it’s truly a soup service. However I take advantage of it as a mug anyway.
My husband had gotten up earlier with the children, so he made breakfast for them, which was eggs and fruit, and he left some for me, so I ate chilly eggs with sriracha.
I went to my dad and mom’ and my mother had made oatmeal so I had that, which was tremendous yummy. She places goji berries and dates in it. Then I went to Books of Surprise, which hosted my first public launch occasion, and, as soon as once more, that they had Sprinkles cupcakes and Moët and Shake Shack burgers, however I didn’t have time to eat. Afterwards, I went dwelling and had extra leftover soup. I wasn’t actually hungry as a result of while you do an occasion and also you’re speaking to numerous folks, it’s like a pure urge for food suppressant.
Monday, November 5
Within the morning, I dropped my daughter off in school after which I went to Rosemary’s, which is just a few blocks away. I had their Napolitano eggs, that are principally eggs with spicy tomato sauce and focaccia bread on the facet and arugula. I cherished that. I went straight from breakfast to the CDFA workplace. I’m a choose for the CFDA Style Fund, so I went to their workplaces and had some fruit and extra inexperienced tea.
Then I went to Rubirosa, which is like my favourite pizza in New York. Their pizza a la vodka, I feel, is likely one of the most good meals ever, as a result of the sauce is on the sweeter facet and it’s served on a really, very skinny crust. Once I was pregnant with my daughter, I ate a whole giant pie on my own, which might be why I gained 60 kilos over the course of that being pregnant. I additionally love their Tuscan black kale and had a dish with celery and cured whitefish that’s off-menu. I introduced the leftover pizza again to my workplace and shared it with my staff members after which I went dwelling at about Four p.m. to get modified for the CFDA Awards.
The CFDA Awards is legendary for serving rooster pot pie. I feel it’s an Anna Wintour specialty. However I don’t eat rooster, so I acquired the vegetarian possibility, which was actually like a bowl of greens with quinoa. It was not as hearty. I want that they had veggie pot pie. The occasion was on the Mast Brothers Chocolate house, so I had one chunk of a chocolate bar after which headed dwelling.
Tuesday, November 6
I went to the airport to fly to LAX. There have been extra meals choices at this terminal, so I went to one of many airport eating places and acquired an omelette. It was a very bizarre omelette with brussels sprouts and inexperienced peppers. I ate like half of it as a result of it was so colossal — like, How does a human being eat this?
In L.A., I used to be staying at the Peninsula and I instantly ordered a Japanese breakfast, which is my favourite type of breakfast. It had grilled salmon, miso soup, rice, and a superbly fried egg with Japanese pickles. I additionally ordered a fruit plate and a few shrimp dumplings. One of many causes I like that resort is as a result of the unique location is in Hong Kong, so that they all the time have Asian meals on the menu. Every time I get homesick or miss my dad and mom or New York, I all the time eat Asian meals.
Afterwards, I acquired my nails completed and went to the Grove for a e-book studying and as soon as once more, there have been Sprinkles cupcakes. However by the point the occasion was over, there have been no cupcakes left on the desk. Then I went again to my resort room and I had pad thai for dinner, which was first rate, after which shrimp dumplings once more and scorching water with lemon. I attempt to bear in mind to drink it most nights earlier than I’m going to mattress. It’s imagined to be good for digestion.