Growing up, I always found it to be so special when my family would take day trips to Chinatown.
I always loved the energy coming from the entire community. I was constantly amazed by the street vendors, the mini-shows, and the overall culture of good eating whenever we’d visit.
I continue the monthly tradition of Chinatown visits with Joe. Once in awhile, we’ll take my nieces for an evening stroll, sipping on bubbletea and haggling down prices for little trinkets that the kids excitedly choose from a street vendor.
Most importantly (well, at least for my sweet tooth and I), we take a visit to my favorite bakery: Patisserie Harmonie where its buffet-style setup makes it easy to get carried away and purchase tons of food. I often find myself bringing home boxes of large pastries and indulging for an entire weekend. Whenever I visit, I end up acting like an extremely content kid walking out of a candy store (well, in my case, a pastry shop).
I photographed some of my ultimate favorites. I have a weakness for the football-shaped one, with its layers of soft dough, cream filling, and sweet topping of fresh strawberries. I can never resist one (…or two, or three).