Carol Han is founding partner of Noho-based digital media agency CA Creative, where she works with brands on social media and online content. She loves her friends, family, boyfriend, and dog (not necessarily in that order), travels too much, reads voraciously, tinkers with the piano and guitar (to the detriment of her neighbors), cooks a lot, and does yoga almost every day. She's also the force behind Milk & Mode, her food blog that focuses on the fact that good food and a good life are one and the same. The recipes she features are meant for people like herself (and like many of us): busy, young, and cooking haphazardly in shoebox-size NYC kitchens.
What can’t you travel without?
A good book and noise-cancelling headphones.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Currently, Switzerland – my boyfriend is there temporarily, and because it’s one of the most beautiful, pristine countries I’ve ever seen.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
Sundays are for getting in some hobby time: yoga, practicing the piano, catching up on my latest novel, cooking up a big brunch for friends, etc.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
Woody Allen. He’s so quirky and hilarious and so quintessentially New York. I’d be curious of where he’d take me, but even if we sat on some stoop for eight hours and hung out, that would be just fine with me.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants, and what do you order there?
The miso ramen at Ramen Yebisu, chicken hash at Parish Hall, the burger at Diner, the truffle chicken at Dover.
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
I love the bar at Alder in the East Village. Those bartenders are the best and they’ve got this incredible “pub cheese” that reminds me of the holidays as a child, for some reason.
What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots, and what do you order when you go?
I’m still a lover of Locanda Verde – all the pastries and that dippable cheese thing with ricotta and sea salt they’ve got.
Where do you get your art fix in NYC, and do you have a favorite artist?
I love The Frick, The Met, and The MoMA. I recently went to an exhibit on Paul Klee in London at the Tate Modern and absolutely fell in love with his work and his life story. Fascinating person.
What music are you listening to these days, and who are some of your favorite musicians?
I love ASTR. They just released their first EP and it’s so good! Zoe, the lead singer, used to teach yoga at my studio – she is ridiculously talented and has such good, sweet energy. And along with everyone else, I really like Lorde. And Sky Ferreira. And of course, Queen Bey.
When you think of NYC, are there any particular memories that come to mind?
I’ll always remember my first years in NYC when I was totally broke, eaking out a living as a fashion assistant at ELLE Magazine and living in a tiny studio on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village. I was going to lots of glamorous fashion parties every night, working 12-14 hour days on the regular, getting by on cereal and pizza, making my first group of amazing girlfriends here, and loving every single minute of it.