Sunday, July 27, 2014

Food Review: Waldorf Wrap

*This review is solely based on just this food and not Lassen & Hennigs*

So there's a shop/deli known as Lassen & Hennigs in Downtown Brooklyn that my company and I have ordered food from numerous amount of times and quite frankly the quality of the catered foods were a hit or miss. However, they also ready-to-go foods and drinks that you can just grab and go and they also make food fresh as well.

As you may know I have been on a semi-healthy kick so once in a while I would trek to the other side of Downtown Brooklyn just for a good lunch.

Waldorf Wrap

I've tried their Whole Wheat Waldorf wrap and it's phenomenal! This is possibly one of the best wraps I've had so far besides the Grilled Chicken Caesar wrap from One Way Deli. I have had a Waldorf salad before, but come on a Waldorf salad rolled together in a wrap is a whole different level!

There was chicken, walnuts, sliced apple, raisins, celery, and mayonnaise. I really like the fact that there were big slices/chunks of apple. The apple and walnuts adds a nice crunchiness to the wrap, but the apple adds a slight sweetness to the wrap. The celery adds a nice crunch too. It's really a light, simple, and super filling wrap. Oh yes, this wrap was under $7.00.

There are other wraps available at Lassen & Hennigs and food too. I am definitely going to try out their other wraps and hopefully some of them will be just as delicious as the Waldorf Wrap.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Belated Celebration at Sotto Voce

Sotto Voce
225 7th Avenue New York, NY 11215

Earlier this month I was very sick - caught a fever, viral infection, and developed tonsillitis (swelling on the tonsils) and couldn't celebrate my 3.5 year anniversary with Will, but promised to him we would celebrate it after I got better and we did so last week.

Since it was nice weather last week ,we decided to go to brunch after our morning workout at the gym. I found Sotto Voce, a mid-sized restaurant located on the corner of 7th Avenue and 4th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The decor was simple and clean, gave a nice, cozy, and  local neighborhood feel to it.

We were greeted by a waiter and he took our beverage orders. For weekend brunch, there's unlimited mimosas, champagne, bloody Mary, homemade pound cake, hot coffee or hot tea.

We decided to start off our brunch with mimosas. I've had a bellini before, but not a mimosa. The mimosa was light, simple, and delightful to drink.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lunch Spot: One Way Deli in Downtown Brooklyn

One Way Deli
26 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Will told me about this little deli that's located on one of the busiest streets in Downtown Brooklyn. He's boasted about how delicious and filling the wraps are at One Way Deli. Since I've been on a bit of a healthy kick, I decided to try out a wrap at One Way Deli.

It's about an 8-10 minute walk from my office. It's not spacious nor fancy inside. The staff behind the counter are very friendly and quick at fixing your meal. The price for a wrap/sandwich is actually quite cheap for Downtown Brooklyn.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
I ordered the grilled chicken Caesar wrap for under $8.00-$9.00, that's actually not bad. The wrap was humongous and I actually didn't quite finish the entire wrap. I got a whole wheat wrap and it consisted of Romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, croutons,  and Parmesan cheese.

I've had a grilled chicken Caesar wrap from other restaurants/food places near my office, but none of them tasted as good as the one I've had from One Way Deli. It was nicely composed. The wrap was warm and delightfully delicious! Their wraps are made fresh and with love.

I'm really glad that Will introduced me to this little spot in Downtown Brooklyn because sometimes I am a little bored of salads and going to the usual lunch spots near my office. Sometimes I just need a little walk, break from the office and the computer and also want to eat semi-healthy, so wrap is a nice alternative.

Tip: This is a CASH only place.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bubble Tea at Red Bubble

Red Bubble
97 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002

After Will and I had dinner at Big Wong, our friends brought us to a hidden bubble tea shop on Chrystie Street in Chinatown. I would never have noticed its existence because you see Red Bubble is tucked away underneath another shop so it's hard to see.

The day we went there wasn't much ventilation at the bubble tea shop, limited seats, and not much decor. The price is same as just about anywhere else. The service is regular - nothing extraordinary.

Rose Tea
I've never tried rose tea before so decided to give it a shot. It was definitely different compared to other bubble teas I've had so far. It had a light, floral-like taste to it. I didn't really enjoy it too much after a few sips because of it's floral-like taste and I should have gotten it with tapioca or some type of topping. It was also a little too sweet for me. I should have customized the sweetness.

Red Bubble is similar to Kung Fu Tea in that they allow you to customize how much sugar or ice is added to your drink. Sugar - extra sugar (120%), less sugar (70%), half sugar (50%), little sugar (30%), and no sugar (0%). For ice - more ice, less ice, and no ice.

I think the likelihood of us returning may be slim because we have our hearts set on a default bubble tea shop right now and that's Kung Fu Tea, but I am personally opened to trying new bubble tea shops too. In addition, Red Bubble's menu is pretty standard - nothing too extraordinary, just ordinary.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Meaty Deliciousness at Big Wong

Big Wong
67 Mott Street New York, NY 10013

Will and I don't typically have dinner at small, old restaurants in Chinatown and we typically wouldn't eat this for dinner because it's more of a lunch than dinner.

I don't know what it was, but I had an intensive yearning for this and we ended up having it for dinner.  I didn't even bother to look at the menu when we arrived at Big Wong. I told Will what I wanted before I went to use the restroom and I returned 3-5 minutes later and there it was.

Three Precious Rice 
Yup, this was my dinner. I can't express to you how long and how much I've been craving for this simple yet harmonious dish.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Food Event: Japanese Gourmet Fair at Mitsuwa

595 River Road Edgewater, NJ 07020

It was about two weeks ago when a few friends, Will, and I went to Mitsuwa for the Japanese Gourmet Fair. We arrived on an early Saturday morning so we can get seats, grab food, and line up for the special ramen. And... as always at these events we can get a little too crazy with the food.

Beef Tongue Ramen
The special ramen that was served was the beef tongue ramen. There were two types availalble - beef tongue ramen with all toppings and a beef tongue ramen with just scallions. Will and I ordered the one with all toppings of course. I really and truly enjoyed the beef tongue ramen because it's unlike any other ramen I've had before.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Local Dining: La Granja Peruana Restaurant

La Granja Peruana Restaurant
1928 Bath Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11214

While growing up and living in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for 23 years, never have I taken notice that there was a Peruvian restaurant just about 10-12 blocks from where I live.

A friend of mine - Dan, who also happens to be a foodie too told me about La Granja Peruana Restaurant and how they have awesome roasted chicken. I checked the place on Yelp and vowed to give it a shot one day since it is a local restaurant and I've never had Peruvian food before.

A girl friend of mine  from junior high school and I made plans to have dinner here. We met at La Granja Peruana Restaurant on a Thursday night and it was quite empty inside the restaurant. It was a quiet dinner with light background music. As for the decor, it needs to be fixed and enhanced.

So we had the following -

Palta Rellena De Pollo