Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday Afternoon Brunch with Teresa's Restaurant

Teresa's Restaurant
80 Montague Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Last year, Will and I tried out Teresa's Restaurant and we weren't sure if we would return because the food was mediocre. However, since Will works a few blocks from Teresa's and gave it another shot; he was positive that the food quality has improved so I took his word for it and we revisited it.

We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was packed! Luckily the wait wasn't long at all. We got seated within 5-10 minutes. We ended up ordering from their Saturday - Breakfast Special Menu and it includes: an entree, a soup or a salad, and a cocktail for a set price. 

We went mid-March and it was still very chilly outside so we decided to order soups. I ordered the Chicken Noodle Soup and Will ordered the Mushroom Barley Soup

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where Tradition Matters The Most at A-Wah II

A-Wah Restuarant II
48B Bowery Street New York, NY 10013

The restaurant that was formerly here was Yummy Noodles which was best known for their clay pot rices and comfort Chinese and Hong Kong dishes. I'm very glad to see that A-Wah II has carried on the tradition of serving clay pot rices.

The layout of the restaurant is still the same as Yummy Noodles except with new touches  and has a modernized, updated look to it. The servers are quick, friendly, and considerate as they will tell you that your clay pot is very hot and to be careful.

House Special Clay Pot Rice
We ordered the House Special Clay Pot Rice and it's filled with preserved duck, sausage, ground pork patty, and half-boiled egg. It was like a clay pot of meat and rice brought down from heaven.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ramen Quest: Kambi Ramen House

Kambi Ramen House
351 East 14th Street New York, NY 10003

So Will and I have tried almost every ramen restaurant along the East Village except for a few. I've been contemplating whether to try Kambi Ramen for a while and we finally tried it out.

We arrived around 8:30-9PM on a Friday night and it was packed. It took about 8-10 minutes before we were seated.

Two seats opened up by the bar so we were sat there. I wanted to sit at a regular table with regular chairs, but this was fine because we actually got to see all the action that took place and the production. It was quite exciting actually.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sweet Treat: Peanut Mochi

I normally don't review products I have bought or tried, but after trying this particular snack I just have to share it with you.

A few weeks ago Will and I were shopping at a Chinese Supermarket when I stumbled upon this:

Peanut Mochi
Now I am not a particular fan of mochi and I think it may be because I haven't found one that I actually love until recently.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Birthday Dinner at BKNY Thai Restaurant

BKNY Thai Restaurant
47-11 Francis Lewis Boulevard Bayside, NY 11361

This was truly a hidden gem in Bayside Queens.

On my actual birthday March 16th, Will and I went to BKNY. It wasn't a restaurant that I had on my list of places to try, but I saw the photos on Yelp and I knew instantly that I wanted to try it out and so we did.

BKNY is different from the Thai restaurants I've been to so far. First, it's very spacious and big. Second , the decor is modern and just beautiful. It's very dim inside the restaurant and atmosphere is relaxing.

Classic Chicken Curry Puff
We started off with a classic chicken curry puff ($6.50). The classic chicken curry puff was accompanied with a cucumber vinegar.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Memorable Birthday Dinner at Grotta Azzurra

Grotta Azzurra
177 Mulberry Street New York, NY 100013

Guess who turned 26 last week? This girl did.

I celebrated my birthday quite a number of times this year but for the celebration with my friends, I decided to revisit a restaurant I had already been to for my birthday before because it was one of the only restaurants Will and I called that would take 15-17 guests and had no problem with us having our dinner at 8PM.

Grotta Azzurra is a family-style and spacious Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy in NYC. Our dinner took place in their wine cellar room and it was a nice, casual  atmosphere. We literally sat outside of the wine cellar room which felt nice.

This was my drink for the night. I don’t drink much alcohol, but I sure do love a refreshing cocktail once in a while. I’ve actually never had a mojito before, but anything with mint I love. 

I thought it was adorable that the mojito was served in a mason jar and I really liked the mojito. I found it to be very refreshing, light, and minty. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our Dinner at Sunway Cafe

Sunway Cafe
3907 Prince Street Flushing, NY 1354

Will and I have been venturing out to Queens more than usual mostly because we have found a quiet place to work - Barnes & Noble in Fresh Meadows, Queens.

During one of our visits in Queens, Will and I had a late dinner at Sunway Cafe. I really, really like that the restaurant is spacious  and the high ceilings. It's a very laid back and cozy restaurant to dine in. I also like that their menu is mostly Hong Kong Style dishes and beverages.

Sunway Appetizer Sampler for Two
So Will and I ordered the Sunway appetizer sampler for two ($8.95) which we later regretted. Everything was deep-fried. The spring rolls had vermicelli, mushroom, celery, and carrot. The chicken wings were very small. The fried wontons were actually tasty, filled with crabmeat and cheese. Yum!