Monday, December 8, 2014

Finally, a successful attempt at Spot Dessert Bar!

Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10003
212.677.5670

I recently had to visit a dessert place for a term paper I was working on for my Baking & Pastry Arts class. There were so many to choose from, but I ended up choosing Spot Dessert Bar, located in the heart of the East Village in the city.

Every time Will and I make an attempt to visit Spot Dessert Bar, it's always and I do mean always crowded. There's always a line out the door after 6PM. For our visit, we were smart to come on a Sunday afternoon and there was no line. We got seated.

I really enjoyed the rich and soothing scent of green tea lingering in the air. There was a nice, warm, cheerful, and cozy ambiance. So at Spot Dessert Bar, you can order the desserts a la carte, omakase also known as "The Ultimate Spot Experience"which costs $55.00 and it consists of six seasonal dessert tapas and one chef special, five tapas for $39.00, or three tapas for $23.00 which is a decent price.

Will and I opted for the three tapas special and this is what we ordered:

Tokyo Camembert

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cheap Eats: May Wah Fast Food

May Wah Fast Food
190 Hester Street New York, NY 10013
212.925.6428

Happy December everyone! I can't believe that 2015 is approaching near. Can you?

So it was a month ago that Will took me to a hole in the wall, food spot in Chinatown that he frequented before we started dating. I heard a lot of great things about this little food spot so Will and I finally got around to visiting it.

The restaurant is split into two stores, but one is take-out and one is dine-in. The dine-in section wasn't that big, but it's big enough. It looked very new, clean, and cozy. The waitress greeted us and took our orders and within 5 minutes our food comes out.

Pork Chop over Rice
Will ordered one of their most famous menu items - Pork Chop over Rice ($5.00). There's a 50 cent charge for an egg, so without the egg it would be $4.50. I tried a small piece of the pork chop and it wasn't dry or overcooked which I liked. It had a slight crisp and crunch to it.

Hot & Sour Soup
Will also ordered the hot and sour soup ($1.75).

Chicken Leg over Rice
I ordered one of the popular menu items too - Chicken Leg over Rice ($5.00). I really enjoyed the chicken leg because it was seasoned just right, moist, tender, and had a nice crunch to it. 

There's a special sauce the chefs use too, but don't know what's in it or what it is, but all I know it was delicious! It was bomb! I'm not sure what vegetables were served either, but tastes like preserved cabbage. 

All in all, it was a fun and enjoyable experience. The food was cheap and yummy! I could really go for this again. Much thanks to my boyfriend for taking and introducing me to May Wah! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Two Hearty Thanksgiving Meals

Thanksgiving came and went by quick. This year I had three Thanksgiving celebrations - one with my company, one with my family, and one with Will's family.

On Thursday, my family and I had lunch at my house and boy did we eat lots of food.

Thanksgiving Lunch
This was the Thanksgiving lunch at my house. We had a mix of Chinese food and some traditional Thanksgiving foods. My sister and brother in-law brought roasted vegetables with pine nuts, cranberry sauce, and sliced turkey with gravy sauce. 

Mom cooked most of the dishes and it was delicious! I really enjoyed the turkey and the cranberry sauce that my brother in-law made. It complemented really well. 

Strudel 
My brother in-law brought one of my favorites - strudel from Zabar's. He brought a blueberry and cheese strudel and apple strudel. I actually liked the blueberry and cheese strudel more because it added a nice creaminess to the strudel. It was really, really good.

Thanksgiving Dinner
This is the Thanksgiving dinner with Will's family. We had some Western and Eastern foods. The ham was baked in the oven and it was tender, moist, and delicious! Will's sister made sauteed apples which complemented really well with the ham. Everything was really yummy!

Desserts - Cakes
For dessert we had two cakes from Paris Baguette. There was a mini sponge cake and the cappuccino cake. I like the cappuccino cake the best because it wasn't too sweet and there was a hint of coffee in it.

All in all, it was a pretty fun Thanksgiving and food was excellent! Next year, I hope to make time to make roasted butternut squash or even mashed sweet potatoes. 

How was your Thanksgiving?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Food Review: BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel

Wafel & Dinges (Food Truck)
(Downtown Brooklyn, Lawrence Street)

So now that you know there are food trucks every Thursday in Downtown Brooklyn, here's another food truck that's part of Food Truck Thursdays - Wafels & Dinges.

I've always had their sweet wafels, but not their savory ones so I decided to pick one up for lunch recently.

BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel
This is the wafel I ordered. The wafel had a slight crunchiness to it and the barbecue sauce was sweet and tangy which I liked. The pulled pork was really moist and velvety. It was really delicious!

Cole Slaw
My lunch also came with a side of cole slaw which was tasty.

I didn't expect a savory wafel to taste so good. I'm glad I gave it a shot. The chicken and gravy wafel sounds really tempting. I may have to give that one a shot at some point.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Food Review - Papaya King

Papaya King - Food Truck
(Downtown Brooklyn, Bridge Street)

So every Thursday is Food Truck Thursdays in Downtown Brooklyn, where I work. I was strolling by the MetroTech area one Thursday when I stumbled upon the Papaya King truck and glanced at their menu quickly and knew instantly what I wanted.

Hot Dog & Tater Tots
Yup I got a  hot dog and tater tots. A very simple, but yummy lunch. I also haven't had a hot dog in so long and it was great. Next time, I must add toppings on the hot dog for sure.

Tater Tots
A friend of mine posted on Facebook that he had tater tots as part of his dinner one night and I was blown away by it. It's been so long since I had tater tots and it was a childhood favorite, so I also had some tater tots. So full. So fattening. So yummy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ramen Quest: Revisting Bassanova Ramen

Bassanova Ramen
76 Mott Street New York, NY 10013
212.334.2100

It's been about a year or so since Will and I have last been to Bassanova Ramen. We typically don't revisit ramen restaurants that we've previously been to unless their menu expanded/changed or we were unclear of how we felt the first time so we revisit it and see how we feel or we revisit because the ramen is just that damn good.

This time we came back because their menu expanded and because our dear friend Jimmy was craving for ramen so we took him to Bassanova Ramen.

Their new menu includes: soupless ramen, 4-7 additional ramen, and appetizers.

Sizzling Hot Iron-Pan Stick Dumplings
Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Anchovies
Berkshire Pork Buns
So we began with the Sizzling Hot Iron-Pan stick dumplings and the presentation of it actually surprised us because we've never seen dumplings shaped or cooked like this.The dumplings were filled with berkshire pork, chives, Chinese cabbage, garlic, and scallion. I really liked the dumplings, but I wished the the crust was crunchier.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Food Review: Cereal Milk with Corn Flakes (Soft Serve)

Momofuku Milk Bar 
15 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019
347.577.9504 ext. 5

After having dinner with our friend Draven at Ise Menkui-tei, he took us to Momofuku Milk Bar which I have been to before.

There were a lot of treats and snacks to choose from, but I took Draven's advice and got the cereal milk bar with corn flakes

Cereal Milk with Corn Flakes (Soft Serve)
Who would ever think corn flakes would complement ice cream so well? I mean really, it was amazing! I didn't eat the whole soft serve because I do have a slight allergic reaction to milk unless it's mixed in with coffee, or tea. Yeah it's weird. Milk makes me want to throw up at times, but luckily with the cereal milk soft serve I didn't really feel the reaction.

I seriously think they should have corn flakes as a topping at every ice cream shop or dessert shop. It's sweet and crunchy goodness.

Next time I return to Momofuku Milk Bar, I will probably try a different dessert or one of their special cookies.