Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekday Lunch at Don Nico's

Don Nico's
9-43 Dekalb Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11201

I can't believe I haven't written a review on the blog about this cute, little Mexican spot I like to go to nearby my office. Don Nico's is a cute and random foodstand because it's surrounded by many retail shops and it just pops out.

A colleague that I work very close with has been to Don Nico's a few times and have recommended it to me. He recommended me to try the Chicken Torta but I was hesitant for a bit.

During the times I went I've always got their tacos which costs under $7.00. However, last year I decided to try out something new instead that's worthy of sharing on the blog.

Chicken Torta
So I finally listened to my colleague and got the Chicken Torta ($8.00). I really wasn't expecting it to be so massive. The sandwich was literally bigger and wider than my hand.

The sandwich was made with Mexican bread and filled with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and with Mexican white cheese. There was also Chipotle mayo. I really enjoyed it. I mean everything about it was spot on delicious! 

The bread was fresh and crunchy. The chicken was grilled to perfection, not dry at all. The Chipotle mayo gave the sandwich a splash of spice, but it was bearable. I was so full that I couldn't finish the other half of the sandwich.

Chips with Pico De Gallo & Guacamole
I was craving for this so I ordered the chips which came with a side of guacamole and pico de gallo ($5.00) I wasn't a fan of pico de gallo as it was very strong. The guacamole was close to perfection, but was missing a key ingredient - lime. The guacamole tasted creamy and smooth, but a little bit of lime juice would have been a great addition.

Overall, I was really satisfied with my lunch. The sandwich was amazing and I am glad my colleague recommended it to me. It was a good meal to end the last work day of 2014. I will definitely be back again for their Chicken Torta, but should probably give the other half to someone else since I know I won't be able to finish it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dessert Works: Ice Cream at OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
175 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249

After brunch at Sweet Chick with our friends, we stopped by OddFellows Ice Cream Co. which is about ten minutes away from Sweet Chick.

We've been to the one in the East Village last Summer and that one wasn't as big and spacious as the one in Williamsburg. You can read my review of OddFellows Ice Cream Co. in the East Village by clicking here.

I like the one in Williamsburg a lot more because it's bigger and there's seating, but mostly because it feels like a real ice cream shop. The decor is very simple, but cute and it's very warm, bright, and welcoming.

There were many flavors to try and choose from, but the ones Will and I ended up with were:

Spiced Pumpkin & Apple Crisp
as it says in the caption - Spiced Pumpkin & Apple Crisp ice cream. These two flavors reminds me of food and desserts we would typically have or relate to in the Autumn. 

The spiced pumpkin is like a pumpkin pie in an ice cream. It wasn't too sweet and there was a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg in it. It was really, really delightful! 

The apple crispy reminds me of almost an apple pie. It tasted like a real apple, but with a slight cinnamon taste to it and there were tiny bits of apple chunks in the ice cream too. It was absolutely yummy.

I am a huge ice cream/gelato fan and I hope to return to OddFellows Ice Cream Co. at some point in the near future to try more of their delicious ice creams.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Brunch with Sweet Chick

164 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

It was about a month ago when my friends, Will, and I met up at Sweet Chick (Williamsburg) for brunch. I was very excited to see our friends and to have brunch with them as well. I love brunch!

Our friends waited for 15-20 minutes for the restaurant to call us when our table was ready. The restaurant had a very simple and rustic decor. The ambiance was lively. The space was a little cramped. Server and staff are very friendly and helpful.

For drinks, our friends got the Blood Mary while my boyfriend got the Mimosa and I had the Bellini. 

The Bellini was delightful. I've never tried a Bloody Mary before, but would like to give it a shot at some point in the near future.

Chicken and Waffles
Our friend Samantha ordered the Chicken and Waffles which was accompanied with three different types of spreads (fresh berries, ricotta, and spiced honey). I didn't enjoy it much because the chicken wasn't crispy or moist. It felt slightly cold and dry. As for the waffle, I liked it.

Smoked Pork Hash
Samantha's boyfriend Alex ordered the Smoked Pork Hash which consisted of house cured pork with a Carolina style rub and a poached egg. It was hearty and delicious!

House Baked Pastries
Samantha and Alex ordered the House Baked pastries, but unfortunately Will and I were too full to try the pastries. The pastries did look amazing and yummy though.

Maple Bacon?
This was one Sweet Chick's special menu item on the day we went. Unfortunately, I don't quite remember if it was actually called Maple Bacon,  but there was a slight sweetness to it. It tasted like candied bacon but also maple flavor. The maple bacon had a chewy texture to it almost like beef jerky.

Eggs Benny
Will ordered the Eggs Benny which was served on biscuits with shredded smoked chicken, smoked ham, Hollandaise sauce and homefries. I tried Will's Egg Benny and quite frankly I wasn't very thrilled with Sweet Chick's version of Eggs Benedict. The shredded chicken felt very dry. I do admit that their take on Eggs Benedict is very different and unique, but I didn't quite like the taste and it didn't feel like the flavors came together.

Shrimp and Grits
I ordered the Shrimp and Grits. This Shrimp and Grits is different because the sauce used was smoked paprika and bell peppers sauce. There was also scallions and a poached egg. I love grits and shrimp, but Sweet Chick's version of the shrimp and grits wasn't what I had hope for. 

Although, it was huge in size and it will fill you up, I didn't feel that this was very unique. I wasn't very happy with the sauce and I was extremely thirsty afterwards.

All in all, I felt the experience and quality was not excellent, but not horrible either. I was a little uncomfortable with the space and seating and food was mediocre. However, I would still come back give this Sweet Chick another chance and I would also like to try their other location in Manhattan.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Restaurant Review - Soho Thai

Soho Thai
141 Grand Street New York, NY 10013

I haven't had Thai food in a long time. I saw that there was a new Thai restaurant in Soho/Chinatown that replaced a previous Thai restaurant and was interested in trying it.

Will and I came to Soho Thai for dinner and the interior/structure/decor was same as Thai Angel (previous restaurant). It was still warm and bright inside. The staff here weren't very attentive, professional, nor pleasant. Service is slightly slow too.

When we arrived we sat down for about 10-15 minutes before the server brought glasses of water to us and took our orders. The server didn't seem very professional as he wasn't making any eye contact with us either.

Thai Ice Tea
I ordered a Thai Ice Tea to share with the boyfriend. It was very refreshing and absolute perfection and looked adorable served in a mason jar.

Fried Calamari with Sweet Chili Sauce
For appetizer, we had the fried calamari with the sweet chili sauce. Honestly, I wasn't a fan of this because the fried calamari didn't have any taste to it. It was very plain, A little dash of salt and pepper added to the batter would have helped. Despite the tasteless calamari, it was fried and crispy.

Massaman Curry 
Will ordered the Massaman Curry which consisted of potatoes, onions, and peanuts in coconut milk. I tried some of Will's Massaman Curry and it was okay, not excellent or over the top and not horrible. I think it could have been improved with more variety of vegetables.

Beef Pad Thai
I haven't had Pad Thai in a very, very long time. I ordered the beef Pad Thai and at first it was very delicious, but as I continued eating more I noticed it was rather very sweet. I know Pad Thai is suppose to have a dash of sweet and tangy flavor to it, but this was too much sweetness. It was a little too overwhelming.

I think overall Soho Thai was mediocre. Their service wasn't satisfactory and the food quality wasn't up to par either. I don't think we will be back any time soon as the quality of Soho Thai is just below mediocre and that's never good for any restaurant.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Family Dinner at Cafe Hong Kong

Cafe Hong Kong
51 Bayard Street New York, NY 10013

My family and I came here for a family dinner a month ago to celebrate my dad and big sister's lunar birthday. I've always been curious about Cafe Hong Kong since I've heard good things about the restaurant through my mom and sister.

Cafe Hong Kong is pretty clean, simple decor, and is more like a family-style restaurant than a cafe. There was eight of us so we had a large table. The waiters and waitresses here are friendly and quite attentive.

So this is what we ordered for our family dinner -

Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crabs
My parents ordered this since it sounded really good. The deep-fried soft shell crabs were fried just perfectly and looked extremely crispy. However, I didn't eat this because I am somewhat allergic to crab.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Best Things We Ever Ate in 2014

Happy New Year to our fellow followers and foodies!

It's that time of the year again! We would like to share with you the top and best of 14 things we've eaten in 2014 and where you can find it.

2014 has been a great year and I had the opportunity to try and experience a lot of different foods and cuisines with my family, Will, and friends. So here's our countdown list and be ready to salivate -

Please note: These foods/dishes aren't in any specific order.

Lamb Hanteeth
14. On the last day of my Dining Room class, my professor and my class met at Yemen Cafe (Downtown Brooklyn) and I've actually never had Middle Eastern cuisine before, so this was completely new and different for me.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

My Experience in Baking & Pastry Arts and Culinary Class

It feels good to be back on blogging and here again. Winter break is here. The semester is over and I feel good.

As you may know I took Baking & Pastry Arts 2 and Culinary 2 this semester and I would like to share my experience with you.

For those of you who aren't familiar with what these classes encompass I shall tell you. Baking & Pastry Arts 2 is a five hour long class and 90% of the production is all pastries from apple products to French  pastries to layered cakes to chiffon pies and a lot more.

Culinary 2 is more hands-on, creativity-driven and as if your really in a kitchen. The bad thing about Culinary 2 is that it's a six hour long class and since I took it on a Saturday I had to get up every morning at 7AM and Will would drive me to school but the good thing is when we really got into cooking and prepping food, I was really into it, we got out early, and I took this class with my professor from Culinary 1.