Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ramen Quest - Ise Menkui-tei in Midtown, Manhattan

Ise Menkui-tei
58 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019
212.707.8702

Will and I are normally don't find ourselves in Midtown, but not too long ago a dear friend of mine that works in Midtown, had invited me out to have dinner with him and to bring Will along too.

The three of us had dinner at Ise Menkui-tei. It's quite spacious inside especially for a ramen spot. I like that it's warm and bright inside, felt so cozy inside. The wait staff were very friendly and attentive.

So we started off with two appetizers -

Pork Gyoza
We started off with the Pork Gyozas which seemed quite small compared to it's average size that I have had at other ramen/Japanese restaurants. It was moist and cooked just right. I kind of wished there was a slight crunch to the bottom part of the gyozas.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pho Vietnam 87 - Inspired to eat here

Pho Vietnam 87
87 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002
212.775.0999

So, I am pretty sure by now that you all know Will and I love Vietnamese food. We've recently tried a new Vietnamese restaurant actually in Chinatown. The reason that we tried it is not only because we were hungry or that we wanted Vietnamese food,  but mostly because I read an in-depth and great review of Pho Vietnam 87 on Eater NY. The beautiful photos and descriptions were convincing enough to try.

Banh Xeo
So I have this food bucket list and one of the items I've been wanting to try is Banh Xeo. It is a savory, Vietnamese pancake. When it arrived, it literally looked like a giant omelet. Inside was a combination of ground pork and shrimp and also beansprouts. It was pan-fried to sizzling crispness. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Amazing Gem in East Village - Maharlika

Maharlika
111 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003
646.392.7880

A month ago, Will and I went out with our friends to celebrate our friend Victor's birthday. We made reservation at Maharlika and man I was pumped up and so excited to try Maharlika because it's one of the well-known Filipino restaurants in NYC and I've heard their spam fries are to die for. Yes, I said spam fries.

The decor is chic. I really liked the ambiance here. It's dim lit, trendy, laid back, and relaxing. Service is quick and on point, and the food... well it was the best part.

Chiccaron
Our dinner began with a free small plate of Chiccaron (chicken rinds) with a vinegar sauce accompanied by very hot chili's. It was crispy and delicious and everything you would imagine if the Phillipines made an amuse bouche.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Nothing like Bowls of Noodle Soup at Grand Bo Ky

Grand Bo Ky
216 Grand Street New York, NY 10013
212.219.9228

After trying out Bo Ky on Bayard Street, my boyfriend decided to take me to the one on Grand street. This location is a lot cleaner and brighter than the other location. The service is even a lot better.

Country Duck with Flat Noodles and Mushrooms
Will ordered the country duck with flat noodles and mushrooms.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Filling Up Our Bellies at Belly Busters

Belly Busters
4408 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842
410.524.7116

On our last day of our Labor Day Weekend trip in Ocean City we made one final food stop at Belly Busters.

It's a one of a kind and interesting seafood establishment nearby the beach. There is indoor and outdoor dining. It was crowded, humid, and hot inside the restaurant so we ate outdoors, but even outdoors was hot.

Most of us ordered the seafood platter but with different sides.

Conch Fritters
The conch fritters were fried and crispy on the outside, but I didn't quite enjoy it because it didn't have much of a taste or flavor in it.

Monday, September 29, 2014

As The Chef of The Day

There's still 10-15 minutes left of September 29, 2014 so I think I can still say - Happy International Coffee Day and I hope if you are a coffee fan that you got your coffee. I know I did.

So as you may or may not know, I am currently taking Culinary 2 class in my school. It's from 8:30AM-2:30PM on Saturdays, but it's really not that long because class is done by 1:30-2PM and there's no dining room to serve and we are a small class. Each day, each student is assigned as a  different position and has different duties that they are responsible for.

For the class on September 27, 2014 - I was chef. I was slightly nervous, but also gained confidence as the class progressed. I was supposed to have a Sous Chef and Steward who are assistants to the chef, but they were absent. Luckily, I didn't panic and one of my classmates/friends said if I need anything, they are there for me. This boosted up my confidence.

I was rather calm throughout the class and helped where help was needed. I got to try different components of our menu as my classmates were cooking and it was a pleasant experience. Although, I was missing my Sous Chef and Steward, everything actually turned out to be fine and we as a class finished cooking earlier and faster than we all had anticipated. We beat the clock.

New England Clam Chowder
The soup we made was the New England Clam Chowder. I must admit it wasn't the best looking soup

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dining on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Flavors of Italy

Flavors of Italy
513 Atlantic Avenue Ocean City, MD 21842
410.289.3757

*This review is not based solely on the food, but on the service as well*

On our 3rd day in Ocean City, Will and I had a late lunch at Flavors of Italy on the boardwalk. We sat outdoors where we enjoyed a nice breeze.

Ice Water & Fresh Lemonade
Our waitress came by and took our beverage orders. I ordered a seltzer with a slice of lemon and Will ordered fresh lemonade. She gave me just ice water with a slice of lemon, claimed the machine was broken and couldn't get me seltzer so I decided to order a root beer instead.