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Ramen Quest: Ramen-Ya

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Ramen-Ya
181 West 4th Street New York, NY 10014
212.989.5444

Last month, Will and I came to Ramen-Ya with our friend Robert to have a belated birthday dinner with him. It started getting a lot chillier last month and Robert was craving for something hot and soupy and I told him about Ramen-Ya and it was on my list of restaurants to try, and  he agreed to try it as well.

There's not much special decor at Ramen-Ya. Tables and seats are limited and space is tight. I don't recommend having a group dinner here at all.

We ordered two appetizers and three bowls of ramen.

Our first appetizer was the kurobota sausage with mustard. I wasn't planning to order this for our appetizer, but our friend Robert wanted to order this. The sausage tasted just like a hot dog and was slightly charred. The sausages wasn't anything too unique

Gyoza is a must get whenever we order ramen! We ordered the pork gyoza. The pork gyoza was tasty, but the bottom part of the gyoza wasn't crunchy or …

Something yummy, Something soupy

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Shanghai Cafe
100 Mott Street New York, NY 10013
212.966.3988

It was a freezing Saturday night. Will and I were craving for something soup-like, so we decided on xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and we ended up at Shanghai Cafe, a restaurant we have been to previously, but weren't so happy with. We decided to give it another shot, because we heard from our friends that the food and service here has improved.

We arrived around 8-8:30PM and there was a line that almost stretched out the door. The waitresses have a have a habit of sitting you in a table full of strangers and this is what happened to us, but I didn't mind.

We knew exactly what we wanted and ordered our food right away.

Finally, we got a fix of soup dumplings! I can't remember the last time Will and I had soup dumplings. They were absolutely delicious! Hot, steamy, delicious broth inside, and meaty! We devoured this in minutes. This was a perfect pick for a freezing night.

Will ordered this entree. I honestly did…

All Access to Food at Barclays Center

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Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
212.359.6387

Will and I recently visited the Barclays Center since we had tickets for a Nets game, but also for the food. All Access Passes for the win! This was our third time this year inside the arena.

Since we had all access passes, we were able to eat pretty much anything we wanted. We already tried a few food spots at the Barclays back in February 2013, so this time we decided to try other places.

We started off with the Lobster Monsters from WFAN Boomer & Carlton Kitchen. I asked for no cherry pop peppers, but apparently the staff didn't listen. The lobster monsters were super spicy with the cherry pop peppers. I couldn't handle the danger, so I picked out all the lobster which was really tasty!

Next, we decided to try out the cheeseburgers from Brooklyn Burger and got a side of fries and a drink with it too.

The burger was juicy and delicious. Although, I wished they asked us how would we like it cook? I don…

Weekend Brunch with Tabelog

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Hearth
403 East 12th Street New York, NY 10009
646.602.1300

Last month, Will and I were invited to brunch by Erika (Marketing Director of Tabelog) at Hearth.

Tabelog is an awesome website. It's for foodies like us and by foodies like...us. It's similar to Yelp, but it's more food-centric (I made that word up) and great for bloggers to get into.

I must say Hearth is special in a few ways. First of all, the chef Marco Canora was a competitor on Season 3 of The Next Iron Chef on Food Network, so in some way that makes him kind of famous. Secondly, the food, the menu, the decor - simple and rustic.

Prior to Hearth, I decided to research on their Yelp page to check out what Yelp reviewers recommended. Our waitress was very friendly and took the time to explain to us some of their most popular dishes and how it's made.

After ordering our food, our waitress presented us three glasses of this and of course due to my bad memory, I don't remember exactly what soup this was n…

Our Thanksgiving Celebrations!

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Happy Belated Thanksgiving Fellow Foodies!

We hope you all ate as much as we did during Thanksgiving. This was our second year celebrating Thanksgiving with our family - my side and his side.

Luckily this year, it wasn't back to back in the same day like last year. This year we did my family's Thanksgiving on Thursday and his family's on Friday.

We didn't have time to record or write our recipes, but we did have time to take a lot of pictures.

This year was the first year my family and I had real turkey in our house and special thanks to Will and his dad for making this. Will's dad owns a restaurant in Chinatown and they do roast Turkey during Thanksgiving. Don't worry we didn't eat the turkey with the head on.

The turkey was delicious!!! It was my second time having turkey from Will's dad's restaurant. It was moist and full of deliciousness!

Yep, it looked like there was buffet in my living room. My sister and her fiance brought a tremendous amount…

Sala Restaurant - Something different, Something new

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Sala Restaurant
189-11 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY 11358
718.888.0633

Earlier this month, Will and I celebrated our friend Mandy's birthday with our friends. We are always used to eating at Japanese or Asian-like restaurants, so this time we decided to venture into something different - Greek & Mediterranean food.

From the outside, the restaurant actually looks like a house. There's a bar once you enter and the dining area is in another section of the restaurant. I love the rustic decor and ambiance at Sala.

So, we started off with appetizers -

Pita plays an important role in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. We were given a complimentary plate of pita chips and dip. The dip tasted a lot like ranch dressing. I love the pita chips - crunchy and lightly seasoned with salt!
We ordered a meat sampler which consisted of three wings, three barbecue ribs, three chicken kebobs, three shish kebobs, and four Greek meatballs. All of this for $24.95. A little too expensive in my op…

Munchies Cafe - Enjoying dessert on these chilly days

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Munchies Cafe
12 Bay 25th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214
718.333.1088

Munchies Cafe is a nice and sweet addition to Brooklyn. I came here a lot with Will during the Spring, but didn't so much in the Summer. We've recently stopped by Munchies this past month for desserts again.

This little cafe is really bright and what sets it apart from other Chinese dessert places is that they have touch screen computer monitors. Each table of 4 has a computer monitor that is connected to the internet and you can use it like a regular laptop/computer, watch anything you want do whatever you want.

Their menu is pretty big, but they have made changes over the past month or so. Their menu ranges from desserts, to drinks, and savory foods.

On our most recent visit, this is what we've tried:

During a visit at Munchies Cafe with my sisters and Will, I ordered the Papaya Sago with Grass Jelly ($5.50).  I like how they pureed the papaya and made it into a papaya broth. I like that there's chunks …

International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show - November 2013

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For the past two or three years, my boyfriend and I have attended the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show at the Jacob Javits Center. It takes place once a year, every November.

The show is geared towards students and professionals in the Hospitality industry. Although, I know I won't be working in the hospitality industry in the future, I still like to attend this event because they have some pretty great exhibits. 
There are a lot of high-end companies that shows off their hottest and latest products as well. One of the main reasons why I love attending is to see the culinary salon, where different colleges compete against each other. 

Can you believe these were made by students and professors? I can't. These look like they should be on the Food Network, don't you think? This is not all...
And there's more. Some of these pieces are just really takes your breath away. Absolutely stunning!

Oh My God! It's UP and Wall-E! Aren't they just beautiful …

Brunch with Jane

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Jane
100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012
212.254.7000

Late last month, one of our good friends Sam invited my boyfriend and I to a surprise birthday brunch for her boyfriend. It was an early Sunday afternoon and luckily Sam made advanced reservations otherwise we would be sitting and waiting for an hour and a half, or more.

The interesting thing is that Jane has been one of the restaurants I've really been dying to visit especially to try their Eggs Benedict.

The decor at Jane is unlike any other brunch spot I've been to. The decor is trendy, but also modern. There's two floors of seating and both floors are spacious and cozy.

We all got our own entrees and if you order your entree from a certain section, you get a complimentary cocktail.

I decided to order the White Peach Bellini which was light, refreshing, a little bubbly from the sparkling wine. I enjoyed it very much.

Will ordered the Benedict Jane ($17). The Benedict Jane was really just poached eggs, crab an…

Ramen Quest: Bassanova Ramen

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Bassanova Ramen
76 Mott Street New York, NY 10013

For months I've been wanting to try out Bassanova Ramen and see what the hype was about. On a chilly Friday evening, Will finally took me here for dinner. I was very surprised that there was no line out the door like Ippudo and because it wasn't crowded when we arrived, we were seated in seconds.

Their menu is the smallest menu I have ever seen. For some people this is a negative and for some people this is a positive. I think it's great because in most restaurants I have been to, you just flip through pages and pictures and it can get confusing and hectic because you're struggling with what to order.

At Bassnova ramen, you won't have that problem. I love their idea of simplicity because the decor is simple and white, their menu is very simple and straightforward. Oh yes... I love their giant size spoons and chopsticks.

Moving along to the real reason why we came here:

Will is brave when it comes to trying spicy foo…

Korean BBQ at Kum Gang San

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Kum Gang San
138-28 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY 11354
718.461.0909

Will and I went to Kum Gang San with his family to celebrate his sister's and brother in-law's birthday in Mid-October. Will and I have been to the Manhattan location before, but not the Flushing location.

We arrived on a Saturday night and it was quite packed, but we managed to be able to get a table within minutes.

We decided to do one of their Korean BBQ specials which included assorted meats. We started off with lots of banchan. I love me some free foods.

I didn't try all of the banchans since a couple of the food and dishes were spicy. I thought it was interesting that there was a plate with chunks of apples smothered with mayonnaise. It added a nice creaminess to the apples.

Oh yes, we also ordered two appetizers: Japchae (one of my absolute Korean dishes) and Seafood Pajeon. I absolutely love the Japchae. It was very tasty and delicious! The seafood pajeon was crispy, crunchy, and delicious as we…