Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend Brunch at Teresa's

80 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

After a long work-out at the gym, Will and I decided to have late brunch. I've heard about Teresa's Restaurant before, so we decided to give it a shot. 

As we made our way inside the restaurant to be seated, there was no hostess to seat us so instead we had to find her and when we did, she told us we can sit anywhere we'd like. We placed our orders and within minutes our food arrived.
Iced Cappuccino
Will had the Iced Cappuccino which looked great, but apparently looks were deceiving because he claimed that the Ice Cappuccino tasted watered down.

Iced Coffee
I decided to go for something simple: Iced Coffee. I felt the Iced Coffee tasted watered down too. No wonder, it didn't taste great to me.
Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Yelp reviewers said the Orange Ricotta Pancakes were good so Will ordered this. The pancakes didn't look too appealing but we did eat it. It came with just syrup butter. Will gave me a slice of pancake and it smelled amazing and the orange scent lingering in the air was refreshing. I liked the texture of the pancakes because they were soft and fluffy.

Will and my dish came with homefries. We thought the size for our homefries was quite small for two people.  The size of the home fries appeared as if it was meant for one person. They tasted good, but not great and while we were trying to finish up our homefries, it became just plain salty - total overkill. I was so thirsty after we left the restaurant.

Eggs Benedict
I've been craving for Eggs Benedict for the longest time and was really excited to try it. Sad to say the Eggs Benedict wasn't quite up to par.

I've had Eggs Benedict before and the yolk is usually runny, but it wasn't that runny  I was a little unhappy with, but I still ate it.

The Hollandaise sauce was a little bland, but as for everything else - it was okay.

Honestly, I am not sure if I would want to return to Teresa's because the food to me was mediocre. There wasn't enough convincing about Teresa's. The service could be a little better.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Food Event: Japanese Gourmet Fair

595 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Yesterday, some friends, Will, and I drove to Mitsuwa in Edgewater, New Jersey as early as 9:30AM as we were afraid if we drove any later, we would not make it for what's left on the last day of the Japanese Gourmet Fair. Luckily we were first on the ramen line and there was plenty of tables free to choose from.

A friend of ours and I decided to walk around the different booths to see what was cooking. We came across the booth that sold the Inari (tofu skin) with crab & lotus root. It was so hard to resist, so we picked it up.

Inari with crab and lotus root $11.90
This was quite expensive, almost $12.00 for 4 pieces. We each had one piece of it. I liked it a lot. The Inari was slightly sweeten, the rice was moist, the crab meat/snow crab meat was light, moist, and well-seasoned. This was a nice and light snack.

Kesunnuma Ramen , $11.90
This was the only *special ramen* that was served at this event which was a bit of a bummer. There were two versions of this ramen - for the hard-boiled egg, the bowl of ramen is $11.90 and for a bowl without a hard-boiled egg, it costs $10.90. I can't believe there was a $1.00 difference because of an egg.

So we spent almost $12.00 on our bowl of ramen. The Kesunnuma Ramen had the usual ramen ingredients; bamboo shoots, crab meat, pork, seaweed, scallions, and a hard-boiled egg. I liked the broth. It was nice and light.

I really liked the noodles especially because they were springy and wavy and reminded me a lot of this brand of ramen I used to eat as a child. I was hoping that this particular ramen had more specialness to it, but guess not. Although the ramen was good, we felt the price was a little too much.

Salmon Rice Bowl
This was one of the special items that was featured as a "must-order" for this Gourmet fair. According to our friend, the booth was only limited to sell 100 bowls a day. I'm not a huge sashimi fan, so I didn't have the salmon rice bowl.
Just a little fact for you to learn about me: I am a HUGE fan of takoyaki. Without any hesitation, I ordered two boxes of takoyaki for us and our friends. The takoyaki was creamy and smooth as it should be, but for some reason I wasn't too thrilled with it after eating a few of the balls. It felt as if there was an ingredient missing, but can't quite put my finger on it.

Rolled Dorayaki
Our friend Robert bought this for us to share. I was going to purchase this too, but he beat me to it. It came in four flavors - red beans, custard cream, sesame cream, and matcha cream. I didn't try the sesame cream nor the custard cream. I really liked the matcha cream dorayaki. The dorayaki was soft and fluffy and the matcha cream was rich and creamy.

Matcha Ice Cream with white rice balls, red beans, and wafer

There was a small booth that sold exclusively matcha desserts. Two of the desserts that looked really good were sold out already, so Will and I ordered the #1 which was matcha ice cream with white rice balls, red beans, and wafer. Oh my goodness! This was literally one of the best ice creams I've ever had. It was light, a little bitter, but rich and creamy. The white rice balls were sweet, tasted like tong yuan.

Overall, I felt the food at this event wasn't the best especially since the ramen wasn't too special this time. I felt the only item that really stood out to me was the Inari with crab meat & lotus (expensive stuff) and the matcha ice cream.

If you're interested in attending or checking out another one of Mitsuwa's events, they are having one next month --

Friday, June 21, 2013

Starting Anew

Happy Friday!

Greetings and Welcome to our food blog: Ambitious Eats!

Will and I have been working hard for the past month and a half putting this together as well as our Facebook Page and Twitter.We are excited about this blog because we both have a deep passion for food that we would like to share with you and everyone that steps foot into our food blog.

Ambitious Eats will incorporate restaurant reviews, recipes, food news, photos, and a lot more. We hope you will join and follow us on our culinary adventure we are about to take you on.