Showing posts from July, 2013

Our Little Adventure in Philadelphia - Day 3 of 3

Our last day in Philadelphia. We woke up around 9 or 10AM, packed up our belongings, and checked out. Just minute away from our hotel was a diner that received high ratings on Yelp and fairly good reviews, so we decided to have brunch at Boulevard Diner.

When we arrived, the first thing I noticed was the smell of the diner. It had an old and musty smell to it. We were greeted by the hostess and our waitress. Our waitress was very nice. We started off with Iced Coffees.

Our waitress gave us our iced coffees and two additional cups of ice. She said they don't have iced coffee that is prepared prior, so they used hot coffee and ice cubes. That didn't really make me feel too good about my ice coffee, but I don't know if other restaurants do the same -- but at least she was honest.

Will had the Boulevard Bonanza ($9.75) which consisted of: two eggs, short stack of pancakes, country ham, two strips of bacon, one sausage, and homefries. It sure looked like a heavy meal. Will thou…

Our Little Adventure in Philadelphia - Day 2 of 3

We woke up around 10AM and got ready for brunch. Sabrina's Cafe was on our list of restaurants to try  out. There are three locations, but we went to the Fairmount/Art Mueseum location. 
You can't make advanced reservation, but you can call ahead and that's exactly what we did.We made a phone to Sabrina's Cafe just minutes before we arrived and when we arrived, they said the wait would be around 15-20 minutes. 

I took this photo while we were waiting for our table to be ready. Interesting and cute photo. 10-15 minutes passed by and our table was ready. Since we went on a Saturday, it was super packed. We ordered our food, but it took a while for it to be ready.

Will ordered the Two Eggs Any Style with White Toast/Sweet Potato Fries and Canadian Bacon  ($??.??). His dish didn't really appeal to me much except for the Sweet Potato Fries since I wanted to try them. The Sweet Potato Fries weren't bad at all, but they also weren't the best. I just wished they w…

Our Little Adventure in Philadelphia - Day 1 of 3

We're going to shift gears today folks. This post and the next two posts will be about our little adventure in Philadelphia from July 5th - July 7th.

So glad that Will and I had a three day weekend so we made plans for a little adventure in Philadelphia. On Friday morning, we drove and made our way to Philadelphia. We were stuck in traffic in Staten Island for a while (no secret there) and I got bored, so this was what I ended up doing this:
Yep - taking dorky photos of myself and Will while we were stuck in traffic. It was about an hour and a half drive to our first stop - our hotel. By the time we arrived at our hotel is around 12:30-1PM and we were starving, so first stop was the Reading Terminal Market.

I've heard a lot of great things about the Reading Terminal Market and that it's basically a Foodie Central. So many shops condensced into one block and there's different foods to choose from. From fresh produce to seafood to meats to sandwiches to sushi to sweets a…

Mid-Week Lunch at XO Taste

XO Taste
41 Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10013

Will and I met up on a Wednesday afternoon to grocery shop and have a mid-week lunch as well. I've been wanting to try XO Taste for some time now, so we finally decided to give it a shot. We have been to the XO Cafe on Hester street, but not this new location.

The layout of XO Taste is definitely different from XO Cafe. It's definitely spacious and feels like a much more laid back environment.Will and I came at a non-busy time, a little bit after the lunch rush. The waiters/waitresses didn't seem very attentive when we were trying to ask for something and service was slow. After placing our orders, our food came in minutes.

We started off with the Japanese Pan Fried Dumplings ($3.95). The price was reasonable and I must admit the dumplings were scrumptious.

The dumplings were slightly crunchy and filled with a lot of meat and chives. The sauce went well with the dumplings. The dumplings were juicy and seasoned ju…

Bonding with Our Friends at Tengu Sushi & Noodle House

Tengu Sushi & Noodle House
5920 Fort Hamilton Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11219

Earlier this month, Will and I had dinner with two of our good friends Suzanne and Mimi at Tengu Sushi & Noodle House. They've never tried this restaurant before and being that Suzanne and Mimi love Japanese food - it seemed like the perfect restaurant to meet up.

We came on a Wednesday night, just before July 4th and it actually wasn't crowded at all. We got seated at one of their booths which is very spacious. The restaurant didn't have much decor. Comfortable seats. Service and food was up-to-par.

I was actually impressed with the food we ordered. We decided to do family style for our dinner.

I ordered a crab apple salad ($5.00) to share with Will and our friends. Will didn't eat the salad, but our friends did and they loved it.

It's similar to a Kani Salad except there are julienne apple and mixed in with kani, cucumber, caviar, and mayo. The salad was refreshing and h…

A Pleasant Dinner at Cutting Board

Cutting Board
53 Bayard Street New York, NY 10013

Will and I attended a conference with a few of our friends a few weeks ago. After the 4-6 hour conference, we all decided to grab early dinner at Cutting Board in Chinatown.

Cutting Board adds a uniqueness to Chinatown because it's a fusion restaurant and has a twist on a lot of Italian/Japanese/Chinese dishes. The restaurant looks small from the outside, but it's actually quite spacious and has two additional rooms in the back of the restaurant. The staff at CB are attentive and quite friendly.

Will and I had been to CB earlier this year and liked it. During our second visit, we were happy to see that their menu has expanded which gave us a great opportunity to try new menu items.

Will ordered the lobster bisque ($4.50). The lobster bisque was creamy and rich with lobster flavor. The bisque was seasoned perfectly. It came with one bread stick which really goes beautifully with the creamy lobster bisque. Dip a piec…

Hong Kong Style Dinner at HK Tea & Sushi

HK Tea & Sushi
2033 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214

It was a late Saturday evening after a Brooklyn Cyclones game that Will, my friends, and I were trying to find something to fill our tummies up. Most restaurants were already closed and our friends didn't want diner food, so I did a Yelp search and found that HK Tea & Sushi doesn't close until 11:30PM. Perfect.

HK Tea & Sushi was affected by a fire in 2010 and was reopened about 10 months after the fire. The decor didn't look any different from before.

The food at HK Tea & Sushi is Hong Kong Style with a side of Japanese cuisine as well. It was the four of us eating, so we ordered four entrees.

I wasn't too hungry and didn't want a big meal like Will and my friends, so I ordered the beef yakisoba. The beef was moist and tender. I wasn't too thrilled with this dish.

I really liked my friend's dish. She had the Minced Beef over Spaghetti. It looked amazing! I really liked the gooe…

Sunday Brunch at Clinton St. Baking & Co.

Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton Street New York, NY 10002

Approximately two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I celebrated our friend's birthday by having a late brunch at Clinton Street Baking & Co. We picked probably not the best day as it was Father's Day, but somehow everything turned out to be okay and we were able to experience Clinton Street Baking Co. and the food.

Our friend Jack (birthday man) walked to the restaurant ahead of time and made a reservation and it was about a three hour wait and the restaurant texted him to alert him that our table would be ready. When we arrived we had to wait an additional 10 minutes for our table.

From the outside, Clinton St. Baking & Company doesn't look very impressive, but inside it has a homey-like look to it. Staff is friendly and prices are reasonable.

I started with an iced coffee. Perfect beverage especially since it was so hot and muggy inside. This was the perfect refreshing drink.

Without any hesita…