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Weekend Lunch with a Bestie

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Pongsri
106 Bayard Street New York, NY 10013
212.349.3132

Two weeks ago, Will and I met up with my former colleague Diane for lunch. We had full intentions on trying out Maharlika because I really wanted to try Filipino food, but when I arrived they said the wait would be around 40-60 minutes and we knew we wouldn't be able to wait that long and we were already starving.

Diane wanted Thai food, so we took her to a Thai restaurant that Will and I like - Pongsri which is quite hidden in Chinatown. Very roomy restaurant and good customer service. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon around 1-1:30PM and amazingly, it wasn't that crowded. We knew what we wanted and placed our orders. We started off with our drinks.

Thai Ice Tea is a must-have whenever I go to a Thai restaurant. The Thai Ice Tea tasted great, but maybe a little too sweet.
Will had the Thai Ice Coffee. It was quite strong and tasty. I loved it. Next time I go to a Thai restaurant, I will make sure to order Thai Ice Cof…

Southern Comfort Food at Dinosaur BBQ

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Dinosaur BBQ
604 Union St Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 429-7030

Dinosaur BBQ has been the "talk" the past two months at work and from Will. Will and I have been to Dinosaur BBQ twice this month, once was just ourselves and second was with Will's friend, Jack.

There's indoor and outdoor seating and a large bar area. It's very cozy and great for family dinner or just dinner with friends. Staff is very friendly. It's crazy here and on the weekends and Friday nights, but you can leave your name and number with the host/hostess and they will call you when your table is ready.

During our first experience, we started off with their House Made Sweet Tea ($2.50). I think it's truly adorable that their sweet tea is served in mason jars and there's also free refills.


I like that they give each table their own waste bucket where you can throw out any garbage. bones, and etc in to this bucket and all their barbecue sauces, ketchup, salt, and pepper are ready too.


During o…

A Hearty and Cuban Comfort Meal

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Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
27 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.243.0911

I find that one of the hardest decisions during a work day is what to eat for lunch. I am usually one of the last people in my team to pick up lunch only because I may have a hard time deciding because of bit of indecisiveness. In Downtown Brooklyn, we have a lot of sandwiches and soup shops, fast food restaurants, take-out restaurants, and etc. I don't really like to spend too much money on food especially for lunch.

Two weeks ago at work, I had a hard time deciding on what to eat for lunch. I knew there was a Cuban restaurant near my office so I found it and decided to try it out for lunch.

It's called Sophie's Cuban Cuisine. It's actually quite spacious and has a decent amount of seating if you want to dine in.They have an array of menu items and specials of the day. For their specials of the day, they have 3 special items for you to choose from. I went on Tuesday and one of their specials wa…

A Little Bit of Sweetness at Just Dessert, Corps

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Just Dessert, Corps
7211 18th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11204
718.676.2227

I found out about Just Desserts, Corp on Yelp and was interested in trying it. It's a new addition to Will's neighborhood. The cafe is filled with bright colors and has a lot of seating. The decor is simple and cute.

The first time I went they didn't have actual menus, but the second and third time they did. There's also menus on the monitors. The menu isn't that big. It ranges from drinks to desserts. It's also pricey here. I don't know why it's so expensive here because there isn't any other competition in the area.

I've had the Toddy Palm with Grass Jelly ($?.??) in a snow white broth. I really enjoyed this dessert. The grass jelly was cut into little cubes and the Toddy Palm has a gelatin-like texture and a little sweet. The snow white broth tastes a lot like coconut milk.


I also tried the Red Bean & Coconut Pudding ($3.00). It was more like a gelatin dessert than a pud…

Recipe: Chicken Francese

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Fact: Will and I love Chicken Francese! Where do we usually get it from? Diners. That’s right, diners.
After falling in love with this lemony and buttery dish, we devoted ourselves into learning how to make this delightful dish. So here it goes – ourfirst recipe on Ambitious Eats.
Ingredients:
Grapeseed oil, 2 ouncesFour 6-ounce chicken breast4 large eggs, beaten1/4 cup of all-purpose flourSalt and ground black pepper1 cup of chicken stock1 stick of butter2 lemons, juiced1 teaspoon of minced fresh parsley
1. Run the chicken breast under cold running water and wipe them slightly dry with a paper towel.Beat the eggs and add a dash of salt and ground black pepper in the flour then dust each breast with the seasoned flour on both sides.

2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until warmed. Add the oil. Once the chicken breast is floured, add to the oiled pan and reduce the heat to medium and cook until light brown in color, 3-4 minutes. Flip and repeat cooking for a final 3-4 minute…

Ramen Quest: Zen 6

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Zen 6
328 East 6th Street New York, NY 10003
646.429.8471

We will be starting a series of posts about our quest. However, it will not be consecutively.It will be revolving around one of our favorite foods: ramen. There's many restaurants and places popping up in NYC that is serving up ramen and we are interested in trying all there is.

We don't have a specific focus since each restaurant has their own style and type of ramen. We will be rating each ramen restaurant on a scale of 1-5 with one being the poorest and 5 being the highest/best. We will be rating each ramen restaurant based on service, atmosphere, taste/quality of the ramen, and whether we would be likely to return or not.

I have been excited to come to Zen 6 for the longest time. Will and I arrived on a Friday night just minutes before it hit 9PM. There was hardly any air conditioning in the restaurant. The restaurant was a little small, but not crowded when we arrived. We tried to flag down a waitress for 5-10 minu…

The Endless Search for The Kung Fu Matcha

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Kung Fu Tea
2174 86th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214
718.373.2695

Happy Friday all!

So there's this particular bubble tea/flavor that I have been craving for the longest time! It all started after I had the Matcha ice cream at Mitsuwa at the Japanese Gourmet Fair back in June. I knew that Kung Fu Tea had this drink on their menu and every opportunity that I was at Kung Fu Tea, I would ask for that drink, but they would always run out. Total bummer!

In case you don't know what Matcha is, it refers to finely milled of fine powder green tea. Matcha is a fine ground, powdered high quality green tea and not the same as tea powder or green tea powder.

Any way, I must have gone to the Kung Fu Tea in my neighborhood at least 3-5 times asking for the Kung Fu Matcha and each and every time I've asked for it, they always ran out of stock. I've also been to the Kung Fu Matcha in Sunset Park and no luck there either.

Finally, I got lucky on probably not the greatest day ever because on …

We Were Truly Lucky at Lucky's Cafe

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Lucky's Cafe
593 First Avenue New York, NY 10016
212.683.1111

About a month ago, my boyfriend and I were in Midtown and had to find food to fill our tummies up before I made a visit to my aunt (who, passed away a month ago) at NYU. We didn't want hospital food and didn't have a lot of options close by, but we passed by Lucky's Cafe and decided to come here.

Cute and small diner with chic decor. Will and I looked at the menu back and forth and didn't know what to order. We only had an hour to eat, so we just decided on having burgers as our lunch. Our food came quick.

Will got the Pizza Burger ($7.95). The pricing of the burger wasn't bad and it's really filling.

I had the 34th Street Burger ($8.50) which had melted mozzarella, caramelized onions and mushrooms.tHE BURGER WAS JUICY AND SCRUMPTIOUs.A little more expensive than Will's burger.


For our side, we had the sweet potato fries! I love, love, love sweet potato fries! A little sprinkle of cinnamon woul…

Birthday Celebration at Nori Nori

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Nori Nori
136-20 38th Avenue 2nd Floor
Flushing, NY 11354

My sister told me great things about Nori Nori and was so excited to try it out for our friend's birthday last month. It's interesting that it is hidden in Queens Crossing, because I have been to Queens Crossing a few times and never noticed there was a Japanese Buffet hidden.

We came on a Friday night around 7:30-8PM and it was quite busy. I liked how when we arrived there were a few women greeting us at the door and welcoming us in. There's a lot of seating area and private rooms. Servers were very friendly and nice.

There's a great variety of food. They have several stations with food from sushi to dessert to sashimi to hot food to ramen and soba to salads and appetizers. Like I said there's a lot of food here.

This was my first dish. I like to start small and light. Everything on this dish are cold items. Everything is chill and tasted fresh!



My second dish was filled with sushi, kani salad, sashimi, and…

The Perfect Pick During The Heatwave

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Redang Island
5112 8th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11220
718.686.6680

After a long ride back from Philadelphia, visiting the newest addition  (Baby nephew: Jacques Li) to Will's family, and suffering from the insanely hot weather -- we decided to try out Redang Island and it was a great pick! I've been to Redang a few years back, but do not remember what I had.

Very cozy atmosphere with light Chinese music in the background. Full blast air conditioning. Staff was friendly and food was just fantastic!

I got a soy bean with grass jelly ($2.95).  This is one of all time favorite drinks! The grass jelly was in tiny pieces. I prefer mine in bigger chunks. It was just the right amount of sweetness, nice and cool.

Roti Canai ($2.95) is always a must have whenever Will and I eat Malaysian food and plus it's a Malaysian all-time favorite. The crispy style pancake tasted differently compared to the ones I've had at Nyonya. It's fluffy and airy. The curry chicken & potato dipping…

Food Event: Kyushu & Okinawa Fair

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Mitsuwa Marketplace
595 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Last weekend - Will, our friends, and I went to the Kyushu & Okinawa Fair that took place in Mitsuwa. The fair took place last Thursday, July 25th-Sunday, July 28th. We went on Saturday, July 27th and got to Mitsuwa just minutes before it hit 11AM. 

Since we arrived early I didn't have to wait too long for the special ramen and Will managed to find enough seats for 6-8 people. 
My friends and I really enjoyed the Hakata Nagahama Ramen better than the last special ramen we had at the Japanese Gourmet Fair. The broth was a lot thicker and richer with pork bone flavor. The broth that was used is similar to the Tonkotsu broth because it's a thick broth and has a creamy consistency. 

The Hakata Nagahama Ramen had a garlicky aroma to it which I loved. The ingredients were typical ingredients you would find in almost every bowl of ramen - tree mushroom, cha-siu, scallions, bamboo shoots, and half-boiled egg.



Oh, I can't forget…