Showing posts from September, 2013

Food Event: Hokkaido Fair at Mitsuwa

595 River Road Edgewater, NJ 07020

Yesterday Will and I went to the Hokkaido Fair at Mitsuwa. We usually go on a Saturday for the food events to avoid the crowds on Sunday and by the time it's Sunday, a lot of food from the food event is gone. I planned it for Sunday instead so it was convenient for a friend, but that friend didn't end up coming with us to New Jersey.

Nevertheless, Will and I still went and I learned an important lesson: Never go to Mitsuwa on a Sunday for a food event. We arrived around 11-11:30am and lined up for approximately an hour and a half.

Trust me, the line was extremely long. By the time Will and I reached close to the cashier, around 1PM, they stuck a sign on the wall --

After waiting in line for about an hour and a half and looking for a table, we finally got what we've been waiting for - This was one of the special ramen that was sold. According to Will, this was very spicy and the heat level was just hot. He couldn't…

Swedish Meatballs for Lunch at IKEA

IKEA  Restaurant (Red Hook)
1 Beard Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

IKEA is well known for their furniture and household items, but they're also known for their Swedish Meatballs.

Will and I stopped by at IKEA one afternoon after going to the gym to pick up something and for their meatballs. I've only tried it twice. I was surprised at how inexpensive the food was.

We both go the Swedish Meatball lunch set which comes with a plate of meatballs, mashed potatoes, and lingonberries, a side salad, and a soda. This complete set only costs $3.99.

The meatballs are amazing especially when it's drenched in the gravy sauce. It really made me salivate. The meatballs are super moist and tender. They gravy went perfectly with the meatballs and very flavorful. The lingonberries were delectable. It kind of reminded me cranberry sauce.

The fries were deep fried to perfection. They were crispy and hot and probably some of the best fries I've ever had.

The food here is pretty go…

Cutting Board - A Special Gem in Chinatown

Cutting Board 
53 Bayard St New York, NY10013

I have been to Cutting Board exactly three times this year and it never fails to disappoint. 

During my last visit, I came here with Will for dinner since I had a deep craving for spaghetti/pasta, but with a fusion. 

It's very spacious inside and they have a nice array of menu items ( lobster bisque *I highly recommend* , fried crispy calamari, udon, pasta, creamy rice, bubble tea, and a lot more). There's a lot to choose from and the best part is that it's really cheap. 

There isn't a variety of soups at Cutting Board. I've tried the lobster bisque before and trust me when I say: it was insanely good! You just have to get it when you try Cutting Board. 

Any way, I decided to venture in trying the Soup of the day ($3.00). The Soup of the day was - New England Clam Chowder. It looked stunning! It was super creamy and there was a good amount of clam meat in the soup. Garlic stick was crunchy and tasty. I wished they…

New Wonton Garden

New Wonton Garden
56 Mott Street New York, NY 10013

Will and I came to New Wonton Garden for dinner a few weekends ago. Since the weather was getting chillier and I was craving for noodle soup, we decided to return to New Wonton Garden. Although this restaurant has changed their names, the quality of the food and customer service hasn't changed much. This is one of the oldest restaurants in Chinatown and also it's opened pretty late.

It's quite small in here and with only one restroom. New Wonton Garden has a large menu of classical Chinese dishes and variety of noodle soups to choose from.The wait for food here isn't that long.

We started off with the steamed vegetarian dumplings. There was an assortment of chopped vegetables in the dumpling. There was different textures and tastes, but the dumpling tasted fine, not oily at all.

Will ordered this noodle soup. It's his favorite. It has a nice beefy flavor to it because of the beef tripe.

I haven't …

Recipe: Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

A few days after Will and I returned from Wildwood, NJ , Will and I were battling a cold together. It was horrible - at least for me it was.

Before I actually caught a cold, I decided to make chicken noodle soup for Will just like my sister had once made me whenever I was sick. So here's the recipe:


Celery (chopped)Carrots (chopped)1/2 of white onion (chopped)Chicken breastsWaterSaltSpaghetti, pasta, or noodles (anything you prefer)ParsleyBay leavesThyme
1. Heat a pot of water until it is boiling vigorously. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and when it starts to boil vigorously again, reduce the heat. Cook the spaghetti until the texture is al dente.

2. Chop and slice the carrot. Repeat this step with the white onion and celery. Save these until it's time to make the actual noodle soup.

3. Wash the chicken breast(s). Add them to a pot of water and wait for it to boil. As the broth boils, there will be white bits from the chicken breast floating on top. Remove …

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine - Fried Pork Sandwich

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

Remember my post titled A Hearty and Cuban Comfort Meal? I mentioned that I tried one of Sophie's sandwiches and promised that I would review it. 

Once in a while I crave for a good and juicy sandwich for lunch. There are a lot of options in Downtown Brooklyn when it comes to grabbing a sandwich. I get so tired of the typical sandwiches that are served in the area. One day I decided to stop by Sophie's Cuban Cuisine and try one of their sandwiches. 

So I picked up a Passion Fruit Shake and a Fried Pork Sandwich. 

The passion fruit shake was very filling and a little too sweet for me. I enjoyed it in the beginning, but it was a little too sweet. I'm not sure if I would order this again.

The fried pork sandwich was scrumptious! The fried pork was a little overcooked, felt kind of tough. I would never have thought that plantains would go well in a sandwich. It was actually nice to have the plantains in the s…

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory: A True Gem In Chinatown, NYC

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard Street New York, NY 10013

Although I have been living in NYC for all my life so far and have walked along the streets of Chinatown, I have never been to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) until this summer. Yep, to some this was a shocker.

After having lunch with my boyfriend and friend in Chinatown one afternoon, we were itching for dessert. We all decided to go to CICF. It's small inside and there's no seating area. There's so many flavors to choose from. When I walked inside CICF, it made me feel as happy as a kid cause I absolutely lust for ice cream and gelato.

I knew I wanted almond cookie and that's exactly what I got. OH MY GOD... it was literally the best ice cream I've ever had! It was pure almond heaven. I've never had anything almond flavor as good as this almond cookie ice cream. It was creamy, velvety, and absolutely delicious.There was truly a happy dance inside my heart while I was eating away m…

Double Date Dinner at Cafe Katja

Cafe Katja
79 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002

I found Cafe Katja on Yelp and was very intrigued after reading the menu and saw photos on their Yelp page. I've never had German food before, so I was quite excited to try it out and lucky enough, Will and I were able to have a double date at Cafe Katja with our friend and her boyfriend.

We arrived on a Friday night at 7:15 and was able to grab a table without any issues. I absolutely love the dim light and cozy ambiance. Staff was very friendly to us. The music was very down-to-earth and classical music you would recognize.

We started off with drinks and then moved onto the appetizer.

We had the Weihenstephan (on the left) and the one I on the right, don't remember. Our friend ordered it.

The appetizer was a special and it is a Chicken Liver Salad with Poached Egg. Unfortunately, I don't remember the exact name of this appetizer. It was a little refreshing. I've never had chicken liver before and feared I w…

Dinner at NY Tofu House

NY Tofu House
6 St. Marks Place New York, NY 10003

A few weeks ago, Will and I tried NY Tofu House and I was excited to try it after looking at their menu online, but unfortunately looks were deceiving.

We arrived around 8:30-8:45 and had to wait 5-10 minutes just after a table of two. I've passed by NY Tofu House many times, but never had the opportunity to go in. I was surprised at how spacious the restaurant was. After a 5-10 minute wait, we finally got seated. I looked at the menu and realized it was very different from the one online.

After our orders were taken, our pitcher of water came through. It was really, really hot inside the restaurant.
The banchan seemed a lot smaller than usual. There was kimchi, the cold boiled bean sprouts with sesame oil, pickles with red pepper flakes, a salad, and bean sprout soup.

I really liked the salad. It was refreshing and the dressing tasted like a peanut flavored dressing.

For my entree, I ordered the Chicken Dolpan Bibimb…

Sweet and Savory Treats from Wildwood

Happy Belated Labor Day all!

Wow I can't believe it's September already. Time flies. As you may or may not know, this past weekend I was away at Jersey Shore with Will and our friends. Besides living in a vacation house, barbecuing,and walking the boardwalk/beach... we also tried food from the boardwalk and etc.

We arrived on Saturday afternoon and my friends and I decided to check out this restaurant on the boardwalk called Joe's Fish Company. I love that this restaurant is outdoors and has wind blowing in different directions. It felt relaxing.

At Joe's Fish Company, I had the following:

I had the Unsweetened Ice Tea and it was nice, light, and cool. For lunch, I had their Crab & Shrimp Cake Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tartar sauce. Unfortunately they forgot to give me a cup of tartar sauce, so I had to ask for that.

The sandwich was good. I really liked the moistness of the crab and shrimp cake. In addition, my lunch came with some kettle cooked po…