Showing posts from November, 2013

Sala Restaurant - Something different, Something new

Sala Restaurant
189-11 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY 11358

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

Munchies Cafe
12 Bay 25th Street Brooklyn, NY 11214

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

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

100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

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

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

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

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…