Showing posts from February, 2014

Post-Workout Lunch at The Hummus Pita & Co.

The Hummus Pita & Co.
585 6th Avenue New York, NY 10011

I don't know why, but I've been having the deepest and I do mean the deepest craving for amazing hummus and falafels. After a work-out around 14th Street in Chelsea, Will and I were really hungry and decided to return to The Hummus Pita & Co.

The layout of The Hummus Pita & Co. reminds me heavily of Chipotle and how the ordering process is similar.

I ordered a Falafel bowl and inside the bowl contains: Mediterranean rice, hummus, fried eggplant, lettuce, tomato, and falafels. My order also came with a pita bread on the side.

I really liked the variety of food in the bowl and it was really hearty and delicious. The fried eggplant could have used a little salt and pepper. The Mediterranean rice was tasty and had chickpeas in it too. The hummus was as smooth as butter and seasoned just perfectly!

The falafels were awesome! They were nice, golden brown, and fried to perfection. I really liked that it …

Dining in the Janet Lefler Dining Room at City Tech

Since Jessica told me she wrote a blog post about her experience as a captain in her dining room class on Tuesday, I thought it would be a great idea if I wrote a blog post and a review from a guests perspective.

This Tuesday my girlfriend Jessica invited our friend Faye and I to be her guests in her dining room class. Since Jessica was captain, she was allowed to invite two guests to sit and dine in her class and I was the first person she contacted to be a guest.

I arrived at 11:50AM as requested by Jessica. I was seated at a table with our friend Faye and the two marketing managers for Tuesday's class. I thought the lighting was a little too bright and the set-up on my table was very organized and neat.

I noticed our server didn't introduce herself to us, but she did greeted us. She took down our orders and it took approximately five minutes for our appetizer to arrive.

I had the New England Clam Chowder and it was seasoned perfectly! The creaminess in the clam chowder was …

Cheap Eats: Vanessa's Dumpling in LES

Vanessa's Dumpling
118 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002

Two Saturdays ago, Will and I went to a Lunar New Year's dinner on my Dad's side of the family in Chinatown. After my Culinary 1 class, I was hungry, but didn't want a heavy lunch otherwise I wouldn't be able to eat dinner so we were thinking of where we could possibly eat that was cheap, but also not heavy and all of a sudden Vanessa's Dumpling popped into my head.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Vanessa's Dumpling, it's basically a hidden gem in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and it's just one of those food places that's really famous for one and one item only and in this particular establishment - it's dumplings (my favorite)!

There aren't a lot of seats available in Vanessa's and if you can avoid using their restroom (not in the best condition). Basically, you order and pay first and on your receipt there is a ticket number. When one of the wor…

Leading & Dining in My Class

This Tuesday I was one of the captains in my Dining Room class and it wasn't hard, but it wasn't easy either.  It was almost like running a restaurant, except I am sure running a restaurant is a lot harder then what I had to dealt with on Tuesday. I basically had to put the leader hat on my head, learn how to open a bottle of wine as well as serve it properly, and run the show. I was utterly nervous especially when it came to serving the wine, but somehow I managed to survive the class.

Every Tuesday after the dining room service finishes, we all gather around and eat and discuss strengths and weaknesses of the day. The amazing aspect of all this food that's served is it's made by students and made for students and the Hospitality Management faculty. 
Luckily I was able to take quick pictures of what was served/we ate:
This was the bread that the Baking & Pastry Arts class made for us. The breads of the day were hard rolls and herb bread. I especially liked the her…

Family Dinner at Ken's Asian Taste

Ken's Asian Taste
40 Bowery Street New York, NY 10013

Last month before Chinese New Year arrived, my family and I had an early and mini Lunar New Year's eve dinner in Chinatown.

Ken's Asian Taste is a mid-sized Chinese restaurant that we visit occasionally when we have family dinner. We originally didn't want to come to Ken's Asian Taste after hearing the owners switched and heard from a relative that the new owner was a little cheap with portion size of the food.

The portion size of the food wasn't a problem, but there was a problem with the amount of tables and occupancy level. It was definitely a lot crowded and they definitely added an extra table.

My family and I often order a fish soup which has a light fishy scent to it, but otherwise it's quite delicious. Sometimes different chefs and restaurants add a slight splash of heavy cream/milk to the soup to give it that rich and creamy taste to it.

Along with the fish soup, there's a plate…

Friday Afternoon Lunch at Hill Country Chicken

Hill Country Chicken
345 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Hill Country Chicken is one of the newest additions to the restaurant row at 345 Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn. It's situated next to it's sister restaurant Hill Country Barbecue Kitchen.

It's really bright and inviting in Hill Country Chicken. The staff are very friendly and happy to assist customers. Very spacious and comfortable seating.

About two or three weeks ago, Will and I came to Hill Country Chicken for lunch. We ordered two pieces of chicken each and two sides to share.

I haven't had fried chicken in such a long time. The fried chicken from Hill Country Chicken was slightly different from the fried chicken I've had before. It was fried to perfection, crispy, and crunchy. The taste was slightly different. As I took my first bite into the fried chicken (drumsticks), I detected a little sweetness in the batter that was used to fry the chicken. It was different. The meat was smoking ho…

Lunar New Year Celebration

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Hope the first day of your lunar new year was awesome! Lunar New Year is probably one of my favorite time of the year because of all the warm, bright, cheerful colors and festivities that take place.

In addition, there's just a lot of delicious foods to eat. I wish I took a picture of every food that we eat or make for lunar new year, but didn't have a chance.

On the night before Chinese New Year, most families have a huge feast. I always look forward to this meal because it's a huge feast and somehow every year when my mom cooks this feast - everything is consistent and always tastes the same, if not better each year. It was just my parents, me, and my sister so there were leftovers enough to last us for 2-4 days.

This feast consists of the following dishes: steamed chicken, vermicelli, stir-fried vegetables with squid, crispy roast pork, shrimp, mushrooms/lotus/red dates/tofu skin (soup solids), and pan-fried fish. Everything truly deliciou…