Showing posts from March, 2014

Birthday Dinner at BKNY Thai Restaurant

BKNY Thai Restaurant
47-11 Francis Lewis Boulevard Bayside, NY 11361

This was truly a hidden gem in Bayside Queens.

On my actual birthday March 16th, Will and I went to BKNY. It wasn't a restaurant that I had on my list of places to try, but I saw the photos on Yelp and I knew instantly that I wanted to try it out and so we did.

BKNY is different from the Thai restaurants I've been to so far. First, it's very spacious and big. Second , the decor is modern and just beautiful. It's very dim inside the restaurant and atmosphere is relaxing.

We started off with a classic chicken curry puff ($6.50). The classic chicken curry puff was accompanied with a cucumber vinegar.

The classic chicken curry puff was filled with chopped chicken with carrots, potatoes, onions, and Massaman curry. The appetizer was soft, moist, and filled with a rich curry flavor. It wasn't spicy which I liked since I can't handle spicy foods.

A meal at a Thai restaurant wouldn't …

A Memorable Birthday Dinner at Grotta Azzurra

Grotta Azzurra
177 Mulberry Street New York, NY 100013

Guess who turned 26 last week? This girl did.

I celebrated my birthday quite a number of times this year but for the celebration with my friends, I decided to revisit a restaurant I had already been to for my birthday before because it was one of the only restaurants Will and I called that would take 15-17 guests and had no problem with us having our dinner at 8PM.

Grotta Azzurra is a family-style and spacious Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy in NYC. Our dinner took place in their wine cellar room and it was a nice, casual  atmosphere. We literally sat outside of the wine cellar room which felt nice.

This was my drink for the night. I don’t drink much alcohol, but I sure do love a refreshing cocktail once in a while. I’ve actually never had a mojito before, but anything with mint I love. 
I thought it was adorable that the mojito was served in a mason jar and I really liked the mojito. I found it to be …

Our Dinner at Sunway Cafe

Sunway Cafe
3907 Prince Street Flushing, NY 1354

Will and I have been venturing out to Queens more than usual mostly because we have found a quiet place to work - Barnes & Noble in Fresh Meadows, Queens.

During one of our visits in Queens, Will and I had a late dinner at Sunway Cafe. I really, really like that the restaurant is spacious  and the high ceilings. It's a very laid back and cozy restaurant to dine in. I also like that their menu is mostly Hong Kong Style dishes and beverages.

So Will and I ordered the Sunway appetizer sampler for two ($8.95) which we later regretted. Everything was deep-fried. The spring rolls had vermicelli, mushroom, celery, and carrot. The chicken wings were very small. The fried wontons were actually tasty, filled with crabmeat and cheese. Yum!

 Lastly, there was a shrimp roll with mango filling. It had a bit of sweetness to it from the mango filling, but wasn't too anything special. I don't think we'll be ordering this…

The Importance of An Open Stomach and An Open Mind

So I wasn't really planning to do another blog post on my experience in my dining room class until my next shift as captain, but I decided to write a post about the food I tried on Tuesday.

One of the things I like about my dining room class that I've been taking is that I'm exposed to different foods that I may like or may not like, may have tried or may not have tried. It's a pleasant experience and for the foods I've never liked, there's an opportunity in class for me to try it out see if I would like certain foods if it were prepared differently.

So on Tuesday I tried -

So I've actually never been a fan of mussels or oysters because they make me feel a little squeamish. Since I heard the mussels were cooked with a creamy curry sauce, I decided to give it a shot.

 I tried it and fell head over heels with the curried mussels. I liked that the sauce wasn't too spicy and the taste of this particular curry sauce is slightly different from the way it tast…

Ramen Quest: Dassara Brooklyn Ramen

Dassara Brooklyn Ramen
271 Smith Street Brooklyn, NY 11231

Will and I had a double date at Dassara Brooklyn Ramen with our two friends Alex & Samantha earlier this week on Tuesday to be specific.

This mid-sized ramen restaurant is located in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. It's actually very spacious compared to other ramen shops I've been to. I liked the ambiance because it's relaxing, cozy,
and the music was perfect.

Our waiter was extremely friendly and took the time to explain the specials which did intrigue us. We ordered three appetizers to share, warm sake, and four bowls of ramen.

Our first appetizer was the Tebasaki chicken wings which was marinated with garlic and twice-fried with a black pepper seasoning.

There were two dipping sauces that accompanied the chicken wings which were honey mustard and the second one I am unclear of.

The chicken wings were fried to perfection! It was hot and the skin was really crispy and a tad spicy. The meat…

Hungry for Banh Mi's at Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches

Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches
311 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11201

Will and I have a tendency to be extra hungry after an intensive workout at our gym. One warm and sunny Sunday afternoon (last month), after we finished our workout we decided to grab lunch at Nicky's Vietnamese Sandwiches since we were already in the neighborhood.

It's a very small shop with only 7-9 tables and lack of decor. It was super warm inside, so Will and I ended up ordering two drinks so we can cool down and go with our sandwiches that we had.

If you don't know already, I am a big coffee drinker, mostly iced. I don't drink Vietnamese iced coffee very much, but when I do I absolutely love the taste of it.

Vietnamese iced coffee has a bit of bitterness to it and I swear I taste a bit of alcohol in it too sometimes. The Vietnamese iced coffees were very much needed and was refreshing.

Will always orders the classic Banh Mi because it's just what he likes. This wasn't ju…

Late Dinner at Coach House Restaurant

Coach House Restaurant
921 Kennedy Boulevard North Bergen, NJ 07047

After spending half of the day on stocking up on groceries and shopping at the mall in New Jersey, Will and I were starving and decided to revisit a restaurant/diner that we've been to a few times before.

Coach House is a restaurant and a diner, but the ambiance doesn't make it feel or seem like a diner and it doesn't have the typical diner decor There's plenty of parking available. The vibe at Coach House felt a little off this time. After one of the managers brought us to our table, it took a 5-8 minutes before our water hit the table and our waiter came by to take our order.

So after our orders were taken we went to the salad bar. One of the reasons why I like this restaurant/diner is because they have their own salad bar and it's unlimited too! You can mix and match with any of the items in the bar.

There's an array of foods, salads, and dressings at the salad bar.

Will ordered…