Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Visiting the home of the World's Famous Submarines

White House Sub Shop
2301 Artic Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Will and I went on a three day weekend trip from Atlantic City to Philadelphia during my spring break. Our first stop at Atlantic City was White House Sub Shop "World Famous Submarines".

We've heard good things about this gem and couldn't wait to sink our teeth into the massive and juicy hero.

As we entered in White House, I felt a deep feeling of history because there's one side of the restaurant it's filled with picture after picture of celebrities, past diners that have ate here before.

Everyone here, locals and non-locals enjoyed their time here and the delicious sandwiches. The seats and tables felt a little worn out and small.

Whole Cheese Steak Submarine with Lettuce, Tomato, and Mushroom
We ordered the whole cheese steak submarine with lettuce, tomato, and mushroom. It was HUGE! One look at it and I was trying to figure out how would Will and I finish this giant size sandwich.

Packed with deliciousness
The sandwich was cut in quarters so Will and I had two pieces each. The cheese steak sandwich was packed with deliciousness! The roast beef was moist and tender. The mushrooms were canned and I wasn't too happy about that, but they did give a lot of mushrooms to us.

We were extremely stuffed from the sandwich. I kind of regret that we got a humongous sandwich because I did have trouble finishing my second piece.

There's a variety of sandwiches to choose from here and they aren't too expensive either. However, the sandwich lacked seasoning, a dash of salt would have helped.

I'm glad we finally tried White House and I definitely will return to White House Sub if I am ever in need of a submarine/sandwich fix in Atlantic City.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another Chance as a Leader and Enjoying a Delicious Meal

I'm back from a small and temporary hiatus. It's been busy earlier this month with finals, practicals, final projects, and etc. I am happy to be back in my food blogging and restaurant reviewing grind.

 I've literally put a pause on Yelp reviews and blogging for about for 2-3 weeks, so yeah it's definitely good to be back and I do have a lot to share with you.

So on the last day of service in my Dining Room class, guess who was one of the captains that day? This girl here. It wasn't as difficult as the first time that I was captain. My partner and I were definitely more well prepared this time around and proactive in contacting other students from other classes about menu items.

I had a little trouble with the portion of wine we were serving. According to the professor, I was being a little too generous. However, I definitely felt a little more confident about being captain this time and it was a pleasant experience.

On our last day of service, this is the food we had: 
Butternut Squash Soup with Caramelized Apples
The soup of the day was the Butternut squash soup garnished with caramelized apples. I love how bright and vibrant the soup was and had a nice thickness to it. I couldn't really taste the apples in the soup. The taste of the butternut squash is relatively the same as a pumpkin soup.

Penne with Arrabiata Sauce
This was the appetizer of the day and it was very well presented, simple, and straight to the point. The penne was cooked to al dente with a flavorful, spicy tomato sauce. 

If you don't know what arrabiata sauce is, it is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes, and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. "Arrabiata" actually means angry in Italian and the name of the sauce is due to the heat of hte chili peppers.
Rye & Foccacia Bread
For breads of the day, we served Rye and Foccacia. 
Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sacue, String Bean Almandine and Potato Croquettes
For the entree we had the grilled skirt steak with Chimichurri Sauce, string bean Almandine and potato croquette. The steak was grilled, not that tender with a bright chimichurri sauce accompanied with green beans , almond and a golden brown croquette.

I never had chimichurri sauce before but it had an interesting taste to it with a mixture of different herbs and condiments. The potato croquette was nicely composed, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.

Salad Nicoise
The entree alternative was the salad Nicoise which is a traditional French salad served with a tender tuna, cured olives, and smooth hard-boiled eggs.

I was a little hesitant in trying this salad because it has tuna in it and I'm not a huge fan of tuna at all. However, after taking my first bite it wasn't so bad after all. I really liked the blend of vegetables, eggs, and potatoes. A very nicely composed salad.
Opera Cake
For desserts we had assorted layer cakes and Swiss roll. One of the assorted layer cakes I had was the opera cake. This was new to me and I liked it. It was very moist, layers of deliciousness, and chocolate heaven!

We were also serving two wines on the last day of service. The wines were the 2006 Faustino V Reserva, Rioja from Spain and the 2010 Riesling from Coopers Creek in New Zealand.

For our practical, my group and I put together a vintage-style table. It was very classy, elegant, and well balanced.
Our gorgeous table
Not bad right? I absolutely loved it! The professor loved it. Everyone loved it.

I am very grateful to have taken this dining room class because it taught me a lot about details  and opened me up a lot to different foods I thought I would never like tuna fish or arugula. I also learned a lot about wine and the proper way of drinking and smelling the different aromas of wine. I will miss this class, but also will remember all the important little details that may make a difference in my future.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Late Night Snacks and Chats at Just Sweet Dessert House

Just Sweet Dessert House
83 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10003

OMG! Can you believe that it's May already and next Sunday is Mother's Day? Time sure flies by fast. May means crunch time and elbow grease, lots of work to crank out. I just wanted to do an update on the blog before I am off to crunch time.

So after dinner at Lantern , one of my friends wanted to meet up with me, my boyfriend, and our other friends for dessert. I quickly did a search on Yelp and came up on this little dessert place called Just Sweet Dessert House in the East Village so that's where we went.

There's not much decor, very simple, and catered mostly to college students and the young crowds. I like that they close late. Just Sweet Dessert House doesn't do just desserts, they also serve savory items such as: hand-made dumplings, takoyaki, noodle soups, and a lot more.

So since we came here for dessert this is what we ordered:

Pink Romance
Will ordered the Pink Romance Crepe ($7.00) which consisted of strawberries covered with strawberry syrup, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream. It sure sounds and looked amazing. I didn't try any since I am not a particular fan of crepes.

Dark Forest
Another friend ordered the Dark Forest ($7.00) which consisted of banana, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream. It's similar to the Pink Romance crepe.

I really like how beautifully plated the crepes were. It was clean, creative, and clear.

Taiwanese Shaved Ice
For dessert, I had the Taiwanese Shaved Ice ($6.00). You can customize it to your own liking. You can pick four toppings and add ice cream for $1.00. So I got red bean, grass jelly, mixed fruit jelly, and strawberries as my four toppings and red bean ice cream.

I really and truly enjoyed this dessert! It was fantastic. It was pretty hot the day we went to Just Sweet Dessert House  and I really needed an ice cold dessert to cool me down and this worked really well for me. It wasn't too sweet which I liked. I crave for this dessert again.

None of my friends really knew this spot existed and were really happy with the quality of the food and I was too. I definitely want to revisit Just Sweet Dessert House. There's an array of menu items to try and I would love to give it another shot when I am in the neighborhood again.