Showing posts from August, 2014

Summer Food Porn

So instead of reviewing a restaurant or food place I've decided to post up some food that I've ate this Summer so far. Enjoy and feel free to ask me about any of the food you see.

Date Night at Pho Grand

Pho Grand
277 Grand Street New York, NY 10002

Will and I have been to many Vietnamese restaurants that we know exactly where's a good and a bad spot, but a friend recently recommended me to try a Vietnamese restaurant just a block from the Grand Street train station. My friend also told me the Pho here is bomb, so I told Will and we gave this restaurant a shot.

Will and I came on a Friday night and it was busy, but not crazy. I was amazed by how big Pho Grand was because most Vietnamese restaurants we've been to are small or mid-sized. There's additional seating in the back too.
Will ordered his usual - Pho Xe Lua  and man, oh man... it smelled insanely delicious! I couldn't resist, had to take a sip of that broth and gosh, it was amazing and just delightful. I can't quite put it into words so you'll just have to try it for yourself.

The beef was slightly overcooked which I thought was a little awkward cause it's usually not cooked to this colo…

Enjoying and Indulging on Savory Peruvian Food

Pio Pio
282 Kings Highway Brooklyn, NY 11223

Will and I went on a double date with our friends Samantha and Alex recently and decided to go to a new and local restaurant Pio Pio, located in Gravesend, Brooklyn. There's a couple of locations in the city and Queens.

I really liked the decor of the restaurant because it was very simple and chic. The atmosphere is relaxing, chill, and mellow.

We ordered a pitcher of Sangria - Roja (Rose). This was my second time trying Sangria and it was definitely different from the first time I had it because the first time I had it was homemade - less alcohol. I really liked the Sangria we had. It complemented the food very well and was refreshing.

We ordered the Matador Combo ($34.00) and is one of Pio Pio's most popular menu item. The Matador Combo included: Mama Juanita's rotisserie chicken, yellow rice and beans, tostones, salchipapa, and an avocado salad.

Mama Juanita's rotisserie chicken was enormous! It was nicely ro…

Revisting A Wah Restaurant II

A-Wah Restuarant II
48B Bowery Street New York, NY 10013

Last Sunday night, Will, my best friend and I were pondering about what we should eat for dinner. It took us a while to figure it out, but Christina wanted clay pot rice so we knew just the place to take her to. We took her to A Wah Restaurant II in Chinatown.
My best friend ordered the House Special Clay Pot Rice with a fried egg on top. It sure did look amazing and tasty. Will and I have had this before and really enjoyed it!

Will and I ordered the Chinese Sausage & Preserved Duck with Taro which is similar to Christina's clay pot rice except there's no fried egg or minced pork. I really enjoyed our clay pot rice and liked that the taro was cut into little cubes and mixed in with the rice. The best part was the crusty and crunchy parts of the rice. Those were extremely crunchy and tasty!

Christina was craving for stir-fried eggplant so we ordered and eggplant with garlic sauce (non-spicy) and it was delic…

A Little Bit of Sweetness at Mo Gelato

Mo Gelato
178 Mulberry Street New York, NY 10012

After reading an intriguing post on Serious Eats about the best ice cream, gelato, and soft serve in New York City, it got me seriously craving for ice cream and gelato. It also made me want to try out a few of the spots that were mentioned in the post.

So after having dinner with my cousin, we decided to go for dessert and I took her to Mo Gelato which was near Cocoron (where we had dinner).Mo Gelato had very simple decor, nothing too sophisticated. There's only two benches outside of the shop. There's an array of gelatos to choose from, but the flavors didn't quite appeal to me because most of it was coffee or chocolate based.

Any way, my cousin had tiramisu on a sugar cone and I had the Caffe gelato with toasted Italian coffee. The Caffe gelato was smooth and tasted like coffee. It was a little too sweet in my opinion. There were bits of chocolate in the gelato as well.

I have mixed feelings about Mo Gelato. …

Cocoron - Little Italy

37 Kenmare Street New York, NY 10012

Will and our friends tried the original Cocoron on Delancey Street in June and quite frankly, it was packed and the space was small.

Cocoron opened it's second location not too far from it's original location and I was hoping it would be different and it was. I met up with my cousin Jennifer for girl's night out and dinner at Cocoron since she's never had soba outside of home.

We came on a Tuesday night around 6:45PM-7PM and were seated right away. The decor and ambiance was very different from the one on Delancey Street. It was very modern in terms of decor and in terms of ambiance - relaxing  and chill.

I wanted to try the pork and okra croquettes but it was labeled on the menu as "temporarily unavailable". After looking at the menu, my cousin and I placed our orders.

Jennifer doesn't eat meat so many of the soba items on the menu weren't suitable for her. She ordered the Cold Natto Soba and…