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Brunch at Le Barricou

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Le Barricou
533 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211
718.782.7372

My friends, Will, and I had brunch at Le Barricou in Williamsburg, Brooklyn about a month ago. They don't take reservations so we had to put our name down when we arrived at the restaurant. Since Will and I were first, I put my name down and the hostess said the wait would be 40 minutes. When our friends arrived we returned to the restaurant and the wait was over.

I really liked the ambiance and decor at Le Barricou because it's warm, homey, cozy, and just a really pleasant place to enjoy good company and good food. I like how the front and entrance of the restaurant is a few tables and a bar and as you may your way in to the back there is additional seating and cozy couches with a warm fireplace. It's truly a nice, cozy waiting area. There's a nice roof above the dining area where natural light from comes bursting in.

We started off with drinks than placed our orders for brunch.

I had the Mimosa and Will had…

Dessert Review: Caffe Bene

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Caffe Bene
106 Mott Street New York, NY 10013
212.575.5484

I've seen Caffe Bene popping up in almost every neighborhood in Manhattan and I knew that at some point I had to visit one of their locations.

Will and I passed by Caffe Bene in Chinatown and decided to check it out after our dinner.

First, I would like to say that I truly love the decor and ambiance. It's like a homey, spacious, and upgraded version of Starbucks. It's relaxing, cozy and perfect for post-date coffee an desserts, studying, catching up with a friend/s, or catching up on work.

There was a lot of beverages, sweets, and savory items to choose from. We didn't know what to order so it took us a while to decide. We wanted to bring a dessert home to share with his family. We ordered the strawberry waffle and strawberry honey bread. We waited approximately 15-20 minutes for the strawberry honey bread which seemed to have took a long time.

The strawberry waffle was made prior to us visiting Caffe Bene. I …

Recipe: Yau Gok (Fried Sweet Dumplings)

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Hi! I would like to take an opportunity to apologize with the lack of blogging on Ambitious Eats. It's not that I don't have content for the blog because I have plenty. Life behind this screen has been utterly busy with school, work, getting back into the gym, and a lot more. 
As promised, I would like to include a step-by-step guide on how to make Yau Gok (fried sweet dumplings). If you read my last post I mentioned my mom, sister and I made yau gok for Lunar New Year, so here is the recipe -
Yau Gok
Ingredients wonton skins water oil
For the filling: sesame seeds, unsweetened shredded coconut, roasted and crushed peanuts, white sugar
Tools: dumpling mold shaper wok spatula

1. Combine all ingredients together and mix over the wok on low heat.

2. Make sure you set all your mise en place together so everything is in it's place and organized.

3. Place the wonton skin on the dumpling mold and wet the edges of the wonton skin. Add a small portion of the filling inside the wonton s…

Lunar New Year Celebration

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I can't believe it's already March. Time has flew!
I apologize for not blogging the last week or so, it's been utterly busy behind the screen with Lunar New Year celebrations, classes, work, and etc. 
I was suppose to post a recipe for yau goks (traditional fried dumplings filled with sweet coconut, sesame seeds, and much more), but instead I'd like to share with you pictures of my Lunar New Year celebration at home. 
This was our dinner that we had the night before Lunar New Year. It seemed a little smaller this year, since my big sister wasn't home and is married, so she celebrated with brother in-law. 
Mom didn't buy new flowers this year for Lunar New Year since I bought her a small bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day and Will bought me flowers too. Mom also put out plates of sweets, snacks, and lots of oranges,clementines, and etc to munch on.
This was our vegetarian Lunar New Year breakfast. I really enjoy this meal because it's so simple, yet …