Showing posts from March, 2016

Desserts That Really Hit The Spot

I've recently had a second opportunity to try Spot Dessert Bar with my girlfriend Diane. She's never been to Spot Dessert Bar so I decided to take her after our dinner at Soba-Ya.

We took a risk and came on a Friday night around 6PM and luckily there was no wait for us and we were seated immediately. I talked Diane into trying the 3 Tapas for $23.95, so we had the following:
Diane wanted to try the Chocolate Forest which contained pistachio and apricot covered choco mousse cake with chocolate filling and pistachio ice cream. The chocolate forest looked beautiful and amazing! My friend Diane was completely intrigued by how beautiful the dessert was and really, really enjoyed it. To her, it was dessert heaven. Unfortunately, she couldn't finish the entire dessert so she took it home.

I got their famous Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake as I did my first time too. I've been craving for this chocolate and green tea deliciousness for a very long time. It was the perfect dessert…

Soba-Ya - Something Out of the Oridinary

229 East 9th Street New York, NY 10003

My girlfriend Diane & I met up here about two months ago for dinner and to catch up. We came on a Friday night at 6PM and already tables were getting filled quick. It's a small place, but with decent food. The restaurant was very clean and staff was very friendly and helpful.

I wanted to try the Cold Soba Tea which is really just roasted buckwheat tea. I liked the tea very much, it had just the right amount of roast-like flavor. The tea wasn't very strong which I liked.
Diane didn't want soba noodles because she found out the broth is made with fish and apparently she doesn't eat fish/seafood (I never knew that before).so she got the Oyako Don instead which is egg and poached chicken over rice. 
(Not sure why my photo was set like this by default when I uploaded it)
Since the day we went was freezing, I decided to order and try their hot noodles. I ordered the Kitsune Noodle which was soba noodle soup with…

Sammy's Fish Box - Seafood Galore!

Sammy's Fish Box 41 City Island Avenue Bronx, NY 10464

I visited Sammy's Fish Box with Will and our good friend Jason just two days before the New Year came. I must admit it wasn't ideal for us to visit Sammy's Fish Box in the gloomy, cloudy, chilly Winter, but we did so any way since it was the first time Jason mentioned City Island to us.

There's a parking lot right next to the restaurant, so no worries about the parking situation. The restaurant is humongous and they have an interesting seating area on the side of the restaurant we sat in and they also have booths for you to sit in. The restaurant had a nice ocean-like, relaxing atmosphere. Our waiter was an Asian man and probably around his 60's-70's and wasn't too friendly to us. He answered our questions, but if and when we were missing an item he didn't seem very attentive or helpful.

So we didn't know exactly how big were the portion sizes, but we ordered two entrees from th…

LandMarc - What A Surprise!

Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10019

It's not every day that my family & I eat at a fine dining, upscale restaurant. The day after Christmas (yes I'm very late with my posts), we had a family day out in Midtown Manhattan - lunch at LandMarc & watched the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City for the very first time.

The inside of LandMarc was quite dark, but definitely an upscale atmosphere and the window seats gives you a great view of Columbus Circle & Central Park. The staff were friendly and helpful. We all ordered individual entrees and a few appetizers/side dishes to share.

We ordered the Roasted Marrow Bones,Grilled Octopus, French Onion Soup, and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. The roasted marrow bones was accompanied with onion marmalade, grilled country bread, and fig jam. I'm not a huge fan of bone marrow, but these were excellent and full of flavor! Will ordered the French onion soup and it was delicio…

Valentine's Day Dinner at BKNY Thai Restaurant

BKNY Thai Restaurant
47-11 Francis Lewis Boulevard Bayside, NY 11361718.281.1900

Will and I decided to have Valentine's Day dinner at BKNY Thai Restaurant in Bayside, Queens since we were already in the area watching a movie that day. 

We arrived around 6PM and already it was crowded. It took a while for the hostess to find us and when she did she said it will take about 10 minutes, even though I already saw there were tables available. 

There were no Valentine's Day specials at BKNY, so we had no choice but to order from their regular menu and here's what we ended up with -

We got Thai Ice Tea as a beverage. A Thai meal doesn't feel quite complete without a glass of Thai Ice Tea, don't you agree?
We ordered the Crispy Calamari for our appetizer. The crispy calamari were crunchy and crisp, but lacked flavor.
Will and I both got seafood with noodles. He had the Seafood Pad See Euw and I had the Seafood Pad Thai. They were both decent, but not the best Thai noodles dishe…

What's Been Cooking In My Kitch

Happy March everyone!

So we're going to jump forward and shift gears for a bit because this post won't be your typical restaurant review,  but instead I will be posting up food porn - mainly dishes I've been making and cooking the past 2.5 months.

As you may or may not know, I've been unemployed for close to two months hence why I've had a lot of free time to blog and cook. I haven't been taking pictures for a step by step guide how to make what I've been making the past 2.5 months, but I really should.

Any way, here's what I've been making and prepare to salivate -

One afternoon and after my gym session, I was inspired to make a salad for lunch so I ended up making a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, minus the grilled chicken because it was store bought and it was at this point, I realized I don't really like Caesar dressing - way too fishy!

Will and I also spent one Saturday folding dumplings. I love folding dumplings with him once in a blue moon,…