Showing posts from June, 2016

Boston Trip: Neptune Oyster

Prior to our trip to Boston, I did research on restaurants to visit in Boston. Neptune Oysterwas one of the first restaurants that came up on my search on Yelp. I didn't read reviews, but I should have because what happened during our Neptune Oyster experience was interesting.

Jack told us Neptune Oyster has a 4.5 star rating on Yelp with over 3000+ reviews which is tremendous. We arrived on the street of Neptune Oyster Bar and made a reservation which we found out would be a 4 hour wait, so we had to come back before 7:30PM.

We went to our hotel, walked the Freedom Trail, got ice cream, sight see, and sat in a cafe until 7:15 and found out the wait was until 8-8:30PM, so stretch that to approximately a 5 hour wait. We got a call around 8-8:15, but when we arrived we still had to wait for a seat.

The restaurant is very dark and dim. It's also very tight and small inside. I definitely think a plan to expand their space would be best. The staff here are very friendly, knowledgea…

Boston Trip: Chip's Family Restaurant

Last month, Will and I went on a Memorial day weekend road trip to Boston with our friend Jack and his girlfriend Katy. The next few posts you will see on the food blog will be a review of restaurants/places we've eaten at.
The first restaurant we visited during our trip was Chip's Family Restaurant which actually has five restaurants in the state of Connecticut. The location we visited was in Fairfield, CT. We came on a Saturday and was expecting it to be packed, but far from it. When we arrived it was busy and bustling, but there was no wait and we got a seat with no issues.
The restaurant has a diner feel to it and very family and tourist friendly. The staff are quick, friendly, and very helpful. Jack told us that they are best known for their pancakes, so three of us actually ordered pancakes. They also had a Memorial Day weekend special menu, so the three of us also ordered from the menu.
Will ordered the Strawberry Pancakes &Mushroom Omelette. The pancakes were flat,…

Caffe Bene (Bensonhurst) - 18th Avenue location

I've been recently coming to Caffe Bene a lot , at least once or sometimes twice a week. It's a very cozy, comfortable atmosphere and has that local, neighborhood vibe to it. There's an abundance of seats and tables available and a couple of outlets available if you're bringing your laptop to do work or you need to charge your electronic devices. Most of the customers are between High School students - 50-60 year old

I typically come here to get my blogging done and Yelp reviews on the days I don't have internship. It's also pleasant to sit here while they have the AC on a good blast. There's a lot of beverages to choose from, sandwiches, waffles, and sweets.

I've recently been addicted to their Portabella Sandwich because it's super crunchy, delicious, and I love mushrooms. It typically come with mustard, but I hate mustard so they usually do well in removing the mustard for me. I've also tried their Mango Berry Mojito (non-alcoholic) which is …

Ramen Quest: Totto Ramen, Midtown East

My girl friend Diane and I recently had lunch at Totto Ramen in Midtown East. I've been to Totto Ramen in Midtown West a few years back and I thought it was so so. I decided to give Totto Ramen another chance and checked out the location in Midtown East with Diane.

We met around 12-12:30PM on Friday at Totto Ramen and that's just like prime time for lunch, so expect a wait if you decide to come. They also don't sit you until your whole party is present, otherwise you will be pushed to the bottom of the list.

I wasn't very impressed with the decor, but as soon as you walk in you can see the counter and open kitchen and the walk way was narrow too. It was also very dark, but at least there's a lot of seating in the back of the restaurant.

It was super busy at the time we went and slightly difficult to flag down the staff when you need them.

Moving along to what we really came for:

Diane ordered the Pork Paitan ($10.00) with corn ($1.00) and a poached egg ($1.00) , b…

Raizes Churrascaria - Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Earlier this month, Will and I went to Raizes Churrascaria for our friend's 30th birthday. It was the first time I had Portuguese cuisine, so I was excited to try out the restaurant.

The restaurant is directly located across a funeral home which is a bit disappointing and sad to see. If you're not uncomfortable with a funeral home across the street, the restaurant can be quite cozy and comfortable. It's quite spacious and definitely a good spot to come for food  and drinks with family or friends.

I like that Raizes Churrascaria has an extensive menu of wine and beverages. I ordered this:
It was the perfect weather to have a White Sangria, plus I've never had one before. The White Sangria was actually very light, refreshing, and didn't have strong aromas like a red sangria does.

There was about 10-18 of us so it was a little difficult to share appetizers, but here's what we tried:

Our friend ordered three appetizers for us all to share: grilled oysters, shrimp m…

Ramen Quest: Ganso Ramen

The first time I tried Ganso Ramen was February 2013, so therefore a revisit was necessary. I heard mixed reviews regarding Ganso Ramen, so I wanted to see for myself if the ramen was as bad as everyone I know says it was. I came here with my old colleague and Will, since both still work nearby in Downtown Brooklyn.

The ramen shop was quite large, more spacious than your average traditional ramen joints. It's very modern and chic with random Japanese posters and a chalkboard hanging on the wall. Service was on point and servers were friendly and attentive, but those are probably the only positive notes about the experience.
I ordered the Japanese Fried Chicken ($9.00) which is quick-fried and boneless and comes with a yuzu-mayo dipping sauce. I was little disappointed that it was only four pieces for $9.00 and I've also had better Japanese Fried Chicken in other ramen spots.

Will and my friend Wesley detected a little bitterness in the fried chicken which created a red flag an…

10Below - Chinatown, NYC

After hearing and reading months of hype about 10Below in Chinatown, my boyfriend and I along with my sister and her fiancĂ© got a chance to visit the much-talked about 10Below. It's located close to the beginning/end of Mott Street in Chinatown and is actually below.

It gets crazy packed here as I've seen and heard which is why we decided to come on a not-so-busy time - early Sunday afternoon. There was already people coming in for the rolled ice cream before us. There's limited seating, so keep your eyes peeled for seats as soon as they open up or at least a place to stand and eat.

Here's how the process works: You choose the mix-ins (candy, fresh fruit, cookies, etc.). They go into a cold plate along with liquid ice cream. The ice cream maker uses a bench scraper to chop and spread the mixture into a very thin sheet, which freezes in under two minutes. Then the sheet is scraped away from the ice cream maker to form ice cream rolls!

Here's a small video I took wh…

Ramen Quest: HinoMaru Ramen

It was just about a month ago where my sister, Will, and I visited HinoMaru Ramen in Astoria, Queens. We were on our way back from our cousin Cindy & Josh's baby shower and you can read all about it here, but we wanted to grab a light dinner before getting back into Brooklyn.

HinoMaru Ramen is located on a heavily trafficked area and positioned perfectly for the lunch and dinner crowd. We came around 5:30-6PM and it was certainly very busy. The dining room is spacious and casual and there's a blackboard to your immediate left, announcing the day's specials and large open kitchen towards the back. There's tables for two people with low stool seating or others fit for slightly larger group. I also liked that there's another section to the restaurant all the way in the back which allows for a larger party and a little privacy.
You won't find sushi or exquisite classical Japanese cuisine at HinoMaru Ramen. However, what you will find is authentic examples of Jap…

Bibble & Sip

One of the latest and greatest craze in The Big Apple is Bibble & Sip and I can understand why after my first visit. Bibble & Sip was extremely close to Ippudo Westside and since Diane and I had lunch there, I decided to take her with me to Bibble & Sip too.

The cafe is located in Midtown West and is know for it's friendly atmosphere, unique pastries, and adorable alpaca themed decor. There's a limited amount of seating here, but there's a small counter where you can munch on your food and sip on your beverage. The staff at Bibble & Sip are quick, on point, and friendly.

Diane and I visited Bibble & Sip on a Monday afternoon around 1-2PM and I couldn't believe how crowded it already was, but luckily there was little to no line so Diane and I quickly lined up. Unfortunately there were no seats available, so Diane and I squeezed into a small space and just enjoyed our food and beverage on the counter.

I must admit I read a lot of reviews on Yelp to se…

Ramen Quest: Ippudo Westside

I've been longing to try Ippudo Westside, but never had the opportunity to until recently. During spring break, I made sure to make a  lunch date with my girlfriend Diane. Although Diane had been to Ippudo Westside already, she didn't mind visiting it again with me. Such a sweetheart!

The travel to this location is a stretch for me especially since I live in Bensonhurst and I also got lost on the way to the restaurant, but I eventually made it. We met on a Monday afternoon around 12:30PM and already it was crowded at Ippudo Westside. Luckily, we didn't have to wait for a table at all and was seated immediately when Diane arrived.

I really love that this location is a lot more spacious, well-lit, warm, and bright. It's very stylish and chic. Staff is very welcoming, warm, and friendly. Service is on point.

For lunch, Diane and I tried these:

I heard that the Hirata Buns ($9.00 for chicken or pork) were a must-get, so Diane and I ordered these for appetizer. The Hirata b…