Showing posts from July, 2016

Piccoli Trattoria in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Last month, Will and I came to Piccoli Trattoria with our friends Sam & Alex since it's been a long time since we last seen each other. We made reservations ahead of time since Sam told us it's a small restaurant and seats fill up quick.

The restaurant is located on a cozy and quiet corner of 6th Avenue & 13th street. The restaurant itself is quite small, but they have seating inside and outside. Overall, it's a nice, rustic, Italian spot with rustic and rich dishes.

We were given a bread basket with Marinara sauce, balsamic vinaigrette, and olive oil to dip with. The bread tasted fresh and fluffy.
Alex got a bottle of Malbec Graffigna to share between us. I really liked the smell - plum and exotic black fruit flavors. It was perfect because we went on a Wednesday, so it was really Wine Wednesday!
For appetizers, we had the Mozzarella Di Bufala (Buffalo mozzarella *Napoli* with roasted butternut squash, mushrooms in a brown butter vinaigrette). I really liked this …

Doka Square

Last month, our friend Jack hosted his birthday dinner at Doka Square which is an Asian Fusion restaurant and located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I never heard or noticed of this restaurant, but I really enjoyed the chic atmosphere and ambiance. It's super spacious and perfect for a birthday dinner or gathering.

Their menu amazed me especially with the different cocktails, mocktails, and different entrees available. 
We started off with appetizers that we shared with the friends around us. We tried the Crab Rangoon, Gyoza, and Spring Rolls. Each appetizer had unique flavors and textures. The Crab Rangoon is deep-fried , cream cheese filled wonton dumplings with crab meat and minced vegetables served with spicy mayo. I've never really been a fan of this type of appetizer, but the one from Doka Square tasted extra yummy.
The Gyoza is a choice of beef or pork pan-fried dumplings with cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, scallion and bamboo. The other appetizer we had was the Spr…

Kane's Diner in Flushing, NY

Kane's Diner has been on my places to try and visit for the past year or so. I finally got to visit it and try it with Will about a month ago, since we weren't craving for Asian food and I wanted brunch-like food for lunch.

It's a local, family-owned diner that's open for 24 hours, but be aware the parking lot is small so if you happen to go at a time where it's packed, be sure to have some patience. Their tables can fit large an small groups, and there's also booths on the side. Service is adequate. The women's restroom is only one stall, so be prepared to wait ladies.

I must admit that their menu is crazy and filled with pictures and prices everywhere. I also must admit that I had to flip back and forth at least 2-3 times before I was able to decide what was it I exactly wanted.

We were given complimentary muffins to start off and to munch on. They were adorable, moist, and tasty.

Holy cow! Honestly, I don't quite remember what inspired me to order th…

Boston Trip: Island Creek Oyster Bar

The final food destination in Boston was at Island Creek Oyster Bar.
We came just before 5PM and was seated immediately. I really liked the ambiance because it was chic, modern, slightly dim, high ceilings, and just feels very cozy and spacious.

We started with drinks and light appetizers.

Will, Jack, and Katy ordered the Crispy Oyster Sliders on a brioche bun and lime chili aioli. I didn't eat any of it or the raw oysters since I am simply not a fan of oysters. We had the Fried Ipswich Clams as well which is way cheaper then what we had at Neptune Oyster (the night before). The fried clams were crisp perfection, but not as juicy as the ones from Neptune.
We also had the Fried Calamari which was pretty tasty and I wanted to try the Roasted Crimini Mushrooms which was mediocre. It didn't really taste like it was roasted, more like it was bathed in a bath of butter and oil.
We also ordered the Lobster Bisque. This was hands down, the BEST lobster bisque I have had so far. It…

Boston Trip: Quincy Market - Boston Chowda Co

On the second/last day of trip at Boston, we had to stop and visit Quincy Market. If you haven't been here, you should definitely check it out especially if you enjoy shopping, entertainment, and dining of course.

We came here to try out the seafood and as a tourists. I made a stop at Boston Chowda Co. and got a few items.

Our friends ordered the Shrimp Salad Roll served with lettuce and lemon and we ordered the Lobster Bisque. The shrimp salad roll was mediocre. I prefer having a lobster roll because it's much meatier. The lobster bisque was very creamy and rich. However, I didn't really see any lobster chunks.
I also got the Maine Lobster Pie which was filled with their Rockport lobster bisque and topped with their seasoned Ritz Cracker crumbs. This pie was absolutely wonderful and delicious! It was extremely creamy and the lobster meat was delicious. I highly recommend this pie if you like something savory and different and if you're a seafood lover!
All in all, I r…