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Family Dinner at Joy Luck Palace

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My family and I had dinner in early October for my mom's birthday celebration. We wanted to go to Royal Seafood on Mott street because we like it there, but they were completely booked out for a wedding. We decided to eat at Joy Luck Palace instead. It was surprising that the restaurant wasn't filled up when it was a Saturday evening.

The restaurant that used to occupy this space was Grand Harmony, but because it's a new restaurant and under new management there were new renovations. Unfortunately, the renovations weren't very intriguing. I feel that the decor was downgraded. I thought with new renovations, the stinky and old restrooms would get an upgrade too, but nope. Service improved from the last time I was here with my family.

These were the dishes we had:

As always we ordered the Fish Maw Soup which was quite scrumptious.
We ordered the lobster which I thought was decent, but I feel it was a little small. The crispy chicken was delicious and tasty. I'm not a…

BCD Tofu House - Bayside, Queens

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The weather last month was a little crazy. It was a lot windier and colder compared to the weather today. It's been windy at times, breezy, but mostly warm. Last month, Will and I visited BCD Tofu House in Bayside, Queens for dinner since I was craving for soondubu (tofu soup) and it was the perfect weather for it.
I've been to BCD Tofu House in Manhattan and it's definitely a lot smaller compared to the one in Bayside. The Bayside location has a parking lot and it's super spacious! 
After we ordered our entrees, we were given complimentary dishes to try. I love the fried fish that they always give here despite the little bones in the fish.
This was part of a set that Will ordered with his soondubu. We shared the hot-stone bibimbap. I always love this at any Korean restaurant we go to. I especially love the crunchy rice along the side of the pot. It's truly yummy!
I got the mushroom soondubu since I am huge mushroom fan! This was definitely mushroom and tofu heaven…

Banter - Irish Bar & Kitchen

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Will and I visited my sister and the future brother-in law's new nest in Forest Hills, Queens after the NYC Dumpling Festival. I like the quiet and relaxing vibe of the neighborhood and not too far is where all the buzz, shopping, restaurants, and bars are along Queens Boulevard.

My sister and future brother in-law took us around the neighborhood before and after our dinner. For dinner, we went to Banter - Irish Bar & Kitchen. I found this place on Yelp and it turned out to be a pleasant experience for us. It's located conveniently close to a theater, so great place to check out after the movies. The restaurant was smaller than I imagined, but I was surprise a lot of families ate here because it felt more like a pub than a place for family dinner.

The service was on par and food is heavy, but delicious! Their menu is full of delicious Irish and comfort food. This is what we ordered:

Will and I have been ordering French Onion Soup quite often so when I saw that Banter had i…

NYC Dumpling Festival - September 2016

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It's been very busy after Will's birthday with family and friends. Although, I'm a month and a half late with writing about the NYC Dumpling Festival, I still want our thoughts with you and show you what was featured this year.

This year Will and I were a little proactive when it came to purchasing tickets because instead of getting online on the day of the festival. We bought the tickets online since they guaranteed a free bag if you purchase online. The event took place on September 24th, 2016 at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park from 12PM - 5PM, but Will and I didn't stay too long at the duration of the event.

Last year I didn't blog about the NYC Dumpling Festival, but I liked the selection, vendors, and etc. a lot better. This year was below par in every aspect except for the customer service. Last year there were 8-10 vendors to choose from, but this year it was only 5 which were split by boroughs (Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island) which I d…