Showing posts from December, 2016

Sunday Lunch at Pho Hoai - Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Pho Hoai is the ONLY Vietnamese restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It's super convenient for locals in the neighborhood that itch for Vietnamese cuisine and convenient for those that are boarding/coming off the Staten Island buses.

Will and I were in the neighborhood recently to return an item to Century 21. We didn't exactly know what or where to eat, but we have been to Pho Hoai before so we visited it again. The restaurant isn't very big and the decor/atmosphere is very much similar to most Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown. It was crazy packed when we came so we had no choice, but to share a table with other customers.

We ordered the typical dishes we would order at most Vietnamese restaurants:

We almost always order the Vietnamese spring rolls. The rolls were crunchy, hot, and savory!

Will always orders Pho Xe Lua. I can't recall a time where he's ordered a different entree at any Vietnamese restaurant. He orders this when we do take-out or stay-in the resta…

Birthday Dinner at Shanghai You Garden

Last month, we came to Shanghai You Garden in Flushing for birthday dinner for our friend Mandy. Shanghai You Garden is a  relatively new restaurant with beautiful, Asian artsy decor. The restaurant is fairly clean and the ceiling is hung with Chinese calligraphy and the walls have a Chinese floral design with Chinese paintings hung on the wall as well.

I made reservations for 8PM, but the restaurant would not sit us down until everyone arrived. While we were waiting for the arrival of our friends, the tallest waiter in the restaurant was willing to take down our orders so at least the food will be ready when we sat down.  It can get crowded here easily, so best to come early. Just an FYI: Most of the staff don't speak English except one or two staff members. This is also a CASH only restaurant.

These are three appetizers that my friends ordered: chicken in wine sauce, cold beef tendon, and spicy beef tripe. I've never been a fan of chicken bathed in wine sauce. The cold beef …

Brunch at Beehive Oven Biscuit Cafe

I absolutely love eating in Williamsburg. It always feels cozy, comfortable, and refreshing to escape from South Brooklyn.

Will and I came to Beehive Oven Biscuit Cafe with our friends: Sam and Alex in late October for Alex's birthday brunch. I knew about this restaurant because over the summer I took a restaurant management class and my teammates and I created a project/fake restaurant based on Beehive's menu. I adored Beehive Oven Biscuit Cafe and not because I love brunch, but because the Texas inspired restaurant is a delightful gem. It's a cozy, comfortable, and casual spot with an upbeat staff! The restaurant is a little small and limited seating, so not ideal for a huge group.

The main draw at Beehive Oven are their biscuits, which come served up in a variety of different ways. I'm not a huge fan of biscuits, but I was open to trying it.

As an added bonus, every meal at Beehive Oven Biscuit Cafe comes with a complimentary appetizer of homemade vegetables and but…

Birthday Dinner at Tang - Bayside, Queens

I've been to Tang in Bayside, Queens last year, but didn't have the time to take pictures. Last month, I was fortunate and happy that Will, my friends, and I had the chance to return to Tang because I heard a lot of good comments regarding the restaurant.

Tang has valet parking. The restaurant is different compared to other Korean restaurants in Queens because first of all, it is super spacious inside. The decor is very chic, dark, and stylish. The restaurant serves Korean food and Japanese food (mostly sushi) and the staff are very friendly and nice.

We did family style, so we all ordered appetizers and dishes to share. I didn't get to capture everything we ate, but here's what I was able to capture:

I think in most traditional Korean restaurants, as a customer you are given banchan, but at Tang you are given green salad (similar to what you find in Japanese restaurants). I like the idea of having a salad because it's a fresh start to the meal.
For one of our appe…

Thanksgiving 2016

Hope you've all had a great weekend! I am a little late, but I'd like to share with you how and what we ate for Thanksgiving.

So for Thanksgiving lunch with my family and Thanksgiving dinner with Will's family, I actually made the same dish, but looked different. I made Baked sweet potato with marshmallows using this recipe, but I tweaked it a bit. This was my first time making this recipe and baking in a long time, so it was comforting and fun. I was very surprised at how successful it came out. Everyone loved it!

This was my Thanksgiving lunch with my family. My sisters and I made a few items, but most dishes were made by my mom and we also ordered ribs, lobster, and chicken. We also had dessert - strudel and pie! Yum! Overall, a super filling lunch.

This was the second one I made for Will's Thanksgiving. It came out very good, puffy, and delicious! I was super impressed. I may even consider making this next year as everyone loves it especially since it's not too…

Taiyaki NYC - Ice Cream stuffed inside a Fish Cake

Ice cream stuffed inside a fish cake? Yes it does exist, but it's not what you think. It's the most Instagrammable dessert you can find.

At Taiyaki NYC, they have a fish-shaped cake into a makeshift waffle cone and lines it with custard (my favorite) or red bean paste before filling it with a swirl of soft-serve ice cream - you can pick from the following: vanilla, chocolate, black sesame, and the on-trend matcha) and drizzle (chocolate, caramel, condensed milk, or strawberry) and adorning it with an array of toppings such as: mini M&M's, mocha, Pocky sticks, and etc.

I shared a fish cake with Will and we got the custard filled fish cake with matcha ice cream, strawberry drizzle, rainbow sprinkles and strawberries on top. I'm serious these fish cakes were made for Instagram! Any way, the cake is super delicate and better to eat with caution because the cake is soft and so is everything else which means without serious caution, it can have an accident.
It was defini…