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Orlando Trip - Portobello

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Hi everyone! I'm back in action, this past month or so have been busy. I went away with Will and his family to Toronto for a few days during July 4th weekend, we been on a house hunting trail, and I've been job hunting and been running all around interviewing. I've accumulated a few rejections and waiting to hear back on a few companies. Tomorrow, Thursday and Friday I've got a few and hopefully it'll go well.

I'm taking a break from the job hunting right now and moving along to catching up with my food blog, so we're going to backtrack to my Orlando trip. Will and I ate at Portobello (an Italian restaurant) that was located inside Disney Springs (Downtown Disney). My heart is heavy since I found out they've closed since we ate there for dinner just after a few hours of being engaged.
We arrived to Portobello around 6-6:30PM and was happy to see that the restaurant had a lot of seats available. We sat down and looked at the menu and everything sounded a…

Orlando Trip - Cinderella's Royal Table

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I've always wanted to see the Cinderella's Castle in real life, but never did I think I could eat inside of it. I heard that to eat inside you have to make a reservation three months prior to your visit.

Will had told me he made reservations for the third day (Sunday, April 2nd) at Cinderella's Royal Table where we could have lunch there. I was excited at the same time because I absolutely love Disney princesses (well most of them), please read on my blog for the complete review of my day.

There was a lot of people lining up for lunch at the castle. I read reviews on Yelp about the experience and how four princesses would come out to greet all the guests, take a picture, and sign an autograph. The restaurant/castle was humongous and big. Our waitress gave me a magic wand and referred the women as "princess" and gave a sword to Will and refer the men as "lord".

We had a Prix-Fixe menu which included the Chef's Tasting Table (a platter of cured meats,…

Orlando Trip - Krusty Burger

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During our first trip in Orlando and first visit to Universal Studios, we didn't have the opportunity to eat at Krusty Burger. Prior to the trip, I told Will we have to try Krusty Burger and so we did.

Krusty Burger, Moe's Tavern, Cletus' Chicken Shack, and a few other dining options were located under the same roof, but there's one line to line up for the dining options and once you've reached the front of that line, you can proceed to whichever place you want to and line up in their own separate line. The dining area is humongous and there are staff members that will ask how many people are in your party and will find the next available seat for you, how hospitable! I like that they play different clips from The Simpsons, it brings back childhood memories.

Will and I both got the Krusty Burger with Kurly fries ($10.99).The Krusty Burger is made up of 1/3 lb. burger with a secret sauce (tasted like a thousand island dressing), cheddar cheese sauce, tomato slice, i…

Orlando Trip - Les Chefs de Frances

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I mentioned in my blog that Will and I went to Orlando from March 31st - April 3rd. We had visited Epcot on our first day and passed by a restaurant in the France area by the name of Les Chefs de Frances. They did not accept walk-ins so we made a reservation. We came back a little earlier after walking through the different countries, so the hostess was able to sit us down earlier.

The restaurant was classy and had nice relaxing vibe to it. It was an enormous restaurant with a lot of windows to allow natural lighting to lit up most of the dining area. The staff here was exceptional and respectful. Will and I went with the prix-fixe menu for $39.99 per person.

We started off with glasses of iced tea to cool us down since it was hot. Iced tea was unsweetened, but they had sugar and sweetener on the side for us.
Our waitress also presented their butter and fresh baked bread to us which was placed in a white paper bag. The bread was delicious, warm, and had a nice crunch and fluffiness to…

New World Mall Food Court

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A friend recommend New World Mall Food Court for Will and I to try because it's inexpensive and food is on par. The food court is located at the lower level of New World Mall where you'll find over 15+ vendors, a lot of seating, and restrooms too.

There's a wide variety of Asian and Southeast Asian cuisines where food stalls offer Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Taiwanese specialties. From dumplings, soups, hot pots, bowls, prepared meals, desserts, literally a potpourri of Asian dishes. Walking through the food court I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the the choice, the aromas, and the crowds of people.

Will and I tried based on what we were recommended by our friend and Yelp. So this is what we ended up with:

Will ordered the fried giant squid combo ($8.50) from Cheers Cut which came with two different sauces, a side salad, rice, vegetables, and seaweed salad. The fried giant squid was absolutely delicious! It was fried and cooked just righ…

Italian Eats at San Marzano

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I've been craving for Italian food and pasta for some time now. Late March, I decided to check out San Marzano in the East Village with three friends. Will was out of town, so it gave me a chance to catch up with close and old friends.

The menu at San Marzano excited me because of the food and how you can pair any type/shape of pasta with any sauce you want and only for $9.00.  The pasta is also made fresh in-house, another bonus point. They only take reservations for six and up, so we couldn't make one and walked in instead. We came on a Friday night around 6:30-7PM and pretty soon the restaurant was filling up quick. 
The restaurant isn't as big as I thought it would be, but I did love the chic ambiance - think low lighting and sleek decor. 

We started off with the Cavicchioli Prosecco, 1928. My friend made a fantastic choice because the Prosecco had notes of flowers, apples and citrus. It paired well with our appetizers and the prosciutto in our appetizer.

The calamari …

Mango Mango - Brooklyn,NY

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I've been falling in love with mango and mango desserts, so when I heard Mango Mango had opened up in Brooklyn, boy was I happy. I've already been to the Flushing and Chinatown location to order take-out, but never had the opportunity to sit and indulge.

Although I heard mixed reviews about the Brooklyn location, I still decided to try it out for myself with Will. We came on one of the windiest and frigid Saturdays last month and luckily Mango Mango wasn't crowded at all. The Brooklyn location is definitely a lot bigger and much more chic. There's a decent amount of seating and they're pretty comfortable too.

Before I move on to discuss about what we ordered and our thoughts, I just have to say the service here is preposterous! The waitresses took our orders quick, but the wait time for these two desserts was absolutely ridiculous. The desserts we ordered weren't very complicated to make nor would it take very long to make. I've been to many Asian dessert s…

My Birthday Dinner at Aunt Jake's

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Last month I celebrated my birthday dinner with Will and our friends at Aunt Jake's in Little Italy in Manhattan. Aunt Jake's is a relatively new Italian spot that's been on my list of restaurants to try and it was different compared to the older Italian spots in Little Italy.

Aunt Jake's event space was what caught my eye and attention because of their skylight and that the restaurant is lined with wooden panels. The selling point was also that you can customize your pasta with any type or shape and any sauce.

We had a party of 20-25 people, so naturally we decided on a prix-fixe menu to avoid confusion on our end and the restaurant's end. Our prix-fixe menu contained a choice between three appetizers and a choice between three entrees. The event manager was respectful and accommodating to Will's requests for my birthday dinner.

We shared a space with outside customers, so it didn't feel very private or cozy. Our tables were lined up as a communal style an…

What's Cooking in My Kitch

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I been finding myself cooking a lot more since the year has begun. I been trying out different recipes, but also trying to master the dishes my mom makes. I would like to show you some of the dishes I've been whipping up. There's no recipe written down for these yet, but maybe some time I will write them down and turn it into a recipe post for you.

If you have any questions about the dishes that's been made, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Enjoy!

I've seen recipes where you can make savory oatmeal, so I took a stab at it one weekend. The result? It needs work. I used chicken broth and Italian herbs and spices, along with a poached egg.

This is a noodle soup I made earlier in the year where I was craving for noodle soup just about every week. I used chicken broth to make the soup and added in my own fried egg.
This year Will and I agreed not to get each other Valentine's Day gift to save a little money and also because I think we already give and get a…

FIKA: Cold Brew

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Happy April everyone!

I apologize for not writing on the blog. March has been crazy and I just got back from my trip to Orlando, FL with Will on Monday. Yesterday was clean-up and laundry day, so I been tired and busy. I'm also not at my best since I've developed allergies coincidentally enough on the last day in Florida (blog post very soon). Total bummer!

Moving along -

I've been slowly trying to try cold brew and iced coffees outside of Starbucks. Last month, I finally gave FIKA a chance.

They have beautiful interior and decor! It's bright, uplifting, and mellow inside. There's a limited amount of seating. I wouldn't recommend coming here with a large group, maybe with 1-2 people at most. The service is decent. I've been here twice and it seems that it's mostly filled with people that are catching up on work on their laptops, writing, or just for a casual meeting. I was thinking of doing work from here, but I haven't noticed any power outlets.



I …

86 Fu Kee

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Happy March everyone!

I can't believe I've never written a review about 86 Fu Kee since my family and I go here a lot to buy take-out. I live so close to 86 Fu Kee and it's super convenient, off the D train on Bay Parkway & 86th street.

The restaurant has been here for quite a few years. My parents know the partners and a few of the s employees quite well since they were from the same village back in China and mutual friends. The quality of the food here sometimes vary. I like their lobster and most of their stir-fried items. The restaurant is mid-sized and I think appropriate for a small group or family dinner.

We came on a Saturday evening when it spontaneously poured, so it ended up there weren't that many customers dining in that night,

This is a free dine-in complimentary chicken dish. The chicken was mediocre, nothing special and it was cold.
My Dad ordered all the dishes. He got us the Sweet & Sour Pork Chopwith Pineapple which was delicious! I enjoyed t…

Why I Love Hometown Hot Pot

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If you haven't noticed already there's been a huge boom of hot pot (shabu shabu) restaurants and more and more people are going out for hot pot instead because it's a fun bonding experience and some hot pot restaurants have offers that is too good to refuse.

Hometown Hot Pot opened in 2015, best known for their all-you-can-eat hot pot and Korean Barbecue. I've been here 3-4 times already in the last year and it's always been a delight to eat here.

Hometown Hot Pot is super spacious with 2.5 floors of seating and beautiful and interesting decor.
The staff here are friendly, just a little strict about reservations as you must have at least 6-8 people to minimum to make a reservation.

I've never tried their Korean Barbecue so I can't say anything about it. However, I can talk about their hot pot. So first off the prices are:
Hot Pot: $23.99 (per person)BBQ: $27.99 (per person)Hot Pot & BBQ: $31.99 (per person)Children under 4 1/2 feet - half price

Their hot …

Lunar New Year 2017

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This year's Lunar New Year celebration with my family was different. First off it was my niece's first Lunar New Year so that was exciting, but my sister and her husband didn't have an opportunity to celebrate with us as they had to fly off to California for a family emergency.

Any way, my parents, baby niece, and I still found a way to celebrate and enjoy our traditional Lunar New Year meal.

We always lay out a vase filled with flowers, a plate of oranges and citrus fruits, We also have a platter of dried, candied fruits and another one with lucky candies and pistachios. 
This was our breakfast, but we usually start off with praying and a ritual for our ancestors prior to eating. We start the morning off with vegetarian dishes and shrimp chips. I always love the shrimp chips my mom makes. She fried them earlier on and sealed it in an air tight bag for freshness. 
This year we didn't have as much festivities nor did we make our sweet coconut dumplings, but I am gratefu…

Coffee Review: AVA Brew

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Last year, I've learned that a new coffeehouse was opened in Downtown Brooklyn. It's located near an old company I had worked for.

AVA Brew serves up Brooklyn-roasted Pushcart Coffee and their delicious pastries too. It's set in the base of the new AvaDoBro building. This coffee shop is perfect if you need to pop out and grab your coffee to go, but also great to sit and relax with a coffee, organic tea, or even craft beer or wine (most recent addition to this spot).

The manager wanted to create a community hub in Brooklyn's busiest neighborhood, giving locals an alternative to the big chain coffee dealers that currently line its street. Downtown Brooklyn already has several Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts outlets, but no local coffeehouses like along Cobble Hill and etc.

The spacious espresso bar has a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. There's a decent amount of seating here and definitely a good place to come to get some work done or for a casual meeting.

I happened t…

Coffee Review: Nitro Cold Brew at Starbucks Reserve

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I recently visited one of Starbucks newest stores in Brookfield Place and it offers the company's line of rare, small lot Reserve coffees -apparently only available in limited quantity in around 2,000 stroes around the world.

How is this Starbucks different from any other Starbucks store? They store incorporates elegant design elements from the company's Seattle Roastery, while incorporating premium brewing methods ( such as siphon, chemex, pour over). This Starbucks "Reserve" store is a more elevated experience with an elegant design. Visitors to this Starbucks will find cold brew on tap and special Reserve espresso drinks, liked Smoked Butterscotch Latte and etc.

I'm a fan of Starbucks, coffee, and cold brew as well. I met up with a friend not too long ago to check out this beautiful Starbucks and also to try their Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew.

The Nitro Cold Brew is Starbucks newest take on it's signature Cold Brew - it's infused with nitrogen for a smoot…

Slurping Noodles at ICHIRAN

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The day after Christmas, Will and I had lunch, caught up, and traded our Christmas gifts with Sam and Alex.  We opted for ICHIRAN - the famous Japanese ramen chain and known for their one-of-a-kind soup - the ivory pork broth.

I was so happy that when Will and I arrived that there was no line outside because I've seen pictures on Yelp that the line was horrendous. I guess the hype is somewhat over. If you've done your research or asked around, ICHIRAN is unlike any other ramen restaurant. On one side of the restaurant, you have a bright room with tables, red lanterns, and promotional posters while the other side was filled with long rows of booths to yourself and it's great if you're coming to eat by yourself and prefer less human interaction.


Their menu is super customized! I like this system because you can make it customized to your liking and it's personalized. I like this system because it makes it personal and convenient. A standard bowl costs: $18.90, howeve…

Mid-Week lunch at E Noodles Cafe

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I found E Noodles Cafe on Yelp and it looked very familiar to food that Will and I had recently with his family in Flushing (we had take-out). Will and I have never been to this restaurant or knew that existed and we came here for a late lunch last month.
It's very spacious with modern decor. Customer service is top notch! The staff is friendly and helpful. I think they knew that Will and I were new customers because the waitress kindly told us their best dishes, but lucky for us I already did my research on Yelp so I knew what we could try.
You've probably saw this picture in this post, but I wanted to share that I saw this on Yelp and knew it was a must-have. I love steamed rice noodles and love it even more so when it's bathed in peanut and hoisin sauce. It's absolutely wonderful and delicious! A truly satisfying dish!

You've also probably seen this in the same post as the Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls too. Will introduced the Tengzhai Congee to me.I absolutely lov…

Birthday Dinner at Longevous Joy

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Longevous Joy is one of the only restaurants in Bensonhurst that serves ramen, but that doesn't mean it's the best because it isn't. I feel that Longevous Joy is cramped with any hot and trendy Japanese food you can think of that's been wildly popular the last few years - takoyaki, sushi, yakiudon, yakisoba, uni, and etc.

On the potentially one of the coldest days of last year (December 15th to be exact), we came here to have birthday dinner for my girlfriend. This was mine and Will's second visit to Longevous Joy and we were trying to remember exactly why we never returned, but the quality of the food gave us a good memory.

The restaurant isn't very big so I wouldn't recommend coming here with a big group and I am sure their occupancy level is well suited for 20-30 people max. The restaurant is also a little dark in my opinion.

So this is what we had:

We ordered the Best Seller Roll Combo (eel roll, spicy scallop roll, spicy salmon roll, and California rol…