Eating my way through NYC – Day 4

Day 4 was filled with tons of eats! Prepare yourself and your belly…

Starting in East Village!

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We put our names down at Clinton Street Baking Company and headed to Boba Guys! They’re SF based and recently opened shop in NYC. Please come to Seattle.

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Blueberry pancakes are a top choice here. Oh so fluffy and their warm maple butter on top really makes it. Gosh this was scrumptious.

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Of course we also had to get the fried chicken and waffle. Their chicken wasn’t dry at pretty juicy. Also topped with warm maple butter. Droooool. I can see why this place is worth the wait.

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We made reservations at Mission Chinese. I would describe this place as hipster Chinese. I’m not sure if it was the things we ordered, but sadly I did not dig it. The decor is pretty retro – with pink napkins, dragon wall displays, and Buddha statues. This first dish was thrice cooked bacon and rice cakes. WHOA SPICY. Like tongue numbing spicy. I think I would have enjoyed this if it weren’t so spicy.

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No this is not a soup. This was my drink! Chili oil, coconut milk and gin. Frankly it was not my cup of tea :/

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Dumplings on the house! Pot stickers with a nice crunchy outside. To be honest, probably my favorite of the dishes we tried.

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Salt cod fried rice. Interesting with the chips – I can see that they’re trying to add texture to the dish. A little too salty though :/ Overall, I don’t really understand get the dishes but maybe we ordered all the wrong things. Service was totally fine. Maybe I’m just too used to the traditional Chinese styles and it was a little too hip for me.

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Of course we had to cap the night with some ice cream. This was at Ice and Vice. This is the classic milk money with a blue corn cone. Yes super fancy schmancy cones. Too many flavors and cones to choose from. Would come back!

 

Eating my way through NYC – Day 3

Sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve been pretty busy being a real adult and balancing things out. I recently got dental surgery so that requires me to be on my butt all day. I’ll try to be better with them though 🙂

We started our day looking at the WTC Memorial and walking down to Battery Park. Next we spent an exciting morning biking over the Brooklyn Bridge and trying not to hit tourists as they crossed over into the bike lane. Frustrating and fun at the same time.. probably would not recommend. Our friend goes to Brooklyn Law School so we met up with him over there to check out the sights.

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First stop at Luke’s Lobster right by the pier! We got this sampler – MUCH smaller than it seems. Definitely for one person. It was delicious but I could have used more.

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Part II of lunch includes a Shake Shack chicken sandwich. Always a classic yummm. I would recommend the Stack shack (deep fried mushroom filled with cheddar, beef patty, cheddar, lettuce, and tomato).

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Last meal of the day was at Roberta’s Pizza. Got a lot of recs for this place so we went out of our way to try it. The wait was around 1.5 hours, not bad – so we walked around the area to kill time. I HIGHLY recommend the bee sting pizza – which is the first one pictured. It has mozzarella, pepperoni, drizzled with honey.  Sounds simple but this combination is perfect. We tried to replicate it when we got home too. The other pizza was also great but the bee sting just was mmm. Brooklyn day was a success!

Eating my way through NYC – Day 2

The first day in NYC was pretty rainy, but the weather looked up the next few days! Day 2 also consisted a LOT of eating! Some cool things we saw – Toy Tokyo with a ton of cool toys and trinkets. Got some funko pop dolls. It also happened to be the Halloween Dog Parade at the Thompskins Square Park so we stopped by to check all the dogs in their cute costumes. We also walked part of the Highline before it started raining! I hope you guys are ready for the photo food bomb.

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We started the morning at the Donut Plant in Lower Manhattan. This is the creme brulee donut! They were the ones to start this delicious fad.

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The inside of the donut.

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We also got the peanut butter with huckleberry jam donut. This one definitely hit the spot! It has a delicious crunch.. I’d say it was jammin. 😉 They definitely pack it plenty throughout the donut although it may not seem like it.

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For brunch, we went to this Vegetarian restaurant called Dirt Candy. I haven’t had much vegetarian food but this was pretty delicious! This is my friend’s layered omelette with a mint cilantro radish filling and whipped goat cheese plus potatoes.

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Cabbage sandwich – stir fried broccoli, grilled pea vines, with mint and romaine plus potatoes. This was great and not too heavy feeling with all of the veggies.

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Cabbage sandwich – fried tofu with avocado and kimchi plus greens salad. This sandwich was definitely heavier feeling, but I think I liked it better than the greens. This had more complex flavors that was comforting.

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After walking around Highline Park, we meandered to check out the Todd English Food Hall. We got some decadent, sweet crepe cakes from Lady M Boutique. This is the vanilla crepe cake. Whoa yum – so light and airy.

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This was the caramel chocolate cake. Of course indulging in some desserts before dinner 😉

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Dinner was at the infamous Momofuku Noodle Bar! Starters consisted of chicken wings….

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…and these delicious shrimp buns! Definitely not what I expected but quite tasty! I love a good Sriracha mayo sauce.

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We decided to try the momofuku ramen even though we had already had ramen the previous night. Hahah we had to try. The pork shoulder is definitely something else. Wow.

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We also got the ginger scallion noodles. These are cold noodles with pickled shiitake, cucumber, and nori. Mix it up all together and you’ve got yourself a fabulous concoction. To be honest I realllly enjoyed these and this might have been even better than the ramen.

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Okay we walked a bit more and got some late night eats at Baohaus created by Eddie Huang (Fresh Off the Boat!). I was pretty full but I couldn’t stop. Taro fries with more Sriracha mayo and a couple of pork belly baos. That’s what I call a night capper.

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Jk, this is the night capper. Got some milk soft serve ice cream with cereal toppings. What a filling day indeed. I was pretty bloated and on the verge of a food coma but I had to fit this one in. We also came by before we left to cop some cookies ^__^

Eating my way through NYC – Day 1

Hello! I recently went to New York and we indulged ourselves in all things edible…  The next few posts will feature all of the great eats we had each day 🙂 I hope you enjoy!

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We landed after a red eye and were pretty much dead.. but of course we had to go out and make the most of our time! Of course we brought some Seattle weather with us and it was pouring rain! Luckily Russ & Daughters had only about a 10 minute wait though. Yummmm.

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We got two types of salmon to try – Norwegian and Irish. Both delicious, but the Norwegian really brought out the tomatoes and brightness of the sandwich. It’s topped with scallion cream cheese, onions, and tomatoes. All freshly sliced and prepared fresh in front of your eyes.

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Look at that juicy tomato!

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Waiting outside for some Totto Ramen. Got there at a weird time (~3pm but hey 12pm our time) so our wait turned out to be only 20 minutes! It’s a small joint, so I’d recommend going in a small group. There’s another one that’s also nearby that I hear is larger.

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Miso paitan with some corn added. That soft boiled egg is PERFECT. My noodles were a little different in the sense that they were a little more thin. The broth is creamy and delicious. The char siu was tender and melted in your mouth.

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A close up of the pork paitan. This broth tasted even a little fishy and accompanied by different noodles (thicker) to help compliment the flavor.

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Late night dinner – Prince Street Pizza. They serve by the slice or whole pie. We got the real deal NYC experience here. The guys working were pretty rude and just wanted you to get out of the area once you received your food. But hey, they make a pretty mean pizza. The pepps are top notch with crispy edges and thick cheesy slices.

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Ended the night at a trendy rolled ice cream shop called 10 Below. They have rotating flavors they mix in their crepe like ice cream before it’s rolled up. It’s pretty cool – you can pick your toppings and it’s unlimited! I was a little bummed they didn’t have as much fruit options, but that’s okay. Fruity pebbles was delicious!

A day in Portland

I recently went to visit some friends in Portland and tried to consume as much deliciousness as possible. Thought I’d share my food adventures with ya’ll. The layout of this post will be slightly different than my previous as I’ll just give a brief overview of each place instead of something in depth. Enjoy!

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Breakfast stop at Blue Star Donuts: I’ve been here a couple of times and it’s definitely my choice of donuts > Voodoo! Sadly, the bacon maple was out 🙁 I’ll be back for it next time. This is the apple fritter! Delicious with huge chunks of apple. They have several locations scattered around Portland. Luckily we went on a Thursday morning and there was no line! Expect a wait if you go during a weekend.

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Thirst quench at Tea Bar: Not your average bubble tea place. Definitely feeling the hipster vibe with a clean, modern space. There is a ton of natural light from large windows which gives it a perfect atmosphere for getting work done.We sat at the bar where we could watch the barista make drinks. Left –> Right: vanilla rose milk tea, ginger lemon tea toddy, and the honey matcha. My vanilla rose was quite more vanilla tasting than rose. 16 ounces for $5 seems a little pricey although if you sit in, you get to drink it in this really cute logo mason jar. The ginger lemon toddy is blasting with ginger flavor to ensure cure of any sore throat you may have. The matcha was quite interesting. The barista even had a bamboo whisk for mixing the match powder. It has a VERY strong flavor of matcha! You’ve been warned! Overall, a cute place to do some work in a quiet and aesthetically pleasing cafe.

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Lunch at Mama Chow’s: Located in busy downtown Portland, this food cart is only open weekdays during lunch. Lucky for those who work nearby!

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Simple menu

img_3880Lollipop wings (top left and bottom right): These were very juicy, tender, and crisp wings. I loved that these were very easy to eat and you get 5 of them in your bowl!
Chicken dumplings (top right and bottom left): These came with a spicy dipping sauce that went well with this protein. They do not skimp on the meat inside!
These were over a bed of bok choy and garlic noodles. This was probably my favorite thing I had that day. The portions are also HUGE. I couldn’t even finish. I was stuffed but I kept eating the garlic noodles… they are quite addicting. I loved that they had bok choy as their veggie as it added to the Asian flavors. Overall a very tasty dish and I can’t wait to come back for more.

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Food coma prevention at Stumptown Coffee: I know we have this in Seattle, but I rarely visit the cafe. We just happened to be near Stumptown so we decided to stop by after some arcade games at Wunderland. I got the nitro cold brew. It’s so clean and smooth tasting! It looks like it could be milk inside.. cool illusion with the gas. Yum and it gives such a caffeine kick.

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Dinner at Kim Jong Grillin: We ate at another food truck for dinner. They’ve got a permanent station on Division Street with a nice cover and lunch tables in case in rains. I got the bibimbap bowl with kalbi. I really wanted to like this place but the dressing/sauce over the salad was wayyy to spicy for me. The short ribs were also a little too salty. Despite that, I really like the japchae/rice mix that they used. The rice was even crispy! Our food took a while because of online/phone orders that were put it. They give a large portion of food that I failed to finish. I think if they refined these things, it would make the dish that much better! They were also generous with the kalbi serving.

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Dessert at Salt and Straw: Ohhhh the infamous Salt and Straw! You know there is always a line if you go after dinner. You can’t skip that for sure. They’re known for their wacky and wild flavors and combinations that somehow work and end up tasting AMAZING. Seasonal as well as staple flavors. My friend got the olive oil in a vanilla base flavor that tasted like butter. I got the pear and bleu cheese (with chunks of both) also in a vanilla base that was so delicious! This combination worked well and my stomach was smiling. We got kid scoops which is why they look tiny in these huge waffle cones. It might look small but it was very filling!