The mile high city

Over the summer, I went to visit my good friend in Denver. Denver is a beautiful place known for their weather, landscape, and mountains. We spent a lot of time outside as well as at some of my friend’s favorite eats! Enjoy this compilation 🙂

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We went to a Mexican restaurant that’s a little nicer than your casual street tacos and boy was my belly happy! This was at Machete Tequila and Tacos located in Cherry Creek Denver. Top two tacos were the halibut tacos on squid ink tortillas, right two were fried lobster tail with smoked avocado, middle two were grilled shrimp with avocado, bottom left was al pastor with pineapple and bottom right was I believe the hanger steak. I ate probably only 3 of the seafood tacos and they were excellent!!! That aioli is amazing. Would recommend!

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Of course I had to have ice cream! I went to High Point Creamery and went for the sampler. I don’t exactly remember what was what but we had tin cup whiskey and pistachio brittle, early grey shortbread, spumoni, dark chocolate and fudge pieces, and rose gold (last two were pretty obvious). The rose gold was a little overhyped but I really enjoyed the first three flavors I listed. Yummmm.

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Who would have thought there would be New York Style bagels here?! This is called Rosenberg’s Bagels. Got the classic salmon lox, onion, capers and cream cheese. Delicious! Went with the sesame bagel. They have some pretty intense bagels like a french toast bagel with eggs and everything.

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Okay I know, another ice cream spot. This place gives you the best bang for the buck! This place is called Little Man Ice Cream. There is always a line that goes around the block, but they also have another line for express. The express lane has only 6 flavors compared to the 14 at the regular stand. This scoop is also a split kids scoop. WHAT. Totally nuts. I had a lot of trouble finishing it. I think I got the vegan chocolate and the space cow (marshmallow, white and dark chocolate chips, with a black raspberry ice cream).

Just some of the best eats I had in Denver! What are your favorites? I mostly came for friends and mountains 🙂

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!

A-sigh of relief… a new post!

Hello world! I know I haven’t blogged in quite a long long time, however I’ve had some down time during my month rotation in Hawaii and I thought I’d update you guys on some things. This post will document my acai bowl adventures during my time here.

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Haleiwa bowls
Their acai bowl features a TON of granola with all of the acai at the very bottom with bananas on top. I wish there were more fruits topped on, but those were for an extra cost. Wah wah. They do have plenty of fruit options to pick from. The acai itself has quite a sorbet-like texture to it and melts quickly.

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Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
The acai was very tasty along with the honey on top. I just wish there was more granola to accompany all of the acai. The fruit was nice on top. Definitely up there in my top choices.

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 Jewel or Juice
It was a mistake from the beginning to get coconut. That’s all I have to say. Besides that it was pretty good but I think I prefer the acai below.

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The strangest thing is this is probably my favorite acai bowl despite being from a coffee shop. I guess in this case mug. I feel like the proportions are just right with the right amount of fruit toppings. It’s a large mug and a fairly decent size to fill you up.

I will update this post as I go along 🙂

L-yay –> L-wee

Hi all! I’m so so sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been a little busy with work, rotations, and catching up with friends to post but I finally managed to have some time to blog! This post will be a little bit different and feature a collection of places I visited over my trip to LA and Vegas. I hope you enjoy my quick snippets 🙂

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Snow Monster: Located in Santa Ana, this charming dessert place features a number of delectable items. Mango shave ice with mochi and strawberry, thai tea boba with tapioca in an enormous mason jar that you can pay to keep, and a fruity pebbles macaron with a scoop of taro ice cream in the middle. Cutest collection of desserts one could concoct.

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LACMA: Urban lighting! Free to look at, located right off the street.

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Brodard’s: Another place in Santa Ana to visit. These special spring rolls include lettuce, carrot, special grilled pork sausage, crunchy outer egg roll shell, cucumber, chives, rice paper, and special house sauce. These unique spring rolls are no where else to be found!

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Popbar at Anaheim Packing District: You’ve probably seen this all over Instagram. Left: strawberry gelato bar kit kat style. Right: Green tea gelato kit kat style. Delicious gelato that’s dipped in chocolate and toppings and made right in front of you. Expect a little bit of a line! This hipster building features other delicious foods with different backgrounds. You’re bound to find something you like here.

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Samurai burrito: There’s a lot going on in this picture. Featured up close and personal are the Samurai super nachos – deep fried wonton crisps topped with crab, salmon, tuna, eel, masago, green onions, furikake, and rooster sauce. VERY filling and definitely shareable between at least 4 people. In the background are a collection of different sushi burritos. The one that I got was the geisha (right most) – salmon, sliced green onion, cucumber, crab mix, and shibu-yu house mix.

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Shake Shack: Finally a Shake Shack on the West side! This is located at the New York New York Hotel. This is a picture of the shack stack. The deep fried portion is of a mushroom filled with American cheese. It’s quite delicious! They also have other burgers but this is by far my favorite. They’re also known for their custards. Lots of different things to try on the menu!

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the food highlights of my trip and if you get a chance, to visit them yourself! Have a lovely week everyone!