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 πŸ™‚

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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 tailΒ 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 πŸ™‚

Austin BBQ

Sorry for the extra long hiatus. I feel like I say that all the time. I’ll try my hardest to be more consistent with posts πŸ™‚ So recently, we went to Austin and got to eat some delicious food! Unfortunately, the most famous bbq joint, Franklin’s had a fire so we were unable to experience that. We went to the second most recommended bbq place, called La Barbecue. They were a food truck, but recently moved into this grocery/convenience shop that’s pretty hip in East Austin. They’re located inside Quickie Pickie. After reading reviews, we decided to go extra early to beat the lines. We arrived around 930 and they opened at 11. (We are on the West Coast so that was actually 730.. BBQ for breakfast! Sure why not)

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This is where you order. It was pretty nice to start because they give you a sample of their delicious brisket. He was super helpful and made great recommendations.

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The spread! We probably went overboard… They also have a spicy and sweet/tangy bbq sauces on all of their tables.

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Above: Chipotle slaw, beef rib, mac salad, and 2 pork ribs.
Below:Β Sausage, brisket, and of course a side of pickles

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That beef rib was huge!

Overall experience: The brisket was by far my favorite. You could cut that thing with a plastic fork .The rest was pretty tasty but it was hard to finish everything since it was pretty much our breakfast. We kind of went all out because we wanted to try everything. The next favorite was probably the beef rib, but the bark was a little too salty for my liking. It was sure gigantic. The line wrapped around the building by the time we left. We were second in line and didn’t get helped till 1120 because a lot of people had pick up orders. I’d say each party could spend 5-10 minutes picking and choosing their meats and how much time it takes to cut each piece. Wait time can really add up! PRO TIP: email ahead for your order, but you have to do it at least 5 days prior to the pick up date!

Enjoy! The brisket is worth the wait!

Eating my way through NYC – Day 5

Last and final day. Short and sweet post. We hit up the infamous cronuts at Dominique Ansel. We were able to pre-order and skip the line! Yes that’s a thing.

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Since the line was short we decided to also get the Croque Madame ;P yums

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Cronut! The flavor of the month was caramelized banana and dulce de leche ganache. Overhyped? Slightly. I think it was still worth trying especially since we were able to make skip the line (not much of a line on a Monday!) and grab a table to enjoy them. You’re supposed to consume them within the hour to get the best out of it. Flakey, buttery and all that you could imagine.

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Last stop was Xi’an Famous Foods. It’s a chain of Chinese foods (kind of making up for the hipster Chinese place we went to.. our taste buds weren’t really satisfied). Quick and dirty eats – kind of a hole in the wall set up. You order in the front and find a spot to eat. Popular lunch spot! I love their menu because there are a ton of pictures! Pork noodles

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Stewed oxtail noodles! Not too spicy and oh so tender.

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Also had to try the pork burger – a little meh. Overall a super cheap spot that’s a quick and tasty eat πŸ™‚ That wraps up our trip!

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 πŸ™‚

We started our day looking at the WTC Memorial and walking down to Battery Park. Next we spent an exciting morningΒ 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. Β 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. πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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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 ^__^