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 ūüôā 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 ūüôĀ 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!

Super sick!

For our anniversary dinner (I know a lot of celebrating this month), my boyfriend and I went to Super Six located in Columbia City. I was really excited for this because the chefs of Marination Station were behind this excellent asian fusion creation. We went on the 2nd night it was open and there was about a half hour wait for the two of us. It definitely got packed as the night went on.

Atmosphere: The owners took over an automobile shop on Hudson. This spot has a ton of outdoor seating. There is quite limited seating indoors. Not sure how that’ll turn out when it gets colder. The restaurant’s core¬†features a bar with several tables surrounding it. The bar is open seating if you could snag a seat.

Pricing: A little more pricy than Marination Station, but still has a great Hawaiian fusion element to the food. Small appetizers range from $5-12, larger entrees range $14-21.

Service: Our waitress, Jasmine was really enthusiastic and did such a great job of being attentive to us. She has a lot of energy and represented the restaurant really well. She made great recommendations for us.

Food:
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Kalbi short ribs with scallion salad: nice flavor to the kalbi that wasn’t overpowering. The salad was a little too spicy for my liking but it was a nice touch to the dish.

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Kalbi pork belly musubi: whoaaaaaa this melts in your mouth like no other! I think they could put a little less rice and maybe a tad more sauce, but overall it was so delicious.

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Korean fried chicken with Char siu sauce. They have two other sauces – ono and spicy korean, but I was warned that the spicy was quite spicy so I tried this. You can try all three sauces for $24! This was $9.

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Pineapple Thai-Basil soda – great flavors! It came out a little late, but it was worth the wait. Nice punch with the acidic pineapple and you can really taste the basil, but it wasn’t too overpowering.

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Aloha fries – kalua pork, kimchi mayo, scallions, and fried egg. The kalua pork is a little too salty, but when you break the yolk and really eat it all together, the yolk smooths out the saltiness of the pork. I wish there was more of the kimchi mayo sauce because that was also superb.

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Lomi lomi tomato salad with fried Maui sweet onion and shiso. Nice bright tomatoes that was basically the definition of fresh. Can’t go wrong with yummy onion straws.

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We kind of went a little wild with the dessert. This is the lilikoi chiffon pie with haupia and tapioca. This fluffy dessert melted in my mouth and did not have a hint of heaviness. If this is what clouds tasted, this dessert would be it.

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With caramel drizzle!

IMG_3196Super six sundae – passion fruit caramel with red velvet. Blasting with flavor and sweetness. I would probably choose the pie over this. They also have masalada donuts that were quite tempting…

Overall: I think this is a great location for a new restaurant. I feel like Columbia City is really growing with business and life. There’s a huge PCC a couple blocks down and Salted Sea that has also recently opened. I think the chefs of Marination Station really made a smart move. The restaurant was definitely busy and constantly packed! Everything on the menu looked good and honestly I would try every single dish if I could. I’m happy they’re in the neighborhood. We also made a suggestion for to-go desserts!

Super Six Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Birthday brunch

I finally got the chance to try London Plane in Pioneer Square, near Occidental Park. I went for my birthday with 4 other friends. This cute place offers a number of things including food to go, pastries, coffee, sit in dining, wine bar, flowers (currently they have a ton of dahlias), cookbooks, and other assortments of things.

Atmosphere: This place is the definition of cute/hipster/all things golden. High ceilings with seating surrounding the large windows as well as seating upstairs. I would highly recommend making reservations because it can get pretty crowded. We waited about 15 minutes for a table for 5 on a weekday. I hear it can be up to 1.5 hrs on the weekends!

Pricing: A little more expensive than you would think. I would say a couple more dollars than you’d like for a dish. However, I think it’s worth it for the quality of food.

Service: Awesome! The host was very gracious as well as our server. Our server checked in on us constantly and was attentive.

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Bread & spread: pink – mezze beet hummus, charred eggplant-tomato spread, & cashew romesco with an assortment of bread and crackers.

Impression: I really enjoyed the first two spreads. The cashew was okay! Great blast in flavors that was also colorful. A great dish for sharing.

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Trio of salads: left – potatoes, sweet onions, sultanas & fennel, with dill and mustard aioli
bottom Рroasted zucchini,  green beans, corn & bulgur, with basil and pepita tahiti dressing
top right – beets & their greens, with roasted cauliflower & walnut pesto

Impression: Overall, the serving size was quite large! I enjoyed the sweet potatoes with onions. The corn and bulgur was also quite tasty. Everything is pretty dense and heavy so it filled us up. The top right had darker flavors that was also good, but probably my least favorite.

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Avocado toast: curried avocado, shaved radish, red cabbage & cilantro. This is a hearty toast with a thick, crunchy crust. A little difficult to cut and share! Overall I enjoyed it, but I’m a huge avocado fan.

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Overall: I really enjoyed the atmosphere with the open windows. Great lighting for pictures ūüėČ I like the idea of sharing plates just so you can try different items. Service was great. Food was great. I’d definitely come back to try other items on their menu. It looks as if it’s seasonal!

The London Plane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 ūüôā

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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!