Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back in NYC...

I recently returned from a wonderful trip home to see the family, and I must say, I'd forgotten just how relentless the heat and humidity in Hong Kong could feel. The last time I was in HK during the summer was 4 years ago before I moved to NYC. Although I am missing everyone and especially Mollyboo so very much, I have been gifted with beautifully coolish summer weather in NYC!

Now on to more interesting things than the weather...

Handmade noodles in the spiciest soup at Cafe Too.

The mango souffle at Cafe Too-- the fluffiest, most amazing dessert. 
My grandma claims that she's not a dessert person, but managed to finish this off while I was still working on my chocolate banana crepe.

The incredible spread of lobster claws and crab legs.
Isola is still my favorite Italian restaurant in HK.

Hainan chicken with chicken broth rice and soup at American Club.
I requested 2 more ginger sauces because it was so addictive.

'Till next time, Hong Kong!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

Earlier this month, Hudson Eats, a new and beautiful food hall opened down in Financial District. After checking out the place for a Saturday lunch this past weekend, we went back the next day for Sunday lunch as well. This food hall makes me incredibly happy, and not only because it's a 12 minute walk from my apartment.

High ceilings, huge windows, and plenty of seating. Great for families, groups, and also solitary diners.

Jersey City/Hudson water views from our table.

Black Seed Bagels, where the hugely popular wood-fired bagels are sold.

Num Pang sandwich shop. I need to download their rewards app because this will undoubtedly become a frequent dining stop for me.

Their signature Pulled Duroc Pork with spiced honey sandwich. 
A sort of gourmet version of a banh mi sandwich. Smaller and more expensive, but also good enough to justify the $8.50 price tag. The soft and fatty pork belly, the slices of apple, the abundance of shredded carrots, and so much good sauce. Yum.

Mighty Quinn's, aka the best barbecue in NYC. 

The melt-in-your-mouth brisket and pulled pork.

Tartinery had a big display of pastries and appealing breakfast options. Definitely planning to try this out sometime.

Here is the full list of the eateries (not all are opened yet).

If only Los Tacos No. 1 opened a branch at Hudson Eats, then I really would have no reason to ever leave the financial district on weekends.

Brookfield Place, 2nd Floor
225 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10281
(212) 417-7000


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Prix-Fixe Lunch at Soba-ya

I am a big fan of prix-fixe lunches. The affordability, the numerous courses/dishes included, and the fact that it's lunch, which means there is the rest of the day to digest and work off the big meal.

My favorite prix-fixe lunch at the moment is Perry St, and although the quality of food and service are not on par with Perry St, I did find Soba-ya to be a very enjoyable experience, with decent choices and great value.

Lunch sets here range from $14 to $16, and include options such as chicken katsu don, tuna sashimi, and broiled eel. All come with cold or hot noodles.

The restaurant does not take reservations, but we were lucky enough to walk into a pretty empty dining room at 1:30pm on a Friday.

Tamago, $7
Soft and delicious. After watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it's hard to go to a Japanese restaurant and not order this.

Salmon sashimi and salmon roe set over rice, $14
Each set comes with hot or cold soba noodles. I've always loved the variety of fish that comes with chirashi, but I do find that I'm always wishing there was more salmon. Because of that, I went for this salmon bowl. The quality was decent but not consistent; some bites were slightly chewy, some were extremely fresh and easy to tear apart. At $14 though, I do think that this is still a great set for the price.

The soba was delicious. The noodles had a perfect chewiness to them, and the broth was light but flavorful.

229 East 9th Street (between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-6966


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cancun: Day Trip to Isla Mujeres

One of the highlights of the Cancun holiday was our day trip to Isla Mujeres. Roundtrip (25 minutes each way) boat tickets to Isla Mujeres cost US$19, and leave from Cancun's ferry pier every hour.

The most common (and fun) way for tourists to get around the island is by golf cart. Rentals for the day are around 500 pesos (US$38). There are some attractions on the island, such as a turtle farm, paid view point on a cliff, and dolphin discovery, but we just enjoyed exploring the local town, eating the most delicious seafood lunch, and relaxing at Playa Norte, the beach at the north part of the island. There are tons of restaurants, cafes, and even eateries out of people's homes. It definitely feels a lot more "local" than Cancun.

La Casa Del Tikinxik, where we had amazing grilled fish. The seafood is grilled here, then brought over to the beachfront restaurant.

Out-of-this-world grilled/charred fish with rice, lettuce, and tons of lime, US$20
The best meal on our trip.

Soft, powder-like sand.
Beach chairs with umbrellas are available for rent by the day for around US$15. Make sure to bargain! Also note that the bathroom situation is less than ideal. Bring toilet paper/tissue and anti-bacterial with you.

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