Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This week

I moved to San Francisco!


I am so excited to be here, and am already enjoying all the sister time (she says I'm annoying, but I know she just loves me so much) and mild weather.

Here's to a new adventure!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lunch at Egg Shop

I'm a huge fan of eggs. They are just so versatile. Good with onions, good with bacon, good with vegetables, and best when slightly runny. Mm.. memories of the Madame Freda.

Anyway, so when Egg Shop opened up in Nolita, I immediately added it to my restaurant list, and last week my friend and I finally made it over there. It was the coldest, windiest day, with snow on the ground, and wind whipping from all directions. Had I known earlier, I would've taken an Uber there instead of walking from Spring street. So. Cold. (And it's actually only 4 short blocks from the 6 train at Spring Street).

Know that 1pm on a Friday is a perfect time to visit. Less than half the restaurant was full, and we were seated right away. Love when that happens.



Cozy interior


Egg Shop B.E.C. $10
Blackforest bacon, Shelburne cheddar, tomato jam, fresh pickled jalapeno, panini roll
The strong flavored cheddar really makes this sandwich. The egg was obviously perfectly runny, and the soft brioche made for relatively easy and clean eating. I only wish there had been more jalapeno; the spicy kick came in too rarely!


Fish out of water, $11
Smoked salmon, pickled egg, cucumber, fresh dill, cranberry mustard, rye
Enticing name, but just an okay salmon sandwich. The dill brings it to a superior level over deli sandwiches or places like Pret a Manger, but the bread was a little too hard, making it less enjoyable.


Baked hash browns, $4
Amazingly crispy for a non-fried item! Now if only it was served hot...

Cute restaurant, but there was no "wow" factor. I probably wouldn't return unless it was a weekday and I was in the area. Egg Shop is known for long waits during weekend brunch hours, so get there early if you're going!

151 Elizabeth Street
New York, NY 10012
(646) 666-0810



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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Macau: Fernando's Restaurant

As mentioned in my last blog post, my parents used to bring my sister and I to Macau pretty often for short vacations. Along with staying at the Westin, we also came to Fernando's every single time. It's been around for well over a decade, and is still very popular for its Portuguese/Macanese cuisine. Reservations are accepted on weekdays, but on weekends, get there by 11:30am to guarantee getting first seating! The location is a bit far-- 20-30 minutes from the ferry pier, but it's so worth it!


The crowd that gathers starting at 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays.


The gate opens right at noon.


Bright and airy dining room. This is the second dining room located in the back of the restaurant. There is no air conditioning here, so it gets really hot in the summer. The fans only do so much.


Hot bread served with the best olive oil.


Sangria, HK$110 (US$14)
A nice refreshing beverage. A little sweet, but then again I did see the server pour Fanta in.


Salad, HK$116 (US$15)
One of the best simple salads ever. Year-round, Fernando's manages to serve deliciously fresh and plump tomatoes. This salad has romaine lettuce, tomato, and white onions, drizzled with olive oil. 


Roast chicken, HK$186 (US$24)
Hands down the best roast chicken I've ever had. Unbelievably moist, crispy skin, and served over a bed of fries and green olives. My mouth is watering.


Sardines, HK$98 (US$13)
Salty and meaty. So much flavor, but it's always a lot of work to pick out all the little bones!

9 Praia de Hac Sa
Macau, China
(853) 2888-2264



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Macau: The Banyan Tree Hotel

When my sister and I were younger, our parents took us to Macau quite frequently for short weekend trips. Being just an hour away by ferry made it an easy destination. We used to always stay at the Westin, and loved the pool and kids activities offered there. Macau has since changed so much in recent years, becoming a gambling destination. Luxury hotels are popping up everywhere, and there are a lot to choose from. As much as we enjoyed the decor and service at the Wynn on our last few trips, my dad wanted to try something new, so he booked suites (the hotel offers suites and villas) for us at the Banyan Tree.

Overall I loved the suite for its size, the fact that there was a relaxation pool in the room, and the Japanese toilet has a heated seat and plenty of options for cleaning your tush.
The pools were terrific, and there were three different jacuzzis. That was great as well.
The only downside was that the dining room that serves breakfast has no windows, which makes it a little uncomfortable, and unfortunately the food was not great either. The best thing about the whole breakfast buffet was the fresh guava juice. That just meant we had to go for a second brunch afterwards!


The Asian chain of Banyan Tree hotels is known for its zen, oriental decor. Although the water in the lobby was a nice touch, in general the design felt cold and generic. There was nothing very interesting or unique about it. 


Where we sat and waited while my dad checked in. The check in process took over 20 minutes even though we were the only ones there.


Twin Suite
I always forget that Asian hotels are not like the US, where rooms with double beds are always either full sized or queen. The beds are really soft. I ended up sleeping on the lounge bed next to the relaxation pool. 


Beautiful spacious bathroom with a soaking tub, Japanese toilet, double sinks, and double shower. Yes, double shower.


Nice tub, but it would take a very long time to fill up, and there's no way to sit comfortably in it.


Huge shower with double rain shower heads


Relaxation pool
This is kept full, and all you have to do is turn on the water if you want to adjust the temperature. Really nice to have right in the room!


Loved this swimming pool. The lounge chairs were really comfortable. Cabanas are also available for rent.


View of the hotel.


One of the three jacuzzis. This one is the largest, and was perfect for the 5 of us.


Wave Pool
The pool complete with sand and automated waves! Warning though, this pool is not heated.


Saffron
Breakfast buffet is served here, and for all other meals it operates as a Thai restaurant. The buffet was disappointing, but the juice bar was great!

Galaxy Macau Resort (The hotel is connected to the Galaxy)
Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus
Cotai, Macau, China
(853) 8883-8833


Approximately US$700 per night. 


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