17 3 / 2014

Thai-Style Larb Salad Recipe

A few weeks ago, I finally tried thai-style larb salad, a minced meat salad seasoned with chili-lime dressing and served with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and toasted peanuts.  I immediately fell in love with its contrasting textures and refreshing taste.  The chili-lime dressing is seasoned with pungent fish sauce, chili flakes, hot sauce, and sugar, which provides a myriad of…

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09 3 / 2014

Da Marcella (Greenwich Village)

a super special meal for a special day.  :-)

i found this place while randomly browsing through Opentable.  this place has high reviews for its food, atmosphere, and most importantly, all at a super affordable price.  we picked two apps, entrees, and a dessert to share, everything was fantastic!

what i liked:  friendly service, cozy atmosphere

what i didn’t like:  nothing

will i return?:  YES!

bread & olive oil

br…

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06 3 / 2014

i’m always craving pho and i found this place during a cold, winter night when i didn’t want to join the long lines at saigon shack.  pho sure (i LOVED the name!) is a small restaurant tucked away in west village.  their menu features pho, banh mi, rice and vermicelli dishes, as well as some clay pot casseroles.  we both liked the food and will return in the future.

what i liked:  MSG-free pho…

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06 3 / 2014

interior

interior

open kitchen

open kitchen

every winter, i’m on a never-ending quest for the most soul-satisfying bowl of ramen and it has brought me to Totto Ramen.  as a huge foodie, i’ve heard about its rave reviews but deterred by the long wait (2 hours during peak hours?  ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!  lol.).  luckily, they open up a second location in Hell’s Kitchen, it’s much more spacious and sleek.  the…

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06 3 / 2014

Casual Dinner at Room Service

chandelier

chandelier

i’ve been wanting to try this place and we finally made it happen last night!  wow, the place, it’s gorgeous with a romantic/trendy interior and black & white floor tiles.  in the middle of the dining room is a huge chandelier, so beautiful.  anyway, room service offers thai food in an intimate environment, and best of all, the prices are ridiculous.  everything was so affordable and…

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24 2 / 2014

Black Iron Burger Shop

i bought an Amazon Local deal for this place, two burgers, two sides, and two beers for only $18 (we paid $8 more at the restaurant because we made some substitutions).  for the quality of the food and value, this was a steal!

what i liked:  great burgers, friendly staff, great deal.  most importantly, they played 90s music the entire time.  oh, sweet nostalgia!

what i didn’t like:  extra charge…

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24 2 / 2014

2014 Winter Restaurant Week at the Mercer Kitchen (Lunch)

to be honest, after years of RW outings, i realized that it’s not THAT much of a value, plus the restaurant don’t always offer their best dishes. also, the service may suffer due to the increase influx of customers. in the future, i think i’d rather save up money to eat at nice places for special occasions, and skip RW altogether.

the Mercer Kitchen is the very first (and possibly) only stop of…

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23 2 / 2014

Casual Afternoon: the City Bakery & Angry Chicken

every February, the City Bakery has a hot chocolate festival, featuring unique flavor(s) every day of the month. i’ve been wanting to try their famous hot chocolate and thought it would be a great time to do so. i came here during a weekday afternoon, it wasn’t too crowded and i quickly ordered the flavor of the day, espresso hot chocolate (without the marshmallow). seats were plentiful and i…

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14 2 / 2014

Snack and a show, I’m having the softest, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie! #eeeeeats #food #foodies #foodphotography #foodieadventures #foodpics #foodporn #foodstagram #instafood #cookies #snaaaaacks #sweeeeets #chocolate #DominiqueAnselBakery #NYC  (at Dominique Ansel Bakery)

Snack and a show, I’m having the softest, ooey, gooey chocolate chip cookie! #eeeeeats #food #foodies #foodphotography #foodieadventures #foodpics #foodporn #foodstagram #instafood #cookies #snaaaaacks #sweeeeets #chocolate #DominiqueAnselBakery #NYC (at Dominique Ansel Bakery)

03 2 / 2014

Earlier today near work. #snow #photography #nyc #snowpocalypse

Earlier today near work. #snow #photography #nyc #snowpocalypse