All posts tagged: Restaurants

Travel Tips Thursday: New York City

There was a very good article a few days ago on Lonely Planet that mapped out how to have a perfect day in New York. I thought I’d supplement it here with a few additional tips of my own. Skip Times Square. If you do not absolutely have to, do not venture onto Times Square. It is extremely crowded and there isn’t much to see. Unfortunately, I have to pass by Times Square on my way to work, and to class as the midtown building of NYU is located at West 42nd. It is painful getting through and you could use the time exploring Central Park or one of New York’s many museums. Do not be afraid to try smaller restaurants. New York has a wealth of eclectic fare for diverse tastes. In midtown, for example, Sake Bar Hagi is a hidden gem of a yakitori restaurant. It is open from 5 pm – 2 am so if you find yourself trying to find food really late this is a place that is open. (I …

Which chain restaurants serve the best bread?

Lately, we’ve been going to Texas Roadhouse on our way to our weekend summer concerts for one reason: their bread. So I thought I’d make a list of the best chain restaurant bread baskets that I personally like. Texas Roadhouse rolls. The rolls themselves are coated with honey and served warm, with cinnamon butter on the side which makes its taste reminiscent of cinnabons. Noches De Colombia’s Pan De Bono. Not very sure if Noches belongs in this category since I am not necessarily sure if it’s a chain, but this place in Englewood, NJ serves a crunchy cheesy bread called pan de bono. It’s not free, but it’s so good that it’s a best seller — customers even order some to go. Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Cheesy, garlicky, herby, warm and addictive, we always end up asking for much more than we should of these whenever we are at a Red Lobster. Outback Steakhouse’s bread. The combination of this honey wheat bread and the light butter almost always fills me up even before …

Do Giant Fortune Cookies Also Bring Big Fortunes?

I love getting my fortune cookie after a meal at a Chinese restaurant. The history of fortune cookies aside, it is a staple we have come to expect. At Tao in Manhattan, one of my favorite Asian fusion restaurants, the dessert menu includes a giant fortune cookie, which is filled with white and dark chocolate mousse. I had the chance to sample this interesting dessert when I went to the restaurant with my parents. It was served with assorted fruits on the side, and came with three giant fortunes. True to form, some of the fortunes made sense, some did not.It’s definitely a clever and creative dessert. The mousse had good consistency and had balance in sweetness between the white and the dark. I wished the cookie itself would have been crisper, but overall if you take a bite with the cookie as the textural element, the fruits giving the acidity and the mousse the sweetness, it will be a good bite. Tao Restaurant rating: 7.5 out of 10 Giant Fortune Cookie dessert rating: 7 out of 10  …

German Food Sunday

Last Sunday, while everyone was busy cheering Germany on towards World Cup dominance, I had my first taste of German food at the Black Forest Mill.  It’s a restaurant in Highland Mills, NY specializing in German favorites, also serving Polish and other European dishes. For my entree, I ordered one of the specials: a pork dish with its skin on (pictured), served with potato dumpling and brown gravy, which I had them serve on the side, as well as creamed spinach. They promised me crispy skin and it came out softer than I expected, but the flavor was good, not overly spiced. In order for us to have a taste of what the place had to offer, my boyfriend ordered the Black Forest Sampler Skillet: Jaeger Schnitzel, Pork Loin, Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, served over spaetzle. The best part of our meal was the appetizer: Polish Cheese-Potato Pierogi on Sauerkraut (Polische Teig Taschen mit Kaese und Kraut). My boyfriend ordered a Black Forest Cake to go, which he afterwards gave a thumbs down. What was most interesting …

When in Turkey

2013 brought my boyfriend and I to a number of places I never thought I would find myself in. During our most recent cruise, Marmaris, Turkey was a mystery to us. We did our research and had low expectations about the port. When we got there, it turned out to be beautiful, and most importantly, it was where we found the best lamb dish we’ve eaten: Ottoman Kebab at the Liman Restaurant Marina At the entrance of the restaurant was a guy welcoming guests and a huge menu with pictures, descriptions and prices. We immediately pointed at the picture of the Ottoman Kebab and asked what it was. I personally do not eat lamb, but I am so glad we decided to try it — the moment the server brought it to our table, you could smell how delicious it was (made the person seating next to us curious and ask what we were eating). Any other lamb I have tasted anywhere else has a weird taste to me, but for some reason this kebab …

Let’s Talk Ice Cream

I have had a lot of good ice cream in my travels, and the best ones are the unexpected ones. Those that came from nowhere. You take a bite and you say, wait, this one’s for the books. Being a chocoholic, I do go for the usual chocolate or peanut butter flavors, and like my ice cream with texture. When at home, I like my ice cream not too frozen, pop it in the microwave for a little bit so it’s just the right consistency. So during a recent trip to Hyde Park, it was Bocuse’s table-side lavender ice cream that blew my boyfriend and I away: Lavender Ice Cream, Sablé, Wild Blueberry Sauce Yuzu-Lime Baba, Mascarpone Cheese and Mixed Berry “Mirror” Green Tea-Red Bean and Jasmine Rice Pudding Gâteaux Canelé de Bordeaux Warm Mixed Berry Pound Cake Lavender is not a flavor one would think for ice cream — and when we put it in our mouths, it was refreshing, and the contrast between the ice cream and the texture of the sable was perfect. …