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John and I decided to try the famous pork steamed dumplings (called xiao long bao in Chinese) at Joe Shanghai’s Restaurant’s in¬†Chinatown this past weekend because of all the rave reviews. This restaurant originated in Flushing, Queens and now has opened up in other locations including Midtown, Manhattan and Tokyo, Japan. It was a bit cramped and luckily it was just us two so we didn’t have to wait long to be seated.

These dumplings, which originated in Shanghai, China, came out extremely hot. It was $4.65 for 8 dumplings. This was our first time trying these out at a restaurant for we are not that familiar with Shanghai cuisine.

Well, according to their YouTube video, the proper way to eat this dumpling is to bite into it, then pour the soup out onto your spoon. Being entirely unfamiliar with this procedure once we were served, I drank out of this dumpling like a child would drink out of a sippy cup. I still managed not to make a mess. ūüôā

We thought the dumplings were delicious but the soup inside was a bit too greasy for me. But besides that, the pork was savory and juicy. We also ordered an¬†entr√©e¬†of bean curd (Szechuan style) with minced pork. It tasted better than what I could make at home but unfortunately it wasn’t spicy enough as it was intended to be. Also, there wasn’t enough minced pork in this dish; I could barely taste it. ¬†And, boo…they charged extra for a small bowl of white rice because we shared an¬†entr√©e!

9 Pell Street
New York, New York 10013
212-233-8888

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After a concert, Cindy was still hungry so we decided to eat at a Halal food cart (chicken and rice), located nearby bars on a random street in Williamsburg. It was my first time having it. The chicken was cooked and seasoned very well and so was the rice. We had white sauce poured all over the dish which added another bit of texture on the rice. I was extremely surprised at how good it tasted but it was a bit expensive for $7.

Went to this awesome Japanese restaurant which had a BYOB policy. Before we headed there, we went to a convenience store and stocked up on some beers (Magic Hat summer ale and Hoegaarden) and went to go eat!

We ordered the Tempura Platter which had eggplants, broccoli, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. It had a special soy sauce based dipping sauce which was kind of flavorless and a little bit too watery for my taste. I made my own soy sauce wasabi concoction to better compliment the dish.

The rolls we ordered, which were the california rolls and the cucumber eel rolls were nothing to complain about. Came on a very nice dish and tasted very fresh.

The highlight of the meal was definitely the outdoor setting in which we ate. It resembled a cozy backyard which felt very homey and intimate. The BYOB policy was definitely a huge plus to the overall factor of the experience. Hoppy beers go really well with sushi. Try it next time!

P.S. The color of the Magic Hat Summer Ale is gorgeous.

205 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-302-2035

My mom and I ate at a very rustic styled Korean restaurant in Palisades Park, NJ. I ordered the Fish Egg & Kimchi bimbimbop which came in a sizzling stone pot. It was very delicious and the stone pot cooked the fish eggs almost immediately upon contact. The kimchi was a huge highlight of the dish which was fermented perfectly.

108 Broad Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
201-945-9114

A nice tasty treat was the last thing I got from Reading Terminal Market. Although I was not able to get it straight out of the oven, it was still delicious and tasted very homemade. The chocolate and peanut butter was very chunky and thick and tasted very good with the saltiness of the pretzels.

12th & Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-922-6164

Cindy And I were on a rampage at Reading Terminal Market trying to eat and try as much food as possible. We decided to try the Strawberry Nutella Crepe from Profi’s Creperie.

The strawberries could have been a little bit more riper but how could you go wrong on desert when nutella is involved. Spread nutella on a piece of cardboard and I will eat it!

51 N 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-592-9008

I could happily say that I ate DiNic’s Roast Pork Sandwich. It took forever for the food to get into my hands and into my¬†stomach, but, I could say that it was worth it. I ordered my¬†sandwich with sharp provolone cheese and roasted peppers. The roasted peppers gave it a very nice heat factor.

The sandwich is basically meat on a roll. The meat is very nicely cooked with a lot of juices running rampant once you take the first bite. The provolone cheese kept the sandwich together and the roasted peppers gave it a nice kick.

You do not need me to tell you to go try it.

1136 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-923-6175

Amazing. Although I throw that word around a lot on this blog, I wholeheartedly had wonderful time here. The food was great and the beers, exceptional.

Iron Hill Brewery is a brewery first and a restaurant second. All the beers are brewed in house and you could tell from drinking the beers. When asked for our drinks, I immediately ordered the 8 beer sampler which included all the house beers and 2 seasonal beers. The house beers were the Iron Hill Light Lager, Vienna Red Lager, Ironbound Ale, Abbey Dubbel, Pig Iron Porter, and the Raspberry Wheat. The seasonal beers I selected were Hefeweizen and the India Black Ale. The colors, aromas, and taste of the beer were all exceptional and had a great time drinking and trying all the different kinds.

Although they have a huge selection of food, we came a bit late so the menu changed after 10 PM. We had to select from the late night menu which consisted of upscale bar food, which we were okay with. Our appetizer was the buttermilk fried calamari which was very crispy and worked very well with lime zest dipping sauce.

Cindy had the Mediterranean Wrap which consisted of cucumbers, hummus, roasted red peppers, tomato, arugula, feta, and balsamic syrup in a spinach wrap. Very tasty and the cool cucumbers pops in your mouth for a very nice contrast to the other textures.

Finally, the Exotic Mushroom Pizza was hearth baked with truffle oil, sun-dried tomatoes, asiago, and mozzarella cheese. Very cheesy and earthy from the truffles on the pizza. Was hesitant in ordering a vegetarian pizza but was completely satisfied with my decision after the first bite.

If not for the food, please go for the beers!

124 East Kings Highway
Maple Shade, NJ 08052
856-273-0300

My first meal at Reading Terminal Market and what a treat it was. It was our first time there and we were bombarded with vendors everywhere. I¬†seriously¬†had a headache not knowing where to go and what to eat. We decided on ¬†Beck’s Cajun Cafe and it was a nice introduction to Reading Terminal Market.

We ordered the jambalaya and the bread pudding. The jambalaya was delicious. The rice was perfectly cooked and so was the chicken, shrimp, and sausages that were in the mixture. the sauce was a thick tomato based sauce that melded everything together very well.

The bread pudding was also very good. The outside crust had a harder bread shell and the inside was gooey and wonderfully sweet.

Although not many people talk about Beck’s Cajun Cafe when talking about the Reading Terminal Market, I highly¬†recommend¬†it.

12th & Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-592-0505

I toasted some Naan Bread on a skillet without adding any oil or butter. It came out nice and toasty. I spread some strawberry jam on the naan and it tasted wonderful.

Naan bread is a Indian bread which tasted very buttery and rich.