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As you can recall from John’s entry on the pizza bun he bought from Paris Baguette Bakery, it seems worthy enough to purchase: there is enough sauce, cheese, and even has a garnish.

These pizza buns are also available in Chinese bakeries and now I am starting to think about how they skimp on almost everything! You can barely taste the sauce and didn’t even seem like a pizza to me. It’s cheaper than Korean bakeries but I guess you get what you pay for!

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After hearing a lot of good things about Marlow & Sons, which is located south of Williamsburg, Cindy and I decided to check it out. It’s a bit pricey but the food that they serve is locally grown and very fresh. The restaurant is also a bar and they have quite a selection of different kinds of wine and beer.

We decided to share everything we ordered. First we started the night off with some white wine (since we ordered chicken and fish). Our first glass of wine was the Francois Cazin 08 and the second glass we ordered mid meal was the Domains de la Pepiere 09. I am no wine expert but the second glass was more suitable to my taste which had a drier finish.

For appetizers we ordered 2 different kinds of oysters which were the Blue Point Maine Oysters and the Oysters from Virginia. The Maine oysters were much more sweeter and better tasting than the Virginia ones. We also ordered the meat plate which came with slices of: Gentile, Soppressata, Coppa, Toscano, and Prosciutto. Although in the picture it looks pretty similar to one another, each of the meats tasted very different and was easily discernible with the first bite. I enjoyed this dish very much which also came with a sliced golden raisin baguette. Highly recommended with a glass of your favorite wine!

Our entrees consisted of the brick chicken and the swordfish. The brick chicken had a crunchy and flavorful exterior and the chicken was cooked very well. The chicken came with a side of brussel sprouts and crunchy potatoes which Cindy enjoyed very much. The swordfish was incredibly flaky and had a wonderful crust with a dijon mustard based sauce. The acidity of the tomato salad which came as a side balanced out the fish wonderfully.

Expect to spend some money to fully enjoy the experience, and don’t worry, it will be worth it.

81 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-1441

We ate at a French restaurant that specializes in southern French cooking. The restaurant was a very tiny and yet cozy place and featured just 26 seats. Each seat is unlike any other seats in the restaurant which was a fun fact that I noticed while eating.

For the appetizer we ordered the Endives Aux Roquefort which was endives topped with blue cheese, walnuts, and mustard dressing. The combination of the savory and the sort of semi-sweet was very nice with the bitterness of the endives. Some of the endives were a bit too raw and bitter but overall, I thought it was pretty enjoyable.

For the entrees, I got the Duck Confit with raspberry reduction and Cindy ordered the Duck Thighs with glaze dressing on it. For me, the duck was very succulent and although the raspberry sauce was a bit too fruity on its own, mixed with the duck was very appetizing. Cindy’s dish was very tasty, a bit more tastier than mine. The duck was cooked perfectly and it was not too fatty either because duck can get very fatty and messy if cooked through another method. The Duck Confit came with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus spears while the Duck Thighs came with a side of mashed potatoes with sautéed spinach and mushrooms.

Very happy with my experience at 26 seats.

168 Avenue B
NYC, NY 10009
212-677-4787

Every now and then, my mother makes this really delicious and soft steamed cake (but in this case, cupcakes). It is very similar to the sponge cake and consists of very basic ingredients such as sugar, flour, and eggs. You would also need an electric mixer. You can find the recipe here. Even though it looks plain, it tastes sweet and it would be unnecessary to add anything.

My mom and I thought it would be interesting to make this bread we brought from Ikea one day. It was fairly easy to make and we followed all of the instructions.

Right when we took it out of the oven, we spread it with butter. It tasted exactly like whole grain bread but somewhat bland. We barely tasted the lingonberries in the bread which was very disappointing. It was just downright boring! I do not recommend unless you want to waste your time and effort making bread, when you can buy a loaf of whole grain bread in the market.

John and I happened to be in the East Village and stumbled upon what I have been craving for all week: tacos! We ordered tacos from the Snack Dragon Taco Shack. It was a bit pricey for one taco (carne asada was $5 while fish taco was $4) but they give you lots of ingredients. Plus, it was pretty fresh and made in front of you.

Our tacos were also served in blue corn tortillas which I thought was pretty neat. It has more protein and less starch than the white corn tortillas. However, it was kind of dry. 😦 We had trouble eating our tacos so we had to use forks and treat it like a taco salad! I tried eating it with my hands but the weak tortilla ripped and all of the ingredients fell out onto my plate. You can’t really eat it on the go but luckily there were stools and chairs inside and outside of the shack.

The strips of steak were very juicy and tender and was topped with lots of cheese and black beans. ¡Magnífico! Despite the great amount of ingredients in one taco, it still didn’t make me full. Pretty tasty but pricey!

199 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10002

Brought some Paris Baguette Bakery goods back home to eat. I bought the savory items instead of the sweet items because in my opinion they taste much better. I bought the pizza on a sweet roll and the bun with various vegetables and meat inside.

The pizza was good with an interesting soft sweet bread crust; usually used for sweet desserts. It had a interesting taste which was very welcoming.

The bun with vegetables and meat is an all time favorite of mine. No matter where I get this, I am very satisfied. It is almost like a dumpling but with a very bready outercrust. Try it someday, if you have not already!

I had these rice cakes my mom bought from the Korean supermarket. Various rice cakes all made from different whole ingredients such as rice, different green herbs, pumpkin, pine nuts, black sesame seeds, brown rice, peanuts, etc. I can not really go into specifics here because I do not know myself. Bear with me and enjoy these pictures.

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It’s that time of the year again for people of Chinese descent (and others in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam to name a few) to celebrate what is known as one of the most important festivities of their time; Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as Moon Festival). This holiday falls on the 15th of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar; when the moon is at its fullest and most brightest. According to the Western calendar, Moon Festival falls this year on September 22, 2010. It’s a special time for friends and family to spend time with each other (equivalent to Thanksgiving).
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My parents went to Chiu Hong Bakery, Inc. and brought two boxes of mooncakes (made by the people who work there). If you aren’t familiar with these pastries, they are a delicacy and usually costs around $20 a box with four little cakes. I asked them why they are so expensive and they told me that it’s labor intensive to make these goodies. There are a variety of fillings but I usually stick to the original which consists of lotus seed paste (2nd photo above). It usually comes with an egg yolk but I like them without it. My parents usually buy the five kernel mooncake for themselves (3rd photo above), which consists of various nuts and seeds including: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, etc. If you enjoy coconut, then this flavor is for you.
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If you don’t celebrate the holiday, you can always purchase them for yourself at any Chinese bakery nearby. They are most fresh this time of the year and usually you can’t get them anytime you wish. If you decide to grab a box, you should do so before the holiday comes to avoid the line! 🙂
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161 Mott St.
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-7664

This bag of veggie chips by Sensible Portions is a delectable and healthy snack for both kids and adults. These veggie chips are made of spinach, potatoes, and tomatoes. My little brother loves these chips! It’s also a good way for him to get some veggies in his system. It’s cholesterol free with no trans fat and it is also non GMO (genetically modified)!