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My friend Aram and I decided to have a get together at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II, located in the upper east side of Manhattan. It is a perfect place if you and your girlfriends (or guy friends if they are willing to go), are looking for a place to chat over tea and scones (and other foods). There are currently three locations, all of them which happen to be in Manhattan.

We both ordered two scones and two pots of tea. They are mostly known for their delicious baked scones. You would have to ask your server what the daily selection was (includes pumpkin, almond, buttermilk, blueberry, etc.) I, for one, could agree that the scones were delicious– especially with the preserves/cream that they give you. Tasted very fluffy and buttery. We both got extremely full from them (each scone is about as big as one hand).

There are also a variety of teas you can choose from. I like to stick to the basics (green/black tea) so I ordered their signature tea which consisted of Indian black vanilla tea with Japanese green tea and rose petals while Aram chose ginger tea. Would definitely stop by again for the Alice in Wonderland experience.

156 E. 64th St.
(between Lexington Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10021
(212) 486-9200

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

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

John and I were craving for some Japanese food and we arrived to Sake Bar Hagi only to discover that it usually opens around 5pm. It was 4pm and we were also on a time crunch so we decided to try Iroha Japanese Restaurant which was located right next door.
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One word: mediocre. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s horrible. It was also inexpensive. We ordered warm sake and we both ended up taking quite a few shots each. John ordered the 3 sushi roll combo: California roll, spicy tuna, and eel with avocado. It also came with a small bowl of miso soup. I ordered the bowl of udon (common Japanese noodles) with tempura (deep fried seafood/vegetables) and it also came with 2 pieces of inari sushi (fried tofu stuffed with sushi rice – good for vegetarians).
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I never had udon topped with tempura before. I would probably prefer those two things to be separate because it became extremely soggy from the broth. The broth was tasty and good enough to be consumed. The sushi rolls were also delicious but nothing special. There are definitely better Japanese restaurants than this one.
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152 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 398-9049

I want to start this post off by saying that this place was pretty delicious. Ahgujjim is steamed fish in a spicy mixture with vegetables. The fish was very delicate and moist. The Galbijjim is steamed beef ribs which melted in my mouth in all of its fatty glory. (Jjim is put at the end of food names to indicate that it was steamed). the Bibimbop (mixed vegetables with rice) complimented the other dishes very well.

I washed it all down with a couple of glasses of Hite beer (very watery and sub par) and some Chumchurum Soju (which is alcohol from barley, sweet potatoes, rice, etc.) which is always a plus. After the meal was complete, we were given some sort of shaved pumpkin ice which tasted extremely weird. Very bad way to end a wonderful meal.

321 Broad Avenue
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
201-313-2450

It is one of my favorite Naked Juice flavors. Made from strawberries and blueberries, it is very heart and makes you full afterwards. Highly recommended.

Coconut water with hints of natural lime juice. I was kind of scared to drink this because the bottle was not see through and I did not know what the drink looked like. The taste was also an acquired one. Not a big fan of coconut water.

My mother and I decided to follow an actual recipe when making this kiwi strawberry smoothie. It turned out very flavorful and the ice cubes gave it more texture. We didn’t feel the need to add flax seeds since we were making it late at night and we didn’t want to get too full. It still turned out yummy! 🙂

Here is the recipe we followed from the NY Times article:

1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cored and quartered
1/2 cup (3 ounces) fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled
1/2 to 1 banana (to taste), preferably frozen
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon flax seeds (optional)

Place all of the ingredients in a blender, along with a few ice cubes if the bananas have not been previously frozen, and blend until smooth.

Yield: One serving.
Advance preparation: Best if served right away.
Nutrition per serving: 234 calories; 2 grams fat; 1 gramsaturated fat; 4 milligrams cholesterol; 51 gramscarbohydrates; 6 grams dietary fiber; 60 milligrams sodium (does not include salt added during cooking); 7 grams protein

A manager at my work place bought everyone (almost everyone) bubble tea. I think taro is the best flavor.

P.S. I love my wireless keyboard, mouse, and touchscreen 20″ monitor at work! I want to take it home with me.

Prior to watching the film Inception, John and I decided to grab something cool to drink at Cosi Cosi, a sandwich bar located in Union Square. I ordered the blueberry pomegranate smoothie while John decided to get the blended frozen Arctic Latte. We both thought it was delicious. John said he couldn’t tell the difference between his drink and the one at Dunkin Donuts. Our drink costs about $4 each (size tall).

What we disliked about Cosi Cosi was the service. Patrons weren’t allowed to sit at the small tables unless they were planning on having table service. We got kicked out of the table and were forced to sit somewhere else. The layout of the whole entire restaurant was confusing. We also assumed it was like Starbucks where we could sit wherever we wanted.

We decided to sit outside on their tables/chairs in the heat and humidity. Luckily we were done drinking when this random drunk guy decided to puke on the ground in front of Max Brenner, which was a few feet away from us. It was quite horrendous, especially when the putrid air started to head towards our direction. We immediately left the scene and into the movie theatre.

841 Broadway
(between 13th St & 14th St)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 614-8544