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My family and I dined at Pacificana Chinese Restaurant, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. My relatives and I usually attend this restaurant every year and I think their food is overrated. The setting is nice- very lavish inside and a pleasant environment. The food looks great but tastes average. The lamb was overcooked, bok choy was bland, and the chicken was too salty. My favorite dish would have to be the lobster. I wouldn’t come here unless I was forced to. Maybe they’re most known for their dim sum which I have yet to try.

813 55th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 871-2880 ‎

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Cinco De Mayo part 2. The first time I went with my friend we had some seafood paella, which was mighty tasty. This time I went with Cindy. We ordered some standard Mexican food which was the Arroz con Pollo and the Chicken Enchiladas. Arroz con Pollo literally translates into chicken with rice. It is basically a Mexican version of chicken fried rice with bits of chorizo. I cannot get enough of this dish which was originally recommended by my friend. Cindy got the chicken enchiladas with a side of refried beans and rice. Both dishes were delicious and highly recommended.

2428 Lemoine Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-947-4780

Cindy and I went to MukEunJi which is a Korean restaurant on Broad Avenue at Palisades Park, NJ. I have eaten there before with my parents and thought it was one of the better Korean food places among the multitudes of other Korean restaurants. We ordered the Dakdoritang which is a spicy chicken soup with potatoes, kimchi, and other various vegetables. The broth was very thick and was very enriching and fulfilling. The chicken was also cooked to perfection.

As complimentary side dishes my favorite was the mussels in broth and the ddukboki. Ddukboki is a spicy rice cake dish with fish cake cooked in a pepper paste sauce. The prices were good and so was the food.

127 Broad Street
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
201-363-0600

I cannot believe that I turned 24 this past weekend. Where did all these years ago?

John took me out to eat at Mantra, an Indian restaurant located in Paramus, New Jersey. Food was great!! We started off with the shrimp appetizer and samosas (fried pastry shell which consists of various fillings such as potatoes, onions, peas, meat, etc). John ordered the spicy lamb (the most spicy dish on the menu) while I ordered the tandoori mixed grill (chicken, lamb, sausage, and shrimp). Tandoori is definitely a taste that I am not used to. Very exotic to me!

Then John surprised me with a small cake with assorted fruits, from Tous Les Jours, a Korean bakery. They tasted exactly the same as Chinese birthday cakes- very spongy with soft frosting. What’s great about these cakes is that the frosting is not as sweet as American cakes. It’s very fluffy like whipped cream. Thanks John! 🙂

The next day, my parents wanted to take me out to eat for my birthday. So we decided to go to Dai Wah Yummy City, located in Brooklyn. We ordered: mixed vegetables with chicken, lobster, sizzling chicken, bok choy, and fried fish with string beans. This is also a great Chinese restaurant. And their lobster wasn’t scrawny at all.

Got to eat lots and felt extremely gluttonous over the weekend. 🙂

 

Mantra Restaurant
275 New Jersey 4
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 342-8868

Dai Wah Yummy City
7218 18th Avenue NY
11204-5632
(718) 837-8818

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

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.

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

My parents and I grabbed some hot wings from BJ’s today. It was about $3 for 6. It was too dry and not spicy enough for my taste. I haven’t really ventured out for good wings in NYC yet. Which reminds me…I miss Buffalo Wild Wings, Duff’s, Elmo’s, and all of the other chicken wing places in Buffalo. Goodbye college days! It’s time to move on…

339 Gateway Dr.
Brooklyn, NY 11239
718-942-2090

This is my second time eating here. The first time I ate here, I was very content with the taste of the pizza and quality of the crust. The second time also did not disappoint. I had the ricotta spinach white pizza and my girl had the chicken tomato ricotta pizza. Both were amazing. The crust was expected from a pizza joint in Brooklyn.

The zeppole’s we had were also very good…but how can you mess up on confection sugar dumped on fried dough? You can’t.

Highly recommended!

307 Kings Hwy
Brooklyn, NY 11223
718-339-0666

Bought these delicious chicken/cheese taquitos from Costco. It definitely makes a good snack if you are on the go but it needs more filling…

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