Restaurants

Riverpark – Midtown, NYC

July 5, 2012

Pulled Pork - Riverpark

I had the joy of dining at Riverpark as I wanted a nice restaurant with a view for which I could treat my friend for his birthday. Besides the pretty stellar reviews on Yelp, I was overjoyed at the fact that this was a Tom Colicchio restaurant (salute to the Top Chef judge!). Being a lovely sunny July day, the weather could not have been better for me to grab an outdoor seat that gave me a view of the entire East river (I honestly wish I remembered to take a picture of the view, but I was too enamored with the food presented).

Being a lazy Sunday afternoon, my friend and I ordered off the Brunch menu. I ended up choosing the BLT Breakfast Sandwich, while my friend ordered the Pulled Pork Chilaquiles. When the food came out, I was literally almost jumping up and down with joy. The egg on top of both of our dishes was cooked to perfection. The edges were golden brown, and the yolk itself had a nice glaze over it. Both dishes were extremely fresh; however, I did enjoy the Pulled Pork more as my dish seemed a little dry in comparison.

Did I also mention that Riverpark uses their own freshly grown produce for their meals? Before you walk into the restaurant, you actually can see the small space of land set aside for their agricultural purpose. I saw arugula, mint and many other different varieties of delicious veggies sprouting out in the farm. (Explains why everything tastes so fresh!)

All in all, I had an extremely pleasant experience at Riverpark – sunny weather, friendly staff, gorgeous view, and amazing food all in one package. Perhaps next time I’ll stop by again for dinner, as I am curious to what sights I’ll be able to see at night.

BLT Breakfast Sandwich – pork belly, fried egg*, cheddar, greem tomato, arugula, fries

BLT Breakfast Sandwich – pork belly, fried egg*, cheddar, greem tomato, arugula, fries

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Restaurants

Maneki Sushi – Union City, CA

June 11, 2012

Maneki Sushi - Never Ending Roll and Godzillar2

This Japanese Restaurant (Maneki Sushi) has probably the most interesting AND large sushi rolls I have ever seen (in any Japanese restaurant). Though this restaurant is located in a slightly run-down area, don’t be fooled! The food and service was nice, and the flat screen TV playing movies in the background is a definite plus (I just happened to be there when they were playing Gran Torino).

It is true that this place does tend to drench their sushi rolls in sauce, so if you’re not a sauce fan, this place wouldn’t suit your taste buds (unless you order perhaps sashimi). However, the decent price and large portions easily draw in many various customers.

In total, my friend and I ordered three different rolls and one dessert. Before the main dishes came out, we were both served complimentary miso soup and edamame, which is nice as it allowed us to munch on things while waiting for our sushi rolls.

Maneki Miso Soup Edamame

Miso Soup and Edamame

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Cooking

Fresh Guacamole

June 10, 2012
Guacamole with Tostitos 'Hint of Lime' Chips

Guacamole with Tostitos ‘Hint of Lime’ Chips

For a while, I’ve been thinking of making this, but the weather wasn’t up to par to match this nice outdoor-sy party appetizer. However, today, being a nice 71°C, I’ve decided that it’s finally time to bust out the cooking utensils once again to create this quick and simple dish. It’s a definite audience pleaser.

Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Optional Wait time to Chill dish: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado – pitted, peeled, and mashed
  • 3/4 tomato – seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons of diced red onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (pepper is optional)
  • 3 teaspoons of lime juice

Guacamole materials

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Cooking

Grilled Fruit with Honey-Yogurt Dip

May 30, 2012

Grilled Fruit with Honey-Yogurt Dip

So recently, I’ve been going through this “Healthy food” eating attempt, so I’ve been flipping through the “Health” magazine to find good recipes to try. So kudos to Health Magazine for selecting this tangy and healthy snack. I’ve made some slight changes to their recipe, but I hope you will all enjoy this one just the same. (:

Cooking time: Approximately 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Plain Low-Fat Yogurt
  • 1.5 teaspoons of Honey (I used Organic Wildberry Honey, but I’m sure any will do)
  • Any fruit of your choice! (although I would recommend pineapples, they usually come out the best. However, I used apples and bananas for my attempt)

Directions:

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Other

Porcupine Red Bean Buns

May 14, 2012

Porcupine Red Bean Bun1

The other day, my friend who was shopping at Flushing in New York bought back a couple of extremely cute asian treats – mini red bean buns shaped like PORCUPINES!

I’m definitely a sucker for cute designs, so I automatically started taking pictures of these cute little things. Next time I step into Flushing, I’m definitely going to try to find these again.

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Just look at those cute eyes!! Maybe I can whip up something like this one day. Hum….