Jun-Men Ramen

Short and sweet: sweet potatoes fries is definitely a must order. The syrupy maple butter with the mayo on the side makes a great sweet tooth appetizer.

Tip: If you get the chicken buns, order the sauce on the side. It gets everywhere and it would just be a lot easier to eat if you dip each bite instead.

Jun-Men Ramen
249 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

East Caribbean Cruise – Westerdam

Guess what? It’s impossible to starve on a cruise. In fact, you are guarantee to gain weight on one. You can be the pickiest eater and you will still find something you like. Since this was my first cruise, I may have overdone it. Just a tiny bit.

All the photos except for one are from the dining room. I didn’t take much from the buffet because I was busy stuffing myself with food. At least at the dining room, there was some time between plates to be *that* diner clicking away at their dinner.

Dining room: More of a real restaurant style service. You have two waiters in your section and they provide you with a menu with a few selections for appetizer, main meal, and dessert. Some people even ordered more than one type of dish per section. I guess it’s part of the whole ‘all you can eat’ concept on the ship.

Buffet: Basically food all the time. The particular ship I was on had two sides that is the same type of food to make the lines shorter. The salad bar was available just about all the time and other foods include pasta, various american style dinner food, and asian stir fry as well. Breakfast was nice too since they make waffles on the fly and pretty awesome omelettes.

If you were craving for a burger, there was a fast food style counter towards the pool where you can get fries, burgers and hot dogs.

I didn’t pay extra to eat at any of the fancier restaurants (there was at least two on this particular ship) because there wasn’t anything they were offering that I couldn’t get in NY. Plus, you have to dress up.. or something. But shorts are so comfy!

Even though the main courses was good for a cruise, the desserts were a bit lackluster. They looked great in presentation but taste wise, there were room for improvement.

I definitely miss ice cream after every meal though..

View from the Back of the Westerdam

Phayul

This Tibetan restaurant allows you to order shareable plates so you can indulge on as many different dishes as you want. I really like the vegetable dish and the noodle soup broth. The noodle soup reminds me a lot of Pho but with hand drawn noodles instead of vermicelli.  I even tried buttered tea for the first time and now I want to put salt in all my teas!

Phayul
37-65 74th Street, 2nd Floor, Queens, NY 11372

John Doe

My favorite dish from John Doe was the Mozzarella Burrata.The tartiness from the vinaigrette, the sweetness from the colorful cherry tomatoes, and the ridiculously fresh mozzarella created the best taste in mouth combo.

They have one dollar oysters from 4-8pm and happy hour drinks. I got a well drink (rum and pineapple) for 6 dollars!

John Doe – Craft Bar & Kitchen
253 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Sous Vide Fried Chicken Gizzards Recipe

I bought chicken gizzards because it’s a cheap, delicious, and I love the texture. This time, I tried cooking it with sous vide. It was more velvety than just cooking it in the pan and frying it gave it a crunchy bite. It almost reminds me of popcorn chicken.. almost.

Ingredients

  • chicken gizzards
  • mochi flour
  • salt
  • white pepper
  • canola oil

Instructions

  1. Vacuum seal and sous vide chicken gizzards at 140F for 24 hours. (I used an Anova circulator)
  2. Take chicken gizzards out of the bag and pat them dry with paper towels.
  3. Douse the dried chicken gizzards with mochi flour.
  4. Heat up the pan (I used cast iron) with a little canola oil. Wait till it gets hot.
  5. Throw the chicken gizzards in the pan and wait for all the flour to cook and sizzle!

Del Posto

Birthdays are always a great excuse to go to a michelin star restaurant and I can justify that I am practicing my photography skills in low light areas!

Okay, who really believes that last part?

My favorites at Del Posto are the lobster alla cesare, spaghetti with dungeness crab, and wild striped bass in saor.

I know I picked all the seafood dishes but the spaghetti with dungeness crab was really good. You don’t exactly expect ‘spicy’ from spaghetti but it was delicious. Since it is a 5 course meal, I picked seafood items for most of my courses because it was much lighter and I was still stuffed at the end of the night. Okay, I really picked them because I love seafood but win win all around!

Tip: If you don’t have reservations, arrive at opening (5.30pm) and they might be able to fit you at the bar. If you don’t want to chance it, definitely make a reservation. The dining room looks absolutely beautiful with the double staircase.

Del Posto
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Cyclo

I really like the pickled plum soda. It might be an acquired taste but I am a fan of eating dried pickled plums by itself.

The pho was good with the oxtail broth. There wasn’t a lot of choices for pho like you would usually see at a pho shop but still a good place if you’re craving pho and don’t want to trek further into Queens.

Cyclo
5-51 47th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Ootoya Chelsea

Tip: Go for the ‘mini’ version of the soba and dinner sets if you want to try everything.

My two favorite things: the asparagus wrapped pork belly and the pumpkin and sweet potato ice cream. Wrapping asparagus in anything meat related will get me to eat it. Otherwise, I would never order asparagus by itself.

Why was the ice cream a favorite? There was a small potato in the parfait!! And it worked! Imagine eating a really sweet cold boiled potato with your ice cream. I kid you not, it was so good!

OOTOYA Chelsea
8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Take 31

This is the second time I have been here to this Korean restaurant and it is really great for carnivores and small groups who like to share. The food is served family style and pork belly is their specialty.

Tip: try to get here by 6pm to get a seat. The tables fill up quick even on a week night!

Take 31
15 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

Razza Pizza

Ridiculously good thin crusted pizza in Jersey City. Who woulda thought? It is definitely worth the wait if you are in the area. They also do take out if you are in a hurry. It tastes even better the next day when you heat it up in the oven to make that crust extraaaa crispy!

Razza
275 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302