It’s been a while…

So, it’s been over 2 years since my last post.

A food blog is supposed to be about food. Although, I may sneak in a few things about art here and there. Mi dispiace.

Let’s catch up!

2012: I enjoyed really good beer at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD (great tours, book in advance, complimentary tasting glass, and yummy sandwich place 5 blocks away); ate some green eggs and ham (JUST KIDDING); tasted juicy burgers and great iced tea in cute mason jars in NC; discovered I can make some CRAZY good guac; got my braces removed and paid FDB another visit; had EXCELLENT AUTHENTIC DELICIOUS Korean food in Seoul and Jejudo; and so much more.

2012 food

2013: I finally made it to Birch & Barley, and soon after discovered that Churchkey would be my go-to bar; scarfed down the best HOMEMADE poptarts EVER at Ted’s Bulletin alongside ADULT milkshakes; tried gin and homemade tonic at New Heights; discovered baby mason jars; indulged in a limitless tapas brunch at Cuba Libre with my bff; quickly learned that donuts and fried chicken were meant to be made in the same place and devoured at the same time; HAD THE BEST FRESH OYSTERS EVER IN OBX; roasted 2 whole chickens Ina Garten style; among many other highlights.

2013 food

And so far this year? I have some Korean food planned for tonight. There’s cucumber kimchi marinating in the fridge along with chopped zucchini, potatoes and carrots for jjigae and pajun. Mmm, I’ll have to make some rice. So glad it’s a snow day. 🙂

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NYC – C = Rochester

A few months ago, my BFF (E*) and I flew out to Rochester to visit a good high school buddy (also college friend for me). I’ve never been to that part of New York and it was my first time seeing Niagara Falls! It was a really good, relaxing, and fun trip.

First set of pix is from Heart Island. Long story short– wealthy man falls in love and demonstrates his love to his wife by building her an island in the shape of a heart and a castle as well. Unfortunately, wealthy man’s lovely wife died before he could finish, and he put a full stop to construction immediately because of his heartbreak. 😦

Read more here: Boldt Castle.

Boldt Castle on Heart Island is located in the 1000 Islands cluster of New York. Sound familiar? Yes, it’s true. The thousand islands dressing comes from this area. Tada! Before hitting up the island, we made a lunch stop at Koffee Kove in Clayton, New York. Sorry, I missed out on food pix. It was really pleasant, and definitely an island neighborhood atmosphere, quiet and quaint. Food was clean and simple.

Rochester is also the home of WEGMANS! This is only one of the BEST grocery stores in the U. S. of A. There are very few, but when you do come across one, go ahead and make a meal or two out of it, plus dessert.

Does anyone recognize what these plants are? Apparently they are Nertera, but I have no idea what that is. They look like miniature clementines, like itty bitty. I’m not sure if they’re edible, but I’m leaning towards decorative. Found them in Wegmans…

We picked up an assortment of olives, cheese, crackers, bread, grapes, and paired them with wine we picked up from a local winery near the islands. So delicious~

DINOSAUR BBQ! Our host LOVES this place, and claims it as the best BBQ in Rochester. We believed him. It was pretty fantastic. I’ve tried a variety of BBQ’d ribs now and realize that Carolina sauce is my favorite. The ribs here were more of a dry rub… what’s that one called? Well, anyway, we got a good assortment of beans, mac/cheese, fries, brisket, slaw, corn bread, and ribs. The meat and sides tasted pretty great. I wasn’t a fan of all the sauces, but again, I’m a Carolina girl. 🙂

And of course I have to end with pictures of Niagara. WOW. These are the biggest falls I’ve seen and were definitely worth seeing. We could only do the U.S. side because of time, so I still have never set foot in Canada. I guess that will be for another day. They say the falls look much better on the Canadian side, but I didn’t mind the US side so much. It was still amazing… plus we got to ride the boat INTO the falls!! 😀 Now THAT was exciting and funny b/c we were pretty wet… the rain that decided to fall after didn’t help much either.

               

All in all, a pretty awesome trip with my Dulaney friends, 1st time to 1000 Islands and Niagara, and some good eatin’ along the way.

Last Stop: NYC

I’m just reminiscing at this point. 3 weeks overdue, my apologies.

Governor’s Island

amy’s bread: sticky bun and cinnamon raisin bread

sticky bun was delish, once again.

joe’s shanghai in chinatown

shanghai rice, goes great with the fatty juices of the dumplings

crab and pork soup dumplings

snow pea LEAVES, as rachael would like to emphasize

credit of image goes to silvy song, as she’s about to indulge in the deliciousness that is joe’s shanghai

laboratario del gelato, 97 orchard street? next to a historic site where immigrants used to live in debilitating conditions. gelato was amazing. soho. thank you gina.

thanks rachael for the artsy shot. black plum and chocolate amazing.

nyc. i miss you right now at this moment in this second.

Oh Xi’an!

yummay!

Xi’an Famous Food

Famous indeed. This hole in the wall food place is growing in popularity and in location. It originally started out in Queens, Flushings to be exact and has expanded to two locations in Manhattan. The owner and his son started off small with handmade fresh noodles. This is what they’re so well known for. They’ve been highlighted by foodies such as Anthony Bourdain and Kelly Choi. Check out the video clips here on their website: http://www.xianfoods.com/

I ordered their Savory Cumin Lamb Noodles. The noodles were chewy, al dente, and spicy with the lamb and cumin. Omg, even on a hot summer day, this noodle dish was absolutely amazing and flavorful. The smell alone will entice you to a whole entree. Also, these are amazingly affordable… everything is between $3 and $7, mostly $4 or $5.

Rice to Riches

Who doesn’t love rice pudding? You don’t know what you’re missing.

Rice to Riches

Cozily placed in SoHo, this rice pudding place is unique. I have yet to see any other place pick up on this yummy dessert. Yes, the pudding is incredibly expensive for what it is, in my opinion. The Rice Pudding I purchased was vanilla with strawberry topping. It was a small and cost me about $7! For Rice Pudding?! Yup. Still, it was good. Still, the small is too much… for me. 😛

Cute perk about R2R is that they give you these nice, reusable plastic containers/spoons that come with the pudding. Maybe that’s what I paid for…

I want a POP by PEOPLE!

mmmm, on a hot summer day.

People’s Pops

Click the link above and you’ll find out who these three savvy entrepreneurs are. They have a great mission that started as a project, but now represent in Chelsea Market and on the High Line via cart.

I’ve noticed them a lot recently, not just on the Chelsea Market site, but also in an article I was reading somewhere… maybe the NYT?

Their flavors change daily/weekly according to whatever is in season and abundant. I picked out the Apricot/Cardamon. It was a risk, and a good choice. You like the backdrop? Sweet, refreshing, cool… what more could I ask for on a hot summer night?

Brida + p’s pops + HL = 🙂