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Eating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.

Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.

I am an editor at Zagat, but all opinions on this blog are mine and have nothing to do with my employer.

I take my photos with a point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD850. Which goes to show that if you're passionate about photography but can't afford fancy camera equipment, you can still take quality photos.

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15 October 2010

Bluebird Sky, Chinatown

Quite different from its Chinese restaurant neighbors, the new Bluebird Sky is a pocket-sized (re: hallway) coffee shop serving standard cafe fare. The food is nothing to write home about, but it’s fresh and tasty, and the sunny seating area makes for a great place to peruse the Sunday Times over lattes and pastries. Glad to have it as an option in the neighborhood. Above: tomato, avocado, and pico de gallo omelet.

Happy brunching!

8 February 2010

Hot Pot at XO Cafe, Chinatown

New York’s trendy restaurant scene is a lot of fun, but this year I’m making an effort to try as many authentic ethnic restaurants as I can. I’ve lived on the cusp of Chinatown for almost two years now and feel pathetic that I’ve not taken proper advantage.

Thursday nite I was invited along to XO Cafe for hot pot, the Chinese version of fondue. Luckily I was with a cast of characters who knew what they were doing, so I sat back, sipped my almond bubble tea, and enjoyed hot pot without any worries.

Hot pot starts with a pot of spicy broth boiling in the center of the table. You order all the ingredients you want; we did tofu, chicken, beef, scallops, clams, dumplings, and a wide array of veggies. Some participants ordered tripe, or cow intestines. I definitely was not ready to try that.

The contents come to the table raw. You throw whatever you want into the pot, let it cook, then fish it out to enjoy.

It was a feast for the ages.

Although so far on my cultural culinary trail I would say I enjoyed my dim sum brunch a wee bit more, this was a unique experience and I would definitely return. The $24 all-you-can-eat hot pot includes beverages, appetizers (like the pan fried dumplings, below), and dessert.

21 December 2009

Dim Sum at Red Egg, Chinatown

On Sunday I finally accomplished my dream of having dim sum. Although we didn’t go to the most authentic of places (no food carts, BOO!), the food at Red Egg was outstanding. And we got to write down our orders on little score cards with mini pencils. I felt like I was mini golfing!

Besides all that, this seemingly unlimited amount of delicious food came to just $12 a person. My New Years Food Resolution is to try every dim sum place in New York. Once a week baby, once a week. Who’s with me?!

Here’s a smattering of tasty treats we enjoyed:

Vegetarian Spring Rolls

Shanghai Bun. Can’t remember exactly how this tasted, except that it was delicious.

Roast Pork Bun. If you know me, this is not something I would normally eat, but I didn’t feel like I would really experience dim sum without it. Thank God. This was the best thing ever.

Sweet Sesame Ball for dessert.

15 October 2009
I’ve been meaning to get a group together to do Dim Sum for a long time. Because shocker, I’ve never had it! Anyone up for trying one of these places (minus Chinatown Brasserie, not a fan) some time this month?
mascarah:

[Life: Eat] Best Dim Sum in NYC
I don’t eat dim sum nearly enough. On the agenda for this winter is to work this more into my brunch routine. I’m researching places I’ve never been and looking for suggestions so if you have any, please do let me know.
This is my current list of favs:
Golden Unicorn: shrimp dumplings w/shark fin, 2 floors, delish
Jing Fon: massive banquet style experience, most people say this place is the best 
HSF Restaurant: classic, famous for clams in black bean sauce
Oriental Garden: best seafood options of all the dim sum places I’ve been to, Bouley is a regular here so it MUST be good
Ping’s Seafood: small, more intimate experience, known for fresh fish 
Oriental Pearl: large, busy, pretty typical selection
Dim Sum Go Go: contemporary, clean, lighter dim sum than other places, available during all open hours
Chinatown Brasserie: the posh John McDonald owned version, but consistently good
88 Palace: under manhattan bridge, endless carts, you’ll be full for $10 or less
What am I missing?

I’ve been meaning to get a group together to do Dim Sum for a long time. Because shocker, I’ve never had it! Anyone up for trying one of these places (minus Chinatown Brasserie, not a fan) some time this month?

mascarah:

[Life: Eat] Best Dim Sum in NYC

I don’t eat dim sum nearly enough. On the agenda for this winter is to work this more into my brunch routine. I’m researching places I’ve never been and looking for suggestions so if you have any, please do let me know.

This is my current list of favs:

  • Golden Unicorn: shrimp dumplings w/shark fin, 2 floors, delish
  • Jing Fon: massive banquet style experience, most people say this place is the best
  • HSF Restaurant: classic, famous for clams in black bean sauce
  • Oriental Garden: best seafood options of all the dim sum places I’ve been to, Bouley is a regular here so it MUST be good
  • Ping’s Seafood: small, more intimate experience, known for fresh fish
  • Oriental Pearl: large, busy, pretty typical selection
  • Dim Sum Go Go: contemporary, clean, lighter dim sum than other places, available during all open hours
  • Chinatown Brasserie: the posh John McDonald owned version, but consistently good
  • 88 Palace: under manhattan bridge, endless carts, you’ll be full for $10 or less

What am I missing?

Reblogged: mascarah

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh