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Biang! Chinese Hand-ripped Noodles

Posted by on August 27th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, New York | 4 comments

Biang! Chinese Hand-ripped Noodles

    I’m slightly obsessed with noodles. From Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles, Korean knife-cut noodles, Japanese (real) ramen, Italian pappardelle, and beyond – my appetite for noodles knows no bounds. As a kid, my grandma used to whip me up gong jai mein (Chinese instant noodles) for breakfast when I stayed over. Nevermind that it wasn’t the healthiest – I had to get my slurping action on! So it was no surprise that when my aunt and cousin raved about the hand-ripped noodles from Biang! in Flushing, my noodle radar perked up. As the...

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Take31 – Korean Dining

Posted by on August 20th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, New York | 0 comments

Take31 – Korean Dining

    Manhattan’s Koreatown is saturated with Korean restaurants that run the gamut from traditional fare, to establishments specializing in Korean fried chicken, tofu, dumplings, and more. As much as I like Pocha 32 and BCD Tofu House, the lines can get ridiculous on a Friday night. Fortunately, our Korean-American friends who speak Korean fluently were able to suggest an alternative, and made a reservation at Take31 for 7:30pm. Take31 is a fairly new Korean restaurant in the Ktown area, and a welcome change from “the usual” places R...

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Berkli Parc Cafe

Posted by on August 14th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, New York | 0 comments

Berkli Parc Cafe

    Where in Manhattan can you get a hearty lunch at affordable prices, with good coffee and tea, and an inviting ambiance to boot? Berkli Parc Café, my friends! This café has an earthy vibe, with long slabs of wood for tables, and cut-off tree trunks for chair bases. It is located in the Lower East Side on the corner of Delancey and Allen and is ideal for studying, working (lots of laptops in attendance!), or a coffee date. Its corner view lends itself well to people-watching. The day I visited, we started out at a communal table,...

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Surfing in Nantucket

Posted by on July 31st, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel | 6 comments

Surfing in Nantucket

    My husband whisked me away to Nantucket last weekend to celebrate my birthday and our one-year wedding anniversary. Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Mass., and is just a short ferry ride from Boston. It was our first time there!     We stayed at the immaculately furnished Regatta Inn, one of the top-rated bed & breakfast inns in Nantucket. Its sister inn, the more traditional Centerboard Inn, is located right across the street.     The first night, we climbed the stairs to Room No. 2.  ...

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Nan Xiang and Zebra Lounge

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014 in Culture, Eat & Drink, New York | 0 comments

Nan Xiang and Zebra Lounge

    Nan Xiang Dumpling House is a Shanghainese restaurant in Flushing known for its pork soup dumplings, or xiao long bao. Growing up, I used to come here with my family to savor dumplings, rice cakes and scallion pancakes. The bustling restaurant is conveniently located near Main Street, a central hub where you can find the 7 subway train, Queens buses and even the Long Island Railroad all within walking distance. I found myself back in Flushing with some friends last weekend for a wedding. During downtime between the ceremony and...

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Thinking Cup Coffee Shop – Boston

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

Thinking Cup Coffee Shop – Boston

    My good friend J and I met up in Boston this past May for a weekend of much-needed girl bonding. Having been away from Boston for several years, we were curious to see how the city had changed and developed. After hours on the bus/train, we were famished. Time to make a beeline for Thinking Cup!     When I glanced at Thinking Cup’s website, I read that it is “the first coffee shop in Downtown Boston to serve Stumptown Coffee exclusively.” I was intrigued.     The Tremont Street location near the Boston...

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Japanese Comfort Food in NYC

Posted by on July 10th, 2014 in Culture, Eat & Drink, New York | 1 comment

Japanese Comfort Food in NYC

    Where to find Japanese comfort food in NYC? Luckily, these three spots remind me that I can get a taste of Japan here. 🙂     Café Hanamizuki It was raining heavily the first time I snuck into Café Hanamizuki for a light dinner. I opted for the $9.50 omusubi plate, which comes with two decent-sized rice balls, miso-soup (4 varieties to choose from), today’s Sozai-Appetizer, and Japanese pickles. Normally, buying the omusubi separately costs about $3 each. For my omusubi plate, I had the Sukiyaki (Suki-Yaki-beef, burdock...

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Claw Daddy’s – Cajun Seafood

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 in Eat & Drink, New York | 0 comments

Claw Daddy’s – Cajun Seafood

  What’s red and white, disposable and has a pouch? A crab bib, of course! It’s shellfish shucking season, and we kicked it into high gear with a trip to Claw Daddy’s in the Lower East Side to try their seafood. With the help of a bib, plastic gloves and crab crackers, we were in business!     This Cajun/Creole seafood restaurant has an understated nautical theme. Draped from the ceiling, you’ll find thick ropes, fishing nets and lantern-like lights. You can eat bar-side or at a table. Six televisions ensure you won’t miss out...

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The Other Jersey Shore – Point Pleasant Beach

Posted by on June 26th, 2014 in Eat & Drink, Travel | 0 comments

The Other Jersey Shore – Point Pleasant Beach

    When it comes to the ocean, I have a deep-seated affinity for most things waterborne: starfish, seashells, seaweed, seals, snorkeling. And the list goes on. In another life, I may have been a surfer in Hawaii, pounding the shore at 6am (though that early wake-up time would have met with some protest at first). Eager to soak up the sun’s rays (slathered in SPF, of course), R and I rented a room out at a home on the Jersey Shore via Airbnb. Destination: Point Pleasant Beach. While the term “Jersey Shore” might conjure images of...

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Slice of Life – Miyajima, Japan

Posted by on June 18th, 2014 in Culture, Eat & Drink, Travel | 2 comments

Slice of Life – Miyajima, Japan

    On my Japan trip two months ago, we stopped by Miyajima (also known as Itsukushima), an idyllic island near Hiroshima, lush with trees and deer.     We took the Nozomi Express shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo, which got us there in about 4 hours. I ate my beef bento for lunch. In Tokyo, there’s no shortage of stores selling vast varieties of bento, or a single-portion boxed meal. I had a hard time choosing since they all looked so appetizing! The most popular ones tend to sell out early in the morning.  ...

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