Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pio Pio

If you're looking for an affordable group dinner that isn't Asian, Pio Pio is a good choice. This Peruvian restaurant has many outposts in NYC. The one in Hell's Kitchen is modernly decorated with a huge space in the back and downstairs. In fact, I've seen groups of 20-30 being lined up there. So if you're doing a group of that size, this may be the place for you.
We were only a group of 5 this night and we ordered accordingly. First, the chicken. We can't go to Pio Pio and not order the Rotisserie Chicken with the delicious marinade of herbs, spices, and oil. Don't squawk at the $16 price tag. It feeds a lot of you and it's worth it.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Splash of Thai

If you're a regular reader here, you would know that when I lived in Hell's Kitchen, there was plenty of Thai places to choose from. Although, I recently found out that my favorite place is now closed?! Is this what happens when I leave the area? Sigh... Anyway, one of the best things about living in NYC is that the variety of cuisines and restaurants is endless. Especially with Asian cuisines. Man o man did I love eating types of Asian food. But now that I'm in NJ, good Asian food is much more difficult to come by. Luckily there's a good Asian grocer not too far away so that I may make my own food all the time. But when I just want to eat out, the choices are a bit more limited.
A Splash of Thai boasts a pretty sign near the Westfield train station. It's hard to miss them. They advertise pretty good lunch deals but we were there for dinner. As a group of 4, we sat near the window and commented about the atmosphere. Although there were very few tables occupied (it was a weekday), the service was still friendly and the place looked modern and clean.

We decided to share a bunch of plates as this was our first time there. Also, a couple of the guests claimed not to be too hungry. We started with the Thai spring rolls ($8) with glass noodles, vegetables, and a sweet peach sauce. These were meh for me. In general spring rolls aren't that good to me. Most places just don't know how to make them really good. Either the filling sucks or the wrapper isn't crispy. Or both.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Seafare Chippery

Interesting thing about my new neighborhood is the variety of fish and chips places. These stand alone fried fish and seafood joints certainly only make one type of cuisine. You would think that just one place would satisfy the many in the surrounding towns. But behold, there are several to choose from. The closest to me is the Sea Fare Chippery. It's easily spotted off the roast as a small blue building with a giant anchor outside.
The menu is short, the service is fast and friend. Since we wanted to try a variety of things, Mr. M&P and I shared a bunch of things. First, the seafood salad ($10) for a large pint. As one of the few items not fried, this was delicious. Fresh tasting seafood, bright olive oil, and tasty herbs envelope each piece of mussel, clam, shrimp, conch, and calamari. Normally, seafood salad is priced per pound making it a pricey dish. Not so here.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mitsuwa

Mitsuwa is a great place to grab hard to find Japanese and Asian groceries. But really, I go there for the prepared food. The food court is always busy so be aggressive. Their prepared sushi is also good to take home for a later meal. This post is mainly to showcase the former.
The ramen line is always long. Put your order in and just wait for your number to be called. In the meantime, find some seating. People are hawks when it comes to this. Don't be afraid to walk extremely fast to get a table.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cooking: Sesame Noodles

The sesame noodles I made for the potluck were relatively easy to make. In fact, much like Italian pasta, it involved a quick sauce then tossing it with freshly cooked noodles.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FBM Potluck 14

This is a long overdue post. The last potluck which was in the spring. Beer Boor graciously hosted this time. And a plethora of food graced the table.
This is my first plate of many that night. A little of of what was served first. Then I went back for other items that were being heated up. Oh and the dessert. Don't forget about those.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns

Awhile ago, my good friend and I went out to lunch. He's a big fan of Asian cuisine so I suggested we try out Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns which opened not too far away from the office. We left a bit early in hopes of scoring a table. And we were happy that we did. Shortly after we sat down, the line was long with people waiting outside.
As true to any "authentic" Asian restaurant, service to brisk and to the point. You won't have people asking you how you are today. Instead, they want your order and will serve you right away. Hey, I wanted to get in and out as quickly as possible too. This wasn't a day to spend 2 hours at leisurely lunch.

So I ordered a bowl of the house special ramen ($11.50) to start. It's not Japanese ramen but instead a Chinese version of noodles in soup which came with shrimp, beef, egg, and bok choy. The bowl is regular sized and warmed me. I was happy with this simple dish.
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