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The Tea Spot in Greenwich Village

September 16, 2013

You remember that night in NYC last week with the torrential downpour? That was the night my little sister thought would be perfect for a sisters’ outing. To my credit, I tried to explain to her that subways would be flooded; that I JUST took a shower and dried my hair and the impending poofiness would hurt my feelings; that I might even fall sick. But then she did this:

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(Which was so not fair), and the next thing I know, I’m putting on my rain boots to head over to the Tea Spot with her. And to her credit, it ended up being a kinda nice evening.

Inside Tea Spot


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I am a tea lover after all. I’ve been frequenting this place for years but I haven’t been back in a while. They have a great selection though, the only thing to its detriment is probably cramped corners (which is also very characteristic of restaurants and cafes in this area). But the staff is always very nice, and they let you take your time to sniff the different loose leaf teas in their silver tins before you settle on one. In our case, we settled on two: Royal Star and Coconut Creme green teas. Both ended up being great choices (we also tried it with soy milk, per the waitress’ suggestion, which was also great).

Teas -- sorry for the dark pics...it's dark in there!

We also ordered their truffle mac n cheese and pesto one (definitely order the former if you have a choice, thought I don’t think their food is their strong point in general).

Truffle mac n cheese and pesto

I was hungry though and we cleaned our plates. I did want a bite of dessert and since I’m on a seriousss hunt for the best tres leches in the city, I decided to order theirs:

Tres Leches

Verdict: It’s on the MUCH sweeter side and consistency was more like a rice pudding. A few bites were good, but even between the two of us, we couldn’t finish it because it was too sweet (make sure you save your tea to balance it out if anything). It was good, but definitely not the best (the search continues).

Still, this is a good place to have some tea and bond with the lil sis. Try it.

Restaurant Info:
Tea Spot

127 Macdougal St.
at W. 3rd St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 505-1248
Greenwich Village

REPORT CARD
Meal: Brunch

Occasion: Sister time
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ** (Not good for big groups, a little cramped with the seating if you can find one)
Food: ** (Great for tea, OK for food)
Service: *** (Waitress was awesome)
Would I go back?: Yes.


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Brasserie Beck in Washington DC

September 4, 2013

Everytime I visit DC, I realize more and more what a foodie epicenter it is. My friends Anum, Faraz, and Hamaad (who’s Instagram alone clues me in to some of the better spots) never disappoint to satiate my craving for something new. Last weekend, on a disgustingly hot and humid day, we were deciding where to eat brunch and Brasserie Beck came up. All Hamaad had to say was ‘stuffed French toast’ and I was ready to make the six block walk under the merciless sun (in heels and a sweater…why I was wearing a sweater is beyond me). We lost some people along the way, but I’m so glad I made the trip…the food here was easily worth it. I just realized where my priorities lie :-/.

The first disappointment though: there was no stuffed French toast. The waiter mentioned something about how they switch chefs often, and that menu item left with the last one. The good thing though was they had a full brunch menu which easily forgave all. Truffled egg toast, gruyere egg omelet, crab cakes benedict, chicken and waffles…We settled on the “Leo”: Farmed eggs, smoked salmon, carmelized onions, housemade bialy with a boursin schmear (fancy pants for bagel with cheese spread); and (to make up for the absence of the French toast) the Stuffed Crepe, with carmelized banana, nutella, and chantilly cream. Note, it also normally comes with marshmallows but we got ours without:

The Leo, $17


Stuffed Crepes, $14


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When both portions came out, my first thought was…this is not going to be enough food. But the chefs expertly mixed light and heavy ingredients and in the end, it was deceivingly more than enough. The Leo came with a perfectly toasted bagel, and herbed scrambled egg with salmon on the side. The carmelized banana gave the crepes a different taste than the usual nutella and fruit combo that I’m so accustomed to in NY.

The only slight disappointment was when we ordered a cappuccino and latte. A+ for presentation but…

Latte...how cute is the brown sugar crystal pop it comes with?

…apparently there was something wrong with their espresso machine so there was barely any pressure and even less heat. Our drinks came out lukewarm and watered down. The waiter apologized and mentioned this even when he gave us our drinks and after we deemed it undrinkable, he removed it from the bill. The little cookie it came with was delicious though! It made up for something at least.


Restaurant Info:
Brasserie Beck

1101 K Street NW.
Washington, DC 20005.
(202) 408-1717
McPherson Square

REPORT CARD
Meal: Brunch

Occasion: Jersey City-scoping
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** (I appreciate space so much more when I’m not in NYC)
Food: **1/2 (Lost half a point for the latte disappointment)
Service: *** (Waiter was attentive and accommodating)
Would I go back?: Yes!


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Craving of the Day: Wafels & Dinges

August 29, 2011

Waffle with Speculoos spread

Belgian waffle from the Wafels & Dinges truck. Raspberry Ripple ice cream. Sliced strawberries. Whipped Cream. and Spekuloos spread*.

*Life-changing

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Djerdan – Bosnian food, Midtown West

April 18, 2010

Summar and I work together near Herald Square and every day is a perpetual hunt for something interesting to eat for lunch. The area is so commercial and blah. Basically, it’s not easy. Summar recently ended up finding Djerdan which serves Bosnian food. Can’t say I ever had Bosnian food, so we decided to try.

They say they have the “best burek” in town so we ordered their spinach burek. One slice is massive…kind of a meal on its own (I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture of it). It was pretty good, not the best I’ve had.

We noticed there was a lot of veal on the menu which I’m never down for so we went safe and ordered (mostly) chicken:

Grilled Chicken Salad, $7.95

Grilled Chicken Sandwich, $8.95

Veggie Sandwich, $7.95

The chicken itself was also pretty good (read: not mind-blowing but not bad). I really loved the tomato spread that comes on the side of the sandwich. The sandwiches are also MASSIVE, and the bread is tough and a little hard to cut with our butter knives. We ended up just taking the bread off (since I thought it didn’t add much to the flavor) and began eating it like a salad.

The place was nice enough, a little hidden midway between 8th and 7th Avenue on 38th. It wasn’t my favorite, but at least it was something different than pizza.

Oh, and a little frustrating, we paid the bill with half cash and half credit card…which translated to explaining to the waitress 3 times on how much to charge on the card. I promise it wasn’t that confusing!

Eh. Rate it 2/5. The hunt continues…

Restaurant Info:
Djerdan

221 W. 38th St.
btw 8th and 7th Avenues
New York , NY 10018
212-921-1183
Midtown West


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European - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Thai - Travel Feasts

I miss everything in Berlin, especially the food.

November 19, 2009

I recently went to Berlin for a couple of days, and in retrospect, I don’t think any of the food I had were signature “German” dishes. My new friend Nina, who took us around, said they’re big on sausage. I don’t eat sausage, so this was a problem.

We were staying in the Mitte area of the city, and the first night we stopped in a place called Courage Cafe. Cheesy name, I know, but the food was SO tasty that it totally made up for that fact.

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Spinach feta quiche

Spinach feta quiche

Most delicious chicken wings ever served with potato wedges

Most delicious chicken wings ever served with potato wedges

The chicken wings were served with salsa and ranch dipping sauces and came with a side salad and light vinaigrettes.

And the music they were playing there, kind of like the tunes they were playing at so many places, was AWESOME — on our visit here they were switching between mixes of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to some French tunes of what I remember.

The next day, we did a tour around the city (which by the way, if a city in Europe is offering one of the free city tours from NEW EUROPE...DO IT…they are seriously the best and have the most vivacious and fun tour guides. They were easily way better than the tours we actually paid for).

Anyway, on our Berlin tour, we passed by this amazing chocolate wonderland, Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers, that I had to go back and stop by after our tour. The window displays are all monuments and buildings made entirely of chocolate. When you walk in, the smell of chocolate is just intoxicating. They even have a chocolate volcano erupting with chocolate syrup. I wish I could have dived in but the sign said no nibbling.

A chocolate Titanic

A chocolate Titanic

Upset I couldn't dive into these -- especially the chocolate volcano

Upset I couldn't dive into these -- especially the chocolate volcano

Finally, random, but we also had thai food. And actually, it was the only time I had thai food throughout our whole trip but it was yummy and worth mentioning. This place was
Moon Thai
also in Mitte.

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Service was phenom, but even better is that it’s right across an old junkyard that was turned into an art space that you can visit after your meal.

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If you have any restaurant suggestions in Berlin, please share…because…um…I want to go back…or kinda live there…or something.

Restaurants Info:

Courage Cafe
Saarbrücker Str. 17
Ecke Kollwitzstr.
10405 Berlin
Prenzlauer Berg
U2 Station Senefelderplatz
+49 30 41716859

Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers
Charlottenstraße 60
10117 Berlin
+49 (0)30 – 20 45 84 43

Moon Thai

Oranienburge Str. 46-47
10117 Berlin
+49 (0)30 – 280 4 77 92

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Veggie hot dogs at F&B güdtfood

November 18, 2009

Roaming in Chelsea

Roaming in Chelsea

Oh, hello there.

Erm. So, I guess I’m into healthy fast food these days, because that’s where I keep ending up. This time, it was on the suggestion of mi amiga Katie that we stop by F&B güdtfood in Chelsea.

F&B gudtfood

F&B gudtfood

“F&B” actually stands for Frites and Beignets. The story goes that the owners (one who is German, the other who is English) missed their fast food grubbin in Europe and decided to bring a piece of it stateside.

The inside is pretty zen with light blue walls and purple orchids hanging in vases above the tables, which I wouldn’t necessarily expect from a place that primarily serves up hot dogs. But I like.

I don’t think I’d ever go for meat hot dogs myself unless it’s some home grillin’. So here, we stuck to the veggie dogs, which are actually made from smoked tofu. Deliciousness.

Veggie healthy dog, $3.50

Veggie healthy dog, $3.50

Veggie Prairie Dog, $3.50

Veggie Prairie Dog, $3.50

The “healthy dog” is just topped with hummus, sliced carrots, and black olives; the “prairie dog” had a Mexican twist with guacamole, tomatoes, cheese, and salsa. Both were really good, but the prairie dog was tastier. They were served on a healthy wheat bun, and next time I have to see if they can toast them too because I thought the bread could have been better.

BUT, oh, if you love truffle oil (I do, I do!), get the truffle fries! I mean. Half the place’s name is “frites” so you might as well do it right.

Truffle Fries, $3.50

Truffle Fries, $3.50

For a hot dog, fries, and a drink (which I got…fresh lemonade not pictured), you pay only $7.65; otherwise most of the food is between $3-$5.


Restaurant Info:
F&B güdtfood

269 West 23rd St.
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
Chelsea

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