Friday, November 30, 2012

 our regular meal at nicky's - a bowl of pho, a classic banh mi and a grilled chicken banh mi.
delicious as ever!

then dessert at one girl cookie - we got their lemon olive oil cake with coffee, and dang is that cake good!!! it was crispy on top and the cake was fluffy and lemony/olive oily, just plain delicious, and light enough on our still full belly.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

a big but sad meal (eaten alone). i made kimchi jigae with fishcake, and a side of gaeran-mari (rolled omelette). 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

a big burger meal at clinton park café - i got a california burger (no cheese but avocado & tomatoes) and m got his usual mushroom swiss burger. i even got sweet potato fries on the side to share. this meal nearly killed us, it was so filling! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

3rd meal in a week at the new janky japanese take-out - we wanted to try their noodle bowls this time, so i ordered their chicken "soba" and m got a beef teriyaki set. the beef teriyaki was decent, though it seems that their forte lies in chicken dishes. and when i said "soba" (in quotation), it's because they meant it as in yakisoba noodle packets sold in grocery stores, not the kind of soba (made of buckwheat) i normally think of. nonetheless i would've been very content with it tasting like ramen noodles, except i ordered a regular chicken noodles and this was curry chicken noodles. still not too bad!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

cold night, warm food at cafe 232. we got a big soup of tofu maeuntang and a hot dolsot bibimbap (bibimbap in hot stone bowl). they were both exceptionally good (although their banchan has been getting more miserable lately), the bibimbap with super crisped rice and delicious beef (almost tasted like bulgogi) and the soup was so perfectly seasoned with spiciness & umami flavor. just what we needed to keep ourselves warm & our spirits lifted a bit!

Friday, November 23, 2012

another meal at the good ol' (actually new) janky japanese place - this time, m got a katsu-don, and i got a bento box with kara-age (friend chicken). katsu don was good, though i thought the pork cutlet (tonkatsu) could've been a little crisper. still not bad at all! my kara-age was deeeelicious, super crispy, perfectly cooked chicken meat, and even the teriyaki sauce over it was good. all this for only $13! :D no wonder it's hard to keep away from this place.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

 pre-carving turkey.


a lovely thanksgiving dinner at audrey's, as per last year! this year, more food, more people, more joy! i forgot to take a lot of other pictures, including the delicious triple dessert action (pumpkin cheesecake, gingerbread cookies, apple crisp) above are some photos before i started stuffing my face - huge csa turkey that m carved up to good bits, we brought some salad (regular salad greens + kale + tatsoi) & butternut squash mash, there were stuffings, mashed potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts with truffle oil (wow), squash & pasta bake, cucumber salad, cranberry sauce, amazing gravy cooked right after the turkey, broccoli & apple salad, and sweet potato bake that was also super delicious. we were even treated to some delicious mulled cider - look how pretty!

happy thanksgiving it was to us!!! so thankful - thank you, audrey!!♥♥♥

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

a new japanese fast-food joint, sakura tokyo II - despite the suspicious name (doesn't sound like they'll have good japanese food for real), it turned out to be a strong up-and-comer in the cheap, good-bang-for-the-buck kind of janky place. i had low expectations, but wanted to give it a try while they were still new and offering 10% off, on top of the lunch special prices - got a chicken teriyaki bento box combo and an oyaoko-don. they were both surprisingly good, especially for the price (both around $6). the rolls weren't packed with a thick layer of rice, the chicken meat were all dark and grilled perfectly.
pretty impressed and filled to the gills for $13 for 2 people. not bad!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

torta and burrito dinner at castro's - m got his usual ground beef burrito, and i tried their molé poblano torta, which i swear i hadn't seen on the menu before. it was so good! usually their molé poblano dish is a bit too rich, but this torta made it work by putting fresh veggies & pickled jalapeño that broke up the richness of the molé flavor - even with the crummy bun, it was still amazing.

Monday, November 19, 2012

spicy fishcake miso soup (oden-ish) for dinner last night - with csa broccoli, kale, & eggs. maybe it was the fishcake, but the broth was so good, if i may say so myself! 
mmmm~ msg... T__T 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

another meal at nicky's vietnamese (too bad they don't have stamp cards like hanco's does). 
banh mi dac biet (the special/classic), grilled chicken banh mi, beef pho.
the sandwiches were excellent this time, but the pho wasn't as good as last time we were here.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

dinner with kana at chuko -  kana's friends there comped our meal for us! O_O (left the full amount for tip, but still!) she got a veggie ramen with chicken topping, i got their special of the day, pork bone (tonkotsu) ramen. i actually preferred my usual shoyu ramen there, but it was good to change it up with super buttery pork meat. they even gave us amaaaazing crispy, spicy fried chicken before the ramens arrived! really really excellent.

then this amazingly fluffy, buttery chocolate chip scone from earlier in the day, made by audrey.
soooo good fresh out of the oven!!! thank you for such a good food day!!! ♥  

Friday, November 16, 2012

delicious meal at cafe 232 - ambivalent choice, but eaten ravenously (by me, especially). we got spicy squid stir fry (ojinguh bokum) and soon dubu stew that were both so good and satisfying.
could've had 2 more rounds of this. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

hot miso soup (with bok choy & tatsoi from our last csa share of the season) over black rice, topped with a poached egg. the egg, especially, was perfectly cooked! :D 
i had it with kimchi and it was deeeelicious. all i've been wanting to eat lately is hot bowls of soup.
the color of the miso soup looks odd because of the black rice. but it tasted good all the same!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 after scouring to see if we wanted to eat shanghainese food for a late dinner, we ended up with our first choice, great NY noodletown, our regular spot for the past 8+ years. we got our usual seafood congee, yuchoy with oyster sauce, soy sauce chicken over rice, and roasted pork & duck over rice. (someone was very hungry). we'd never had soy sauce chicken here before, and it was so good - combined with the pickled vegetable thing that it came with, it had a very layered flavor of spices and garlic. though similar, it contrasted pretty well against the roasted pork & duck, which is slightly on the sweeter side.
so yummy and comforting for a chilly night & a bike ride through it.