Quick Update: Food Porn Teaser

Readers,

I am still quite busy to write something therefore I apologize in advance for the lack of updates.

However, let me spoil you with some teaser.

Image

Food Porn Teaser 8/28/2015

Enjoy the teaser and I will see you on my next post! Toodles! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

Advertisements

Goodbye FAO Schwarz: and updates!

This could be categorized as a late post becauseย the beloved FAO Schwarz is no longer there in the heart of New York City – Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and 58th street. This unique and oldest toy store in the world has closed its’ door for good although we are still hoping for reopening soon. That is if its’ parent company, Toys R Us, actually sign the lease for that building around Times Square.

Updated: just browsed through the news and found this information from TheRealDeal.com regarding the lease:

“No deal for FAO Schwarz. The now homeless toy store was just a week away from closing on a new space at Paramount Groupโ€™s 2.5-million-square-foot office tower at 1633 Broadway, before it all fell apart.

A source close to the negotiations told the New York Observer that the 40,000-square-foot space at 1633 Broadway has returned to the market with an asking price of $4 million.

Last month, FAO Schwarz left its longtime home in the General Motors Building at 767 Fifth Avenue. It isnโ€™t yet clear why the lease deal fell apart. [NYO] โ€“Christopher Cameron [NYO] โ€“”

If FAO can’tย find any permanent home sometime soon, less likely we are going to experience again the famous BIG PIANO, the humungous stuffed animals that are only unique to FAO, and no more selfies or wefies or laughing with the toy soldiers. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Last month I had the chance to visit FAO for two days (including the night they closed on 7/15/15) and took tons of pictures and also mingled with the employees and the customers. It’s been a month since the closing and every time I pass by the now-closed store, I feel sad literally because the iconic toy store is no longer there and it kinda proves prediction that more kids are going to be ignoring ‘real toy’ and devote themselves to tablets and digital toys.

Even though there are already plenty of posts or news about FAO’s closing, I’d like to share what I have captured with you!

11061967_10206600059375891_1163266695691652070_o

I love Giraffe in general and only at FAO I could find this huge almost life sized giraffe.

 

11070169_10206599053030733_7369627760520796448_o

This beautiful Tiger costs a fortune but the craftsmanship is undoubtedly the best!

 

11161688_10206600031255188_7154704942597520502_o

This orangutan probably saying: “I am so tired already I feel like going somewhere.”

 

11235803_10206599053230738_6065955660072905930_o

10986521_10206599132152711_6530956536239470665_o

For Lego fans out there… (yea you can still find these at their Lego’s store)

 

11696385_10206599128752626_7314103064031347200_o

11707686_10206599131192687_8442314678185872710_o

1898874_10206600025135035_7422341829372487522_o

So surreal! ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t afford them tho ๐Ÿ˜›

 

11709942_10206599395119285_7613532673973354547_o

Barbie seems so yesterday if you can afford these dolls!

 

11709999_10206600025575046_3257975667188637167_o

With such detail and design, this Isaac Mizrahi doll is more than a doll — it’s a work of art!

 

11713832_10206600026935080_5709903082700211597_o

Another Isaac Mizrahi doll that costs pretty much a new Louis Vuitton speedy bag! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

11722175_10206599390479169_2832929216485451491_o

Anybody want to take a ride?!

 

11731606_10206599053750751_925384979927044918_o

And who could even forget this piano from Tom Hanks’ BIG movie?!

 

11722272_10206599053110735_20239855124515568_o

Taken on 7/14/15. Kinda crowded that day consider every body was trying to get the receipt from FAO or at least a FAO shopping bag.

 

10696181_10206600053535745_2756281540258043641_n

Selfie (or wefie) with one of the Toy Soldier. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

11696026_10206600053895754_6503433493560809085_n

11745906_10206600053255738_4981527329109364683_n

11731619_10206600033575246_2422041509646385175_o

The announcement that left every toy fans sad and crushed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

11696603_10206600059895904_3845551909918071099_o

Goodbye Toy Soldiers! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ dunno when we’re gonna be able to see you guys around again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

11728782_10206600059255888_6288723862906429422_o

And… officially closed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

11754753_10206600060575921_6926400380366737766_o

GOODBYE ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

Yes, there is still www.fao.com to shop but…

It is an online shop.

I can’t touch or feel or experience the same thing.

I feel lost. Like sometimes the website or connection may experience crash or tech difficulties.

I can no longer wander around and just enjoy being a young at heart without even purchasing anything.

No more goofing around with the Toy Soldiers.

And so on, and so on…

P.S.: I bought something special for my boo and I the day it closed. boo loved it, i loved it. I will try to share them with you.

Goodbye FAO Schwarz. Hopefully you will find a new home soon!

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

When Feeling Special: Barn Joo

If you are in the mood to have Korean food, then most likely you are going to think those Korean restaurants in Koreatown, Manhattan or those that are located in Flushing, Queens. Or sometimes you will think of that fusion Korean BBQ place with those a-lot-of-branches-here-and-there place. (it starts with the letter G lol).

But to think of such place near Flatiron/Union Square/Madison Square Park district? Probably not.

Well, apparently there is a Korean joint near Flatiron and it did not disappoint at all. Meet Barn Joo.

Barn Joo is a Korean restaurant / bar that claims itself only uses the best local ingredients for all of their food selections. I happened to find this artsy yet amazing place by accident with Google (all hail Mr. Google I guess LOL) and asked boo whether he wanted to try it or not. It was Saturday afternoon when I asked him and he was contemplating because he was not going to be out of work until 4PM. I followed my gut and i booked reservation through opentable for the 9PM one. Lo and behold, MTA always messed up weekend transportation so I had to change it into 9.30 PM one. We were still around downtown Manhattan when the time was already 9.25 and I began to panic. Boo calmed me down yet I could not calm down. We got off at 23rd St station at around 9.40 ish and immediately rushed to Barn Joo. Thank God that they were very accommodating and we were seated right away.

image-30-07-15-08-32-4

The interior of Barn Joo. dominated with woods and candles. If you like taking selfies then this is not the right place for you.

The photos that I took explained a why I did not take a lot of pictures at Barn Joo during dinner time. Perhaps next time I should just bring my DSLR. But yeah, that sums up how dark and poorly lighted this place was. (romantic though ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

image-30-07-15-08-32-5

There is a moon on top of the ceiling. LOL

We scanned their menu and my eyes immediately looked at their selection of pancakes. They have kimchi, scallion, and seafood pancakes. Since boo is a devout fan of kimchi so he decided to choose kimchi while I chose the scallion one.

image-30-07-15-08-32

Kimchi pancake. $13.ย pulled pork, serrano pepper, chopped kimchi

 

image-30-07-15-08-32-1

Scallion pancake. $16. baby greens, green beans, zucchini, mushrooms.

 

Boo tasted the kimchi while I tasted my scallion pancake. Result: oh my, we definitely LOVED those pancakes; especially my scallion pancakes. It was so damn delicious (well tbh all Korean pancakes are delicious anyway) but what makes it even more interesting is that they put a generous amount of arugula on top. I loved arugula and by eating it with a slice of pancake and the sauce, it created such harmony and sensation that i could not even describe. I also loved the fact that they were not stingy with the filling — zucchini in a pancake?! damn Barn Joo, you knew me that well! ๐Ÿ˜‰ As for the kimchi, well I thought it was delicious too but I loved my scallion better. I’m sorry boo (:P) but boo said he really liked the kimchi one — a little bit spicy but it tasted just right.

image-30-07-15-08-32-2

Bulgogi pot with rice and salad. $18.

We decided to order the bulgogi pot with rice and salad to share. The bulgogi did not disappoint either. The juicy thinly sliced beefs cooked in perfection and with that generous amount of scallion on top — we were in heaven for sure. We also loved the rice that they served together with the bulgogi. According to the menu listed on their website, they also served five grain rice for $3 extra. I am not sure if our rice was the five grain one or just regular brown rice but it tasted different and delicious! The salad was just okay imo, just a regular green salad with Asian vinaigrette dressing.

image-30-07-15-08-32-3

Our highlight of the night: BJ Wings in garlic soy sauce ๐Ÿ™‚ $13 for 6 wings.

Seriously speaking, I was a devoted fan of BonChon for Korean Fried Chicken (nope, not that junk KFC that we know LOL) but after I tasted BJ wings at Barn Joo then I can honestly say that I have found a new place for my wings. The soy garlic sauce that marinated those wings tasted so finger licking damn good I felt that it was not fair they only gave 6 instead of 12 wings. ๐Ÿ˜› Unfortunately, we were not allowed to mix flavors for the wings so that’s kinda a bummer for us that night. The wings were also cooked in perfection — crisp and juicy and definitely much much better than regular American chicken wings ๐Ÿ˜‰

image-30-07-15-08-32-6

TED with SOJU LOL ๐Ÿ˜›

As much as I loved Barn Joo and their foods, I do not think I will be a regular at this place consider the price points they put for all of their foods and drinks. I mean, their small appetizer bites started at $10 with the exception of fries or kimchi pickles and if you are super hungry and wanted to eat a lot of wings then you should order at least two portions of their BJ wings. The pancakes are also in the expensive side as well because normally you can get the same type of pancakes at most of the restaurants in Koreatown with the same price — if not cheaper than Barn Joo. Nevertheless, Barn Joo can be your other alternatives if you want to have a delicious Korean dinner while enjoying its’ unique ambiance and decor it offers; especially if you are already tired with the regular Koreatown restaurants and bars.

Barn Joo
Address: 893 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003
Phone: 646-398-9663
Hours: starts open from 12 noon till midnight or 1AM for weekends.
Nearest Transit: 23rd St N,R trains (close by), 23rd St F,M trains (walking distances), M5 bus and also other MTA buses, also 23rd St PATH in walking distances.

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

When In Doubt: Kulu Desserts

As I have said many times on some of my posts, I do not have sweet tooth. My taste bud for desserts is quite limited to certain area. For instance, if I am dining at a fancy restaurant and their desserts menu are dominated with cakes and a limited selection of sorbets or gelatos then I will definitely choose the sorbet/gelato in a heart beat. To me, a definition of dessert would be something that is cold and should not be too full and make me gag afterwards.

Don’t blame me, God created me like that. LOL. And yes, I still love tiramisu — just very picky in this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, boo and I were discussing about Asian desserts at one point while we were having dinner at this hip Korean place (the post will be made asap) and his search led us to this place called KULU. Long story short, KULU has two branches in both Brooklyn and Queens.ย They are scheduled to open new branch in Manhattan sometime soon (according to their website). Since we were hanging out in Brooklyn that particular Sunday so we decided to try KULU at their Brooklyn branch.

The place itself was kinda small with limited numbers of seating and tables but most of the patrons bought the desserts to go. We happened to get the adjacent table next to the kitchen so we could see how they prepared some of the desserts. Basically, you order your dessert and pay then wait for your number to be called. We ordered coconut pudding with red bean and snowy durian.

image-30-07-15-08-32-7

Coconut pudding with red bean and snowy durian

 

image-30-07-15-08-32-8

Snowy durian which was indeed snowy and delicious!

 

image-30-07-15-08-32-9

Coconut pudding with red bean. The red bean was so fresh and yummy!

 

First we tried the snowy durian. Boo was not that familiar with durian fruit and its’ taste so I gave him a chance to taste it first. He actually liked it although I told him that durian fruit itself is supposed to be very stinky but he did not mind. I tried the durian custard and it was just the perfect dose of sweetness. I mean yeah durian itself is sweet but it was just right. It also had two scoops of vanilla ice cream which makes it even better. We already ate dinner before so by the time we finished this one, we were already full. So if you go here alone and want to get a fulfilling dessert then you can try this snowy durian.

The coconut pudding with red bean was also refreshing and delicious. Boo is a fan of red bean and he could not be happier with this dessert. I mean, I like red bean too but I would not call myself a fan tho ๐Ÿ˜› beneath those red beans, lies the coconut pudding itself which did not disappoint either. The coconut tasted just like coconut without any additional sugar and it went well with the red bean.

I forgot the price but I believe I paid less than $20 for both of the desserts. Definitely cheaper than let’s say Lady M mille crepes LOL. Depends on how you budget your desserts but if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind dessert that can satisfy both your wallet and your mouth then KULU might be your new dessert place to go. ๐Ÿ™‚

For KULU menu:ย http://kuludesserts.com/menu.html

For KULU locations:ย http://kuludesserts.com/location.html

KULU desserts (Brooklyn)
Address: 806 62nd Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220
Phone: 718-680-2818
E-mail: kuludesserts@gmail.com
Hours: Mon-Thur 12PM-12AM, Fri-Sat 12PM-2AM, Sun 12PM-12AM
Nearest Transit: 8TH Avenue N train (close by), Fort Hamilton Parkway N train (walking distances), B70 bus (close by), B16 bus (walking distances)

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚