The Foodie Duos: Goes Ice Skating

Hi y’all,

just a short video of what we did last Saturday. 🙂

Yours Truly 🙂

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QMOTD: Naruto Ramen

First of all, let me be clear that I am not a competitive eater like that Japanese girl who could easily finish 4 to 5 lbs of noodles. However, I am a woman who enjoys eating noodle (any type) more than grain. So if you are on a diet, I apologize in advance as this post will definitely ruin your diet and appetite.

I was not sure whether I wanted to go to Halal Guys for their lamb over rice or just grab a quick bite of salad to go at Whole Foods but then I realized one thing: I have been wanting to go to Naruto Ramen for quite some time especially after I saw their ad on Chopsticks magazine. So I dragged my lazy butt and took the 1 train all the way to 100th street (despite the rain, yes I hate the rain with passion). As soon as I got in, this friendly waitress greeted me and told me I could sit wherever I want.

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Nice painting of a Japanese girl

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you can choose the table or the bar seating

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condiments: fried garlic, rayu (chilli oil), togarashi pepper, sesame oil, and sriracha look a like sauce

 

I have heard about the level 5 hell ramen contest held by this place and was wondering about it. I told the waitress that I wanted the spicy mega naruto ramen and asked about the level of spiciness they offered. unfortunately, the contest thing is only for the kimchi ramen. however, if for instance, the spicy naruto is not that spicy for my taste bud then I can order extra chilli flakes if I want to. She also mentioned that mega ramen portion is twice as big as the regular one but I told her it won’t be a problem. I ordered that and patiently waited for my bowl.

And boy, it was indeed HUGE!

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Spicy Mega Naruto Ramen

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This is BIG! $16

 

Name? Naruto Ramen (Upper West Side branch)

Where? 2634 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025 (nearest transit: 103rd ST 1 Train, M104 bus)

Hours: Mon – Sun 12PM – 11PM

Type: ramen, Japanese appetizers: gyoza, fried rice, edamame, quick Japanese food

$ meter: $-$$

Reservation: No

Extra notes: credit card accepted (with a minimum purchase), good for parties of 2-4, limited table seating, bar type seating, fast service

What I ordered? Spicy Mega Naruto Ramen

To Sum Up: So basically, I had the ramen like 5 hours ago and I still feel full as I am typing this one. The ramen consists of one full tamago (egg), minced pork, roast pork meat, chili flakes, scallion, onion, bean sprouts, cabbages, nori, bamboo shoots, naruto maki, and of course the springy chewy curly noodle itself. The broth based I believe was more of a shoyu type of broth but very flavorful. the waitress came back and asked about the taste, I told her I should be okay by now I do not need any more chili. to be honest, it did not really taste spicy at all however consider I want to finish the whole bowl then I tried not to add anymore condiments. the noodle was like I said, the curly type — of which I like. the egg was done right, the pork itself was delicious — just tender and juicy. and for those who love bean sprouts and cabbages: say no more! you will be thankful because they added plenty of them in my bowl.

Conclusion: hearty portion, fast and attentive service, I will definitely be back!

Yours Truly 🙂

QMOTD: Otafuku x Medetai

So originally I wanted to go to Sons of Thunder for their poke but that stupid 6 train bypassed 33rd ST for no reason. I transferred to the R train at Union Square and I got off at 8TH ST NYU. From there, I let both my feet took me wherever they wanted to go to. as soon as I stopped in front of Otafuku, I knew I had to get in. I mean kinda funny tho, I have been wanting to go to Otafuku for quite some time. 😉

Name? Otafuku x Medetai

Where? 220 east 9th street, New York, NY, 10003 (8Th ST NYU N/R Trains, Astor Place 6 Train)

Hours: Sun – Thur 12 PM – 10 PM, Fri – Sat 12 PM – 11 PM

Type: takoyaki, okonomiyaki, taiyaki, Japanese street foods.

$ meter: $-$$

Reservation: No

Extra notes: cash only, small place, Not good for parties over 4, two benches outside.

What I ordered? takoyaki and okonomiyaki combo. $11

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Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki combo. I chose shrimp okonomiyaki.

 

To Sum Up: I can honestly say that this is the best Takoyaki I have ever had in New York City. period. They were very generous with the filling inside the tako balls – the tako was pretty big. One portion consists of 6 tako balls and they were cooked to perfection. They were not skimpy with the bonito flakes too. As for the okonomiyaki, well I have had better okonomiyaki elsewhere so next time I will just come back for the takoyaki. Or perhaps try their yakisoba and taiyaki!

Conclusion: I will be back! 😀

Yours Truly 🙂

The Foodie Duos: Valentine’s Day 2016

Hello!

How’s your Valentine’s Day y’all?

This year, BB and CC decided to celebrate V-Day a little bit different. Because of the frigid cold weather, they stayed home on February 14th but they went to dinner and show on the 13th. 🙂

TFD was in the mood for Cuban food so they went to Guantanamera on 56th and 8th for some delicious Cuban feast. They had chicken croquettes for appetizer, Seafood paella for entrée, and also ordered a nice Mojito! After dinner, they went to Marquis Theatre to watched On Your Feet the Broadway musical! Talked about going Cuban all night long!

Then on V-Day, they stayed home with the folks and enjoyed nice cupcakes, mille crepes, tea, and also a bottle of Dolcetto wine!

Enjoy the videos and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yours Truly 🙂

Christila Watched: 140TH Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show @ MSG

This post is dedicated to all canine lovers out there 🙂

For those of you who are not that familiar with WKC dog show, click here for more information.

WKC is one of the oldest dog show that still run up to this date. According to what the host said when I watched this at Madison Square Garden, it is one of the oldest animal-related show in the United States after Kentucky Darby. I had the pleasure of watching this live 3 years ago when Banana Joe the Affenpinscher won Best In Show. If you scroll through my channel, you will find videos that I filmed with my G12.

This year, I only attended the Tuesday show on 2/16/16. I have persuaded BB to actually go on the Monday show one but he said he’d rather just chill and relax at home during President’s Day. We eventually watched the Monday show on TV. The Tuesday show judged 3 groups and also crowned Best In Show winner. The groups were Working, Sporting, and Terrier. If you think that witnessing dogs being judged is an easy peasy task, think again! I could tell from the judge’s expression that it was such a tough competition that night, consider all the 7 winners from each group were so terrific! In the end, only 1 could be the Best In Show. Congratulation to CJ the German Shorthaired Pointer for winning Best In Show. And congratulation to Valerie-Nunes Atkinson as the owner and handler of CJ. CJ is truly a magnificent dog!

Say no more, enjoy the videos!

Happy watching! I’ll see you on my other post! 😉

Yours Truly 🙂

The Foodie Duos: Lunar New Year Dinner Special

So sometime two weeks ago BB and CC celebrated Lunar/Chinese New Year in BK. CC was not in the mood for traveling that far therefore she suggested dining somewhere closer to home. She told BB that if by any chance GSH was packed or full, then she would consider finding a seafood place around Borough Park or Bensonhurst or Bath Beach.

Luckily, her favorite restaurant was quite empty.

Off they went to Grand Sichuan House (again) for dinner.

Since LNY fell on Monday and both parties had work/school related thing to do during that day so CC decided to celebrate it on Saturday. they ordered scrumptious selection of food — representing the land, the sea, and of course the plants 🙂

Both felt full afterwards and could not be happier 😀

Yours Truly 🙂

The Foodie Duos: Desserts at Caffe Bene

Some of the readers from Asian countries and even America are probably aware of Caffe Bene already so I won’t be writing too much around here. Just wanna share the dessert that we got at Caffe Bene branch in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Caffe Bene.
http://www.caffebeneusa.com/menu/

$ meter: $-$$
Nearest transit (Bensonhurst location): 18TH Avenue N Train
P.S.: please check on Caffe Bene website for the locations near you.

Yours Truly 🙂