After finally watching the Shanghai episode of Parts Unknown Season 4, I was craving for noodles and dumplings. The next day, after work, I trekked out to Flushing for spicy wontons at White Bear and spicy beef noodle soup at Spicy & Tasty. Both were satisfying, especially the bowl of noodles at Spicy & Tasty. I haven’t been in a while but it’s just as good as last time.
Spicy & Tasty, 39-07 Prince St, Flushing, NY
Brooklyn is becoming THE destination for barbecue. We have Hometown, BrisketTown, Mighty Quinn, Fletcher’s, Morgan’s, Mable’s, Fette Sau, Arrogant Swine, Dinosaur, Hill Country, The Smoke Joint, Beast of Bourbon, Humo, and Lonestar Empire. And now add Pig Beach, a summer pop-up next to The Green Building in Gowanus, to the list. Pig Beach is a combination of Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe (run by Shane McBride of Balthazar) and Salty Rinse BBQ (run by Rob Shawger and Ed McFarland of Ed’s Lobster and Matt Abdoo of Del Posto).
Yeah, you’re probably thinking, hm….the Gowanus. YEP! The Pig Beach is literally right next to the Gowanus Canal, hopefully the smell of barbecue will overcome the funky canal smell during peak summer time. With that aside, the space is spacious and more importantly, the meats are gooooooood!
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Couple weeks ago, I was home in LA and I decided to go on a taco crawl. It’s been a while since I did one and so to celebrate this occasion, I asked the people at Saveur if I can takeover their Instagram account for the crawl. They said yes! So from 11am till 4pm, on a Friday, I drove all over LA taking photos of tacos and eating tacos.
Above images: I started the crawl with 2 crispy shrimp tacos ($2 each) at Mariscos Jalisco, a Jonathan Gold approved taco truck. The tacos were glorious! Filled to the max with shrimp. Messy and delicious. Then it was steak and uni with smoked soy sauce taco ($8) at the Guerrilla Tacos truck in front of Blacktop Coffee. This was pretty good, interesting combination and actually wouldn’t mind eating an uni taco minus the steak.
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Oh, hello there. It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog, I know. It’s been since August, you say? Seems like time has been going by very quickly. In truth I’ve been very busy at work, and I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Lucky for me I recently took a few trips to the Chinese food courts in Flushing, where I got some really amazing food. Here’s the best of what I had during my recent trips. At the Golden Shopping Mall, a warren of narrow stalls with almost no English menus, I got the bowl of food you see above from what I think is the Chengdu Heaven stall. I got two different dishes — cold strips of cooked potato, seasoned with vinegar and chilies, and a seaweed salad dressed with vinegar and sesame oil.
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It’s the end of the year and you know what that means….time to celebrate the best of 2014! This year, I was invited to Thrillist’s ‘Fest of the Best’ event in Williamsburg. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know half of the restaurants there but I was really glad I went.
The winning best of the best restaurant went to Bacchanal. Their confit lamb shoulder was amazing……it was so amazing that I went back for seconds.
A close second for me were BLT Fish with their raw oysters topped with wasabi peas and nori and French Louie with their snails Merchand de Vin with Falls Mill grits. Some other great dishes that I can imagine myself eating over and over again where Emily’s smoked chicken and some really tasty sunchocke chips, Seoul Chicken’s mini fried chicken sandwiches served in Kings Hawaiian rolls (man oh man, I grew up eating Kings Hawaiian bread), Avo Toast by Two Hands because avocado toasts are so in right now, and surprisingly the warm grain and kale salad from Randolph.
Thanks Thrillist for a damn good Saturday afternoon (even though it was pouring rain) and some really great foods. Congrats to all participating restaurants for being part the best of 2014.
Photos courtesy of Kimberly Mufferi
It’s not unusual to have a 2 hour wait time for Roberta’s now. I have come to accept this. It’s a lot easier to deal with the wait with the bar in the back. Also they are offering the full menu in the garden, which you order at the bar and grab a seat at any of the tables.
But! Roberta’s recently opened a takeout & delivery spot next to the restaurant. There’s no line, no waiting (except for your pizza to be made), and the great thing is, you can take it over to their garden. Besides a full pizza menu, they also have baked goods, sandwiches, fried chicken, and breakfast items. This might actually make me go to Roberta’s more often…at least I have to go back for the fried chicken.
– Roberta’s, 261 Moore St. Bushwick, Brooklyn
Of course a trip back home wouldn’t be complete without eating some tacos. Few people and couple websites pointed me to Guisados. They recently opened one in DTLA and lucky for me, I was there to check out the Big Gay Ice Cream LA shop.
I guess I should’ve done my homework before going to Guisados. Apparently, the better deal for first timers is to get the platter. It’s a platter of 6 small tacos which is great to get a feel of the place. Instead, I walked up to the counter and got a steak picado, chicken mole poblano, fish, and chicharron.
Let’s start with the not so great and meh. I did not like the chicharron (pork rinds simmered in chile verde) taco. When you think chicharron, you think crunchy and crispy. The chicharron at Guisados was soft because if I had done my homework again I would’ve known that they basically braise and simmer all their taco fillings. Slippery pork skin is not good eats to me. The pescado (grilled fish) taco was alright. I really think that, when it comes to fish tacos, the fish needs to be fried or else it sort of gets lost.
Oh man, but the steak picado and chicken mole poblano tacos were pretty darn good. Great flavors and texture, could’ve eaten 2 more of those.
The corn tortillas were tasty and thicker than the usual tortillas and I really liked that.
My sister told me that they have beef tendon tacos which I want to try, next time I’m home.
Guisados, locations in DTLA, Boyle Heights, and Echo Park Los Angeles