The Time I Tried Fish Sperm Sacs at Wabi Sabi

I’m not going to lie, when we first moved to New Jersey from New York City, I was sad … about the food. There is no match — food-wise, that is — from Manhattan, where we first lived together as a foodie couple, and Brooklyn, where we were living before having the baby and becoming…

Discovering The Noble East

For Jesse’s birthday, we spontaneously discovered The Noble East in Upper Montclair while taking a drive. We had heard that it opened, but we didn’t know what to expect. Many Chinese eateries are scattered around the area, but hardly any of them are proper for a “sit down.” Most are takeout joints that have “the usual”…

Decadence at Littleneck

Here’s what we ordered: New England Clam Chowder (pictured below, how could you not?!) and Brussel Sprouts and Squid (pictured above) to start. By the way, they did not skimp on the calamari like many restaurants do — it was about 65/35 with crunchy and grilled squid taking the lead over the brussel sprouts. For…

Amazing Find: The Chocolate Room

While exploring Park Slope one day after a much-needed haircut, I came across The Chocolate Room. From the outside, one might assume it’s just a shop that sells chocolate truffles, but when you walk in, you’ll quickly realize it’s a cafe — the no-fuss, easygoing kind where you can sit for hours enjoying a cup…

The Life-Altering Chef’s Table at Manila Social Club

Jesse and I have been going to Manila Social Club for brunch ever since they opened. And by default, every time we go, we Instagram a photo or two of what we consumed. I mean, how could you not? The food is just THAT pretty. From tocino to eggplant torta, from longanisa hash to avocado tempura,…

Best Thai Food in Brooklyn @ Song

Same owners as Joya in Carroll Gardens, we gave Song a shot now that we’re Park Slope residents. We feared, what if it’s not as good as Joya? It is, after all, not the original restaurant. To our surprise, the food was just as delicious and the menu is pretty much identical. We started with…

The Inventive Filipino Menu at Manila Social Club

The photos above were shot over the course of a month. I’ve been to Manila Social Club (a new Filipino-inspired restaurant) a total of three times and I haven’t been disappointed yet. So far, I’ve tried three different entrees; here’s a ranking of them in order of faves: tortang talong (eggplant omelet), pork tocino, grilled…

Saturday Shopping & Shake Shack

After a morning of shopping at Target and Uniqlo, we discovered NO LINES at Shake Shack near Barclay’s. And that’s all there was to it. When there’s no waiting at a Shake Shack — hungry or not — you eat Shake Shack. Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Shake Shack 170 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn

Nathan’s Hot Dogs at Coney Island

Today, Jesse and I did a very bad thing. We cheated on our Isagenix cleanse and we cheated in the worst way possible… with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. But my goodness, it — I mean they — were worth every bite, every calorie. Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Nathan’s Famous Coney Island, Brooklyn

Farm-to-Table Eats at Applewood

Pictured above from top: crispy braised New Hampshire pork belly, rabbit confit, yellow beet salad, roast chicken with vegetables and apple crisp with butterscotch ice cream. You’ll loved the ambiance of this farm-to-table restaurant. Combined with the top-notch service and clean, organic dishes, it has snagged a spot in our “Top 3 Restaurants in Park…

The Best Sushi in Midtown Can Be Found at …

… Sushi Den on 49th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Get the spicy crunch roll, you won’t be disappointed. I’m dreaming about the day to go here and do Omakase. Jesse and I will have save that for a special occasion. It’s ultimately dangerous having this restaurant so close to my office because I’m…

Italian Courses at Bar Tano in Gowanus

Jesse and I met up with Brandon for a late Friday dinner at Bar Tano, merely a handful of short blocks away from our new hood. We are still exploring the eateries in town and though many are “confused” by what Gowanus has to offer, this Italian restaurant was a pleasant surprise (and moderately priced)….

Paellas for Brunch at Socarrat

Four small plates and two paellas were more than enough for Jesse, Billy, Jeremy and me. We ordered the “gambas al ajillo” (bottom right), “datiles” (top center), “patatas bravas” (not pictured) and “pimientos del padron” (bottom left) to start. Then along came the “langosta paella” (left; which had a WHOLE lobster, calamari, shrimp, scallops and…

Celebrating with Our Besties at West Bank Cafe

So excited for Steve and Brandon’s new fab apartment in Hell’s Kitchen; we went to West Bank Cafe (which is a couple of blocks away) to celebrate! It was our first time at this joint and my first observation: the name definitely does not match the food or the ambiance. Sure, they have “the usual”…

A Perfect Filipino Dinner at Jeepney

As a thank you for watching our little Franklin while we were in Thailand, Jesse and I treated Stephanie to a Filipino dinner at Jeepney gastropub in the East Village. Not your ordinary Filipino dinner though, I ordered sweetbread sinangag (bottom right), longanisa with coconut rice (bottom left), while Stephanie got the snapper special and…

Food Venture: Eating Our Way Through Bangkok, Thailand

For the past 8 days, we hit Bangkok, Thailand! Let’s start with room service. Upon arriving around midnight in Bangkok, our go-to meal was no other than in-room dining. We ordered pad thai (what else would you order for your first meal in Thailand?!) with prawns and sticky rice with mango. Both were EXCELLENT choices….

Unbelievable Tacos at Taco Santo

Little by little, we are starting to make our way through Park Slope via food. This food-venture was sparked by a suggestion from two of our besties, Steve and Brandon. Last night, they were going to a Brooklyn “show,” which will later be revealed as a Sarah McLachlan concert. (Ha!) The story goes as follows……

Brunch at TALDE — Finally!

We’ve finally made it here! Brunch at TALDE proved to be a treat. Fronted by Top Chef‘s Dale Talde, this 65-seat restaurant has a really warm feel thanks to the Asian antique mahogany wood-carvings that graced the walls. We ordered the Japanese scallion pancake (a special for the day), which tasted like a deconstructed spicy…

Valentine’s Day Lunch at Gotham West Market’s Cannibal

For Valentine’s Day, we met up with friends for brunch at Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen. With all of the different food options, it was hard to choose. You can spend an hour just trying to decide what to order. This time around, I opted for Cannibal Dogs 2.0 at Cannibal — and how…

First Brunch in Our New Hood: Juventino

Obsessed. We have been living in Park Slope (err Gowanus) for a little less than two weeks. It was time to invite our Hells Kitchen brunch crew to our new Brooklyn hood for some good eats. After a little investigation on Yelp, we discovered Juventino, a small spot on 5th avenue that apparently was all…

Taste of Autumn at La Bergamote in Hell’s Kitchen

If you ever find yourself Midtown West, we suggest you brunch or lunch at La Bergamote, located on 52nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. The steak sandwich is mouth-watering and you can’t go wrong with a classic bowl of French onion soup. Ask about the soup of the day — if it’s mushroom, cauliflower…

Afternoon Eats in Cubacan During Our Weekend Getaway in Asbury Park, NJ

WOW — we couldn’t believe how delicious these little bites were. We arrived in Asbury Park today for our anniversary weekend getaway. Starving, we dropped off our bags at our hotel (the iconic Empire Hotel) and headed straight for the boardwalk, just across the street. We went to Cubacan, I discovered shisito peppers and now…

Duo of Rice Bowls at Totto Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen

Hooray! Another Totto Ramen opened up on the corner of our block so we don’t have to wait hours to eat at the first one just one block away. It seems that Hell’s Kitchen is becoming a ramen haven — with Ippudo,  Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop and Terakawa nearby in addition to the two Tottos….

Lunch at Delmonico’s Kitchen in Midtown for Brandon’s Birthday

At Brandon’s request for his birthday, we went to Delmonico’s Kitchen midtown for lunch. Three of us — Brandon, Jesse and I — ordered the Delmonico Steak for $48 each, while Brandon’s friends got chicken and fish (I think??). The steak was tender and delicious, cooked perfectly… but quite large. We had leftovers, that Jesse…

Trip Back in Time at Clydz in New Brunswick, NJ

I took Jesse to my old stomping ground: New Brunswick, NJ, where I went to college. For dinner, we went to Clydz, one of my old hangouts. I recall my friends and I going there before or after “clubbing” to have the most amazing martinis and little bites. Memories! For Jesse’s and my Clydz adventure,…

Our Rehearsal Dinner Appetizers One Year Later

Today, we went to a casting interview located in the Financial District for an HGTV show. When we got out — around 4 p.m. — there was no question about it, we would have happy hour at Trinity Place, the restaurant we had our rehearsal dinner at. That night, all of our guests — our…