Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dumpling Cafe in Boston's Chinatown District

I've been researching possible destinations for our next adventure and China keeps coming up.  Sure, there's the Great Wall of China, Jiuzhaigou, and the Forbidden City...but I think the foodie in me is more interested in the local Chinese cuisine. I'm not talking about lo mein, pork fried rice or general gau chicken (after all, we all know that's American Chinese food... right? ) 

I'm intrigued by the handmade fresh dumplings and wontons and this Xi'an Dumpling Banquet that I keep reading about. Depending on the establishment, diners pretty much feast on a beautiful assortment of 20+ varieties of veggies, meat and seafood steamed greatness.  The dumplings are locally made and served fresh. I'm already a huge fan of dim sum, I'd be in Dumpling Heaven!

Dumpling Cafe 
695 Washington Street
Chinatown Boston

Monday, September 8, 2014

Creative steamed buns at the Bao shoppe - Astoria NYC

After spending the day poolside in Brooklyn, Setha and I walked up and down the streets of Astoria in search of a place to grab a quick bite to eat.  It was a weird time to dine because it wasn't quite lunch and we would be eating dinner in 4 hours.

I told her I could go for Latin food or Asian food and she pointed out a little storefront.  She said "I think that's a Vietnamese but I don't think they have Pho or anything like that." I was so confused, how could a Vietnamese joint NOT have pho! I looked at the sign and I was sold immediately when I read the word "Bao" on the sign that said the Bao Shoppe.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mama's Empanadas

Who doesn't love empanadas? These delicious snack pastry with meat filling will always have a place in my heart whether we are in Costa Rica, Mexico, New York City or even Lowell!

Mama's Empandas Astoria NY

I arrived to NYC late last Friday night for Setha's bachelorette party.  By the time I got settled into her apartment, it was close to midnight.  We were too tired, hot and sticky to go bar hopping.  We walked around Queens for a bit to look for a place that was open for a bite to eat.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Emerald Rose in Billerica

Located in Billerica, Emerald Rose serves a wide variety of food for lunch, dinner, and as well as a semi "late-night" menu.   On Friday's, they offer a 1 pound prime rib special.  I've never actually had it but the display (on Friday nights)  always temps me on my drive home.

The fine Irish restaurant and pub is a short 5 minute drive down 3A from work,  Although my coworkers and like the restaurant, some of us prefer Newtown's Grille lunch specials starting at $4.99 and the delicious wings!

Since it was labor day week and the "end of summer" a few of us headed to the restaurant for one last patio lunch.  School was back in session and the restaurant wasn't busy.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chau Chow City in Chinatown - Boston

Every so often, my friends and I like to venture into Boston for some Chinese grub at Chau Chow City.

Last friday, we were in the area and made plans with friends for dinner.  We started off with some drinks and a couple rounds of Scorpion bowls with the Bacardi 151 flaming in the center.

Chau Chow City Scorpion Bowl 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tapas at Masa's Woburn

I used to go to Masa's in Woburn ALL THE TIME when it first opened its doors a couple years ago. We met up with the Mo's siblings and uncle for drinks and dinner on a Tuesday night during Boston Restaurant Week.

We started off with the Tapas Combo which included 10 morsels of the tapas of the day.  Since we sat in the bar area, the plate only set us back $ 5.00 per a platter since we were dining between 5-7 PM or all day on Thursdays.  I was so excited that they had the bacon wrapped dates and ordered a couple of extra pieces at 50 cents just so I could indulge.

Masa's Woburn Tapas Combo $ 10.00 / $5.00 during Special Times

Monday, August 18, 2014

Yow Hon Cambodian Hot Pot at New Happiness Restaurant - Lowell

The Mo's uncle from out of state was in town and invited all the nephews and nieces for a family Hot Pot Yow Hon Dinner at New Happiness Restaurant in Pailin Plaza on Branch Street in Lowell.  There were almost 20 of us so we grabbed 2 tables.  I loved that the venue was BYOB and we were able to bring two magnums of wine for dinner.  During the summer, the restaurant is also open until 10:00 PM, which is really convenient for those wanting a later dinner.

We started with the fried calamari which was served with the Cambodian pickled vegetables on the side. The batter and texture was great.  It was so good, we actually ordered 4 orders of the appetizer, total.

New Happiness Restaurant Fried Calamari 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Anniversary Dinner at Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton

Oh my, how quick a year goes by! This time last year, the Mo and I were celebrating our matrimonial bliss with loves ones as we drank and danced the night away.

To celebrate our anniversary, the Mo and I made dinner plans to go to Gibbet Hill Grill, a "Farm to Fork" fine dining establishment in Groton, MA.  A few months ago, we received a very generous gift certificate from the Broads who also live in the area and recommended the unique dining venue.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Besito Mexican Restaurant - Part "Dos"

My coworkers and I anxiously awaited the opening of Besito Mexican Restaurant at the Burlington mall.  It was probably not the best idea that we went for lunch on the 2nd day the restaurant opened.  Our lunch took over an hour to prepare and we basically had to eat soggy tacos at our cube.

(What's really important to note is that the management team took really good care of us. The manager comped our meal that day and even gave us a $ 50.00 gift certificate.)  They didn't have to do that. It was really nice of them but I know that they also want to make a good impression.

Although the restaurant is located at the mall, the storefront of Besito stands out.  It's modern, elegant and beautiful.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Best Chicken Noodle Soup at David's World Famous in Woburn

One of the salesmen at the office was feeling a bit under the weather and wanted a nice bowl of chicken noodle soup for lunch.  I quickly Googled "Best Chicken Noodle Soup Burlington" and David's World Famous  in Woburn ranked at the top of my search results.

We got a bit lost getting to the eatery since it's tucked away in a heavily industrial/commercial on Commerce Way.  It was quite the "hidden gem" alright!

We arrived to a small shop with 6-7 tables and a window to place your order.  The menu featured regular deli meat lunch staples along with unique items like Chinese Duck Breast, Grilled Shrimp sandwiches and a Middle Eastern Falafel Roll-Up.  They also have Sriracha Hot Sauce as one of their "spreads". I thought that was so awesome! 

My favorite part was that they offered soup and sandwiches combos for a FRACTION of the price you would pay at Panera.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I always feel like I spend so much money at Panera. (Not that I was paying...)  At David's World Famous,  a cup of soup and 1/2 sandwich it was $ 7.45 and for a bowl of soup and 1/2 sandwich it was $ 7.95.  

The 1/2 sandwich options included:
  • Roast Beef
  • Turkey Breast
  • Caprese
  • Homemade Chicken Salad
  • Tuna Salad
Although the soup is on a rotation basis, I looked ahead for the rest of the week and it seemed to remain "Grandma's Chicken Noodle" and "New England Clam Chowder."

David's World Famous Chicken Noodle Soup
CUP $ 3.95 / Bowl $ 4.45