Joe’s Of Avenue U

If you can get past the inscribed date on the photos then go ahead and read my thoughts. Yes, this post had been in my drafts folder for almost a year. March (take a look at the date) is not too far off, right?

I remember so well how this day was one of those stressful and nail biting kind of day. So having a foodie for a husband, he suggested that we should go for brunch and off we went.

Nothing fancy (we both wanted pancakes), nothing unusual – until I heard my husband ordered fries with gravy. Yes, you read that right! Hove you tried this combo yourself? I wonder if you find it appealing or appetizing at all but my foodie husband loved it. I had a few and I must admit that there was ‘something to it‘.

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

Then dinner time came and because it was a very stressful day, we found more reason to take in more calories by dining at Joe’s of Avenue U, a local landmark in the neighborhood featuring traditional Palermo-style cuisine in bright, no-nonsense digs replete with murals.

We’ve never tried dining here before, it was our first time and it did not disappoint. If you love traditional Italian food, this is a must-dine resto. The waitstaff were so pleasant and more than willing to please. Service was impeccable but you know the typical ‘sound’ in an authentic Italian restaurant – it was a bit loud but the delicious food more than made up for it.

joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

Fuciaana Asian Food And Crystal Grill

A new restaurant discovery is always welcome for a foodie like my husband. A couple of months ago while driving in search of another BP Gas Station, we came across Fuciaana, an Asian fusion restaurant. Right away after we filled up Sexie’s tank, we found ourselves dining there for the first time. Just show me an A Rating (NYC Sanitation Grade) right by the restaurant door, and we’re in.

The restaurant is not that big, but it can probably seat at least 60. It’s well decorated and has nice ambience. It pays that the Maitre d’ was very attentive, and being that he must have noticed that we were first time diners, he spent quite a good amount of time chatting with us. It was also nice playing around with their electronic menu on a tablet.

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

Food was good. We were more than pleased. The service was impeccable. From the first bite, we knew this restaurant was a keeper. I fact, we have been there for the second time already and the food was consistently good.

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

Pho Hoai : Back To Back

I don’t deny the fact that we are creatures of habit. That is also evident in our choice of food, although, we are very adventurous in trying new cuisines to.

Looking into my EHD, I realized one thing. We had dinner back to back at Pho Hoai, a Vietnamese restaurant in Bay Ridge. I’ve always loved Vietnamese food, but my husband had been only into it after we got married. That’s probably the Asian in me. I’m just glad though that he has officially embraced my penchant for this cuisine.

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

Vietnamese dishes are very wholesome and light. I can keep eating the same dish over and over again. My first try at eating a Vietnamese sandwich at a resto called Pho Bac in Glorietta Makati when I was still living in Manila saw me wanting to run out the door. But over time, I acquired the taste and finally loved everything about Vietnamese cuisine. At Pho Hoai if you’re ever in the area, you should not miss that watercress dish. If you’re vegan, you can make a dinner out of it :-)
pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

The Convert

Mexican cuisine is beginning to agree with my palate, as well as the husband. The good thing about us is that we are willing to try and try. And we keep trying (more than enough) until we finally make a decision.

The most that I can take was tacos in the old days. All that has changed the past year or so because I was willing to expand my horizon and I didn’t give up on it. Now, I can take anything Mexican for as long as the spicy seasoning is tempered. My husband seem to have embraced the same path.

It was the last Saturday of summer when we tried Ay Caramba! one more time. I wanted to bid adieu to summer while I was clad in pink almost from head to toe, and these magnetic copper bracelets. It turned out to be one great dining experience, never mind that I was once a Mexican food snob.

This quaint Mexican resto in Hewlett has regular diners that they seem to be so comfy with the wait staff. We’ll probably get to that level if we keep going. However, the resto is not really that close to home although, we frequent the area because we’ve grown to love the Five Towns in Long Island.

If you think orange and red does not exactly match – think again. I love the execution!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

I’m sure this is just the beginning of more dining trips to this restaurant. We’ll just have to wait awhile though. As you may have surmised, Mr. Winter did an early appearance this season and it sure puts a damper to our mobility.

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

ay caramba!

Shinjuku Restaurant

One weekend, we found ourselves undecided what type of food we wanted to feast on. The creatures of habit that we are, we agreed to go for Japanese food. The bigger issue though was, which restaurant do we head to?

We have our permanent must-go-to restos for each cuisine. But every once in a while we check out new places and the adventurous duo that we are, we always try new ones with the end in mind – so we have more resto options.

Shinjuku is relatively new. That evening it was bustling with patrons. The interior of the resto is nothing spectacular but I must say that the service was really good. However, we were not that pleased with the food.

Remember now, husband and I love Japanese food so much that if it’s permissible we can eat this type of food everyday. Without having to be that specific, we both agreed that this was the first and the last time we’re dining there. Something is missing. We just couldn’t pinpoint what it is.

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

shinjuku japanese restaurant

Change In Food Preference

Thai cuisine alongside with Japanese cuisine are two of our most favored type of  food. Admittedly however, there was a point in time when we just kept dining at Italian restaurants. That was early on into our marriage. Blame it on my husband’s preference at that time.

Through the years, slowly but surely, his palate and food preference changed. I must say, it may have been from my own influence but I can’t say that it was imposed on him. Nowadays, Vietnamese cuisine is also highly favored.

Not too long ago, we went to Seeda Thai Restaurant. This quaint restaurant, though the menu is not that vast in comparison with other Thai restos that we’ve been to, my husband and I have identified several dishes on the menu that we keep going back to for more over and over again. Predictable? Yes we are! At the time when we dined, I failed to capture what was served on our table but the following shots were taken during an earlier dinner date.

seeda thai

seeda thai

seeda thai

seeda thai

seeda thai

seeda thai

Sound Matters

Do you have any idea what Mackie Speakers are?

I know nowadays, it’s mortal sin to be ignorant but I still find myself having no clue at some things sometimes. Hence, particularly with this speaker, I had to research about it online and what have I got?

I found out that they come in many different types, powered or unpowered, high definition, 3-way, portable and many more. I didn’t realize how much choices the music aficionados have in their hands when it comes to speakers.

While I’m sure all of the different types emit good sound, in the ears of a discerning musician there is a big difference on the kind of sound that each produce.