It was one of those days when we definitely wanted to binge eat. And there’s no better place to go to than Parkview. Definitely, this resto always delivers!
But before you say that we have the capacity to eat like p***, I have to let you know that we didn’t consume everything that was on our table. We had another dinner the following night. Our tummies were full alright, but we didn’t eat this much the next few nights hahaha.
Oh and to justify, as you can see, the choice of food is pretty decent except the three slices of cake. I wished I can say that those three slices were spared from my sweet tooth but no they were gone that same night.
I will never get tired of writing about Pho Hoai, a Vietnamese resto a few miles from where we live. We’ve been coming here for years and all of the time that we dined here, we’ve always been satisfied and content.
There’s nothing not to love about Vietnamese food. It’s probably in the spices, seasonings and herbs that they incorporate in their dishes. No matter how simple the dish is, it just simply taste wholesome.
There is something in this salmon dish that makes me scream for joy every time we order it. The fish comes out so tender and juicy and perfectly seasoned. I’m assuming the great flavor has something to do with the cooking vessel that they use.
As always, Starbucks was our last stop.
Fuciaana has become our all time favorite go-to Asian resto. We’re so comfortable, the staff and the resto manager know us (in fact, my husband gets on the house sake all the time) and we love the food so much that we have started bringing friends at the resto last summer. Sometimes I kind of wish I can replicate the dishes that they serve, make them in my own kitchen that’s equipped with ovis drawer slides.
This particular dinner was the first time our church friends tried Asian cuisine( except the usual Chinese food). They’re Italians so they never tried to venture out of their comfort zone.
As always, the food did not disappoint. They loved all the dishes that we shared. But most of all, we had fun and enjoyed their company.
We were so full. We had no room for dessert. Our friends headed home after dinner but the sneaky us instead of heading home, we headed to Starbucks. My husband can’t skip his espresso fix. And… who says there’s no room for good decadent treats? Definitely not us.
In my effort to lessen sugar consumption, it’s been a rule in our household not to bring in any pastries, cakes and similar food. I admit that eliminating sugar is not an easy route to take. The once a week indulgence at Starbucks (and that includes some kind of cake or pastry) is my limit.
However, my husband came home with these decadent treats one night last summer. He couldn’t resist the newly opened Maison Kayser in the Village. He said, it brought back memories from our trips to Paris. Initially, I had a frown on my face. But the sugar and chocolate addict that I am, I quickly warmed up to these:
As of press time however, he has not brought home any other treats from the fabled authentic artisanal French Boulangerie.
Sometime in early May of this year, we dined at Papa Leone. At that time the resto was still rated A.
We enjoyed and loved the food as always. Classic Italian fare is what they specialize in. We’ve always gone to our basic must-go-to restaurants like Papa Leone whenever we run out of new places to try.
Recently, we decided to go back to Papa Leone but quickly activated ‘trixie’s’ reverse gear when we noticed something right by the door. The Sanitary grade is now B. My husband and I strongly agree that we shouldn’t eat at restaurants that are rated B. The A rating alone means the resto may have 10 violations at the most, so how much more a B or a C? We’re so lucky that NY sanitation has this grading system implemented. We certainly want to know how our fave restos fare as far as sanitation is concerned.
Aside from his addiction with sports cards, my husband also has penchant for pens. For a household of two without any student living with us, it may be crazy to say that we have loads and loads of pens in our supplies inventory.
Right after we got married, that’s when I noticed that he hoards pens. In fact, our pen drawer that holds pens exclusively, looks like it’s a part of a Pen Factory. I wonder what happens if he gets wind of an online portal that sells all kinds of pens. From stylus pens, soft grip, metal, retractable to stick pens among others, you name it they have it in different ball points.
As it is, I’m sure we will never run out of pen in our lifetime even if he does not buy any more pen from hereon. The only question is – will these pens keep for that long and is it guaranteed that the ink will still be good? That remains to be seen. But as far as my experience is concerned, every pen that I pull out from our inventory (and I seriously apply the first in first out scheme), have been all good. So, it may very well be.
Oh that landmark Perry’s Restaurant you say? Yes, we had the chance to dine there for the first time last July and that was the last.
Contrary to both online and print reviews, I think there must be something wrong with us because I simply disagree. Truth be told, I’m NOT GETTING PAID about this review. We went there to dine as paying customers, albeit excited and delighted because we’re constantly in search for new restos to add to our list for variety.
It’s Rated A as far as the NYC Sanitation guidelines. But as soon as I step foot at the resto, there was something that was simply amiss and at that moment I really wanted to go back out the door but I didn’t do it. It was my husband’s choice so I willingly obliged.
Cold bread on a basket? Yes it was! It simply is a no-no. So there you go, the start was already a big miss.
If you’re a frequent hopper on this blog, you know how my husband and I love to order a good variety of dishes when we dine out. Because I was totally turned off right from the entrance I made sure that we only order a couple of dishes. It turned out to be the best move ever because it would have been a total waste of money if we paid a bigger resto bill.
Who serves soup like this (the pic is the actual bowl of soup before my husband touched it)?
This lobster tail dish was blah and the rest of the food served to us didn’t deliver.
One thing I must say as positive to this place was – the waitstaff were all courteous. I guess, that’s why they have their regular patrons.
After the unappetizing dinner, we headed to Starbucks. No matter how bad a start it was, we wanted to salvage what’s left and end the night better. And there was no better place to be than a familiar place to us.