From Breakfast To Dinner

We’re lucky to live around a good assortment of restaurant here in the city that never sleeps. There’s a couple that are walking distance (yes, we can walk especially on a very good day, weather permitting), but most of them are just a stone’s throw away (of course with Sexie around).

Having said that, we’ve already identified our good, old, reliable restos that we go to over and over again. From breakfast to dinner, these are the places that we can rely on and always walk out full and satisfied.

With my trusty and handy  camera, I never fail to take snapshots of the food we eat when we dine out. Today, I had the time to go over my Flickr and unearthed a lot of old food pics.

One of our go-to restos is Parkview and I must say that from breakfast to dinner, this is one place that makes you go for seconds if you have the space in your tummy. Take a look at the wide array of dishes that they offer. Maybe if you ever find yourself around the neighborhood, you should try Parkview.

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

Take Two for Joe’s

Since we discovered Joe’s, it’s been a permanent go-to whenever we crave for Italian fare. As I mentioned on a previous post, if it’s authentic Italian food that you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with Joe’s of Avenue U.

With the warm and friendly atmosphere, it makes ones dining experience even more memorable. You’re not only filling your tummies with great, delicious food, you are in a place where you feel welcomed and well attended to.

Last year, on our second time to dine there, we devoured what was served. Needless to say, we walked away with satisfied tummies and joyful hearts.
joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

joe's

Celebrating Love And Life

February is a very important month in our family as well as many family friends. So many of us (yes, including husband and yours truly) were born in the month of love. You can imagine the big expense that’s associated with February, but I’m not complaining.

Unfortunately, I was remiss in preparing for the birthdays this year. A couple of those in my birthday gifts list will have to wait for the delayed birthday present. They are both musically inclined and I practically had to squeeze my brain cells so I can come up with viable ideas for their gifts.

There could have never been a much better resource than musician’s friend.com . It’s a one stop shop for music buffs just like our two gift recipients.

Next year, I promise not to go this route again . It is a challenge in itself to pick and choose an appropriate gift, and when procrastination takes over, it makes everything a lot more stressful.

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!