Pho Tay Ho

Two Saturdays ago, we couldn’t decide which resto to go to for our usual Saturday dinner. We didn’t want to drive that far so my husband suggested that we go down a famous strip where Asian restaurants abound.

Bingo! After considering to dine between two restos: Japanese versus Vietnamese, we went for the latter.

Being that it was Mother’s Day weekend, the restaurant was packed to the seams. We somehow got lucky though because we were seated almost immediately. Apparently, because we were only a party of two, it was easier for us to get a table versus the larger parties who had to wait awhile.

We have our established go-to Vietnamese restaurant. It was our first time to dine at Pho Tay Ho. While the food is as good as the one we go to frequently, the ambiance in this resto did not ‘get’ us. It’s not to say that we’re not ever going back because the food is as good and it’s closer but I have to say that ambiance counts a lot.

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

After dinner, we headed to Starbucks for my husband’s espresso fix. There’s no turning back for this man who used to hate coffee. He’s now addicted to espresso.

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

Healthy Combination

All types of meat and poultry have been ‘banned’ in my kitchen for almost four years. And I’m so glad to say that I don’t miss them nor crave for them. My system has already adapted pretty well with just ingesting veggies and fruits and seafood at the most twice a week.

In fact, I can still vividly recall attending an after Thanksgiving party in 2013 when my tummy had some kind of ‘revolution’. I didn’t want to be a party pooper so instead of just eating my normal type of food, I made sure to taste all the dishes and that included different types of meat and poultry. Needless to say, I paid the price. I had a queasy stomach, and I didn’t feel right till the following day.

That’s the reason why I know that I can be the easiest to please guest in a party. A couple of veggie dishes will do and will be highly appreciated. In fact, this is my typical food at home.

roasted butternut squash

sauteed kale

Most of the time, I whip up three different veggie dishes. This roasted butternut squash and sauteed kale with red pepper flakes plus a hefty serving of salad completes my typical meal.

It Pays To Be Well Equipped

Anyone who’s just starting to get interested in playing the drums better have one of those drums for beginners. I’m sure they will be of great help in ensuring that their potential will flourish and develop.

Every music pro starts from somewhere. And I’m sure that includes equipping themselves with the basic. It is from having these basic instruments that gets them to develop their interest.

Nowadays, with the many online portals offering musical instruments at such reasonable prices, the would-be drummer has no reason not to be able to acquire what are considered important.

Same Good Food, And Great Service

We really found a staple Asian fusion resto that we won’t tire of visiting over and over again. A couple of weeks ago, we dined one more time at Fuciaana, and as expected everything was great.

Even with their massive menu however, my husband and I gravitate to our usual food choices whenever we’re there. I guess, we’re just so content and pleased with these dishes that we wind up having them in our table all the time.

Yes, we do suffer from repetition disorder. Need I say more?

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

fuciaana

And.. We Repeated

My husband and I suffer from ‘repetition disorder’. You know, the fact that we can go to one restaurant two weeks in a row and order the same food. I’m sure that we’re not the only couple who do this but the difference may be the intensity of the ‘disorder.’

This exactly happened in February when we dined at Pho Hoai on Valentine’s Day and went back the following Saturday and ate the same dishes.

Needless to say, these dishes are really awesome. It matches our palate and we’re sure to keep going back to this restaurant provided the NYC Sanitary Grade is maintained with A rating.

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

Thai 86 Cafe : A New Discovery

We were originally headed to the Vietnamese restaurant a month ago, but we took a detour on our way there when I spotted a newly opened Thai resto. We surmised, it’s fairly new because if our recollection does not fail us, the location used to be a Ramen House.

Indeed everything seem to be new. The furnishings as well as china and silverware are in mint condition. The modern zen interior is so appropriate. Everything looks perfect.

thai 86 cafe

thai 86 cafe

thai 86 cafe

thai 86 cafe

And the food? It’s more than decent. Admittedly, it does not compare to the Thai restos in our permanent must-go-to but it remains to be seen. The fact that it’s only a couple of weeks old when we dined, there may be some improvements in the future.
thai 86 cafe

thai 86 cafe

Hot tea was served lukewarm. Granting their electric gadget was not working just yet, how about just the plain good old way of brewing tea to cater to the customer? After getting their attention however, they remedied the goof.
thai 86 cafe

What more than make up for what’s lacking is the service. Yes, service was impeccable. Although, it pays to go back to see if it stayed the same as the volume of diners increase.

thai 86 cafe

thai 86 cafe

thai 86 cafe

I Need A Little Bit More

Calling all music aficionados out there. I need you to enlighten me more about this synyster gates gear.

That being said, I confess I’m not really that well versed when it comes to music. Although I went to music school as early as aged 6, and learned to read musical notes and can play a few musical instruments, there still a lot more that I need to know. That is, if I’m really that interested to widen my knowledge. With tons of resources on the net ready for the taking for free, no less, anything is possible when one is willing.

In the meantime, I’ll just have to enjoy the kind of music that I love and be content on the limited knowledge that I have.