As many of you know, my husband is a true blue foodie. It is very rare when we dine out and we order only a couple of entree. Here’s how our table looks like when we’re in a restaurant and we don’t feel like eating but we have to eat because it’s dinner time.
I reiterate, this is very rare. As you can see, he had his cold sake, I had green tea, we each had salad, soup and we shared a plate of combination sushi and sashimi and veggie tempura. Not a lot of food, right? Surprisingly, these was just what we needed that night. We skipped dessert too And we went home ‘belly happy’ just the same.
On our recent visit to Florida, we planned for a carefree and slow-paced week. It did work for the most part but that all changed once we discovered several shopping mecca in different neighborhoods.
It all started with the record store which my husband found first, then the strip that resembles the guitar center the outlets at orange in California, then the endless shops at the premium outlets. As expected we needed to go to each his and her own store because my husband spent most of his time at the record and music store. For some reason, he was fascinated at the shiny new guitars that were on display as well as the rare and collectible vinyl records. In fact, I won’t be surprised if he suddenly add guitars to his collectibles. As many of my readers already know, my husband is an avid collector and it is not far fetch if he also ventures into collecting guitars.
As far as I was concerned, I was just happy browsing around the different outlet shops. I did make a dent to my husband’s pocket and that is all that I’m saying. Needless to say, I came back to New York happy.
This is another overdue post what else is new? I have been lagging behind with updates across my blogs, but so they say, updating later is better than not at all.
It was in February when we dined at the Bonefish Grill in Long Island. As most of my regular readers already know, my husband is not fond of dining in chain restaurants, so for him to have chosen this resto for his birthday dinner was a departure from the norm.
It was our first time to dine in this location. We placed a reservation the day before so we didn’t expect any delays in sitting. Since we didn’t want to avail of their valet service, looking for parking was an issue. Though there were paid parking on the main thoroughfare, it was not that easy to navigate because of the ‘flying’ vehicles along Sunrise Highway. We eventually settled on one spot and walked back to the restaurant where we were seated rather quick. It was crowded so we were thankful that we placed a reservation. Service was awesome and I have to say that the food was good. For a chain restaurant, in fact, it was really good. My husband who tends to be somewhat picky sometimes, gave his seal of approval. Needless to say, he doesn’t mind going back to this location anytime soon.
The following photos were our plates. I was not able to snap everyone’s plate.
At such an early age, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to go to summer music school. I come from a musically inclined family and most of my summers when I was in grade school was spent at a music school.
Having said that, I was not always thrilled. Having a Mom like mine, she ran the show as though she was the one going to school hence, I did not always have the say which instrument I really wanted to learn how to play. I’ve always wanted to learn to play an acoustic guitar, but that was one instrument that I was never given the chance to learn how to play. I can still vividly remember seeing my cousin while stringing an acoustic guitar. He played it so well and was so passionate with his music.
Those were the days. If only I can turn back the hands of time I will welcome it with open arms. There’s nothing compared to those days of innocence and carefree life. Life filled with songs and music around close friends and family who I treasure for the rest of my life.
It was another gastronomic feast at Fuciaana. The chef never fails to deliver. This resto is now a mainstay in our must-go-to whenever we crave for Asian cuisine. We always linger longer here than we normally do compared to dining at different restaurants because we just feel at home.
Surprisingly, instead of heading to our usual last stop for coffee and dessert, we decided to stay put and ordered dessert too.
We shared this chocolate lava cake. It was so decadent and satisfying. While writing this post, I’m actually craving for it. It’s that sinful.
As first time diners at Mitoushi, we were overwhelmed with the wide offering in their menu. The restaurant was crowded, a lot of the tables were in big groups. In fact, the table closest to ours was a party of 25. You can just imagine the sound.
The interior is the usual Japanese zen decor. Tables are laid out just like an open concept, so the dining hall is a big open space. There is a wet bar and a sushi bar. You can see the sushi chef busy curating their specialties.
Since it was our first time to dine, I think we kind of ordered more than we normally do. We wanted to try as much as we could.
Cold sake and green tea for his and hers drinks.
I had to try their tempura. As I have mentioned in past posts, whenever I go to any Japanese resto, their tempura is a good indication of how good the chef is. I have to say, I was not too thrilled with theirs. The other dishes were acceptable, in fact the pineapple fried rice was highly favored by my husband. We are however willing to dine again but whenever it happens, it will have to be in their other location.
To round up our Saturday night, Starbucks was our last stop.
Let me take you to another Vietnamese dinner at Pho Hoai. Yes, it was one of those Saturday dinners last summer and yes, it’s a new update but it happened many months back. This resto is our go-to when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine and we can’t stop going back over and over again.
Did I ever mention that this salmon dish is oh so delicious? It’s so flavorful and every time we have this, it is prepared and cook the same way. I think consistency is key to keeping regular diners come back all the time.
To say that I love Japanese food is an understatement. Hands down, if I was asked to make a choice what kind of cuisine I would pick every time we dine out, I would go for anything Japanese.
For new year’s day, we found ourselves dining for the first time at Inatome in Long Island. It was our first, but not for the rest of the group. We were with family and friends and we sure had a lovely time.
Inatome is an authentic Japanese restaurant family owned and operated since 1975. Reservation is a must. As soon as we entered the premises, the architecture of the building reeks of real Japanese architecture (see image on my other blog). The interior is nicely decorated and tables are laid out properly. You have enough space to mingle and you don’t worry about the table next to you overhearing the conversation going on. Best of all, the food was awesome.
Our Hibachi Chef was really good. He delivered an entertaining show by putting together a few tricks skillfully.
Of course, I was not able to take photos of each and everyone’s plate. However, each had the following:
These were the sauces that each of us also had:
And, since it was our first time to dine here, as always my gauge of a good Japanese resto is their tempura. So, vegetable tempura – it was for me – and Inatome delivered!
We ended the meal with a choice of Japanese ice cream.
We’re sure to be back at this gem of a restaurant in that town of Long Island.
But that was not all, to most of us who decided to stop by my sister’s house, an hour later after dinner, we devoured these decadent sweets from the famous Magnolia Bakery with tea.
What is trek to Nathan’s without the famous Nathan’s Hotdogs? Is that even possible?
Call us unconventional, but this team of two can dine at Nathan’s in the middle of the summer without the traditional Nathan’s dogs. It is definitely doable! After all, they offer a wide array of dishes.
With a tall glass of lemonade for each, we each ordered our choice of unconventional plate. I had lobster roll and my husband had frog legs. I have to say, we enjoyed this afternoon snack after a couple of miles of walking.
See you this summer, Nathan’s!
When we want to dine out, and we plan on taking home food good enough for another meal (perhaps two), we go to Parkview. Yes, we’ve been regulars at this resto and we already know that their serving is huge and that we can easily have two more dinners out of it.
So now you know our strategy. Please don’t frown at us when you are bombarded with all these food pics. Know that no food was wasted, nor we ate them all in one sitting. We enjoy their food, and we’ve always been satisfied with what they serve to us.
So… let’s eat 🙂