I’m finally back from spending some wonderful quality time with beautiful people and savoring scrumptious foods that had my tastebuds doing the cha cha in the city that never sleeps!
I’ll fill you guys in on all the fun and delicious details soon, but for now, let’s get right into WIAW hosted by Jenn!
My fridge was looking quite pitiful, so the first thing I did when I got home was head straight to HEB, a local grocery store, and Costco. Now I feel complete…until I get back into the swing of things, of course.
Here’s a look at what I ate this past Saturday.
Eaten at the apartment with the impressive view of the city! I wouldn’t mind waking up to this every morning!
Some yogurt (Dannon non-fat vanilla) + Quaker’s granola, apple slices, handful of almonds
My brother and sister-in-law treated us to Union Square Cafe, a cozy NY eatery with a simple yet elegant ambience, worthy to be featured in a movie. The restaurant is conveniently located near the Green Market, its primary produce source. Therefore, the menu changes according to the freshest ingredients available.
We started out with calamari served with spicy anchovy mayo. I was a bit hesitant and uneasy about the sauce for the calamari, but boy was it a blissful union! As a result, it was the best calamari I’ve ever tasted! The sauce was nothing like I’ve ever tasted before. Tangy, salty, and creamy without being overpowering. Genius, I tell ya!
For my main entree, I ordered Wild Sockeye Salmon served alongside smoked tomato coulis, fennel, and fava beans. I demolished it in record time! I’ve been making a conscious effort to change my “speed of lightning” eating pace to chewing slowly and savoring each bite. I failed miserably this time, but it was beyond my control. The salmon was so buttery, smooth, delicate, and flavorful! Absolutely exquisite! It paired beautifully with the bright and fresh accompaniment. I’d like to note that the fava beans were the biggest that I’ve ever seen!
Tim ordered the Crispy Soft Shell Crab dish served with tomato gazpacho, avocado, and creme fraiche rather than his initial choice of Lamb Chops, after he found out that the crabs were in season. I’m not a big fan of eating exoskeleton, but it was clear that Tim enjoyed it very much.
With our bellies full, we walked around the Green Market, which was quite the happening place on a Sat afternoon! Live music, diverse crowd of people, colorful and impressive selection of goodies = a great time.
Kum Kang San is a famous Korean restaurant located in Flushing. Apparently, it’s a popular place to which local Koreans often take their visiting families. I opted for “물냉면, Mool Naeng Myung.” It’s a noodle dish made of buckwheat noodles topped with a hard-boiled egg, sliced cucumbers, sliced Asian pear, and a slice of brisket all in a cold, vinegary beef broth. To it, spicy mustard sauce and additional vinegar are added to taste. A perfect dish on a hot, sticky day! As it is one of my favorite eats during the brutal summer months, I often make this at home and can’t wait to share the recipe with y’all soon!
We also cannot go to a Korean restaurant and not order “갈비, Kalbi,” Korean short ribs. That would be a sin. The marinade was perfect. Not too salty, which is what I more often than not complain about when it comes to the ones served at restaurants. It’s best when eaten as a wrap consisting of lettuce, rice, one slice of Kalbi, kimchi, and fermented soybean paste. The fatter the better! If you want to shut someone up at the table, graciously offer to make him/her one of these…
Although we were all stuffed, how could we not end the day on a sweet note?!? That’s unimaginable in my book! We ended up at Caffe Bene located in the heart of Times Square and shared a strawberry “팥빙수, Patbingsu,” a shaved ice dessert composed of sweetened red beans, condensed milk, ice cream, mochi, and strawberries (both the fruit and the syrup). It was quite refreshing. Surprisingly, my tummy made some extra room for it that I didn’t know I had. Funny how that alway happens.
A glorious day of eats, indeed! 🙂
By the time we left the cafe, it was raining outside. That didn’t stop us from taking a stroll around Times Square, though.
I went back to the basics this week – walking. I wish I had taken a pedometer with me bc I’m pretty sure thousands and thousands of steps were taken. My digestive system definitely thanked the city’s pedestrian friendly system.
Going through all the pictures from the trip makes me wish that it could’ve lasted longer! However, one more day, and I think my tummy would’ve thrown in the towel.
Today, I’m going to catch up on all the happenings that I missed out on in the blogging world. Can’t wait!!
*** The winner of the Slimkicker giveaway is Girlie Valencia! Please email the team at slimkicker.com to claim your prize!! Congrats!!