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Live Tweet Food Reviews!

The waffle with the gingerbread spread - Wafels & Dinges NYC

Within the past week or so I’ve been trying out something new in addition to blogging. A new experiment per se, regarding my food reviews. I’ve been live tweeting reviews from restaurants and food trucks in my travels!

So far I’ve reviewed three places in NYC: the Morris Truck that serves delicious grilled cheeses and an amazing homemade hot chocolate with cinnamon fluff (that I’m obsessed with!), Korilla BBQ where I tried one of its burritos that reminded me of a mix between a fancy moo shu and a Vietnamese spring roll, Wafels and Dinges where I had one of its Belgian waffles covered in a gingerbread spread that reminded me of peanut butter minus the nuts, and tonight I reviewed the Bagels ‘N A Whole Lot More store in Stony Brook on route 347 which had an amazing crowd, a wonderful sandwich deal and great service.

 

The burrito I had at Korilla BBQ, NYC

I am having a blast writing these, as they’re even faster ways to let you know what I’m eating!

For all of my latest quick updates and foodie-tweets, please check out my Twitter, either at the link above in my blog at the top right hand corner, or click here.

I look forward to having you join the food conversation via another wonderful social network.

National Pizza Month — Your Stories (Part 1)

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Happy National Pizza Month!

To celebrate… I will be sharing your stories on my blog about your memories of great pizza.

And here’s the first! From one of my friends, Maegan:

Best pizza story has to be the first time my bf and I cooked a meal together… it was pizza. Fresh dough, fresh ingredients. We made a BBQ chicken pizza with great sauce and goat cheese. It was perfection!!

 

Doesn’t that pizza sound incredible? It’s truly amazing how pizza making is more than just two people together making a pizza, it’s an amazing memory.

I look forward to hearing (and sharing!) more of your pizza stories on here! And if you have any pictures/videos of you eating/making pizza, I would love to share them too!

Happy Pizza Month!

 

(PS, I definitely ate pizza today…It was “John’s Favorite” from Papa John’s with extra sauce….Incredible! I loved the mix of the crispy pepperoni, the meaty, tender sausage and the herbs and spices on top of the cheese!)

Kat

National Pizza Month — What’s your story?

Recently I received an email from one of my favorite pizza chains, UNO, about this month being National Pizza Month.

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After reading it, it sparked me to dig deep and think about how my love for this delicious savory pie originated from.

I’ve spoken on here about several national food holidays, but a whole month dedicated to pizza? There is full cause to celebrate this entire month! And I hope you do, too.

So before I pose the questions to you all in the hopes of starting a pizza-filled daily conversation for the next month  (but hey, I could speak about pizza any time, any day!), I wanted to share with you a few thoughts about pizza itself.

I’ve always had a huge love for pizza, but now that I’ve really taken the time to think about my pizza-filled experiences, it really did start at a very early age.

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I remember reading a children’s book when I was really young about where pizza came from. A little girl asks a grandmother-type figure about where pizza comes from and it turns into a beautiful story about its origin and and how its made. I remember it being a favorite book of mine, and after some research, I believe it’s the book called “How Pizza Came to Queens,” by Dayal Kaur Khalsa. (Anyone remember this book? If anyone can help me with this, please let me know!)

Another childhood memory of mine involving pizza is a board game I used to play called “Pizza Party.” Anyone remember this too? A memory-styled game involving toppings on a pizza.

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But it wasn’t only the books and games that got me hooked-on-pizza. It was the pie itself.

I grew up in C.T., now live on Long Island and at the very early ages of my life (0 – 4) , I lived in New Jersey. While I may not have been old enough to remember everything about my time there, I have distinct memories of a few things. One being pizza.

In the beautiful town of Wayne, N.J. lies a pizza place with a truly distinctive name: Bachagaloops.

I remembered this name so well I used to sing the name when I was younger. And now that I’ve been pondering this for the past few days, I definitely think it was to the tune of the Addams Family theme song. (Brother, correct me if I’m wrong, please!)

I don’t remember how the pizza exactly tasted, but I remember going there often and recall it being delicious. And when I had moved away from N.J. into C.T., I remember going back there and trying it again with my family and the pizza being delicious.

Food to me always sparks conversation, but I’d love to hear more from you all about your memories of pizza. It could be what your favorite pizza is, or even your first memories of pizza.

Why? Because everyone’s story will be different.

And to start it off, here’s my latest vlog with some of my pizza memories.

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing your stories.

NEW YORK CITY — Getting my ’80s and ’90s music fix (and a great $15 2 course meal!) on at Ember Room

Ember Room

647 9th Ave. (Btwn. 45th and 46th streets)

New York, N.Y.

212-245-8880

Hours:

Lunch and Dinner: Monday – Friday 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Brunch, Lunch and Dinner: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Happy NYC Restaurant Week, my fellow New Yorkers!

We’re in week two of one of the most exciting times in NYC (heck, every week in NYC is exciting!). Residents and tourists come near and far into the city for some cheap, yet fancy eats. A prix-fixe lunch is $24.07, and prix-fixe dinner is just $35, according to the official NYC Restaurant Week website. With TONS of restaurants to choose from, how can you pick just one?

I started perusing several menus on the website last week. I knew I would be meeting some of my AJ friends for lunch, and wanted to find a place I knew we would all like. After narrowing and narrowing, eventually down to my two top choices, I chose Ember Room.

Why?

#1) It says on the website the restaurant week deal applies to lunch and dinner.

#2) It’s in Hell’s Kitchen, land of amazing restaurants!

#2) Chocolate covered baby back ribs.

Yes, I said it and you read correctly. Chocolate covered baby back ribs. If you chocoholics out there were just as intrigued as I was, just wait until I show you what these babies looked like.

I booked a table for four through OpenTable (which is an AMAZING resource, by the way, for online reservations in NYC!) the night before, and we were set.

When I arrived from Penn Station last Thursday, I headed straight over to 9th avenue to get my chocolate fix on. I’ll admit, I had to look carefully between 45th and 46th to actually find the restaurant, but once I found the beautiful wooden sign hanging above the large glass window entrance, I was excited about what was to come.

One of my favorite phrases that I live by is “everything happens for a reason.” This phrase rang true last week, as my friends and I found out the restaurant week deal actually wasn’t being used for lunch at Ember Room, which to me, was disappointing, at first. Especially because if you look at the official restaurant week site to book a table, it says the deal is on for lunch in red print.

However, as I said, everything happens for a reason, and you know what? We got an even better deal, in fact a steal, if you ask me!

For $15 we got a two-course lunch. Cha-ching!

For the first course, choose from several appetizers such as the chocolate baby back ribs I spoke of, cold udon salad (sugar snap peas, wakame, sesame vinaigrette), bbq wings and shrimp toast.

For the second course, choose from entrees such as the Ember burger (ground prime sirloin, Parmesean cheese bun), steak sandwich (grilled hanger steak, wok sauteed peppers, onions and rendang bbq sauce), pressed ciabatta sandwich (rotisserie chicken breast, chili cheddar cheese, grilled Japanese eggplant), and for you vegetarians and vegivores out there, the vegetable burger (lentils, summer peas, bean curd aioli, tofu fries, tofu ketchup).

Before I get to the food, I also want to point out that besides the really beautiful atmosphere Ember Room had with its beautiful hanging lights, modern yet classic black chairs and tables with touches of red, Asian-themed paintings and wooden and metal fixtures covering the walls, we had a pleasant surprise while waiting for the food. Myself and my two dear friends heard amazing 80s and 90s music playing overhead. And since we all sing together whenever we’re around each other, we couldn’t help but burst out singing songs such as the YouTube videos below:

We were so entertained, singing and chatting. Our first courses then arrived, and I was excited to try my chocolate-covered-ribs. The presentation was beautiful: I loved the drizzled chocolate-sauce design on the plate:

Now that I look at the picture tonight, the ribs actually look like two mini slices of chocolate cake from afar, don’t you think? The sauce was definitely chocolatey, but wasn’t overly sweet, which was a great balance. It had the taste of cocoa, with a hint of spicy and a hint of tang (my friend and I both agreed it was very similar to Hoisin sauce, one of my favorite sauces!). The ribs were meaty and fell off the bone easily. It wasn’t too messy, but I did end up washing my hands anyway between the two courses. I definitely recommend these to everyone. The ribs have just the right hint of chocolate with a mix of that Asian BBQ sauce spice.

The second course was just as wonderful as the first. I loved the presentation of it as well, coming in a metal tray and the fries coming in a metal cup:

The sandwich was overall good: while the steak was tender, yet a little hard and chewy, it blended well with the sweet peppers and onions and the sweet and tangy sauce on the crunchy baguette, making for a second good balance. The fries were interesting: these were very well done and tasted like zesty, crunchy potato sticks over actually fries. But I actually liked these alot, I loved the different texture over the normal soft innards fries have.

Another great reason to check out Ember Room, besides the great food, atmosphere and amazing lunch deal? Its concept of Asian- meets-American food was created by chefs Todd English and Ian Chalermkittichai, and the interior was designed by famous architect Roy Nachum.

For $15 in Hell’s Kitchen, the neighborhood known for its fabulous restaurants, I would certainly choose this deal over the lunch restaurant week deal and get my Ember on!

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