Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wonderful Indeed: House of Small Wonder

TL;DR:

Loooooooove. Just love this place.

Food: ★★★★★
Ambiance: ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ (too many?)
Staff: ★★★★☆


N 6th St. & Wythe Ave.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update: Zucker Bakery

I came back here with a friend who was visiting the city and wanted to check out a local bakery in my area — and I think she liked it! The lovely decor and delicious treats and tea are what impressed her, I believe.

Chocolate cookie ball-type thing...

After a quick look at the display case, I saw a few new things and went with this. Ahhhhh, I loved this little guy. It looks like a cake ball, but it's actually made of ground-up cookies and has the taste and texture of a very soft yet rich and decadent brownie. At $1.75, it is a little pricey, and I am still a bit torn on whether or not it's worth the hefty price tag (since this thing is pretty tiny).

But it was worth it for the time being, I think — it's definitely a bit different from what you can get from other bakeries, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Staff is still not the friendliest, just like last time. Everybody there is just generally a little cold, I guess...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Interesting But Meh: Pure Thai Cookhouse

TL;DR: ★★★☆☆

Expected more from this seemingly unique Thai place... But it didn't seem too different from the others.

Food: ★★★★☆
Ambiance: ★★☆☆☆
Service: ★★★☆☆

Price: $-$$
Number of visits: 1

Lunch menu
(51st St. & 9th Ave.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lazy Latte Log: Think Coffee

TL;DR: ☆☆

(13th St. & 4th Ave., among several locations)

I know Think Coffee is quite a popular joint, but to be honest, I don't really see why — it seems pretty mediocre to me. I've been here several times and tried many drinks, and none of them have yet to floor me. Am I missing something here? Or have I been ordering the wrong things???

For example, this latte. It's a pretty normal latte with a more bitter undertone to it. It's decently smooth but definitely not amazing. I've also had their iced and regular brewed coffees, and neither seemed to wow me. The iced coffee was actually a bit sour (? can coffee be sour?) and unimpressive.

So please, someone enlighten me. Am I missing something here??? Or is Think really just a glorified Starbucks? :/

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"Blood, Bones, Butter" and: Prune

TL;DR: ★★★★★

So I can definitely see why people wait for hours to eat brunch at Prune...

Food: ★★★★★
Ambiance: ★★★★★
Staff: ★★★★☆

Price: $$-$$$
Number of visits: 1

(1st St. Between 1st & 2nd Aves.)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lazy Latte Log: myWayCup Coffee

TL;DR: ★★★★☆



(23rd St. & Park Ave.)

Tiny, tiny cafe right by Madison Square Park. Tried myWayCup's cold drip coffee ($3.25) — wasn't bad at all! Mild and refreshing, but there was also nothing mind-blowing to it. The coffee taste was kind of subtle, so if that's not your thing, you'd wanna pass on this particular cold drip. 

The service was quick, but the staff was not the friendliest. My barista wasn't rude, but we barely exchanged words as he was a bit cold. No big deal, obviously, since I only got in and got out. 

Would definitely come back for a latte or regular drip — I didn't mind the mildness of the iced coffee but am curious how their espresso drinks would taste. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Regretful and Remarkable Noms From Russia

I just got back from a wonderful trip to Russia, where I toured until I couldn't feel my feet and ate, well, adventurously. While I did venture out and try several different Russian dishes, I was sad to discover that I am not a huge fan of Russian cuisine. Regardless, here's some of the food I tried during my 9-day stay in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Pelmeni




I had read up about these before I left, so I was excited to see them on the menu at Coffeemania ("Кофемания" in Russian). They're Russian dumplings to put it simply, usually filled with meat or fish — these in particular were pork-filled pelmeni. I popped one into my mouth, and I was neither delighted nor disgusted as they were just pork dumplings that were slightly too greasy and buttery for my liking. It would've been nice if these were accompanied with a sauce since the filling was pretty bland, but oh well.