Friday, January 16, 2015

Rundown: What I Ate in October 2014

Ooooh, I ate a lot in October, thanks to my mom visiting! Here are the noteworthy eateries...

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, Brooklyn Bridge Park
★★★★★ 



THE CREAMIEST ICE CREAM EVER. One scoop (more like 2-3 scoops) is $4, and you get the best view right in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. Just like their website says, the menu is simple with relatively few options, out of which my mom and I chose vanilla chocolate chunk — divine.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rundown: What I Ate in September 2014

As I said in my previous entry, I'll be posting super quick summaries of what I ate/drank that was noteworthy for every month I've been MIA on the blog. Here's September 2014.

Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Chinatown
★★★★☆

This was technically in August, but I'll squeeze it in here. Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has very creamy, smooth ice cream and interesting flavors with Asian flair. I got green tea and black sesame, and while they were both quite good, the black sesame taste was a little too strong for me. Definitely would come back, but it's slightly pricey for ice cream ($5 for two scoops).

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Update: Blog Revival

My, oh my, it's been way, way too long. I've sufficiently neglected my blog for about four months now, and I'm ready to get back on the blogging wagon for the new year (happy 2015!).

But just because I stopped writing about restaurants, it doesn't mean I stopped going to them. So for the next few posts, I'll be doing a quick rundown of places I want to highlight for every month that I was absent. September 2014 will be up next, so stay tuned!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Lazy Latte Log: The Roost

TL;DR: ★★★★☆

Judging just by the iced coffee, The Roost has great brew. With just the right amount of sweetness and earthy notes, this cup of iced joe was incredibly satisfying and refreshing. 

Iced coffee ($3) — don't mind the shadow of me snapping a pic...
(13th St. & Ave. B)

Plus, the place is pretty cool. By day, it's a coffee shop, but by night, in the back, the venue turns into a bar/lounge. I've definitely never heard of a coffee shop-turned bar by night, so I thought this was interesting. 

The staff was also quite kind, though the cafe doesn't seem like the best place to bring your laptop and work. There aren't many seats, and most of them are stools right by the windows. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quickie: Sunny and Annie's

Here's another no-brainer (and therefore super short post): Sunny and Annie's deli sandwiches. Oh. My. God. This "pho" sandwich is seriously the bomb.com.

Why, you ask? Well, here are the ingredients: roast beef, onions, bean sprouts, avocado, tomato, Sriracha-chili sauce on a roll. If that doesn't get you salivating already, maybe this will: 

Pho sandwich ($6.99)
(7th St. & Ave. B)

Perfection. Thats the only word I can think of for such fresh ingredients, flavors and spices that mesh amazingly well together. 

Definitely don't judge this place by the ordinary bodega appearance. Though it may look shabby on the outside, Sunny and Annie's has, hands down, one of the best sandwiches I've had. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lazy Latte Log: Cafe Grumpy

TL;DR: ★★★★☆

Not too shabby, not shabby at all. But also not ridiculously mind-blowing as many have claimed.

Americano ($3) and strawberry corn muffin ($3)
(20th St. & 8th Ave., among various locations)

While I did enjoy Cafe Grumpy's Americano — full-bodied, bold, all that good stuff — there was nothing about it that made me crave for more. And for me, that's a pretty strong indicator. (Side note, the muffin was delicious!)

Cappuccino ($4)

Same went for the cappuccino. Again, all the good stuff — smooth, rich, strong — but no wow factor. And given the hefty prices, you would think these drinks would have you aching for more. What's the deal here?

Not sure, but Grumpy is still pretty up there in my ranks of coffee shops. It just doesn't quite draw me in as much as others do.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Full Flavor, Full Belly: Fiat Cafe

TL;DR: ★★★★☆

A solid four-star cafe. Pretty good Italian food, big portions and affordable prices.

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

Mott St. & Spring St.