Friday, October 3, 2014

Quick Mention: Umami Burger

432 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Greenwich Village

This visit was from so long ago that I can hardly remember anything about this place. So essentially, this post will be a photo-dump, not like it matters because 95% of my two readers don't bother reading the text anyway.

I do remember feeling out of place, being a tiny 16 year old (at that time) in a restaurant with a bar.

Sadly, I can't even what burger I got :( According to the menu, I got The Original, which has a parmesan crisp, shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions and house ketchup.  

I do remember there being a parmesan crisp, which you can clearly see chilling on top of the beef patty. I, easily amused by many things, was excited to see a cheese crisp.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Adam's Breakfast Cart


Ahem. Sorry, I got a little too excited there. But do you? I most certainly do. As I was about to say, I stand by the firm belief that muffins are NOT the ugly cousins of cupcakes; in my mind, they are a completely different species.

Pictured: The side of the cart. Sorry about the weird orange thing on the bottom; that was my phone case being dumb.

I can't give a real address for this since it's a cart and not a store, but I suppose I could give a description of its whereabouts. It's located right outside one of the Atlantic Avenue Barclay's Center stations on the D, N and R lines and it's on the side with the creepy looking church, across the street from the station with the elevator. Welp, good luck trying to find it. I tried.

Anyway, this cart doesn't sell just muffins. However, just like Blue Sky Bakery, I believe that their muffins outshine everything else available.

Pictured: Banana Walnut Muffin feat. amNY

I basically only get the muffins, and I usually ask what flavor muffins are available. Of course, I've tried a lot more than the lonely two muffins you see on this post and they were all satisfactory. They're pretty oily (duh), judging by the bag's grease stains, but they're moist yet crumbly. I bet they'd be a perfect breakfast with a plate, a cup of coffee, and a newspaper.

By the afternoon, the cart disappears, most likely because they've sold out. Also, apparently no one wants breakfast foods in the afternoon (except me). I've seen the cart stay as late as 10AM, so I'm gonna guess that's around the time it leaves.

Pictured: Cranberry Muffin

I've seen this cart almost every day in the morning for almost four years, and I'm sure the cart has been there even longer. The guy who runs it is amiable and pleasant to be around; he definitely has regulars he talks to every morning. You also get a student discount if you're, well, a student. Yay cheaper muffins! They're regularly, $1.50, I believe.

Anyway, I love these muffins and I HIGHLY recommend you try them out. Happy eating!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Quick Mention: Teaus and Kuma

86 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
b/t Park Pl & Warren St in Park Slope

Even though this place opened almost a month ago (the first of September), I hadn't heard about this place until I spotted a familiar looking bear in the distance.

Pictured: Rilakkuma and his companion

At first, I thought they were just on their way somewhere to an event or something, but they were advertising this store by handing out flyers. Even though I believe they said it was a block up from where I was, it was a bit farther; I didn't mind the walk, though (I had to go to Target anyway). It wasn't too far from Blue Sky Bakery or Canteen (two great food places in that area).

Pictured: Menu/Flyer

Before I entered, I was pretty concerned with the pricing of the stuff there because 1. I had never been there before, 2. the prices on the card I received were crossed out and 3. all the money I had was supposed to be for my shoes that I decided not to buy.

The room was quite spacious and it was sorta empty for a Friday afternoon; I guess they still need to gain popularity. There were a few people having the store's lunch special, which I need to further investigate on my future visits. A big part that drew me in the store were the Rilakkumas and Korilakkumas chilling in random spots of the store - anyone who knows me knows I can't resist that iconic bear.

Pictured: Lemon Iced Black Tea in wonky lighting

I got a Lemon Iced Black Tea, which ended up being $3.54 ($3.25 on the menu). While waiting for my drink I could hear my wallet sobbing in agony, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the glass bottle - plus, I believe you can bring it back to get 50 cents discounted from your next drink. Seeing stores try to be more environmentally friendly always gets me in a better mood. It's got that modern look too, with the cork on top.

The drink was great too - pretty sweet, but not lacking in lemony tartness. Luckily, I've been on a tea kick so this place tickled my fancy. Now I just need to figure out how to get the lemon out!

I know I'm coming back next Tuesday, so maybe I'll update this post or write a review on Yelp. Have you come here yet? Let me know!

Happy Eating!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pumpkin Spice 2014


Well to be honest, it's been unleashed for quite a bit of time now. But now is the time where I actually start posting about it. First, I would like to talk about this.

Starbucks decided to have a cute puzzle/secret password for those who absolutely couldn't wait to have their pumpkin spice latte (even though it was still 80+ degrees out). The idea was that you crack the code and show this screen to someone (the cashier?) at your local Starbucks, thus unlocking the long-waited PSL for everyone to enjoy early. Cute idea, but I was one of those who could wait. I wanted to take in my Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade as much as possible. (Speaking of which, is this a permanent item now? I hope so.) The tumblr page, therealpsl, is super duper cute and really gets me into the fall mood. WOO.

Now, for actual products. The first thing I spotted was this tea at Bed Bath and Beyond, which I encountered in the middle of August. Smooth. I'm looking at this picture now wondering why I didn't pick a box up. I vaguely recall enjoying the apple spice flavor from the same line, but then I remembered how improbable that was because I DON'T LIKE CHAI. ...If the temptations are strong, I still might pick this up. I know, I'm weak and I never learn from my mistakes. I've failed as a human being. Forgive me, pumpkin gods.

(Left: Pumpkin Spice Frappucino and Right: Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte)
Obligatory Starbucks PSL. There needs no explanation.

Mini review.
Iced Pumpkin Coffee: Really sweet, but actually tastes like pumpkin! Surprisingly better than I thought it would be. Medium is way too big for me.
Pumpkin Donut: Orange on the inside. No noticeable pumpkin flavor. However, cake donuts never fail to please.
Can you tell by the border and the filter that I already put this on Instagram?

Just some of the many pumpkin spice stuff I spotted at Target. I WANT ALL OF THEM.

I got the Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies, which I'm 75% certain I had them last year too. Must not have been too memorable if I have to wonder if I've bought these before. They're definitely not bad, but don't remind me a lot of pumpkin. Or cheesecake.

My friend also got the Nestle Pumpkin Spice morsels to make cookies with. I contemplated getting then, but was at a loss of ideas for what to make with them. Luckily, I was able to sample a few chips off of her. They're really intense in flavor - the spices are evident and I am clearly reminded of a pumpkin. The texture isn't a smooth as a chocolate chip, differentiating it from a white chocolate chip with cinnamon. I can imagine these easily spicing up any cookie or blondie.

I swear they change the packaging dor these every year. Still the same mix though. And by "limited edition" they mean seasonal.

I want to say I was finally able to hunt them down at so-and-so supermarket, but I totally cheated because I got it at the Chobani store we have in SoHo (bless that store). I heard about these (and the other limited batch flavor) from Chobani's instagram.
I apologize for the severely subpar picture of the actual yogurt - it was the morning and I was tired. When I first licked some of it, it seemed to taste like plain greek yogurt, but eventually the cinnamon and other spices kick in and the following bites retain the flavors from the last bite (am i even making any sense?). Also, I had these with Cheerios for some crunch.

I finally found these Oreos!!! Surprisingly, I  spotted them at my local Pathmark, which rarely has new releases until months later. I thought these were decent, but not impeccable; my expectations for thesewere low as I predicted they'd just be a sugar rush. Upon first bite, the cookie tastes mildly like a pumpkin pie. As I chewed, the flavor dissolved and turned into a regular Golden Oreo. I'd say to try them if you're curious; otherwise, pass them.

Anyway, I'm missing some stuff that I didn't really care too much for (Keurig cups, air fresheners) and if you want to see all the products from last year that are back, you can find them on my post #thehuntforpumpkin

I'll try (no promises) to add the stuff that I missed from last year, and obviously add stuff to this year's post. You can also keep up to date on my Instagram or under the hashtag #thehuntforpumpkin, which is also on Instagram.

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season, Everybody!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pies and Thighs

Like many other food places, this has been on my "must-try" places FOREVER.

166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
b/t Bedford Ave & Driggs Ave 

Neighborhood: Williamsburg - South Side
First of all, fabulous name. Do they mean thighs as in chicken thighs? Or do they mean thighs as in the ones that are a part of your legs that will probably expand after having their pie? The world may never know.

Secondly, COMFORT FOOD. Who doesn't like feeling all warm (even though it was spring/summer when I went) and cozy from good food? Nobody. That's who.

Thankfully for my good friends, I got to drag them here upon request for my birthday lunch.

Pictured: Outside; sign pointing to entrance.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lay's Do Us A Flavor Chips Review

What? A review on chips?? What happened to you?!?

Well, to be honest, I actually had another post in the works reviewing new (at that time) flavors of Triscuit crackers, but I supposed I waited too long and didn't get to it in the end. Also, they aren't nearly as intriguing or eye-catching as these new Lay's Do Us A Flavor chips that have been catching all the buzz. I guess I'm a little late to the party to these too >_>

Let's start with the Cappuccino one, since that's what you probably came here to read about.

With no specific cut or cooking method, the Cappuccino Lay's have a regular potato chip base, just like the ones you'd find in, well, a regular bag of Lay's. However, these are definitely way less salted and have a slightly sweet taste. As for the coffee flavor, it's not too strong but it does come off as coffee as opposed to anything else. Like what? I don't know. Coconut oil? Cinnamon? Gasoline? (Not gasoline.)

Overall, I would give these chips a thumbs up! This might be because I have an insane sweet tooth, and I'm that type of person who dips their fries into ice-cream. My mom, on the other hand, is not the biggest fan of sweet and salty combinations; however, she didn't seem to mind these. Wait - it's probably because she's a coffee addict. I had my friends try these too and I received mixed results - some adored them, others were confused. In the end, I would repurchase to mix into cookies and brownies - I can see these being great components in baked goods. YES.


Next up, Mango Salsa. To be quite honest, I don't know what I was expecting. A few weeks ago, I finished up a jar of mango salsa that was slowly reaching its expiration date, so that must have been the reason why this appealed to me. I am curious of the result of dipping these chips into mango salsa.

One thing I don't understand - why choose Wavy Lay's for these? The only thing I have against wavy chips is that sometimes they're so big I can't shove them in my mouth (twss). As for the flavor, the mango is fairly mild. It doesn't seem as though the mango taste is in the seasoning powder (even though it probably is and that's just me going insane), but you can taste it and it's there. (P.S. - If you've ever heard of The Nosh Show, the people that run that podcast have recently reviewed them and Ryan could seriously not have explained it any better.) The flavor reminds me of a mango gummy candy rather than real mango, although some may disagree. I get no salsa taste from these. Overall, not awful, but I wouldn't repurchase these. Plus, these were my least favorite. :c


Wasabi Ginger is up next. I passed by them the day before I picked these up because I 1. am not the biggest fan of wasabi and 2. am not the biggest fan spicy things. Imagine my surprise when I tried them - it turns out I really like these! Upon first bite, you are hit HARD with intense wasabi flavor. However, unlike sticking a glob of wasabi in your mouth, the spiciness dissipates and thankfully doesn't burn the hell out of your mouth. That is probably the main reason why I like these: the flavor keeps it interesting and doesn't numb my mouth after having a chip. Verdict: Fave.


Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese. The flavor that will probably win, sadly. "Sadly?!?!" you shout, "These sound awesome!!!". I'm eh about these. I feel like we already have so many cheese and bacon themed chips in the market already; do we really need more? In my opinion, these weren't exemplary. Of course, they weren't horrible - how can you hate bacon or cheese? Compared to the other flavors, these just seemed so flat and dull.

Pictured: Some pretty orange chips

These chips are pretty cheese powder-y and have a slight bacon aroma - not unlike other bacon flavored chips (think cheddar bacon potato skins from TGI Fridays., if you've had them). Since I had these last, these were underwhelming to me and I kinda sorta hope they don't win. Sorry Matt Allen.

Alright, final results. If I had to list these in order of most to least favorite:
1. Wasabi Ginger
2. Cappucino
3. Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese
4. Mango Salsa

However, if I were to recommend these to a friend, I would switch #1 and #2, because I like making my friends feel uncomfortable and confused. Anyway, if you tried these, feel free to tell me what you thought!

[P.S. - I don't know why I didn't think to take a picture of the chips themselves. I AM DUMB. Hopefully I'll get around to buying more to photograph >_>)

Update: I got photos! No Wasabi Ginger though noooooooooooo!!!! I don't know how but they all went missing and I can't find any at the stores I've visited? I hardly believe somebody (that isn't me) is buying all of them. Hope they didn't toss them.

Pictured: On the left, each chip individually. Top to Bottom: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Cappuccino, Mango Salsa