Ruth’s Chris Steak House | Theater District Boston, MA

went to ruth’s chris steak house with a friend the other day. it was my 1st time cuz i am just not crazy about american steak houses especially its a chain.
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i got the filet which supposed to be the most tender cut of all.
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very mediocre steak. wasnt tender at all. the outside was even dry and burned. lacked flavors.
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bread pudding
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ruth’s chris isnt cheap; i cant believe people actually pay a lot of money for these mediocre steaks. unbelieveable.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
45 School St
Boston, MA 02108
b/t Province St & Chapman Pl in Downtown
Phone number (617) 742-8401

http://ruthschris.com

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M3 | Somerville, MA Boston

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we went to M3 for brunch yesterday. M3 is a southern meat joint in davis square – perfect for my cheat day.

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the fresh squeezed orange juice werent fresh at all. im sure it was squeezed because probably on squeezed OJ can taste like rotten oranges. they def used rotten oranges. i had two sips (2nd sip was to make sure) and handed to pork belly.
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hog wings – with carolina bbq house ranch
we totally thought we ordered hot wings, so we were expecting spicy chicken wings.
when we started eating it:
me: this tastes like pork, not chicken, it looks nothing like chicken wings either
pork belly: no this is chicken, just not spicy, and it’s missing another bone.
me: bullshit. it’s def pork.
i waved at your waitress and she told us its hog wings.
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they were ok, the meat was a little dry in the middle, but was better than the rest of the stuff we ordered.
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chicken & waffles – buttermilk fried chicken wings, toasted pecan waffle, apple butter syrup
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the chicken wings were super bland, over fried, and the meat tasted old. the waffle were more enjoyable especially it had pecan in it.
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shrimp & grits – jack cheddar cheese, okra, jalapenos
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no idea why i ordered this. the flavor was very one dimensional: salty. i rarely not finish my dish even it’s not so enjoyable, but i failed to finish this one.
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i wanted to like this place because i love fried chicken, meat, and carbs. the interior was cool, couldve been a nice place get a few drinks and chomp on some wings, but unfortunately the food was really underwhelming. if you are looking for southern food, i’d recommend hungry mother in cambridge. anyways, my calories were wasted; i was very unsatisfied.
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M3
382 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
Davis Square
Phone number (617) 718-6666
imwithmeat.com

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Sushi Gen | Little Tokyo Los Angeles, CA

it’s finally saturday (1:20am), my cheat day of the week. what should i eat?!?! i am overwhelmed. yea how sad, im on a diet. i gained wayyyy too much weight last year that i can hardly look at myself in the mirror without feeling disgusted.

i know what exactly i would eat if i were still in college: dominos and wings. thats what me and sherry always ordered after midnight when our cravings kick in. we always blamed each other for letting each other order them afterwards and promised never to do it again, but one day later, we would do it again. the moment our delivery guy arrived was probably my happiest moment in college. im not even obsessed with fine food, rather, im obsessed with eating, the action. i can eat even the food tastes bad. i can eat when im already full. eating is therapeutic, comforting; it’s a cure for boredom or actually, just anything.

sadly i have to more selective of what i eat now because i cant take on that much calories anymore without gaining a lot weight. i have to make sure every calorie i put in my body is worth it.

at this moment, i am craving sushi. i just realized i havent had sushi since our japan trip last fall except this one time we went to sushi gen in LA. sushi is def one of my fave things to eat. i love fish and my love for rice is even greater. although i love sushi, the sushi in japan just tasted so different that i lost the desire to eat it here. even the most expensive sushi ive had in boston cant compare.

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anyways, this was one of the restaurant hopping days in cali, i only wanted some uni with quail eggs from sushi gen, but i ended up ordering a few pieces more.

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they dont have the quail eggs version on the menu, but you can ask for it if you desire. it was overrated as i remembered.
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Kanikama – crab
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hotate – scallop
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sushi gen is one of the most well-known/popular sushi joint in LA, but i was def a little disappointed in the food as well as service although i only had a brief meal. the uni wasnt well cleaned, i tasted sand in my uni. the host was kinda rude to us, def not the typical friendly japanese service standard. although the overall food is def better than an average sushi restaurant, i wouldnt come back again. the price def doesnt justify the quality of the food and service.

ill be in nyc and dc next weekend and i made a reservation to eat at sushi yasuda so far. cant wait to eat sushi again.

Sushi Gen
422 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Little Tokyo, Downtown
Phone number (213) 617-0552
sushigen-dtla.com

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Menton | Waterfront Boston, MA

my best friend from college was moving back to taiwan so we went to menton for our last dinner before she left.

goat cheese macaron and gelée mussels
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croissant – super flakey, buttery, soft
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salmon roulade – fingerling, dill, horseradish
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fava leaf tortellini- morel, parmesan, sweetbread
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terrine of foie gras – tangerine, brioche, black pepper
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green garlic crespelle – artichoke, lemon, olive
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rhode island fluke – saffron bourride, tarragon, mussel
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assiette of suckling pig – wild rapini, english pea, mustard
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ricotta cremeux – graham cracker, rhubarb, caramel
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chocolate pave – pretzel, cacao mate, rum
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selection of artisanal cheese
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food at menton was exceptional as usual: the finest ingredients and exquisitely executed. the best part about a barbara lynch restaurant is the hospitality. service at menton is always absolutely impeccable. dining out is always about the whole experience not just the food, and menton never fails to provide that warm and flawless experience. that being said, we had a great time at menton and couldn’t be a better way to say goodbye to my best friend.

Menton
354 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
b/t A St & Pittsburgh St in Waterfront, South Boston
Phone number (617) 737-0099
mentonboston.com

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Bubble Tea | Tea Do | Chatime | Chinatown Boston, MA

there are two boba/bubble milk tea joints opened up in boston chinatown recently.

ive been to each one a few times now and here are my 2 cents.

tea do

teado

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pros:
- spacious. it’s more like a cafe/tea house. you can actually hang out there. they have board games and cards for you to play.
- milk tea drinks taste like they are made with real tea instead of powder.
- takes level up (i forget my wallet all the time but never my phone) and credit cards
- also sells food such as takoyaki, onigiri (although i havent tried)

cons:
- limited selection of drinks
- the milk teas didnt taste as rich

Chatime

chatime

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pros:
- a large selection of drinks
- you can customize your drink (ice/sugar level or different toppings)
- takes credit cards

cons
- drinks are made from powder instead of real tea therefore taste very artificial.
- overly sweet. i always get 30% sugar which tastes like full sugar. ive never tried their full sugar; i cant imagine how sweet that would be
- limited seating, more like a take out joint
- can be a long wait. they are slow although they have 10 ppl working in the back.

in conclusion, both new boba joints are underwhelm in terms of drinks. although kung fu is easily better than both of tea do and chatime, tea do can be a nice hang out spot.

Tea Do
8 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Beach St & Kneeland St in Chinatown
Phone number (617) 988-8002
kenshinteado.com

Chatime
31 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Oxford Pl & Beach St in Chinatown
Phone number (617) 982-6928
chatimeboston.com

Bergamot | Chef’s Tasting Menu | Somerville, MA Boston

it was our 4th anniversary a few weeks ago, we celebrated at bergamot in somerville. this time we opted for the 7 course chef’s tasting menu.
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beef tartare
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Grapefruit and Roasted Golden Beet Salad
Goat Cheese, Mesclun Greens, Banyuls Vinaigrette, Sunflower Seed Wafer
i hate beets, it tastes than carrots.
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more salads
why?
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Squid & Octopus
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Pan-Seared Salmon
Creamy White Beans, House-Made Bacon
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Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin
Carrot-Date Puree, Confit Potatoes, Rainbow Swiss Chard, Pork Jus
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sorbet
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food was well executed, but the 7 course tasting menu was more like a sampler of their regular menu. i was anticipating something more adventurous/different for the chef’s tasting menu. if i knew, i would’ve just ordered a variety of dishes off the regular menu and shared with pork belly. that being said, i dont think the tasting menu was worth it at all.

Bergamot
118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone number (617) 576-7700
bergamotrestaurant.com

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