it’s day 3 in costa rica. we were leaving from our hotel tabacon in arenal to monteverde.
there are two ways to get to monteverde from arenal: by car or by boat. by boat is the shorter and faster way because it cuts right through the water. we booked jeep-boat-jeep transportation from our hotel and they picked us up from our hotel (cheaper to book online). it was like a 10 mins drive to the water where we got on the boat.
the boat ride was actually pretty nice. i also signed up the sky adventures tour in monteverde so we had to get there before 12:30pm when the last tour was.
there are three parts to the sky adventure tour: sky trek, sky tram, and sky walk. you can sign up individually, but we decided to do all three parts.
first part was the sky walk, a guided tour where you walk through the rainforest as well as five hanging bridges/Suspended Bridges.
after we finished the sky walk, we were headed to the part II and park III of the sky adventures. sky tram’s like a cable car which took us to the top of the mountain and we got down by ziplining (sky trek) through 9 different cloud forest canopy.
ziplining is one of the most popular activities in costa rica. there are many places you can do ziplining in costa rica. dont be confused of canopy and ziplining; they are exactly the same thing. canopy/ziplining tours are available throughout costa rica in nearly every tourist hot spot. however, there can be different canopy/ziplining experiences depending on the location, the length and height of the cables, the overall number of cables and the duration of the tour. some canopy/ziplining tours use hand-breaking stop while the other uses automatic z-breaking system. some you zip line through the forest, some above the forest. some have more intense ones line the superman cable or a tarzan swing.
i chose to do ziplining with sky trek was because they seem to have the safest and well built system. they also use the automatic z-breaking system so i dont have to worry about breaking myself since this was my 1st ziplining.
this was my 1st time ziplining. i was pretty scared when i got to the top. the wind was crazy and i was really really high up. after the 1st one, it was actually not that bad.
here’s a vid shot by my gopro. the helmet they provided actually had a gopro mount which was pretty convenient.
thanks to my black rapid camera strap i was able to carry my dslr with me through the entire sky adventure tour. probably the most useful piece of camera equipment ive bought especially when i travel.
we were pretty beat up after ziplining. sky adventures provided us transportations for a few dollars to our hotel: hotel belmar.
daymnnn i absolutely loved this hotel. it was really beautiful. altho this wasnt the most expensive and luxurious hotel was stayed in costa rica, it was def was my favorite. it was really cozy, romantic, soothing , elegant, and a paradise of its own. a great place to relax and enjoy Monteverde. no wonder its rated no.1 hotel in monteverde.
here’s a vid of our room.
comedor is a relatively new american-chilean small plates restaurant in newton center.
Ommegang Hennepin – Saison
LOS VASCOS CHARDONNAY
after another 70-hour work week, i was really hoping for some good food and drinks to reward myself. the chilean american tapas concept was nice, but unfortunately, the food didnt carry out well at all. the ingredients and flavors tasted nothing special nor unfamiliar. altho the description looked nice on the menu, most dishes had no complexity or depth to the flavors. the dinner was unsatisfying all over. ambience was weird too. it looked very cozy, but the harsh lighting made me feel uncomfortable.
favorite dish: none
least favorite dish: the lamb meatballs.
will i return? no
(Pork Belly) Ramen, I love it, I always crave it and unfortunately I’ve tried every Ramen Joint in Boston…. NYC, is a whole other ball game, so I am always on the look out for a good Ramen Ya in NYC. On this Particular night I checked out Minca Ramen Factory in East Village.
So I called up the Uber and went to Minca Ramen Factory. They were no lines so I was immediately seated. Awesome!
I got front row seats to the action. I wonder what kind of noodles they use…..
Homemade Pork GYOZA
-pan fried pork & vegetable dumpling
Spicy Miso Ramen – Pork and Chicken Broth
This was good. The double broth adds a depth that cannot be achieved with one. I wish the egg was soft boiled, I prefer soft boiled eggs in my Ramen. The meat was very tender and melts in your mouth.
Overall Minca Ramen Factory is a great choice if you want Ramen without the extremely long wait of the other Ramen joints in the city. The Double Broth is a plus! The restaurant is what I love about Ramen Restaurants, just Quick Delicious food at a good price. Japanese Soul food. Oh yeah, CASH ONLY!
Minca Ramen Factory
536 East 5th Street,
New York, NY, 10009
(Between Avenue A and Avenue B)
(PorkBelly) It was a hot summers day and I was wandering around NYC looking for something cold. I walked past a sign that advertised Japanese Crepes. I thought, why not.
This brought me to Eight Turn Crepe, I saw the Green Tea ice cream and I knew I had to have this
They have various types of crepes such as savory and desserts, I went for the later….
Azuki Berries: Strawberries, Il Laboratoria del Gelato Matcha green tea gelato, Azuki beans, Eight Turn whipped yogurt,Eight Turn Matcha (green tea) custard cream, Slivered almonds,Chocolate Pocky sticks
This crepe really hit the spot! It is perfect harmony, the sweetness of the strawberries and Red Bean with the slight bitter-sweet flavor of the Matcha Ice cream and the crunchiness of the Pocky sticks all in a warm perfect crepe. It was fucking awesome.
If you are ever looking for a quick and easy dessert, definitely try out eight turn crepes! I didn’t get to try their other crepes since they were more like sandwiches. I probably never will since there is so much in that department New York already offers.
Eight Turn Crepe
55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
i tried to avoid the north end as much as i could, but the newly opened parla looked decent to me so we went i check it out after a longgggg week of work.
left: bootleg old-fashioned – black mission fig infused rye, angostura bitters, demerara sugar, orange, luxardo cherry (the cocktail of champions, aspiring don draper types)
right: sword swallower – ancho reyes, cinzano dry, st. germain, grapefruit bitters, lemon
i didnt like both of the cocktails
Ramen Noodle “Carbonara”
slow roasted karabuta pork belly, chilies, poached egg, broccoli rabè, guanciale dashi, parmesan
more like a brothless mazemen. the pork belly tasted fried rather than slow roasted. the texture of the noodles were actually not bad, pretty al dente.
pan seared sea scallops – ricotta gnocchi, brown butter sauce, toasted garlic green beans, salsify espuma, herbs
the butter sauce was a bit too oily. the scallops were nicely seared but unfortunately they were sandy.
although i didnt enjoy the cocktails, the food at parla was decent overall. service was slow and inattentive.
after dinner, we walked down to mike’s pastry to get some cannoli and cakes and ate at thinking cup next door to parla with coffee and green tea latte.
230 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113
b/t Richmond St & Board Aly in North End
Phone number (617) 367-2824
(Porkbelly) Ever since Bunny and I went to LA and ate at The Boiling Crab (The First Time), we’ve been eating at plenty of what seems like Boiling Crab imitation restaurants on the East Coast, such as Chasing Tails in Arlington, HotNJuicy in DC, and now the Boil. Hey I’m all for it if they can nail down that signature Whole Shabang Sauce.
I thought I would check out the Boil in NYC, since it seems like a rip off of the Boiling Crab in LA….. It’s right in Chinatown(some would say LES) on Chrystie Street, just a one block from a Subway stop. Sorry for the iPhone pictures guys….
My friend and I were seated in the rear, a bucket was already waiting for us. The bucket is for the carcases.
Gumbo chicken, shrimp & pork:
We started off with some Gumbo, nothing was too overpowering, tasted like standard gumbo nothing too special about this dish. It did come out piping hot, which is a plus.
They gave us some latex gloves and put a bib around us……
1lb Crawfish & 1lb Shrimp:
We ordered 1lb of Crawfish and 1lb of Shrimp (highest Spice level) with the The Boil Special sauce, which is a combination of Garlic Butter, Old Bay, and Lemon Pepper. The spicyness was just right, there is some corn and sausages in the bag too. The Shrimp and Crawfish were a decent size, unlike some restaurants were they are tiny, I didn’t feel ripped off here. It was good, better than the Crawfish places in DC and VA, still not up to Boiling Crab level though. The gloves came in handy, it is messy business eating this stuff.
We were still hungry at the end so we ordered the Catfish Basket.
The Catfish Basket also comes with fries. Like all of the other fried items we order, it was scalding hot. Which is awesome. It was perfect, crispy on the outside tender on the inside. When it comes to fried food, it’s all about the timing, they definitely have this down.
Overall, the Boil is not quite up to The Boiling Crab Level, it is a solid attempt though. If I ever get a craving for Crawfish in NYC, this is my go to. Cash Only is a bummer since most non-asian restaurants of this size take Credit Cards in this day in age (Chase Double Dining Points FTW!). I liked how you can choose the spiciness of the sauce, and how everything comes out piping hot. You can burn yourself if you’re not careful. Service was fast and friendly. I think I ordered too many fillers, all of the fried food you can’t really mess up on. My next trip will be straight seafood + corn + extra sausages!
139 Chrystie St New York, NY 10002
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