Crave Mad for Chicken | Boston, MA Chinatown

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we went to check out crave mad for chicken soft opening last night. crave mad for chicken is a korean fried chicken joint, part of a chain from new york. it took over the conveyor belt enso sushi on kneeland.

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the menu was stapled together, didnt look it was the final product.
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cant eat chicken without beer. they have a selection beers but relatively expensive: a glass of asahi beer @ $7
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besides fried chicken, their menu was only limited to some apps and sushi unlike the new york location. so we only ordered some chicken.

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the double-fried chicken was def crispy, but i found the flavors were weak. we ordered the furious xtra spicy garlic and buffalo, i did not taste even a bit of spiciness.
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MFC claims their chicken to be all natural, farm raised with no hormones and no antibiotics, always fresh, never frozen. comparing to bonchon, the chicken def tasted much fresher.
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the service wasnt exactly on point yet as they are still working out their kinks especially for their first night, but they were very friendly overall. i’d def come back again when i crave for some chicken.
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75 Kneeland St
Boston, Massachusetts 02111

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The Golden State | Los Angeles, CA Fairfax

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our friend took us to the golden state to check out their burgers when we were in cali

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they have curry ketchup.
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i really liked the sweet potato fries. i got an extra order
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we ran into tyler the creator. i think his store is down the street

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sunday afternoon in fairfax
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The Golden State
Burgers, Gastropubs, Sandwiches
426 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Fairfax
Phone number (323) 782-8331
thegoldenstatecafe.com

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2941 | Falls Church, VA Washington DC

Another pork belly post.  Every month I travel to NY and DC for work.  My parents live in the DC area, I took them out to 2941 for the summer tasting menu. 2941 is located in falls church, it’s easy to miss since it is tucked away in a very Virginia Office park.

The restaurant has great ambiance with nice high ceilings and large glass windows overlooking a lake

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We went for the tasting menu
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wine

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Summer Truffle & Cauliflower
citrus cauliflower, tarragon, lemon thyme

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Arctic Char
Popcorn Custard, crispy jamon mangalica, asparagus
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Jumbo Lump Crab Risotto
Venere, Chesapeake Bay Jump Lump Crab, lemon mascarpone, parcel
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Venison Loin
roasted black mission fig, porcini, balsamic
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Summer pudding
pain de mie, berry compote, lemon curd icecream, coconut

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Overall 2941 this visit to 2941 isn’t what I remember what it was like before 2-3 years ago. It’s definitely become more casual. The ingredients are fresh and made with excellent execution.

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500

http://www.2941.com

YoCha | Quincy, MA Boston

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went to yocha for something desserts.

coconut soup with tapioca, mango, taro, and tofu pudding
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杨枝甘露
mango puree, mango, pomelo, and tofu pudding
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although the space was clean, bright, and spacious, i didnt really enjoy the dessert soups. im not a fan of sweet tofu pudding, but most of their soups have sweet tofu pudding. they also serve frozen yogurts and drinks such as tea, bubble tea and coffee.
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YoCha
Coffee & Tea, Bubble Tea, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
406 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171
Phone number (617) 328-8883
yochaatquincy.com

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching | Hampton, New Hampshire

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we went on a deep sea fishing tour with a few friends back in april. it’s an all day event, so we got to hampton beach around 6am in the morning.

we were pretty excited as we were getting on the boat, I thought it would be a nice day hanging out on the ocean and hopefully catch some fish for dinner. little did we know what we got ourselves into.
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it was a 2-hour boat ride off the coast. 10 mins after the boat started moving, all of my 3 friends started throwing up like crazy. it was windy so the ride was rough. i started to feel uncomfortable an hour in. i didnt throw up , but i already started regretting this. i felt freezing cold even thought I was in my canada goose long jacket.

the boat finally stopped moving after 2 hours and it was time to start fishing. all my friends were still throwing up. the waves felt even stronger after the boat stopped moving and i started to feel very seasick. 10 mins later i joined my friends and started throwing up into the ocean. i didnt eat much that morning so nothing really came out.
i didnt throw up as much as my friends, but i still felt very very sick and freezing cold.
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none of my friends could even get up, so they didnt try to fish.
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pork belly was the only person in our group that felt fine and fished. it must have been all the fish sauce he has consumed all his life.
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i really wanted to kill myself knowing i will be stuck on this boat for next 8 hours.
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the crew was really helpful. they were running around showing ppl how to fish or just help them out in general.

pork belly caught his 1st fish wooohoooo
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the guy helped him taking the fish off the hook and measured how big the fish was. if it wasn’t big enough, they had to throw them back to the ocean.
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it’s a Stripped Bass.
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i tried to force myself to take naps so i didn’t have to feel the nausea.
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i felt ok for a little bit after the 100th nap, so i tried to fish, but quickly felt very sick again after a few mins of fishing.
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my poor friends, they were like this the entire 8 hour trip. i really thought i was gonna die too.
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it was the longest 8 hours in our life and I still can’t believe I actually survived looking back. we were beyond relieved and thankful when we finally got back on the land. we all swore we would never go on such trips ever again. my friend was still throwing up after got back on the land. i asked if this could get better over time and they all told me no. they said if you are seasick then you would be forever seasick. it was such a terrible experience for us, so think twice if you wanna go one a deep sea fishing or whale watching tour. maybe go on a half day tour to try it out first. we all been on boats and cruises before and we were all fine, but a relatively small boat all day out in the ocean is a different story.
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1 Ocean Blvd.
Hampton, New Hampshire 03842
603-926-2469

Late Night Ramen | Uni Sashimi Bar | Boston, MA Back Bay

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uni sashimi bar has been serving late night ramen from 11 pm on fridays and saturdays for a while now, but it took us a while to check it out.

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there was a wait for tables, so we grabbed seats at the bar.

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not sure if bartenders hate ppl eating food at the bar especially when we werent ordering alcohol, the bartender kept ignoring us so it took us a while to get his attention and ordered our food. i just wanted ramen and to go home and sleep.

hot dog – it tasted like bánh mì except with soggy roll and sausage
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pork bun – meh
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meh meh
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shishito peppers
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XO squid ramen
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traditional ramen with pork
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both of the ramens were absolutely TERRIBLE. the broth was had no complexity, just a hot mess (well it was luke warm), let alone flavors. CRAZY salty, the most salty noodle dish ive ever had. the entire meal was disappointing. i left really unsatisfied and disgusted and i really wanted my calories back! ugh. i’d avoid their ramen at all costs.
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Uni Sashimi Bar
Sushi Bars, Japanese
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Back Bay
Phone number (617) 536-7200
unisashimibar.com

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