my friend and i went to aquavit for lunch after new years. rewarded with two michelin stars in the 2015 michelin guide new york, aquavit serves seasonal world-class modern nordic cuisine.
65 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
b/t Madison Ave & Park Ave in Midtown East
Phone number (212) 307-7311
sweet kingdom is a new asian dessert place opened on harvard ave couple weeks ago.
menu looks like a typical dessert shop in asian such as 满记甜品 honeymoon dessert.
the mango kingdom – mango, ice cream, coconut milk, sago, grapefruit
maybe mango isnt in season. this was lacking all the mango-y goodness.
i also prefer my 杨枝甘露 clean; didnt really appreciate all the coconut milk, sago, and the ice cream in my 杨枝甘露。
i was really excited about sweet kingdom because the menu looked very promising. i love mangos and everything made of mangos. unfortunately, the desserts were rather disappointing. i’d come and try again when mango’s in season perhaps. sweet kingdom still could be a good hanging out spot since they open til 2am in the morning everyday. comparing to yocha in quincy, i liked this better.
145 Harvard Ave
Boston, MA 02134
b/t Hefferan St & Glenville Ter in Allston/Brighton
Phone number (617) 782-0368
there’s an all you can eat hot pot sushi place opening up on harvard ave in allston right next to garlic lemon and sweet kingdom.
(PorkBelly) Cafe Bene is a chain cafe from Korea a la Paris Baguette, tous le jours. They just opened up a spot in Boston near Symphony Hall. We’ve been to locations all over, in NYC, LA, and in China. As with all chains, this one was more or less the same. We went on a Saturday, parking was impossible to find in the area, we circled around for at least a hour until I found a spot, typical for the area. The cafe is across the street from the Kung Fu Tea.
It’s a cozy shop. Since this is near Northeastern University, they were plenty of students “studying.”
caffe bene becomes very popular in asia after appearing on k-dramas… It seems like a great place to hang out.
333 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
b/t Huntington Ave & St Botolph St
Phone number (617) 982-6688
Business website caffebeneusa.com
shabu & mein is a new restaurant under the same restaurant group such as:
FUJI 1546 | B CAFE | SHABU AT QUINCY | FUJI AT KENDALL | BISTRO CHI | KAMA LOUNGE | SHABU & MEIN | FUJI AT ASSEMBLY | YOCHA
ive been to a handful of these restaurants and none of them were memorable.
as their name suggests, shabu & mein serves both shabu shabu (hot pot) and ramen along with some same plates. since ive had shabu at quincy, i just assume this one cant be too different from the other one.
so one day we just stopped by for lunch to try some ramen.
ORIGINAL TONKOTSU (PORK) RAMEN
(Soup noodles topped with char-shu pork, mushrooms, menma, scallions, nori, black sesame garlic oil, and a soft-boiled egg)
conclusion: overpriced food mediocre at the best. def targets white ppl in cambridge.
tip: they offer free valet parking during dinner.
Shabu & Mein
148 1st St
Cambridge, MA 02142
East Cambridge, Kendall Square/MIT
Transit information Green Lechmere Station and 1 more station
Phone number (617) 577-7888
Business website: shabumein.com
(Porkbelly) We were invited to try out the newly opened Besito Mexican Restaurant opened up in Chestnut Hill mall. The restaurant has a very authentic feeling, upon arrival the staff greets you in Spanish.
The restaurant is large and bustling with a great energy.
Very interesting Decor
We were promptly seated and presented with the menu. Besito has a very expansive menu.
While waiting for our food, we chowed down on some chips. It’s easy to go overboard with chips.
Watermelon Margarita and Besito Patron Margarita
Served with warm tortilla chips and salsa de
tomate y jalapeño
Our 1st appetizer
Basically Guacamole made tableside, it is damn good. I definitely recommend this. I could eat this all day
Baked queso Chihuahua, rajas, chorizo, cilantro, white onion.
Cheesy warm and hits the spot, especially on the extremely cold day we visited.
That cheese action + Carne Asada Tacos
Tacos de Carne Asada*
Grilled marinated skirt steak, organic romaine
lettuce, pico de gallo, chile de arbol salsa, queso
Panquesito de Jaiba
Crispy jumbo lump crab cake, roasted habanero
cream sauce, roasted corn salad, cilantro,
Filete de Res al Chipotle*
Filet Mignon marinated in Negra Modelo, chipotle quemado salsa, queso Chihuahua,
nopales, plantains, queso fresco
Very tender, cooked perfect, everything on this dish went well.
It came with Beans and rice and cheese.
For my side I ordered
Elotes de la Calle
Roasted Mexican street corn, queso fresco, chile molido
Bunny is a big corn fan. The combo of sweet and savory is what makes this dish
Jumbo shrimp and organic crimini and button mushrooms cooked in a garlic chile
salsa, mashed boniato, pico de gallo
This reminded us a lot of Mofongo in Puerto Rico. Shrimp with a starch base, the shrimp was perfect.
At this point we were pretty stuffed. But there is still dessert, the show must go on….
My beautiful wife
You put them under your pillow and it is supposed to ward off bad spirits.
Overall Besito Mexican is a very welcomed addition to the Chestnut hill area. It serves delicious Mexican food that is fairly priced with a large diversified menu. The restaurant seems like it is doing very well. There was a decent line forming behind the Hostess. I can recommend this restaurant.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
*The meal was provided for free all opinions are my own*
one of the days in beijing, we took a day trip to a small town of chang ping 昌平, couple hours outside of beijing, for some whole roasted lamb.
the small town, ma yu fang 麻峪房, has a few places like this that serves whole roasted lamb. these places are not restaurants but someone’s home. this particular we went to, they only serve to one group of people (2 tables) per day. you can spend the entire day eating, drinking (BYOB), hanging out, playing cards (ma jiang in my case), fruit picking, or hiking on nearby mountains. they also provide rooms for overnight stay for an extra fee. pretty much like a small resort but at someone’s house.
we went with a group of my dad’s friends. due to crazy traffic, we arrived kinda late and the lamb was almost done cooking. most of my dad’s friends got there early in the morning and went hiking to work out an appetite.
after everyone finished eating and a short rest, we drove 5 mins to a nearby park for some walking/hiking
beijing chang ping district ling zhen ma yu fang, house of tao and shi lian