Aquavit | Midtown East New York, NY

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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.

2007 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany
super fruity and light, perfect for lunch
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pickled potato salad, capers, chives
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danish rye, dill mayonnaise
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fresh, light, refreshing
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cod, scallops, shrimp, mussels, parsley aioli, pickled tomatoes, champagne foam
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the seafood was executed to perfection, but the champagne broth was a little too acidic and overpowering for my liking
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potato, onion marmalade, egg yolk
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gingerbread cake, caramelized walnuts, vanilla ice cream
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panna cotta
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the lunch was solid overall. the service was on point, wine was lovely, food was well executed.
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65 E 55th St
New York, NY 10022
b/t Madison Ave & Park Ave in Midtown East
Phone number (212) 307-7311

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Sweet Kingdom | Allston/Brighton Boston, MA

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sweet kingdom is a new asian dessert place opened on harvard ave couple weeks ago.


they open til 2am everyday!

menu looks like a typical dessert shop in asian such as 满记甜品 honeymoon dessert.

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i like the idea of ordering off a tablet
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coconut and red bean pudding – this was pretty flavorless and the pudding texture was a bit hard.
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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。
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durian with coconut sauce
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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.

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Sweet Kingdom
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.


Cafe Bene | Symphony Hall Boston, MA

(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.

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It’s a cozy shop. Since this is near Northeastern University, they were plenty of students “studying.”

They are going for a Library Room theme
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Waffle Display

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Selection of cakes, they have a Lady M-like crepe cake, and with the usual assortments of tiramisu, sponge cakes, and the like….
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caffe bene becomes very popular in asia after appearing on k-dramas… It seems like a great place to hang out.

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chocolate cake

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pistachio cheesecake

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hazelnut cake

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333 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
b/t Huntington Ave & St Botolph St
Phone number (617) 982-6688
Business website

Caffé Bene on Urbanspoon

Shabu & Mein | East Cambridge Kendall Square/MIT Boston, MA

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shabu & mein is a new restaurant under the same restaurant group such as:

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.

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(Soup noodles topped with char-shu pork, mushrooms, menma, scallions, nori, black sesame garlic oil, and a soft-boiled egg)

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broth was ok, pork was on the chewy side, noodles were wayyy over done. overall, it didnt taste bad, but at $14 a bowl, there left much more to be desired.
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(Soup noodles topped with char-shu pork, mushrooms, menma, scallions, nori, black sesame garlic oil, and a soft-boiled egg)
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same as the non-spicy version, but with the spicy sauce. the spicy sauce actually tasted strange, they did not compliment the ramen well. i would def get it non-spicy.
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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:

Shabu & Mein on Urbanspoon

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Besito Mexican Restaurant | Chestnut Hill, MA

(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.

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The restaurant is large and bustling with a great energy.

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Very interesting Decor

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We were promptly seated and presented with the menu. Besito has a very expansive menu.

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While waiting for our food, we chowed down on some chips. It’s easy to go overboard with chips.

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Watermelon Margarita and Besito Patron Margarita

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Made Tableside
en Molcajete
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

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2nd Appetizer
Queso Fundido
Baked queso Chihuahua, rajas, chorizo, cilantro, white onion.

Cheesy warm and hits the spot, especially on the extremely cold day we visited.

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The Queso is served with warm tortillas
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That cheese action + Carne Asada Tacos

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3rd Appetizer

Tacos de Carne Asada*
Grilled marinated skirt steak, organic romaine
lettuce, pico de gallo, chile de arbol salsa, queso

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4th Appetizer

Panquesito de Jaiba
Crispy jumbo lump crab cake, roasted habanero
cream sauce, roasted corn salad, cilantro,
queso fresco

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1st entrée

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.

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It came with Beans and rice and cheese.

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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

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2nd entrée

Camarones Ajillo
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.

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At this point we were pretty stuffed. But there is still dessert, the show must go on….



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My beautiful wife



At the end of the meal the waiter gave us two of these guys
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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.

Besito Mexican
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Besito - Chestnut Hill on Urbanspoon

*The meal was provided for free all opinions are my own*

Whole Roasted Lamb | Beijing Chang Ping Ma Yu Fang 北京昌平 麻峪房 刘士莲 烤全羊

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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.

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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.

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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.

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the lamb was freshly butchered in the morning
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the lamb is bathed with tons cumin and other spices.
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the lamb was delicious of course. beautifully charred on the outside and tender flavorful inside. October 01, 2014-DSC08091

the lamb comes with a set of meal, mainly rustic dishes.
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my cuz
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hanging out in their yard after lunch
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we took a walk while waiting my dad to finish his lunch.
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green dates
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after everyone finished eating and a short rest, we drove 5 mins to a nearby park for some walking/hiking

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beijing chang ping district ling zhen ma yu fang, house of tao and shi lian
phone: 011-86-10-89721953
cell: 011-86-13683071469


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