we were in chinatown today and saw this new top bread bakery (former Bao Bao Bakery location which moved across street). i was never a fan of bao bao bakery because it smelled like bathroom and their bakery/store just looked unappealing to me. unlike bao bao bakery, top bread looks a lot cleaner, bright, and inviting so we went in and checked it out.
77 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
b/t Knapp St & Beach St in Chinatown
Hi All Porkbelly here,
We got a Sony a7 not too long ago and love it. The portability and image quality of the camera is great. We still haven’t bought a native FE mount lens for the camera yet. Manual focusing with this camera has been extremely easy with focus magnification to make sure the pictures are super sharp and focus peaking to let us know when the image is in focus. Our current go to lens is an old Canon FD 50mm S.S.C that has been with my family for a while now.
It’s awesome how the A7 gives new life to old lenses. Here are some shoots from the a7 with the Canon 50mm FD SSC 1.4 in Raw Format unedited….
Canon FD lenses offer great value, on the market a FD 50mm 1.4 SSC is around $100 used, compared to the 50mm EF 1.4 which is $250+
From the Beijing Cat cafe
1.4 gives great Bokeh!
Breakfast in Beijing
At our Wedding planner’s place in Beijing
From our wedding venue.
I feel like the Sony with a manual lens is helping me slow down, focus on the basics of photography instead of my usual pray and spray. Kind of like a Leica at 1/8 the price? So what do you think?
this is day 5 in manuel antonio costa rica and also the last post of costa rica series. we did stay for 1 more day in costa rica; however, i accidentally deleted all my day 6 pictures :'(
day 5 we went to check out manuel antonio national park in the morning and we did whitewater rafting in the afternoon with Iguana Tours. our schedule was pretty tight and our hotel la mansion inn was very helpful to squeeze two tours in one day for us.
after a short ride we arrived to Manuel Antonio National Park. you can come here without a tour or tour guide, but it was a very good idea that we came with one. it was ridiculously hard to spot animals. it took forever for me to find the animals even the tour guide pointed out for me. i probably wont be able to see any otherwise. the tour guide also carries a telescope with him and he can take pictures of the animals for you through the telescope.
after Manuel Antonio National Park, we joined another whitewater rafting on Naranjo River tour with Iguana Tours
for dinner, i was too lazy to do researches, so we went to Mar Luna which was recommended by a girl that worked in our hotel.
grilled seafood for two. they dont have this on the menu, so just ask for it. RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS!!!!! i was really mind blown by this grilled seafood platter. probably best grilled seafood ive ever had. they were freshly caught in the morning and grilled over volcanic ash (instead of charcoal). super flavorful and tasty. buttery, juicy, super fresh seafood with a bit of smokiness. this worth the trip to manuel antonio alone. simply amazing!
(PorkBelly) This Summer I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco on a Business trip. I got the OK from my boss to take my co-worker to Yank Sing for Dimsum. It was a short walk from our office in the financial district.
Shanghai Dumpling – A Yank Sing signature dish of minced Kurobuta Pork, scallion and ginger wrapped and steamed in its own aromatic broth.
We started off with some soup dumplings, they were decent. Not Shanghai levels of good (JiaJia)
Pork Siu Mye – Hand-chopped shrimp with pork, shiitake mushrooms filling hand-wrapped in fresh pasta skin and hand-formed into a fluted ‘basket.’
Shrimp Dumpling (Ha Gau) – Hand-chopped shrimp embedded with crunchy bits of sweet winter bamboo shoot tips and fashioned into a bonnet.
Steamed Pork Buns – Warm fluffy bread buns stuffed with nuggets of honey-glazed BBQ pork.
For Dimsum I always order Chrysanthemum tea. I don’t know why I just like it. Tea wasn’t watered down like most dimsum places.
My guilty dim sum pleasure, dim purist hate it, but I love it….It’s a bit Americanized
Stuffed Crab Claws – Light and fluffy crab and shrimp mousse croquette encasing a whole snow crab claw, deep-fried until golden brown.
Pork rib – pretty fancy for pork rib at a Dimsum joint. It was good, meat was tender
Don’t know how to explain this one, tofu skin thing with chicken inside.
Coconut Cream Roll – A soft sweet rice roll filled with a custard cream filling and topped with coconut flakes.
outside is a coconutty gluttonous wrapper, and the inside is delicious custard filling. I like coconut and I like custard filling, so this was a hit in my book.
I also ordered a Nai huang Bao, It’s a bun filled with a custard filling
Overall the dim sum was good. The ingredients are very fresh and clean, everything came out hot and quick like dimsum is supposed to. I got a Americanized vibe from this place, they missed a few dimsum items I love to order i.e Chicken Feet, and 腸粉. It’s rare finding Chinese food like this in a middle of a financial district, so I’ll take it! One major down side is that it’s fucking expensive. I spent almost $100 including tip for all the items pictured. That’s pretty ridiculous for dimsum. Nonetheless I had a food coma went I went back to work…..
101 Spear St
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Porkbelly)KFC, Korean Fried Chicken in LA, what are the normal spots? Bonchon? Kyochon? OB Bear? Seoul Sausage? My friend gave me a tip to check out Kokio (I was planning to go to Kyochon for their take out). He’s adamant OB Bear is the king of KFC in LA and Kokio is the shit for take out.
Kokio Chicken is located on Western Ave in Koreatown, it would be easy to miss if it wasn’t for the Huge Chicken logo on a Red Awning.
The store has two openings
A preview of their menu
A view from their main room
My friend and I ordered some chicken and than we allegedly sped back to his place to eat this delicious goodness…..
Half and Half, up front is the Sweet and Spicy and in the rear are the Spicy wings…..The Chicken is hot, crispy, perfectly battered, perfectly sauced…. My mouth is watering thinking about it…..The spicy wings were pretty damn hot…
My friend really likes the pickled radish they give you so he got extra, at Kyochon they charge for this, but Kokio gives it out no charge. Our food came with these sauces
I didn’t use it too much since the chicken is properly seasoned, it tastes like green sauce from a peruvian joint. Not bad.
I didn’t get a picture of the other sauce, it tasted like a mayonnaise based sauce.
Overall, This place is a damn good Korean Fried Chicken place! It’s a million times better than Bonchon or anything we have in the Boston area. We went on a Sunday Evening and there wasn’t a line. The food came out prompt and hot. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the LA area.
371 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
went to check out night market’s soft opening tonight.
as the name suggests, it’s an asian street food inspired restaurant.
pineapple sake slushy | menu – click to enlarge
food didn’t taste bad except for the oysters; however, it tasted nothing like authentic asian street food. the idea is nice, but the execution is off. one of the reasons why people enjoy night markets is that they enjoy specialized dishes by each food vendor while still having a great selection of food. dishes like dan dan mian seem simple but are very hard to execute well. usually one food stand at a night market in asia specializes in one dish or one type of food. they cook the same dish all their life and sometimes it’s even being passed on from one generation to another. although they have a selection of ‘asian street food’ dishes, none of the dishes we had at night market was very well made or memorable.
although the food was discounted at 50% off during the soft opening period, i found the full price to be ridiculously high for what it is. the daikon fries are priced at $10 and the chinese fish fry, canned fish + rice, are priced at $9.5. not sure what kinda people would wanna pay $10 for some canned fish over white rice. i rarely talk about prices on this blog, but i found this was pretty outrages. it would be all worth the money if they did taste amazing; however, it was not the case for night market.
grand opening is tomorrow 12/9/2014
things i liked: the pineapple sake slushy, ambience, friendly service.
will i return: very unlikely
below 48 jfk street