WIAW: Living in the City

Hey ya’ll! It is that time again: What I Ate Wednesday. We can give a big thanks to Jenn for hosting this lovely foodie day of the week. I am glad that it is Wednesday. I need a break from school. Sometimes it can get so exhausting having 6 hours of straight class on two days of the week. I can’t wait for next semester when I will only have one class a day. I need that even though that means I will lose my four day weekends, but don’t worry because I will still have three day weekends haha. Oh the good life of grad school. Now lets get to the food. I’ve been enjoying some interesting things while I’ve been living in NYC.

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Who remembers that one time that I went to rave brunch and was pretty plastered by 3 pm? Oh yes I don’t really remember. Just kidding, I wasn’t that drunk, but I was pretty tipsy. Anyways I never showed ya’ll what I ordered because while most people go to drink there is also food served there. I had crab cake eggs benedict. They were actually pretty good. The english muffin was toasted perfectly and the eggs were poached well. The crab cake was just mediocre, but you can’t go wrong with putting crab cakes on top eggs benedict. It came with this awesome hash mix. I wish there had been more of that. It was awesome to dip in ketchup.

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This may be the greatest thing that exists on planet Earth. Welcome to Bibimbap. One night when we were out with our guy friends, Carrianne and I really just wanted some greasy Chinese food. However it was 2 am on a Saturday and we were over by Grand Central, so finding greasy Chinese open at that hour wasn’t the easiest. However we ended up in the wonderful Koreatown. We had a miss adventure where we thought we were going for Korean BBQ, but we ended up in a Korean Karaoke bar. We left and decided to just go into the next restaurant. There I discovered the greatness of Bibimbap. This is a fried rice kind of dish where the rice cooks against the hot pot and gets super crunchy. Mine is topped with bulgogi, a fried egg, carrots, and other delicious vegetables. There is an awesome spicy Korean sauce to go on top of it too. I drenched mine in it. I can’t wait to have more bibimbap in my life.

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I forgot to show these weeks ago when my roommates got them for me, but they spoiled me with Crumb’s cupcakes. I have the birthday cake one, carrot cake, coconut, and pumpkin. The birthday cake ended up being my favorite with the pumpkin following close behind it in second. The birthday cake one had the best icing. It was a simple buttercream with sprinkles. The thing I liked about the pumpkin and birthday cake was that they were stuffed with icing too. That is one reason why I love Crumb’s. They stuff their cakes. The cake was a funfetti cake too, which is probably why it was birthday themed. Overall these were great and the best part was I lost weight haha.

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This picture is a little blurry, but it was super dark inside the restaurant. This past Saturday after Carrianne and I were running errands around Soho, we decided to stop somewhere and get a little snack. I ended up getting wine glazed pork belly, which was to die for. It was this cute little Korean restaurant called Kori. I will definitely be going back because the food was so good. They had bibimbap too (with pork belly), so you know I will be going just for that.

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Well it was Saturday and while we were at the Korean restaurant we decided that we needed to go to a happy hour to get some drinks. Unfortunately this wasn’t a very easy thing to do since it was about 6:30 and we obviously weren’t going to make it. We finally found this place, but we missed the happy hour. Oh well we were still getting drinks. Mine had passionfruit vodka, lemonade, and cherry juice in it. Oh man. It was delicious. I could have thrown a few of these back. My second drink was just the wine of the night, but afterwards I was feeling good.

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The funny thing about the happy hour place we ended up at was that they served dim sum all day. Well of course I was going to get some more food since all I had were those few slices of pork belly. I ended up getting pork soup dumplings. They were pretty good. The dumpling wrapper was super sticky, but overall it was good. The broth inside was perfect. Probably one of the better broths I’ve had in regards to soup dumplings.

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It was dim sum, so I obviously was going to get my staple dish. BBQ pork buns. They were delicious. I don’t think you can really mess those up unless you are drunk while cooking, but still. All you do is steam. I am glad that I got to have a little dim sum on Saturday night because I really can’t live without dim sum. It is definitely one of the greatest meals of the day. I still need to venture out to Flushing to go get my real dim sum on.

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OMG DROOOOOLING. Carrianne decided to make pumpkin scones on Sunday night and I was like yes, yes, and yes. They were so delicious. At first when she was making them I was getting a little skeptical because the dough looked super sketchy. However they turned out perfect. The icing on top was amazing too. It was a cinnamon and sweet frosting that soaked into the scone, which made it taste even better. This was a perfect way to end Sunday night.

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I’ll leave ya’ll with a cute little picture of some red pandas that I saw at Central Park Zoo on Friday. They were the cutest things ever. I really wanted to steal one and take it home as a pet. I would have loved it and cuddled it sooooooo much.

Have you ever had Korean food?
What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

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David, My True Love

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Mine is filled with studying and paper writing. Today I’m going to talk about my true love: David.

Davids Tea

My family and friends will probably laugh because there is a special someone named David in my life, but today I’m talking about my other David, Davids Tea. I first found out about this company through Meg, she was always raving about the wonderful teas they had to offer. So when I was in Canada, I decided to pick up a few samples of tea. I instantly fell in love, so when I was in NYC I had to grab a lot more.

photo(7)Online, Davids Tea, describes blueberry jam as the perfect companion to your morning toast. I have to agree with them on that one. This mixture of black tea, blueberries, elderberries, cornflower, and stevia is one of the most delicious treats I’ve had alongside my breakfast. This tea is also organic, which I like because some of the other ones have artificial flavoring. The blueberry flavor of the tea is not overwhelming, but instead it provides a sweet flavor of fresh fruit in a glass. The smell of the tea leaves and the tea brewed is absolutely amazing. It smells exactly like blueberry jam. You definitely have to get this tea, and I recommend that you get it served hot.

photo(6) When brewed, it provides a dark color. This can be attributed to the fact that this is a black tea, so the color seeps out of the loose leaves. This is definitely my favorite tea I’ve had from this place (Oh wait, that may be a lie because I forgot I used to have pineapple oolong, which is crazy good).

photo(1)What? Birthday Cake tea? Yes, minds are blown now. This tea smells exactly like a delicious slice of birthday cake with buttercream icing. It also taste sweet and scrumptious like when you bite into that birthday cake. I am in love with this tea. When I brew it, I like to add a packet of sugar to bring out the full flavor. It is a red and green roiboos tea with honeybush, sprinkles, ice cream bits, and natural flavoring. I’ve only had this tea hot, but I wonder what it would taste like when its cold. If anyone knows, let me know!

photo(2)Another delicious tea is the Pumpkin Chai. I have a weakness for chai teas ever since I was little because my mom has an obsession with chai tea. This is another black tea that has cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, squash, caramel, pumpkin candies, and natural flavor. The cinnamon and cloves give the chai tea little spice where as the pumpkin gives it a nice savory flavor. I would definitely only consume this tea as a hot tea and not a cold, but I have never had the cold version before. It just doesn’t seem like something that would be super tasty.

photo(3)Mother’s little helper. Oh how you help me go to sleep at night. The cool thing about David’s is that you go in to the store and there is just a wall full of containers with loose tea leaves. The staff is super friendly and great at helping you find the right tea for you, so when I was in NYC I wanted a tea that would help make me tired at night. The staff then suggested that I try out mother’s little helper. Oh how I love them for this suggestion. This tea seriously knocks me out. The peppermint in the tea makes you feel really soothed as you sip it and you slowly start to drift into a sleep. This also probably occurs because it is an herbal tea, so herbs have tons of functional properties.

photoThis tea is light when you brew it due to the light ingredients in the leaves. It is a really refreshing treat to enjoy right before you go to sleep for the night. I am definitely a fan of this tea. You can’t go wrong with anything mint flavored.

photo(5)The cool thing about David’s Tea is that since all the tea comes in loose leaves, you have to have a way of steeping it. The shop offers mesh balls that you can reuse over and over again, but they also have these tea bags. The cool thing about the tea bags is that you can still steep one bag over and over again with the same leaves in it. The tea always taste just as good every single time you brew it.

I love Davids Tea so much that I asked my mom to try to get me some of the new flavors, such as coconut oolong, when she passes through Boston. I hope she has time, but if not I’m lucky enough to have two friends that live in NYC and Boston. That is the one sad thing about Davids Tea, there are only shops in Canada, NYC, Boston, California, and a few other places. Please get one in Texas. The good news is that you can order it online, but I like to order 1 oz instead of 2, so it is a must to go in the store for me. I think that David’s should send me some delicious samples to review on my blog, that would be pretty awesome. A girl can dream!