Jin Ramen: The Cold Weather Cure

Hey guys! Friday is such a great day of the week. Plus my brother and his friend are in town, which is super fun. That means my posts for the next few days will probably just be filled with fatty goodness. I’m not complaining. When they got in, I had Doughnut Plant waiting for them (I’ll share this another day), but then I had to head off to work. They ended up going with me to my stop and walking to a bagel shop that apparently is amazing (I don’t direct people to bad food ever – it is my life skill). Work was crazy. The kids were crazy. Anyways we had plans to meet up for ramen after I got off work. I thought of all the amazing places that are offered in NYC, and ended up choosing one right by my school that I have always wanted to go to.

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Introducing Jin Ramen. The problem with ramen restaurants are that you can’t make reservations, so pretty much it is first come, first served. Otherwise the rest of you are shoved outside to wait in the cold. However, as the crazy foodie that I am, I think it is totally worth it. We were blessed by the ramen gods though because a bunch of people complained and left, so we waited a minimal amount of time (probably like 3-4 minutes) when my brother and his friend go there, so we were seated almost immediately. Success. The restaurant is pretty small too, so that is one reason why it takes so long to get seated. Plus the food is the bomb, so people know what is up.

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If you really know me, you will know that I have a deep love for pork buns. Anything in a steamed bun is particularly delicious to me, and I was happy to find out that steamed pork buns are a staple at ramen shops. THANK YOU. I got an order of steamed pork buns, which you could pick to get either 2 or 3. I’m obviously not a massive pig, so I just chose to get 2. It was Gua Bao buns stuffed with chashu pork (I have realized that this may be the greatest pork to exist, so thank you Jin Ramen), iceberg lettuce, and spicy mayo. I am obsessed. This was definitely one of the best pork buns that I have ever had. I probably will go here after class just so I can enjoy some of these bad boys. It came served along with a nice portion of cabbage, which I really enjoyed. There was a nice dressing on it, which paired well with the pork buns.

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My brother and his friend ended up splitting (besides an order of pork buns too, can’t miss those) a dish that had something to do with dumplings. I forgot to take a picture of the menu because there has been some new additions to it compared to the one online and the old menu. This came with a mustard sauce and another dipping sauce. They ended up going with chicken (you could get chicken or pork), since they were having pork in their ramen. It looked really good. They seemed to love this sauce that looked like a black bean dip. I would definitely try this next time I go. They had a ton of appetizers that looked good, but I’m obviously biased toward my beloved pork buns.

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Oh man. This was a bowl of deliciousness. My brother ended up getting the Green Curry ramen, which is a new menu item. It said it was three pepper spicy on the menu, but I think mine was definitely way spicier than this. It literally tasted like a liquid version of green curry with ramen noodles in it. He ended up adding enoki mushrooms to it, and the dish as a whole was great. There was a wide variety of vegetables in it that you would typically find in a green curry. I am getting this one next time I go because I feel in love with the coconut creamy goodness that this has to offer.

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My brother’s friend ended up going with the Tonkotsu ramen, which is just a pork bone based ramen. She added enoki mushrooms to it to, which are these small skinny things. According to the menu, this ramen cooks for hours upon hours to get the rich flavors out of the pork bone. It was really simple, but so delicious. All of the basic ramens come with noodles, scallions, a hard boiled egg, and charshu pork. You have the option of adding in extra sides, which is pretty cool I think because you get to create your own ramen.

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Now my bowl of ramen. Look at that kind of creepy orange color, but it is just filled with warm spicy broth. Mine definitely came with a kick. I was chugging water, but every moment was worth it. I ended up adding some tofu, bok choy, and enoki mushrooms to it. My original choice was another new menu item, but it has four spicy peppers next to it and I realized I didn’t want to spend the rest of my night experiencing actual death. Therefore I went with the spicy tonkotsu ramen, which is the same pork ramen that my brother’s friend got, but with spicy mayu sauce and rayu (a spicy sesame oil). I loved having all the extra things in it. It made it really hearty. I even had so much leftover that I got to take some home for snacks for later. I think this place is a really good deal because the ramen is only 11-13$ per bowl, and then you can get add ins if you want from .75-1.25$. Overall I am in love with this place and I definitely will be coming back. Ramen is in.

Have an awesome Saturday!

Have you ever had real ramen before?What would you want in your ramen?

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New York City Restaurant Week: My Heaven

Hey ya’ll! It’s Friday, Friday, I freaking love Friday. Fridays are seriously my only day off from school, which is very different in comparison to last semester when I only had class on Monday and Wednesday. I have epic plans for the weekend. I am going to Killington, VT with a bunch of my friends to learn how to ski, have fun in the hot tub, and just relax from the stress that is school. In the meantime though I have something really near and dear to my heart to share with ya’ll. New York City Restaurant Week is upon us and I obviously have to experience all the greatness that is available to me. When you offer 25$ and 38$ lunch/dinners that are a ton of freaking food, I’m so going to be all over it. This Thursday, my school friends and I, decided to have an after class date at Haru Sushi, who just happened to be participating in restaurant week. Success.

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One of my favorite things about restaurant week dinner is that you get a ton of options from each category. For the dinners, you usually get a appetizer, entree, and dessert. The best part of Haru sushi is that each category had many amazing choices while dessert just had two (not complaining though because both are really great).

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I ended up going for the rock shrimp tempura with spicy sauce for my appetizer. This was definitely a good choice. This portion was freaking huge. I love that they give you the actual sizes for restaurant week because it means that you are definitely getting your moneys worth. The tempura on the outside of the shrimp was perfect. It wasn’t too crispy or too soft. The sauce was awesome. A lot of people on yelp complained that it was super spicy, but ya’ll are seriously weak. This sauce is not spicy at all. It was more creamy and delicious. So far this was a win. I was looking forward to more of the food to come.

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My friend ended up going with the King Crab Dumplings, which looked really good too. She said they were delicious. They came in this cute little steamed dumpling basket that you usually see sitting on dim sum carts. If I go back to this place, I would definitely get an order of these bad boys. They were only 8.75$ regularly (while it is nothing like my Jade Garden 8 dumplings for 4.25$ this is still pretty great for crab dumplings at a sushi restaurant).

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Hail the sushi gods. This was a lot of sushi for an entree. My friend and I both picked the specialty sushi rolls for our entree choice. It came with two rolls that were each 8 pieces, so that was 16 pieces of sushi in total. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to finish this (I ended up having to take 7 pieces home with me in order to be able to enjoy dessert). The rolls that were included were the Gramercy Park Roll and the Kiss of Fire roll.

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This was the Gramercy Park Roll. It came with crunch spicy albacore tuna and jalapenos wrapped with tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. There was also a wide variety of toppings on top in form of fish eggs. This roll was the bomb. I loved that there were different types of fish on top. All of the raw fish was incredibly fresh. It blended together nicely and to be honest I couldn’t really taste the spiciness of the jalapenos inside the roll, so I think that they did a good job of making it more of a blended flavor than a spice of the dish. This roll is originally 18$, so I probably wouldn’t have gotten it in the restaurant if there wasn’t this special NYC restaurant week menu. It was definitely good though.

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Hello you little firecracker. Man this roll definitely had a kick to it. This was the kiss of fire, which was really living up to its name. It was salmon, albacore tuna, and wasabi tobiko wrapped around crunchy spicy tuna and more jalapenos. This thing was jacked with jalapenos and spiciness all over. The red sauce that was a dot on the top of each piece of sushi was spicy. It wasn’t too much that I was sweating and snot dripping down my nose, but it definitely packed a punch and I had to chug some water to keep up with it. I love spicy things, so this was definitely my favorite of the rolls. It was regularly 15.25, so I think that I might get it, but probably not since I’m my cheap graduate student self. Thank you NYC Restaurant week, I love you for having all of this food available to me.

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For dessert, my friend ended up going for the banana spring roll with chocolate dipping sauce. You can’t go wrong with chocolate on the side. This was actually pretty good. We each let each other have a piece of our desserts. This was rather simple. It was just a banana wrapped with a wonton wrapper then it was fried. However that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good because it definitely was delicious. I liked that it was a lighter option to have for dessert because at this point you are probably pretty stuffed from all the food you have eaten.

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Oh man. I could just stare at this beauty for a long time. I went with the tempura cheesecake. It was definitely a win on my part. It was served over this interesting alcoholic kind of sauce with strawberries and whipcream. The cheesecake was so soft inside. It just melted in your mouth as you bit into the piece. I loved that it was lightly fried because it kept the cheesecake in its prime condition. I could have probably managed to stuff a ton of these cheesecake bites into my mouth, but unfortunately they only gave me about 3. Overall you get your moneys worth at this place because my appetizer was 11, the sushi was 33.25, and the dessert was probably 6-8. Therefore you know you are getting a good deal since the dinner is just 38$ and all you have to do is pay tax and tip. Oh restaurant week, can’t you be forever?

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Well I’m off to the mountains! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend because I know I will be having a pretty great one and a hilarious one. Next up on my NYC Restaurant week adventures will be Morimoto (yeah ya’ll can be jealous now, I’m going on Monday for lunch – booooyah).

The Greatest Foodie Adventure

Hey ya’ll! Happy Friday. I have been crazy busy today. This morning I had an interview at the New York City Food Bank for an internship of a lifetime. I really hope I get the opportunity to intern there! It would be amazing. Then I had plans with a friend to go on a free walking tour through Chinatown from a company called Free Tours by Foot. That was probably the greatest foodie adventure I’ve been on since I’ve moved here. It was a food tour, so it was based around the food in Chinatown. We went to a ton of delicious places while learning about the culture of Chinatown and how Chinatown was developed. Lets get to the yummy part, which was the food.

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The first stop was a dumpling shop. At the beginning, I just wanted to eat anything because I hadn’t eaten all day because I had been back and forth from my apartment to places. I was excited though we were getting dumplings because who doesn’t love a good fried dumpling. I sort of laughed that the name of the place was Fried Dumpling. It probably said something else in Chinese, but our tour guide had no idea. It smelled so delicious outside. I wanted her to hurry up and explain, so we could get inside and get our nom on.

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Get in my belly. The tour guide went on to explain the the pork and chive were the most popular, so I decided why not go ahead and get that. My friend and I ended up splitting a thing of ten dumplings. They were delicious. There was a nice juice inside, the pork was really tender, and the chive wasn’t overwhelming. The dough of the dumpling was perfectly fried and crispy in all the right places. The best part of this place was that 5 dumplings only cost a 1$. Apparently this is a huge thing in Chinatown. I definitely know where I will be heading from now on. I’ll pretty much become a dumpling with prices like these. This was the perfect way to the start the tour. As we enjoyed our dumplings, our tour guide, Meredith, from Free Tours by Foot, went on to explain a little bit about herself and the company.

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The next stop on the tour was Xi’an Famous Foods. The funny thing was that I had actually creeped on this place before in one of my many yelp searches for legitimate Chinese food in New York. So when Free Tours by Foot said we were going here, I got a little foodie excited. This store has many locations in the city, which include East Village, Midtown West, and Chinatown. Of course since we were on the Chinatown tour, we obviously were going to the Chinatown shop, but it was nice to learn that there are bunch of shops around the city and much closer to where I live then Chinatown (bc this is so far away from my apartment – oh wait, so is everything that is anything, first world struggles).

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My friend and I ended up splitting the Lamb Burger. Lamb at a Chinese shop? Yes, I was a bit weirded out too. The tour guide from Free Tours by Foot said that this was a really popular item and a good snack to go since we were on a walking tour. However I definitely want to go back because she said that they were known for their noodles and soup, which are two things that are not easy to do while walking. This was delicious. The bun was steamed on the outside and the lamb inside was soft and broke apart in your mouth. It was really spicy, which I enjoyed. One lady said she was sweating, which I laughed at because it was 40 degrees outside and it wasn’t THAT spicy. There were onions and peppers packed along with the meat, which was nice. Overall it was definitely a win. You go Free Tours by Foot, you go!

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Next stop was ice cream. I know what you are thinking, who eats ice cream in Chinatown and when it is cold outside? It wasn’t that cold actually. Plus my mouth was a little spicy and hot from the lamb burger, so it was nice to cool it off with some ice cream. This place was really interesting. They had a ton of odd Asian flavored ice cream like lychee, sesame, something I can’t even pronounce, almond cookie (apparently this is some Asian treat), and others. It was hard to pick because they all looked so good.

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I ended up getting the almond cookie one since it was a traditional Chinese treat that was mashed inside of ice cream. It was really good. The almond flavor wasn’t too overwhelming and I liked the nice surprises of crunch from the smashed cookie inside the ice cream. It was definitely a sweet treat to have. I want to go find those almond cookies and try them by themselves. My friend got this special Chinese one that had butter in it along with an American flavor of cherry vanilla. Of course the tour guide laughed at him for getting an American flavor, but he redeemed himself by getting the butter one too. I was getting full at this point, so definitely my advice on food tours is to always split things!

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The next stop was Mei Lai Wah, which was sort of a bakery, but kind of a dim sum shop, which also had random things like rice and noodles. I was so pumped to go here. When Free Tours by Foot had said that we were going to be getting BBQ pork buns on the tour, I was like OMG OMG OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSS. BBQ pork buns are pretty much my thing. I have to always have them at dim sum. My family knows too that this is like my ultimate dish. Anyways food.

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This is nirvana. Not even joking. My friend ended up getting the baked BBQ pork bun, which is a sweet version of this classic dish. It is topped with a honey egg glaze. He enjoyed it so much that he went back inside to buy some steamed BBQ pork buns to try. I don’t lie about BBQ pork buns people! The greatest thing about this shop was that the buns were only .80 cents. Ummm yes. And they were huge. I will definitely be coming back here all the time. I got two BBQ steamed buns to go because I knew I would want to enjoy them later. I wouldn’t have minded trying the shrimp dumplings or the rice noodles too, but I didn’t have time to get those or eat them on the walk.

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Free Tours by Foot is great because you get to learn historical information while nomming on delicious treats. Our tour guide decided to let our stomachs digest some of the food for a bit, so she took us to a Buddhist temple, which was really interesting. It was really beautiful inside with all the ornate statues. I was happy to sit down. We had been walking for a bit and my legs were getting a little tired. Problems of an old person. Struggle bus. There was an quirky old woman there offering grapes to her relatives that had passed on. We learned that the Buddhist offer food at the alter in order to feed them in heaven. I thought that was pretty cool. Hopefully someone manages it, so that the food doesn’t spoil.

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This was our last stop on the tour. I was sad, but at the same time I was looking forward to taking a rest because I was so exhausted. This was a sweet bakery unlike the more savory one we went to in order to get the BBQ pork buns. Apparently I was the only person on the tour, besides the guide, that knew anything about classic Asian dishes. My parents raised me right giving me lots of dim sum and other Asian food.

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Once again I had to get the treats to go, and I even got one for the roomie. I know how she loves her egg custard tarts, so I was like yep definitely getting two, so we can enjoy them together when we sit on the couch and vegetate tonight. We are cool like that. I also ended up getting a coconut bun too. I was a bit interested in how it would be, so I can’t wait to see if there is cream or not inside. I love that surprise, unless it is really gross.

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed the food tour. Free Tours by Foot will definitely be having my business again. I can’t wait to go on more foodie adventures to places like the Lower East Side or Greenwich. The best idea behind the tour is that you pay what you want for the tour. Some people can either pay nothing while others will tip the guide huge. I think it depends on your experience on the tour, how much you paid for food, and how much money you have in general. Poor college students, like myself, can tip 10$, which I think was fair because I spent a lot of money on food. I definitely recommend this Chinatown tour though!

What is your favorite Chinese dish?
Have you ever been on a food tour?

Homemade Dolsot Bibimbap

Hey ya’ll! I have an awesome post for you today. Remember that picture of bibimbap that I shared with ya’ll for last WIAW? Well Carrianne and I decided that we were going to learn to make our own, so we didn’t have to pay 14-20$ every time we wanted dolsot bibimbap. We adventured to Koreatown on Saturday to look for our very own stone bowls. We ended up going to H-mart, which sold bowls for about 9$. That included the lid, bowl, and a plate. We got a few food items at the market to add to the our bibimbap too. On Sunday, we started our Asian food adventure.

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Stone Dolsot Bibimbap

1/2 c of cooked brown rice
bean sprouts
matchstick carrots
sauteed zuchinni
sauteed mushrooms (we used a mix of shiitake, crimini, and regular)
1/4 c of cooked meat (we used ground beef with 1 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of soy sauce)
1 egg
1-2 tsp of sesame oil
Gochugang (red paste)

1. First you place your stone bowl on the burner with medium-low heat. Let bowl get extremely hot. Once hot, add in the sesame oil to the bottom of the bowl.

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2. Once you add in the oil, you want to layer in the rice. Try to get the rice coated all along the bottom and the sides.

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3. Then you add in the vegetables one at a time, making a fan like organization throughout the bowl.

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4. Make sure you have cooked everything before placing it on the bowl. A good tip to getting all the vegetables on the bowl in a nice manner and not making a mess is by using tongs to pick up all the things and place them in your stone bowl.

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5. Place the fried egg on the top and in the middle of the bowl. Keep heating until you hear a strong sizzling/crackling noise, which will be the rice cooking with the sesame oil. If you want the rice crunchier, you should leave it on the heat for a longer period of time.

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6. Remove the bowl from the heat with two oven mitts because the bowl will be extremely hot. Place on your dolsot plate that came along with the bowl.

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7. Top with the red paste (be cautious because it can be very spicy depending on the type that you buy), and mix well. You can stir it up and mix all of the things in with the rice.

This was amazing. Seriously tasted just as good as the time we went to the restaurant in Koreatown with our guy friends. We somehow bought the super spicy red paste, so we were about to explode. However I love sweating and cleaning out my sinuses. The rice was perfectly crispy from cooking in the sesame oil in the bottom of the bowl. We had a great amount of vegetables too. You could definitely make a vegetarian bowl by using only vegetables and tofu or vegetables only. I can’t wait to try out more combinations in this bowl because I think there are some good meat options that you can stick in this. Things such as pork belly or real bulgogi beef. Yes, we made a knock off bulgogi with ground beef. It was really delicious though, which was a nice surprise. I am so happy that we ended up buying dolsot stone bowls because this dish ended up being very cheap to prepare.

Also cooking with two is great because you also can clean together, which makes the whole process go by quicker. Anyways Carrianne and I have decided that we are going to be cooking all kinds of Asian recipes, so we can save money and enjoy the food that we love. I hope ya’ll enjoyed this recipe as much as I did. I definitely recommend going out to buy your own stone bowl because this is a really easy and healthy recipe to make. It was like a luxury too. I felt like I was enjoying takeout without having to pick it up or pay for it. Overall this was a success.

Have you ever had bibimbap?
Have you ever tried to make something from a restaurant at home?

 

WIAW: Goodbye To Austin

Hey yall! It is that awesome time of the week, What I Ate Wednesday. This awesome day is hosted by the lovely Jenn, who thought of the great idea of sharing drool worthy pictures of what everyone eats every single week. Ummm yes! Best idea ever. This week I am going to do a more sentimental post. I am going to do a goodbye to Austin post in regards to food. For the few weeks before I moved to NYC, I had to stop at all my favorite Austin local foodie places. I didn’t make it to every single place, but that is what vacation is for. I also didn’t take photos at some places and some foodie adventures were epic fails like the time I tried to go to SnoBeach at 8 pm (apparently it is closed at that hour, but who knew). So lets get this foodie party started.

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Of course I had to get the holy trinity of hamburgers before I moved away from my meaty state of Texas. Hopdoddy was a must on the list of goodbye Austin foodie places. I ended up getting the turkey burger, which is definitely one of the best turkey burgers I’ve had apart from my own. It is such a juicy burger for being a turkey burger. That is what I love because it is so hard to find a good one that isn’t dry. The cheese that pairs with this burger is perfect. It comes with a light sauce and some vegetables too. Definitely one of my favorite burgers on the menu. If you ever go, it is called the Continental Club! Get it (or every other burger because they are all freaking amazing).

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You can’t go to Hopdoddys without getting some fries and green chile queso. At least my mom, my brother, and I can’t go without getting these delicious treats. This green chile queso has the perfect amount of heat with cheesy goodness. Yes when I talk about cheese I tend to make up descriptive words, but I think you get the picture. Fries in queso is probably one of the best combinations that there is. The crispness of the fries goes perfect with the smooth texture of the queso. Then you have the potato to calm down the spice from the green chiles. It is always a win when you order the queso (probably true anywhere in Texas).

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Cupcakes are my friend. Ya’ll know that. I bet ya’ll are surprised that I didn’t go to Capital City for my goodbye Austin post, but oh wait I did. I just don’t have a photo of it because I brought a oatmeal cream pie with me on the roadtrip to NYC. I did manage to snap a picture when I went to Hey Cupcake in Austin. This is such a staple for Austin. Almost everyone can recognize the huge pink cupcake sitting a top of any Hey Cupcake store or trailer. I ended up getting the Michael Jackson, which is chocolate cake topped with cream cheese frosting, and the Double Dose, which is chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Oh man. These cupcakes are HUGE. And packed with delicious flavor. The cupcake flavors are so simple, but they are good. The cake is moist, the icing is not too sweet, and there is no lack of icing. It is amazing. That is why people always come back because the product is perfection.

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There was definitely a goodbye stop at Chinatown for some dim sum smang session. This was actually my graduation brunch, which we waited until August to have. I know, so weird. It was worth the wait though. I love the BBQ pork buns more than life. They are steamed to perfection. The BBQ is sweet and chopped up in fine pieces, so that you don’t get a bunch caught in your teeth. This was a fantastic meal. My brother kept wanting to eat more and stuffing me to the breaking point. Seriously. At one point he wanted to order like 5 desserts. Ummmm I love sweets, but not that much. He only got 3 desserts instead haha. I am looking forward to experiencing the greatness of NYC dim sum.

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Ya’ll better not be surprised that there is a snowcone in this picture. I may have not made it to Sno Beach, but I did make it to Casey’s New Orleans snowcones. I ended up getting a blackberry snowcone with condensed milk on top of it. It was pretty delicious. The blackberry syrup actually tasted like fresh blackberries, which is pretty impressive for a sugary syrup. I like this place because the syrups are very quality. You know that you will always get a top of the line when you go here.

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Lobster rolls in Texas! Such an odd goodbye. Since I’m going to a city with more access to lobster and lobster rolls. Dock and Roll is such an amazing place in Austin though. I had to say goodbye. Who thinks of putting bacon fried chicken on top of a lobster roll? Only these guys. If every place had creative lobster rolls I would be the happiest girl on Earth. This lobster roll definitely made my day. It was really hot outside, so that may have been the only downside. The lobster was extremely fresh and there were huge chunks of it in the roll.

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For my goodbye lunch with my grandparents, they took me to one of my favorite restaurants. The Roaring Fork. This place is so good. I ended up getting this green chile pork carnitas. Oh my god. It was so spicy. I thought I was going to die. It was delicious though. Totally worth sweating in a restaurant for (okay – I didn’t actually sweat, but it was pretty hot). Luckily they had the air conditioner on hard core. The crunch of the corn tortilla was perfect with the soft texture of the pork. The pork was amazing. It just fell apart in your mouth. It was topped with loads and loads of cheese too, so you know it had to be good.

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SUSHI SUSHI SUSHI! Couldn’t leave without saying goodbye to one of my favorite sushi places in Austin: Tomo. Seriously perfection on a plate. Japanese lasagna, ex-girlfriend, double D, say my name. Ummm yes those are the names of the rolls and that makes me happy. Where can you go to have delicious sushi with hilarious names? Only in Austin. We like to keep things weird, real weird. Maybe Workaholics should move to Austin since they are always wanting to get weird. Ha. Such a lame joke. Yeah I’m pretty lame, but I eat good food.

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Austin is like the mecca of taco heaven. There are so many great options of places to eat tacos at, but one of my favorites is Torchy’s Tacos. There is one literally down the street from my house, which is AMAZING. There are trailers sporadically throughout the city and actual storefronts like the one in my neighborhood. I have the Baja Shrimp Taco and the special taco of the month, which was fried chicken on top of a waffle on top of a fried egg with bacon on the top and drizzled with maple syrup. UMMM YESSSS. Maybe the greatest thing that I have ever eaten. You need to go here at least once a month to see the different taco of the month because they can get pretty crazy and are always delicious. The best part is you can always order your taco on corn or tortilla. I think some tacos go great with corn like the fish tacos, but the ones with fried chicken need to be on flour. Who cares if it is super unhealthy? It is tasty.

Well that is all folks! I hope everyone had a happy WIAW and technically it is Thursday, but that is because I had to deal with TWC for about 2 hours yesterday, so I couldn’t finish my post before class then when I got out of class I had a friend come over. Woo. It was a crazy Wednesday, but I survived.

If you were to move, where would you say goodbye to in your city?What is your favorite meal where you live?

Life Changing Sushi

Hey ya’ll! Right now I’m currently laying out on the beach in Galveston watching 62 children. Hopefully everything is calm, and I haven’t killed anyone yet. I’m the only woman chaperone, so I get to make sure all the girl athletes are okay. Anyways let me get to what this post is all about. The greatest sushi experience you will ever have: Tomodachi Sushi in Austin, TX.

It is where my dad, my younger brother, and I go when we want to eat some good sushi. The best time to go is at 5:30 because it is right when the restaurant opens, and there won’t be a wait. It is a really small building, so about 30 minutes after opening this place is crowded and you will have a 30 minute wait at least.

We started out the meal with a very awkward named dish…Screaming Orgasm. Yeah, it gets a little weird at Tomo, but the food is amazing. This dish is Tuna Tataki, which is tuna is thinly sliced and served over shredded daikon. The sauce contains fish eggs and is a creamy texture that has a little Asian spice in it. We gobble this up in five seconds every single time the waitress brings it because it is just THAT amazing.

For our second appetizer, we ordered a few pieces of tempura. What I like about Tomo is that you can create your own tempura appetizer. The options range from asparagus to sweet potato to tofu. We decided on shrimp and onions. The dipping sauce the chefs create combines perfectly with the crispy fried goodness of the tempura.

This is round 1 of the sushi rolls…yes, I said it: ROUND ONE. My family likes to eat, especially when we are eating sushi. The rolls in this order are ex-girlfriend, Mexican, say my name, japanese lasagna, and one roll that I can’t remember the name of (it was soo spicy, so I couldn’t handle it). One of my favorite rolls is Japanese Lasagna, which is baked crab, avocado, and cream cheese. This is like melty goodness in a roll. If you like anything creamy and cheesy then this is the roll for you.

There goes my brother grabbing a bite of ex-girlfriend roll as I’m taking a photo. I always have to be like NO, I need to take a photo (they probably think I’m crazy). The ex-girlfriend is crab, avocado, spicy tuna with halibut tempura and spicy mayo. This roll is to die for. We can’t go to Tomo without getting it every single time because that is how amazing it is. It has a little spiciness, but it doesn’t overpower the complete flavor of the roll. The other amazing roll on this plate is the Say My Name roll, which is jalapeno, cream cheese mixed with tuna, scallop, crab, and it is lightly fried. Um fried? Yes, it is amazing. I love it.

And here goes round 2 of the sushi rolls. We got the sweet potato roll, sassy suzy roll, and steve’s special. In my mind, none of these rolls were super special or stood out. The steve’s special was just okay, the sassy suzy was crazy spicy as my brother and dad said, and I enjoyed the sweet potato roll since it was a little different and vegetarian.

The sweet potato roll was asparagus in the roll topped with sweet potato tempura. I could have just eaten the tempura part because it was delicious. I guess it was sort of healthy or I’m just making an excuse for my crazy eating.

If you are ever in Austin, Tomo is the place that you need to go. It is a little obscure location in North Austin in a shopping strip next to a thai place and a laser eye building. If you live in Austin then you should definitely go here immediately.