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This past weekend, I’ve neglected the fact that I’m suppose to be in a bikini in 2 weeks, and just ate everything in sight.  Maybe not everything, but a lot of stuff.  This may be because Brian and I hit up a Korean bbq buffet on Saturday.  Obviously, one must curb their consumption limits at the door.

Friday night was family night- as usual.   We went to Havana Central in Union Square for some Cuban food because I know how much the boys enjoy Spanish food.  I didn’t get a picture of the outside of the restaurant because of there’s scaffolding, but it’s quite easy to find.  They’ve actually renovated the inside since the last time I’ve been there.  It looks a lot less divey and all the new pant and brighter lighting makes it look a lot newer.  I’m pleased.  We got a half booth in the back with leather seats, not the wooden bench things.  I also think it’s nice that they have the exposed brick wall- though I can’t decide what to make of the deliberately unfinished columns.  And hello- palm trees in New York!  I love palm trees.  I could sit by the ones in the Winter Garden all day long.

ceiling?
peoples’ heads & ceiling of havana

Of course, it doesn’t need to be said that I had to order the Cuban sandwich.  It came in a pressed hero and was humungous.  Thank goodness I got Jen to share it with me.  The sandwich came with the usual pork, ham, cheese, and pickles.  They did add mustard to the sandwich, which I wasn’t too thrilled about.  The sandwich was mediocre; I still prefer the one I had at Cubana Cafe last time.  The sandwich came with a side of sweet potato fries, which were soft and yummy.  I hate soft fries, but these were truly delicious.  If they had some cinnamon sugar on them; they would be the sweet potato fries to end all sweet potato fries. 

cuban sandwich platter cuban insides

 I’m not a big meat person, but I really like beef stew- when I’m craving it that is, and Havana has some good beef stew [carne guisada].  I would’ve liked more veggies mixed with it, but the dish was still very flavorful.  The meat was soft enough that I could break it down into bite sized pieces and didn’t have to exert too much force with my non-steak knife.  It also wasn’t fatty meat, so I didn’t have to deal with that.  Both Jen and I finished our portions of this dish.  All entrees come with the choice of yellow or white rice and red or black beans.  Guess which ones we got?  😉

carne guisada     beans
rice & beans & beef stew

Aside from the food and the decor,   the last time I was here, I discovered that the restaurant offers 3 types of hot sauces [green, red, & orange if memory serves me right].  So if spicyness is your thing- you can go try out their Cholula hot sauces.

SATURDAY NIGHT. 

Brian & I & some high school friends of ours decided it’d be a good idea to have some Korean BBQ– buffet style.  In theory, it’s a great idea.  Korean barbeque is one of the most expensive foods ever!  And they make you cook it yourself.  I don’t have a probably grilling my own food, but for $16 [or more] kalbi- I am not pleased.  So anyways, I trekked to Queens.  Yes.  I swear.  I took the train and all !!  TO QUEENS!  Holy moly.  I even scare myself when I say that.  I don’t have anything against Queens per-say; I’d just prefer to stick to my little Manhattan bubble.  Sorry, folks.  But I would take Queens any day over Brook-lyn [it is 2 words… right?]

Anyways, Picnic Garden on Northern Boulevard charges $20 for their buffet on weekends.  They have several meats to choose some- all with the special korean marinades, of course.  Pork, beef, chicken, gizzard, tripe, and veggies.  They even have the clear glass noodles I like so much.  They supply lettuce and rice just like a “real” korean restaurant.  There are also two soups; one was miso, which I had, and a spicy soup that I didn’t try but Brian did.  The miso soup was basic and bare; there was no tofu or seaweed.  They also had some korean style pancakes, which were bland, and california sushi rolls.  The selection of foods altogether wasn’t big, but it was okay.  Going to a realrestaurant would’ve meant better quality and more organization, but I’m not complaining.  The buffet was well worth it for $20.  However, I’m convinced that there’s got to be a better one.  Someone recommend me.  Are there any with desserts?!  All they had here were oranges.  I mean, aren’t buffets suppose to shine in the dessert department?

picnic garden
it’s prettier in the inside

Inside, there are a whole bunch of wooden booths, each equiped with its own grill station.  There are also tables for bigger groups in the back.  Here are a bunch of pics from the night. 

uncooked meats
situated in the middle of the restaurant for easy access

bbq grill
we were missing tongs

plates of bbq
messiness for four

 You know, eating like this for the next week and a half is definitely not going to bring flattering bikini results when I’m in West Palm & Miami next week. 

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I have been drinking a lot lately, I would have to say in terms of days of the week, it is definitely akin to what took place in high school.  Yes, I started young, but it was a good thing, because I didn’t do the whole drunken college student thing.  Well, maybe the first year…. Anyways, the boys and I went out on Friday night.  We started out at Brick Lane Curry House,one of the many Indian restaurants along E. 6th.   We ordered a bottle of Shiraz and the restaurant recently came up with their own stout, so we all got a sample of that too.  This was 7pm.  Caled and Dan thought the stout was on the darker side, and for some reason, Stan says it tastes like soda.  I don’t know where he got this from.  The wine had more of a bite to it than I thought; I knew it had spices but I didn’t know it would be that strong.  The really cool thing is that the Shiraz is Australian

brick lane

Brick Lane is one of the Indian places on 6th with nicer decor due to its recent renovation.  It doesn’t look like a shack, like some of the other places, and they don’t have “promotors” standing in front trying to grab customers off the streets.  It’s a very chic little place with a big area in the back. 

We started the night off with the “bread” platter- you know, that bread that looks like bread but has the taste and texture of cracker?  It comes with two different chutney dips and spiced and pickled onions to go on top.  I like the onions but I don’t like to eat a lot of it because I fear my breath may kill. 

bread basket

The boys [Caled & Daniel] didn’t know what to order, so I just ordered a bunch of stuff that I wanted and shared it.  They had milkshakes from Johnny Rockets right before this so I knew that they weren’t really hungry.  I ordered the aloo samosa [crispy pastry stuffed with spiced potatoes and veggies] as an appetizer.  It was a good samosa- the outside and good and crispy- it had a good bite.  The insides were blander than I expected, but the sauces on the side definitely spiced things up [there was a red one and a yellow one- one was spicy, but I can’t remember which at this point and I don’t know what was in them].  Everytime I see these, I crave the Burmese ones.. mm.. those are curry potato filled. 

samosa samosa inside 
dish displayed with the alcohol // insides with sauce smeared all over

I ordered two entrees: the chicken tikki masala and the lamb vindaloo [of course, all entrees come with basmati rice].  You can choose from an array of curries and they will cook chicken, beef, lamb, goat or a whole bunch of other stuff in it for you.  The tikki masala sauce is a traditional gravy flavored with a tomato cream sauce andfenugreek leaves.  The vindaloo sauce is a fiery combination of freshly roasted and ground spices and condiments from Goa cooked with potatoes.  I had no idea the vindaloo was sooo spicy!  My mouth was definitely on fire; if the heat was down a good notch and a half, I’d be a bigger fan.  I was only able to eat two pieces of the lamb- the rest, I left up to Daniel.  The lamb was a good meat to combine with the vindaloo though- I don’t think I’d enjoy it as much if I put chicken in there.  After tasting the vindaloo first, the tikki masala tasted as if it was spicy too.  It was hard to discipher the flavors between the two!  When my mouth calmed down a bit, I realized that I really enjoyed the tikki masala and the chicken- it looked as if they used the tandoori chicken, but I can’t be positive.  I mean the sauce is red already, how would you be able to tell if the chicken had a red tint too?  Aside from the meats, I also got some garlic naan, which I kept dipping in both sauces… but mostly the masala.  I usually like the regular naan because I love the added flavor the curry gives the bread, but I decided to try something new today.  I actually wanted the potato naan, but I thought it’d be too heavy and they didn’t have it anyways.

tiki masala vindaloo
meats swimming in sauces

basmati rice garlic naan
basmati rice [it’s harder and longer than regular rice]  //  some lifeless looking naan

Stanley showed up in the middle of our meal and ordered myself some chicken kebobs.  It was basically a grilled chicken fajita sizzling platter.  It’s always fun when someone order’s a sizzling platter; it’s like a party on a plate!  There was nothing special about this dish- one could’ve ordered it from Chili’s or something.  The chicken was tender, which was surprising b/c I’m always afraid of ordering grilled chicken for fear that it will be dry.

chicken kebob

The boys decided they wanted dessert after dinner so we walked over to Max Brenner’s!  These boys are all sweet crazy and none of them have been to Max Brenner’s yet- how sad!  We had to wait a good 45 mins for a table so we decided to go check out this new wine shop that opened up around the corner, behind the Union Square theatre.  We had a brilliant idea at this time- it was a big eureka! moment.  We decided to go buy a bottle of Trader Joe’s wines and bring it into Max Brenner’s to spice up our meal.  We already had red wine, we went for some white this time around [the boys really enjoyed the wine, btw- but it was a bit on the mintier side for me since I’m not a fan of mint].  So, we go back to Max Brenner’s and get our table. 

I was soo not hungry at this point, but I felt like I still had to get something.  Caled and I ended up sharing some waffles and ice cream aka munchies waffles.  We got a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of white chocolate topped with whipped cream.  The white chocolate ice cream was sooooo good.  OMG.  I have never been more in love with white chocolate than at that very moment.  It came with some chocolate waffle balls- which I swear are just chocolate rice krispies and extra chocolate sauce.  I will have you know that my good friend Daniel later drank this in shot form.  [pictures of that will be edited in at a later time].

waffles & ice cream 2 waffles & ice cream 
here is our plate from both sides!

Stanley got himself some s’mores!  I like Max Brenner’s s’mores because they give you PEANUT BUTTER.  You can’t really go wrong with s’mores but they give you a serving of two and none of us could help him b/c we were too full. 

smores

Daniel and Jon decided to get the mom’s morning bagel with hazelnut spread and melted chocolate.  I was definitely not impressed by this or by its $5 price tag.  The bagel was hard as hell; Max Brenner should invest in some Ess-a-Bagel bagels!  I added some of Stan’s bananas to this and it still was not very good.  I couldn’t taste the chocolate and a $5 nutella bagel is just sad.  I have to boo this menu item, along with Max’s crepes.

bagel

What happens when boys finish eating and get restless?  Play with their food, of course!  Here are the results from their…. experiment.  Who wants to be a taste tester?

messy chocolate

After all this, we went to get our drink on for real.  What else are Friday nights for?

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A few weeks ago, I went to dinner with an old college buddy.  I brought him to my ‘hood; the LES.  A convo arises. 

Him: You know.. I always just zoom past this area when I’m driving- I’ve never actually hung out/ eaten here.    
Me: ……. I don’t know if I can stay friends with you

We went to the Crooked Tree Creperie after finding out that S’Mac was closed for vacation [boo!  don’t they know I need to eat?!].  Mmm.. crepes.  I’ve been meaning to try this place out for months now- but they get a lot of business at night and there’s always a wait.  It’s a really cute and cozy little shop, with mostly tables for two.  They even set up an extra table directly outside the restaurant in case someone wants some “outdoor seating.”  The place provides a very intimate atmosphere to say the least.  If you are afraid of sending your dinner buddy the wrong message; don’t bring them here.  And yes, I did make that very mistake.

crooked tree creperie
looks divey from the outside

crooked tree inside
inside – that was our waiter strolling past, btw

I am a humungo savory crepe fan- this can possibly have a lot to do with the fact that I’m not really into sugary stuffs.  I was really startled and excited when Chinatown opened up its own crepe place.. and then, I found out that they have a little shack and they only do sweet crepes.  Cute, but sad.  My favorite crepe place is actually not in New York, it’s in San Francisco on Clement.  I don’t remember the name of the place, but if anyone wants to know, just leave a comment and I’ll find out.  I love their crepes because they are fat and stuffed and.. savory.. very, very, savory.  The ones at Crooked Tree are flat and lifeless.  It’s okay for the $8. 

We started out the dinner with sangria!  *slurp.  I got red and he got white.  It wasn’t the best, nor was it the worst sangria I’ve ever had, so I’d order it again if I’m ever there. 

red sangria white sangria
apples bobbing in the sangrias

All the crepes comes with a mesclun salad on the side, with some dressing [please don’t shoot me, but I don’t remember].  I got the crepe with brie, argula, and tomatoes.  It was yummers because you can’t really go wrong with that combo.  Brie is my favorite cheese.  I think I could eat brie and crackers for hours on end, even without some wine on the side.  My friend got the albacore tuna and jarlsberg with tomatoes, which is pictured below.  His crepe wasn’t really that impressive- simple ingredients just wrapped into a crepe.  Where’s the innovation?  I’m also not really impressed with canned tuna, so I don’t really know what to say about this.  We both also got eggs with our crepes, and I don’t know how I really feel about the runny yolk on tuna or brie.  I think they should’ve done some type of fried egg, or at least a more well done egg.  Egg and cheese- that’s quite breakfasty.  For $10, you can pick 3 of their ingredients and make your own crepe combo, which is what I think I’ll do if I ever go back.  I am willing to go back; it’s a cute little place after all.  I think that the Crooked Tree can definitely vamp up their menu with some better crepe choices.  Maybe they’re known for their sweet crepes, but I didn’t have any that day so I can’t say.  I would love some nutella and bananas though- that’s one of my favorite sweet crepe combos.

crepe tuna crepe inside
bird’s eye view  &  insides with melted cheese

Two nights ago, a heart broken friend and I went out for dinner.  He wanted to go somewhere where we wouldn’t be disturbed by music or loud people.  Since it was a Monday night, I took him to one of my favorite sushi places, Sushi Lounge– only half a block away from Crooked Tree.  Sushi Lounge’s decor is very basic; wooden tables and chairs.  You can choose to sit at the sushi bar and watch the masters at work [errr.. really well trained non-Japanese people, usually] or sit at one of the regular tables.  What I like about this place is their innovative sushi roll menu.  Everything is fresh and cheap too.  50% off sushi & rolls if your order exceeds $16 before the discount.  Granted, there are better sushi places in the city, but you can’t argue with the value and menu here.  Their chicken katsu is also really good and the ramen is mediocre but still very much edible. 

The pictures below are from a previous dinner a while back, but I more or less always get the same thing.  Golden Dragon [regular dragon roll with mango slices on top] and the Titanic [spicy tuna inside and salmon and avacado inside], and some random roll depending on my mood.  Yes.  I can eat 3 rolls all by myself.  It’s not that impressive, but I am a pretty small girl.

sushi 1
mine vs.

sushi 2
daniel’s – who’s the fatty?

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the coveted bellagio buffet

CONTINUATION OF VEGAS TRIP 

Saturday = Concert night = No cameras = I was too hungry to figure out the correct settings on Eunice’s camera = the following pix = I’m sorry = you will like them and love me anyways

The buffet at the Bellagio gave me a chance to try a lot of meat dishes I’d never really had the chance to try before.  Kobe beef isn’t at beefy tasting as I thought it would be; but the degree of rawness made it very chewy.  I expected beef wellington to be a lot more flagrant, but I guess, to a degree, it was.  I put some cranberry sauce on top which made the meat more bearable for me.  I love turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce!  Oxtail- I’ve had before, but I think this was a french style ox-tail- Eva liked it, Daniel thought it was just okay and I …. have to say it wasn’t memorable.. b/c I … don’t remember what it tastes like.  =X

plate 1 plate 2
beef wellington // oxtail

kobe
kobe beef

They did have a very extensive dessert menu.  Fruits/cakes/specialty stuff- you name it – they had it- except for canolis.  The pana cotta was way too sweet for me.  The cakes were okay; nothing spectacular.  I also had a fruit dish in addition to this.  My favorite dessert would have to be the cream puff.  How can you go wrong with whipped cream and boston cream together??

cake strawberry tart
carot cake // strawberry tart [not good, it’s on a damn cookie]

panna cotta strawberry shortcake
something or other pana cotta  // cheesecake I believe

deserts
presentation of chocolate covered strawberries/reg strawberries and watermelon by eva

cream puff
hello! boston cream puff with almond/honey top/ boston cream & whipped cream inside

I promise that when I go back in April; I’ll come back with better pics. 

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i am loathing wordpress right now.  i had a nice witty in-progress post and when i went to save it- wordpress ate my post.  all the blood drained from my face and then my heart skipped a beat.  it was bad.  it didn’t just chew it up and spit out bits and pieces; it just gobbled it up in one bite this time.  twice in one week.  luck is definitely not this lady.

i went downstairs to get some air and some second hand smoke.  i have a new cup of tea.  i am ready to re-post.  you’ve missed the ramblings from the original, but i don’t have all day to re-type that stuff.
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SO.  The fam and I haven’t been out in a while.  Last semester [errr, it’s weird how I break down my non-school time as if I were still in school.. but it’s justifiable.. the entire fam was still in school at the time… yes, except me], we had a weekly family fooding event.  I’ve decided since my life has re-settled down into its norm now, I should revive the tradition.  Also, Caled, an old JHS buddy was back for the weekend, so we had to go out and play.

I decided I wanted Thai because it’s been a while since I’ve had any Thai food.  I wanted to go try Holy Basil, but it turns out that they don’t take reservations for, nor do they serve parties of 6 or more on Fridays and Saturdays.  Can you believe this?!  THEY ARE TURNING AWAY BUSINESS, because what?  There are too many mouths to feed?  What?  Bah.  Holy Basil- you suck for this.  You better have some damn good food to make up for this too.  I will not boycott you… yet. 

Well, Holy Basil’s a lost cause.  It was back to the drawing board for Twin & I.  She did some quick research and found Peep in Soho.  I used to pass this restaurant all the time after work from Tribeca to the soho shops.  I decided it was worth a try due to various menupages reviews and that it was situated in my favorite part of town. 

Due to the lights and chandeliers of the interior, it was really hard for me to get some good pictures.  Peep is all about the atmosphere though; it would serve really well as a party venue.  Think about it.  You are greeted by a bar when you walk in, the lighting is pink and dim, mirrors are everywhere, a buddha [think: buddhakan] on display, and an open kitchen to top it off.  You can’t really get sexier than pink lighting.  Okay, it may be a bit much, but it doesn’t bother me too much.  I like how the place wasn’t too dim; I could still read my menu without the help of a candle.  It always bothers me when restaurants dim their lights down so much, your whole party has to literally hover over one candle to read the menu.  Is it a romantic thing?  Cuz me, I like my personal space.  There are times I go to dinner with people I don’t need to be that physically close to.

peep inside
best pic of the batch.  the view from my seat

I noticed that the drinks there were all reasonably sized [maybe it was the tall glasses, but they seemed bigger than regular drinks at restaurants] but the prices reflected the atmosphere.  The food prices weren’t that bad.  I didn’t get a drink b/c I wanted my whole dinner budget to go towards as much food as possible.  I ordered the crispy gingered  calamari with avocado-green onion emulsion and tomato chutney.  The calamari tasted like any other calamari- there was nothing special about it and it wasn’t bad- it was crispy on the outside, and not too chewy/soft/hard on it inside.  The sauce sounds delicious, and I have to say it was good, but it wasn’t as memorable as I first anticipated.  Twin ordered the four season noodle wrap with vermicelli, mint, crispy tofu and tamarind reduction.  It’s like a summer roll that I’m not allergic to!  Curse the shrimps and my allergies, I tell ya.  The flavors were good, and I enjoyed it, but possibly more than any other person b/c.. like I said.. I’m not allergic to this one.  I also had a taste of Stanley’s  taro spring roll With bean vermicelli, ginger, carrot dip and taro chips and Rich’s scallop ‘ceviche’, peep style with salad of spring onion and banana blossoms, grilled banana, and mint cream.  For the record, I can eat scallops, but only in very minimal quantities; it’s in a different shellfish class than shrimps and lobsters.  The taro was okay; it was just taro deep fried in a spring roll.  If you like fried stuff and taro- this is for you.  What made the ceviche peep style is that it was not in a soup base.  I only had a tiny bite b/c I was curious how Peep would present the banana flavor.  The banana flavor was really light and I’m not sure if the banana was even combined with the scallop.

calamari rolls
scallop taro

For entrees, I wanted to try all the noodles.  Thus, Daniel got the ragu of beef and lemongrass with papparadelle with sun-dried chili paste, tomato, fresh squeezed lime juice, and garlic oil, Twin got the pad thai with chicken and shrimp, peanut and egg, Rich got the black noodle with chicken, egg, and squid ink, and I got the face towel noodle squid, and chicken, with egg, tomato paste, chili, and basil.  During dinner, we just switched our plates back and forth.  And that, my friend, is how you sample an entire noodle section.  Peep’s noodles aren’t as good as their appetizers.  When I saw that ragu of beef dish, I thought they were going to use Ragu spaghetti sauce [which is quite possible still].  Daniel thought this dish would be better spicy b/c of the chili paste, but the spiciness factor was very mild.  They used wide, flat egg noodles which was different.  I didn’t like the flavor of the sauce and thought it was too runny.  A thicker and spicier sauce may be the answer. 

I’m one of those people [yes, there are more of us] who judges a Thai restaurant on the restaurant’s pad thai.  Well, at Peep, the pad thai- not so good.  It was a bit boring and …. citrusy [before the lime].  The chicken was also over-done, as was the chicken in my dish.  The face towel reminded me of a cross between a pad see ew and the drunk man’s noodles.  I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would… I don’t know what it was.  Maybe it was the basil?  There was too much of it?  It overpowered the dish.  We all agreed that the black noodle was the best.  I am usually not a fan of squid ink, but it didn’t overpower the dish this time so I liked it. 

noods noods 2
black noodle // face towel noodle
noods 3 
pad thai // ragu unpictured

There was also a fried rice dish in the noods section- I don’t know what that was all about but Stan ordered it.  Grilled Banana Pouch with Crab Meat Fried Rice With scallop, shrimp pasta, green onion in banana leaves.  I have absolutely no imput to this because I didn’t and couldn’t eat it.  He also didn’t give me any feedback.  But here’s a picture!

rice
looks like regular fried rice to me

Several of us couldn’t finish our dishes so what did we do?  Pile it all into one dish and gave it to our army boy, Caled.  In the picture that follows, there’s rice, pad thai, and face towel noodles…. I think that’s it?  We did try to make it all pretty though with the flower.  I’m guessing the combined flavors weren’t that bad, cuz he ate it.  Or maybe he’s just really good at not wasting food.

rice

Ultimately, I love the atmosphere here but other than the presentation of the food, the actual food doesn’t really keep me from wanting to come back.  Holy Basil, anyone?

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I had originally posted this review days ago, but WordPress decided to chew it up a bit and only bits and pieces came out.  So, here’s a recap of my original post.  Since I’ve been so mad at WordPress, [and maybe add many a non-sober nights], I haven’t been updating lately. 

For Corinne’s birthday, we thought it’d be cool to eat somewhere around her work place because we usually eat around midtown east.  Since she works in Chelsea now, I’ve got no problems with that.  Chelsea’s always coming out with new hip places to eat.  A lot of Chelsea food places tend to be attached to a lounge, which I wouldn’t go to for food [I say, just go for the atmosphere and drinks].  Corinne chose Righteous Urban Barbeque, RUB for short, and I had heard good things about it, so off we went one day after work.  The dining area is on the medium to smaller side; it seems like one of those places with long waits on weekends.  Luckily for us, it was a weekday and it was before 6PM.  The inside is very basic, and furnished with wooden tables and chairs.  There’s also a small bar area, though I’m not sure what’s on tap.

rub
outside

Corinne and I ordered a whole bunch of stuff to share.  We knew we couldn’t eat like two orders each otherselves, so we got 3 things to split between us.  We ordered half a rack of baby back ribs, a pulled pork sandwich, an order of onion strings, and to top it all off, fried oreos for dessert.  The baby back ribs were very tender and practically came right off the bone.  The half a rack came with 6 or 7 ribs; I recall not being able to finish my portion too.  They serve the ribs with white bread and a few pickles [which I ate] on a metal pizza tray.  Easy cleanup and hard to break I guess?  Before I continue with the pulled pork sandwich, I have to mention that RUB has some really good bbq sauce.  It wasn’t too tangy, like some of the store bought stuff and it wasn’t too liquidity, like I was expecting for some reason [I think it’s the squirt bottle].  RUB also provides Frank’s hot sauce for those who are fans.  The pulled pork sandwich was juicy and it was fairly easy to split into two.  The sandwich comes on a bun with some pickles on the side- nothing out of the ordinary.  I personally enjoy pulled porkwiches with cole slaw in them ever since I was introduced to them during the Big Apple BBQ.  Corinne’s not a big fan of the slaw, so we just got a regular pulled pork sandwich.  They do offer the sandwich with slaw though from what I remember; someone should try it and let me know how it is!

ribs
white bread & bbq- such southern things

pulled pork
add some slaw 😛

What we were really surprised at were the onion strings.  I thought they’d just be chopped of version of an onion blossom, but these are like the onion equivalent to shoe string fries- and you all know how I’m crazy for shoe stringed fries.  That wasn’t the part that really wowed us though.  These onion strings are seasoned with stuff!  [don’t ask me what type of seasoning.. cuz… I have absolutely no clue]  It was good enough to eat without ketchup.  But I’m the queen of condiments, so of course, I had to add the ketchup on anyways- though I did eat quite a couple without any ketchup.  We got a small order and it was wayy too much.  We kept eating it and it seemed to refill itself; the quantity never seemed to deplete!

onion strings
it was seriously never-ending.

 I really didn’t want any more food after this- but the fried oreo just seemed too tempting.  I didn’t know what to expect except for a lot of sugar.  I’ve seen these at street fairs and carnivals and such, and I was always curious about them, but I never thought I could handle it.  I like a lot of simple food, with simple flavors.  Anything too heavy, meaty, greasy, or fatty- you can count me out.  However, my love for food has overpowered my sense of self.  I’ve been eating chocolate and meat like they were my friends.  Half the time, I don’t even know what to do with myself afterwards.  Anyways, for the sake of food, I just had to try these oreos.  I liked the batter that they use.. it’s … cakey… it reminds me of that fried chinese treat with the meat stuffed inside.. [do you know what I’m talking about?].  The oreo and the cream inside is melted; they should’ve used double stuffed b/c it’s hard to locate the cream.  These come 4 in an order and are all sprinkled with confectionary sugar.

fried oreo
ya want some; i know it

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Here’s Corinne being a fatty friend.  One hand in the onion strings and one hand in the meat.  This is why we’re friends.  She also goes to Foxwoods just for the buffet.  I remember several trips to Atlantic City for the same.  No, we are not sad people. 

corinne 

And finally… here’s a pic of our sauce……

bbq sauce
this was full when we started… and we weren’t even done yet =X

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Tuesday was the opening of Bamn! on St. Mark’s.  I already braced myself for disappointment, but of course, we always hope for the best.  The place definitely looked very mod and chic.  And it’s pink!  How great is that?

bamn

It’s an open space so people can come and go as they please.  There’s a awning to shield us from the rain too.  In the winter, I’m sure they’re going to close it up b/c it will be way to cold to fish out change in 14 degree New York winter weather.  The interior is a bunch of vending machines along a wall; you put in the correct amount of change [change machine on site], and open the door for your food.  There weren’t many choices when I got there.  You see those hoards of people out front in shadow form?  I’m guessing they’ve been trying to munch on everything offered. 

bamn inside

What are in these little transparent deposit box looking like slots?  Asian and American finger foods.  Irene and I were right.  There are chicken nuggets. 

nuggets

I should’ve paid more attention to the prices when I was here, b/c I am seriously wondering how much they are charging for this hot dog bow and this jelly donut. 

hotdog donut

So basically, it comes down to this.  I am hoping and praying that Bamn! comes out with some good food stuffs soon.  I saw that they have burgers on the menu too.  While that is a good idea [I’d go for a turkey/veggie burger], how are people suppose to walk around eating that?  Bamn! doesn’t have seating!

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