Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sundaes and Cones - Manhattan

You Scream, I Scream....
It is friggin hot in NYC right now, so much so that when Puffin spotted this ice cream place I was more than happy to check it out. I ordered a scoop of Tiramisu ice cream which hit the spot. It was rich and even included pieces of cake within. A very nice find indeed. Puffin got a strawberry cheesecake, which I didn't bother to photo because I have this thing against strawberry ice cream.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Trois Pommes - Brooklyn

Expensive, but Worth It
I don't like to overpay for stuff, but for some reason I have a soft spot in my heart for Trois Pommes bakery. It is pricey but I simple love the place. Perhaps it's because they make so many peanut butter treats. Perhaps it's because they make old-school favorites, like the hand-made Oreos on the left of the pic, below.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sanur - Manhattan

Window Shopping for Prawn Crackers
Ok, so we weren't actually window shopping for prawn crackers, we were walking around Chinatown looking for pork chops. They were propped up in the window and caught the eye of my foreign correspondent, Ping to the Ping. She jumped around and got excited when she saw them and ran over to buy a container. They lasted approximately, oh, I am guessing 4 minutes when we got them home. So, a few days later, back we went to get more. This time two containers. P2P began perusing the other Malaysian and Indonesian foods on offer and when I asked if she wanted to stay for lunch, her simple reply of "I don't mind" was all I needed to hear.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ippudo - Manhattan

Ramen-Nation, We Hail You
If you're a ramen fan then you probably already know about Ippudo. We'd never been there and decided to rectify our lapse by going for lunch. To whet our appetites, we started with the pork buns. They come simple - slice of lettuce, some mayo and juicy pork. After the first bite, I was mad that I didn't order a few more of these. The pork is fatty and tasty - super delish. I would come back here just for these.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Excellent Pork Chop House - Manhattan

Name Changes Being Proposed...
I propose two name changes. First, I'm thinking of renaming my blog "Lunch Dummy" - lately I've simply been mimicking the visits made by the Lunch blog. Next, I propose that this place (discovered on the Lunch blog of course) change its name from "Excellent Pork Chop House" to "Fabulous Wonton Spot." I of course had the namesake pork chops - they were definitely not excellent. Passable at best. Couldn't figure out how they spice em - not a big fan of the spice-ology.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Nyonya - Manhattan

Malaysian in Chinatown
When I spent time in Singapore there was a soap opera playing at night called "Little Nyonya." It was all the rage, with half the country watching. I must admit, I got swept up in it and by doing so, learned a little about Peranakan culture. The term Peranakan means "descendant" in Malay and Indonesian and refers mainly to the early Chinese settlers in the Malaysian Straits, also known as Straits Chinese. Nyonya means "female descendent." Wikipedia has a good write-up here. One of the story lines in the show involved the Nyonya cuisine, which is a special mix of Chinese and Malay. Fastforward to Manhattan, months later. I was reading the Lunch Blog and I see a post about a restaurant called Nyonya. Puffin and I went there today for lunch.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Teresa's - Brooklyn

Polish Comfort Food
So, before Puffin ever visited NY, I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out places to take her to eat. She's from Singapore, which has a very different food culture, so to be honest I just kinda took her to a variety of places and hoped for the best. I didn't expect Teresa's would be such a big hit with her. What was the big hit? The breakfast. Two in particular: the one shown below - eggs, potatoes, toast and kielbasa and more fervently - the fried egg and kielbasa sandwich on an english muffin.