Eats on the East(Coast)

I spent the first week of my summer break on the East Coast, sppecifically Rhode Island, Boston, and New York City. Although the “main” purpose of the trip was to see my cousin graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and visit colleges, I knew that the East Coast was not only home to some of the best schools, but tons of good food as well. So I made a huge effort eat as much food as humanely possible while I was there. In other words,  I ended up dragging my mom and brother all over the place to eat food, all the time, everyday. Unfortunately, the idea of posting about this didn’t occur to me until about halfway though my trip, and I wasn’t able to document everything that I ate. However, I was able to take a handful of decent shots, so here’s an very abridged version of all the stuff I ate while I was in the East Coast!

1. Cha20 {Fullerton, CA}IMG_2237
Typical Asian tea house? I suppose… But still nothing beats good boba topped with little chunks of fresh fruit! This is actually in California, but I picked it up on the way to the airport, so I decided it deserved a little shout out. The drinks in the picture above are the Fruity in the Booty smoothie with boba, and the Tango Mango slushie with boba. Their menu also sports snack foods like popcorn chicken, which is one of the most popular menu items, and main dishes such as pineapple fried rice and street noodles.

2.Legal Sea FoodIMG_2446 IMG_2448 IMG_2450

I tried Legal out because of a recommendation by a friend who had previously lived in Boston, and it did not disappoint! They have several locations along the East Coast, and their clam chowder is even served at Red Sox games. We had the fried oysters as an appetizers, and they fried to a perfect crisp and had just enough sauce to complement the oyster without overpowering it. I had the Wood Grilled Assortment, which had the chef’s choice of three different fish, shrimp, and scallops. The portion was generous, and everything was cooked just to the right degree, but it was definitely a bit on the bland side with no seasoning what so ever. My brother had the kid’s menu one pound lobster, which came out steaming hot and really yummy, judging from the fact he refused to share any with me. Legal is definitely not the typical hole-in-the-wall eatery that foodies love, but if you’re looking for some solid seafood in the Boston area, I would definitely recommend it!

3. Bouchon BakeryIMG_2609 IMG_2611 IMG_2612 Face sized cookies and palm sized macarons. Need I say more? I visited the store in Rockefeller Center, and while I was highly disappointed that I couldn’t get a decent spot to see Sara Bareilles sing, these little baked goods made me feel a smidge better. Sort of. But nonetheless, the hype about Bouchon is real! My mom got the snickerdoodle cookie, a well-done classic, and I got the strawberry-rhubarb macaron. It was the first time I tried a strawberry-rhubarb dessert, a combo which I had been hugely afraid of, but I really loved it! Bouchon’s fruit macarons have a cream and jam filling which I really liked because it cut the sweetness of the jam and balanced out the flavor.

4. Momofuku Milk BarIMG_2670IMG_2524 IMG_2526 IMG_2531

I’ve been obsessed with Christina Tosi and her bakery for about a year now, and visiting one of her locations was the one must-do that I forced upon my family. I visited the 56th street location, which is connected to one of the Momofuku restaurants, so it was a bit smaller, but they still had the goods (and that’s all that matters, right?) We got a compost cookie, cornflake marshmallow cookie, confetti cookie, blueberry and cream cookie, cereal milk soft serve, and a slice of crack pie. A bit overboard? Maybe. Worth it? Yes. If you’re in New York, please visit for your own good. You will be enlightened.

5. Angelo’s Oven Baked PizzaIMG_2667 IMG_2668 IMG_2669

A must do in New York is eating New York pizza, which is either super duper thin crust, or deep dish pizza that more accurately represents a bread bowl filled with hot cheese and tomato sauce. Yum. I turned to Yelp to find a decent, not-so-sketchy pizza place, and Angelo’s came up. I’m sure there’s better pizza in other areas of New York, but I ended up choosing Angelo’s because it was literally three seconds away from my hotel, and it was a really long day. Your girl just wanted some hot carbs, okay? We started off with the Insalata di Arugula, which was a light arugula salad with sun-dried tomatoes, then had Linguine Del Pescatore and a thin crust pizza with pepperoni, cheese, sun-dried tomato, peppers, and basil. Nothing super special, and a bit on the pricier side. But hey, the rolls that they give you are really good.

And that’s a wrap!

Monthly Favorites: May 2014

Filled with cram sessions and summer teases, a lot went on in the month of May. Let’s do a quick little recap of all the great stuff that came my way this month! And I know this is late (again), but I was on the East Coast for the past week, so I really didn’t have time to post. On another note, keep your eyes peeled for a East Coast food post because its coming!

 

1. Music Favorites

Partition – Beyonce

Crazy in Love (Kid Koala version) – Emile Sande

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

These songs got me through the long nights before exams, keeping me up and reminding me that once I got finals out of the way, I’d have three months of nothing but fun ahead of me.

 

2. Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbookmilk-bar400x290

Yes. Yes. Yes. Need I say more? My friend gifted me with the book for my birthday, and basically made my day (and possibly my month). I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Momofuku and Christina Tosi for the longest time, and I cannot wait to start cooking through the book. The photos are stunning, and the recipe all sound delectable! I’m going to have a tough time deciding which one to make first.

 

3. Frozen Mangoesfrozzen mango

I love mangoes in general, but with all the hot weather that went on during the month, I found myself digging through the freezer for these more and more often. Blended in smoothies, used in salsa, or just eaten plain, frozen mangoes are such a versatile ingredient and they were one of my favorite things to snack on when I was craving something cold and sweet.

 

4. Humans of New York (HONY)HONY

In attempts to document the personality of New Yorkers, Brandon Stanton went all around the city photographing people and asking them questions about their life and then posted the images alongside snippets of their stories on his blog. His popularity has grown exponentially since he first started, and his blog has now expanded to several other social media outlets as well as two books. I picked his first book to read on my flight to New York, and it was really interesting. I ended up not sleeping at all on the flight, choosing instead to finish the entire book in one sitting.

Blueberry Banana Nut Buttermilk Bread

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What time is it?! SUMMERTIME!
After surviving (barely) sophomore year, my goal is to sleep all day and play all night. Beach days, disney dates, and the baking craze are on the way! Unfortunately, the only dates I had this past week was with my SAT II Chemistry Prep book. But, even with dreaded studying, I can always muster together time for baking!
So, blueberry banana nut buttermilk bread. Isn’t that a mouthful? Well you’ll have your mouths full for sure after a nibble of this delectable bread. This was my first time making banana bread AND using a bread pan, and it was an absolute success! I’ve made it 3 times in the past week. Twice for my family and once for my chemistry tutor! (This lady deserves major kudos for helping my poor soul get an A in Honors Chemistry). She liked it so much, she told me she ate half of it fresh out of the oven with coffee on the way to her next student! As for my parents, my dad loves it with margarine and my mom devours it plain. So whether you sip coffee with it, slather it with margarine, or find your own personal pairing, I hope you enjoy this beautiful loaf!

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar(I actually used 3/4 since my parents don’t like things too sweet)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3(1cup) ripe bananas, mashed(overripe is best)
1 cup blueberries
1 cup(or amount desired of nuts of your choice; I used pecans)

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a loaf pan with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until well combined. Beat in bananas until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture to the sugar mixture at low speed, beating just until incorporated.
Add blueberries and gently toss to combine.
Scoop the batter evenly into the loaf pan. Place into oven and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before inverting the cake onto a wire rack.

Recipe used from http://damndelicious.net/2012/06/23/buttermilk-banana-blueberry-bread/