Bottomless Brunch at Hecho en Dumbo

Update: Unfortunately, Hecho en Dumbo closed in June 2018. It was truly satisfied my craving for Mexican food in NYC.

Growing up in Southern CA, I had the privilege to eat authentic Mexican food, especially made by my grandmas and moms of friends. So I’m a tough critic when it comes to Mexican food. Still on the quest for the best Mexican food in NYC, Hecho en Dumbo in the East Village so far makes it on the top of my list for it.

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365 in Barcelona 

About a few blocks from Parc de Joan Miro and  Barcelona Sans train station, Hubby and I dropped by 365 to grab our lunch for the train. Seeing many locals there, we had to stop by and find out why this was their “Go To” place. 

 

Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed were the beautiful baguettes. The loaves, boules & sliced bread looked just as lovely and delicious! 

  
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The Cambodian Take on Bánh Mì

Bánh Mí – the Vietnamese Sandwich – is my all-time favorite lunch item. Growing up in Southern California, I could always get it freshly made at any sandwich shop in Little Saigon or my Grandma’s house.

Nam Pung Sandwich Shop in New York City is one of my Go-To places for a sandwich that takes me back to my childhood. Nam Pung does an amazing, modern Cambodian take on the Bánh Mí . One of their signature sandwiches that I’m crazy about is the Five-Spice Glazed Pork Belly sandwich.
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A Cold Day Calls for Chicken Katsu!

It’s 10 degrees, here in New York City. But that doesn’t stop Hubby and me from having our Post-Lunar New Year party tonight! With 3 couple friends over, so a party of 8, I like to prepare simple, delicious dishes that everyone can enjoy and are stress-free.

On cold days like this and to please a hungry crowd, I love to make Roy Choi’s Chicken Katsu. It has become my signature dish as I often receive requests (and even demands) from family and friends to make this.  For my party of 8, I doubled the amount of each ingredient and planned additional time to prepare and cook from the recipe. The preparation and cooking are easy, and yet the result is so delicious and impressive.

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Lunar New Year Dinner at Old Shanghai Deluxe

Happy Lunar New Year!

After a long day filled with hosting and coordinating New Year activities for our families and communities, my Chinese and Vietnamese friends and I were finally able to sit down, eat and enjoy the first day of a prosperous year ahead of us!

We went to one of our favorite spots in Chinatown in NYC, Old Shanghai Deluxe. We ordered several dishes that we loved from the restaurant and must have for this holiday.

A Lunar New Year dinner must always have dumplings, and we were craving for the restaurant’s Soup Dumplings.

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