Wednesday, September 22, 2010

East Coastin' :)

So this past weekend from the 17th-21st (originally planned to the 20th but oh well) I was in NYC :) I was so excited. I Haven't gone somewhere strictly for leisure in a very, very, long time. Years probably. But So..I think I'm going to chronicle this somewhat a la xppinkx style. Lots of food pictures! Haha I shot a lot of vid footage because you guys know I'm more of a youtuber than a blogger

Broke my right thumb nail right before take off....Lame. I know. Ive only recently been able to figure out how to grow my nails out...that and I wanted my nails to be perfect/pretty. Clearly a great start to the trip! lol *I'm holding the piece that broke off*

Had a Connecting flight in the ATL airport...Look! They were like mini hotel rooms that had a bed, wireless Internet etc and you could nap or work on your stuff in between flights :) The airport also had trashcans that automatically sorted out and compacted recyclables *fancyfancy*

So then I landed. And he already knew I was hungry to be fed! Lol :) I hadn't eaten all day, and for me that's just not acceptable...I eat 4-5x a day. So I was once again...really really hungry.

Joe's Shanghai
13621 37th Ave
Flushing, NY 11354

Yummmyyy :D You bite inside the dumplings and all this soup and beefy goodness comes out. Its amazing when sprinkled with a little bit of Chinese dark vinegar :) Think Din Tai Fung's Juicy pork dumplings but much much bigger!

Went to Ten Ren's (one of my favorite boba chains) in Flushing...This is kind of when I realized NY and Socal boba are NOT the same. Lol...I'm guessing its just different tastes? In socal we only use those rounded tops if you're getting a slushy drink...but everywhere we went they always use those rounded tops..I'm always paranoid that it'll fall off! haha
That and the tea was different, even from the other Ten Rens I've been to...and the boba isn't as chewy or sweet. Hmm :[ haha So then after this I had a hardcore food coma and compensated for all the sleep I hadn't got. Woke up and then off to dinner :)!
Sea Thai Restaurant and Bistro
114 N 6th St
(between Wythe Ave & Berry St)
Brooklyn, ot :)!

Our seat right next to the mini lake inside...It was the last seat and so my seat was to the wall and we had a cute dark corner :) Best seat in the house in my opinion =] Haha even if the wait was 1+ hours

My pad thai and his Drunken Man's Noodle...They were both actually really delicious with generous portions. I ate some the next day! haha :) Some of my favorite food from the weekend

Day 2- Saturday
So all we did was go and eat. We went to Chinatown and had some horrible Chinese food (M cafe or something...his friend rec'd it for late dim sum but it was a total fail LOL) but I actually have a very poor digestive system and had to retire early right as we got to Soho because my stomach was hurting me so badly x.X So I only have pictures from dinner. I have a OOTD video at this restaurant too! Use the bathroom and feel the towels...I remember the first time I went to a Ruth's Chris I wanted to steal all the paper towels. Maybe its my Chinese side *probably* haha but they're seriously amazingly soft and feel like fabric!

So we opted for the prix-fixe menu. Ruth's Chris came out with this...I think three or so years ago? I forget. Maybe 4..regardless ITS SUCH A GOOD DEAL :) They have a 39.99/person and 49.99/person option. You get your choice of starter (soup, salad etc), main course, a personal portion side (which is big enough to share still lol) and dessert. Love love love. Ruth's Chris is one of my FAVORITE steak places, and my favorite chain steakhouse. The steaks are delicious and come out on 400 degree plates (theyll burn you if you touch em!) that keep your steak nice and hot :D

I love hot foods HOT and colds food SUPER cold...Ill re-heat soup 2-3 times when I eat it :x so...Ruths Chris = perfection to me :)

I chose the Cesar's Salad. Nom NOm. I love these :D ill never make them myself though because store-bought dressings are never as good as the restaurant's I feel. And they're so bad for you anyways. haha

My filet mignon with shrimp on top...delicious. Drooling right now thinking about it! Medium rare...just how I like it :D With a side of mashed potatoes (which I also highly recommend...thats what I always eat here with my steals :) )

A petit flan for dessert! So delicious..and I usually dont like flan LOL. But it was so yummy, eat the fruit with it at the same time and it's heaven.

Day 3- Sunday
So sad :[ My supposed-to be last day. On the way to Soho..finally snagged a pic of all those go-kart police carts. Seriously. Id feel less than hardcore with this...o_O But they look fun to

Anyways we got tired of driving around 3+ hours looking for parking, this is kinda when I gave up and was down for public transportation and parked his car at one of those pay parking structures (which amazes me how necessary these are in NY..and expensive x.X) . Secretly Im kind of afraid of it...I just hear a lot of horror stories. And I've never been on the NY subways but after I went on I LOVED it. Because its so freakin efficient! It was my most productive day because we wouldn't spend hours looking for parking :) excellent

Cant find the address of this...but it wasn't that great anyways. We just kinda walked in..but the sushi was nicely presented and eh *shrug*

I got a spicy tuna roll *my faveee!* and a salmon cucumber roll..Thought the salmon was a bit slimy and the spicy tuna kind of underwhelming but oh well. Edible..but forgettable

Took a picture with a cop in the middle of Times Square :) LOL Shoulder taken one with elmo =[

So We were supposed to eat Dinner at Ippudo after a long day of shopping..but the wait was NINETY MINUTES. Holy cow...But tiffany said it was bomb so we decided to run over to St Marks which was nearby for some boba... bubble tea to you east coasters! lol

Probably my favorite boba all weekend :) But Im not gunna lie...I prefer socal boba. Lol..Its just different. In all fairness i'm sure you guys find our boba too sweet and too soft/chewy...hmm. Ill have to ask him when he visits lol :) Make him try it. I almost always get milk tea with boba if its a new place since I feel like milk tea is the staple.

Ippudo NY
65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003

Tried the spicy pork buns...Its essentially a saucy savory pork slice with some lettuce and a large Chinese Peking Duck bun around it. 8 Dollars for two. Kinda expensive but it was good...but I couldnt help but feel like it was a bootleg version of peking duck! But it WAS yummy...not totally worth it but i'd prob get it again if I went -_- because I like the novelty of things...they had this sliced cucumber with vinagrette drizzled over it that was popular too...Imma get that one next time! :x

I got the Akamaru ramen (since thats another of the highly praised items) it was REALLY good. Way more overpriced than socal ramen (which is good and very cheap) but in all fairness the ambience of this place is nice...and its really hyped up so I guess that kinda helps too. The server was VERY friendly as well :)

The only thing I didn't like about the place...You're seated at these long communal tables. I was next to the wall so I was glad I wasn't sitting next to anyone except the bf but I don't like looking up and seeing someone else facing me 2 ft away...Its just really awkward. However if you have larger groups of 5 ish they do have personal booths which is nice :)

Mmm Green Tea ice cream for dessert! My favorite :) I love green tea ice cream from japanese places, I always get it :x Small touches like cute little spoons make me happy too...*shrugs*

It WAS good but I do think it is a bit overhyped. I'd still probably go back since it was one of the better places we went to all weekend =] I think I just kind of realized at this point socal/east coast don't have the same tastes in food.

Pam's horrible influence -_- LOL
The lashes I bought at the Face Shop I wore the whole weekend. I REALLY loved these :) I had originally planned to do a smokey eye everyday (who else am I going to get done up for?) rather than the normal liner...but girls in the East Coast just dont wear much makeup. So I ditched the idea and kept it how I normally do. But wore these too :) I really really did like these.
Bath bombs! Sigh...gave in to the lush mania..

The Face Shop haulage...Two sets of lashes (the shisem ones are TDF ;_;) face masks, pore strips and those pimple healers that pam got. Which I pretty much had the same results with, it helps enough with inflammation to keep them around. :) I HATED the vita K mask...made my face seriously burn and it was HUGE. Horrible fitting.

Day 4- Last Day...or....was it o_o
1111315 Queens Blvd
Flushing, NY 11375

I had really wanted to get dim sum all's a cute cantonese thing to do lol :) It was really good actually. Mmm..tea is healing. Chrysanthemum is my favorite since it doesn't get bitter like how Jasmine tends to because it's made with flowers and not tea leaves

I was fascinated by this...sriracha and hot mustard. o_O Now when you eat dim sum you generally get hot mustard and chinese chili paste/oil stuff...but not sriracha! haha kind of made me this an East Coast thing as well or not?

They had a whole station where they had baskets of fresh chinese vegetables waiting to be cooked MM! Chinese broccoli is my personal favorite :) with some oyster sauce...*dies*

So here is supposed to be the end of it all. Long story short..Delta really screwed up that day. I couldn't print my ticket at the kiosk and there were only two tellers working for a 100+ people line. One teller didn't help anyone in the 3 hours I was waiting there because one large family was trying to fly together (parents + seven o_o) so it was really only one teller. EVERYONE in line missed their flights. They made me miss my flight, miss the standby and were trying to get me to pay almost 500 dollars for a new ticket. So I cursed a bit sucked it up and went back to hang out with the boo to search up other options. I ended up choosing an American Airlines flight for the next day at a much more reasonable price.

Sago Cafe
39-02 Main Street
Flushing, NY 113

He already figured out the key to my heart. Food and boba <3 style="text-align: center; ">
Snack food...because Im an emotional eater. LOL I liked the calamari best :) but wouldn't go back or recommend it.

Sigh. And thats it. That took forever...blogspot is seriously evil. Changes your font, deletes your pictures, has a horrible uploading system...Idk how you blog ladies do it! haha...This took much longer than I'd like but oh well. Until next time =]!


Denysia said...

I'm so jealous that you got to go to NY!!!

All the food looks AMAZING!

Amy said...

The salad, meat with prawns, ramen and serial photos of Boba drinks looks very appealing.

I would love to visit NYC one day.

I love travel posts with plenty of photos/

Lo.T said...

hey i love your blog! seems like you had fun in New York!

brenn` said...

lol jackie you can't blog about your boyfriend without telling us!! haha jealous you got to eat all that food and shop in NYC!


Leenda said...

Yum! I love ordering green tea ice cream too. It's one of my favorite things to eat! Very random cop picture. HAHA

Leenda said...

Yum! I love ordering green tea ice cream too. It's one of my favorite things to eat! Very random cop picture. HAHA

Diana said...

Too bad I didn't bump into you while you were in NY. You're right about the bubble tea haha I guess I'm used to the ny ones. Hope you visit again!

Tiffany said...

ahahaha I'm glad you liked joe's shanghai!!! i miss it like crazy cause that was my hangover joint...we'd haul our hungover asses over to chinatown the day after partying and eat soup dumplings...then go to ice cream factory afterwards for dessert! I should have told you to go there but i totally forgot about it until just now *doh*

anyway ya agreed ippudo is good but the best part of it is the atmosphere. is that tree in the middle of the restaurant still there?? they should get rid of it to make more seating -__- haha i was always seated at the communal table when i ate there too :( they started doing that communal table thing at the ajisen ramen in irvine...elugh

glad you had a great trip!!! nyc boba comes nowhere close to ours :)

mszjackiechu said...

Denysia- haha some of it was pretty yummy =D Sea was my fave new place

Amy- Pleeenntty of photos, I was going crazy uploading them haha blogger is NOT upload friendly o_o

Lo.T - Thank you I did :)

Brenn- Haha we've been talking for a bit but it wasnt official until recently :]

Leenda- LOL I figured it was a touristy thing to do..

Diana- Haha I didnt go to quite as many places as I had hoped =[[

Tiffany- ahh<3 hahaha it was funnn he actually took me there and then I realized after it was the same place! I was like YESS took one out and didnt even know it LOL

L4pinkpetal said...

Jackie.. who is the lucky guy? haha

Tory said...

Thanks for posting! love the pictures. Jackie, what jeans are you wearing in the photo?

Laydee_Aurora said...

did they at least give a refund for the delta airlines? that sucks that you missed your flight >< I hope I land in ATL one day, I wanna check into the mini suites. lol

Jane Ko said...

Lovin' the food pictures. I'm hungry now!

Selena said...

I'm sure you just sprouted TONS of curiosity from your fans from this entry =) You talk about him as if we should already all be aware of your situation haha

I think that Vancouver, Canada (and its nearby cities) and LA (or maybe socal altogether) are the only places in North America you should go for bubble tea and sushi. It's probably the high population of asians in those two places.

We actually use flat lids for no pearls and dome lids for pearls here in Vancouver. The flat lids fit the small straws and the dome lids have a bigger opening for the bigger straws. Plus, you should need more space if you have pearls.

Savina said...

In the pic with the cop, where did you get your top? You look super cute! :)

mszjackiechu said...

Leang<3 - hahhaa my bf, we became official recently >.< but he's quite far. NY. blegh haha

Tory- Theyre Joes jeans...I dont remember what style it is though =[

Laydee- hahaha I think they were actually kinda expensive, had a mini concierge and everything

Jane- im always hungry x.X lol

Selena- lol in socal you dont get a bigger cup with boba =[ you have to pay for the boba and you loose tea LOL! sigh...and yes LA asian food is amazing and cheap :) SF and SD have great asian food as well

Savina- thank you! I felt quite poochy that day! Haha my stomach was quite upset with me, but it was a guess tank! I bought it recently, less than three weeks ago. It was actually half off! It may still be on the site or in store :) Great deal

Frances♥ said...

Glad you have an awesome time in NYC. I have to agree SEA Thai is definitely the coolest restaurant. You should take advantage of Restaurant Week in NYC the next time you plan out your trip to NYC. (=

Vespertine Cosmos said...

I am completely addicted to PAD THAI!!!!hahaa xD

Yellow Chunky Munky said...

we need his name :) hehehe.
miss your videos. ~ elizabeth

YUKIKO said...

Awww I love your white top (in the picture with the cop.) Where is it from?

Judy said...

i live in nyc! and i live like a 10 minute walk from east buffet :P i hope you had a lot of fun :))

ANGELI said...

Whoever took you around really knew their food! I know and love every single restaurant you named. Next time you come you need to try 53rd & 6th and Trini food from Sandy's Roti in Queens and Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3. Mmm, telling you about it is hunger-inducing. Bubble Tea is a hit or miss around here depending on where you get it from. So are restaurants in Chinatown NYC. For good dim sum, Sunway in Flushing is really good! They have xiao long bao there too, and pretty good bubble tea and dessert!


mszjackiechu said...

Frances- ohhh I want to! I heard NYC has a winter restaurant week?! but its in january lol >.<

Vespertine- I love pad thai too ^_^

Yellow- his names simon lol :) my bf

Judy- I did! I had a blast haha after I got over my tourist phase LOL

Angel- lol yea, he took me to all the spots he thought id like. Well he was born and raise in NYC so im hoping he knows his food LOL! And hmm, I think I just like my boba sweeter! Hes coming here in november so Im going to make him try socal boba lol maybe he'll think its too sweet and chewy though, im curious/anxious to see :D haha

audrey said...

i just discovered your youtube channel :) your videos are amazing^^ thank you so much for sharing your advice :)
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Priscilla said...

I just started reading your blog (i've been to your youtube channel)and it looks like you had a great time in new york. i'm from NYC myself and it looks like you spent a lot of your time in queens. the next time you're in the area you should try out kungfu tea, their bubble tea (or boba as you call it)is pretty spectacular.