Le Bistrot du 7eme Restaurant

On our 2nd day in Paris (and most memorable), we did a tour of the Eiffel Tower and boat ride on the Seine River. We visited the Eiffel Tower during the day and the views were breathtaking. You can see the Champs-Élysées on 1 side and the Jardin on the other. Afterwards, we went on a boat ride on the Seine River. There is so much history to each bridge that we passed. Our hotel was a 30 minute subway ride from the Eiffel Tower, so we figured we would eat near the Eiffel Tower and head back to the hotel shortly after dinner. D also expressed interest in seeing the Eiffel Tower after dinner. I didn’t know why but didn’t think too much of it.

 

SaladWe walked and walked until we found a restaurant with an appealing menu. We stumbled upon Le Bistrot du 7eme. We sat outside and ordered a bottle of red house wine. The wine was light and dry, went well with dinner. D ordered the arugula and prosciutto salad. It was fresh and was a great start to dinner. I feel like the prosciutto was just the beginning to an amazing European trip (we ate a lot of prosciutto in Italy!).

 

Snails

I ordered the escargot. Being asian, I have eaten snails my whole life but never were they cooked like this! The asian way is with hoison sauce, black beans, etc… The French way is so different. Very buttery and filled with spices! I ate each snail with such joy and I kept dipping the bread in the buttery sauce. By the way, the French sure know how to make bread! Back to the snails…they were cooked well but nothing out of the ordinary. It was the butteriness that made the dish!

 

Potatoes and rabbitFor an entree, D ordered the duck and potatoes. The duck was nicely cooked and was not too gamey. The Bearnaise sauce was delicious and creamy. But in my opinion, the star of the plate were the potatoes! They were nice and soft inside and crispy on the outside. I found myself picking at the potatoes and finally, D let me have them lol.

 

Fries and steak

For my entree, I ordered the lamb and french fries. I kind of wish I got some kind of sauteed vegetable but the french fries were still good. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not have ketchup. So weird! I absolutely love ketchup, especially with fries. They did give me some Bearnaise sauce to dip the fries in. Weird but surprisingly good. The lamb was good but not the best. It was cooked right but just didn’t have too much depth.

 

After dinner, we shared an apple galette and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I’m not a big fan of apples but this was nice and light. After dessert, we started to walk back to the Eiffel Tower. D was rushing me and I was full/tired/buzzed (not in any specific order). Little did I know, D had a BIG reason to head back to the Eiffel Tower. At 11pm and 12pm, there is a light show on the Eiffel Tower (it looks like flash bulbs going off all over the tower). I love taking photos and capturing moments, so of course I was taking photos of the light show. D was behind me, doing who knows what. We brought 2 cameras and 1 of the batteries died earlier, so we only had 1 camera to use. I was using that camera and when I asked D what he was doing behind me, he said he was getting the other camera. I thought that was strange but again, didn’t think too much of it. When the light show ended, D told me to make a wish and I did. He then asked if I knew what his wish was. He turned me around and he was on 1 knee. He then asked me to marry him! Tears immediately started streaming down my face. I don’t think I said anything for a minute. In the end, I said yes! This was obviously the most memorable part of vacation.

Le Bistrot du 7eme

56 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg

75007 Paris

http://bistrotdu7.com/FR/PAGE_Accueil.awp

20
Sep
2013

Starbucks In Paris

StarbucksOn our 1st full day in Paris, D and I decided that we needed to have Starbucks for breakfast. I know there are bakeries and amazing pastries at these small shops but we just had to get our Starbucks fix on. D got a cinnamon bun because it looked yummy in the window and I chose the fruit tart because you can’t get fruit tart or any intricate desserts at a Starbucks back in the states. The cinnamon bun was yummy and gooey, filled with lots of cinnamon. My fruit tart was great as well, even though it tasted as if they had just finished defrosting it. The fruit was nice and sweet and the custard was nice and sweet.

 

The funniest thing happened when we ordered the fruit tart. D and I do not speak french but if we go to foreign countries/cities, we try to speak the language because it’s fun and you learn something new. We were able to order the cinnamon bun in English but when I tried to order the fruit tart, the barista did not understand what I was saying. People in France speak English for the most part but not fluently. I didn’t know how else to say fruit tart but when I looked in the display window, there was a sign that said “tarte au fruit,” so I told the barista “tarte au fruit.” She immediately nodded and said “oh tarte au fruit.” So simple. D and I still laugh about this.

17
Sep
2013

Europe

We came back from a 2 week vacation to Europe (France and Italy) and I intend to write about all of the amazing food that we had while we were across the pond. This was the best vacation ever because not only did I have amazing food, I explored Europe with my now fiancee. Posts to come soon!

26
Jul
2013

BonChon Chicken

kimchi coleslawD and I had plans to go out with friends to a nightclub and decided to grab dinner at BonChon Chicken. We have never tried BonChon and my co-worker always orders lunch from there. Plus, BonChon was only 10 minutes away from the club. For an appetizer, I ordered the kimchi coleslaw. I’m not a fan of kimchi or coleslaw but I figured, why not try 2 things I don’t like? I’m not a big fan of spicy food either but this was addicting and oh so spicy! I didn’t really taste any mayo in it and the cabbage was just so crunchy and with every bite, was a burst of good spiciness!

 

snow crab blossomD ordered the crispy arctic snow crab blossom. This sounded good but when it came out, they looked very crispy. After taking a bite, there was a loud crunch and very little snow crab filling. They were so crunchy, I nearly broke my teeth! They also tasted burnt and the filling was barely decent. There wasn’t much crab meat and the mayonnaise was very dominant. I wish the blossoms weren’t so crunchy and I wish there were was more snow crab filling.

 

For an entree, we ordered the 20 piece soy glaze chicken strips. For lunch,soy glazed chicken my c0-worker ordered the 8 piece chicken strip lunch special but the pieces were small. I assumed when we ordered the 20 piece chicken, that the pieces were going to be gigantic! 1 piece was the size of 2-3 mini pieces. That was a sign that we were definitely going to have leftovers. The soy glazed chicken was nice and crispy (basically Korean fried chicken) and the soy glaze sauce was amazing! I loved how sweet and garlicy the sauce was. I wish I had a pot of the sauce so I could add it to everything!

 

BonChon Chicken

207 West 38th Street

New York, NY 10018

http://www.bonchon.com/

24
Jun
2013

Zum Stammtisch

For D’s group birthday dinner with our best friends, we went to Zum Stammtisch. This place has amazing German food. D and his family have been going here since he was young and he took me in the beginning of our relationship. The food is so homey and simple. If all you eat is meat and potatoes, this place has the best of it all.

For an appetizer, D and I shared the Deutscher Salat. We always order this when we come here but this time, it tasted weird. The salad comes with fresh homemade cucumber salad, carrot salad, beet salad and cabbage salad. Everything tasted great except for the carrot salad. The carrot salad tasted as if they made it with nail polish remover. We didn’t eat much of it and I forgot to take a picture…probably because i was trying to forget the horrid taste of the carrot salad.

 Yaeger schnitzel

D and I always order the Jägerschnitzel. 1 of our best friends also decided on the Jägerschnitzel. Normally, she takes a while to decide on what she wants to order but she didn’t even have to look at the menu this time. The Jägerschnitzel was highly recommended by her future mother in-law. This is probably, if not, the BEST entree at Zum Stammtisch. The veal schnitzel is slightly fried and thin enough to be cut with a butter knife. The home fries with the gravy is so homey and delightful. I am normally not a big fan of mushrooms but I literally eat everything when I order the Jägerschnitzel.

 

Our other friend serloin steakordered the sirloin steak. The steak was a monster! The steak was a well trimmed pound of meat, “compared to new york’s best.” When they brought out the steak, I thought they needed to bring out a bigger plate because the steak was huge! The sauce was nice and light, and the meat was tender. The sides were mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. I love meat and this steak was amazing! It’s a huge piece of meat that could feed a small family!

 

Zum Stammtisch

69-46 Myrtle Avenue

Glendale, NY 11385

http://www.zumstammtisch.com/

22
Jun
2013

Saints Alp Teahouse

For D’s birthday, he decided on Ippudo for lunch but unfortunately, the wait was insane and they even closed early for lunch. We walked around the Village and stumbled upon a new Ramen shop called “Saint’s Alp Teahouse.” The menu looked promising and we love bubble tea, so you can’t go wrong with Ramen and bubble tea. Plus, this restaurant looked just like the bubble tea place we always went to in Chinatown.

 

bubble teaThe first things we ordered was the bubble tea. When we went to Chinatown, we always ordered bubble tea from “Green Tea Cafe” but unfortunately, they closed a while ago. When we went to Flushing, we always ordered bubble tea from “Sago”, but unfortunately, they closed as well. We were sad when they closed our sources for good bubble tea. Saint’s Alp Teahouse did not disappoint with their bubble tea. We ordered the coconut milk tea with bubbles and lychee with nata de coco. The bubble tea was amazing and so similar to where we used to have bubble tea. The coconut milk tea was so coconuty and you could taste the black milk. The lychee with nata de coco was reminiscent of “Green Tea Cafe” but with a spin. There was lychee slush on top!

 

We dspicy chicken wings ramenidn’t order an appetizer since we had Japadogearlier. D ordered the Spicy Ramen with Chicken Wings. D loves ramen and we haven’t been able to find a good Ramen place since our favorite ones have closed. Ippudo was the best choice for Ramen but they closed early for lunch. The Ramen was VERY spicy. I warned D since there was a pepper next to this on the menu but he told them to make it not as spicy. Whatever they did, the ramen was still pretty spicy. The chicken wings were nice and moist and the ramen was, well…ramen. I thought the ramen was mildly spicy but D couldn’t stand it. I let him have most of my noodle soup, because I’m a good girlfriend.

 

I ordered the Beef Stew with Rice Noodles. This was way better than D’s sbeef stew ramenpicy ramen. The beef was nice and tender. The noodles were great (I am biased. I love all noodles!). The egg was cooked nicely but I could have done without it. My only complaint were the giant pieces of ginger in the broth. I am not a huge fan of ginger but I can do with tiny pieces of ginger, not huge chunks of them. I just picked out the ginger but the broth was rich and full of flavor.

 

Saint’s Alp Teahouse

39 3rd Ave

New York, NY 100033

http://www.saintsalpusa.com/

27
Apr
2013

Japadog

For D’s birthday, he decided that he wanted to have a Ramen lunch at Ippudo. Unfortunately, Ippudo was packed as usual and lunch was closed early. Fortunately, we walked around the Village and a new Ramen shop by the name of “Saint’s Alp Teahouse” caught our attention. But before we passed by the Ramen shop, Japadog grabbed our attention. Japadog started out as a street food vendor in Vancouver, Canada. They have since spread to New York. We were a little hungry and Japadog seemed intriguing. We decided to have a Japadog before our Ramen lunch.

 

japadogThe menu is filled with a variety of meats, toppings, condiments, and sauces. You could order a typical plain hot dog but why do that when you can have daikon toppings, plum sauce, or a deep fried bun with ice cream? D and I decided to share the Negimoso. The Negimoso included a juicy turkey sausage and Miso sauce, topped with shredded cabbage. The turkey sausage was nice and crispy on the outside and very juicy inside. The miso sauce was mild and the shredded cabbage was slightly fried. I topped the hot dog off with saurkraut and wasabi mayo. The wasabi mayo was spicy but the cabbage and miso sauce evened out the spiciness and made the hot dog only mildly spicy. Next time, D and I are going to get our own hot dogs because Japadog hot dogs are awesome!

 

Japadog

30 St Marks PL

New York, NY 10003

http://www.japadog.com

27
Apr
2013

Beijing Noodle Bar

Thai Iced TeaOn our last night in Vegas, we wanted to have dinner at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace but they were all booked up, so    when we turned the corner, we found Beijing Noodle Bar. D and I love chinese food (I am chinese after all), so we decided to have dinner here. The atmosphere was so cute and reminded me of all of the modern restaurants in China. I love Thai iced tea and will get it as often as I can, even if it’s in a non-Thai restaurant. The thai iced tea here was pretty good. I really love the beany flavor in thai iced tea.

 

Beef Noodle SoupFor an appetizer, D got the beef noodle soup. D LOVES noodle soup and even though it was the middle of July, he would still order hot noodle soup. The noodles were nice and thick. They were homemade and so tender (we saw them making it in the back!). The beef was tender and the broth was just so rich and delicious. The beef flavor was very developed and meaty. We haven’t had a great noodle soup in a while but this sure made up for it!

 

Chicken and VegetablesShrimp Lo MeinOur entrees were chicken and vegetables (I like to be healthy and eat non-red meat once in a while) and shrimp lo mein. I have recently noticed that I eat a lot (almost too much) red meat and I need to eat healthier, so when I go out to eat, I try to order at least 1 chicken dish and some kind of vegetable. The chicken was nice and juicy and the vegetables (chinese broccoli and bok choy) were nice and crunchy. The shirmp lo mein is a typical fast chinese dish but I love seafood and noodles.

 

Beijing Noodle Bar

4130 S Sandhill Rd

Las Vegas, NV 89121

http://www.caesarspalace.com

16
Mar
2013

Sports Deli

Pulled Pork SandwichTriple Decker SandwichOn our last full day in Vegas, D and I ordered brunch at the Sports Deli at the Rio (where we were staying). I ordered a pulled pork sandwich and D ordered the triple decker sandwich. This included pastrami, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and a whole lot more. My pulled pork sandwich was nice and juicy. The triple decker sandwich was jus t big and delicious, so much food in this 1 sandwich! This was a great brunch because the service was fast and the food tasty and super filling.

 

Sport Deli

3700 West Flamingo Road

Las Vegas, NV 89103

http://www.riolasvegas.com

16
Mar
2013

Scarpetta

The trip to Vegas would not have been complete if we didn’t have dinner at Scott Conant’s “Scarpetta.” During the day, we visited the casino/hotels on the strip and my favorite one by far is The Cosmopolitan. We noticed Scarpetta at The Cosmopolitan, so we decided to have dinner there that night.

 

The ambiance of Scarpetta is dim, romantic, and sexy…just the way I like a restaurant. We had a great view of the Bellagio’s water show. It was a nice sight during dinner. The focaccia bread and the spread was great. There was also stromboli (basically bread filled with Italian meats and mozzarella). The spreads were butter mascarpone, eggplant caponata, and lemony olive oil. I normally don’t like eggplant but the caponata had such flavor, with the salty capers and the sweet tomatoes. I just love a variety of spreads.

 

 

For an appetizer, D and I shared the short ribs. The short ribs came on a bed of sauteed vegetables and farro risotto. The short ribs were amazing! They were braised well and just fell apart so gently. The ribs were so tender and just so flavorful. The risotto was creamy and the shaved paremesan cheese added a nice salty flavor to the dish. The vegetables, though few, were nice and soft, and were great when mixed with the salty cheese, the tender ribs, and the creamy risotto. Overall, the short ribs was a great segue into the entrees.

 

For D’s entree, he ordered the tortellini with english peas. He had no idea what this dish entailed…I guess he didn’t expect the dish to not have much protein in it. Well, tortellini has cheese in it and no meat. The peas were really fresh and green. I’m not a huge fan of tortellini but the pasta was fresh and nicely cooked. D love tortellini but wasn’t feeling the dish. I think it was the peas he didn’t really like. The dish wasn’t too creamy and just tasted a little flat.

 

 

For my entree, I ordered the Mediterranean Branzino. The Branzino was oven baked and when brought to the table, our server poured this hot rich fish stock over everything but careful not to pour over the Branzino skin. The skin was so crispy and the fish itself was so tender and buttery. The sauce was so delicious and rich. I think under the fish was some kind of pasta or vegetable. All I remember was almost licking my plate up!

 

For dessert, D and I shared the Nutella and Vanilla creme bombolini. The bombolini was filled with a nutella ganache and vanilla cream and came with caramelized bananas and nutella powder. I had never had bombolini before but basically it is a filled donut hole. I absolutely LOVE nutella! The bombolini was nice and soft and the filling (either nutella or vanilla cream) were so delicious. The nutella powder was whimsical and tasted just like nutella (although I prefer nutella in its natural state). The caramelized bananas were nice and crispy but didn’t really make sense to me but the dessert was just great and well rounded.

 

Scarpetta

3708 S Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89103

http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/taste/restaurant-collection/scarpetta.aspx

30
Jan
2013