A Special Chicken Sandwich at Fuku
Some of you may of heard of David Chang’s restaurant Momofuku Milk Bar, but you may not of heard of his latest restaurant Fuku that opened up this summer. At Fuku, all they have is are chicken sandwiches and fries. At Fuku they rub the chicken in habanero peppers ( which are hotter than jalapenos). Then they bread it, and put it in the frier. When me and my family went, we ordered off the secret menu which we got off David Chang’s Instagram. We got a koreano spicy chicken sandwich which is David Chang’s take on a Cuban sandwich. As you know some restaurants don’t have chairs and tables, and this is one of them. They had a long counter top, and a few chairs. When we were ordering they told us you had a choice to order shredded daikon radish to cool your sandwich down, so we got the daikon. This restaurant got the food out quick which I thought was pretty cool, so we got our food in no time. When I took a bite of the chicken sandwich all the flavors came together. The sweet crunchiness of the daikon mixed with the spiciness of the chicken. It was delicious. As well as the fries were too, they were seasoned very nicely. The only thing I have to say is that maybe they should toast the bread to make it less soggy. Keep up with my next few blog posts coming up!
My mom and dad were going to run the Chardonnay Run in New York City and they wanted to find a good place to have brunch and they found a place called Perilla. Perrilla's Chef Harold Dieterle was the winner of the first season of Top Chef and it was NYC Restaurant Week. After they ran their race, we headed over there.
My dad and I decided to split a few things. We decided to split the vanilla scented donuts and the calamari salad for our appetizer. For our entrees, we got a spicy duck burger and french toast with roasted plums. When the food came I started with the calamari salad while my dad had the donuts. The calamari salad was nice and crunchy and the calamari was amazing. It was so tender, there is just no way to explain how good it was but I would’ve liked more calamari in the salad because it was so good. The donuts were amazing also. The inside was nice and airy and the outside was sweet. It couldn’t get any better but when you put the pear sauce on the donut it was like heaven.
After we finished the appetizers we got our entrees. I started off with the french toast and my dad with the burger. When I got the french toast, I noticed that the roasted plums were actually a sauce. I decided to taste it without the sauce first to see what it tasted like. It tasted good and was nice and sweet. So, I put the sauce on it and it tasted amazing with the sauce on. It was a mix of sweet and sour in your mouth. It was the best french toast I’d ever tasted and I’m not the type you’d call a french toast lover. Next I tried the duck burger. The burger was a nice sort of soft texture. When you took a bite it was so spicy! I was a tiny bit worried at first because I wasn’t a big duck fan, but when I had it all I tasted was spice but next time I want to taste a little more meat. The spiced fries that the burger came with was the star of the dish. It was nice and crispy, but it had that spice that made it shine. If I had to choose two dishes to have again, it would be the french toast and the vanilla scented donuts. Perilla was very good and I’d be super happy to eat there again.
Birthday Party Blast at The Parlor
This year for my birthday, we decided to have my birthday party at The Parlor. We asked my friends their opinions about The Parlor. I took my friends here because it’s my favorite pizza place. I hope that everyone enjoyed it. We asked them: What was your favorite dish? What was so great about your dish? What was the best thing about the restaurant? What would you change? And would you recommend it? Here are their answers.
What was your favorite dish?: “The brookie.”
What was so great about your dish?: “I liked this dish because it melts in your mouth.”
What was your favorite dish?: “The brookie.”
What was so great about your dish?: “It had brownie with ice cream on top, and the brownie was hot.
What was the best thing about the restaurant?: “The pizza was wood fired.”
Is there anything you would change about the restaurant?: NO : )
Would you recommend this restaurant to someone else? What would you tell them?: “Yes, I would say the pizza was good and the oysters were very good.”
What was your favorite dish?: “The dessert.”
What was so great about your dish?: “It tasted like molten lava cake.”
What was your favorite dish?: “My favorite dish is the brookie, which is a dessert.”
What was so great about your dish?: “It was so smooth and had lots of flavor, I loved the brownie and ice cream together.”
What was the best thing about the restaurant?: “The food was great and there are a lot of choices.”
Is there anything you would change about the restaurant?: “I would only make it bigger.”
Would you recommend this restaurant to someone else? What would you tell them?: “I would recommend this place to anyone who loves trying new things and loves pizza a lot.”
What was your favorite dish?: “My favorite dish was the pizza and the dessert.”
What was so great about your dish?: “I liked it because the cheese melted and I liked the dessert because it had ice cream on top.”
What was the best thing about the restaurant?: “I love how the restaurant is formed. They have brick walls and the walls have names on it.”
Is there anything you would change about this restaurant?: “I would change the painting on the wall.”
Would you recommend this restaurant to someone else? What would you tell them?: “I would because the food is so good! : ).”
What was your favorite dish?: “My favorite dish was the margarita pizza! It was sooooooo yummy! Yum!”
What was so great about your dish?: “I loved the crust, the cheese, and the green stuff. I loved everything about it.”
What was the best thing about the restaurant?: “I loved the wooden tables and the brick walls. I also love the crazy paintings on the wall. It was modern, but crazy!”
Is there anything you would change about the restaurant?: “I would probably change this really creepy photo on the wall to a happier one : . ).”
Would you recommend this restaurant to someone else? What would you tell them?: “I would so recommend this restaurant. It is very fun and creative. I love the walls soooooo much.”
What was your favorite dish?: “I loved the margarita pizza.”
What was so great about your dish?: “It didn’t taste like the regular pizza. It was so much better.”
What was the best thing about the restaurant?: “I really liked the spacing. It was big. Most of all the pizzas were awesome.”
Is there anything you would change about the restaurant?: “I think I would change the creepy art on the wall. The creepy art was a creepy angle.”
Would you recommend this restaurant to someone else? What would you tell them: “I would like to recommend this to people. I would say they make the best pizza ever.”
What was your favorite dish?: “Margherita pizza.”
What was so great about your dish?: “It tasted better than pepperoni pizza and I’m crazy about pepperoni pizza.”
What was the best thing about the restaurant?: “The people who are working there are nice. The food is awesome!! : ).”
Is there anything you would change about the restaurant?: “I don’t know what I would change I loved it!! : ).”
Would you recommend this restaurant to someone else? What would you say?: “I would recommend this to my friend Estelle who moved to Spain. I think she would love the food!! I would say the food was SPECTACULAR!! : ).”
What was your favorite dish?: “My favorite dish was the margarita pizza!! It is really yummy : ).”
Thank you all my friends who wrote something. I really hope you enjoyed the party.
For my great grandma Peepa’s birthday, our whole family went to Melba’s Restaurant in Harlem. My Uncle Henry made a reservation for us and when we walked in I could see why. Man, that place was packed! Once everyone got settled at our table, we ordered our food. Melba’s serves soul food which is food from the southern United States. Soul food can be things like corn bread, hush puppies and black-eyed peas. Those are some of my favorite things. Melba’s is known for their fried chicken and eggnog waffles. They were featured on The Food Network. Almost everyone in my family got the chicken and waffles including me. I don’t think you’d be surprised that I got it. I wouldn’t have been surprised either. I was so excited when the food came because I was starving. When I bit into the chicken it was so crispy on the outside and so tender on the inside. I love fried chicken! When you dip it in syrup it’s even better. The waffles were packed with sweetness and was really soft. On top of the waffles, there was strawberry butter. The whole restaurant sang Happy Birthday to Peepa and they brought her chocolate cake. Our waiter Thomas was really nice and gave Peepa the cake as a birthday present. I’m glad my Uncle Henry took us here and I think I’d come here again. You should too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PEEPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Escaping the cold at Roc-N-Ramen
After being to the other side of the world, I’m really into ramen now so my dad took me to a place called Roc-N-Ramen in New Rochelle. When you walk into a Japanese restaurant you usually see a lot of cultural stuff. Not in this restaurant. In this restaurant, it was just like an empty room, but with a lot of people in it. Man, that place is busy! There were a few tables, but my dad I wanted to sit at the bar. A few minutes later, the waiter came by to take our order. I ordered a Shoyu ramen and my dad got a Tonkotsu ramen, which has a pork bone broth. Here's the deal for the pork broth one. They take pork bones put them in broth and cook it all night. About 5 minutes later, our food came. The pork in it was char-grilled and they cooked the egg so it was nice and runny. It was the best ramen I’ve ever had. When you bit into the pork it wasn’t as fatty as it would be in different places, and when you put the egg in your mouth it just melts. The noodles in the soup are thinner than spaghetti, but they stick together and they are heavy. The noodles here were really good , but it had the same traits as the rest of the normal ramen noodles. When I finished the soup a few minutes later I wanted more of that soup because it was so good. So I totally recommend you go there. It is so good and it’s a great place to go to warm you up in the winter.
It was my grandparent's anniversary, so we decided to go somewhere special to celebrate. My whole family including my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins went to The Cookery. The Cookery is the sister restaurant of The Parlor which is once of our favorite places to go. When we got settled in the restaurant, I noticed that on one of the light fixtures above the table had hanging pots and pans. How cool is that? There were so many good choices on the menu that I split a few dishes with my mom and dad.
Our first appetizer was the meatballs. On the plate there were two giant meatballs with pomodoro sauce, parmagiano cheese, and parsley. The meatballs were really soft and tasted very homemade. The sauce gave it a nice flavor. The next appetizer was octopus. My five-year old cousin wanted to try this because she was excited to get to eat an octopus. My mom didn't want any of it! It was fried and had smoked tomato, pistachio, and chili. Surprisingly, it tasted like calamari. It was nice and crunchy, but tender on the inside. The last appetizer was a special. It was a brussels sprouts hash with a soft-boiled egg, soppressata (which is a dry Italian salami) and crunchy lisci (which was their homemade spaghetti). I was excited about this dish because I love the brussels sprouts dish at The Parlor. The brussels sprouts, the lisci, and the egg all made sense together. When you ate it, it was yolky and crunchy.
The first entree was the branzino. On the plate was a whole grilled fish, but they cut off the head and the tail because we asked them to. There were scalloped potatoes and lemon anchovy oil with it. It was very creative. The lemon was great with the fish. The last entree was a cauliflower ravioli. On the plate were cauliflower ravioli with lemon brown butter, garlic and parmigiano cheese. It wasn't what I expected. I thought it was too creamy and I didn't love it as much as I loved the branzino.
After we were all finished sharing our entrees, we made sure we still had room for dessert. The dessert menu came out and we decided to split some again. The first dessert was a cider doughnut bread pudding with apple butter and Jane's vanilla ice cream. The bread pudding tasted like an apple cider doughnut but was more moist. I love apple cider donuts and apple butter so this dessert was for me. The last dessert we had was a popcorn trifle with housemade caramel popcorn, whipped popcorn cream, and lemon zest. The lemon zest gave it a kick while the caramel corn gave it sweetness. So it was lemon zest vs. caramel corn in your mouth. I'm glad my grandparents had a great time and that my cousin was adventurous. We had a good time and I'd really like to go back. I would recommend The Cookery if you like The Parlor.
Harvest Dinner at Wolfert's Roost
I went to Chef Eric Korn's new restaurant called Wolfert's Roost. They were having a Harvest Dinner for the Irvington Farmers Market. Some of the things on the menu for the dinner were going to be in his actual restaurant. He has a catering business called Good-Life Gourmet so he can't be at his restaurant all of the time. That's why he has Chef Jennie Werts. Jennie will be running the restaurant when Eric is not there.
When we got there and sat down at the counter they put a snack platter in front of us. The snack platter had seasoned goldfish crackers, spiced nuts, pickled vegetables, and olives. The goldfish were cooked with herb-infused oil and cheese. You could taste the cheese but not the herbs really. The pickled vegetables were a combination of sweet and bitter which was interesting. Then there were the spiced nuts. They had cayenne pepper in them but they were also a little sweet. It was kind of Moroccan. Last in the snack bowl were olives which are my favorite. They were sour and I like that personally.
My dad and I had three appetizers, two entrees, and three desserts. We split them all. The first appetizer was a Torta di Spaghetti which was like a spaghetti pie with shredded pork in a tomato sauce. The spaghetti pie was hot and soothing. It was good. The pork was meaty and stringy and went well with the spaghetti. The second appetizer as a fried broccoli with cheese and apricot jam. The broccoli was super crunchy and delicious. The cheese could have been a little better. It was too creamy and a little overpowering for me but my dad really liked it with the apricot jam. The third appetizer we had was a bitter greens and bacon salad with apples, spiced pecans, and maple vinaigrette. The bacon was thick cut and had a lot of flavor and the pecans were nicely spiced.
Next were the entrees. The first one we had was the fish. It was served with quinoa and had broccolini and rainbow carrots. The broccolini looked like asparagus but tasted like cauliflower and felt like broccoli. The next entree was fried chicken that had lemon, basil, and raw honey on it. The outside of the chicken was crunchy and spicy and the inside was moist. The skin had cayenne pepper on it which made it spicy.The lemon flavor on the outside was really strong and with the honey on it, the flavor burst in your mouth.
Finally, we had the desserts. The first dessert was an apple crisp with bourbon caramel, toasted almond, and pretzel crumble. It was crunchy, dreamy, and sweet. It had cinnamon in it and would go really well with pumpkin spice cookies. The next dessert was a banana sundae. The bananas on top tasted like like sweet plaintains and the caramel went well with the bananas. We had an extra dessert which was a pound cake with lemon curd. Wolfert's Roost is a really good place to go and you should go there once it is open!
This summer, my family took a cruise out of Miami. After the cruise, we stayed with some friends there. On the Monday we were there, they had to work late. My dad looked up places for us to eat. We went to a place called Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. The owner Michael Symon is an Iron Chef who has been on TV a lot so he decided to open up this restaurant. When we got there we ordered drinks. My dad got a homemade cherry rosemary soda. It was sweet but you couldn't taste the rosemary. It also tasted like chai, a Chinese tea. The menu was different from regular menus. Usually menus have sections like appetizers, main courses, and desserts. But this one had sections by sizes like small, medium, and large. We ordered a few small and medium dishes. We ordered a wood-oven roasted double yolk farm egg, shrimp ceviche, cauliflower with parsley sauce, crispy pig ears, pork belly, gemelli, and steamed mussels. The farm egg was really yolky and it had a nice crust but it needed seasoning. Next, the shrimp ceviche had a very citrusy taste to it and the shrimp was just right. Then right after that we had crispy pig ears. They were the most sensational thing in the world! They were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. They were so good that we ordered an extra order to bring home to our friends. The cauliflower came after that. At first I thought I wouldn't like it but it was amazing. The pesto gave it a nice kick and the cauliflower was soft. The pig ears and that were my favorite. The mussels came next and they were soft, chewy, and rich but they were normal mussels. I don't have anything special to say about them. Then we had pork belly which was soft and fatty on the inside. It had good seasoning but I thought it was too fatty. The gemelli was a pasta that had ground chorizo. It smelled rubbery and I thought it was disgusting but my parents liked it. I think I would give this restaurant a good Zagat rating.
For my mom's birthday, we went to The Inn at Pound Ridge which is owned by Jean-Georges who is a famous chef in NYC. Most restaurants only have one floor but this one had two. The outside dining had a beautiful landscape. When we got to our table, we were served bread and dipped it in olive oil. The olive oil here was better than any olive oil I have had before. The bread was soft inside but the crust was crunchy. We shared one appetizer. It was a spring pea guacamole with warm, crunchy tortillas. It also had lime juice for a kick. They added sunflower seeds to it which made it crunchy with the sweet peas. When I dipped the tortilla in the guacamole, it was warm, crunchy, and spicy. My mom, my dad, and I split three main dishes. We wanted to see our waiter's recommendations about what he would pick. He said the same things we were going to order! The first dish we had was a slow cooked halibut with sweet peas, crunchy potatoes, and spring garlic. The halibut was soft and had the right seasonings. The potatoes were soft and had a nice crust on the outside. The second dish was a bacon gruyere grass-fed burger with russian dressing and yuzu pickles. The pickles were sour and the bacon and burger were just right and tender. Our third dish was a grilled beef tenderloin with spinach and tempura onion, and housemade butter sauce. The butter sauce was made with scotch bonnet hot peppers. The grilled beef tenderloin was chewy which made it good. The spinach was soft and slippery just like it's supposed to be. The tempura onions were crunchy on the outside and soft inside. When I dipped my fork in the butter sauce, it was really spicy but good. For dessert, I had a salted caramel sundae with candied popcorn, peanuts, and fudge sauce. The caramel ice cream was a sweet and salty combination which made it good. The popcorn and peanuts were so good that I dug through my bowl for them. My overall experience was really good because the food and scenery were both enjoyable. Happy Birthday Mom!
Pizza at The Parlor
Recently, we went to The Parlor because my mom was running a half marathon and she wanted carbs before the race. The Parlor is a pizza place in Dobbs Ferry. It's a very unique pizza place because the pizza is made in a wood fire oven. We were sitting at a wooden table so if felt like a picnic. Next to the oven, they were projecting a movie onto the wall which was cool because usually it is on a screen. Another cool thing about The Parlor is that you get to cut your own pizzas with scissors that they give you instead of having them cut the pizza for you. Before we had pizzas, we had two appetizers. We had a brussels sprout salad that had fried brussels sprouts, rice krispies, chili honey, and parmigiano in it. It was crunchy because of the brussels sprouts and the rice krispies. I didn't even know it had parmigiano in it. All those those ingredients together taste heavenly. Next we had...wait for it....wait for it...wood fired oysters! The oysters were smeared with brown butter and had lemon and pickled parsley on top. When I had the oyster, the lemon and parsley hit my mouth and the brown butter was awesome + awesome = totally awesome (I'm a math and food expert). For the entrees, we had three pizzas. First we had the special which was an "After Easter" egg-sausage pizza. Let's talk about this pizza - it was yolky from the egg which made it taste like breakfast. The sausage was beyond good. The crust, I can't even begin to explain. It's crunchy because it's wood fired. Awesomely fantastic. It was my favorite one. Next we had a ramps pizza. Ramps are just like spinach but garlicky. I thought it was OK. The ramps were good but I didn't like the cheese that was on it. The last pizza we had was a margarita pizza with meatballs on it which was delicious. The meatballs were nice and soft. Last, we had dessert. My dad and I shared a salted caramel panna cotta with a bacon crumble on top. It was really good. The caramel was creamy and the bacon crumble was delicious. It was a good experience and I want to go again!
My name is Jordan. I am a 12th grader and I love food!