Shake Shack NYC

So we finally made it to a Shake Shack.

It only took a bunch of crazy circumstances.
1) snowing outside
2) half day from work
2) happened to be in the Times Square Area

As many of you know, there is a location down by 23rd street. In the summer, if you wait on the line, you are dedicated. It is like the line to customs, in lets say, a highly travelled border. There is no getting around it, and there are only so many people who can help you.

So we ate at the one in Times Square. We had to cross a yucky street, with puddles of melting snow at the corners–so ballet moves were called for. From across the street it looked crowded and I for one, do not like waiting in line for food and for burgers at that, which I knew would be expensive. We got in and there was people everywhere. It was like ants in black coats.

We ordered the mushroom burger and cheese burger, with an order of cheese fries.
So I liked my burger but was losing some of my awesome cheese as it was melted and on the wrapped, rather than on my burger. I made like a child and got the fork and tried to salvage my cheese. Of course when I first bit into it, everything slid out and ended up on my face. Yes, that would be the infamous cheese, tomato and the lettuce (for a little tickle.) I did enjoy the burger, but I was also really hungry at that time. (so who really knows) The cheese fries–the fries were good but the cheese looked a little pale–what happened to the famous CHEESE WHIZ? My other half said he would give the place a 3 out of 5 stars. I can agree.
Here is why:
I hate crowds, I hate hype and I hate really expensive food. I can deal with some hype and some warranted expensive food but not all three. I wish I had a backyard or deck so I could become a GRILL MASTER.

Check the place out, and let us know. We still like 5 Guys (2 times), Goodburger, and NY Burger (3/4 times already.)

The meat is on, on the street. (like the song)
Happy Eating!

Caracas Arepa Bar, NYC (Oct 27th)

yummy South American cuisine–
their take on guacamole, yummy
According to Wikipedia:
An arepa is a dish made of ground corn dough or cooked flour, popular in Colombia, Venezuela and other Spanish-speaking countries. It is similar in shape to the Salvadoran pupusa. Arepas can also be found in Panama, Puerto Rico and the Canary Islands.

We had the following:
Le Guasacaca: guacamole with home-made chips
Los Muchachos: grilled Chorizo, spicy white cheese with Jalapenos and sautéed peppers
La Mulata: grilled white cheese with Jalapenos, black beans, sautéed red peppers, and fried sweet plantains.
Reina Pepiada: chunky chicken and avocado mix salad

I can honestly say that it was great. There is another place I also like that has Empanadas. I want to go back and hope I can take some people with me for the experience. The place it small, like a galley kitchen’s space and the light it dim, as is Caracas. It seems more fun with the lights low. Also, if you go at the wrong time, you will not get a seat.

Here are some pictures.

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There are two locations, with one being significantly larger than the other.

Enjoy your Latin American food.

Mo’s NY Grill Restaurant-New Rochelle (No more)

there is nothing like dining on a Tuesday night
3 people in a restaurant that can hold 50 or 60,
dedicated water guy
only other customer was a yuppie from the area

we had a monstrous amount of food
we ordered the steak tips as an appetizer and on the plate it looked so huge
then we had the Tuna with awesome potatoes and giant broccoli
we had some plantains on the side

i had a nice Rose and my other half had a Pinot Noir

The food was yummy enough (for a weird mix of fine and none fine dining)–hunger makes food taste good, also brown food has a funny way of evoking flavor, so I am not sure if the food was good on the night we were there or if we had the BROWN FOOD EFFECT.

I offer an observation: a place that serves tuna and funky fish is also serving plantains–I am not complaining, but what is the theme of the restaurant again? It is like going to Fridays and getting a burger with a side of plantains, even rice and beans. I mean if you want to go Caribbean style with American touch, do that. It just seemed out-of-place there.

Update–I am writing about 5 weeks after we ate. Guess what–they are either doing renovations or closed. Our guess is closed. 😦

The hunt goes on for a place we can frequent.

Share your disappointments with me. Also share your favorite go-to place. Why do you go there?

Until then, thumbs up to restaurants that get it right.

Soi 30 Thai on 3rd Ave

Thai salad (lettuce, peanut sauce, onions, radish and the rest I cannot remember)–good though
eggplant, tofu, peppers, and basil–very good, I finished my dish

there is nothing like good food in an understated placed–looking like a red light district kind of joint in some part of Asia (the lights are low at night so it is the glow of wall sconces that allows you to see)

there is also nothing like a good meal and a few friends to have uncontrollable laughter–i mean we were the most energetic group there–we were already making plans to spend new years together–maybe a little much-but we were having a grand old-time

i would definitely revisit

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they had a portion of the menu that was like a mix and match
choose your meat, then your sauces and then you could even get a special rice dish–i like having options–i guess this is what makes places like ELEVEN MADISON PARK popular (the deeper pocketed crowd though)

there is a similar place–Vapiano, on University Place
I had experience with Vapiano on a trip to Maryland.

Give Thai your way a try–
Also-watch out for the hot peppers and red onions–they can make you weak.

Put the following in your browser for more photos and to access the YELP page. There are mixed reviews with good things to be said most of the time.

Sushi-crash course for me

Pre Sushi–yeah, it is not like chips on the table, you have to pay for it.

Pre Sushi

Some types of Sushi Rolls–
California Roll (imitation crab, avocado and cucumber)
Alaskan Roll (smoked salmon, asparagus and avocado)
Philadelphia Roll (salmon, avocado, asparagus and cream cheese)
New York Roll (smoked salmon, apple, avocado
Boston Roll – (crab, salmon, scallion)
Texas Roll (beef, cucumber, spinach leaves)
Hawaiian Roll (garlic and albacore inside; avocado and albacore on top of the roll)

Rainbow Roll (five different kinds of fish and avocado on California Roll)
Vegetable Roll (avocado, cucumber, lettuce, kaiware, asparagus, yamagobo)

Dragon Roll (freshwater eel, crab and cucumber inside, rice and avocado outside)
Spider Roll (soft-shell crab, crab, avocado and cucumber with spicy sauce)
Snake Roll (freshwater eel and avocado on California Roll topped with sweet sauce)

Bath Street Roll (crab, octopus, cream cheese, smelt egg, avocado and cucumber) – as in Bath Street in Santa Barbara

Caterpillar Roll (avocado, unagi, kani kama, and cucumber)
Mastercard Roll (salmon and tuna on California Roll)
Holiday Roll (turkey, cranberry salsa, cream cheese)

Kappa Ma / Kappa Maki (cucumber)
Pesto Roll (turkey or chicken, cream cheese, pesto)

Most of what follows is from Larchmont Sushi

SHRIMP KILLER (shrimp tempura and cucumber inside; shrimp on top of the roll)
SPICY TATAKI ROLL (spicy tuna inside; tuna and avocado on top of the roll)
FIRECRACKER ROLL (spicy scallop inside; tuna and avocado on top of the roll)

RATTLESNAKE ROLL (shrimp tempura inside; fresh water eel and avocado on top)
SNOWCORN ROLL (crab and avocado inside; baked white fish on top)
BAKED SALMON ROLL (cream cheese, yamagobo and avocado inside; baked salmon on top)

ENERGY ROLL (freshwater eel, yellowtail, yamagobo, green onions, smelt eggs)
SCALLOP VOLCANO ROLL (California Roll on the bottom; baked scallop and mushrooms on top)

HOT NIGHT ROLL (shrimp tempura and cucumber inside; spicy tuna on top)
HUNGRY ROLL (spicy tuna inside; crispy seaweed and tempura outside)
CRAZY BOY ROLL (deep-fried California Roll served with eel sauce)
SOFT SHELL CRAB ROLL (soft-shell crab, avocado and cucumber)

LAS VEGAS ROLL (cream cheese, avocado, yamagobo, crab and assorted fish inside; whole roll deep-fried)

Now you (like me) can order knowing what the sushi entails–actually know what you want to eat before you even get to the restaurant/sushi bar. 🙂