Bangers & Mash

So  I wanted to go to an Irish Pub in Stamford. Yeah I was craving some bangers and mash.bangers and mash So in the past there were some nay sayers about my particular choice of pubs, and in the present there were some absent friends (people who we thought would be available but happened to not be available) and there were always alternative cuisines calling. I was still determined to get my food and maybe catch a football or rugby game as well.

So on this day today why did I not get my bangers & mash!

1st location–no parking, so sad

2nd location—- pub closed (we called the number and the person who answered said that they had been closed for 2 weeks–wtf)

3rd location–end ups being–lets just find any place.

A go to–Do Fu–Korean

Dessert–Sixteen Handles

So to the future, I will just make sausage and potatoes.  Problem solved.

Bangers and Mash Recipe

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Ginger and Lemon Grass

So our day started out with music class for my toddler and then we were supposed to go to the Japanese Festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  Well we got through the music class, then my husband decided to do some detours.  After that and an hour plus time passage, we decided to head to Brooklyn.  Yeah, because we can, and well right before we crossed the bridge, we started to examine our plan.  There was already traffic, it was warm outside (oh late April weather), we were starting to get hungry, and also we knew that it would be at least an hours drive from that point.

What to do, what to do!!  So we racked our brains and decided that going to the festival at that late time would not be that great as all the cool stuff always happens early on as well as we would only get to enjoy a few hours.  Also, it was 30 dollars per person.  That would be 90 dollars just to enter and then if we wanted to buy food, who knows, and parking if we could not immediately find a spot.  It was looking like an expensive and trying day.

So because of the traffic, we had a few moments to think. We turned to Yelp and Trip Advisor.  So we found ourselves in Whitestone, NY.  It is in Queens, off the Bridge.

We came upon this restaurant. We were excited as there were people waiting outside, which is a good sign.

We sat close to the corner and just smelled all the wonderful odors. We wasted no time in ordering. The taste of the curry dish we ordered reminded me of the ones I had while travelling. The chicken curry included bamboo shoots as well as sweet potato–that was great on day 2. I had a stuffy nose so only randomly did I taste the food but the following day, post stuffy head, the food was better. We had one of the spicy short rib sandwiches, which was large and had a strong 5 spice taste. That we liked. We also had the seafood and chicken pancake as well as spring rolls.

I noticed the fake but cool herb garden on the wall. It actually inspired my husband. The restaurant also makes this refreshing drink that includes water, cucumber, ginger and possibly one other ingredient I forgot. (nice differentiating feature)

What everyone seemed to be eating was the broth with a large bone in it. Not my thing but I am sure it was great as that many people cannot be wrong.

The service was decent and the place was nice in terms of decoration. It is a small place, so not much wiggle room and large groups need not apply. Parking can be a challenge but that just means a longer pensive walk from your transportation. The bus does pass by it though. It is in a partly residential area so only if you drive by it accidentally, will you see it. Its not on a main street.

The small menu works well. When I am hungry I am easily frustrated if I have to turn through a book.

It would be a repeat visit but it is kind of far from our normal routes so maybe other people can make it a regular place if they live in the area.

 

Sparks Catering Services–Update June 2017

Hi,

Ever so often I post my offerings here.  Feel free to reach out to me here, at the email attached to my flyer or to my Facebook or linked in, depending where you are seeing this post.

 

Sparks Services Home

I am also offering lunch services.

Sparks Catering Services Lunch

 

Armed with my Instapot, wok and blender I can do most things. If I have not made in the past  I can certainly learn or give it the old college try!

 

Day out Filipino Style

1.  Wake at 530 am (lay in bed and listen to the animals outside)

2. Get out of bed at 6:30 am (pick your clothes and pack up your travelling gear for day-hat, water, sweater for ac in van, toddler gear)

3. Breakfast is being prepared at 6:30 am (the house helper is enticing you with the smell of bacon and rice from the kitchen)
4.  7 am family eats and then gets dressed

5. Leave at 8 am on organized transportation (bus that holds 11 total)

6. Road tripping till 10 am after stops for gas and water.

7. Destination 1- inside/outside church -1/2 hour (it is Sunday and the church throws open its doors and there are literally people congregated on the plaza watching the church ceremony (on big screens)

8. 10:30 am or so drive to destination 2

9. Arrive at destination 2 for 11: am and lunch located in a mall  (make use of the available bathrooms)

10. Lunch from 11:30 am to 1 and 1/2 hour b…sssiing in mall. (Mall life)

11. Quick stop to visit friend (chat and kids play in the park) and leave by 2.

12. Arrive to destination 3, a bday party at 2:45pm. We stay till almost 5 pm. (traditional Filipino bday party with all the bells and whistles-I had muscato wine.)

13.  5:00 pm on the road again.  All 11 of us tired, laden with gifts and bellies full.

14.  Reach home at 645pm.   Food is prepared already.  Too full.  Skip dinner.

Day is done, gone the sun, from the lakes from the hill from sky.  All is well, safely rest,  god is night.

 

That’s how it went down.

Time gets away!!

So much time. We left the house at 430pm, reached airport at 515.  We checked in then waited to waste some time till 830.  Lol and that we did: non fast food, bathroom  break, stroll, Halo Halo.  We are outside of check area. Hey its 745 as we wait for customs.  Oh yeah,  our flight is 820.   8pm we clear.  Oh we have to rush.  20 min to take off.  Too many people on fast walkway, we sidestep that,  too many things,  can’t run.   We near the gate and WTF gate change.  We take another fast walkway.  Oh its at least 820 by now.  We are nearing gate and a list of names is read and that sounded like ours.  Oh snackers,  are we the last to board. When is the plane supposed to leave.  We feel less like idiots when they continue to announce names.   We get on plane and all the eyes are on us.  Infamous almost.  Hmmm.   Sunday strollers!

Time.

My favorite time is eating time!!