Below are restaurants that I consider "HIT", so if you come across them, check them out!

ducks eatery

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

* Boo on me for not going for the one brunch dish that has what I can only imagine is the restaurant’s expertise: duck. I’ll have to come back for fried duck! Smoked Brisket Hash – Now, this is what I’m talking about! One of the reasons we ended up here was because the barbecue Read more…

mollys shebeen

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

* I really wish there was a bar like this around my area because I would frequent it all the time! The staff is so friendly, sparking conversations and offering recommendations with ease. It feels like a family run bar, with a very authentic Irish atmosphere. An interesting trait to the bar is the sawdust Read more…

herrells ice cream

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

*Prepare yourself to wait in line on a hot summer day! Mudpie – A beautifully cool creamy mix of coffee ice cream, decadent chocolate cake-like cookies, swirls of fudge, and if you fancy, rainbow sprinkles! The ice cream is rich, delicious, and thick. Each spoonful is like scooping up fresh-made gelato that doesn’t melt instantly Read more…

the sparrow tavern

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

*A corner bar, across from the very popular Bohemian Beer Garden is this jewel in Astoria. Watch Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives? This was one of the places visited! Swiss Chard Quesadilla – Fairly simple yet gratifying. Cheese and greens mixed and melted in between tortillas? A good “healthy” snack pre-entrée. Pulled Pork – This was Read more…

anchor wine bar

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Mussels in White Wine Sauce – The sauce was excessively lemony. While that’s often not a bad thing, it actually made the dish rather putrid. I was also dismayed by the size of the mussels. It really must not be mussel season. Grilled Octopus – capers, tomatoes, potatoes, basil This was my favorite pre-entrée antipasto. Read more…


Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Lamb Burger – Many friends have raved about this burger and it’s deserved. A lot of the credit goes to the feta stuffed into the core of the lamb patty. The lamb alone is nothing special, but with a bite of the feta, you get moist tenderness and an elevation in flavor, salty and mouth-watering. Read more…

at the wallace

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

White Pizza – With each bite, strings of melted cheese would stretch from my mouth to the rest of the sandwich. It was a mix of béchamel, artichoke, and others that melded deliciously into creamy, cheesy ooziness. Leaning Tower – Sadly, I took my first bite of this when it was a little cold. Unlike Read more…

casa adela

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Mofongo – mashed plantains with garlic and pork crackling The first time I had mofongo, it left me with nightmares of garlic. Each bite tasted like I was consuming cloves upon cloves of garlic. Admittedly, all that garlic probably helped expedite my recovery from the flu. Since then, I avoided mofongo until we were delivered Read more…

land thai

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Larb duck – hand chopped duck breast, toasted rice, shallot, dried chili, lime juice, endive, romaine heart This was deliciously refreshing. I’m usually opposed to very oniony dishes, but I didn’t really notice it. The lemon grass and the lemon or lime mixed in with the other ingredients heightened the flavor of the duck without Read more…


Monday, May 18th, 2015

Chicken fried rice – rotisserie chicken, rice, bacon They seemed to be advertising their rotisserie chicken, so I went for this Asian/Peruvian fusion dish. By appearance, it looked like typical Chinese restaurant fried rice and taste-wise, it wasn’t far off. I commend them for the Peruvian flair, using snap peas and rotisserie chicken and subtle Read more…

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