eatery re-review 2014

April 16, 2014

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A new installment of our eatery re-reviews,
Reflecting on our visits to these venues.
Satisfying treats worth remembering again?
Or, establishments deserving our refrain !

Clever Koi serves Asian fusion.
Pig-face dumpling and octopus sausage are indeed clever.
Cagey names alone are not enough persuasion,
Ultimately, so-so taste did not deliver.

Ono Hawaiian Grill is Hawaiian (con)fusion,
Spam Sushi – ingenious or abomination?
Even Hormel didn’t dare to imagine,
Its flagship Spam is now a healthy cuisine.

Amy Ruth has the soul food staple,
Chicken & waffle, fried or smothered
Southwest native American make it simple,
Just fry bread, as The Fry Bread House offered

We were expecting cool beer quencher,
At The Main Ingredient Ale House & Café.
But, stifling hot temperature,
Totally ruined our stay.

The Stockyards Restaurant in Phoenix:
The Original Arizona Steakhouse, it claims.
Prime rib and baby-back ribs were not good picks.
Wild boar & venison sausage, less impressive than its names.

Want a thick tortilla stuffed with cheese and meat?
That’ll be Salvadoreańo’s pupusa from El Salvador,
Khyber Halal’s Afghani meatball could be a treat,
Unhelpful menu and unfriendly server were hard to endure

Café Lilibela & Blue Nile Café are Ethiopian.
Prepare to use your hand with Injera bread.
If you prefer Brazilian,
Fogo De Chao offers BBQ spread.

How about pecan pie, sans pecan,
That will be MomoFuku’s crack pie.
Something less filling to indulge on?
Give Miss Anita’s Pie Shop’s mini pies a try.

It’s been fun reminiscing,
We hope enjoyable and entertaining.
Until we rehash the next batch,
Bon appétit at the places of eating.

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As it’s become a huge international hot spot, Antigua now has an abundance of different type of food places. One of the few restaurants I actually visited in Antigua was called Luna de Miel Crêpes. It serves amazing “French” crêpes that have a distinct international and perhaps a little bit of a Guatemalan twist. I really liked this place not just for the crêpes though because they also had amazing fruit smoothies that were absolutely delicious to drink on a warm night.

We sat upstairs, which would have been nice except for the fact that there were only low tables with bean bags left. This didn’t work out well for me because I was a little too short to sit comfortably on a bean bag and feel like I had enough reach at the table. This meant I was adjusting my bean bag a lot more than I would have liked. Aside from that small factor though, the food was amazing, the smoothies delicious, and the ambiance, while dark, very nice!

A nighttime crêpe photo adventure:

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Recently I went to Chelsea market on the west side of Manhattan. This is an indoor market with lots of small food shops. There is a large variety of different food including seafood market, doughnut shop, various bakeries, wine shop, etc. There are so many different foods to try! I went to a bakery called Amy’s Bread. They sell delicious handmade fresh bread as well as various baked goodies. I got a sticky bun and black and white cookie, yum yum!!

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Lots of different breads

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So many baked goods

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Amy Bread!

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Black and White cookie — amazing!

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Antigua’s Cafe Condesa is right off the main Parque Central. It’s kind of a neat little place because there are two locations (kind of). First, there’s the Cafe Condesa for those that are just looking for coffee on the go. Then there’s the actual cafe that’s located in the back. You have to walk though a book store and some travel agency (kind of) place to get to it. Once inside, you realize that Cafe Condesa is located around the patio of a 16th-Century mansion … can you say awesome? I came here for breakfast and was able to try both a sample of their baked goods (which is what they’re known for) and their delicious spinach quiche. It was all so delicious … yum … yum … yum! I wish I could have more quiche and scone!!

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Coffee

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Spinach Quiche

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Chile and Cheese Scone

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Fountain on the patio of the 16th-century mansion

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I love going to random cities and not eating in the restaurants if at all possible. While there are many authentic and delicious restaurants everywhere, I prefer to find the street food and eat where the locals eat local comfort food. In Antigua on the weekends, vendors set up stalls and oil-cloth covered tables in front of Iglesia y Convento de Nusetra Señora de la Merced. It just so happened that we were in town on Saturday, which worked out amazingly time wise! I was super excited to get the chance to walk around, feast my eyes on all the different street foods, and buy a variety of delicious foods to try. I noticed that almost all the venders were really selling the same things, with a few variations. Overall though, it was a great food experience. I especially liked the pineapple jugo that cost less than $1 for a huge cup. It was so delicious and had lots of chunks of floating pineapple. I also noticed that they are very generous with their avocado/guacamole here … another reason to love Guatemala!

A filling street food photo adventure:

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