A couple months ago, a friend and I were in New York City and were craving Asian food. We decided to try this noodle place called Tasty hand-pulled Noodles Inc – not the most creative name, pretty much sums up what they are known for. They offer both dry and soup noodles. We shared one noodle dish – the dry duck pulled noodles. I love hand-pulled noodles because the texture of the noodles is different than your ordinary boxed noodles and much more chewy! The noodle texture and flavor was good! Unfortunately, they were too greasy for our liking. I know Chinese food can be greasy, but I had higher expectations for this please. I would definitely go again and perhaps try the soup noodles – maybe those would be less greasy.

Not a very original name

Way-too-greasy duck noodles


Having been in Philadelphia now for almost a year, I’ve tried a few local ice cream spots; unfortunately, nothing so far has wowed me. One of the places I had been meaning to try was called Little Baby’s and I finally got a chance to go.

I’m actually not sure from where the store name originates, but they certainly did have colorful decor.

Little Baby’s specializes in unconventional ice cream flavors; since it was my first time there, I wanted to try as many as possible, so my friend and I sampled a couple flavors, then bought this six-scoop sampler to share. Some of strangest flavors offered included ants on a log (with very strong celery taste, I might add), strawberry pink peppercorn, cucumber dill, and Maryland BBQ.

So what’s the verdict? I’m glad I went once to experience the strange flavors, but to be honest, savory isn’t really what I’m looking for when I go for a scoop of ice cream, so I guess I’ll have to keep looking for my favorite Philadelphia ice cream spot!

About 9 months ago, a decent ramen place finally opened up in New haven! Mecha noodle bar actually has a couple locations in CT, and I had gone to the one in Fairfield, CT last year. I was so excited to hear they were opening a restaurant in New haven! I have since gone a couple times as it is walking distance from where I live. The serve all kinds of Asian noodles from pho to Japanese ramen. They also offer small dishes such as buns, egg rolls, dumplings, etc. Everything I have tried there has been quite stellar and affordable. I plan to return several more times during my time in New haven.

A yummy bowl of ramen and Korean fried chicken bun!


Last month, I got to visit some parts of Western NY – not your typical vacation destination, perhaps, but there were some beautiful hikes and sites!

On our way back, we visited Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome (in New York, not Italy, unfortunately). Plopped squarely in the middle of the city, Fort Stanwix is most famous for being the site of a Revolutionary War Continental Army stronghold against a 21 day British siege in August 1777.

The present day structure was constructed about 40 years ago following an archaeological dig, but was built to mimic the structure as it would have looked in the 1700s, including all of the artifacts found inside. Take a look!

Monument entrance – you can see part of the structure in the background

A model of what the structure would have looked like from an aerial view

The view from on top of one of the four rampart towers. You might notice the small wooden structure in the top right corner. These were found all throughout the fort – I thought at first that it was some sort of makeshift prison for misbehaving soldiers, since it latches from the outside. Turns out it’s just where the soldiers were stationed to stay dry if they were on watch and it was raining out!

Inside one of the barracks – a room like this would likely have housed slightly higher ranking officials; the foot soldiers slept on cramped long straw bunks, 40 to a room!

We didn’t have too much time here, but it’s definitely a cool glimpse at history! Be sure to stop by the visitor center as well to learn about the history of the region, including many stories of trade and battles done with and against the Oneida Indian tribes native to the area.

Thanks for reading,


{new haven} zinc

June 14, 2017

My mom and part of my family were here on the east coast last week, and since it was close to my mother’s 60th birthday, we decided to take her out to a nice restaurant in downtown New Haven. I have walked by this restaurant called Zinc countless times before – always looked a bit fancy for me. But since it was a special occasion, we decided to try it out! There are now many farm-to-table type restaurants now, but Zinc had a special twist on this – they also had a fusion-like concept. Everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and seasoned, and tasted great! Sometimes at nice restaurants, they are skimpy on their portions, however zinc offered perfectly sized portions of food. They change up the menu every so often, and I will definitely be back to try more of this delicious goodness!

Asian fusion – dan dan noodles

Indian fusion – paneer dish

Perfectly raw tuna

Perfectly cooked salmon

Black cod with mussels

They also gave us a free appetizers – flatbread with a sort of Asian vinegette dipping sauce.