{new haven} dashi

December 13, 2017

Just this past weekend, I was having a craving for ramen. There is a ramen place in New Haven that we usually go to when I am experiencing this craving, however I wanted to try something new this time around. We googled ramen places and this new restaurant called Dashi came up. This place is actually more known for their Shabu Shabu, but there were some good reviews about their ramen. We decided to give their pork ramen with miso based soup a try as well as the Japanese curry with katsu. Both were delicious!! I was so happy we decided to try this place out. Maybe next time we will give the Shabu shabu a try!


Tasted better than it looks.


{md/va} assateague island!

November 8, 2017

Recently I had a chance to visit Assateague Island National Seashore near Maryland/Virginia! They are known for their wild horses! Technically you are supposed to stay a bus-length away from these horses, however we got very close to them at one point! They are very used to having humans around and just go about their business. It was SO cool to see horses so close up, although kind of scary at times because I did not want to get kicked! I would definitely recommend going to this island to see the horses if you are ever in the area. The shoreline/beach was a pretty nice view too!

The calm waters


Oh you know, horses just chilling by the road.

Got up so close to these horses walking through parking lot!

{new haven} barracuda!

October 25, 2017

A couple weekends ago, it was my friend’s birthday so a group of us wanted to go out to brunch to celebrate! There have been a bunch of brunch places in New Haven that we have all tried in the past, so we wanted to find something new! We found this place called Barracuda which was just down the street from where I live. They are more known for their happy hour deals but also served brunch. Everything on the menu looked great – it has a sort of Latin American feel to it. I got this chicken burrito which was delicious! I think we all agreed that the best part was their Yucca fries – never heard of these before but would definitely go back for more!! Another nice touch was that there was nice Latin music playing the background (although difficult to talk at times).

My chicken burrito + yucca fries (They taste better than they look).



I was recently in Toronto for a radiology conference. The week prior to the conference I actually met aguy who was from Toronto who gave me a list of places to try. One of them was a restaurant called Patois, which is a fusion of Chinese and Caribbean flavors. I was intrigued so made sure to try this place while I was there. Boy, was it interesting! The flavors were good, but a little heavy at times. We ordered a pineapple bun burger, which was essentially a burger served on one of those Asian pastry pineapple buns – it was quite tasty. Next, the fried cauliflower with sweet sriracha sauce which was much too spicy for my likely. Third, we ordered a jerk chicken chow mien which was flavorful but a bit salty. Overall, I enjoyed this unique combination of flavors and glad I tried this place…Not sure if I would go back for a
second round though.

Pineapple bun

Fried cauliflower – much spicier than it looks!

Jerk chicken chow mien

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