Beach Day at Gloucester

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Food Review, Massachusetts Eats | 0 comments

Hello hungry readers! If you guys are like me, you love the beach, so when my Aunt invited me to join them for a beach day in Gloucester, I was ecstatic to be able to finally pull out my sunglasses and bikini and head on up. After dreaming of the beach all throughout my long MCAT study days during the early part of this summer, I was mega pumped. I decided to bake a simple cheesecake to bring along as a surprise (recipe to come! ;)) And boy, was it the right decision. Who knew cheesecake and the beach go along so well with each other? We all loved it, and it kept well in the cooler. Topped with the strawberries my Aunt had brought along, it was a summer match made in heaven. After attempting and failing to body board in the freezing sea water, I spent the rest of my time leisurely flipping through The New Yorker and eating snacks while drying out. (In hindsight, I should’ve re-applied sunscreen here, as I got the worst burn EVER! Darn it. Sunscreen is important people! Nerd Jasmine would like to emphasize this. Nobody wants skin cancer. ) For lunch, we headed to this awesome place that served only fried seafood. Can’t go wrong with fried food! Here we have fried: clam, shrimp, clam strips, and scallops. Along with onion rings and french fries, it was a glorious fisherman’s plate. The scallops were my absolute favorite- sweet, juicy and tender on the inside, yet remarkably crisp on the outside. Can anyone say “healthy” though or what? Heehee. It was a long long day, but full of fun and good times. It felt wonderful to take a day away from the city and have some good ol’ R&R. Hope you guys enjoyed this short little post, and hopefully there will be more beach-y experiences for me to share soon hohoho!   – Jas :...

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Jasmine Eats Cambridge: Commonwealth Restaurant and Market

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Food Review, Massachusetts Eats | 0 comments

Hello wonderful foodsters! In case you all did not know already, I’m currently living in Boston for the summer. And what better way to spend my free time than exploring the beautiful city and checking out all the great restaurants this area has to offer? So I decided to start this new series: Massachusetts Eats, where I’ll share any yummy reviews I have of places I’ve been in Boston, Cambridge, or any of the surrounding Massachusetts area. I hope you guys will enjoy going along with me and my stomach for the ride :) Now I dunno about you guys, but I LOVE seafood. Especially the raw stuff, like oysters and sashimi. Being new to the area, the Commonwealth Restaurant and Market was the first place my Aunt and Uncle living here brought me to, and already I’ve returned again and again. Why? Because every Sunday they offer $1 oysters (steal!!) that are locally caught and oh so fresh and delicious. Nothing hits the spot like slurping down a dozen oysters with freshly squeezed lemon and sauce on top. Other than the oysters, they also have pretty good brunch food, with large portion sizes at decent prices. Although everything is pretty yummy, it’s definitely the oysters that keep me coming back. They also have a pretty large drink selection and a nice bar seating area, but the drinks, albeit delicious, are pretty pricey considering the amount you get. All in all though, this restaurant has a very hip young atmosphere, and is definitely a great chill place to bring your friends during the weekends. Highly recommend you all to check it out given the chance! Common Wealth Restaurant and Market 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA, 02142 Tel: (617)945-7030 – Jas :...

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Peter Luger

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Food Review, New York Eats | 0 comments

Have you ever — and I’m asking this as a totally serious question — been jealous of your dog? Not because they live the good life of eat, sleep, and play, but more specifically because they’re happily gnawing away on a bone and…you want that bone.  Don’t look at me like that. Yes, I’m a glutton, but I wasn’t talking about the situation where I’m so hungry that I’d fight my dog over a measly bone or eat a can of his sirloin chow in front of him. No, I’m talking about wanting to fight your dog over a bone because you know it is just that damn good.  But it’s not just any bone. I’m talking about a bone that comes from a Peter Luger steak. And while Cooper, who is a well-behaved little angel, would give me his bone if I tried to take it from him (while staring me down reproachfully the entire time), I haven’t quite descended to the level of stealing his half eaten treats yet. Peter Luger’s has long been known as one of — if not the best — steakhouse in New York. For over a 100 years, they have meticulously chosen their meat from a selection of the finest USDA prime meat available by picking out the choicest slabs after examining the color and marbling of the beef. They are so careful about serving only the best to their customers, that the responsibility of picking out the meat is given only to members of the family. How’s that for exclusive? Afterwards, they dry age their selection for about 27 days. Some of you may remember that we had aged our own steak before as well. The aging process really breaks down the meat and tenderizes it, which means a beautifully succulent steak on your plate later. Other than that, when Peter Luger broils their steaks, they don’t season it with anything. Well, maybe a little bit of salt. But otherwise, all you’re eating is a delicious piece of meat that’s literally been broiled in its own juices. Yum-my. Of course, this is the case for many other steak houses as well (picking out the best beef and dry-aging the meat for some time), but I’ve found that steaks are served very differently in Taiwan. In Taiwan, instead of simply enjoying the taste of the steak on its own, they mask and overpower it with different kinds of sauces and seasonings. It’s similar to how the Taiwanese eat salad, not for the sake of enjoying the veggies, but so they can slather the plate in dressing. This is great and all, but in the end, I prefer being able to taste everything in my food and Peter Luger makes sure that you know your steak is not only cooked exactly as you ordered, but introduces you to a world of just how mouth-wateringly juicy a piece of beef can be. While other steak houses may mimic their procedure, there is just something exceptional about Peter Luger’s that make other steaks pale in comparison. Unfortunately, as you can see, the waiters are so quick and efficient that I didn’t have time to snap a picture before they’d already begun serving us. As yummy as the rib eye steak is, it’s the steak for two that’s really special. Since the steak for two is a t-bone steak, half of it is actually filet while the other half is sirloin — the two best slices on a cow, mm.  While the steaks are the stars of the meal, the accompanying appetizers and sides help to lead up...

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The Better Chip

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Food Review | 2 comments

A few weeks ago, we received an email from The Better Chip company asking us if we’d be interested in reviewing their product. Of course, I immediately thought it was a sham. Why would anyone want our cute little blog, which is just a tiny blip among the sea of food blogs on the net, to review their stuff? After some thought, a bit of detective work, some quick emails, and a leap of faith, we received a box of samples the week after. Holy crap, this is for reals!!! Now I’m ecstatic. It was all I could do to prevent myself from randomly stopping strangers on the street, clutching their arm and excitedly gibbering “A chip company thinks my food blog is awesome enough to review their chips!” with a stupid grin on my face. Anyway, with the excitement out of the way, we came to a dilemma. Upon sharing the news with my sister (and some virtual squees of glee), we decided that waiting for her to return from halfway around the world so we could taste the chips together would keep our lovely readers in the dark for far too long. And so, I’ve recruited our dad — who is as much of a foodie as us, if not more — to help me try out these tasty chips. The Better Chip is a healthy chip, a tortilla chip to be precise, that boasts about having big flavors made from 100% real ingredients. When it comes to healthy chips and snacks, besides fresh fruits and veggies, Terra Chips and Pirate Booty pop to mind. While I love both of them, I’ve never had The Better Chip before and all three of them are completely different anyhow. Keeping that in mind, we tried out the Sweet Onion and White Cheddar chip first. Upon opening the bag, the first thing you smell is the cheddar with a faint undertone of onion. One bite and the first thing I thought of was…honestly? Condensed french onion soup. Which isn’t a bad thing, I love french onion soup though I’ve never had it in chip form before. It was a bit saltier than I personally like, and left an oniony aftertaste.      The Jalapeno and Sea Salt chip doesn’t kick in for a few seconds, and then you’re hit with the heat. This chip is spicy…and I do not handle spicy foods well so I let my dad have the rest of the bag. You could definitely taste the sea salt, though it wasn’t as salty as the Sweet Onion and White Cheddar.   Next, the Red Pepper and Salsa Fresca was not only vibrantly eye catching but definitely our favorite by far. Once you open the bag, this chip stands out from the rest with its distinct color. While the Jalapeno and Sea Salt was pretty with its flecks of green, the reddish orange hue was far more unique. (Though I may simply be biased since red is my favorite color.) The red pepper and salsa came through loud and clear, and the slightly burnt edges of the chip added more depth to the flavor. While it was salty, it was slightly sweet as well so it balanced out.    Lastly, the Fresh Corn and Sea Salt chip was somewhat disappointing. It was basically like the Jalapeno and Sea Salt chip…except without the jalapeno. The sweetness of the corn does come through a bit strong, though eating a sweet chip was somewhat of an odd experience. On the other hand, we couldn’t taste the sea salt at all.    Our conclusion? They are...

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A Taste of Taiwan: Taiwanese Munchies

Posted by on Jul 11, 2012 in Eating like an Emperor - in Taiwan, Recipe | 2 comments

Hello everyone! Here in Taiwan, I have been faithfully sticking to this blog by eating several snacktime munchies every single day. This is extremely easy to do, as the nightlife in Taiwan is practically completely centered around the yummy food stands that come out. Instead of sitting down and eating a meal, why not enjoy food on a stick, or in a bag? I say YES. Here are some traditional/strange munchies that Taiwan has offered my tummy: We stumbled across this traditional style sweet potato stand that bakes the sweet potatoes in a wooden crate over coals. Extremely huge and piping hot! The insides are a bright yellow and this traditional snack is filling and healthy! I’ve had this so many times, it’s addictive. Taipei Milk King’s freshly made papaya milk is soooo good. They blend huge Taiwanese papayas with milk to produce something that actually tastes like the fruit! None of that artificial syrup stuff. Plus, its HEALTHY. I think I may have talked about stinky tofu before, but this stinky tofu in particular is on another level. There’s this tiny stand/shop in the Gongguan area that is famous for its stinky tofu, and I know why. The tofu is not extremely stinky, more like aromatic. Plus, its steaming hot and has a thin crispy skin and juicy insides that are stuffed full of cucumbers and parsley. Yummmmm. Taiwanese coconuts are small and round compared to the ones we see in U.S. supermarkets. Yet the insides are very sweet, and MAN do they have some refreshing brain juice. I know I talked about takoyaki during my previous visit to Taiwan, but here’s something I’ve never tried until now. Usually, takoyaki are small delicious little fried octopus balls that come 6-8 in a container. Each one is barely a mouthful. But look at the giant takoyaki above!! One takoyaki is bigger than that guy’s fist, believe it or not. Plus, the typical takoyaki contains a snippet of octopus and maybe some onion or whatever if you’re lucky. Here, you get one ball in a soup bowl (THAT big) and inside it’s filled with dozens of octopus pieces, shrimp, broccoli, corn, potato, scallop, etc! It’s a whole nutritional meal in a fried ball! Heaven. Here’s a picture of a pretty good piece of pig blood rice cake covered in peanut powder and parsley. Again, I’ve mentioned this delicious snack before. But guess what? This piece of yummy is probably one and a half times the length of my head! We’re talking about almost a foot of blood rice cake here…plus it’s delightfully chewy and not mushy like some can get. No, that is not pee pee in a cup. It’s actually sugarcane juice with no added flavors! Just pure, liquified sugarcane. I remember eating sugarcane when I was little, and we would have to rip a chunk of the sugarcane, chew it to get the juice, and then spit out the fibers. A very tedious process. Here, they squeezed the sugarcane to a pulp, resulting in fiber/wood free juice. Not too sweet, and very sugarcane-y.  I took a video of the fun process, but unfortunately the file is apparently to big to upload! So much for a 1 minute video…  Anyways, hope you guys enjoyed this post, more will follow :) Yay Taiwan! – Jas                                                                                   Photographs taken by Jasmine Hwang...

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