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TAICHUNG: Tian Wai Tian 天外天

Posted in restaurants, taichung, taiwan by sue on April 7, 2008

www.tianwaitian.com.tw
台中南區公益路二段18號
No. 18, Sec. 2, Gong-Yi Road

PRICE: NT$439/person ~US$14/person
RATING: I strongly recommend this place!
DIRECTIONS: Drive. =)
RESERVATIONS: If you go in a big group during their peak hours (i.e. lunch/dinner), then yes. But if you are like me and you go after work at approx. 10PM, you’re fine without them.
MUST GET: Ma-la hot pot and of course Haagen-Daaz ice cream on a cone!

There’s a lot of hot pot places in Taiwan, all of which offer a huge variety ranging from individual pots to family style, sour cabbage base to curry base, soup to “dry pots”, individual orders to buffets, etc. etc. If they don’t have it now, I’m sure someone will make it eventually– just give them a month or two. And of course with such a huge variety comes a variety of prices, however this place is a great deal for your buck– not just for the price, but also the food quality. I think their meats and vegetables are a lot fresher than other buffet places.

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LOS ANGELES: Chosun

Posted in los angeles by sue on April 6, 2008

3330 W Olympic Blvd. (and S Manhattan Pl)
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323.734.3330

PRICE: $50/person
RATING: I love this place!
DIRECTIONS: Drive. =) There’s valet parking in the back.
RESERVATIONS: Needed if you have a big group.
MUST GET: chosun kalbi, sam gyap sal, ke jang

I grew up eating Korean food (my dad’s family grew up in Korea) so I think I’m a pretty good judge when it comes to kimchi, soondubu, sahlangtang, etc. etc. Chosun is my favorite place in America for Korean BBQ (I’ve only had better when I was in Seoul). In fact, for my last trip home to LA for Chinese New Year, this place was the first restaurant I went to once I got off the plane and the last restaurant I went to right before I go back on the plane to come back to Taiwan. (Korean food in Taiwan is awful!)
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NEW YORK: cafe habana

Posted in new york by sue on April 6, 2008

17 Prince St. (and Elizabeth St.)
New York, NY 10012

PRICE: $$ ($10-$20)
RATING: YYYYY (I love this place!)
DIRECTIONS: Take the 6 to Spring St. or the RW to Prince St.
RESERVATIONS: They don’t take any, so have fun waiting for an hour+ if you go during their busy times… or get it to go, but the wait is worth it!
MUST GET: grilled corn, grilled steak, roast pork

I can’t reiterate how much I love this restaurant. It’s cheap, the food is great, and it has the best corn I’ve ever had– need I say more? It’s one of my favorite restaurants in New York. My mouth is watering and my stomach is rumbling just thinking about it– no joke.

You can’t come to this restaurant without ordering their corn, so I highly recommend you don’t come here for your first date! The corn is served grilled smothered with cotija cheese and chili powder. It smells a bit funky when you first get it, but sprinkle some lime over it and take a bite. Two come per order, so split this starter with a friend unless you’re really greedy. Their cuban sandwich used to be the only entree I ordered which is quite ironic since I’m not a fan of ham or cheese, but it tastes so great I overlooked it. It’s roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles on pressed cuban bread. I usually got it without the pickles and smothered their habanero sauce (the green one!) all over it. After a few visits, I finally decided to venture out and try their other delicious dishes. I highly recommend their grilled steak and roast pork dishes. The grilled steak is really tender skirt steak while the roast pork is caribbean style shredded pork. They both come with rice and beans– I recommend getting it with yellow rice and red beans. Their chuleta de puerco a la pimenton (grilled pork chop and goat cheese toast with wild mushroom and chipotle au poivre sauce) is good too, but with all the other great dishes here I don’t think I’d get it again.. but heck you might be a huge fan goat cheese, so give it a shot. Their fish tacos aren’t bad either (they sure gave me my fix when I started missing home and wahoos), but the fish tacos at five points are a closer match to what I used to get back in la. Also, for the price of their fish tacos you might as well get the grilled steak or roast pork. And finally, they are opened for brunch too. I got their huevos rancheros which isn’t bad, but nothing to make my tummy rumble.

Cafe Habana is tiny. It’s also always packed, so prepare for a tight squeeze. They don’t take reservations, so have fun waiting but if you’re incredibly impatient go next door (on the Elizabeth Street side) and grab it to go. They have a don’t-fuck-with-me new york attitude when you put down your name, but the staff is always friendly… they’re just damn busy. Plus, this place doesn’t have AC! So make sure you grab a cold beer, Pacifico and Tecate are recommended– where else can you get these in New York? All I have left to say is:

Whatever, it’s worth it.

TAICHUNG: bollywood

Posted in taichung, taiwan by sue on April 6, 2008

NEW YORK: shanghai cafe

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NEW YORK: awash

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NEW YORK: angor on sixth

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NEW YORK: flor de mayo

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NEW YORK: bon chon

Posted in new york by sue on April 6, 2008