Brunch, Food, New York

On my to-do list in New York City, I had to have brunch at least once during my visit. I’m pretty sure by now, I’ve done most of the things couples would do in NYC with Tiffany. Anyway, brunch is a huge thing in NYC and apparently we had to line up if we were to go anywhere nice. We decided to go to The Butcher’s Daughter for a healthier brunch option and when we got there, I saw a group of people standing right outside the restaurant. We were lucky to get a seat because no one else wanted a bar spot. From where I was sitting, I could see how everything at The Butcher’s Daughter was cooked and presented just by two chefs and a bartender.

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I was in love with the decor at The Butcher’s Daughter. Plants and baskets were hung from the ceiling and everything was vintage and homey like.

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Smashed Avocado Toast Benedict

What’s in it: Poached egg curried hollandaise, smashed avocado with curry, mustard seed and lime. with roasted potato hash.

I’m not an avocado fan but I couldn’t really resist smashed avocado toast benedict. It’s interesting to try eggs benedict with a twist in the hollandaise sauce.

At first, I was a bit edgy on the curry because to me, the taste of curry seems a bit overwhelming for a brunch. Turns out, the curry wasn’t too strong nor was it too bland, it blended in so well with the hollandaise and the avocado. I love their innovative take on the usual hollandaise, definitely quite a change.

The roasted hashed potatoes were not too filling and they were definitely not bland. I’m not sure what spice they added into the potatoes, but it was very flavourful.

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What’s in it: Pineapple, jicama, and lemon.

I mainly bought the drink to replace a mimosa and for the mason jar.

I’m not sure if the juice was freshly squeezed but the lemon and pineapple was very fresh and definitely not too sour or too sweet.

Overall, this is a lovely and refreshing drink for a brunch. I would highly recommend it.

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Food, Japanese, New York, Travel

I’ve never had ramen in America till my visit to Totto Ramen in New York. I’ve had some pretty darn good ramen in Vancouver so let’s see what New York has. Located just a few steps below the streets, in a run down looking alleyway crammed area, Totto Ramen serves handmade ramen noodles in a rich chicken based soup broth. There was barely any walking space inside the ramen shop and everyone was busily slurping their ramen. We got to Totto Ramen at around 2:20pm and we still had to wait half an hour outside on the little sidewalk before our turn.

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See what I mean? People inside and outside.

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Totto Spicy Ramen

Handmade noodles cooked to al dente in a whole chicken and soy sauce based soup broth with scallion, char shiu, spicy chili oil, and nori.

The chicken broth was very misty and rich in chicken flavours. If it weren’t for the chili oil, I would have finished the soup.

The char siu was so fatty and big. After finishing their noodles, I had some trouble finishing the char siu because it was so filling.

The noodles, at first, did taste like average noodles you could buy at a typical Asian supermarket. After a few more bites, their noodles were actually bouncier and chewier than regular noodles; so here’s the difference.

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Cafes and Bakeries, New York, Travel

I have always loved Mille Feuille but I was never a fan of crepes, but combine Mille and Crepe, then I’m all yours. Tiffany took me to Lady M Cake Confections on the Upper East Side and I knew I was in for something amazing when I saw the line up outside of the small cafe. The foundation of Lady M Confections is their fresh and exceptionally light and creamy cakes with a fuse of Japanese and French tastes. The cafe was a narrow walkway with the cakes placed on the right side of the store and 1- 5 tables against the wall on the left side. The middle of the cafe was mostly occupied by people lining up to sit down or take out.

Tiffany and I waited to sit down, but since we didn’t want to stand in line for 45 minutes, we decided to buy a slice of Mille Crepe to go and we ate it before visiting Jeff Koons Exhibition.

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Once we got in, I felt like I reached dessert heaven when I saw the delightful array of fine cakes on my right. It was so hard to choose one piece out of all of them.

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Since we were going no where with our decision, we decided to go with the most popular and lovable choice – their Signature Mille Crepes.

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Signature Mille Crepes

I apologize for this photo because we already forked away half of the cake before I took the photo. Clearly the struggle would be too real to not eat it once we opened the box.

No less than 20 thin crepes with fresh vanilla cream in between and a caramelized golden top, the mille crepes is a heavenly dessert. The pastry cream is so light and fluffy that it instantly melts in your mouth with a sweet after taste for a tease. Switching between crepes and cream, the mille crepes will leave you wanting more after you’re finished.

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