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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Day 1

Day 2 in NYC was quite packed indeed. Two years ago, Yufei and I had lunch at Nougatine and for this trip, we decided to try Jeans-Georges.


We both decided to get the 2-plate tasting of spring. Before our first course we got a trio of amuse bouche, the specifics of which are escaping my mind now a month later. But I do recall them being very delicious. In the background you can see my house made passionfruit soda.


Yufei’s first course, butternut squash soup with black trumpet mushrooms. It was really good and I stole quite a few spoonfuls.


My first course, Nishiki risotto with peekytoe crab, nori and key lime. It was really savory and delicious.


For the main course, Yufei got the beef tenderloin with brussel sprouts and mashed/pureed something.


I got the black bass crusted with nuts and seeds with sweet and sour jus. I really liked the flavor of the jus and the fact that it also came with a nice medly of veggies. The fish was also cooked to perfection, and the crust was a nice addition.


We decided to get a dessert to share and chose the tasting of chocolate: white chocolate ice cream with yuzu sorbet; milk chocolate custard with piedmont hazelnuts, and candied orange; and their classic warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.


And of course there’s always more food after the last course – petits fours. House made vanilla bean marshmallows and a selection of candied fruits, chocolates, and macaroons.


Everything was delicious at Jeans-Georges and the service was impeccable too. The only regret I have is that, now, looking back at my post about our meal at Nougatine, I realize that we ordered a lot of similar dishes. For instance, Yufei also had a butternut squash soup and I also got a bass at Nougatine, and we also had the warm chocolate cake. If I had reviewed that meal before we went to Jean-Georges, I probably would have ordered dishes that I hadn’t tried before. Oh well, I guess this means at least we’re consistent in what we like!

After lunch, Yufei went back to the hotel and I walked across Central Park (partly to walk off some of my big lunch, partly because it was tricky to get to via transit, and partly because I miss walking in Central Park) to meet some college friends at Alice’s Tea Cup. I got distracted by some street performers on my way:


We went to Chapter III on 81st and had to wait a bit for a table of 4 at 2:30 in the afternoon. I decided to get a small pot of tea and 2 scones. The passionfruit black tea was really good. I got a sweet scone and a savory scone – blackberry and parmesan and capers. They were good too but really big; I thought they would be more dainty, but I guess I shouldn’t complain about getting more food for my money. My friend Jin was a big more hungry and got the Nibble, which was a pot of tea, a scone, a sandwich, and a platter of cookies. There was definitely more food than just a nibble.


We had a really great time chatting and catching up on each other’s lives. You’re looking at 4 future health professionals right here!


After we left Alice’s Tea Cup, we walked around a bit and checked out a grocery store, an H&M, and a Goodwill nearby. Everyone was pretty tired so we parted ways and I went back to the hotel. Yufei was having dinner with some of his friends so I just rested in our room for a couple of hours.

It was getting late when Yufei got back and I was getting hungry again, so we decided to go to the nearby Pony Bar for some food and beer. It was surprisingly empty for a Sunday night


They had a pretty interesting beer selection (listed on the scoreboard-looking screens in the picture above).


We got a couple of beers and also some small bites to eat and called it a night!

Day 3
Days 4 & 5


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I had never owned a plain red polish until I got my annual free Zoya polishes, when I picked up Sooki.


It’s a bright, clean shade of red, classic and beautiful for any occasion or season. It applies very nicely like most Zoya polishes, and is very opaque.


This was definitely a much needed addition to my nail polish collection!

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Finally getting around to blogging about our NYC trip over spring break! We flew out early morning the Saturday after my last final…


We stayed at Yotel, a trendy futuristic space-themed hotel. It’s very purple (you can see the purple light a block away at night).


The rooms are called cabins. Also lots of purple and rounded corners.


It was a pretty decent hotel in a good location. But I didn’t like their pillows (I’m picky about my pillows) and thus didn’t rest too well at night.

After we settled into our room, it was late afternoon and we headed out to go to the Top of the Rock, since I had never been there before. We went right before sunset, so we got to see the city in the warm glow of the setting sun.




We stayed until night fell so that we could also see the pretty city lights at night. Highly recommend going at sunset so you get both day and night views!


After that, we walked to 53rd and 6th for halal food, supposedly the best in NYC.


the serving was huge but we were super hungry. It was delicious but we added a bit too much hot sauce – it was really really spicy! So spicy that I wished I didn’t add so much because it kind of overpowered everything. Oh well.

Day 2
Day 3
Days 4 & 5

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This week I’m wearing this super cute and girly mani.



I used 2 coats of Zoya’s Jessika, a light sheer pink, and then layered e.l.f.’s Fairy Dust and Golden Goddess (1 coat each) on top.


The effect is neutral and subtle from far away but shines and glitters like crazy when up close (the photos don’t do it justice!).

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Plaj is apparently SF’s only Scandinavian restaurant and another one of the places that Yufei’s been to with his friends and that I’d been bugging him to take me. I had never had Scandinavian food before (Swedish meatballs from IKEA doesn’t count…) and I was pretty excited.

We started with some rye bread and butter.


We ordered 3 dishes to share. First up was the smoked halibut & salmon fritters with dill aioli.


It was really good! Crispy on the outside and soft and flavorful on the inside, and the aioli was perfect.

Next we had Swedish meatballs with potato puree, pan gravy, lingonberry, and pickled cucumber.


Solid dish. I would have ordered something more adventurous but Yufei insisted on meatballs.

Lastly, we had the braised ox cheek with parsnip puree, pear, and chard.


Another fantastic dish. The meat was so tender it literally melts in your mouth.

We decided to go for dessert too since the savory dishes were pretty small. Yufei got the chocolate kladdkaka (a brownie-like cake) with vanilla cream and house-made hazelnut ice cream.


I got the spiced apple pie with granola crust and house-made vanilla ice cream.


Both desserts were good.. I probably should have gone with something a little more exotic than apple pie though, in hindsight. We also had some cocktails with our dinner and they were great as well. Overall an excellent dinner and an interesting new experience!

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