Chinese and Kepler

Winly Seafood Restaurant used to be my parents’ favorite morning tea place near their place. After closing for a few months of transferring the ownership, we decided to give it a try today. The ambiance did not change much. However, the food has changed a lot. We had some regular dim sum dishes, which were too sweet, half roast duck, which was too salty, and lo mein, which was probably the best item that we had. We decided that we would never go back there again.

Chinese
Chinese

Even though this whole meal did not meet our expectations, I still had a good time with the family. Kepler by Stefanie Sun (孫燕姿) paired well with this meal.

Here is my Yelp review.

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Meats and Lorelai

Went to this place after watching Andrew Zimmern’s show – Bizarre Foods America: Chicago’s Cutting Edge. We came here super early at 11:30AM, when they were just opened. There were a few others having their early lunch as well. This place had two sections: deli and cafe. They also prepared the meats downstairs. You would pass by if you went downstairs to use the restroom.

We had Return Of The Gyro: with braised pork belly, raita, escalivada, pea shoots and calabrian chili vinaigrette on griddled flatbread, and Cocido: smoked chorizo, braised beef, blood sausage, chickpeas, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and mojo picon.

I would like to try the cold-cuts and the Publican restaurant across street.

Publican Quality Meats
Publican Quality Meats

I enjoyed this meal with Lorelai by Fleet Foxes.

Here is my Yelp review.

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Sandwiches and On An Island

We had lunch today with Alex’s coworkers. It was very cool to meet someone in person after working together for a while. They took us to Bombacigo’s J & C Inn, which was an old school style lunch place. I had the grilled vegetable (eggplant, zucchini, red onion, roasted red pepper, tomato, cucumber and balsamic vinaigrette) with special pasta salad. Alex had the Chicago style Italian beef. We definitely got our money worth at this place.

Bombacigo Sandwiches
Bombacigo Sandwiches

I thought On An Island by David Gilmour would be very nice for this meal.

Here is my Yelp review.

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Sichuan Dishes and Green Light

I have been passing by this place for many year. Today was the first time that we decided to stop by after a 3-hour hiking trip in a nearby reservation. Everyone was very friendly here. The food was very authentic, which reminded me of my hometown cooking. Not to mention, the chef was from Chengdu. We had two appetizers – mixed beef tripe with ma la sauce and Chengdu cold noodles, two entries – Sichuan lamb and sea dragon in spicy sauce. All dishes that we got were spicy. If you love spicy food, you should give them a try.

Sichuan Dishes
Sichuan Dishes

Since there were a lot of greens (green onions, cilantro, and peas) in the dishes, I thought that 绿光 (Green Light) by 孙燕姿 (Stephanie Sun) paired very well with the meal.

 

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Lobster Roll and Paradise

Yeah! It’s Friday! After a week of bringing my own lunch, I rewarded myself with a lobster roll combo from Luke’s Lobster. The meal cost $18 + tax. I knew it was pricy but the lobster was meaty, tender and well seasoned. I thought it was well worth the price.

Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll

I believed that they were playing a Cold Play song in the shop but it was very crowded and I was not able to capture which one. I thought Paradise would pair very well with this meal.

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Mediterranean Sandwich with Sugar Cookie and Magic

Potbelly is one of my favorite lunch spots. Their sandwiches are freshly made in front of you. I wish they have move vegan choices, other than the Mediterranean, which is made with zippy hummus, feta cheese, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and crispy cucumbers. This sandwich was very juicy.

Mediterranean Sandwich
Mediterranean Sandwich

Sugar Cookie was my favorite cookie from Potbelly, which was baked with only a few ingredients. I loved it was crunchy outside but soft inside. It was not too sweet.

Sugar Cookie
Sugar Cookie

I thought that Magic by Cold Play song would suit with this moment, which relaxed me.

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Vegetable Tempura and Free Fallin

Tempura (天麩羅) is a deep fried Japanese dish. The batter is usually very thin and crunchy but the crunchiness won’t stay long. You will have to eat it quickly. It usually servers with a dipping sauce.

I had the vegetable tempura for lunch today at Taste of Tokyo. I haven’t been to this place since my friends’ office relocated. This dish was just average today. It could use less starch vegetables like taro. 

Vegetable Tempura
Vegetable Tempura

I thought about Free Fallin by Tom Petty, while having this meal. This is one of my favorite Tom Petty songs. What would you pick to pair this meal?

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Burger and Too Late for Love

We almost went to the city and had Umami Burger as a late lunch today but we decided to buy some ground beef and make burgers at home. Accidentally, I wrote a “W” for Wei on the bun. The burger turned out very juicy. I had it with Organic Cherry Beer by Samuel Smith’s.

Burger with a W
Burger with a W
Burger
Burger

Too Late for Love by Def Leppard seemed a good song for this meal. What do you think?

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Crêpe and L’amitié

Diana and I decided to have lunch together near work. We went to Crêpes du Nord in the Financial District.

Diana ordered the special crêpe with spinach, mushroom and cheese, which was very light and juicy.

I ordered the Farmers Crêpe with scrambled eggs, zucchini, cheddar cheese and chives. It had a lot of protein and held me until dinner. Yes, I also went for a run after work on the Hoboken boardwalk.

 

Crêpes du Nord
Farmers Crêpe

 

Lunch with Diana
Lunch with Diana

 

I paired the lunch with this French song, L’amitié (Friendship) by Isabelle Boulay. Please let me know what you think about it.

Hope you also enjoyed today like me.

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