Foodie Heaven 😍🌟 • Hong Kong 

For those who haven’t been to Hong Kong or know where it is, Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia. (totally Wikipedia that). But what I really wanted to say is, Hong Kong is the ultimate foodie heaven. I mean…just take a look at some pictures of food I had below:

Is your mouth watering yet?

Alright, I’m done torturing you with pictures of delicious, mouth-watering, food porn pictures. But if my pictures aren’t persuading enough to have you book a one-way ticket straight to Hong Kong right now…go check out @hongkongfoodie on instagram to convince you some more.

Let me know in the comments below whether you’ve been to Hong Kong before or is planning a trip there soon!

Much Love,

Veee

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Czigmeister • Hackettstown, NJ


A few days ago, my friends and I went on a beer adventure and we found this little hidden gem call Czigmeister. Czigmeister is this cool, hipster brewery located in Hackettstown, NJ. The environment is super chill & all they have is beer- no food.

However, the upside is, you can bring whatever kind of food you would like. You could stop by your local grocery store and pick up some finger food, such as: chips & salsa, chips & dip, chips & guac (can you guess what my favorite finger food is?)  or you can order delivery. Either way, it’s a fun time.

Much Love,

Veee

 

Not your average Brunch 

Ah, summertime – best time of the year for getting brunch with your girls / family / significant other. However, brunches can get pretty expensive if you go out every weekend, so here are the steps to create the BEST DIY BRUNCH DAY EVER!

First, you’ll need to create a cute & fun invite to send out to all your friends – making it super official. There are a few ways you can create that perfect invite:

  1. Check out Paperless Post for ready to send custom invite instead, making your life simple while making you look chic. My favorites on the site are: Cucumber Lemon Vodka, Mother’s Day Brunch & Pop the Bubbly.

    Cucumber Lemon Vodka Invite

    Mother’s Day Brunch Invite

    Pop The Bubbly Invite
  2. If you’re feeling EXTRA creative and want to create your own, try using Canva for an easy DIY “hand crafted” card! Just choose the “Card” template and start designing. (They also have already made cards as well)

Now that you’re all done with your invites, it’s time to send them out and wait for their RSVPs. In the meantime, you need to start preparing the menu – the main event of brunch. Here are a few of my favorite dishes:

  1. Eggs Benedict with Shortcut Hollandaise
  2. Nutella Stuffed Pancakes
  3. Cranberry French Toast with Mascarpone
  4. Twisted Sticky Caramel-Pecan Roll
  5. Tomato-Cheddar Strata with Broccoli
  6. Overnight Savory French Toast

And now onto the mimosas

  1. Watermelon Agua Fresca Mimosas
  2. Pineapple Coconut Champagne
  3. Raspberry cream mimosa
  4. Tangerine Sorbet Champagne Floats
  5. White Cranberry Mimosa 
  6. Lemonade Mimosa with Bloody Orange

Lastly, time to decorate the shiz out of your place to make it the best brunch ever. The best place to find the best decor idea is on…PINTEREST! (How basic)

Comment down below your favorite location / food for brunch 😊

Much Love,

Veee

Meal Prep | Lunch Edition


Recently I’ve discovered the BEST homemade lunch for work that everyone should 100% try it out. It’s healthy and delicious (delicious is the key word).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Quinoa
  • Kale
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Small piece of Salmon (or you can substitute with any kind of meat)
  • Pine nuts
  • Red/Yellow/Orange peppers
  • Lemon pepper salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion

To start off, you’ll need to first cut up the kale into little chunks, cut the grape tomatoes in half, season the salmon (or any kind of meat) with lemon pepper salt and cut up the peppers into little cubes.

First, preheat the oven at 350 and grease your pan to start baking the salmon for 30 mins. While the salmon is cooking, start cooking your quinoa on the side. Then startheating up your pan with a little bit of coconut oil on medium heat. Add in some garlic for flavor, then gradually add in the assortment of peppers, onion, kale and grape tomatoes. Allow it to cook until tender (around 10 mins or less).

Now that everything is cooked, you can start packing your lunches!

Place the quinoa on the bottom, top it off with the kale, garlic, onion, tomato and pepper mixture on top of it. Add the salmon on top and sprinkle some pine nut to top it all off. Just like that, you’re ALL DONE!

If you end up trying out this recipe, let me know how you like it! Or if you have a healthy recipe you enjoy making for lunch, I’d LOVE to try it out too.

Much Love,

Veee

City Kitchen in NYC | Foodie Review

Do you love food and hate how restaurants don’t have a wide range of variety? Well, City Kitchen is the place for you! City Kitchen’s layout is essentially an IKEA food hall layout, but with different vendors in the food hall. The vendors range from sushi to mexican food to seafood to dessert. You will never get bored or hungry when you’re here.

Here’s a list of  their vendors and their menus:

Azuki | BOX | Dough | Gabriela’s Taqueria | Kuro-Obi | Lukes | Whitmans

At Azuki, I didn’t get anything because I got SO much food everywhere else.

At BOX, I got a Roasted Duck (shawarma) which was different than the usual shawarma that I’ve had. It was different but really delicious. Imagine a peking duck with shawarma sauce inside a pita wrap, that’s what it tasted like.

At Dough, I got a Dulce de Leche with Tasted Almonds doughnut that was HUGE. It was bigger than the size of my hand, but again, it was delicious. The dough wasn’t hard, it was flaky and the toppings were to die for.

At Gabriela’s Taqueria, I got an Al Pastor tacos and it was delicious, again. The taco shell was freshly made and so were the fillings. It was super moist and tasty, definitely one of the best tacos I’ve ever had.

At Kuro-Obi, I got a Pork Bun which is essentially a steamed bun that is shaped like a taco shell, but soft and moist with pork belly inside. It was DELICIOUS and very tasty. It came with two buns, so the portions were small, but definitely worth the money.

At Lukes, I got a Lobster Roll which I’ve gotten before in Boston, and it’s still just as good as I remembered. The bread was perfectly toasted and the lobster was drenched in butter. OMG thinking about it makes my mouth water. 

Lastly, I didn’t get anything from Whitmans because they had burgers and fries and I’ve had that every day for the past few days. I can’t help it, but I LOVE BURGERS AND FRIES!!

After trying out most of the vendors, I have to say…I CAN’T CHOOSE A FAVORITE, THEY’RE ALL SO DELICIOUS AND YUMMY!!!!

 

If you ever end up trying out City Kitchen or have ever went to City Kitchen, let me know which vendor was your favorite!

Much Love,

Veee

Fresh & Co Review 

 
Chicken fresco & Thai turkey quinoa bowl 

Delicious AND healthy?! That’s the best kind of food combination out there, and I cannot agree more. Fresh & Co is the place to go, in New York City if you want that food combo. They have fresh salads, sandwiches, soups, and quinoa bowls. I picked the Chicken Fresco sandwich and the Thai Turkey quinoa bowl, both very delicious.

The Chick Fresco has slices of chicken with avocado and cheese, the combination is just mouth watering. The items inside were so fresh and you can definitely taste it, it’s something you could make at home. The Thai Turkey quinoa bowl is made with thai turkey pan fried with a ton of different veggies, on top of brown organic quinoa. Both very healthy, and the size is pretty big as well.

The environment of the store can be described in one word – welcoming. You get that “farm to table” feeling when you step inside of the store. You can smell how fresh everything is and you can see how everything is being made. There were a good amount of people there, not too many seating areas, but the store itself is pretty long. The staff is very friendly, it really puts that cherry on top of a great overall experience.

I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quick, healthy meal in NYC. Have you ever tried this place? If yes, which is your favorite item on the menu??

Much Love,

Veee

Rambo’s Country Store review 

   
   

Like I mentioned in my previous post, we found this cute little store in Califon, NJ. This store has been around since the 1990’s, it still has that rustic feel to it. The store itself is small, but big enough to have a deli/hot sandwich station and be a small convenience store. 

The deli/ hot sandwich section is THE BOMB! We got a pulled pork sandwich, so fresh and delicious. We also got their famous burger. We usually get our burgers medium well, but this only had one option of cooking it well. So we were a little disappointed at first, but let me tell you…that was the BEST well done burger I’ve ever had. It was so juicy and soft, it almost feels like it melts in your mouth. You just have to try it out for yourself! 

Do you have a favorite place to eat after a long bike ride?? 

Much Love, 

Veee

SHAKE SHACK + AROMA ESPRESSO BAR REVIEW

 
  
 Shake Shack @ The Paramus Mall // Aroma Espresso Bar @ The Paramus Mall

A few days ago, my boyfriend and I decided to go to the Paramus Mall. We walked around and shopped a little, but we were really there for the food. Little did we know, there is a Shake Shack at the mall, and I’ve heard about this delicious restaurant all over social media. I walked in and it feels like the Noodle Factor. The menu is small, but it doesn’t need to expand anymore. We got a roadside burger: sautéed onions, beef burger, cheese, and toasted bun. We paired it with a side of fries, which were perfectly crispy and soft on the inside. The burger itself is SO juicy and soft on the inside, it wasn’t overcooked, it was perfect. It basically melted in your mouth with every bite. Oh, I wish I lived closer, because I could really use a Shake Shack burger right about now.

Next, we went to this coffee shop call, Aroma Espresso Bar. My boyfriend ordered the Aroma coffee, which had chocolate bars inside, espresso, and homemade whipped cream. It was the perfect amount of sweet and bitter, and I don’t really like coffee myself. I got a chai latte, because it’s my favorite drink in the world. I honestly doesn’t taste like any chai lattés I’ve ever had, but in a good way. I can’t even describe it, it taste like a vanilla latte, and it’s so delicious. I would recommend this café to everyone.

Let me know if you guys have ever been to those places before!

Much Love,

Veee

Canton Palace: Somerville, NJ

   Fried tofu with Chinese vegetables (紅燒豆腐). The tofu was perfectly pan fried, but soft on the inside. It was surrounded by bean curd and Chinese vegetables. It was so juicy and savory. Definitely recommend this dish to all the vegetarians and non-vegetarians out there.

Sweet & sour ribs (京都骨). This was really crispy on the inside and the sauce is sticky. It was like a burst of flavor in your mouth. Fresh steamed fish (盲曹魚). This was really delicious, you can really taste the freshness. However, this dish is definitely not for everyone. But, if you’re Chinese and have had this before, then this probably looks awesome to you.
  Steamed crab with garlic, ginger, green onions, on top of noodles (清蒸水蟹伊麵底). It has really strong flavors, but I was really looking forward to pan fried noodles and crab, rather than steamed. Overall, it was still delicious, but difficult to eat.   All of our food. 

This past weekend, my family and I went to one of our favorite Chinese restaurant in New Jersey, call Canton Palace. The address is: 216 W Main St, Somerville, NJ 08876. We went with our family friends, since they were moving away, we wanted to have on last get together. My family and I come to this restaurant often, because their food is really delicious and affordable. The service is really nice, but the atmosphere is a little hectic.

I would definitely recommend going to this restaurant if you ever get the chance. I’m really picky when it comes to food, given that I was born in Hong Kong, I have really high expectations when it comes to Chinese food. And this place is really authentic and the flavors are great. I give this restaurant a 10/10.

Much Love,

Veee

KBG-oodness!

 Can we just take a moment and look at this beaut?! This bowl right here is korean styled Chipotle. If you like Chipotle, then you have to try this restaurant out! This restaurant is called KBG BBQ, located in New Brunswick, NJ. The way the restaurant is set up is very similar to Chipotle. There’s a service line, where you pick your lettuce, rice, meat, and toppings. For my bowl, I got: lettuce, brown rice, noodles, spicy pork, cucumbers, and corn. Topped it off with the KBG mild sauce. Let me tell you, this bowl is DELICIOUS. The pork is perfectly cooked, everything goes so well together, it’s basically a match made in heaven.

Besides a bowl, you can make a burrito and a noodle soup bowl. You can choose from BBQ chicken, spicy pork, bulgolgi, or vegetables. Everything sounds so good, it’s so hard to choose a meat sometimes. Onto the toppings, I can’t even list them all for you, because that’s how many there are. They have kimchi toppings, but I’m not a huge fan of kimchi. Next to the korean Chipotle line, there is also a bubble tea station. You can grab a cup of bubble tea, while enjoying your bowl.

I give this restaurant a 10/10, definitely recommend it 100%! Where should I try next??

Much Love,

Veee