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New York Adventure

Published June 22, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, last night I got home and felt extremely tired followed by continuous sneezing. I had to force myself to pick up the pan and made myself & Pandabear a nice tasty waygu beef burger with some healthy avocado & tomato salad. I was so tired and hungry and by about Masterchef time I was exhausted lying on my bed with the TV on feeling a little miserable with my sore throat. It’s a sign that probably I caught some sort of cold. No!!! Grrr….I always get colds and I still haven’t nailed down the reasons why I get them so frequently. Hopefully I get better by this saturday in time for our final baking session πŸ™‚

Anyways, this will be my last post on New York – I will sum up all the fun things I would recommend to go to and do in New York if you get the chance to.

1. Watch an NBA game in Maddison Square

If you’re into basketball games, you should definitely check out the NBA games in Maddison Square place – it’s an awesome experience and the whole atmosphere is full of excitement.

2. Brooklyn Bridge climb/walks

We ran out of time to do the brooklyn bridge climb/walks but we managed to catch a glimpse of the bridge and it was awesome.

3. Rockefeller Centre – Tour of the Rock

We booked our tickets online to check out the tour of the rock, Soar 70 floors high and experience the exhilarating joy of unobstructed 360ΒΊ city views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. From the sweeping green of Central Park to the thrilling city skyline, nowhere else can you see New York so spectacularly. It was really windy at the top of the rock, but the view was amazing!!! Worth checking this place out…

4. The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Centre

The world-famous Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center has become a quintessential New York City winter experience for generations. Here you’ll find New Yorkers and visitors alike, skating amid the watchful eye of the gilded Prometheus statue and the unique urban backdrop of Rockefeller Center’s sparkling lights. It’s an amazing view where you get to see ice skaters skating around the rink. We didn’t feel like ice skating so skipped out on joining the ice skating fun and the embarassment of falling on your bottom πŸ™‚

5. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Pandabear and I checked out the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum which consists of wax figure of sports stars, singer, famous actors/actress, action hero characters and lots more. It was really fascinating as some of the wax figures of certain star are really a replicate image of the them. Some you could tell who it is but need a little bit more work to make it look more real & believable.

6. Fifth Avenue Shopping

If you’re into brands, check the Fifth avenue out cos there’s LV, Burberry, Hugo and lots more of brand shops are this avenue. Around the city area you will come across rows of Horse carriages which takes a short tour around the city centre. Pandabear asked me whether I would like to try the horse carriages, but somehow I couldn’t justify myself by sitting on the carriage and getting these poor horsies carrying my heavy weight plus the weight of the carriages for my own entertainment 😦 eventhough the owner of the horse carriages reassure me that these horsies could carry up to 4 carriages with no problems at all. Pandabear’s justification is that if I don’t ride on these horse carriages and pay for it, they will go hungry!!! Grrr…anyways, I didn’t feel comfortable in doing it so I piked out!!

7. FAO Schwarz

This place is a soft toy heaven, you get all sorts of soft toys, toys and gadgets in this place!!

8. Statue of Liberty Climb

The statue of liberty climb is not for the faint heart, however if you think you’re able to climb 300+ worth of steps to reach the top of the statue of liberty for it’s awesome view. It’s definitely worth doing, it not only gives you a sense of accomplishment and a reassurance that you’re not extremely unfit after all. In our case, we struggled a little towards the 1/2 way mark, but eventually we made it to the top and the feeling was fantastic!!

9. Theatre shows

I’m not really a theatre lover, so when I heard there was a Mary Poppins or Phantom of Opera I was thinking really hard whether it was worth the money. Cos it was a little on the pricy side of things. However, our concierge convinced us it was a show worth watching. So Pandabear and I decided we will booked our tickets to the Mary Poppins and it was the right decision to do cos the show was fantastic. For the whole of 3 hours, I was totally glued to the shows and there were lots of props and stage set that came alive during the performance. Not a minute I’ve lost my attention – as it’s another weakness of mine as I don’t really have a long attention span. I would highly recommend everyone to check out the theatre shows. And you know it’s worth checking it out when you see queues and queues of people lining up. πŸ™‚

10. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

We had to catch a bus that took 2 hours to get to the woodbury common premium outlets. I was thinking to myself I hope the outlets is well worth it. When we arrived at the place we saw lots of tourists carrying large piece of luggage carting it around to different stores. We thought to ourselves is this really necessary? We later found it was necessary cos there’s 300+ worth of stores in the outlets and we had only 5 hours to do our shopping before the bus comes and pick us up and drop us back to the city area. It was amazing how much shopping you could do within 5 hours, all the brands were there except for LV – as they don’t generally have outlet stores, but all the clothing items DKNY, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss etc were really cheap compared to Australia. So we ended up buying ourselves a large luggage so that we could fit all our shopping goodies in there πŸ™‚

And if you have some time, you can check out this awesome Magnolia Bakery store that sells fantastic cup cakes – I won’t put any pictures up as I have done a post on this already πŸ™‚

New York is fantastic place to be, full of things to see, things to do, lots happening, and great food for eating!!!

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Restaurant Review – Cho Dang Gol (New York)

Published June 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we were in a mood for Korean food in New York so we decided one of the night to meet up with our friend who have flew in from Canada to join us for dinner. We were really blessed that near our hotels there were like 3 Korean restaurants to choose from. So we came across this Korean restaurant which seemed quite busy and the menu looks quite nice.

Both me and the friend both love spicy food – so we decided we must order some kim chi related dishes and have some bulgogi for Pandabear as he only eats mild food. So we ordered some kim chi flavoured pancakes, kim chi hot pot rice, beef bimbimbap, and bulgogi. Well, when the dishes arrives – you start getting little condiments – which are great, some of them I’ve never tasted before. It was delicious!

beef bimbimbap hot pot

beef bimbimbap hot pot

The beef bimbimbap was delicious, basically it’s quite healthy – lots of vegies, beef and an egg and you get to mix it together with their lovely korean sauce – it’s perfect however it’s too mild for me.

Kim chi hot pot rice

Kim chi hot pot rice

The kim chi hot pot rice was delicious – it’s my type of hot pot, it’s spicy and flavoursome πŸ™‚ then the bulgogi came. We were thinking to ourselves, we’ve probably over ordered but that’s ok. There’s two boys and me (big eater) we ended up dividing the rest of the food up and gobble it down. The bulgogi was just bulgogi nothing special…

Bulgogi

Bulgogi

We had korean waitress/waiter serving us – they were ok not overly friendly but not grumpy either. It was just average service. Food waiting time was pretty good and the price was pretty reasonable πŸ™‚

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? Yes

Food stall stands in New York

Published June 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, in New York you will see lots of those food stall stands at every corner of streets. Either selling hot dogs, wraps, break fast or pretzels. They also sell drinks as well. So every time we feel hungry and want a little snack we would go to the food stall stands. They have lots of varieties to choose from. My favourite is the chicken on pita. I love them!! On our way to the basketball game I was feeling hungry but I didn’t want to spoil my dinner I just wanted some light snacks. So Pandabear convinced me to try out this pita bread thing from the food stall stands, he has tried one out earlier and are addicted to them. So I was excited to try one out and they are gorgeous!

Food stall stand

Food stall stand

Delicious Chicken wraps

Delicious Chicken wraps

So when I got my little chicken on pita for like $3 it was a bargain – lot of grilled chicken pieces, lettuce and heaps of mayo and it tasted fantastic. The pita bread was fresh and warm – very tasty.

And some days when I feel like some hot dog I would go to the food stall stands and buy a hot dog – a single dog cost around $1 and if you want extras like onions and extra sausages you’ll have to pay extra. But they are a quick tasty snack when you’re trying to satisfy your hunger and not spoil your dinner or lunch.

Delicious hot dog

Delicious hot dog

So yeah, I would definitely recommend the food stall stands in New York – I’ve never had any tummy aches from the food there and it’s cheap and delicious! So long food stall stands…

The Bread Factory Cafe – New York

Published June 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, it’s been great having brekkie in New York – cos everything is so cheap. So Pandabear and I decided every morning we’ll go out for brekkie apart from days where we sleep in then it will be a brunch πŸ™‚ So we were walking around trying to spot a nice brekkie place and came across this Bread Factory Cafe – it was quite packed and let lots of crusty yummy bread near the window, so we decided to check this place out.

The place is structured so that one section sells drinks such as coffee/hot chocolate and one section which does hot meal and then you have the middle section which looks after cakes/pastries/muffins. For the hot items you need to queue up orderly in a queue and while you’re queuing up you get to see these display dishes infront of you which helps you in deciding what you want.

Here are the display dishes:

the display items looks great – I thought they were fake displays until I looked at them closer and realised they were proper dishes. I was drooling while I was queuing up. However, I’m a savory person so I decided to go with the works – Sausages, 2 x sunny side eggs, hash browns and two pieces of wholemeal toast. When I received my brekkie I was like this is a huge serving. Now with the hash browns it’s not like the usual ones which you get in Australia where it’s golden brown and in oval shaped, the US hashbrowns are just seasoned mashed potatoes pan fried. Oh and our brekkie came with a cup of tea.

My breakfast works

My breakfast works

And pandabear had similar to my except he had an omellete instead of sunny sided eggs and Bacon instead of sausages.

Bacon & eggs breakfast works

Bacon & eggs breakfast works

Our brekkie arrived pretty quickly and they were pretty cheap around $10 per dish. Really worth it, the service was pretty good as well. So here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? YES

FAO Schwarz (New York)

Published June 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Apart from collecting kitchen gadgets I’m also into soft toys. So when Pandabear told me that he had an appointment to see an Apple guy regarding some Mac product I told him it’s ok, I’ll be able to entertain myself along Fifth avenue for an hour or so and I’ll meet him back in an hours time. The FAO Schwarz store is conveniently located next to the apple store. I didn’t even plan to visit this place, it was by pure chance while I was walking along the street I saw this store with bright red decorations and I thought to myself I’ve got to check this place out – something attracted me to it.

When you walk in the first thing you see are rows and rows of large soft toys – I was so excited, I couldn’t contain myself, I started checking each soft toys one by one – patting them like a big child. Fortunately, I didn’t receive any weird stares..phew…

I even come across large spotty – I have 2 spotty dog – one mini one and one medium size ones, but the ones I was eying out for was huge – now I had to think logically whether it was possible for me to fit the large spotty dog inside my luggage without Pandabear screaming at me hehehehe

so I had to think this through closely, how I’m going to maximise my buying with different soft toys and yet be able to fit them into the luggage without much whining from Pandabear. Then, I realised I could buy really soft designed soft toys so you can squash them and once you release them they’re be back in their original shape. So off I went, started squashing every soft toy looking bears to ensure they return back to their original state and how much I could squeeze them to minimise them taking much space. So I scored 2 teddy bears and a soft toy dog πŸ™‚ I was stoked. After some time of looking around, time went really quick it was an hour already and it was time for me to meet Pandabear. In the end, Pandabear insisted on visiting this shop again so that he could see the giant piano. And that was exactly what we did…

the big piano

the big piano

Now we both wanted to have a go, but we could see in the queue were all these tiny kids queuing up with their parents. I’m sure we’ll receive weird stares from their parents if we queued up to try out the giant piano. Still it was tempting.

There were also Hello kitty section, when I was a kid I used to love Hello Kitty stuff – but now I’m not so into hello kitty anymore – still it was fascinating to look at all these hello kitty related items..

Then I caught a glimpse of this guy carrying this huge brown teddy bear and I wanted to follow that man and check out this huge teddy bear but he was kinda rushing and running so I couldn’t keep up with him and gave up 😦

Then there were smurfs – I love smurfs I used to watch it every time it’s on when I was young.

Then there was lego world…lots of lego statues – there’s batman and other figures, but I kinda lost interest as I’m not really a lego person…I couldn’t believe the lego made batman costs $27,000 to buy?? Who would actually buy a lego made batman for $27,000???

Lego made Batman

Lego made Batman

Then there were a barbie section, where there’s a cat walk for all different styles of barbies. My nieces would have loved it..she’s into barbies. I’m not really a barbie person…

Seriously, there’s lots to see in this store and if you’re into candys and lollies be sure to check their candy & lollies place. fortunately, both Pandabear and myself are not too into lollies and candies so we didn’t end up buying anything.

I would highly recommend this place to people who are into soft toys or even are just remotely interested in colourful & exciting things. It caters for all ages πŸ™‚

Restaurant Review – Lobsterfest (New York)

Published June 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’ve always walked past this joint with a huge lobster sign hanging from it’s restaurant. I said to Pandabear one of these days we must try out this joint. So at lunch time, we decided to check this place out. You have a choice of either sitting upstairs at the restaurant area or you can sit near the bar and order some drinks. We went for the restaurant upstairs. the waitress was pretty friendly, sat us down and ask for our drink order. Pandabear and I came across this Pineapple smoothie and we’re both like mmm..sounds like so that’s what we ordered…

Pineapple smoothie

Pineapple smoothie

I really didn’t feel too hungry at the time so I said to Pandabear the serving size on the menu sounds large so I’ll just grab a lobster pizza and share the ultimate Lobster meal with him. The waitress then brought some nice savoury scones for us as entrees – that’s very nice of them..it was complimentary.

savoury scones

savoury scones

I was starting to feel a little full from eating the scones – it was pretty tasty – I couldn’t figure out what was the ingredients in the scone but it was buttery and tasty. So afterwards, my lobster pizza came – thank goodness it was thin crust…

Lobster pizza

Lobster pizza

It was really nice…the little pieces of lobster were juicy and the herbs they put was yummy it was also well balanced with some cheese. So it was great πŸ™‚ When Pandabear received his ultimate lobster meal – it was huge!! It had large pieces of lobsters – grilled and panfried and a prawn & lobster creamy sauce fettucine. I had to share some with him there was no way he could have finished all that…

The Ultimate Lobster meal

The Ultimate Lobster meal

Oh and before I forget the crab pancake came too..we totally forgot that we’ve ordered that as well. Thinking to ourselves there’s no way we could finish all of these food..

crab pancake

crab pancake

To be honest, Pandabear’s ultimate lobster meal was a bit disappointing cos the lobster were a little on the dry side – I think they’ve over cooked it. The fettuccine was dry too, it was creamy enough we would have prefer more sauce. So overall, his meal was a little on the disappointing side. However, my lobster pizza and crab meat pancake was great πŸ™‚

We had a tiny squeeze of the dessert and it looks quite tasty – except we couldn’t fit any more food in our tummy otherwise it will explode!! So here’s some pictures of their dessert menu:

Well, overall the food waiting time was pretty quick and the waitress was pretty friendly and nice. Food was ok, nothing spectacular. Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 3.5 star
Would I recommend? Yes, even though Pandabear’s meal was disappointing their other dishes were quite nice..so it’s worth checking out their other dishes.

Red Mango – Dessert place in New York

Published June 16, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, after a nice meal at Korean BBQ Place – we decided to roam around the Korean street and came across this dessert place called “Red mango” it reminds of gelare and so we decided it’s time for some ice cream. The place isn’t that big, there’s only a few small tables around and few guys serving. Reading at the menu – it’s yoghurt ice cream – healthier option and you can also have healthy toppings such as mix range of fruits. Sounds great πŸ™‚

Choices and choices, I went for plain yoghurt flavoured ice cream served with strawberry, blue berries and mango toppings. I love the bright colours of those fruits. The mango was still crunchy with a tinge of sourness.

Pandabear had a plain yoghurt flavoured ice cream served with strawberry, pineapple & mandarin pieces. We felt pretty healthy eating yoghurt icecream with fresh fruits πŸ™‚ I reckon the guy who served Pandabear gave him extra fruits, mine was a little bit on the stingy side…hehehehe