Red Hook Lobster Pound (NYC) 

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When in New York, got to have the lobster. Okay..I know, a food stand does not really represent eating lobster in New York, but other places were packed! And we were short on time (we underestimate the traffic in NY, crazy!) and it was a spur of the moment to get some lol. It tasted good but I will probably go to a legit restaurant next time.

Ten Ren’s Tea Time (NYC) 

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I think me and my sister had a brain fart. We thought this place was only in NY so we brought some expensive tea leave as a souvenir for my dad. ‘sigh’ Later we found out that the tea place in SF’s Chinatown was the original Ten Ren (we pass by it all the time when we are at Chinatown but never really look at the name) Anyways, the milk tea was very good. They better, since they are a legit tea house and all. Boba for life!

Joe’s Shanghai (NYC) 

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If you love Shanghai dumplings (Xiao Long Bao/XLB) then I would HIGHLY recommend this place. You know what, even if you don’t like it so much, come try it too lol. It is the biggest XLB I have seen so far and it tasted AWESOME! There was so much soup inside, I felt like I was drinking soup ^^. So much flavor, freaken drooling right now just thinking about it.

BAOHAUS Restaurant (NYC) 

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**Eddie Huang (the owner)! If you do not know who he is, he is the author of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ which is also a TV series now.

An awesome looking hole-in-the-wall (hip-hop) place. I am pretty sure this place is the original ‘bao’ (Taiwanese/Chinese style buns) place. The Chairman Bao (pork belly) was a flavor bomb exploded in my mouth. They are popping up around the West coast too so hopefully they will also come to SF!! Highly recommend this place, history/culture in the making.

Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake (NYC) 

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It was too dark to take a picture of the cheesecake so I just took a pic of the inside. It was kind of in a alley but we were looking for cheesecake and it was late lol and we found this place. Too bad we ate already or else we could have tried the restaurant upstairs. It kind of remind of The Cheesecake Factory. The cheesecake was very good (we got the plain one).

Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi, (Roppongi, Japan) 

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The closest I got to Jiro Ono’s sushi so far. Last year was Sushi Nakasawa, one of Jiro’s apprentice. (watch ‘Jiro’s Dreams of Sushi’ and you will know what I am talking about) This year (2016) was his second son, Takashi. Maybe (maybe not) next year will be the real deal =O.  I was a little scared that it might be overrated but it was SO FREAKIN GOOD. The rice was a little too vinegary for me but the fish, OMFG. If you think it is overrated, go and try it.

They noticed that I was left handed so they switched the angle so I can easily grab the sushi (notice the first pic and the rest of the pic lol) So cool! The ambiance itself was a little intense. To the customer he was joking (his apprentice was translating a little and he speaks Mandarin) but to his two apprentices, he was scolding them every few minutes. Then at the end, he and one of the apprentice went to the kitchen and Takashi was scolding hella loud and there were hitting noises. The other apprentice (translator) was just cleaning the counter and smiling at us. And then after all that, Takashi came out smiling and took a picture with us. Yea…kinda weird…@.@