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Eggloo: Your Waffle Cone Doesn’t Get Much Fresher

Can I just say, you have to check this place out!

I had friends who had told me about this place, but I never realized it was in Chinatown until I Google mapped the location. Upon arrival, I realized I had passed by this little gem many times before. I was glad to finally be checking it out now though.


I went on a Saturday afternoon, so it was pretty busy inside. It is a small space, with only really “seating” (really just standing) by the window.

They have their menu posted on the entrance wall, and I was surprised by the assortment of options they had. The best part is, when you order a cone or sundae, you get unlimited toppings! This alone makes this ice cream stop great since most places will charge you around 75¢ for toppings.


I ordered at the register and since there were so many people there, I had to wait a while for my order. They make everything as it is ordered, including the waffles which are shaped either for the sundae cup or made into a cone. The waffles themselves even come in 3 different flavors; I went with the Original for my first time.


It was a lot of fun to watch them make every order and see what creations other people requested. I did end up having to wait maybe 10-15 minutes for my ice cream to finally be made, but it was worth the short delay.


They did an amazing job decorating my cone and placing my large number of toppings on top. I love how they made it into a spectrum of rainbowed colors, something I had not expected when ordering.

The waffle was warm and freshly baked, making the combination of it all a heavenly gift. I saw many people sharing the cone with friends and families, but I really recommend getting your own to enjoy because while it may look like a lot, the Eggloo treat disappears fast.

I really look forward to my next visit! I plan on trying the sundae version next time!


Kale Almond Pesto Tagliatelle

Home for spring break? Want to impress your family or treat your friends to a delicious dinner? I have the perfect recipe for you.

The other day, I was testing pesto recipes for work. When I say testing recipes, I mean testing A LOT of recipes. I can officially make pesto with my eyes closed. And yes, I still smell faintly of garlic. You may ask: what does one do with so much pesto? There are three answers: (1) Eat it on chips, (2) Jar it and give it to your boyfriend’s mom for extra brownie points, (3) Make something fabulous for dinner to go with it. We’re going to focus on number three.


This pasta is covered in a kale & almond pesto that I made with all my leftover ingredients from that day. For an added textural component, I threw in some larger pieces of kale. At the very end I tossed in some sliced grape tomatoes for brightness.

This recipe serves 2, but feel free to double or triple amounts for larger parties.

Kale & Almond Pesto 

  • 1 cup of roughly chopped kale
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted almonds
  • 3 tablespoons  of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (about half a lemon’s worth)
  • zest of a whole lemon
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt & pepper

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until you reach a spreadable consistency that isn’t too creamy. It should not be fully smooth!


To assemble the pasta…

You need:

  • 1 more cup of roughly chopped kale
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes sliced lengthwise
  • Extra parmesan cheese & black pepper to top off

To make the Tagliatelle, follow the boiling directions on the package. I say this because it varies from brand to brand. If you can’t find Tagliatelle, Linguini would work great in this as well.

Roughly chop the kale and stir it in to the pasta after draining. If you put the lid to the pot back on for a few minutes, the kale will wilt perfectly.

Add the tomatoes and the pesto last and toss it all together until evenly mixed.

Serve and top with parmesan and freshly ground black pepper to taste! Enjoy!


Heading West: Underwest Donuts

A brave dessert aficionado’s pursuit of all things fried, glazed, and sugary.

Located at 47th Street and 12th Ave, Underwest Donuts is an unassuming doughnut shop. It’s actually inside a carwash, and the shop itself is just a counter where a few friendly employees dole out freshly fried doughnuts to anyone who wanders through.


For such a small shop, there was a fairly extensive choice of doughnuts, and I bought an array to bring back to campus. I ordered three of the “special doughnuts” (pictured below), and one of the regular sugared doughnuts upon recommendation from guy behind the counter. He actually fried the dough and rolled it in sugar in front of me, to emphasize the freshness.

Maple Waffle

The Maple Waffle is one of the newer flavors, and it has a very strong maple flavor, but in a good way that seems to transport you to the Vermont wilderness.

Pumpkin Ginger

The Pumpkin Ginger doughnut was a little strong for my taste; it tasted strongly of ginger.

Dark Chocolate

The Dark Chocolate was my favorite – it had a rich chocolate flavor without being overly sweet.


(Pictured, clockwise from the top: Pumpkin Ginger, Maple Waffle, Dark Chocolate, and Sugared)

Final thoughts: Were these doughnuts amazing? Absolutely. Would I go back? Not a chance. Getting to Underwest Donuts was such a pain – it’s too far West, and to get there you have to navigate the Hell that is Times Square. However, if you’re looking for genuinely good, fresh doughnuts that aren’t downtown, you’ve found your haven.



Underwest Donuts: 47th Street and 12th Ave

Cheap Eats NYC: How to keep your date (and wallet) happy

As learned from the women of Sex and the City, dating in New York City can be rough. It’s even rougher when you’re a college student, living on a college student budget. If your parents are anything like mine, they are reluctant to give you much “food money” because of the amount they’re already spending on your meal plan. With that being said, living in one of the most expensive cities in the country doesn’t help much either. No one wants to blow his or her entire weekly allowance on a first date. Unfortunately, this leaves little room for “wining and dining.”

Don’t worry, though, there is hope! Believe it or not, nice date spots that won’t break the bank exist. So, in an effort to ensure that you don’t disappoint your date and get to see them again, I’ve compiled a list of tasty (cheap!) spots.

CREAMLINE NYC in Chelsea Market


Chelsea Market is an experience in and of itself.  Inside its brick walls lie dozens of restaurants and shops. One of which, is the all-American restaurant, Creamline.  From peanut butter/jelly/banana sandwiches to grilled cheese fingers to fried oreos, Creamline NYC satisfies all of our childhood cravings.  Follow dinner with a walk on the High Line, which is right to the market. Trust me, you’ll need to walk off this meal.

P.S. DO NOT skip the malted milkshake. Worth every calorie.

Click for their menu. 

MIMI CHENG’S DUMPLINGS in the lower East


Treat yourself, and your date, to some mouthwatering dumplings at Mimi Cheng’s. My personal fave is the steamed ‘Reinvented Classic’ dumpling, made with pork and baby bok choy. The laid back environment is the perfect place to bring someone you’re just starting to get to know. For dessert, order the caramel apple pie dumplings- they are a must-have!!

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S’MAC in the East Village


S’Mac, aka Sarita’s Macaroni and Cheese, is basically every mac and cheese lover’s dream come true. They offer specialty mac and cheeses and made-to-order mac and cheeses. For me, the best option is the build your own mac and cheese. With 15 cheeses, 4 herbs, 12 veggies/condiments, and 6 proteins to choose from, there is something for everyone. It’ll be hard for your date not to be satisfied.  And, if you’re “of age,” follow dinner with drinks at one of the quirky bars that the East Village has to offer.

Click for their menu. 

Gaia Italian Cafe in the Lower East Side


As long as Gaia exists, there’s no need to spend $25 on a plate of pasta at some fancy Italian restaurant. This little hole in the wall serves up prime Italian food with rich flavors. My personal favorite is the spinach and ricotta gnocchi; it’s the perfect consistency! They also do daily pasta specials, which keeps things interesting (hopefully like your date).

Warning: they do close relatively early and fills up quickly, so plan ahead, and make a reservation!!

Click for their menu.

Happy eating, and happy dating!!

Midnight Munchies: A Cubano Cheeseburger Is Calling To You From Coppelia

As Midnight Munchies nears the end of the semester, we decided to treat ourselves to something a little more lavish. Our expedition this week took us down to NYU territory off the 14th street 1-2-3 stop for Coppelia, a 24/7 Cuban diner with a reputation for one of the best late-night burgers in the city: the Frita Cubana.

The Frita Cubana in all her glory


Only a twenty minute ride from Columbia, Coppelia has garnered such a legendary rep that they have a bouncer outside just to make keep things under control. Unlike many 24/7 diners, the dark atmosphere inside isn’t trying to cover up any outstanding dirt and grime; the restaurant felt clean enough while still maintaining that diner charm. Service unfortunately moved at a very relaxed pace, so much so to have our table groaning in distress whenever catching sight of food drifting past us. Some say waiting makes the heart grow fonder, but clearly those people have never experienced the wait period between ordering a Cuban cheeseburger and actually getting to consume said Cuban cheeseburger.

Yes, the guac is extra. Yes, the extra is worth it


Perusing the menu, you’ll find a wide assortment of quality munchies, from breakfast omelettes to salmon entrees, mostly manageable for a thin wallet like mine. Intel from the street showed that the only way to go in terms of bang for your buck was the Frita Cubana burger, a behemoth of ground sirloin, cheddar cheese, pickles, chicharron, and roasted Cuban pork. The Frita Cubana is essentially the gorgeous lovechild of a juicy cheeseburger and an authentic Cuban sandwich, a concept that had my mouth watering the whole subway ride down.

Those smiles don’t lie. That’s true joy.


Let’s break down this burger real quick. It came out alone on a plain dish, looking fairly modest (be more attentive than we were and realize that you must order fries separately). The patty was sufficiently thick and juicy, with cheese dripping down the sides in a very agreeable fashion. Though it was a strong part of the whole operation, the burger quickly moved to the background after the chicharron came into play with the pork. This pork was ready and begging to just melt in your mouth on top of the patty, packed with Cuban spices to send you right down to a beach in Havana puffing on a cigar whilst munching on your Frita Cubana. The tender, spiritual nature of the roast pork was only further elevated by the crispy chicharron, a Cuban specialty of crunchy fried pork rinds, topping off the whole burger in a storm of crispy goodness. Savor this one.


The Frita Cubana showing off

Overall, my experience at Coppelia was a good one. The price was just about right (around $10 for that burger), the place was clean, I got my food eventully, and that burger definitely belongs on any New York eating bucket list. Keep it on your radar and make the stop in at any point on the clock. I give Coppelia four dancing Castro’s out of five.



Location: 207 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Hours: All of them

Price: $8-25

Veggie “Hand Roll” with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Hello again everyone!

This week we’re going to move out of the realm of dinner and explore a lighter, and usually more rushed, meal: lunch! The goal is to show you all that lunch doesn’t need to be a rush job. Instead, it should be the mid-day break that you look forward to. So here’s your challenge: pick a day next week that you’re going to forgo to protein bar and on-the-go yogurt and make lunch in the morning. If you need some help deciding what to make, I can help!

Today I’m sharing with you Veggie Wrap “Hand Rolls” with a Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce. This recipe is an obvious play on sushi. We’re going to put a ton of fresh, crunchy veggies and hummus in a crisp seaweed wrap. Our “soy sauce and wasabi” is going to be a deliciously sweet and savory honey mustard. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s so good.

Here’s what you’re going to need to…

Wrap/Hand Roll

1 Raw Nori Seaweed Sheet

1 Red Bell Pepper

2 Carrots

2 Leaves of Kale

A heavy dollop of your favorite hummus


Dipping Sauce/Soy Sauce

1 tsp. Dijion Mustard

1 tsp. Honey


FIRST… Wash your veggies well. Julienne the pepper and carrots (cut them into long, thing strips as seen below.) Cut the tough, center core out of the kale. Then, just rip the kale into bite-sized chunks.

When all is said and done, your cutting board should look like this…


TO MAKE THE SAUCE…Put your teaspoon of both dijon mustard and honey into a small bowl. Mix it up. (How easy is that?!) You can use another kind of mustard if you have no other choice, but I strongly encourage the dijon. The difference in flavor is really noticeable.  The dijon has a kick that plays off the honey brilliantly. It’s borderline magic.


NEXT… Toast your seaweed. You can do this several different ways. If you have a convection oven, that’s the easiest. Pop the sheet in there and toast it for about 30 seconds, or until it turns green and is flexible to the touch. The change from toasted to burnt happens really quickly, so keep your eye on it. Other ways you can do this is holding the seaweed in tongs over an open flame or in a dry pan on your stove top.

TO ASSEMBLE… Do this quickly while the seaweed is still malleable. First spread a generous heap of hummus into the middle of the wrap on the diagonal (because thats the direction you’re going to roll it.) Then, add your cut vegetables. You can put as many as you feel comfortable with. I like to really load it up. If you have extra, just make another wrap, or dip it in more hummus!

Roll it all up on the diagonal, using your fingers to scrunch in the veggies and keep the roll tight. Channel your inner Chipotle worker. Then, slice it down the middle and you’re ready to eat!


Happy lunching everyone! Let me know how this works for you in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you!


The Eggocado | Breakfast Obsession

Breakfast and brunch, when done right and with love, have to be some of the most enticing and delicious meals (yes, I count brunch as a meal). Eggs, butter, carbs, protein-overload – I love it all.

A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER. (credit to Laura Manach)

After learning about eggocado’s versatility and simplicity, I’ve been experimenting with this 2-ingredient, bursting-with-flavor brunch dish consisting of a single egg nestled in half a carved avocado, seasoned to one’s liking.

After a few minutes of prepping and only 15-20 minutes of baking, you have yourself a nutritious, mouth-watering, and addictive choice to start your day. I truly believe mornings are for decisions, the most important decision of all being how you will choose to go about your day. Your mindset. #Eggocados are a great way to catalyze happy mindsets. It’s also a particularly suitable choice for us broke frugal college students looking for a filling, easy, and spectacularly healthy and quick meal. Want a snack in between classes? The eggocado is your best friend. Feeling savory for breakfast or brunch? Look no further than this green well of happiness.

My first attempt, pairing a slightly-overcooked eggocado with two of my favorite fruits, strawberries and grapes, was mediocre at best. The yolk wasn’t slightly runny as I preferred, it was under-seasoned, and the avocado wasn’t fully ripe, making it underwhelming in terms of flavor and texture. Even though avocado, egg, strawberries, and grapes sound like the last things I’d ever imagine harmonizing together, the acidity from the fruits and the heftier tones of the eggocado melded well.

The next time I tried, I made sure to use specific seasonings, even over-salting a bit to ensure that the flavors were more multi-dimensional. I also chose a particularly ripe and gorgeously green avocado, careful to carve out the pit and its surrounding fully so the egg would “sit” comfortably. This is an important step –the egg may be larger than you think, and it wouldn’t do well to have it spill over the sides of the avocado. Using a blend of sesame seeds, minced garlic, pepper, and some chili flakes, I popped it into the oven and was far more pleased with the consistency of the egg and the overall texture/flavor. I highly recommend this combo, in addition to having bananas on the side; two famously buttery friends mixing perfectly.

Tips for your eggocado:

  • Use a sufficiently ripened avocado. It should be dark green, almost black, and “cushiony” to the touch. Not too hard, not too mushy.
  • Season, season, season!
  • Cut a small bit off the rounded edge of your avocado half, so it sits nicely on your pan/rack/plate, etc. It also prevents your egg from spilling over and away!
  • Try to use a convection oven, rather than a microwave. The oven will distribute heat most evenly, resulting in overall better quality and taste.

Have you tried the #eggocado? What’s your favorite way to prepare it?

Midnight Munchies: Goa Taco and the Paratha Life

For this week’s edition of Midnight Munchies, we took another trip down to the Lower East Side to investigate a little place called Goa Taco, notoriously serving up some of the city’s most unique, cost-friendly taco nourishment. Conveniently, Goa Taco is located very near last week’s Cheese Grille, daring those hungry enough to take down both in one trip (a move I would highly recommend if you’re making the trek anyway). The shop seats about 12 uncomfortably in one tiny Carman dorm sized room containing kitchen, register, and seating, so peep this place when the weather is nicer so you can walk and taco (ha).

Pork (soon to be in my) Belly Taco

Upon first being told about our destination for the week, my taste-testing crew expressed skepticism about how there are a million other hole-in-the-wall taco shops around NYC that are equal in their quirk and quality. Goa Taco’s tacos, however, are not your run-of-the-mill tortilla wraps. Goa derives its name from the trading port in India where the paratha flatbread was created, the paratha being the replacement for the tortilla in a standard taco. This paratha bread changes the taco game completely. This stuff is golden, flakey, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and just buttery enough to make it completely impossible to eat this thing without making your hands glisten for the next few hours.

Stuffed full AND overflowing with that cheeky chipotle mayo on the bottom of that paratha.

The tacos we tried were the “slow roasted pork belly with pickled red cabbage and chipotle mayo” and the “poached turkey breast Vietnamese banh mi”. The poached turkey breast was cooked excellently and was full of flavor. The tenderness of the turkey in combination with the crunch of the vegetables and the peanuts all floating in between the loving embrace of the paratha bread was an experience no less than blissful. That being said, somehow the pork belly taco was even better, packed with flavor coming from all directions in the form of smoky chipotle sauce, crunchy and sour cabbage, and the fatty pork belly. Honestly if I could just eat the paratha bread with this chipotle mayo for a week I would be thoroughly convinced that I had reached heaven. For 8 dollars, you’ll be hard pressed to find an experience in this city that will make you feel this #blessed.

I couldn’t resist taking a bite of the paratha before the picture, apologies.

Tacos aside, the real best part of Goa Taco is the small dessert menu that holds only one, sacred item: the mascarpone paratha churro. Yes. The delicious foundation of the tacos above have been incorporated into one of the greatest sweet treats of all time. When it came out, the churro looked modest in size, but it was massive in its grace and beauty. The cinnamon and sugar sparkled and shined on the crispy exterior of this nub of fried dough. Served fresh out of the deep fryer, it was scorching hot and smelt like everything happy you could ever think of happening to you in the course of your life. I took my innocent first bite, preparing for what looked like a pretty decent churro, but was instantly thrown into shock as a sea of molten Nutella flowed into my mouth, drowning me in a sea of hot love. My face was covered in Nutella and sugar by the time I had devoured my churro in three bites. Looking up, I saw liquid Nutella dotting the faces of my companions, who were sitting in awe at the event that we had all just experienced. Not bothering to clean our faces, we left in the highest of spirits, confident in that moment that nothing could bring down our happiness even with midterms staring us down in the next week.

I feel like posting a picture of this churro does it a massive injustice. Please do yourself a favor and go see it in real life I promise you it’ll be right up there with the most beautiful things in the world.

Overall, Goa Taco is cheap, delicious, different, and incredibly satisfying. With the weather warming up, a trip to the Lower East Side and the taco shop could really be all you need for a date of dreams. I give Goa Taco 10 pounds of molten Nutella out of 10.


Purely Food Porn: Dos Caminos Meatpacking

(Disclaimer: this is not a review entry but a photo-dining experience)
Last week I went to Dos Caminos in Meatpacking for NYC Restaurant Week.

Having only been there for a quick bite simply for guac and chips (or fajitas), it was my first time getting the “full meal” experience at the restaurant.

I had their Prix-Fixe lunch menu with Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chile Rubbed Brisket Taquitos, and Torta de Chocolate & Caramelo. My friend ordered the same appetizer with Grilled Organic Salmon Tostada and Tres Leches Cake. And of course, we ordered guac and chips: the Shrimp. Chorizo & Roasted Tomato.

This is not a review entry, but I would say that although the dining service was great, I would not go back to dine for a full-meal experience. Perhaps I have a different taste for Mexican food, as I’ve been and dined in Mexico and lived in Texas for a few years and had Mexican food there, but the food was not that special compared to other Mexican restaurants around New York or in other big cities. Of course, the reasons for it might be that the restaurant caters to American consumer’s general taste for food, and that the ingredients they use could be and probably is not all from Mexico, which could account for a subtle taste difference.

That is not to say that all the food I had: appetizers, entrees, and dessert, were not good. They were tasty and cooked perfectly, and I finished every bite that was on the plate. After all, the place was pretty full, the vibe that the restaurant’s interior created was great (like most big Meatpacking restaurants/bars), and people seemed happy about their orders. Clearly Dos Caminos is doing something right. My only big disappointment was their Tres Leches cake. I don’t know if it was just that day, or if they simply have a different recipe, but the cake was really hard and barely wet, making the cake less flavorful than what I had expected.

I would definitely go back for their guacamole though. I must say. The big bite of shrimp, roasted tomato, guac, salsa verde, and toasted tortilla chip, were on fleek.

Below in the last two photos are the details of the menu for both NY Restaurant Week and their regular Guac selections.

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Midnight Munchies: Wo Hop, Cheap Chinese Whenever You Need It

In the spirit of the recent Lunar New Year, this week’s column takes us to Chinatown for a legendary late night bargain stop. Wo Hop is open nearly 24 hours, from 10 AM to 7 AM, to serve hungry customers all over Manhattan at any time of day. The place gives off a divey diner vibe, with the walls covered in photos and celebrity autographs. There weren’t too many people when we were seated, so the service was very quick and the wait staff very friendly.

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Roast Pork Lo Mein with Hot Tea


After being seated at a diner booth, we were given water and a VERY welcome cup of hot tea after walking several minutes from the subway stop in freezing weather. The menu consisted of pretty standard “Chinese” food (Chow Mein, Beef and Broccoli, Fried Rice, Dumplings, etc.) so we decided to go with some common choices: Beef Lo Mein, Pork Fried Rice, Orange Chicken, and Szechuan Chicken. Disappointingly, white rice on the side cost extra, an added cost a broke boy like myself frowned at. That being said, the portion sizes of each dish just about made up for it.

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Beef Lo Mein making itself look pretty

The pork fried rice was by far the highlight of the meal, with just the right meat-to-rice-to-vegetable ratio to keep a hungry crew happy. The massive, steaming plate vanished very quickly as it took center stage against some solid contenders. The orange chicken came out topped with fresh orange slices and provided a crispy complement to the bolder Szechuan chicken, both covered in incredible sauces. Both dishes had large pieces of batter fried chicken and stir-fried vegetables to dream about. Finally, the beef lo mein contained a tantalizing blend of noodles, crisp veggies, and big slices of flavorful beef. The sauce went perfectly with the beef in the noodles and made the plate into a beautiful work of midnight munchies art.

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Orange Chicken all gussied up with the orange slices


Overall, Wo Hop provides a killer amount of quality Chinese food for a reasonable price at most hours of the day (and night). Your meal shouldn’t cost more than maybe $10 a person to guarantee that all walk out full and satisfied. The funky décor of the place makes it into a destination for late-night diners who find themselves downtown and hungry with some spare cash. Wo Hop gets four fried dumplings out of five from me.

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