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Hey, sorry for the delay! :)
You guys are very special to me because I’m always encouraged by you. That said I have great news to share with you all. I’m finally done with my college career! I’m so thankful for all the memories over the past four years. Today’s post has somewhat of significance because I got a job offer after I ate this meal. So yes, despite the depressing articles about the job market on the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times - I’ll be working in New York City starting next week!
I discovered this place next to one of the two interviews I had that day. It was raining and I had no umbrella but I somehow found my way here by jumping from one Duane Reade to another since they’re on every corner. Apparently, most of the items here are pre-made which makes it perfect for the city goers to grab and go. Also, I can tell that they use good quality ingredients. The smoky flavor from the ham is quite different from the normal deli sliced hams. The only thing that turned me off was the bread/baguette because these sandwiches are placed into the fridge area right after they’re made, which makes the bread hard/stale. I still prefer Au Bon Pain since they have the made to order option. But I wouldn’t mind coming here again if I’m in the area.
Place: Pret A Manger
Item(s): Pret’s ham and cheese sandwich
Final Thoughts: A message to my 2013 class/recent grads…I can’t guarantee that you’ll get a job offer after eating from here but don’t be discouraged if you can’t find a job right after you graduate. I know that some of you will think “well, it’s easy for you to say since you have a job lined up” but I’ve been searching for jobs a month before I graduated. And yes, the timing was perfect for me. The important thing to take away from my experience is that I kept searching for opportunities. When I interned at Food Network Magazine, I’ve worked with such amazing and talented group of people. Most of them told me that they didn’t get a job right after they graduated from college. It took months before they found an opening. One of my favorite people there once told me this, “every interview you go on makes you stronger for the next one.” The job will find you so don’t give up on the search because someone is searching for your skills set and most importantly - your personality! Congrats on graduating and good luck :)
Cheers to the cutest couple I know, Bryce and Steph! We had a surprise dinner party for Bryce since he’s moving away to Alabama. He has been a great friend and brother to all of us in PEM. We wish you the best!
As for the food, I’m not a huge fan of Ichiumi. One thing that has changed is the new addition of the hot-pot (since I last came here, which was a year ago). Sadly, it’s not one of the best hot-pots I’ve had but it was a fun experience. I’m usually dissatisfied with most of my sushi buffet experiences because the quality of the sushi isn’t as fresh as I would like it to be. Nothing amazed my taste-buds here but I left with a full and happy stomach. If you have a friend who can’t eat raw fish, there are a lot of alternatives for them! No worries!
Place: Ichiumi (Edison, NJ)
Item: Sushi Buffet
Final Thoughts: The one good thing about Ichiumi is that they offer a variety of different dishes for even the picky eaters.
I’ve been living under a rock these days. On days like this, I usually grab something from Au Bon Pain on campus. Originally, the Newport Turkey sandwich comes on a country white but I asked for a ciabatta instead. Trust me, if you don’t want your sandwich to fall apart on your lap, get it on a ciabatta (from experience).
One thing I noticed was that employees don’t have the proper “heat protecting” gloves to keep them from getting burned as they handle the hot sandwiches. Because it’s too hot, they can’t grip the sandwich properly when they cut it in half = they get burned = all the ingredients come out of the sandwich = a huge mess when you actually eat it. Since they went through all this trouble making my sandwich, I can’t complain about how sloppy it comes out most of the time. This time around, everything was intact - they made it perfectly! An avocado is nature’s natural butter. The creaminess from it complimented the tangy zesty honey mustard sauce and cheddar cheese, which was gooey and good.
Place: Au Bon Pain
Item: New port turkey on a ciabatta
Rating: 3 1/2
Final Thoughts: Fast and on the go!
I give props to those who are pre-med/public health majors. One day, they’ll save lives through their….life-saving medical skills or by giving support, love, and care. Good luck Yunwoo, you’ll done fine :)!
We each ordered our own personalized burgers. As usual, I grabbed a moon burger with some of my favorite toppings: pepper-jack cheese and bacon. And those sweet potato waffle fries were pretty good but I wish they gave us more. Not bad, Moon.
Place: Harvest Moon Brewery (New Brunswick, NJ)
Item: Harvest Moon Burger with extra toppings of pepper-jack cheese and bacon & substituted sweet potato waffle fries
Rating: 3 1/2
Final Thoughts: My only wish? I wish they used a different bun because it’s not soft and it falls apart so easily.
As most of you know, Cafe 57 (inside the Hearst Tower) is one of the perks of my internship.
I absolutely love burgers! Build-your-own burger day was the most highly anticipated lunch event I looked forward to this semester. Danielle (who is one of the nicest and coolest assistants) and I ate these burgers in October last year and ever since then, we’ve patiently waited for this day to come. The 6 month wait is finally over!
My burger contains: beef patty, whole wheat sunflower bun, pepper jack cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, and a side of onions & sweet potato fries.
Sauces: ketchup, chipotle mayo, wasabi mayo, roasted red peppers sauce.
Place: Cafe 57 (New York, NY) [Private]
Item: Build your own burger!
Rating: 3 3/4
Final Thoughts: Totally worth 7 bucks! :) YES…this was only $7! If you know someone who works here, make sure you go on “build your own burger” day.
During my internship last semester, one of the account directors asked me to pick up some cookies for her clients. Since then, Momofuku cookies have always had a place in my hea…stomach. Initially, I didn’t like the cookies but now I’m “addicted” to these sugary delights. For $5+ you can chose three cookies. I’m pretty sure I consumed a day’s worth of calories in one sitting!
My favorite: (A tie) Blueberry and cream cookie & compost cookie
Place: Momofuku Milk Bar (Midtown West - New York City, NY)
Item(s): Corn, blueberry and cookies, compost.
Rating: 3 3/4
Final Thoughts: These cookies are very sweet but addicting! A splurge.
Jane and I met up at Ippudo for our little reunion. We haven’t seen each other in years and it was great to catch up with her again! She has a 6 month paid internship lined up with a well-known company in Germany. And did I mention that she’s really smart? I’m so excited for her upcoming journey! Good luck Jane :)
At Ippudo, I spent $14+ on just a bowl of ramen for lunch. This place is known for their long waits, over 4,000 reviews, and 4 stars on Yelp. On average, people wait for an hour to be seated. What’s mind blowing is that…they actually wait. Luckily, Jane and I waited for 10 minutes! The atmosphere of this place was really loud. The employees yell something every 5 minutes and it distracted us and we had to talk over it. Plus, you’ll sit next to random strangers. The ramen was pretty good and the portions are perfect.
But wow, hands down they have the best pork buns but they’re a little pricy. Then again, I paid $14+ for ramen so I shouldn’t complain. The pork bun was full of flavors and moist, I wish I had ordered more. I would come back just for these pork buns.
Place: Ippudo (New York, NY) -LUNCH-
1st Item: Hirata Buns (Pork)
2nd Item: Akamaru Modern Ramen
Rating: 3 1/2
Final Thoughts: The Ramen was good. But I would choose the delicious pork buns over the ramen any day!
Cheers to another fun food date! I ate with Sarah, she’s so cute and funny, sorry fellas - she’s taken haha. We spent some good quality time together and talked about boys, goals, to name a few. Surprisingly, I found out that we have so much in common (major, sports, etc.). We must have another food date soon :)
As for the food, this place is my “safety.” The entrees here are okay and they have great fries (crispy, crunchy, and seasoned). I love avocado so this wrap worked well for me. The only complaint I had was the thinly sliced turkey because it was a bit dry. This dish was solid but nothing special.
Place: Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
Item: Special of the day - Tomato tortilla wrap with thinly sliced turkey, avocado, cheddar, chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Final Thoughts: Cold fries…still good.
My final stop for my spring break was RISD. If you know me, I need to eat Korean food at least once a day. The Korean inside me craved for something spicy and sweet. Cheese tukbooki is loaded with carbs and calories yet so satisfying. Stephanie and I chose to get bibimbop which was a lot healthier. After our huge lunch we walked it off around the mall haha.
Thanks again Steph, it’s always fun to hang out with you! :)
Place: Sura (Providence, RI)
1st Item: Cheese tukbokki
Rating: 3 1/2
2nd Item: Stone pot bibimbap
Final Thoughts: Not the best Korean food I’ve ever had but it did its job, satisfied.