Est Est Est Pizza and Restaurant

est-est-estThe extremely thin, super saucy, perfectly cheesey, a bit chruchy impeccable cheese pizza at Est Est Est is a great treat and one of the best slices in the world.

Est Est Est Pizza and Restaurant
1176 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06511
www.estpizza.com

Tony and Lucille’s Little Italy

tony-and-lucillesTony and Lucille’s is an old fashioned, tremendous Italian restaurant in the Little Italy section of New Haven. I have only been twice in my life, but both times I was amazed by the chicken parm. The perfect thin breading and the sweet, delicious red sauce makes for my favorite chicken parm ever. I never have forgotten the first time I went, and after going back five years later, It lived up to all my thoughts of how amazing it was.

Also, the service is super nice and the restaurant is family run.

Tony and Lucille’s Little Italy
150 Wooster Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Cabots

cabotsThe Patriot Parfait at Cabot’s is one of my favorite ice cream sundaes ever. Every time I am in Massachusetts I make sure to stop by. It comes with super creamy vanilla and strawberry ice creams, some blueberry sauce with mushy, compote-like blueberries, and strawberry sauce with compote-like strawberries. Then it is finished with some light whipped cream and a cherry. The mixture of red and blue make this mixture surrounding the ice cream that is mouthwatering. Refreshing, sweet, creamy, this ice cream sundae is remarkable.

Cabot’s
743 Washington St
Newton, MA 02460
(617) 964.9200
www.cabots.com

O YA Boston

o-ya-2 O Ya in Boston was one of the most wild sushi experiences ever. The sushi pieces had totally different flavors than expected, but it shockingly worked. Also, their soba soup with uni (Sea Urchin) was small but so delicious it was gone in seconds. In terms of sushi, I loved the warm eel with a cool Thai basic touch, the kohada, and the tuna. The rice in all pieces holds together well and they all had flavors not normally associated with the fish.

o-ya-3Apart from the sushi, I really enjoyed the kummamoto sashimi which was quick to slurp with a nice subtle almost vinaigrette flavor, the tamago which was so soft and had almost a poached texture with a hint of truffle, and the shrimp tempura dish which had a comforting foam. A restaurant unlike any other I have been too and an overall culinary adventure.

 

 

 

O Ya 
9 East Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 654-9900

www.o-ya.restaurant/o-ya-boston

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Rancatore’s

Ranc’s is an ice cream place I went to while in Massachusetts. It’s location in Belmont (they also have locations in Lexington and Newtonville) has some great, creative flavors which they switch out constantly. I loved the “Candyland” flavor which was a peanut butter ice cream mixed with tons of candies. Also, the Coffee Donut Ice Cream is a super creative flavor and tasty. It’s a fun small shop and their ice cream is great.

Rancatore’s
www.rancs.com

36 Leonard Street
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 489-5090

1752 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
(781) 862-5090

333 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
(617) 916-0963

Blue Ginger – Great Monkfish

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The Sake-Miso Marinated Sablefish (a.k.a. Butterfish) at Chef Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Massachusetts was a delicious, flaky, tasty fish dish that comes with some soft soba noodle sushi rolls. The fish is cooked very well and the mix of spicy wasabi and sweet and sour soy sauce was great. Overall the dish is unique and worth a try.

 

 

Blue Ginger
583 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482.
(781) 283-5790
www.ming.com/blue-ginger

 

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

One of the best pizzas in the world.

Pepes Pizza 1I have never had a more impeccable pizza experience in my entire life. Pizza is one of my favorite foods and New York City has some truly great pizzerias. Before trying Pepe’s Pizza, I would most definitely say that there is no place nearly as good as New York City in the USA in terms of delicious Pizza. But, after trying the pizza at Pepe’s, I can whole-heartedly say that I have a new favorite. From the delicious White Clam Pizza (sounds odd, but perfectly light and salty) to the unbeatable Margherita Pizza, the pizzas are no short of perfect. Both pizzas have crunchy, yet delicate crust, tasty sauce, and are super thin in the middle. The Margherita had fantastic mozzarella cheese
topping, while the White Clam had a nice garlic flavor and no sauce, but it was piled with tiny cuts of clams.

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All the ingredients make amazing pizza, but the key at Pepe’s is the old, unbelievably hot oven that fires the pizzas to perfection.

Overall, I had a tremendous experience at Frank Pepe’s in New Haven and would recommend it to all pizza lovers.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
157 Wooster St, New Haven, CT 06511
(203) 865-5762
http://pepespizzeria.com/

Momi Ramen – East Hampton

This weekend I tried Momi Ramen in East Hampton, New York. I have been to the Momi restaurants in Miami and was super excited to try their new restaurant in Long Island. I had an order of Gyoza and an order of Tan Tan Ramen. Both dishes were very tasty and delicious. The restaurant is fun—it has a giant television with a sports game on for the whole restaurant to see and a large communal table. They quickly served the juicy pan-fried pork gyoza which came all connected with a crunchy layer on each of the dumplings. They had a nice soft outside and a tasty sweet and tangy soy sauce-like dipping sauce. Next, I had the ramen which was soothingly warm on the freezing cold day. It was very, very good. The noodles have a slightly al dente bite; they are firm but hold the flavor of the spicy soup well. With the garlic and pepper marinated bits of minced pork and scallions floating in the almost red-colored broth, the dish was very flavorful. The ramen had a nice solid spice and made for a great meal. I highly recommend you go try Momi Ramen as soon as possible.

Momi Ramen
www.momihamptons.com
221 Pantigo Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
631-324-1678

Burger and Beer Joint

After hearing a lot about the Burger and Beer Joint in Miami, I went to try it out. The restaurant is not a beer place and kids are very welcome. I had a ridiculously good meal there – every course was better than the previous one. To drink, I got a root beer which came is a frosty glass. I ordered the hot “Octane Wings,” the onion rings and a custom burger. The hot wings are crispy, have a light coating, and a pleasingly hot thick buffalo-style sauce. Next, I had the onion rings which are the biggest onion rings I have ever seen in my life. They are “colossal Vidalia Onions” which have a whitish yellow batter, and after dipped in a little ketchup or the jalapeno-cheddar sauce served with them, are truly incredible. After the onion rings, I had a burger on a brioche bun with bleu cheese, red onion marmalade, guacamole, lettuce, onion, and tomato. The brioche bun was soft and buttery, and with the bleu cheese and sweet red onion marmalade, it was a great burger. Also, I got my burger cooked medium which was very juicy and tender and was cooked to perfection.

Although the meal was overall one of the best I have had, it wasn’t fulfilled without the outrageous dessert that I had called the “sweet emotion” with Oreos, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and best-of-all fresh, warm house-made brownies. It came in a goblet-type glass and was a memorable ending to a meal I will never forget.

Burger and Beer Joint
900 South Miami Avenue
Suite 130
Miami, Florida 33130
(305) 523-2244

 

 

 

 

Biggest Portions Ever!

photo-1-Blog---HaroldsFor a one-of-a-kind dining experience, you have to go to Harold’s Deli in Edison, New Jersey. Even half of one of their triple decker sandwiches (I had pastrami, corned beef and turkey) requires its own platter! The deli meat was excellent, very lean and tasty. I also really liked the matzo ball soup, especially the football-sized matzo ball. Harold’s has a fun “pickle bar” with all kinds of pickles to choose from on it as well other items like rye bread and sauerkraut. Even the desserts are ginormous and fun – massive, tasty slices of fudge cake, and giant sundaes for the whole family to share. You have to check this place out!! It is not to be believed.

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photo 5 Blog - HaroldsHarold’s New York Deli Restaurant
3050 Woodbridge Ave
Edison, N.J.
(732) 661-9100
http://www.haroldsfamousdeli.com/