Me So Hapa!

Tavern on 2 (Gastropub)

There’s a new place on second street in Belmont Shore CA that has made this foodie a very happy Hapa. Tavern on 2 is a new Gastropub that just opened. The people there are friendly and the service is fantastic! You might even get to speak with the owner who is a real sweetheart! 

He came by and talked to our table and even gave us a bottle of the most amazing champagne. Rebello Charlotte Strawberry champagne. So delicious and refreshing! 

We started off with their Beef Oxtail Poutine. Oxtail braised in ale, with cheddar cheese curds and duck fat fries. You’re probably thinking Oxtail? Wtf?! Seriously, don’t diss it until you’ve tried it. The duck fat fries are exactly what they sound like. French fries cooked in duck fat. Very rich and not at all gamy. 

For my main course I had the Tavern on 2 Burger. Paso Prime Rance Beef, Brie cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato. Served with their signature ketchup sauce on a brioche bun. Oh make sure to get it with avocado! 

To go with this delicious burger I got an order of the Pomme frites 
Shoestring fries with sea salt, truffle oil, served with 2 dipping sauces: honey asian mustard and Harissa sauce. There’s something about truffle oil that just makes a side of french fries something much more.

Besides all the wonderful food, Tavern on 2 has a wide variety of beers and wines, including one of my favorite ales 
Sam’l Smith Organic Strawberry Ale. 

The only down side to the Gastropub is the place is pretty tiny. But don’t let the long wait put you off, cause it’s totally worth it!
Aug 4

Tavern on 2 (Gastropub)

There’s a new place on second street in Belmont Shore CA that has made this foodie a very happy Hapa. Tavern on 2 is a new Gastropub that just opened. The people there are friendly and the service is fantastic! You might even get to speak with the owner who is a real sweetheart!

He came by and talked to our table and even gave us a bottle of the most amazing champagne. Rebello Charlotte Strawberry champagne. So delicious and refreshing!

We started off with their Beef Oxtail Poutine. Oxtail braised in ale, with cheddar cheese curds and duck fat fries. You’re probably thinking Oxtail? Wtf?! Seriously, don’t diss it until you’ve tried it. The duck fat fries are exactly what they sound like. French fries cooked in duck fat. Very rich and not at all gamy.

For my main course I had the Tavern on 2 Burger. Paso Prime Rance Beef, Brie cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato. Served with their signature ketchup sauce on a brioche bun. Oh make sure to get it with avocado!

To go with this delicious burger I got an order of the Pomme frites
Shoestring fries with sea salt, truffle oil, served with 2 dipping sauces: honey asian mustard and Harissa sauce. There’s something about truffle oil that just makes a side of french fries something much more.

Besides all the wonderful food, Tavern on 2 has a wide variety of beers and wines, including one of my favorite ales
Sam’l Smith Organic Strawberry Ale.

The only down side to the Gastropub is the place is pretty tiny. But don’t let the long wait put you off, cause it’s totally worth it!

Vini al Bottegon in Venice!

I loved Venice, especially the food! 

After we went to the Accadamia D’arte

we were in need of a snack. We found this small family run wine shop that was packed with people. So of course I had to try what they were eating and drinking. 

We ordered the house white wine and the Baccala Cappuccina, which a creamy cheese spread on bread with balsamic vinegar. Very similar to cream cheese or creme fraiche. It was kinda amazing and I am determined to try and recreate it.
Jul 15

Vini al Bottegon in Venice!

I loved Venice, especially the food!

After we went to the Accadamia D’arte

we were in need of a snack. We found this small family run wine shop that was packed with people. So of course I had to try what they were eating and drinking.

We ordered the house white wine and the Baccala Cappuccina, which a creamy cheese spread on bread with balsamic vinegar. Very similar to cream cheese or creme fraiche. It was kinda amazing and I am determined to try and recreate it.

Ciao friends! I’m back from my awesome adventure in Italy! I had a great time seeing all the amazing sites and eating my way through Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, and Sicily!

I loved Florence the best and thought Pompeii was incredible! (picture is me in the amphitheater in Pompeii). I learned that one should never drive in Italy and to never stay in a hotel that used to be a monastery. So keep checking back for upcoming posts on my crazy adventure.

Peace, love, and good karma!
Jul 9

Ciao friends! I’m back from my awesome adventure in Italy! I had a great time seeing all the amazing sites and eating my way through Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, and Sicily!

I loved Florence the best and thought Pompeii was incredible! (picture is me in the amphitheater in Pompeii). I learned that one should never drive in Italy and to never stay in a hotel that used to be a monastery. So keep checking back for upcoming posts on my crazy adventure.

Peace, love, and good karma!

Buon giorno food lovers and fashionistas! I’m off to Italy for almost 3 weeks! I will be visiting Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Naples, and Sicily!

I can’t wait to share all my adventures with you!

Until July….. Ciao!

Jun 14
Sono in vacanza….
NYC Street Food

One of my favorite things about NYC is the awesome food one can find just by wandering the streets.

By chance we happened to find several food trucks and some of the best Halal food I’ve ever tasted.

The Rickshaw Dumpling Truck can be found all over the city including Central Park. I tried their Peking Duck dumplings and their
Chicken and Basil dumplings. They are steamed right there for your enjoyment. Very yummy!

The Desi Food Truck is Indian food on the go. I tried the Indian girdled flat bread with chicken topped with coriander mint sauce and hot sauce. It was basically an Indian burrito. Very flavorful and just plain good but far from plain.

I also tried a chocolate chip cookie off of a baked goods truck and homemade ice-cream off another truck. The ice-cream truck can be found in Central Park. They have flavors from vanilla to lavender. Both treats were amazing but sadly I am lame and didn’t write down the names of those two food trucks. I know, bad Alex, bad.

The Halal stand on 53rd street and 6th Ave is so delicious it should come at no surprise that these stands are literally lined up over the river and through the woods. I ordered the 
Chicken plate! The chicken is cooked right there and placed upon a bed of rice, topped with a spicy sauce sure to burn so good. This plate is full of flavor and only 6 dollar!

As you can see NYC is a food lovers paradise!
May 19

NYC Street Food

One of my favorite things about NYC is the awesome food one can find just by wandering the streets.

By chance we happened to find several food trucks and some of the best Halal food I’ve ever tasted.

The Rickshaw Dumpling Truck can be found all over the city including Central Park. I tried their Peking Duck dumplings and their
Chicken and Basil dumplings. They are steamed right there for your enjoyment. Very yummy!

The Desi Food Truck is Indian food on the go. I tried the Indian girdled flat bread with chicken topped with coriander mint sauce and hot sauce. It was basically an Indian burrito. Very flavorful and just plain good but far from plain.

I also tried a chocolate chip cookie off of a baked goods truck and homemade ice-cream off another truck. The ice-cream truck can be found in Central Park. They have flavors from vanilla to lavender. Both treats were amazing but sadly I am lame and didn’t write down the names of those two food trucks. I know, bad Alex, bad.

The Halal stand on 53rd street and 6th Ave is so delicious it should come at no surprise that these stands are literally lined up over the river and through the woods. I ordered the Chicken plate! The chicken is cooked right there and placed upon a bed of rice, topped with a spicy sauce sure to burn so good. This plate is full of flavor and only 6 dollar!

As you can see NYC is a food lovers paradise!

Max Brenner - NYC

They say three times is a charm, and apparently it is, because I loved Max Brenner so much that’s how many times I had to get my chocolate fix!

If you haven’t figured it out by now Max Brenner is a restaurant that specializes in chocolate desserts, located by Union Square. Of course they serve a regular food menu, sans the chocolate, but I came for the desserts!

I recommend starting with the Italian Thick Hot Chocolate with vanilla cream. I ordered mine with milk chocolate but you can also have it with white or dark chocolate! This decadent drink comes in a cute cup called a “hug mug” which fits perfectly between ones hands!

My favorite dessert I tried was the Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake milk chocolate heart (pictured). It is served with vanilla bourbon ice cream red berries and iced milk chocolate shot. Are you drooling yet?

The 100% Pure Chocolate  Chocolate  Experience ice cream “max-which” is huge! Please note it is best to share. This decedent dark truffle iced cream & pure chocolate chunks are hugged between old fashioned very rich chocolate cookies drizzled with a boost of pure chocolate served with pure dark chocolate ganache for dipping.

A great way to get your maximum overload of chocolate is by ordering the  Sharing (tasting for two). This comes with Banana split waffle, fluffy chocolate sponge cake, crispy chocolate egg roll, milk & white chocolate “bark”, chocolate fondue with market fruit & marshmallows and crunchy chocolate wafer balls.  Served with your own grill to roast the marshmallows (cause who doesn’t like flaming marshmallows?) and a creamy pure chocolate sauce to dip in.

Lastly, on my third  and final trip to Max Brenner we ordered the European Fondu for Two, Choice of two chocolate sauces (pure milk, dark or white) served with toffee sauce, bananas, strawberries, chocolate chunk cookies, marshmallows, and their fluffy chocolate sponge cake for your dipping pleasure! Divine!

But don’t worry SoCal friends there’s a Max Brenner not too far away in Vegas!
May 4

Max Brenner - NYC

They say three times is a charm, and apparently it is, because I loved Max Brenner so much that’s how many times I had to get my chocolate fix!

If you haven’t figured it out by now Max Brenner is a restaurant that specializes in chocolate desserts, located by Union Square. Of course they serve a regular food menu, sans the chocolate, but I came for the desserts!

I recommend starting with the Italian Thick Hot Chocolate with vanilla cream. I ordered mine with milk chocolate but you can also have it with white or dark chocolate! This decadent drink comes in a cute cup called a “hug mug” which fits perfectly between ones hands!

My favorite dessert I tried was the Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake milk chocolate heart (pictured). It is served with vanilla bourbon ice cream red berries and iced milk chocolate shot. Are you drooling yet?

The 100% Pure Chocolate Chocolate Experience ice cream “max-which” is huge! Please note it is best to share. This decedent dark truffle iced cream & pure chocolate chunks are hugged between old fashioned very rich chocolate cookies drizzled with a boost of pure chocolate served with pure dark chocolate ganache for dipping.

A great way to get your maximum overload of chocolate is by ordering the Sharing (tasting for two). This comes with Banana split waffle, fluffy chocolate sponge cake, crispy chocolate egg roll, milk & white chocolate “bark”, chocolate fondue with market fruit & marshmallows and crunchy chocolate wafer balls. Served with your own grill to roast the marshmallows (cause who doesn’t like flaming marshmallows?) and a creamy pure chocolate sauce to dip in.

Lastly, on my third and final trip to Max Brenner we ordered the European Fondu for Two, Choice of two chocolate sauces (pure milk, dark or white) served with toffee sauce, bananas, strawberries, chocolate chunk cookies, marshmallows, and their fluffy chocolate sponge cake for your dipping pleasure! Divine!

But don’t worry SoCal friends there’s a Max Brenner not too far away in Vegas!

Serendipity 3

Get their Frozen Hot Chocolate! ‘nuff said!
Apr 26

Serendipity 3

Get their Frozen Hot Chocolate! ‘nuff said!

Fondue and Wine!

The bourgeois pig, located 111 East 7th Street in NYC, is so good I jump for joy just thinking about it.

Don’t let the man at the door intimidate you from going on in, just make sure you have your ID’s handy. This fine gentlemen will then seat you. Its like stepping into a crowded French cafe with dim lighting and heavy red drapery for ambience! Tres chic!

We started with the White Cheddar Cheese Bruschetta with Roasted Fuji Apples. For drinks we had a champagne cocktail called the  Bourgeois Royal. Strawberry Reduction and Pol Roger Champagne! So good we ordered seconds!

Our main course consisted of two cheese fondues. A four cheese fondue consisting of Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan and Romano, along with Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano. The other fondue known as the Rarebit had Cheddar, Maredsous B, and Grains of Paradise! Both fondues came with toast, apples, grapes and roasted potatoes for dipping.

The Bourgeois Pig has great desserts but sadly we didn’t stay.  Instead we  moved on to another location all about chocolate! But that’s another blog.
Apr 23

Fondue and Wine!

The bourgeois pig, located 111 East 7th Street in NYC, is so good I jump for joy just thinking about it.

Don’t let the man at the door intimidate you from going on in, just make sure you have your ID’s handy. This fine gentlemen will then seat you. Its like stepping into a crowded French cafe with dim lighting and heavy red drapery for ambience! Tres chic!

We started with the White Cheddar Cheese Bruschetta with Roasted Fuji Apples. For drinks we had a champagne cocktail called the Bourgeois Royal. Strawberry Reduction and Pol Roger Champagne! So good we ordered seconds!

Our main course consisted of two cheese fondues. A four cheese fondue consisting of Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan and Romano, along with Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano. The other fondue known as the Rarebit had Cheddar, Maredsous B, and Grains of Paradise! Both fondues came with toast, apples, grapes and roasted potatoes for dipping.

The Bourgeois Pig has great desserts but sadly we didn’t stay. Instead we moved on to another location all about chocolate! But that’s another blog.

Hello food fanatics and fashionistas! I’m on vacation in NYC for the next 10 days! So stay tuned for some yummy, mouth watering food updates and musical spectacular reviews!

Peace, Love, and Good Karma Yo!

Apr 21
NYC
Breakfast for lunch.

The Griddle Cafe,  located on Sunset near the corner of Fairfax, offers it’s patrons an amazing variety of pancakes, french toast, and waffles!

Their pancakes range from Blueberry to Red Velvet. Yes, the Griddle has Red Velvet Pancakes with cream cheese frosting  .
I also enjoy their
Strawberries and Cream waffle (pictured). It’s  covered in strawberries and the Griddle’s own brown sugar sour cream topping. The waffle is nice and fluffy with a hint of cinnamon. So yummy!

I also have to say they have the best bacon ever! It’s extra thick and cooked to perfection with a savory flavor to it. Yes, I know. I’m a bad Jew.

And for you coffee lovers they have French pressed coffee ranging from mild to bold!

The only downer about this great breakfast spot is they close at 4pm. I recommend going during the weekday instead of the weekend because the Griddle will be lined up down the block!
Apr 5

Breakfast for lunch.

The Griddle Cafe, located on Sunset near the corner of Fairfax, offers it’s patrons an amazing variety of pancakes, french toast, and waffles!

Their pancakes range from Blueberry to Red Velvet. Yes, the Griddle has Red Velvet Pancakes with cream cheese frosting . I also enjoy their Strawberries and Cream waffle (pictured). It’s covered in strawberries and the Griddle’s own brown sugar sour cream topping. The waffle is nice and fluffy with a hint of cinnamon. So yummy!

I also have to say they have the best bacon ever! It’s extra thick and cooked to perfection with a savory flavor to it. Yes, I know. I’m a bad Jew.

And for you coffee lovers they have French pressed coffee ranging from mild to bold!

The only downer about this great breakfast spot is they close at 4pm. I recommend going during the weekday instead of the weekend because the Griddle will be lined up down the block!