I had planned to do a whole bunch more Hawaii posts after I moved here, cause there’s simply no other way to account for the abundance of awesome food on our island. But. And doesn’t there always seem to be a ‘but’? But Shann and I have been running around crazy trying to get an apartment since we arrived in Manhattan. And I really do mean crazy. We’ve inspected everything from studios in the east village to 2-bedrooms on the lower east side, using brokers, no brokers, some sketchy people, and some nice people.
But between running from apartment to apartment where our emotions ran from scared/horrified to delighted, we’ve eaten. Of course we’ve eaten!
In seach of free wifi in an air conditioned place this morning, we headed to Think in the village for breakfast and some Cragis List-ing.
To get our energy up and brains revving, Shann and I split a bagel with…what else? Nutella! Butter and cream cheese are sure stable options, but today just called for something more exiting at 9am. They really laied on the nutella which is a very good think, thick chocolatey smears melting over the warm, crusty bagel.
We also shared a pumpkin spice muffin. I forgot Shann doesn’t like raisins (Shann: sorry for picking a muffin with so many raisins)! But I looove raisins, and these were a critical factor in keeping this baby moist and tender. The muffin top had a thin, crisp sugar dusted surface, but the innards were too airy and light – the crumb more akin to a cake than muffin.
In between looking at apartments in the village, we stopped in at Saint Alps for a cool refresher. In the back is Shann’s gingerbread boba, while I went with a black sesame boba, my favorite drink there. This was a particularly welcoming drink given the insanely hot weather today. You know how in Hawaii when it’s hot, it’s never just hot hot? It’s always hot + trade winds. Here it’s just HOT. H-O-T.
For a late (3pm) lunch, we headed over to Boky in Chinatown.
I’ve already mentioned that this is hands down, my favorite Teo Chew noodle shop in the city, and since it’s bean nearly a year since my last visit, I felt the need come back and make sure nothing has changed.
For a mere $3.50, the wonton mein makes an insanely delicious and complete (minus dessert) meal. I like how prices never seem to change here. The wonton mein was $3.50 when I first visited Boky over six years ago. And it’s still $3.50 today!
While their noodle soups are fantastic and reliable on their own, it’s really this sauce you see above that gives Boky the extra push. It’s chunky, somewhat spicy, there’s definitely peanuts inside, and I don’t know what else…but it’s GOOD. Some people mix a spoonful in with their noodles. But I like to spoon it into a dish and dab on as much as I want onto the wonton and spoonfuls of noodles.
Here’s Shann’s curry chicken with funn, another one of my personal favorites.
After arriving in the city, I seriously ran down to Shake Shack for a cup of the raspberry chocolate custard. The burger line was too long (hungry, and no patience!), though I’ll be back soon!
Melting…it’s melting sooo fast! But good, very good. Aside from a few tiny ice shards it was super creamy with a predominate chocolatey flavor, the raspberry component toned down quite a bit.
Well I better be off now! I’m blogging from Bryant Park, and can’t find an electrical outlet…computer is going to shut off right about now!
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New York, NY 10012
Saint’s Alp Teahouse
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New York, NY 10003
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