10:30am: Saturday morning with April and Bao (thanks for driving :).
First stop, coffee and doughnuts at
in Bedford Stuyvesant.
Front row seats to the doughnut-making action…
…and a giant, fluffy Cafe au Lait doughnut…
…Sea Salt Chocolate…
…Blood Orange glazed…
…and Dulce de Leche, my favorite of the quartet. Goodness! You can get Dough doughnuts at various coffeeshops in Manhattan, but it’s not as
. I have my eyes on the
for our next visit.
12pm: 20-minute drive from Dough to Flushing.
Round one of
. Order the #6 hot oil wontons.
1pm: A stop at Nan Xiang Dumpling House (too crowded) and
Then off to Sliced Noodles in the basement of
for dumplings, round two. Golden pan-fried guo tie, just
at that crust.
Eight to an order, delicate and crisp with a pork and leek filling.
2pm: Snopo, home to grass jelly milk tea. And more importantly…
…shave ice! We got the large lychee shave ice with nata jelly, lilikoi jelly, rainbow cereal balls, strawberries, and sweet swirls of condensed milk.
3pm: Next stop,
A plate of cumin beef tendon skewers…
…and fiddlehead ferns with szechuan pepper oil and black vinegar.
“Sautéed Fresh Young Chicken Long-Pulled Longevity Noodles”
they meant one (just one!) very long udon-esque noodle. Comes with chicken, woodear mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, ginger, and garlic.
4pm: We were full. But you can’t leave Flushing without
5pm: Once we got back in the car, it was decided that we could use a cocktail for all our hard work. Off to
in Williamsburg. The Shanty is a distilling company (rye and gin), but they also have a bar attached to the distillery.
April had the The Holy Mountain (Reposado Tequila, Appleton Rum, lemon, toasted orgeat, cinnamon, aromatic bitters, half n’ half, and nutmeg).
This is Bao’s Cannibal Corpse Reviver No.2 (Perry’s Tot gin, Pear Eau-de-Vie, Fernet Branca, lemon, and Prosecco).
And I drank Perry’s Glass-Bottom Boat (Perry’s Tot – Navy Strength Gin, Avèze, Lillet Blanc, Yellow Chartreuse, and orange bitters).
Maple-bacon peanuts to share.
7pm: Why stop now. We went for another round of drinks at
A flight of four wines (left to right):
– Stainless Steel Aged Riesling
– Barrel Fermented Riesling
– Rosé of Merlot
– North Fork Blend
And then Bao suggested fried chicken…
8pm: How can you say no to
? Dark meat only! And a biscuit…
…along with mac and cheese. The wait for a table was too long so we ordered the food to-go and ate in the car.
Complete that fried chicken with a slice of pecan pie…
…and banana pudding pie. (Make sure to get
if you visit in the morning.)
Didn’t think I’d be hungry once we returned to Manhattan at 9pm…but I started craving
close to midnight. Thank goodness for delivery and good friends ^_^