Just Signed Up for Goodies Co.

11 Oct

screen shot of Goodies Co.

I stumbled upon The Goodies Company on Facebook a few days ago (provides that marketing works on some people – me). For $7 a month which include shipping cost, you will receive a box with a sample of “goodies” that is catered to your specific taste buds based on a short survey you take before signing up. It is in beta state still, so you will need an invite. I’m not sure if the $7 is an introductory rate, I guess I will find out later.

So keep a look out for future post on my first box of “goodies”, which probably won’t be until November. This clever project is a child of Walmart Labs.

NY Doughnut Map

11 Oct

NY Doughnut Map

I love donuts! Who doesn’t love donuts, right?! A pillow of soften goodness with a coating of glazed sugar on the outside that cracks as you sink your teeth into. Hmmm… All-You-Can Eat Press have put together a map of all the delicious spots to fulfill your donut craving in New York.

For those who are in the NY area, they have a chance to go to the Doughnut Party at PROJECT No. 8 at the Ace Hotel from 6-8pm and dine on free donuts, coffee, and wine! I’m completely jealous. Sigh.

Hon’s Wun-Tun House + JIRO

10 Oct

Hon's Wun-Tun House storefront

Living near Chinatown, I have passed by this place a number of times. I finally made the trek down the hill to have dinner at Hon’s Wun-Tun House tonight. Growing up consuming lots and lots of egg noodle and being in love with wonton soup, it was hard not to come try this place out. They make their noodles, wonton wrappers, and dumpling wrappers fresh on site. Seriously, who can resist house made noodles?!?

Hon's Wun-Tun House front window

Hon's Wun-Tun House prep area

The noodle and wonton prep area is at the front of the restaurant. I love the interior of this place. It is a bit dive mixed with retro. You get the feel this place was a 70’s diner once upon a time with stools and a counter, mustard yellow walls, and dark wood furniture – LOVE IT!

menu

Quite simple menu which revolves around noodles, wonton, dumpling, and a few of their beef specialty items.

wall menu

Additional menu on the wall. Also, their house made noodle, wonton wrapper, and dumpling wrapper is for purchase.

wonton soup

After torturing myself with looking at Yelp reviews and pictures of the place nearly drooling every time, I was a little disappointed. I’m not going to lie. The wonton wrapper was good but THE FILLING…!!! When I read the menu and it said there was pork AND shrimp in the wonton, I was very excited. I imagined these big plumbed wontons with chunks of shrimps in it. Reality was the opposite, the wonton were on the smaller side with bits of shrimps (and maybe some dried shrimps). I think the wontons I make are much better. Despite my wonton disappointment, I am still curious about the noodle and other dishes this place have to offer. I think I need to come with a group to order multiple dishes next time.

Jiro store sign

After dining at Hon’s Wun-Tun House, I was still a little hungry. I’m not going to deny my piggy-ness. (Or maybe, it was the lack of protein I got from the wonton soup earlier). I made a little pitstop on the way home hiking up Clay Street inside Jiro for an order of curry fish balls. (Btw, 1 order is $1 and you get like 5 fish balls!!! Woohoo!). Jiro is an Asian juice, drink, and snack shop. I think the branding for Jiro looks nice – it’s fresh and contemporary. However, I wish the shop itself match the branding. Sad.

curry fish ball

I don’t think I ever have had curry fish balls before, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. The fish balls were stewed in the curry sauce, so the curry flavors penetrated into the fish balls a little. It was a nice warm snack to fill up my tummy a little more. You can’t really complain for $1.

Mooncake from the Famous Golden Gate Bakery

9 Oct

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After waiting for about 20 minutes in line, I obtained mooncakes from the incredibly famous Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown on Grant Ave – best known for their egg tarts. And thank goodness they speak English there. (Pro tip: During mooncake season, get there early in the morning so you can avoid the long line. If you can’t get there early but live in SF, place an order to pick-up later.)

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My favorite filling is white lotus seed with 2 yolks. It is a sweet paste of white lotus seed and salted duck egg yolk. For those of you who never had eaten a moon cake before, it might sound weird, but, trust me, the sweet and salty combo is delicious! The prices range from about $6-12 each cake depending on the flavor and how many yolks. Oh yeah, each cake have different design.

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I purchased a box of mooncakes for my mom (a combo of nuts + chicken and white lotus seed with one yolk each). I think this box here cost me about $40.

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And the beautiful box cover.

Older Posts

16 Aug

Finally, I moved over to different blog site and managed to get back to blogging. I’m still in the middle of redesigning and moving everything for the old blog site over to the new one. Here’s a link to the older posts: The Old “Jocelyn Eats and Cooks”.

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