Monthly Archives: October 2011

Vanessa’s Dumpling House

Carmen here! <– Seems like this is quite the trend. Conny you should write a post, because right now I am hogging our joint food blog. Well nevertheless this past weekend I made a trip to NYC where the food is better, the city never sleeps, the people are diverse. A world of life. A world of commotion. My kind of world.

Vanessa’s Dumpling House

118 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002

My cousin and I went grocery shopping in Chinatown and decided to go try out Vanessa’s Dumpling House as recommended by David. My cousin asked me how do people even find this place. It is definitely out of the way in terms of the main roads in New York Chinatown. Perhaps it is word of mouth about the food and the prices.  But apparently this place served 4 dumplings for just $1. Dollar menu anyone? A dollar menu that trumps anything that McD can serve.

While we were trying to find Vanessa’s Dumpling House my cousin and I were imagining a total crappy hole in the wall type of place. We finally found the place, and it is nothing like we imagined. Not fancy, but it was sanitary and actually kind of nice in a cafe like way. You order the food at the counter, then pick it up and self seat yourself. Okay now on to the actual food

4 dumplings, 3 fried buns, sesame pancake

We got 4 dunplings ($1), 3 fried buns ($1), and a seasame pancake ($0.75) to share, and we were both satisfied. Where can you get a meal to share for $2.75? Only in NYC will that happen.

Joyce and our $2.75 meal

The dumplings were juicy and slighty fried to perfection. The fried buns were nice and soft on the outside bread part, and meaty on the inside. The sesame pancake surprised me. I was imagining something more flat and chewy. I’ve had scallion pancakes before, and I thought that was what it was. Instead it was more like airy bread. Next time I’m back in NYC I want to try to the Sesame Pancake Sandwich. Apparently they serve sandwiches with the Sesame Pancake, and a sandwich with Peking Duck is just delicious. Well an excuse to return back to NYC soon! They have two sauces at each table for dipping. The first is what I think is a soy sauce vinegar mix. The second is an altered siracha sauce. Both were delicious and went with the dumplings, buns, and pancake really well.

Making fresh dumplings

Maybe it’s just me, but food just tastes better if you get good deal out of it. Not saying that the food was bad. The was actually good. And for the price it was REALLY good.

Stars – 5/5

Leopold’s Kafe

Carmen here! I came here with my really good friend J.S. after watching Eat, Pray, Love. Eat, Pray, Love is a movie starring Julia Roberts where she travels all throughout Italy living life to the fullest through food, friends, men, new places, and fun. After watching this movie we decided we needed to carpe diem and take advantage of our young college lives. It was 10PM at night, and we wandered Georgetown looking for an open Italian restaurant that would serve us some pasta. We were desperately craving some pasta after watching Julia Roberts devour plates and plates of carby goodness on the screen. J.S. reocmmended Leopold’s Kafe, and that’s where we ended up that night.

Leopold’s Kafe

3318 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Leopold’s Kafe is a German cafe that serves food, coffee, and dessert. Personally I would only go there for the dessert, because the actual food is overpriced and just average. The dessert… oh man! some of the best desserts you will ever taste. They sit ever so tempting behind the glass display as if they are just asking to be eaten. Well I won’t say no to dessert. I won’t say no to Karamell-Grey or Sacher Torte.

Karamell-Grey cake and Macaroons

Karamell-Grey – Belgian dark chocolate cake layered with Earl Grey Tea caramel chocolate ganache.

Sacher Torte – Dark chocolate cake layered with apricot preserves and chocolate glaze.

I like my dark chocolate. I like them less on the sweet side, and more on the richer, chocolaty, bitter side. Yes, that’s the way I like my chocolate cake. Give me some Leopold’s Kafe desserts, and I’ll be your best friend forever. I only say this, because the desserts there are just delicious. The cakes are just the right size. Not too overwhelmingly large like the portions at Serendipity, and not too tiny that after just a couple of bites it just vanishes. The portions really make you appreciate and taste each and every bite to its fullest. The rich flavors melting in your mouth like a warm bubble bath after a long tiring day.

Not only is this a go to place for desserts, but a place that takes you to an entire world outside of Georgetown, outside of U.S. of A., and into a world where lounging and long conversations over tea candles is the norm. A place that just oozes comfort and warmth.

From the street level you might just pass by Leopold’s Kafe without even knowing. That’s because Leopold’s Kafe is not on the street level. You have to take a flight of stairs to get to the entrance of this cafe. Go down these dark, mysterious stairs and you see a fountain surrounded by well lit outdoor seating. Walk inside the cafe and enter into the world of German kafe magic.

Stars 5/5