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Finally finished taking my nursing licensing exam. I can stop studying and begin my summer once again! Back to foodaging, blogging, and eating. Here is a little bit of some Chicago and NYC food outings I’ve been up to. Happy Summer everyone!

House of Sushi and Noodles – Lakeview, Chicago

Salmon Avocado Roll

We went here for my very good friend’s birthday dinner. Happy birthday Conny! The special thing about House of Sushi and Noodles is that they offer the option of getting sushi buffet. All you can eat sushi buffet for $18! Sounds like a pretty good deal, but to eat your money’s worth you should eat at least 4 rolls. It’s a great way to try out the many different types of rolls, but walking away with a massive food coma, food hangover, or food baby is no fun. I opted out of the buffet option and ordered off the menu. The salmon avocado roll tasted pretty normal. Like your average salmon, avocado roll which happens to be my favorite! My friends who did the buffet ate ate about 30 pieces of sushi each. That’s about 5-6 rolls! Oh dear…

Chicken Yakisoba

The Chicken Yakisoba was alright. The chicken was a little bit on the dry side, but I really enjoyed the noodles. The slight crunch, slipperiness, and saltiness of the noodles cannot be beat.

Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar – Near North Side, Chicago

Blood Orange Liquor Cocktail

My friends and I are big fans of happy hour! We came here to celebrate the end to my study madness for the nurse licensing exam. I got the blood orange liquor cocktail which was delicious. I loved the ruby red color of the drink. The slight tartness and sweetness of the drink was perfect for an extremely hot Chicago day.

I Love Paraguay – Sunnyside, Queens, New York 

From left to right- Chipa Guazu, Tortilla, Baked Chicken Empanada

I never had Paraguayan food before, and this place was really good. I got the opportunity to try many new things that really surprised my taste buds in a good way. The Chipa Guazu tasted like a moist, sweet version of corn bread. There was even actual corn inside. The Tortilla was not your usual tortilla. It was almost egg like similar to the texture of egg foo young but less moist. The Baked Chicken Empanada was great. I loved the crunchy exterior of the empanada.

Hide-Chan Ramen – Midtown East, Manhattan, New York

Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen

I was really excited to try this place since the food blog seriouseats said this was the best ramen in NYC. Unfortunately I was let down by all of the rave and excitement. The ramen here just did not taste like the best bowl of ramen. You can pick the level of richness of the broth either rich or normal. The rich broth had richer flavors and an overall increased oil and fat content compared with the normal broth. I thought the rich broth was filled with so much flavor, but at the same time the richness and oiliness was overwhelming towards the end. The main problem about this bowl of ramen for me was the noodles. You can select the firmness of the noodles ranging from soft to very firm. I got mine firm, and the firmness was great. That was not the problem. For me the problem was the size of the noodle itself. The noodle was a lot skinnier in comparison to other ramen noodles I have had. Perhaps it is just a personal preference, but I never thought the size of the noodle would be a problem for me. With skinnier noodles it did not catch as much of the broth flavor as a wider noodle. Overall the rest of the ramen was great, but without perfect noodles no ramen could be considered number one.

Bungalow Bar – Seaside, Queens, New York

stolen from google search

After a chilly day at Rockaway Beach, we were exhausted and in desperate need of food. We were in the mood for some American, and this place looked perfect. Rockaway in Queens is a completely different environment compared with the rest of New York. Being an actual island, Rockaway had a strong island atmosphere. The locals seemed to be a lot nicer and cheerier. The cars were friendlier to pedestrians. The roads are paved, but repatched so many times that it was no longer even. It seemed like I was on a tropical island far, far away from the States. Bungalow Bar was no exception. Located overlooking the water, the bar had a really great view of the water. We even got to see someone fail over and over again at water skiing. She just couldn’t stay up in the water.

Bungalow Burger

The burger was alright. Nothing exceptional. The star of the meal were the waffle fries. Seasoned well and with great crunch.

eating time

Something amusing happened today that I thought was funny. During my interview for a nursing position in Brooklyn, New York the nurse manager asked me what I do for fun. I told her that I like to eat, and that I had a food blog. She giggled at me and just smiled. I hope that’s a good sign about the interview. Guess she doesn’t get a lot of interviewees who manage food blogs. =)

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Sabor Express

Sabor Express, advertised as fast, casual, Brazilian Cuisine. Fast and casual it was and may I add also very delicious! As a college student I am always on the lookout for cheap, good eateries that are not a hole in the wall. Sabor Express fit the bill.

Sabor Express

1230 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

Check out the very affordable food options at Sabor Express at their online menu. And gawk at the food pictures they have!

http://www.saborexpress.net/SaborExpressMenu.html

I came here with my friend Chris. After looking on Yelp and reading fairly positive reviews about this place and having never eaten Brazilian food before I was excited. Excited for a Brazilian food adventure.

inside of Sabor Express. picture taken from Yelp

We walked inside, and the place is tastefully decorated. A huge picture of parrots on one wall and another wall a Brazilian landscape. The cultural decor really adds to the atmosphere. Though it may be a fast and casual eatery the decor says otherwise.

Sampler Platter and Brazilian Sausage with Beans and Rice. Sample platter - starting from the left Coxinha, Steak Kibe, Egg Kibe, 3 Pasteis, and Risoli hidden in between the Pastei

Steak Kibe in the front and Coxinha in the back

We decided on the Sampler Platter and Brazillian Sausage with Beans and Rice.

The Sampler Platter consisted of a risoli, coxinha, egg kibe, steak kibe, chicken pastei, steak pastei, cheese pastei, and friend bananas. Whew… that is a lot of food. Now what are these strange foods you ask? Description por favor!

Risolis – Fried crescent shaped pastry with ground beef, peas, and mozzarella cheese

Coxinha – Shredded chicken breast in a tear-drop shaped fried pastry

Egg Kibe – Tendered seasoned chopped steak with a whole egg in the center

Steak Kibe  – Tendered seasoned chopped steak

Chicken Pastei – Like a fried empanada stuffed with chicken, corn, garlic

Steak Pastei – Like a fried empanada stuffed with sirloin pieces, green onions, garlic, olives

Cheese Pastei – Like a fried empanada stuffed with imported mozzarella

Fried Banana – Self explanatory

Everything was so good. The Pasteis tasted just like a fried empanada. I prefer a baked empanada, but the pasteis had such great flavor. All of the fillings were excellent especially the chicken. The Egg Kibe was very interesting. An entire egg surrounded by tendered seasoned chopped steak. Delicious! The egg and steak went really well together surprisingly. My favorite out of everything would be the Coxinha. I was not such a big fan of the fried banana. It was extremely sweet, but the texture of a mushy banana was all wrong. Fried plantains are the way to go! Plantains seem to have a firmer and more solid texture compared to bananas.

All this food for me?

Chris confused about what to do with all this food. Eat it of course!

Pictured in the photo with me and all of the food is the Brazilian Sausage with Rice and Beans platter. The Sausage was very interesting in a good way. A bit on the sweet side with a beautiful crunch from the casing. It was grilled to perfection with a wonderful smokiness. The rice was a bit on the salty side, but the texture of the rice was really great. I was able to taste each and every grain which I liked. The beans were okay. A bit on the salty side as well. I really enjoyed the grilled pineapple that came with the platter. Grilled and dusted with cinnamon. Although I am slightly sensitive to fresh pineapple (it makes my tongue itch) I still eat it, because it is just so good.

All of this food to eat, but sadly in the battle between food vs. man we lost. We had some food left over and boxed it to go.  I really like this place a lot. The food was good. The price was more than great for the amount that you get. And the atmosphere for such a casual place is beautiful. Will definitely come back again!

Stars – 4/5