Fast Food Mascots

A pretty funny video of several Fast Food Mascots gone wild.  Ronald McDonald, the Burger King, KFC’s Colonel & the Jack in the Box dude get up to no good in a music video for band Rad Omen.  Look for a cameo from the chick from Wendy’s in a titty bar!  Just so you know, this is most likely NSFW!

Big Up to So Good Blog for digging this one up!

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Dim Sum Go Go

I used to go to Golden Unicorn down the street a lot, but after a really mediocre dining experience, I decided to give Dim Sum Go Go (5 East Broadway) a shot.  Boy, I wish I hadn’t.  I don’t have that much knowledge of Dim Sum or restaurants in Chinatown & I’m really not sure what I expected, but my meal here surely was not it.  It sucks though because it came recommended by a few of my friends (maybe I’m running in the wrong crowds?) & I dragged an out of town guest & my brother’s girlfriend to lunch. I think what I was looking for was the full Dim Sum Cart experience like at Golden Unicorn, but I didn’t get it.  I also found the menu/checklist to be very confusing.

The food was completely average (the pork & sticky rice wrapped in leaves could have been better used as mortar), the service sucked (my pescatarian (ugh, I hate that word) friend ended up being served pork dumplings) & the place looked like a food court in an airport or mall.  Let’s just say that I was not happy.  The only redeeming feature were the shrimp dumplings with sauce.

Basically, I won’t be going back there again…  No reason for you to bother either with such broad choices in Chinatown.
Dim Sum Go Go on Urbanspoon

Thai at 85 Avenue A

Cafetasia has slid right in at the old Kim’s Video location at 85 Avenue A recently.  Following in the footsteps of another Asian-themed restaurant that failed miserably & possibly ignoring the closing of Kion down the street on 6th between A & B.  Maybe they just haven’t got the point (or expect more NYU traffic this far east).  This is Cafetasia’s 2nd location (the other being at 38 East 8th St.)  Expect them to compete with Mini Thai Cafe down the street on A & plenty of other Thai restaurants on 1st & 2nd Avenues. We’ll see how this one fares…


Update:
Here’s my review.
Update: Further Coverage

Carrot Ginger Soup

With the weather being kinda fickle, I find myself craving soups more & more, so expect a lot of soup recipes on the blog in the near future.  I’ve never made this soup, so here goes…

2 tablespoons  butter
2 onions, peeled and chopped
Half a head of garlic, peeled & chopped
8 cups chicken broth
3 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
3 bay leaves
Salt and white pepper(to taste)
Red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup heavy cream (optional)

Melt butter in a large stock or soup pot.  Add onions, garlic & ginger & reduce heat to low.  Stirring often, saute the vegetables over low for about 10 minutes or until the onions are translucent.

Add carrots, stock, bay leaves & salt, pepper & red pepper flakes.  Bring the liquid to a rolling boil, then reduce to low & cover.  Let simmer for 45-60 minutes or until the carrots are soft.

Using an immersion blender or blender, whip the mixture until smooth, adding in the heavy cream slowly (if desired). If using a blender, let the soup cool slightly beforehand.

Serve in a bowl topped with whipping cream & chives.

This soup also freezes very well, so you can always have some around if you need it.

Singas Pizza To Open On Avenue C

Singas Famous Pizza (formerly of 176 2nd Avenue) is setting up shop on Avenue C @6th Street. The signage has been up for quite some time, but this location has yet to be open. I had been to the other location before & if that is any indication, they’re going to have a tough time competing with Moon Pie on Avenue C @ 3rd street. This might be end up like the Avenue A ‘Taco Battle’ heating up between San Loco & La Lucha. Watch this space!

Update: It’s Open & pretty darn good!

Doma Cafe & Gallery

This is way out of my normal stomping grounds, but I stopped by Doma (17 Perry St @7th Avenue) to meet up with some friends.  It bills itself as a ‘Cafe & Gallery’ & although there was art on the walls, I really couldn’t have cared less.  The place was pretty packed for a Monday at 3pm, but we managed to snag a small table by the front door.  Not very comfortable at all & I was being bumped by customers as they entered, but it was our only option.

I started with a plain coffee with milk which was good, but nothing to write home about.  There was a rather large selection of cakes & other pastries at the bar/register in the back.  A friend ordered a salad with grilled endives, Gorgonzola, beets, string beans & walnuts.  It looked very good, but I didn’t get a chance to try it.  She seemed to enjoy it very much (if her empty plate was anything to go by).

I decided to check out the menu, & the Bluefish Pate caught my eye.  It was really more of a mousse, but still very tasty.  It was served with a baguette which I found to be way too crunchy, but I ended up eating (& enjoying) all of my fish.  It also came with carrots & cucumbers.

I found the place to be a bit on the busy side (as I mentioned before), but I did like the cell phone ban & the staff were friendly enough.  It was generally pretty quiet & seems like a good place to read a book or get some typing/writing done.
Doma Cafe & Gallery on Urbanspoon

Mini Bar

Looking for a cup of Joe & wanting to try somewhere new, I headed to Mini Bar (131 East 7th Street @Avenue A) with a friend.  There have been quite a few stores in that particular spot, but I had really never noticed Mini Bar.  First off, the interior is awesome!  Lots of exposed wood, etc. you can tell that they took care in designing the place.

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